CMA Awards 2018

Viva Friday: The Best New Latin Music This Week by Pablo Alboran, Juanes & More

Courtesy of Warner Music Spain
Pablo Alboran

This week (June 1) in Viva Friday, listen to Silvestre Dangond's album Esto Es Vida and Pablo Alboran's new single "La Llave" with Piso 21. In addition, check out Thalia and Natti Natasha's collab "No Me Acuerdo."

The list of recommended songs, albums and videos also includes Juanes' single "Pa Dentro," "Malamente" by Rosalia, "Inolvidable" by Farruko and salsa singer Michael Stuart with "Yo Soy Nueva York."

Viva Friday is a compilation of new songs, albums and videos recommended by our editors Leila Cobo, Suzette Fernández, Justino Aguila and Judy Cantor-Navas.

Pablo Alboran, “La Llave” feat. Piso 21

Spanish singer Pablo Alboran has gone out of his comfort zone and joined forces with Colombian band Piso 21 to release “La Llave.” The song fuses pop and urban rhythms. “La Llave” was released with a music video and is included on Alboran’s new limited version of his album Prometo. -- SF

Juanes, “Pa Dentro”

"Pa Dentro," written by Juanes, Mau & Ricky Montaner and Camilo Echeverry, is a catchy song that in turn has a double-meaning lyric, following Juanes' old songs such as "La Camisa Negra." The song is Juanes’ first single from his next album, to be announced next year. -- SF

Rosalia, "Malamente"

First hailed as the new voice of flamenco, the buzz about Rosalia is quickly spreading as she defies easy definition. Want to witness the arrival of an international sensation? Just watch the video for “Malamente,” the 25-year-old’s first single from her upcoming album, produced in tandem with El Guincho. -- JCN

Silvestre Dangond, Esto Es Vida (Sony Music US Latin)

Dangond, one of Colombia’s biggest vallenato stars, has long been pushing the boundaries of the genre. In his last set, Gente Valiente, Dangond explored other genres in a bid for more international recognition. He got it. And while Esto Es Vida is ostensibly a return to his roots, it is with major twists and turns. Songs like “Pierde Conmigo la Razón” have the vallenato accordions, but the vibe is almost pop; “Lo Mejor e Que Volvamos” starts with the briefest of electric guitar intros. They are small nods to a smaller world that’s open to bigger fusions. The glue is Dangond’s trademark songs, catchy but substantial and satisfying; vallenato with a dollop of pop and universal appeal. -- LC

Farruko, “Inolvidable”

Urban singer Farruko is back to his musical roots with "Inolvidable" (Unforgettable). The song mixes reggae sounds that accelerate to the reggaeton beats. It follows the line of “Sunset” -- the hit he recorded with Nicky Jam and Shaggy. "Inolvidable" was released with a music video; watch it below. -- SF

Michael Stuart, “Yo Soy Nueva York”

Old-school salsa is alive! Singer Michael Stuart brings back the classic salsa sound from La Fania All-Stars, Hector Lavoe and Willie Colon in an innovative song called “Yo Soy Nueva York” to honor the city where he was born. -- SF

Thalía & Natti Natasha, "No Me Acuerdo" 

An urban vibe with a pop sensibility, "No Me Acuerdo" (or "I Don't Remember") unites celebrated Mexican singer Thalía and Dominican rapper Natti Natasha. The track is smooth, the beat is fresh and vocal performances prime. The track's empowering message is not lost either and hints at Thalía's next album. -- JA