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Gilberto Santa Rosa & Juan Luis Guerra Debut in Top 10 On Tropical Albums Chart

Santa Rosa extends his top 10 record with ‘40… y Contando: En Vivo Desde Puerto Rico’, Juan Luis Guerra returns with ‘Literal’.

On the Tropical Albums chart dated June 15, two tropical heavy hitters debut in the top 10, as Gilberto Santa Rosa and Juan Luis Guerra return with new albums.

Santa Rosa notches his 33rd top 10 as 40… y Contando: En Vivo Desde Puerto Rico opens at No. 6 (2,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending June 6, according to Nielsen Music, mostly from album sales). Santa Rosa extends his record for the most top 10s on the list ahead of Tito Nieves and Victor Manuelle, both with 21.

“I’m thrilled with the news of the top 10 debut of 40… y Contando: En Vivo Desde Puerto Rico,” Santa Rosa tells Billboard. “Thank you for the continued support by making this concert, and the album, something so special.”

The live set, released May 31 Sony Music Latin, also starts at No. 2 on the Latin Album Sales tally, and at No. 29 on the overall Top Latin Albums chart. “I am super satisfied with the final results of each of the songs, especially since on many of them I am singing with mentors and friends from the music world., Santa Rosa adds. “Additionally, it being a live production, each song has its own magic.”

 The Puerto Rican secured his first No. 1 on the Tropical Albums chart dated Jan. 11, 1992, when Perspectiva reached the summit.

Meanwhile, Juan Luis Guerra and his band 440 return to the chart after almost five years as Literal debuts at No. 7 on the current survey (with nearly 2,000 units earned), marking his 18th top 10 effort. His 16th studio album follows Todo Tiene Su Hora which debuted at No. 1 on Nov. 20, 2014. “We are extremely happy with the news and we are grateful for the love and support from our audience. Literal!," Guerra tells Billboard. 

Literal is Guerra’s 17th straight top 10 debut dating back to La Bilirubina, which opened at No. 2 on the June 30, 1990-dated list. The Dominican, however, claimed his first No. 1 when Bachata Rosa arrived in the penthouse on Jan. 12, 1991 (starting a 12-week reign).

Literal’s arrival was driven mostly by album sales, which sparks up the set’s start at No. 3 on the Latin Albums Sales chart. The album also bows at No. 31 on the Top Latin Albums chart. The set has so far yielded one entry on the Tropical Songs airplay chart: “Kitipun” peaked at No. 4 on the May 4-dated list. 

Herencia de Patrones, El Fantasma Debut: Elsewhere on the Regional Mexican Albums chart, two new top 10s arrive as Herencia de Patrones and El Fantasma debut with their latest efforts. 

Herencia de Patrones scores its first top 10 on any Billboard chart in its first chart visit as Pa Las Vibras debuts at No. 1 with 3,000 equivalent album units, mostly on the strength of streaming activity. The last act to earn their first No. 1 in its first visit to the chart was Christian Nodal with Me Dejé Llevar (No. 1; Sept. 16, 2017).

Meanwhile, El Fantasma clocks his sixth straight top 10 debut (and sixth top 10 overall) as El Circo arrives at No. 4 with 2,000 units. Notably, all of El Fantasma’s efforts have arrived in a little over two years. He's topped the chart once, with Vengo a Aclarar (Sept. 2, 2017). 

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