Gloria Estefan Scores Top Album, Single

Miami singer's Alma Caribeña displaces Son by Four.

As expected, Alma Caribeña — Caribbean

Soul (Epic), the new Spanish-language album from the

ever-popular Gloria

Estefan, emerged as the runaway winner on this

week's Billboard Latin 50 albums chart.

Young upstarts Son by

Four saw their self-titled album (#2) outsold by a

whopping margin of 32,077 to 6,968, according to sales

tracking firm SoundScan.

Estefan's single "No Me Dejes de Querer," also took over as

#1 on the Hot Latin Tracks chart, displacing "A Puro Dolor"

(#2) by Son by Four.

It probably didn't hurt Estefan that her album was recently

previewed on a CBS-TV special that featured

COLOR="#003163">Marc Anthony (whose retrospective

Desde un Principio — From the Beginning is #6

this week), multimillion-selling boy band

COLOR="#003163">*NSync and veteran

singer/guitarist Jose

Feliciano. (Sonicnet.com's parent company, Viacom,

is in the process of acquiring CBS.)

Also debuting this week is the #4 Por Encima de Todo

(Universal Latin) by Grupo

Limite, who likewise have been seen on television:

Viewers in Mexico and in U.S. border cities are regularly

treated to commercials in which the norteño musicians

push (not literally, of course) 50-kilo sacks of cement.

Dropping from #5 to #7 is MTV Unplugged by

COLOR="#003163">Shakira. The singer, 23, was

front-cover news this week, at least in the tabloids of

Argentina, after she was spotted cavorting on a Miami beach

with Antonio de la Rúa, 26, the son of Argentina's

austerity-minded leader. "My son is totally outside the

government and is not a public employee," President Fernando

de la Rúa said on Wednesday at a press conference.

According to the Associated Press, the new couple's

"primer beso" (first kiss) was May 12.

Rounding out the Latin 50 chart are:

COLOR="#003163">Alejandro Fernández,

Entre Tus Brazos, at #3; Cuban singer

COLOR="#003163">Omara Portuondo, Buena Vista

Social Club Presents …, at #5;

COLOR="#003163">Joan Sebastian, Secreto de

Amor, at #8; A.B. Quintanilla y

los Kumbia Kings, Amor, Familia y Respeto

…, at #9; and Thalia,

Arrasando, at #10.