As expected, Alma Caribeña Caribbean
Soul (Epic), the new Spanish-language album from the
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
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:
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.