Banda Ms, El Trabajo Es La Suerte (Lizos Music)
Two years after their album Con Todas Las Fuerzas, Banda MS returns with an 18-track set titled El Trabajo Es La Suerte today. Staying true to their ranchera-tinged ballads and their showstopper banda sound from Sinaloa, Banda MS recruited songwriters like Eden Muñoz, Espinoza Paz, Omar Tarazon, Joss Favela and Jhonny Zazueta to pen songs for the well-rounded album. The set opens with “El Trabajo Es La Suerte,” penned by Jhonny Zazueta, an upbeat track about hard work and sacrifice. “I love it because it talks about how things are earned with hard work and sacrifice. The title says it all: To work is to have good luck,” Banda MS’ Oswaldo Silvas told Billboard. In the songs that follow, Banda MS taps into ballads of heartbreak with songs like “No Me Interesa,” “Lo Haces Difícil'' and “Antecedentes.” You’ll want to hear from beginning to end and from the 18 songs, pick your quarantine anthem. --- GRISELDA FLORES
Cali y El Dandee, Danna Paola, “Nada” (Universal Music Group)
Cali y El Dandee and Danna Paola join forces for “Nada,” giving a Latin twist to a 1960’s classic. Marking their first collaborative effort, “Nada” narrates the story of a former couple who’s coming to terms with why the relationship ended. “If I gave you everything and you gave me nothing / Why do you appear out of nowhere / Pretending as if nothing happened,” the lyrics kick-off. The infectious reggaeton-pop song samples part of Bobby Vinton's 1962 song "Mr. Lonely.” Listen to it below. --- J.R.
Gloria Estefan, BRAZIL305 (Crescent Moon Records via Sony Music Latin)
Gloria Estefan hadn’t released a new album since her 2013 set The Standards but today, she gifted fans with a sonically pleasing BRAZIL305, an homage to Brazil and samba instrumentation. Bringing together Brazil and the 305, the 18-track set kicks off with a bang thanks to a new version, titled “Samba,” of her global, seminal 1985 hit “Conga,” which takes a life of its own now with Brazilian rhythms. Other re-imagined versions of Estefan’s timeless hits included in the concept album are “Mi Tierra,” “Get On Your Feet” and “Ayer.” The first single from the album, “Cuando Hay Amor,” penned by Nicolás Tovar, Emilio Estefan, and Andrea López, stands out with a message of unity and a celebration of love. “I really wanted an original song as the first single,” Estefan previously told Billboard. BRAZIL305 was produced by Estefan, Emilio and Afo Verde, chairman and CEO of Sony Music Latin Iberia, and was recorded between Brazil and Miami. --- G.F.
Emilia, Bianca, Cabrera, “Já é Tarde (No Más)” (Sony Music Latin)
Emilia Mernes, known just as Emilia in the biz, kicked off 2020 with her single “Policia.” During the Coronavirus quarantine, the Argentine singer dropped “No Más,” which today comes in a revamped, bilingual version in collaboration with Brazilian artist Bianca. Produced by Cabrera, the unapologetic pop-urban fusion is about a woman who’s over her ex and doesn’t want him to come back. “I know you want to get back together / I’m not the same as yesterday,” Emilia sings in part of the song. “Stat with your fake life,” she assures in the lyrics. “Já é Tarde (No Más),” which is sung in Spanish and Portuguese, counts with a simple black-and-white music video with splashes of colorful effects. --- J.R.
Velasquez, “6x8 (Caminar)” (Jorge Velasquez)
Jorge Velasquez, the lead vocalist of the band Korea, kicks off his solo project called “Velasquez,” born and inspired during the pandemic quarantine and social distancing. “6x8 (Caminar),” co-produced by Latin Grammy-winning producer Matías Cella, marks his first single off of his upcoming EP, where he plans to experiment with organic sounds and Afro-Peruvian melodies. In “6x8,” the Peruvian artist references distinct Afro-Peruvian rhythms and was inspired by sultry alternative music of artists such as Chabuca Granda or Fito Páez. “This song is my musical proposal from a personal side,” he said in an official statement. Listen to it below. --- J.R.