The death of Mexican singer-songwriter Joan Sebastian sparks a surge of chart climbs and entries across formats. The Grammy award winning composer, who has penned songs for some of the biggest regional Mexican stars — including Vicente Fernandez and Pepe Aguilar — died on July 13 at 64 after a battle with cancer.
On Hot Latin Songs, 11 of Sebastian’s tracks enter the chart — the most concurrent titles an act has ever had on the list. And, all of them are in the top half of the tally, including four in the top 10. One of his most memorable hits, “Un Idiota,” re-enters at No. 2 powered by 1.9 million weekly streams and 2,000 digital downloads sold in the week ending July 16 (up 2,306 percent according to Nielsen Music). “Un Idiota” originally peaked at No. 22 in 2001.
Over on Latin Streaming Songs, a record 14 Sebastian tracks populate the tally, and all are debuts. The chart is led by “Tatuajes” with 2.04 million streams (up 646 percent).
Apart from “Tatuajes,” only two other songs on the chart ever logged more weekly clicks on the chart: Enrique Iglesias’ “Bailando” feat. Descemer Bueno & Gente de Zona (4.3 million peak) and Nicky Jam & Iglesias’ “El Perdon” (2.9 million).
Sebastian holds five spots on Top Latin Albums, including the top three — a feat no male artist has ever previously achieved. His recently released best-of set, Personalidad, leads the list, soaring 19-1 in its eighth week (up 261 percent, to 2,000 sold). Additional greatest hits set Lo Esencial de Joan Sebastian: Sentimental rockets 25-2 (2,000), while Lo Esencial de Joan Sebastian: Secreto de Amor leaps 35-3 (2,000).
Sebastian’s new single “Volvi Pa’l Pueblo” was released on Wednesday (July 22). The song’s tale of Sebastian returning to his Mexican hometown of Juliantla and recounting childhood memories provides an uplifting and fitting way to remember the entertainer.
Upon the release of the track, President of Sony Music Latin Nir Seroussi released a statement saying, “Very few artists have the ability of consistently making hits over the course of a few decades that seep deeply into popular culture. Such is the case of Joan Sebastian.”
Sebastian had signed with Sony prior to his death. Seroussi added, “A true multidimensional artist with a remarkable career, Joan will continue to be a musical icon for generations to come. We are honored that Joan and his family have entrusted us to carry on his legacy.”