El Amor starts with 2,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending March 25, according to MRC Data. The bulk of the album’s opening sum stem from streaming-equivalent album (SEA) units, as the songs on the album earned 2.1 million streams in its first tracking week.The pop-urban flavored set was released March 18 via Warner Latina.
The set is a follow-up to the quartet’s sophomore studio album Ubuntu, the Colombian act’s first entry on any Billboard album chart (No. 5 peak, May 2018) when Juan David Castaño, one of the founding members, was still on board. El Amor En Tiempos de Perreo, now with David Lorduy Hernández (Lorduy) as Cataño’s successor, marks the group’s first Latin Pop Albums entry in almost three years.
“The pandemic was a totally different challenge that required each of us to finish the album from our individual homes,” the band’s Pablo Mejía tells Billboard. “We each recorded voices and guitars separately in our own home studios, and would send everything over to Dim (David Escobar).”
“The most challenging aspect of the entire album process was choosing which songs would make it on the album from so many good ones,” Lorduy continues. “We enjoyed the process, learning every day in each session from the different producers and composers, but the main challenge was to make sure that each song sounded different.”
The set was preceded by three songs on Latin Pop Airplay: “Una Vida Para Recordar,” with Myke Towers (No. 15 peak, Sept. 2019); “Querida,” with Feid (No. 12 high, Aug. 2020); and “Más De La Una,” with Maluma, which peaks at No. 6 on the current chart. The latter is Piso 21’s highest charting title on any Billboard Latin airplay chart since “Déjala Que Vuelva,” with Manuel Turizo, in March 2018 (No. 6 high).
“The truth is that we make music for the public and it fills us with joy and it’s exciting to know that the music is connecting and is making numbers and is reaching people,” Mejía adds. “We are very grateful for what we have, and we are very happy with the fact that our dreams are being fulfilled, it is a huge blessing.”
The 16-track effort includes a varicolored set of collaborators, from Maluma, Black Eyed Peas and Christian Nodal, to Myke Towers, De La Ghetto, Zion & Lennox, Lalo Ebratt, and more.
“‘El Amor En Los Tiempos Del Perreo’ is the song that defines Piso 21 at the moment,” Pablo comments. “It is the middle point between the perreo tracks and the romantic tracks. Regarding the collaborations, we admire all of them, they are artists that we respect and it’s an honor to have them in our album.”