Despite a male-dominated scene, many women in the Latin music industry have paved the way for a growing wave of talented girls in the biz.
Not afraid to pen their feelings in songs and drop unfiltered, relatable tunes, women such as Thalía, Shakira, Ivy Queen and Natti Natasha have changed the game, empowering women and inspiring young girls around the world to follow their dreams.
In honor of International Women’s Day on Friday (March 8), Billboard Latin put together a list of the last 10 albums by women to debut in the top 10 on the Top Latin Albums chart. Check them out below:
Natti Natasha’s ilumiNATTI debuted at No. 3 on 3/2/2019
Natti Natasha’s debut album launched at No. 3 on the Top Latin Albums chart dated March 2, scoring the largest week for a Latin album by a solo woman in more than a year and a half.
Thalia’s Valiente debuted at No. 7 on 11/24/2018
In addition to debuting at No. 7 on the Top Latin Albums chart (dated Nov. 24), Thalía’s Valiente concurrently debuted at No. 1 on the Latin Pop Albums chart.
Rosalia’s El Mal Querer debuted at No. 10 on 11/17/2018
Rosalia landed her first top 10 and her first chart entry on the Top Latin Albums chart dated Nov. 17, 2018. “I can’t believe it!” Rosalía previously told Billboard. “I am very, very excited considering the album has a strong flamenco influence. It’s music from my roots, music I grew up with, so how can one ask for more!”
Kany Garcia’s Soy Yo debuted at No. 4 on 6/2/2018
Chiquis Rivera’s Entre Botellas debuted at No. 4 on 3/31/2018
Not only did Chiquis’ Entre Botellas debut at No. 4 on the Top Latin Albums chart dated March 31, 2018, but it was also the first album by a woman to debut at No. 1 on the Regional Mexican Albums chart since Chiquis’ late mother, Jenni Rivera, started atop the list dated Nov. 19, 2016, with Paloma Negra Desde Monterrey.
Karol G’s Unstoppable debuted at No. 2 on 11/18/2017
Karol G opened at No. 2 on the Top Latin Albums chart (dated Nov. 18) with her first studio album Unstoppable via Universal Music Latino. The set debuted with 4,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Nov. 2, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 3,000 were in traditional album sales.
Gloria Trevi & Alejandra Guzmán’s Versus debuted at No. 1 on 7/22/2017
For the first time in the 24-year history of the Top Latin Albums chart, a collaborative album from two women debuted at No. 1. Gloria Trevi and Alejandra Guzman’s team-up on Versus arrived atop the July 22-dated list. The set is Trevi’s fourth No. 1 on the chart and Guzman’s first leader.
Shakira’s El Dorado debuted at No. 2 on 6/17/2017
Shakira scored the biggest sales week for a Latin album in more than two years when El Dorado debuted at No. 1 on the Latin Album Sales chart (dated June 17) with 20,000 copies sold in the week ending June 1, according to Nielsen Music.
Ednita Nazario’s Una Vida debuted at No. 8 on 5/20/2017
Ednita Nazario debuted at No. 8 on Top Latin Albums (dated May 20) with Una Vida, granting the Puerto Rican singer her 11th top 10 on the chart.
Natalia Jimenez’s Homenaje a la Gran Señora debuted at No. 2 on 12/31/2016
“I’ve been listening to her music for a very long time and I think that having the blend of banda with my pop music, it’s perfect,” Natalia Jimenez previously told Billboard of her tribute album to Jenni Rivera. “I told the record company that if I couldn’t have the family involved in the project, I didn’t want to do it,” she adds of working with Lupillo Rivera and Chiquis on the set.