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Tropical Albums (formerly known as Tropical/Salsa) is a record chart published by Billboard magazine. Established in June 1985, the chart compiles information about the top-selling albums in genres like salsa, merengue, bachata, cumbia, and vallenato, which are frequently considered tropical music. The chart features only full-length albums and, like all Billboard album charts, is based on sales. The information is compiled by Nielsen SoundScan from a sample representing more than 90% of the U.S. music retail market, including not only music stores and music departments at electronics and department stores but also direct-to-consumer transactions and Internet sales (both physical albums and digital downloads). A limited number of verifiable sales at concert venues is also tabulated. [1] Innovations by El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico was the first album to reach number-one in the chart. Up until May 21, 2005, reggaeton albums appeared on the chart. After the installation of the Latin Rhythm Albums chart, reggaeton titles could no longer appear on the Tropical Albums chart. By removing reggaeton albums from the Tropical Albums chart, it opened slots for re-entries and debuts. American bachata group Aventura claimed the top spot on the Tropical Albums chart, which marked the first time since the issue dated November 6, 2004 that an reggaeton album was not at the number-one spot. [2]

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The current number-one album, as of the June 18, 2022 issue is Formula, Vol. 2 by Romeo Santos. [3]

Chart achievements

Artist with the most number-ones

Year-end best selling albums

According to the RIAA, albums containing more than 50% Spanish language content are awarded with gold certifications (Disco de Oro) for U.S. shipments of 100,000 units; platinum (Disco de Platino) for 200,000 and multi-platinum (Multi-Platino) for 400,000 and following in increments of 200,000 thereafter. [4]

YearArtistAlbumLabelRIAA certification
1986 [5] Frankie Ruiz Solista Pero No Solo Rodven Records
1987 [6] Eddie Santiago Atrevido y Diferente
1988 [7] Sigo Atrevido
1989 [8] Invasión de la Privacidad
1990 [9] Luis Enrique Mi Mundo Sony Discos
1991 [10] Juan Luis Guerra Bachata Rosa KAREN RecordsPlatinum (Latin)
1992 [11] Gilberto Santa Rosa Perspectiva Sony Discos 2× Platinum (Latin)
1993 [12] Jerry Rivera Cuenta Conmigo 4× Platinum (Latin)
1994 [13] Gloria Estefan Mi Tierra Epic 16× Platinum (Latin)
1995
1996 Abriendo Puertas 6× Platinum (Latin)
1997 [14] Charlie Zaa Sentimientos SonoluxPlatinum
1998 [15] Buena Vista Social Club Buena Vista Social Club World Circuit Platinum
1999 [16] Elvis Crespo Suavemente Sony Discos Platinum
2000 [17] Marc Anthony Desde Un Principio: From the Beginning RMM Gold
2001 Son by Four Son by Four Sony Discos Gold
2002 Marc Anthony Libre Gold
2003 [18] Celia Cruz Hits Mix 2× Platinum (Latin)
2004 Daddy Yankee Barrio Fino El Cartel Records Platinum
2005
2006 Aventura God's Project Stritchcode/Premium Latin4× Platinum (Latin)
2007 K.O.B. Live 6× Platinum (Latin)
2008 Kings of Bachata: Sold Out at Madison Square Garden 8× Platinum (Latin)
2009 The Last 4× Platinum (Latin)
2010
2011 Prince Royce Prince Royce Top Stop Music 3× Platinum (Latin)
2012 Romeo Santos Formula: Vol. 1 Sony Music Latin 3× Platinum (Latin)
2013 Marc Anthony 3.0 4× Platinum (Latin)
2014 Romeo Santos Formula: Vol. 2 11× Platinum (Latin)
2015
2016 Gente de Zona Visualízate 1× Platinum (Latin)
2017 Romeo Santos Golden 11× Platinum (Latin)
2018
2019 Aventura Todavia Me Amas: Lo Mejor de Aventura
2020
2021

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This is a list of notable events in Latin music that took place in 1992.

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