Amoeba Hollywood Latin Charts For July/August

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, August 18, 2008 10:33pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Hollywood’s Top Selling Latin Music for the months of July & August:

Julieta Venegas - MTV Unplugged
Manu Chao - Clandestino
Eydie Gorme Y Los Panchos - Cantan En Español
Ximena Sarinaña - Mediocre
Manu Chao - La Radiolina
Quetzal - Die Cowboy Die
Thalia - Lunada
Mana - Arde El Cielo
Molotov - Donde Jugaran Las Niñas (reissue)
Belanova - Fantasia Pop

With the power of MTV Tr3s behind her and a great line-up of special guests, Julieta Venegas not only has sold the most CD’s but also DVD’s in the Latin Rock section. Manu Chao continues to sell a gazillion CDs, capturing the # 2 & 4 spots. A surprise at number 3 is Eydie Gorme y Los Panchos’ 1964 classic, Cantan En Español, getting the mom vote. Ximena Sarinaña is the latest Mexican actress to release an album. She has already gone gold in Mexico and is not doing too bad at the store either. Local favs Quetzal have outsold major label artists like Thalia and Mana at Amoeba Hollywood despite having no label, no radio or video play and very little promotion. Ah, Amoeba, the great equalizer!

Salsa Top 5:

Spanish Harlem Orchestra - Across 110th Street
Manolito Simonet - Control
V/A - Salsa Dura Show
Joe Bataan - Joe Bataan Anthology
New Swing Sextet - Back On The Streets

This chart is a little skewed due to the fact that we got to sell the Spanish Harlem Orchestra catalog at their performance at the Santa Monica Pier last month. Otherwise, Manolito Simonet would be on the top of the chart. Manolito came on strong for all the Timbaheads in L.A. The Timbaheads might be small in numbers, but man, are they loyal! Timba, which originates in Cuba, is a very fast and musical version of Cuban music that is quite difficult to dance to unless you are in the know. You can tell a Timbahead at a Salsa dance club when the DJ drops a Timba track and everyone sits down except for the 'heads. Joe Bataan (and for that matter, Ralfi Pagan) always sells due to his crossover appeal with the oldies set. The surprise was the new release by The New Swing Sextet. It was their first release in many years and KJAZZ, L.A.'s only true jazz station, was all over it. I haven’t had a chance to listen to it yet but I heard from the fans of the group that it’s a monster of a CD.

Reggaeton & Bachata Top 5:

Wisin Y Yandel - Los Extraterrestes
Daddy Yankee - Talento De Barrio
Calle 13 - S/T
Aventura - Kings OF Bachata
Flex - Te Quiero

Wisin Y Yandel are the heartthrobs of the Reggaeton world, but soon maybe taken over by Daddy Yankee’s Talento De Barrio, which came out a week ago. Calle 13 & Flex are solid sellers, but my personal favorite is Aventura. A few months ago, MTV Tr3s made some hilarious promotional commercials playing on the group's heartthrob appeal. The commercials are genius. The band seems to be good sports as well.

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