Viva Friday Playlist: Listen to New Latin Music From Bad Bunny, Joss Favela & More

Bad Bunny Callaita
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Bad Bunny, "Callaíta"

The Viva Friday Playlist is a compilation of the best new Latin songs, albums and videos recommended by the Billboard Latin editors.


Bad Bunny & Tainy - “Callaita”

Bad Bunny is back. After teasing his fans on social media, the  Puerto Rican trap singer has released "Callaíta," which means "she is quiet." The Tainy-produced song is about female empowerment and liberation in privacy and invites those who listen to enjoy life, the beach and to get close and personal with one another. Musically, the song is not far from Bad Bunny’s style, but he has overcome to a point where his sound feels that it has been done under a high-end production, which takes the song to a new level. “Callaita” was released alongside its music video. -- SUZETTE FERNANDEZ

Reik - Ahora

Mexican band Reik waited three years since their last album, Des Amor (2016), to release new music. Ahora is the result of their renovated sound that keeps their classic Latin pop songs like “Ráptame” and “Brújulas” combined with urban collaborations such as “Me Niego” with Ozuna and Wisin or their latest single “Aleluya” with Manuel Turizo. Overall, the 9-track set showcases Reik’s musical growth. -- SF

Gabriel - Morirsoñando Vol. 1

Dominican singer Gabriel has released Morisoñando Vol. 1. The album is a tribute to the merengue genre and brings together, for the first time, 14 of its biggest singers, including artists such as Elvis Crespo, Olga Tañon and Sergio Vargas, who collaborate on songs like "Pintame," "La Quiero a Morir” and more, with new musical arrangements. "I grew up listening to these songs and having the opportunity to be the instrument that channeled the support of each one of the performers of these successes is a great achievement for our generation and also for the merengue genre," Gabriel said in a press release. -- SF

Joss Favela - Caminando

Footsteps and the sound of a door opening kick off Joss Favela’s sophomore studio album Caminando. The Mexican singer-songwriter and composer pours his heart out in this 13-track production that’s home to singles “La Magia de Tus Ojos,” “Pienso en Ti” featuring Becky G, and “Dije” in collaboration with El Mariachi Vargas. It’s also an ode to his growth in the music industry. “The title of the album Caminando derives from the process of life,” Favela said in a press release. “I’m walking towards the path of doing what I always wanted to do since I was a child. I’m walking towards the path of music, being an artist and performing on stage while sharing with the public what I feel. I’m not the same person that I was yesterday and that is the reason why I live.” In Caminando, Favela pens sincere romantic lyrics about true love, broken hearts and even life in el rancho. The melodies stay true to Favela’s style, giving us a variety of banda, mariachis, weeping acoustic guitars and a hint of Latin pop, as heard in his collab with Becky G. Caminando signs off with 12-second audio of footsteps and the sound of a door closing. Listen and stream the album below. -- JESSICA ROIZ

Reykon feat. Maluma - “Latina”

Reykon and Maluma might just be responsible for dropping your new favorite summer anthem. After many years of friendship, the two Colombian artists team up for the first time in “Latina,” an infectious dancehall-meets-reggaeton bop with sensual waves of trap. The music video shows the two reggaeton stars hanging out with beautiful women in a Caribbean getaway called “Golden Island.” In addition to being a tribute to their fans, “Latina” playfully spotlights Reykon and Maluma’s bromance. Watch the music video below. -- JR

Aitana - “Con La Miel en Los Labios”

Over a sweet piano melody, Spanish singer and songwriter Aitana presents “Con la miel en los labios,” a romantic ballad that puts to the forefront her gratifying vocals. Lyrically, the song compares a broken heart to honey on the lips. “Love never changes, it never dies. Any day now, the rain will make us feel again, feel honey on our lips.” The music video that accompanies the romantic song is simple but emblematic, showing an emotional Aitana sing her single as she’s joined by a piano player. Watch the video below. -- JR

El Fantasma - El Circo

El Fantasma wraps up the month by dropping his new studio album El Circo. As one of the newest “Mexillennials” in the music scene, El Fantasma (born Alexander Garcia) presents 11 new tracks to the rhythm of traditional narcocorridos that, for the most part, tell stories of el pueblo. In honor of his album release, the 2019 Billboard Latin Music Awards finalist also premiered the music video for his title track, which in true Fantasma fashion, shows the Regional Mexican singer rocking his cowboy hat and boots, while accompanied by a live band. Listen and stream El Circo album below. -- JR


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