Regional Mexican Albums
Regional Mexican Albums is a record chart published by Billboard magazine. Established in June 1985, the chart compiles information about the top-selling albums in genres like mariachi, norteño, banda and Duranguense, which are frequently considered regional Mexican. The chart features only full-length albums and, like all Billboard album charts, is based on sales. The information is 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 and Internet sales (both physical albums and digital downloads). A limited number of verifiable sales at concert venues is also tabulated. Jaula de Oro by Los Tigres del Norte was the first album to reach number-one in the chart. In 1994, Selena's fifth studio album Amor Prohibido which became the best-selling Latin album of all time, debuted No. 1 for 3 years in a row until 1996 (becoming the first artist to do so). Grupo Limite's album Partiendome El Alma became the year end best selling of 1997. Selena's box set Anthology spotted at No. 1 in 1998. In 1999, Selena's greatest hit's album All My Hits Vol. 1 debuted at No. 1 in the charts. In the magazine's January 16, 2010, issue, Jenni Rivera's La Gran Señora returned to the No. 1 spot on the chart. After her death in 2012, Rivera's album La Misma Gran Señora became the top Latin and Regional Mexican album of 2013. In 2014, her album of her last concert was released 1969 - Siempre, En Vivo Desde Monterrey, Parte 1 and it stayed on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart for five consecutive weeks, becoming the year-end best selling album of 2014.
According to Billboard magazine, the late Mexican-American performers: Selena and Jenni Rivera have tied for the most No. 1s by a female on the Regional Mexican Albums chart. 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. 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.
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