Son By Four Lead For Sixth Week, Hit The Road

Veteran salsero Tito Rojas makes impressive debut with Rompiendo Noches.

Son by Four will celebrate the success of Son by Four, which is #1 on the Billboard Latin 50 albums chart for the sixth straight week, by taking a victory lap around North America.

The quartet, whose "A Puro Dolor" again tops the magazine's Hot Latin Tracks survey, will begin a new tour Sept. 2 at Roberto Clemente Stadium in their native San Juan, Puerto Rico. The swing will conclude with three shows (Oct. 12–14) at Salon 21 in Mexico City, after taking in Lake Buena Vista and Tampa, Fla.; New Orleans; Washington, D.C.; Minneapolis; Chicago; and Saratoga, Calif.

Already in Mexico this past week was Gloria Estefan, there primarily to promote her latest Spanish-language album, the #2 Alma Caribeña — Caribbean Soul. Estefan had to face the ever-feisty Mexican press, which relayed the accusation by Maná vocalist Fher that the voting for the Latin Grammy Awards had been rigged by "una mafia" led by Estefan and her husband, producer Emilio Estefan Jr., who picked up six Latin Grammy nominations.

Noting that the awards will be determined not only by industry types, but also a wide array of musicians and other music professionals, Estefan declared, "No hay manipulación" ("There's no manipulation").

At least three decades removed from Mexico, Los Huracanes del Norte deliver another set of classic-style corridos on the #3 En Que Trabaja el Muchacho, celebrating immigrants from their native state of Michoacan, on "Sangre de Gallo" (Blood of the Rooster) (RealAudio excerpt), and from Sinaloa, on the "Tierra de Jefes" (Land of the Chiefs) (RealAudio excerpt).

Veteran salsero Tito Rojas makes the most impressive debut on this week's chart, as his Rompiendo Noches (M.P.) enters at #7.

The rest of the Latin 50 top 10 is Omara Portuondo's Buena Vista Social Club Presents Omara Portuondo at #4; Thalía's Arrasando at #5; Marc Anthony's Desde un Principio — From the Beginning at #6; Melina Leon's Bano de Todo, which jumps to #8 from #23; Grupo Límite's Por Encima de Todo at #9; and Julio Iglesias' Noche de Cuatro Lunes at #10, falling all the way from #4.