Saturday, May 16, 2009

Latin music biz looks for summer sales boost

MIAMI (Billboard) – So far, it's been a long, dry 2009 for Latin music, without a single blockbuster release since Marco Antonio Solis' "No Molestar" (Fonovisa) last October.

Now as summer approaches, a trio of major releases should breathe some life into the relatively listless Latin retail landscape. Even with these titles, retailers aren't shouting victory just yet. With sales in a serious slump, the mood is one of cautious optimism.

Reggaeton duo Wisin & Yandel will release "La Revolucion" (Machete/Universal) May 26. Urban bachata act Aventura's new album, "The Last" (Premium/Son), comes out June 9. And on June 23, pop star Paulina Rubio will release "Gran City Pop" (Universal Music Latino).

These are all top acts with strong sales histories. Wisin & Yandel's last studio album, 2007's "Los Extraterrestres," sold 434,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Aventura hasn't released a new studio album since 2005's "God's Project," which sold 316,000 in the United States, while two subsequent live albums have sold more than 600,000 combined, according to SoundScan.

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