Los Tigres del Norte Return to Regional Mexican Albums Chart Top 10 With ‘At Folsom Prison’


The live set becomes the band’s 41st top 10.

Los Tigres del Norte return to the top 10 of the Regional Mexican Albums chart after three-and-a-half years with their live set Los Tigres del Norte At Folsom Prison, as the album debuts at No. 10 on the Sept. 28-dated list.

It’s the norteño band’s record-extending 41st top 10 on the tally as a group, who continues to lead the pack with the most top 10s since the chart’s inception in 1985, the same year it scored its first chart entry and first No. 1 with La Jaula De Oro. Overall, Los Tigres extend their second-most top 10 record, trailing only Vicente Fernandez who still leads with 49 top 10s.

The effort doubles as the soundtrack to the Netflix concert documentary of the same name. Carrying on Johnny Cash’s Folsom legacy (the Man in Black’s live At Folsom Prison was recorded 50 years ago), the San Jose-based band gives new life to its songs with the first live concert recording from the prison since Cash’s.

Los Tigres’ Folsom, which was released Sept. 13 Fonovisa/ UMLE, opens with a little over 1,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Sept. 19, according to Nielsen Music, mainly on the strength of streaming activity (1.4 million on-demand audio streams) four days following its parent film’s Netflix premiere on Sept. 15. 

Folsom concurrently arrives at No. 40 on Top Latin Albums and yields one entry on the Regional Mexican Airplay chart: “La Prisión De Folsom (Folsom Prison Blues)” which rises to No. 28 on the current chart week

“The low debut of ‘La Prisión’ on the chart is mainly due to that it hasn’t officially been released to radio,” Jaike Romero, Radio Consulting Regional Mexican for Fresno, Orlando and Tampa markets, tells Billboard. “We haven’t received the song and it needs to have its national radio release especially after the Netflix documentary premiere, but even so, I believe a No. 28 rank is still attractive, we just have to be patient.”

Moving up the Regional Mexican Airplay chart, singer-songwriter El Fantasma secures his seventh (and fourth straight) top 10 as “El Circo” lifts 12-6 with 4.4 million in audience impressions (an 18% gain) collected in the week ending Sept. 19, according to Nielsen Music.

“El Circo” is the title track from El Circo, his sixth album which debuted and peaked at No. 4 on the Regional Mexican Albums chart (June 15-dated chart); his sixth consecutive top 10 debut. The corridos singer nabbed his first top 10 on the Regional Mexican Airplay tally a little over two years ago when his breakout single, “Mi 45,” peaked at No. 5 on May 2017. Since then all except for one of his eight entries have secured a spot in the list’s top tier.