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Every Latin Album Release in May 2021: Natalia Lafourcade, Lunay, Juanes & More

Natalia Lafourcade
Manuel Zúñiga

Natalia Lafourcade

In the remaining weeks of May, many Latin artists will be dropping their albums, just in time for the Latin Grammys submission deadline of May 31.

On that date, to be considered worthy of recognition in the Latin Grammy process, artists must have entered recordings and music videos released during the eligibility period (June 1, 2020-May 31, 2020).

Though Billboard can’t confirm if this is the plan for the wave of new Latin album releases in May, it’s evident that music lovers will have tons of music of all genres to enjoy this summer.

From Lunay’s “El Niño” to Carlos Rivera’s “Leyendas,” and beyond, check out all of the sets below.

Abhir Hathi - Lazos y Nudos
Release Date: May 21

Newcomer Abhir Hathi brings his debut album charged with futuristic trap sounds, indie-EDM fusions and more, as heard in previously released singles "Reflejos," "Perros," "Rodeos" and "A Medias Verdades" in collaboration with KIDDO and Recycled J.

Alex Cuba - Mendó
Release Date: May 21

Bringing his distinctive folk, funk and rock hybrid to life, the four-time Latin Grammy winner presents his new album Mendó, a testament to the respect other artists have for Alex. On this set, Cuba collaborates with renowned artists including  Antonio Carmona, Cimafunk, Lila Downs, Gian Marco, Raul Midón and Gilberto Santa Rosa.

Andres Calamaro - Dios Los Cria
Release Date: May 28

Argentine rock icon Andrés Calamaro is teaming with artists such as Vicentico, Lila Downs, Julio Iglesias and Raphael for his upcoming album Dios Los Cría. The 15-track set will breathe fresh air to some of Calamaro’s anthems including “Flac” in collaboration with Alejandro Sanz and “Tantas Veces” in duet with Mon Laferte.

CABRA - CABRA
Release Date: May 31

Before the month ends, Grammy- and Latin Grammy-winning artist Eduardo Cabra will release his first solo EP under his new artistic name CABRA via his own independent label, La Casa Del Sombrero. CABRA's self-titled EP will include recently-released singles “La Cabra Jala Pal Monte,” "La Ventana,"  and “Gris.”

Carlos Rivera - Leyendas
Release Date: May 28

Mexican crooner Carlos Rivera will take fans on a trip down memory lane with his album Leyendas, in which he offers a new rendition of Latin’s most classic songs and, at the same time, honors the legacy of Latin music greats such as José Luis Perales, Gloria Estefan and Franco De Vita, to name a few. “Honoring the great legends of our music is an obligation for all of us who follow the path that they made,” Rivera said in a statement.

El Prefe - El Sueño de un Niño
Release Date: May 21

Cuban newcomer El Prefe (short for "el preferido") makes his big debut in the music industry with El Sueño de un Niño, produced by Latin Grammy-winning producer Mr. Vla. The 12-song album, home to trap, drill, reggaeton and dembow tunes, includes collaborations with Leslie Shaw, Gemelo, and Mr. Vla.

GianMarco - Mandarina
Release Date: May 28

The Peruvian singer-songwriter celebrates his 31-year trajectory with the upcoming release of his 16th studio album, Mandarina. The 10-song set, produced by Latin hitmaker Sebastian Krys, was born entirely during the pandemic lockdown in 2020. "It's the result of a lot of patience, serenity, and learning," GianMarco said in a statement. "Each song has its reason, its history, and its own color. I don't like to label the style of my music on the records, my songs are just that… songs."

JFab & Paola Fabre - Pa’ Que Te Duela
Release Date: May 21

Dominican duo JFab & Paola Fabre are keeping traditional and modern bachata alive with their first-ever album dubbed Pa' Que Te Duela. The album, according to the rising music pair, is "full of love, passion, and many mixed feelings," and undoubtedly, "a dream come true."

Juan Ingaramo - La Batalla
Release Date: May 21

Inagaramo, a 2019 Latin Grammy nominee for best new artist, will drop his fourth studio album, La Batalla, which includes his hazy urban-pop single "Casamiento." The Argentine singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist has collaborated with artists such as Los Ángeles Azules, Julieta Venegas and Jesse Baez, to name a few.

Juan Pablo Vega - Juan Pablo Vega
Release Date: May 21

Artist-producer Juan Pablo Vega will present his self-titled sophomore album, home to innovative R&B, pop, indie, groove, funk and reggae melodies. Vega began teasing fans with his new music as early as January 2020, including singles "Prófugos" with Colombian rapper Mabiland and "Matando" in collaboration with Spanish artist Vic Mirallas.

Juanes - Origen
Release Date: May 28

Juanes’ forthcoming 10th studio album titled Origen is a collection of reimagined songs that have inspired his career. The set was previewed with a  captivating cover of Fito Paez’s 1992 love anthem “El Amor Después del Amor" and subsequently, the Colombian star released a Spanish-language version of Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark.” Origen will be released along with a documentary set to premiere on Amazon Prime that same day.

Lenny Tavarez - KRACK
Release Date: May 27

Lenny Tavarez kicked off 2021 presenting new music from what would become his debut solo album, KRACK, dropping this month. The set, which was released as a series of four songs per month, includes already-released singles "TBT," a romantic reggaeton with Brytiago, "Discipulos" with Dalex and corrido tumbao "Enfermados de Riqueza" with Natanael Cano and Ovi, to name a few. "'KRACK' is the most commercial album I’ve done," the artist previously told Billboard. 

Leonel Garcia - 45RPM
Release Date: May 21

Mexican Singer-songwriter Leonel García is set to release his eighth studio album as a soloist titled 45RPM, the title derived from the most common form of the vinyl single and its play speed. As ever, García deftly fuses R&B, soul and pop in this 17-track set that is set to follow his 2020 covers album Amor Pesado.

Los Plebes del Rancho de Ariel Camacho & Christian Nodal - Recordando a una Leyenda
Release Date: May 21

Paying homage to the late sierreño star, Ariel Camacho, Los Plebes del Rancho and Christian Nodal have joined forces on Recordando una Leyenda, a 10-track set where they revamp Camacho's hits such as "Hablemos" and "Ya Lo Supere." The album also includes the bonus track "2 Veces," which hit No. 1 on Billboard's Regional Mexican Airplay and top 10 on Latin Airplay.

Luis Figueroa - Canciones del Alma
Release Date: May 28

Puerto Rican tropical and pop-urban singer-songwriter, Luis Figueroa, will drop his debut studio set, Canciones del Alma, an album that will include his versions of songs that have “inspired and molded him into the artist he is today.” His single "Hasta El Sol de Hoy," nabbed Figueroa his first top 10 on any Billboard airplay chart, rising 18-9.

Lunay - El Niño
Release Date: May 21

Lunay's highly-awaited sophomore album El Niño comes two years after his Billboard-charting debut Epico. Marking the first release under La Familia Records, Chris Jedi and Gaby Music's independent label, El Niño is a celebration of Lunay's life and career up to now. “I wanted to make an album before I was 21 to reflect everything that I am right now - what I’m living and what I’ve learned so far – making fun songs for the streets and the clubs, while still being El Niño inside and outside the studio," he said in a statement. The album includes collaborations with Chencho Corleone, Anitta, Bryant Meyers, Zion, Chanell, and Juliito.

Marrón - in
Release Date: May 21

With the release of his 10-track set, Brooklyn-based artist Marrón will continue to showcase his synth-wave and '80s-influenced melodies. With singles such as "Lockdown," "Friend," "This Side," and "Till I Find You," the set also includes music videos that will take fans into a Stranger Things meets John Hughes journey. "Just A Little Longer" is the focus track.

Natalia Lafourcade - Un canto por México Vol. 2
Release Date: May 28

A continuation of her Latin Grammy-winning and Grammy-nominated 2020 album Un Canto Por México Vol. 1, part two is set to drop May 28 featuring star-studded collaborations with Pepe Aguilar, Jorge Drexler, and Mon Laferte, among others. Like Vol. 1, this second album honors Lafourcade’s love and admiration for Mexico’s folklore and culture.

Natanael Cano - Corridos Tumbados Vol. 3
Release Date: May 28

Natanael Cano's Corridos Tumbados is getting a third volume on May 28, which is when Cano's new 11-track album will drop via indie label Rancho Humilde. The third installment, set to follow Corridos Tumbados Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 released in 2019 and 2020 respectively, further solidifies the Mexican singer-songwriter as a leading force in the regional urban music scene.

Queralt Lahoz - Pureza
Release Date: May 28

Spanish singer Queralt Lahoz will soon drop her album Pureza, including her new single "Si la luna quiere." The mesmerizing track can easily set the tone for the album with traditional-meets-modern flamenco melodies full of sentiment and energy.

Rawayana - Cuando los Acefalos Predominan
Release Date: May 31

Venezuelan artist collective, Rawayana, will release a subtle yet mature protest album about the situation in Venezuela and other Latin American countries with the release of Cuando los Acefalos Predominan. Home to collaborations with other Venezuelan artists, such as Los Amigos Invisibles, Cheo Pardo, and Akapellah, the album will be released with a month-long art installation in Mexico City, where fans can experience life in Latin America via art.

The Mavericks - En Español Edición Deluxe
Release Date: May 21

Grammy-winning band The Mavericks are set to drop a special deluxe version of their first-ever Spanish-language album aptly titled En Español. “En Español Edicion Deluxe” will expand the collection featuring more Mavericks tracks in Spanish, including their recently released “Por Ti Yo Quiero Ser.” Released in August, the set scored the country music band’s first top 10 on the all-genre Top Latin Albums chart (dated Sept 5.).