Bad Bunny Makes History With First No. 1 Spanish-Language Album

Bad Bunny’s El Último Tour del Mundo is the No

Bad Bunny Makes History

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Bad Bunny’s El Último Tour del Mundo is the No. 1 album in America this week, which marks the first time in the Billboard album chart’s 64-year history the No. 1 album is an entirely Spanish-language album. He beat his own record as his first album of 2020, YHLQMDLG” debuted and peaked at No.2 in March and became the highest-charting all-Spanish-language album. “El Último Tour del Mundo” is Bad Bunny’s third full-length release of 2020, following May’s “Las Que No Iban a Salir” and February’s YHLQMDLG.

Despite announcing that he tested positive for Covid-19 in November, the 26-year-old Puerto Rican star is experiencing his most successful year yet.  He was recently named the most-streamed artist of 2020 on Spotify and YHLQMDLG, is also the most-streamed album globally, totaling 3.3 billion streams to date. He also made his performance debut at the Billboard Music Awards performing the remix of the megahit “Yo Perrero Sola” with  Puerto Rican queen of reggaetón Ivy Queen and Nesi, the original voice on the track who made her debut appearance performing the song with El Conejo Malo.

Billboard reports that the four all-Spanish-language albums that previously debuted in the Top 5 (but didn’t reach No. 1) include Bad Bunny’s YHLQMDLG. Mana’s Amar es Combatir, and Shakira’s Fijación Oral: Vol. 1.  The trap star’s historic moment comes  25 years after Selena did the same with her posthumous album “Dreaming of You” in 1995. She was the first Latin artist to reach No. 1 on the chart with Spanish music, however, the album was a mix of both English and Spanish.

“Something I love from music is that you can do whatever you want. I hate doing the same [thing] for every album or every song, repeat the formula from a hit to make another hit and sound the same. I love to make something different and try new things so this album is something different than the other albums, it has a lot of feelings and so much from me. I say it’s not a Bad Bunny album, it’s Benito’s album,” he said.

Beyond his music, he’s been advocating for an end to the violence against women and performed on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon with a shirt that read “Mataron a Alexa,” which translates to they killed Alexa. At the bottom of the shirt, it read, “No a un hombre con falda” in response to how the murdered trans woman was referred to as a man with a skirt. He’s also ventured into acting with two gigs in the next season of Narcos: Mexico and his big-screen debut in American Sole.

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