Recently, the top 40 of the albums that had the greatest commercial success in the world were known, and contrary to the records of platforms such as Spotify, in which the urban genre led -at least in Latin America- with references such as J Balvin, Maluma and the Puerto Rican Bad Bunny, the truth is that Reggaeton does not appear in the list where the sales records were measured in 2021.
And the expectation was great after The boy from Medellín will throw ‘José’, on September 10, in which collaborations with other representatives of the genre in the region appear, like Sech, Myke Towers, Jhay Cortez, Ozuna and even with Skillex in the world famous ‘In da getto’. On the other hand, Maluma began 2021 with the publication of # 7DJ (7 days in Jamaica), the first EP -Extended play- made by the country, consisting of seven songs.
However, and despite the influence of these and other representatives of the national genre such as Sebastián Yatra, Feid or Farina herself with FloWres, launched in April 2021, none of them appeared in the top. There are not even exponents of the region, taking into account the boom that Benito Martínez has – Bad Bunny’s first name -, in addition to Rauw Alejandro, Camilo Echeverry and La Rosalía, among others.
According to data collected by the specialized portal Media Traffic, lNorth American Olivia Rodrigo ranked first on this list with ‘Sour’, an album released in May last year and containing 11 singles, including ‘Drivers License’, a hit that became popular around the world, helping to catapult his career. In total, the artist sold approximately 4.1 million records; In addition, it is worth remembering that this production was enough for him to obtain seven nominations for the 2022 Anglo Grammy Awards.
Behind ‘Sour’ appears’ 30 ′, Adele’s album that swept sales in a short time with respect to the launch of Olivia Rodrigo’s work, since from November 19 – publication day – until the end of the year, approximately 3.7 million copies were sold.
Completing the podium, and to the surprise of many, appears ‘The Double Album’, by country music singer Morgan Wallen, whose success has resulted in a total of 3.5 million records sold. It is followed in the ranking by the K-pop band NCT Dream, with ‘Hot Sauce’, selling three million copies, and in fifth place is Dua Lipa and her production ‘Future Nostalgia’, which had a balance of less than three million sales, despite the fact that said work was released in March 2020 under the Warner Records label.
Other artists like Ed Sheeran, Billie Eilish, ABBA -with their comeback album Voyage-, Justin Bieber and the K-pop groups Seventeen and NCT 127 also appear in the top., but in positions that complete the top 10 and up to the top 25. It should also be mentioned that the Media Traffic portal made this measurement by compiling and analyzing the official sales lists of approximately 30 countries that make up the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry -IFPI for its acronym in English- and whose official data will be released in the coming days.
Finally, and according to Spotify, the top 200 songs with the most reproductions in streaming is led by ‘Monastery’, by Ryan Castro and Freid, followed by ‘Medallo’, by the Colombian Blessd and ‘Wasa Wasa’ also by the paisa Ryan Castro. The fourth and fifth position is occupied by ‘Yo no se’ by Chucho Flash and Flex, and ‘Yonaguni’ by Bad Bunny.