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Vicente Fernández’s Music Streams Skyrocket 721% Globally Following His Death

'El Chente' bids farewell holding the record for the most No. 1s as a solo act on the Regional Mexican Albums chart.

Streams of Vicente Fernández’s catalog of songs increased 721% globally in the days after his death, according to initial reports to MRC Data. Collectively, his songs generated 97.3 million on-demand streams on Dec. 12 and 13, compared to the 11.9 million streams accrued on Dec. 10 and 11.

Fernández died on Dec. 12 in Guadalajara (the day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patron of Mexico). He was hospitalized due to a cervical spine injury sustained after falling in his ranch on Aug. 6. Two weeks later he was diagnosed with Guillain–Barré syndrome. He was 81 years old.


The mariachi wunderkind’s top five most-streamed tracks globally on Dec. 12-13 were “Por Tu Maldito Amor” (2.55 million; up 740%), “Un Millón de Primaveras” (2.18 million; up 404%), “Acá Entre Nosotros” (1.99 million; up 509%), “Mujeres Divinas” (1.86 million; up 403%) and “A Mi Manera (en Vivo [Un Azteca En El Azteca])” (1.93; up 704%).

Looking just at the U.S. market, there was a 1,027% gain in streaming activity propelled by 33.1 million on-demand streams on Dec.12 13, compared to the 2.9 million clicks between Dec. 10 and 11. “Por Tu Maldito Amor” also leads, being the most streamed song in the U.S. with a lofty 1,122% surge (1.54 million). “Acá Entre Nos” takes the runner-up slot with 1.4 million on-demand streams (up 1,122%), while “Mujeres Divinas” is the third-most streamed track with a 1,186% increase (1.3 million). His hit “Volver Volver,” an anthem to a lost love, came in fourth, generating 1.15 million streams (up 1,114%).

El Rey of Ranchera (The King of Ranchera) has blanketed Billboard’s regional Mexican surveys with hits since his first entry in 1985, the year the chart launched. During his lifetime, he has scored 53 hits on Billboard’s Regional Mexican Albums chart, the most since the list’s inception. Out of those, 17 titles hit No. 1, concurrently the most for a regional Mexican solo act (overall, Los Tigres del Norte lead with a total of 24 leaders.)

The Mexican cultural icon also takes with him the record for the most top 10s on Regional Mexican Albums to date, with a total of 49.

Over on the all-metric Hot Latin Songs tally — a blend of airplay, streams and digital sales — Mr. Fernández holds the record for the most entries for a regional Mexican solo act, with a total of 61.

On the Billboard 200 chart, Fernández logged nine entries dating back to En Vivo: Juntos Por Ültima Vez, with his son Alejandro Fernández, in 2003. His last new entry was the No. 151-peaking Hoy (2013).