Who knew that a melding melody between K-pop and Latin music would go together like peanut butter and jelly? A few Korean and Latin artists have already begun a trend that fuses both musical styles and features bilingual lyrics.
Most recently, Puerto Rican artist Guaynaa joined forces with K-pop songstress Chung Ha on “Demente.” In 2019, Colombian artist Sebastian Yatra teamed up with Monsta X for “Magnetic,” and BTS member J-Hope recruited Mexican-American songstress Becky G for a head-bopping, hip-shaking remake of the 2006 hit “Chicken Noodle Soup.”
But these collaborations are not the only sizzling K-pop/Latin joints out there. Check them out below.
Chung Ha & Guaynaa
K-pop artist Chung Ha flaunts her Spanish-speaking skills in her new single “Demente,” in which she teams up with Puerto Rican artist Guaynaa. The song is a catchy pop tune sung in both Korean and Spanish. Chung Ha, who spent her childhood in Dallas, has some Latin-inspired moments on her debut studio album Querencia.
J-Hope & 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.
Super Junior & Leslie Grace
Super Junior dipped their toes into the Latin music industry in 2018, blessing fans with a Spanish-language single titled “Lo Siento” featuring Dominican singer, Leslie Grace in April. The song combines an infectious melody of Latin urban, Spanish flamenco, and electronic dance music. Grace joins SJ in the music video that currently amasses over 62 million views.
Super Junior & Reik
With the mission of becoming the first K-Pop group to break the cultural barrier, SJ dropped another Latin track called “One More Time (Otra Vez)” with Mexican group Reik in October. The song debuted at No. 5 on the Latin Pop Digital Song Sales chart, moving 1,000 downloads in the week ending Oct. 11, according to Nielsen Music.
CD9 & Crayon Pop
Thinking ahead in the future, Mexican boy band CD9 collaborated with Korean girl group Crayon Pop back in 2016. The two groups dropped “Get Dumb,” an all-English pop track about going out with friends and partying all night out. At the beginning of the track, the Mexican group belts: “A future sound is gonna change a generation,” hinting at the K-pop/Latin trend.
Monsta X & Sebastian Yatra
The boy band from Seoul, South Korea, and the Colombian singer teamed up for “Magentic,” an EDM bop with waves of Latin urban music. Its lyrics are about the law of attraction, comparing a girl’s looks and aura to that of being very magnetic. Yatra sings his verses in Spanish while the K-pop sensations drop theirs in English — but they don’t shy away from singing in Spanish either.
Vav & De La Ghetto, Play-N-Skillz
The K-pop septet teamed up with Puerto Rican singer De La Ghetto and Grammy-winning production duo Play-N-Skillz for a rhythmic dance track that blends breezy tropical dance sounds with reggaeton beats, “Give Me More” was released through three different versions, with the primary one performed in Korean with some bilingual verses.
Jay Park & Mozart La Para
For his single “Son Malas,” Dominican artist Mozart la Para recruited Korean-American rapper Jay Park for a Spanglish bop that fuses dembow, EDM, and flairs of reggaeton music.