Becky G & More Female Latin Urban Singers Who Have Made an Impact in 2017

Becky G
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Becky G poses for a portrait at the 2017 Latin American Music Awards at Dolby Theatre on Oct. 25, 2017 in Hollywood. 

This year, the dominance of men in the Latin urban genre has dwindled. Finally, girls have conquered the popular genre, and have made very clear that they also have the power and talent to take over the charts.

For example, Becky G’s “Mayores" with Bad Bunny peaked No. 3 on the Hot Latin Songs chart (dated Nov. 25) and the song has given much to talk about because of its lyrics. Women like Becky have turned the game around, deciding to take the initiative to sing controversial songs and partner with male singers -- but keep themselves at the forefront.

Below, Billboard highlights five outstanding girls who have stepped up and created a movement to culminate the dominance of men during 2017.


Although Anitta has surprised us in previous years, collaborating with J Balvin and Maluma, this year the Brazilian singer was stronger than ever. Not only has she been working in Spanish, but she also announced that is working on an English album. On Billboard's year-end tallies, she landed No. 45 on Social 50 chart and her new song with J Balvin, "Downtown," peaked No. 24 on Hot Latin Songs (dated Dec. 16).

Becky G

Becky G made an unexpected twist in her music. This year she joined forces with the rising trap singer Bad Bunny to release the controversial "Mayores." The single peaked at No. 74 on the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Dec. 9), while reaching her highest point on Hot Latin Songs chart at No. 3 -- only trailing behind “Despacito” and “Mi Gente." The song's catchy vibes even earned Becky G a spot on the Billboard's 100 best songs of 2017: critics' picks list.

Natti Natasha

This year, Natti Natasha surprised us with a new single called “Criminal” with Ozuna. The song positioned the Dominican singer back at the top five years since her collaboration with Don Omar, "Dutty Love," conquered the Latin charts. “Criminal” peaked No. 6 on Hot Latin Songs (dated Nov. 25) and the music video has over 813 millions of views on Youtube.

Karol G

Colombian rising star Karol G is one of the few girls who completely joined the trap movement. Her song “Ahora Me Llama” with Bad Bunny entered the top 10 on Hot Latin Songs chart on Nov. 14, and her album debut Unstoppable debuted No.1 on Latin Album Sales and No. 2 on Top Latin Albums (Nov. 18 charts).


Also from Colombia, Farina was discovered by Romeo Santos who signed her under Roc Nation Latin. Recently, Farina dropped the new song “Mucho Pa Ti”. Back in January, she was one of three artists nominated for the Artist of Tomorrow campaign in conjunction with the 59th GRAMMY Awards and Also, Farina is a 2018 Official SXSW Showcasing Artist and will perform at the festival in Austin, TX.

Billboard Year in Music 2017