Pedro Capó is back on the Latin Pop Albums chart as Munay debuts at No. 6 on the Oct. 3 survey. It’s his first appearance in over three years as he last visited the chart in 2017 with the No. 2-peaking En Letra de Otro. Munay grants the Puerto Rican his third top 10.
Munay starts with a little over 1,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Sept. 24, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data, mostly attributed to streaming activity. Capó’s fourth studio album, which means “love” in quechua language, logged 2 million on-demand streams in its first week.
“I’m happy, these are the kind of things you can’t really plan on,” Capó tells Billboard. “It’s been a while since I released an original album. After the whole ‘Calma’ buzz, this is an important achievement in my career. To reach those heights is quite the victory.” (Capó’s hit song “Calma,” with Farruko, became his first top 20 hit on the Hot Latin Songs chart in May of 2019, peaking at No. 3. It also granted Capo his first No. 1 on the Latin Pop Airplay chart.)
Munay was released Sept. 17 via Sony Music Latin and produced by Georgie Noriega. It adds a third top 10 on Capó’s charting career which began with Aquila (No. 2 peak, 2014), his third studio album.
“Alongside Georgie Noriega — my Obi-Wan Kenobi — we’ve been able to achieve this sound throughout the years,” Capó adds. “We started back with Aquila to which followed En Letra de Otro in 2017, the audiovisual HBO special of Latin American pop songs told from a songwriter’s perspective. Then ‘Calma’ arrived and we didn’t know it was going to be such a success. We didn’t want to shoot ourselves in the foot, so to speak, and shortened its life.”
“Production wise, it took us a little under a year,” Capó continues. “We started before the pandemic with Munay as a conceptualized album about love which incorporates Andean sounds.”
About the name of the album, Capó adds: “It’s been about 20 years since I work with Ayahuasca as my spiritual and healing process in the Peruvian Amazon. It’s part of my success, it’s a been a source of inspiration. Munay takes the name of the Peruvian jungle camp I visit yearly.”