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Gabito Ballesteros Debuts Across Billboard Albums Charts With ‘The GB’

Gabito Ballesteros debuts across Billboard’s album charts as The GB launches at No. 3 on the Regional Mexican Albums chart and at No. 5 on Top Latin Albums chart (dated June 8). His debut studio full-length album, released May 23 via Los CT/Instercope/ICLG, marks his first visit to any Billboard albums ranking. The GB concurrent debuts at No. 65 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart, the 24-year-old’s first foray there.

The GB opens with 14,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the tracking week ending May 30, according to Luminate. Streams contribute most of the debut week activity, which equates to 19.6 million official on-demand streams of the album’s songs.

The 22-track set is Ballesteros’ first entry on the Regional Mexican Albums and Top Latin Albums tallies, after notching previous entries across Billboard‘s songs rankings, including a No. 1 on Hot Latin Songs, and two top 20 performances on the Billboard Global 200 chart.

As The GB launches at No. 3 on Regional Mexican Albums, it joins two other efforts with an equal No. 3 start in 2024 –the highest opening among the five top 10 debuts this year. Further, it gives imprint Los CT its maiden top 10 start since the regional Mexican ranking launched in 1985. Here’s the recap of those 2024 top 10 debuts:

Debut Pos., Artist, Title, Debut Date

  • No. 5, Oscar Maydon, Distorsión, Jan. 6
  • No. 3, Luis R Conriquez, Corridos Bélicos, Vol. IV, Jan. 20
  • No. 3, Fuerza Regida, Dolido, Pero No Arrepentido (EP), Feb. 24
  • No. 6, Grupo Frontera, Jugando A Que No Pasa Nada, May 25
  • No. 3, Gabito Ballesteros, The GB, June 8, 2024

On the song realm, “Sin Yolanda,” with Peso Pluma, leads three The GB entries on the multimetric Hot Latin Songs chart, where it opens at No. 20, powered mostly by 3.1 million official U.S. streams. The set’s previously charted song “El Boss,” with Natanael Cano, rises 50-44 (largely from 1.9 million streams), while “Lucky Charms,” with both collaborators, Cano and Pluma, bows at No. 47 (mostly from 1.8 million streams).

The album was also preceded by the No. 19-peaking “A Puro Dolor’ on Regional Mexican Airplay, Ballesteros’ banda-driven take of Son By Four’s ubiquitous pop hit, which dominated both, Hot Latin Songs and the overall Latin Airplay list for 20 weeks in 2000. The song concurrently gifted Ballesteros his third entry on the latter, where it debuted and peaked at No. 41 (chart dated April 27).

Camilo Launches Tropical Albums Era With ‘Cuatro’

Elsewhere on the Latin charts, Latin pop singer-songwriter Camilo makes his debut on the Tropical Albums chart with Cuatro. The 12-song album is the sum of three previously released three-song projects (uno, dos, tres) along with three new songs.

The effort arrives at No. 6 on Tropical Albums with a little over 2,000 equivalent album units, mostly driven by streaming activity. That sum equates to 3.2 million official on-demand audio and video streams for the album’s songs this week, with a negligible amount of activity from track-equivalent units.

As Cuatro debuts, Camilo secures his first entry and top 10 on the list, after placing three top 10 albums on Latin Pop Albums, including the No. 1-peaking Por Primera Vez (two weeks atop in 2020).

Cuatro, released May 23 via Hecho a Mano/Sony Music Latin, was preceded by one song: “Plis,” a collab with wife Eva Luna Montaner, which took the couple to a No. 36 high on Latin Airplay (March 30) and gifted the Colombian soloist his sixth top 10 Tropical Airplay (peaked at No. 4 on March 16).

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