December 19, 2009 / 12:01 AM / 10 years ago

Chart-topper Solis named Latin artist of the decade

Mexican singer Marco Antonio Solis performs during the 49th International Song Festival in Vina Del Mar city, about 75 miles (120 km) northwest of Santiago, February 24, 2008. REUTERS/Eliseo Fernandez

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Veteran singer-songwriter Marco Antonio Solis finishes the decade as Billboard’s top Latin artist, an achievement earned by his combined performance on the Top Latin Albums and Hot Latin Songs charts during the past 10 years.

His 20 hit singles on the Latin Songs chart during the decade were impressive, but it was Solis’ steady success on the Latin Albums chart that pushed him to the top. Since 2000, he has earned eight No. 1 albums, tying Los Temerarios for the most leaders during that span.

Strangely enough, while Solis was a mainstay on the weekly Latin Albums chart with numerous releases, none of them rank within the top 10 on the decade-end Latin Albums recap. That region of the tally paints a different, much younger picture.

Latin pop songstress Shakira, for example, began her ascent to superstardom at the turn of the decade and is the only female to rank in the top 10 on the top artists recap (No. 8). Her smash single “La Tortura” with Alejandro Sanz spent a record 25 weeks at the summit of Hot Latin Songs in 2005, good enough to garner the No. 3 position on the Hot Latin Songs decade-end rankings.

The youth explosion was also felt thanks to the emergence of the reggaeton movement in the early 2000s. Billboard created the Latin Rhythm chart in 2005 and it became home to such now-household names as Daddy Yankee, Wisin & Yandel and Don Omar.

Four of the top 10 Latin Albums of the decade are credited to rhythmic artists, most notably Daddy Yankee’s “Barrio Fino” and “Barrio Fino: En Directo,” which finish at Nos. 1 and 3, respectively. Additionally, Daddy Yankee tops the decade’s Latin Albums Artists list.

Regardless of age, love still prevails on the Latin charts. This is evidenced by the surprising top two titles on the Hot Latin Songs decade-end tally. No. 2 on the list is rapper Flex’s breakout single from 2008, “Te Quiero,” which spent 20 weeks at the summit. And the No. 1 title on the Hot Latin Songs decade recap belongs to pop group Son by Four, with its crossover hit “A Puro Dolor.” The song spent 20 weeks at the top of Hot Latin Songs in 2000.

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