Santana's 'Corazon' Reaches U.S. Latin Double Platinum Album Status
According to a press release and his Twitter account, Carlos Santana's first-ever Latin album, Corazón, has just reached U.S. Latin double-platinum status. Released on May 6, it is his 22nd studio album and was the top-selling Latin Music album in the U.S. for six straight weeks. It is currently at No. 2 in Top Latin Pop Albums and No. 4 in Top Latin Albums, though it has reached No. 1 in both.
The album has also topped the iTunes album charts of 24 countries.
Many notable Latin musicians collaborated with Santana on Corazón, including Gloria Estefan, Ziggy Marley, Miguel, Pitbull, Juanes, Romeo Santos, Soledad and Lila Downs. This diverse group of musicians results in the album's unique rhythm, weaving genres from pop to reggae with more classic Latin music styles like bachata and salsa. Despite all of this blending with new music, there are some old Santana hits that were remade for Corazón as well, including "Oye Como Va."
In an interview with Billboard, Santana said he wanted to mix "soulful guests [and] with that kind of vibration of el barrio," and that the intent was "to change the energy of the world with this project."
This effort to make the album a reflection of his audience and their cultures played especially well to a sold out crowd in Guadalajara, Mexico. The concert was called a "once in a lifetime" event, was broadcasted on HBO for both U.S. and Latin America audiences, and is available on DVD.