Turns out lukewarm reviews and misguided retail boycotts weren’t enough to suppress Jennifer Lopez’s Spanish-language debut. Como Ama Una Mujer debuted this week at No. 10 on Billboard‘s album chart, easily besting new releases from the likes of Macy Gray, Mika, Redman, and Kaiser Chiefs. (It also landed at No. 1 on the Top Latin Albums chart.) That’s no mean feat; the only other all-Spanish-language albums to enter in the top 10 have been by global megastars like Shakira, Don Omar, Maná, and Selena.
Lopez must be feeling pretty vindicated right now, especially given how personally invested she was in this project. “What I do in Spanish is different than what I do in English,” she told EW’s Margeaux Watson in January. “There are definitely those two sides to me — there’s the Bronx girl who loves to dance and sing and do acting, and then there’s this romantic, introspective, thoughtful, emotional person, and I get to do that in Spanish.”
It’s also a victory for Lopez’s creative partnership with hubby Marc Anthony, who co-produced the album. “[Marc] knew what I wanted to accomplish with this album,” Lopez said. “Vocally, he was able to give me the confidence… He just taught me a different approach to singing.” Evidently, record buyers like the result.