The Black Eyed Peas and J Balvin recently teamed up to give a Spanglish twist to a ‘90s classic. On October 11, the two acts dropped “Ritmo,” their first-ever collaboration that samples Corona’s hit “The Rhythm of the Night.” The track, which is just as much of a party jam, is part of the Bad Boys for Life soundtrack.
On the Billboard charts dated Oct. 26, “Ritmo” debuted at No. 29 on the Hot Latin Song Sales chart, No. 2 on the Latin Digital Song Sales chart, and No. 4 on the Dance/ Electronic Digital Song Sales chart.
Check out a comparison of the two tracks below.
Title: “Rhythm of the Night”
Release year: 1993
Song: Italian EDM group Corona really put the Eurodance movement on the forefront when they released “The Rhythm of the Night” in 1993. The vocals for the track were performed by Italian singer Jenny B, who is not credited in the single. Achieving huge success worldwide with its catchy repetitive chorus and thumping Italo disco beats, “Rhythm of the Night” landed No. 11 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
Video: Directed by Giacomo De Simone, the music video shows a beautiful woman wearing a black dress and gold hoop earrings dancing the night away to the beat of the song. Backdrops of the daytime city life and a local fair at night are seen in the clip. Jenny B, who does vocals for the track, does not appear in the music video. Instead, it’s Brazilian-born singer Olga Souza. YouTube page houseEnthusiast posted the clip in 2008, garnering over 158 million views.
Artist: Black Eyed Peas & J Balvin
Release year: 2019
Song: “Ritmo,” which fuses Hip-Hop, EDM, and reggaeton, has Spanish and English verses without interrupting the original chorus from “The Rhythm of the Night.” “I wanted to reimagine ‘Rhythm of the Night’ by Corona and give it a minimal, futurist, afro-fused reggaeton vibe,” Black Eyed Peas’ will.i.am said in a press release. “The final song and video feel like the classic next level futurism that The Black Eyed Peas are all about.”
Video: With its neon lights and colorful Miami scenery, the music video gives us major ‘90s vibes. The music video, which was released on Oct. 11, shows action-packed scenes of Bad Boys for Life starring Will Smith. Other scenes show Balvin and BEP jamming to the track. The music video has over 61 million views at the time of publishing.