Alejandro Fernandez sets Latin chart record

Mexican singer has three albums debut in top 10

MIAMI -- Mexican singer Alejandro Fernandez made history by having three albums debut simultaneously on the Top Ten of Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart, a first in the chart's 16-year history.

Fernandez's pop set, "Dos Mundos: Evolucion," (Universal Music Latino) debuted at No. 2 on the chart, while his regional Mexican set, "Dos Mundos: Tradicion" (Fonovisa), debuted at No. 3. A third, combo set with both albums, simply titled "Dos Mundos," came in at No. 10.

Likewise, "Evolucion" and "Tradicion" were at No. 1 on the Latin Pop Albums and Regional Mexican Albums charts respectively.

Fernandez had already set precedent earlier this year by announcing that he would simultaneously release two distinct albums of completely different material in two different genres-Regional Mexican and pop--something that hadn't been attempted before in the Latin realm. Both albums were released by sister labels under Universal Music Latin Entertainment and were promoted with different singles to different radio formats.

Had sales of Fernandez's three albums been counted together, or even if sales of the "Dos Mundos" set had been joined with those of either of the other two albums, Fernandez would have come in at No. 1 on the Top Latin Albums chart. As it is, the spot was reclaimed by Aventura's "The Last" (Premium).