Eladio Carrión locks his second top 10 on the Latin Rhythm Albums chart (dated Jan. 23) as Monarca arrives at No. 8. The 14-track set is the follow up to Carrión’s first and only entry up to date on any Billboard chart: Sauce Boyz earned him his first top 10 on both Latin Rhythm Albums and the all-genre Top Latin Albums chart (Feb. 2020).
“It feels great just to know that more and more people like the projects I put out,” the Kansas-born Puerto Rican-based act tells Billboard. “I put so much heart into everything I release, so is very satisfying when you get good feedback.”
Monarca was released Jan. 8 via Rimas Entertainment. It starts in the top 10 with 5,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Jan. 14, according to MRC Data. Its opening sum is mostly driven by streaming activity. Monarca registered 5,000 streaming equivalent album units, which equates to 7.3 million streams generated by the songs in the album’s opening week.
Latin Rhythm Albums ranks the most popular Latin rhythmic albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units comprise traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).
“The most difficult part of the production of the album was probably finding out what direction to take with each track,” Carrión adds. “I co-produced most of the songs on the album so giving that direction, making songs from scratch, was probably the most challenging part but was also super fun.”
Monarca trails the 26-year-old’s only entry on any Billboard chart. Sauce Boyz, his breakthrough album, packed with high-profile Latin urban collaborators, earned him his first and highest ranking on a Billboard chart as the set debuted -and peaked- at No. 6 (Feb. 16, 2020) on Latin Rhythm Albums. It concurrently bowed at No. 8 on Top Latin Albums. Monarca starts at No. 11 on the latter.
Like its predecessor, the 14-track set features a cocktail of contemporaries, including J Balvin, Yandel and Cazzu, with whom he collaborated in his maiden effort.
“Each collab was incredible for me,” he muses. “Each artist blessed the track just like I imagined they would or even better but hearing Balvin rapping on a drill beat was hard though, he killed it. Everyone did.”