Ivan Cornejo is an up-and-coming singer-songwriter in the regional Mexican music scene, known for his unique blend of heavy rock and traditional Mexican music. With a successful debut album and growing popularity on TikTok, Cornejo is quickly making a name for himself in the music industry.
Early Life and Inspiration
Born in Riverside, California in 2004, Cornejo taught himself how to play the guitar by watching tutorials on YouTube. His first guitar piece was “La Bamba” by Ritchie Valens. At the age of 13, a breakup inspired Cornejo to start writing music, and he hasn’t stopped since.
Debut Album Success
Cornejo’s debut album Alma Vacia was a hit, peaking at number two on the US Billboard Regional Mexican Albums chart and number seven on the Top Latin Albums chart. The album sold 6,000 album-equivalent units and remained in the top ten of the Regional Mexican Albums chart for 35 weeks. His songwriting credits also led to him peaking atop the Billboard Latin Songwriters chart in 2021. The New York Times named Alma Vacia as one of the best albums of the year.
Rising Popularity on TikTok
Cornejo’s single “Está Dañada” went viral on TikTok in 2021, which helped to boost his popularity. Moreover, the song peaked at number 61 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making it the second regional Mexican song to chart on the Hot 100. Billboard magazine even included Cornejo in their “Artist on the Rise” column in October 2021.
Second Album and Continued Success
Cornejo’s second studio album Dañado, released in 2022, debuted and peaked at number one on the Regional Mexican Albums chart. The album sold 8,000 album-equivalent units, and peaked at number four on the Top Latin Albums chart. It also peaked at number 28 on the Billboard 200 chart. Cornejo has been nominated for New Regional Mexican Artist at the 2022 Premios Juventud.
Cornejo’s music is influenced by T3R Elemento and Grupo Los De La O, as well as the alternative rock genre, which his brother and mother often listened to during his upbringing. His guitar solos in his songs showcase these influences and add a unique touch to his music.
Overall, Ivan Cornejo’s talent and growing success in the regional Mexican music scene are worth paying attention to. With a strong debut album, rising popularity on TikTok, and continued success with his second album, Cornejo is an artist to watch in the coming years.