The Puerto Rico close-harmony quartet Son by Four hold the top spot on the Billboard Latin 50 albums chart for the fifth straight week with Son by Four, their second album.
Also, their "A Puro Dolor" (RealAudio excerpt) is again #1 on the Hot Latin Tracks chart.
Meanwhile, Mexico-related performers make strong moves on this week's Latin 50 chart.
Los Huracanes del Norte, the New Mexico group of Mexican-born musicians, hold on to #2 for the second week with En Que Trabaja el Muchacho (How Hard the Kid Works). The Huracanes will celebrate their 31st year of playing la música norteña Aug. 26 and 27 at the Viva Chicago! festival, where they will receive the first star on Chicago's El Paseo de las Estrellas (Walk of Stars).
Jumping to #5 from #10, after spending some time further south on the chart, is Por Encima de Todo, by Grupo Límite. The Mexico-based Límite, who maintain a second home in Houston, have seen their 3-month-old album rebound on the strength of such pop-oriented songs as "Capricho Loco" (Crazy Whim) (RealAudio excerpt).
And leaping to #7 from #37 is Caricias (Caresses), the latest from veteran ranchera singer Rocío Dúrcal. Born in Madrid, Spain, in 1944 as Maria de los Angeles de las Heras Ortiz, Dúrcal was 17 when she came to Mexico, where she established herself first as an actress, then as a pop and ranchera singer. Her first ranchera album, 1980's Canta a Juan Gabriel, established her as a deeply emotional interpreter of the legendary composer.
Making up the rest of the Latin 50 top 10 are Gloria Estefan, Alma Caribeña Caribbean Soul, at #3; Julio Iglesias, Noche de Cuatro Lunes, at #4; Marc Anthony, Desde un Principio From the Beginning, at #6; Omara Portuondo, Buena Vista Social Club Presents Omara Portuondo, at #8; Thalía, whose Arrasando rebounds to #9 from #12; and Alejandro Fernández, whose Entre Tus Brazos falls to #10 from #7.