2019 has been a year full of popping collaborations, especially in the Latin music scene, where we’ve noticed a trend in bilingual songs.
Earlier this year, Becky G and Kane Brown teamed up for a Spanglish reggaeton version of Brown’s “Lost in the Middle of Nowhere.” The Jonas Brothers joined Daddy Yankee, Natti Natasha and Sebastian Yatra in “Runaway,” and let’s not forget Madonna and Maluma’s epic “Medellin” collab.
With the fall season in full swing, Billboard spotlights five new bilingual jams that have been released during the second half of the year.
Check them out below, and don’t forget to add them to your October playlist.
“Party” – Paulo Londra feat. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie
After teaming up with Ed Sheeran for “Nothing on You” on his collaborative No. 6 album, Paulo Londra joined forces with New York-based rapper A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie for, literally, a “Party.” Meshing Londra’s raspy voice and A Boogie’s witty rhymes, the two artists sing about their crazy partying ways, sending a message to the haters who are trying to kill their vibe.
“Ocean (Remix)” – Karol G & Jessie Reyez
On May 3, Karol G presented her studio album Ocean, telling Billboard that the intimate set contained “her heart and soul.” The opening track, named after the album, is an acoustic ballad where the Colombian singer pens her emotions. Almost five months later, Karol dropped the bilingual remix featuring the soulful voice of Canadian and Colombian artist Jessie Reyez.
“Chicken Noodle Soup” – J-Hope feat. Becky G
Becky G, who has collaborated with tons of artists from different genres, joined forces with K-pop sensation J-Hope of BTS to drop “Chicken Noodle Soup.” Their first-ever collab is a trilingual bop (Korean, Spanish and English) that samples the party hit with the same title released originally by Webstar, Young B and the Voice of Harlem in 2006.
“Mami” – Piso 21 & Black Eyed Peas
In August, Piso 21 and Black Eyed Peas dropped “Mami,” a bilingual bop that, with Spanish and English lyrics, expresses nothing but love. This year, the Colombian group has collaborated with artists such as Christian Nodal and Myke Towers, but teaming up with BEP marks their first Spanglish collaboration.
“Fariana” – Farina feat. Blueface
Farina does not stay far from the trend either. In late August, the Colombian artist dropped “Fariana” featuring Blueface. The infectious hip-hop track, which is a Spanglish remake of Blueface’s “Thotiana,” fuses the California-based rappers’ deep vocals with Farina’s quick freestyle.