Tropical Albums

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Tropical Albums (formerly known as Tropical/Salsa) is a record chart published by Billboard magazine. Established in June 1985, the chart compiles information about the top-selling albums in genres like salsa, merengue, bachata, cumbia, and vallenato, which are frequently considered tropical music. 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.[1] Innovations by El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico was the first album to reach number-one in the chart. Up until May 21, 2005, reggaeton albums appeared on the chart. After the installation of the Latin Rhythm Albums chart, reggaeton titles could no longer appear on the Tropical Albums chart. By removing reggaeton albums from the Tropical Albums chart, it opened slots for re-entries and debuts. American bachata group Aventura claimed the top spot on the Tropical Albums chart, which marked the first time since the issue dated November 6, 2004 that an reggaeton album was not at the number-one spot.[2]

The current number-one album, as of the June 29, 2013 issue is Asondeguerra Tour by Juan Luis Guerra.[3]

Chart achievements[edit]

Artist with the most number-ones[edit]

Albums with most weeks at number-one[edit]

Year-end best selling albums[edit]

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.[4]

Year Artist Album Label RIAA certification
1986[5] Frankie Ruiz Solista Pero No Solo Rodven Records
1987[6] Eddie Santiago Atrevido y Diferente
1994[7] Gloria Estefan Mi Tierra Epic 16× Platinum (Latin)
1996 Abriendo Puertas 6× Platinum (Latin)
1997[8] Charlie Zaa Sentimientos Sonolux Platinum
1998[9] Buena Vista Social Club Buena Vista Social Club World Circuit Platinum
1999[10] Elvis Crespo Suavemente Sony Discos Platinum
2000[11] Marc Anthony Desde Un Principio: From the Beginning RMM Gold
2001 Son by Four Son by Four Sony Discos Gold
2002 Marc Anthony Libre Gold
2003[12] Celia Cruz Hits Mix 2× Platinum (Latin)
2004 Daddy Yankee Barrio Fino El Cartel Records Platinum
2006 Aventura God's Project Stritchcode/Premium Latin 4× Platinum (Latin)
2007 K.O.B. Live 6× Platinum (Latin)
2008 Kings of Bachata: Sold Out at Madison Square Garden 8× Platinum (Latin)
2009 The Last 4× Platinum (Latin)
2011 Prince Royce Prince Royce Top Stop Music 3× Platinum (Latin)
2012 Romeo Santos Formula: Vol. 1 Sony Music Latin 3× Platinum (Latin)
2013 Marc Anthony 3.0 Sony Music Latin Gold (Latin)
2014 Romeo Santos Formula: Vol. 2 Sony Music Latin 4× Platinum (Latin)

See also[edit]


  • "Tropical Albums". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 2010-06-05.  NOTE: Tropical Albums prior to 2004 are listed under the "Tropical Songs" chart.
  1. ^ "Billboard Methodolody". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Archived from the original on 2008-07-31. Retrieved 2009-01-10. 
  2. ^ Mayfield, Geoff (21 May 2005). "Amid Moms' Gifts, Reznor Nails The Big Chart". Billboard 117 (21). Prometheus Global Media. p. 47. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Tropical Albums". Billboard. 2013-06-29. Retrieved 2013-06-25. 
  4. ^ "RIAA Certifications". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 2009-04-27. [dead link]
  5. ^ Billboard Year-end Charts (1986). 1986-12-27. Retrieved 2010-12-22. 
  6. ^ Billboard Year-end Charts (1987). 1987-12-26. Retrieved 2010-12-22. 
  7. ^ "Billboard Year-end Charts (1994)". Rock On The Net. 1994-12-25. Retrieved 2009-02-23. 
  8. ^ "Billboard Year-end Charts (1997)". Rock On The Net. 1997-12-25. Retrieved 2009-02-23. 
  9. ^ "Billboard Year-end Charts (1998)". Rock On The Net. 1998-12-25. Retrieved 2009-02-23. 
  10. ^ "Billboard Year-end Charts (1999)". Rock On The Net. 1999-12-25. Retrieved 2009-02-23. 
  11. ^ "Billboard Year-end Charts (2000)". Rock On The Net. 2000-12-25. Retrieved 2009-02-23. 
  12. ^ Year-End: Tropical Albums

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