First Stream Latin is a compilation of the best new Latin songs, albums and videos recommended by the Billboard Latin editors. Check out this week’s picks below.
CNCO, “Tan Enamorados” (Sony Music Latin)
In the midst of the global pandemic, CNCO got together to work on a new album called Déjà Vu and slated for an early 2021 release. Now, they present “Tan Enamorados,” the first single from the set, which revamps Ricardo Montaner’s 1988 classic into a modern reggaeton-pop song. “There was a collection of songs that immediately came to mind, these romantic ballads that we all love to sing along to,” the group expressed. “While we take some time to work on our own original songs, we decided to have some fun and bring back some of the classic songs from the past, with a CNCO twist.” The black-and-white music video for “Tan Enamorados” shows the boys flaunting their power vocals in the streets of New York.
Marc Anthony, “Un Amor Eterno (version balada)” (Sony Music Latin)
Marc Anthony holds nothing back in this ballad version of a song originally recorded to a salsa beat for last year’s OPUS. Richly orchestrated and full of chord changes, “Un Amor Eterno” is perfect fodder for Marc Anthony’s vocal acrobatics.
Erika Ender, MP3-45 (BMG Rights Management)
In Erika Ender’s most personal and intimate album yet, the Panamanian singer-songwriter bares it all in her set titled MP3-45. The “Despacito” co-writer opens the 9-track set with a vintage dance band cover of Alberto Zarzar’s “Abrázame.” She then slows things down with beautiful ballads “Só Louco” and “When I Fall in Love” setting the stripped-down tone for the remainder of the album which finds an emotional Ender singing about falling in and out of love. “This album has to do with my structure as a human being and as an artist,” Ender tells Billboard. “MP3 is the format we listen to music nowadays and 45 takes me back to 45RPM which is how I used to listen to music when I was growing up at my parent’s house. That music formed me as a songwriter. I remember I’d listen and write down the lyrics and list the credits, I was fascinated by all of that. I’m bringing that little Erika to the woman I am now. It’s a digital vintage. It has profound, deep lyrics and I sing in three different languages because I come from a multicultural family.”
Christian Nodal & Angela Aguilar, “Dime Cómo Quieres” (Universal Music México)
Regional Mexican singers Christian Nodal and Angela Aguilar joined forces for their first-ever collaboration titled “Dime Cómo Quieres,” a traditional ranchera track that was penned by Nodal and Edgar Barrera. “Dime Cómo Quieres” finds the 21-year-old singer head over heels for Aguilar who, in return, isn’t impressed by Nodal’s kind gestures. After all, she’s not the type of girl who easily falls for a guy, she sings. “To collaborate with Nodal is a huge opportunity for me,” 17-year-old Aguilar told Billboard. “It’s also a duet that will be important for this new generation of regional Mexican singers. Think of what the duet between Juan Gabriel and Rocio Durcal meant back then. It was momentous and that’s how this feels right now.” Listen to the heartwarming and innocent track below.
Beele x Piso 21, “De 0 a Siempre” (Hear This Music)
As he continues to make waves in the music scene, Beele teamed up with Piso 21 for his new single “De 0 a Siempre,” coming on the heels of collaborations with Lunay, Natti Natasha, Farruko, and Manuel Turizo. Joining forces for the first time, the Colombian artists deliver a catchy Caribbean pop fusion about being faithful to that special person. “Remember you’re not alone / From zero to always in my heart / In the midst of dancing sexy, only the two of us,” says the lyrics. Filmed in Medellin by director Laura Castellanos, the music video shows a diverse crowd and the artist’s playful chemistry.
Rauw Alejandro, Afrodisiaco (Sony Music Latin / Duars Entertainment)
Following a spate of hits over the past two years, Puerto Rican newcomer Rauw Alejandro releases a debut, 16-track set that mines his many inclinations, from EDM (in “Química,” featuring the Martinez Brothers and Zion & Lennox) to pop (the “Tattoo” remix with Camilo) to R&B (“Mood,” featuring Sech). It’s an impressive debut, and Rauw Alejandro’s syrupy vocals, sometimes reminiscent of Ozuna, lend a welcome melodic touch to contemporary urban beats.
Jhay Cortez, “Kobe En LA” (Universal Music Latino)
The 27-year-old Puerto Rican singer-songwriter released his latest single titled “Kobe En LA,” an experimental uptempo reggaetón track which he told Billboard showcases his two “big moods.” The song kicks off with a dramatic interlude the 27-year-old calls “el precio de la fama (the cost of fame),” featuring Buscabulla lead singer Raquel Berrios. In the song, Cortez sings about paying the price for being a famous person. “I have a price on my head … what do they want from me? They want to kill me, I want to die, when you’re not here with me.” He then transitions to the main song, “Kobe En LA,” a prideful track in which he sings about his rapid success and the love his fans have for him. “In P.R. they love me like they love Kobe in LA,” he confesses. Toward the end of the song, he returns to el precio de la fama, this time featuring emerging female artist Séssi.
Morat, “Al Aire” (Universal Music Spain)
We all need some feel-good Latin pop once in a while. Welcome back Morat with this adorable, catchy call to love –wherever it may be– laced with rock and acoustic guitars. The joyful tempo, coupled with an immediately hummable melody, make this one to add to your happy playlist, pronto.
Georgel & Monogem, “Míranos” (The Sixth House / EMPIRE)
Mexican singer-songwriter Georgel teams up with indie electro-pop songstress Monogem to deliver “Míranos,” a soulful dreamy pop track fused with R&B. “Míranos,” penned by Georgel and Claudia Brant, finds the pair questioning whether it’s worth it or not to save a relationship that has turned sour. The groovy track is the first collaboration between the Berklee College of Music alum.
Terco92, “Carta para el Congreso #2”
Peruvians have fled to the streets to protest against the ousting of President Martin Vizcarra who was forced out of power on Monday for “moral incapacity” in the political trial opened against him based on unproven accusations that he accepted bribes. About half of the Parliament who pushed for the removal of the President are facing criminal investigations of their own (money laundering, homicide, among other serious charges). As a result of the current civil unrest in the South American country, local rapper Terco92 (real name: Juan Manuel Castillo Rossel) penned a powerful song called “Carta Para El Congreso #2.” Produced by Santos Beats, Terco is fired up and raps about a congress that has betrayed its people, headed by Manuel Merino, and a country that’s had enough of the lies. “Stop, this body is tired / Let Peru advance,” he pleads in the track.