If anyone has made 2020 his year, it’s Bad Bunny.
Amid a pandemic, economic crises, and the impossibility of doing live shows, the Puerto Rican artist has released three albums and has made the covers of major U.S. publications.
Now, only weeks before the end of the year, San Benito has decided to close his golden year with “El Último Tour del Mundo,” an album that sadly seems to imply an early retirement for the young artist.
As explained by the New York Times, Bad Bunny has marked a milestone in the music industry with his latest album, which has become the first all-Spanish LP to top the Billboard 200 album chart.
Similarly, according to Nielsen Music, “El Último Tour” had the equivalent of 116,000 sales in the United States, including 146 million streams and 12,000 copies sold as a complete package.
According to Billboard, two albums “mostly” in Spanish have taken first place before: Il Divo’s “Ancora” (2006) and Selena’s “Dreaming of You” (1995), but Bad Bunny is the first to reach No. 1 with entirely Spanish lyrics.
Streaming has been vital to Bad Bunny’s success: it’s popular worldwide, and last week Spotify announced that it was the service’s most broadcast act so far in 2020, with 8.3 billion clicks on its songs.
“For El Último Tour Del Mundo, Bad Bunny transports himself a decade into the future, imagining the music he’d play on his final world tour in 2030,” describes Matthew Ismael Ruiz in his review of the album for Pitchfork. “It’s not his best record, but that’s almost beside the point.
“It’s morose, introspective, and pulls from post-punk and rock en español as much as it does hip-hop and R&B,” he adds.