The 14-track set of classics, which was released Aug. 28 via Seltrack/Disa/UMLE, was recorded live in Buenos Aires in 2019 under the direction of Diego Álvarez (Plataforma TV) and co-produced by Rodolfo Lugo and Jorge Mejía-Avante. The effort brought together Argentina, Chile and Mexico with Vicentico, Palito Ortega, Soledad, Julieta Venegas and Lali, among a few of the guest artists.
“This is unexpected news,” Elías Mejía-Avante, lead vocalist and bassist, tells Billboard. “This maintains us even more united with our Argentinean audience which has supported us for so long. Revamping these classics is one of the coolest things we’ve ever had.”
De Buenos Aires Para El Mundo opens with 2,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Sept. 3, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data; most of which are attributed to streaming activity. The set registered 3.5 million on-demand streams of the set’s tracks in its debut week.
The Regional Mexican Albums chart ranks the most popular regional Mexican albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units comprise album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).
“The production done in Argentina was first class,” Mejia-Avante continues. “It was something impressive. It’s extremely gratifying knowing that our classics which arrived in Argentina in 1994, have been so well received in such distant lands, and it is an honor to be able to relive them now with contemporary artists.”
De Buenos Aires Para El Mundo was preceded by three songs on the Regional Mexican Airplay chart. “Amor a Primera Vista,” with Belinda and Lalo Ebratt, featuring Horacio Palencia (No. 2 peak, June 2019), “Acaríñame,” with Julieta Venegas and Juan Ingramo (No. 6 peak, Dec. 2019) and “Y la Hice Llorar,” featuring Abel Pintos (No. 7 peak, June 13-dated tally).
“We enjoyed all collaborations,” Mejía-Avante adds. “Each artist has their own particularity, and the truth is that we get along well with everyone. One of the most interesting collaborations was Vicentico’s because even though he comes from a totally different genre, his vocals fit perfectly in “Cómo Te Olvidar”. He is a very calm and very friendly person, we really enjoyed his performance which was first class.”
While the revamped tune with Vicentico hasn’t entered the Billboard charts, the classic earned Los Angeles Azules their first Regional Mexican Airplay entry and first top 10. The song peaked at No. 5 in Jan. 1997 and remained in the top 10 for 11 weeks.