Regional Mexican Albums

The Regional Mexican Albums is a genre-specific record chart published weekly by Billboard magazine in the United States. The chart was established in June 1985 and originally listed the top twenty-five best-selling albums of mariachi, tejano, norteño, banda and duranguense, which are frequently considered regional Mexican.[1] The genre is considered by musicologist as being "the biggest-selling Latin music genre in the United States",[1] and represented the fastest ever growing Latin genre in the United States after tejano music entered the mainstream market during its 1990s golden age.[2][3][4] Originally, Billboard based their methodology on sales surveys it sent out to record stores across the United States and by 1991 began monitoring point-of-sales compiled from Nielsen Soundscan.[5][nb 1] Musicologist and critics have since criticized the sales data compiled from Nielsen, finding that the company only provides sales from larger music chains than from small shops that specialized in Latin music—where the majority of Latin music sales are generated.[5] The magazine decided to rank Latin music recordings in August 1970 under the title Hot Latin LPs, which only ranked the best-selling Latin albums in Los Angeles (Pop) and the East Coast (Salsa).[7][nb 2] Before the chart's inception, musicians' only chart success was the Texas Latin LPs (formerly the San Antonio Latin LPs) section where regional Mexican music was more prominent.[10] Beginning in November 1993, Billboard lowered the rankings from twenty-five to fifteen positions on its Latin genre-specific charts, while the Top Latin Albums expanded to fifty titles.[11] From July 2001 until April 2005, the chart increased to twenty titles and then lowered back to fifteen titles.[12][13] Since 2009, the Regional Mexican Albums chart list the top twenty best-selling albums determined by sales data compiled from Neilsen Soundscan.[14]

The first album to peak at number one was Jaula de Oro by Los Tigres del Norte in June 1984. In 1994, Selena's Amor Prohibido debuted and peaked at number one in three different calendar years (1994-1996), becoming the first artist to do so.[15] Amor Prohibido currently holds the record for the most weeks at number one, with 96 nonconsecutive weeks.[16] Selena and Jenni Rivera have tied for the most number ones by a female recording artist (with eight number ones) on the Regional Mexican Albums chart.[17] They are also the only females to have year-end best-selling albums on this chart.

Year-end best selling albums

According to the RIAA, albums containing more than 50% Spanish language content are awarded with gold certifications (Disco de Oro) for U.S. shipments of 100,000 units; platinum (Disco de Platino) for 200,000 and multi-platinum (Multi-Platino) for 400,000 and following in increments of 200,000 thereafter.[18] In the following table, the certifications shown are standard as any album release in United States: gold certification for sales of 500,000 copies; platinum, for one million units, and multi-platinum for more than one million sold.

Year Artist Album Label RIAA certification
1986[19] Los Bukis A Donde Vas Profono
1987[20] Los Bukis Me Volvi a Acordar de Ti Laser Records
1988[21] Si Me Recuerdas
1989[22] Grupo Bronco Un Golpe Más Fonovisa Records
1990[23] A Todo Galope
1991[24] Amigo
1992[25] La Mafia Estas Tocando Fuego Sony Discos
1993[26] Selena Entre a Mi Mundo 6× Platinum (Latin) EMI Latin
1994[19] Selena Amor Prohibido EMI Latin 2x Platinum
1997[27] Grupo Limite Partiendome El Alma Universal Music Latino Gold
1998[28] Selena Anthology EMI Latin
1999[29] All My Hits Vol.1 Gold
2000[30] Los Temerarios En La Madrugada se Fue Fonovisa Platinum
2001 Vicente Fernández Historia de Un Idolo, Vol. 1 Sony Music Latin Gold
2002 Los Temerarios Una Lágrima No Basta Fonovisa Gold
2003 Los Tigres del Norte Herencia Musical: 20 Corridos Inolvidables
2004 Grupo Climax Za Za Za Balboa
2005 Grupo Montéz de Durango Y Sigue La Mata Dando Disa Records[31]
2006 Borrón y Cuenta Nueva
2007 Vicente Fernández Historia de un Idolo, Vol. 1 Sony Music Latin Gold
2008 Para Siempre 5× Platinum (Latin)
2009 El Trono de Mexico Almas Gemelas Fonovisa
2010 Jenni Rivera La Gran Señora Platinum (Latin)
2011 Los Bukis 35 Aniversario
2012 3Ball MTY Inténtalo Universal Music Latino
2013 Jenni Rivera La Misma Gran Señora Fonovisa 2× Platinum (Latin)
2014[32] 1969 - Siempre, En Vivo Desde Monterrey, Parte 1 Platinum (Latin)

See also


  1. Sales data are compiled by Nielsen SoundScan from a sample representing more than 90% of the U.S. music retail market, including not only music stores and music departments at electronics and department stores but also direct-to-consumer transactions. A limited number of verifiable sales at concert venues is also tabulated.[6]
  2. The earliest evidence of a Latin music record chart compiled by Billboard is from its archives dated to December 1972,[8] however earlier mentions of a Latin music chart have been found in music reviews on Billboard as early as August 1970.[9]



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  22. "1989: The Yearn in Music – Top Regional Mexican Latin Albums". Billboard: Y-59. 1989-12-23.
  23. "1990: The Year in Music – Top Regional Mexican Albums". Billboard: Y-50. 1990-12-22.
  24. "1991: The Year in Music – Top Tropical/Salsa Latin Albums". Billboard. 130 (51): YE-42. 1991-12-21.
  25. "1992: The Year in Music – Top Regional Mexican Latin Albums". Billboard: YE-54. 1992-12-26.
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