By Justino Aguila
Reggaeton star Yandel can now bring out the bubbly as his first solo album, "De Lider a Leyanda" (From Leader to Legend), debuts at No. 1 on the Top Latin Albums chart.
"I\'m thrilled with everything," Yandel told Billboard during a recent album release party at Club Nokia. "I\'m happy with the album and the direction of the music."
Yandel, best known for his work with his musical partner Wisin of more than a decade, has every reason to celebrate as this is his first No. 1 as a lead artist on the chart. The momentum has been building in recent weeks as Yandel\'s single "Hable de Ti" spent 12 weeks at No. 1 on Latin Rhythm Airplay, peaking at No. 5, on Hot Latin Songs in October. It also reached No. 10 on Latin Digital Songs.
Yandel\'s other single, "Hasta Abajo," has maintained the No. 2 spot on Latin Rhythm Airplay, inching closer to Wisin\'s No. 1 spot on the same chart with "Que Viva La Vida." Wisin & Yanel have posted 15 No. 1s together on the chart as well.
Earlier this year Wisin and Yandel announced they were taking time off individually to work on other projects, but not breaking up.
"Yandel is very happy doing his own work, " Armando Lozano, the singer\'s manager, said. "Wisin and Yandel will continue to work together on [the singing competition program] ‘La Voz Mexico’ until December. In 2014, Yandel is expected to tour on his own in addition to working on TV projects and possibility a film."
Lozano said that this is a good time for Yandel to experience his career as a solo artist as a way to explore different facets of his life.
However, many fans (more than 3 million on Twitter alone) are wondering when Wisin and Yandel are returning to the recording studio together again given their long-term commitments as solo artists.
"I cannot tell you that there is plan like that," Lozano said. "The only plan right now is to work the album as a soloist and if there are invitations for Yandel and Wisin to do something together then it\'s something they can do. But the most concrete thing right now is for Yandel to continue as a solo artist and see what happens."
A Yandel tour is expected to be announced in the next few months that would take the entertainer to Latin America, then the U.S., according to Lozano.