When Julieta Venegas found out Tainy wanted to collaborate with her on a his new song, she recalls her initial reaction as, "Really, me?" But unbeknownst to Venegas – whose pop-leaning classics such as "Lento," "Andar Conmigo" and "Me Voy" soundtracked the early 2000s – the chart-topping producer is a fan of the Mexican singer-songwriter that helped inspire his career.
"People see me as a reggaetón producer, but growing up, I listened to all types of music," says Tainy, producer of the year winner at the 2021 Billboard Latin Music Awards. "Julieta was a huge part of what I was listening to -- and her music influenced how I saw melodies, chords and ambiences in my music. When it was time for me to be a producer, I put a little bit of that into my music, hoping and dreaming that some day I could work with her."
Today (Oct. 5), Tainy releases "Lo Siento BB:/ (I'm Sorry Baby)," with Venegas and Bad Bunny on vocals -- the first single off Data, his forthcoming debut full-length studio album. The ultra-melancholic song -- a modern-day "no strings attached" love story -- kicks off as a ballad with Venegas on piano, and ultimately transitions into a soft reggaetón groove with a sparse drum beat, and Bunny in tow.