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Puerto Rico’s ‘Tiempos de Aguinaldo’ Debuts Top 10 on Tropical Albums Chart

Puerto Rico looks at its first Christmas compilation debut on Billboard's Tropical Albums chart in 2019 as the various artists compilation Tiempos de Aguinaldo debuts at No. 8 on the chart (dated…

Puerto Rico looks at its first Christmas compilation debut on Billboard’s Tropical Albums chart in 2019 as the various artists compilation Tiempos de Aguinaldo debuts at No. 8 on the chart (dated Dec. 14). The set is the second Christmas album to bow on the chart this season, as Victor Manuelle’s Memorias de Navidad, currently at No. 2, also opened at No. 9 a month ago (chart dated Nov. 9).

Aguinaldo, released Nov. 29 by Banco Popular, features takes by Los Nogueras, Lalo Rodriguez, Vico C, Alfonso Velez, Lunay and Los Pleneros de Severo, among others, and celebrates Puerto Rico’s musical roots within its popular culture during the holiday season.

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Aguinaldo opens with 1,000 in equivalent album units earned in the week ending Dec. 5. Its initial sum accounts mostly of traditional album units leading to a No. 3 debut on the Latin Album Sales chart.

The 14-track set follows Banco Popular Dec. 2017’s Nuestra Isla, Nuestro Encanto which peaked at No. 2 in its third week.

Additionally, Banda Carnaval celebrates the end of its U.S. tour with the first top 10 of the year on Latin Airplay as “Esta Vez Soy Yo” sprints 14-9 thanks to a 12% boost in audience impressions (to six million) registered in the week ending Dec. 8. The move earns the Sinaloans their eighth top 10.

“Esta Vez” also makes progress on Regional Mexican Airplay, jumping 6-5; Banda’s 16th straight top 10 which began with “El Mentiroso” in 2011.