For the third straight week Gloria Estefan's Alma Caribeña Caribbean Soul will top the Billboard Latin 50 albums chart.
The singer's latest Spanish-language album is also at #1 in Uruguay this week and at #8 in Argentina, where the top seller is Crush by Latin sensations Bon Jovi.
The Puerto Rican chico band Son by Four, whose eponymous CD is again at #2, are making a run at Estefan with "A Puro Dolor" (RealAudio excerpt), which returns to #1 on the Hot Latin Tracks chart, and its "Spanglish" counterpart, "Purest of Pain," which is at #48 for the second straight week on the Hot 100 pop singles chart.
Holding on at #3, in his seventh week on the albums chart, is Alejandro Fernández, who recently said that, while not abandoning the music of his homeland, he turned to the more worldly pop of Entre Tus Brazos to escape the shadow of his legendary father, Vicente Fernández, the reigning Mexican ranchera singer for the past three decades.
"I didn't have the tools, such as the cinema, that Pedro Infante, Javier Solís, Jorge Negrete and my father had," the younger Fernández, 29, told the Associated Press.
Debuting at #10 on the album chart is Voy a Enamorarte (Ariola), the latest from Puerto Rican merengue singer Gisselle.
Rounding out the top 10 on the Latin 50 chart are: Marc Anthony, Desde Un Principio From the Beginning, at #4; veteran Mexican songster Joan Sebastian's Secreto de Amor, at #5; Omara Portuondo, Buena Vista Social Club Presents Omara Portuondo, at #6; Grupo Limite, Por Encima de Todo, at #7; Selena, All My Hits Todos Mis Exitos, Vol. 2, at #8; and Thalía, Arrasando, at #9.