Viva Friday is a compilation of the best new songs, albums and videos recommended by Billboard Latin editors.
It’s Friday and the new music for the week has arrived, including Marc Anthony’s “Tu Vida en La Mia,” “Cositas Bonitas” by Fanny Lu and Jorge Celedon, and more.
Marc Anthony – “Tu Vida en la Mia”
Marc Anthony has returned to salsa with his new song “Tu Vida en la Mia,” the lead single from his first album in almost six years. “This song, like all my songs, has been living with me for a long time,” Marc Anthony said in a press release. The song has a soft and subtle lyric that when joined with Anthony’s voice and salsa rhythms will make you dance with the most important person in your life. — SUZETTE FERNANDEZ
Locos por Juana – “Crazy for Jane,” feat. Common Kings
Locos por Juana are crazy for Jane. The Miami-based band return to their reggae roots arm in arm with their characteristic hybrid sound in the enticing Spanglish tune “Crazy for Jane,” featuring Common Kings — the title track from their seventh studio album, due out later in the year. With the lushness of the city of Miami as a backdrop, Locos deliver an infectious song — along with a lighthearted music video directed by Fred Vogel — that defines the presence of their initial reggae ferocity. Via an amalgam of Caribbean sounds with Common’s South Pacific and West Coast vibration connecting effortlessly, the collaboration extols the virtues of reggae through the band’s main influences: Bob Marley, Freddie McGregor and Israel Vibration. — PAMELA BUSTIOS
Helado Negro – “Running”
Miami-born, New York-based Roberto Carlos Lange, aka Helado Negro, opens with an echoing hum on his new single “Running” as if calling for the spirits of an adjacent mystical realm. Straightaway, his vocals kick in with wistful cries of unrequited yearnings and resignation: “You got me running. Running, running; running just like you.” Lange’s vocals are flanked by synth keyboard pulsations and the power and warmth of a Steinway baby grand, the subtle percussion of a vibraphone creating a sonic stimulus, with Jason (jaytram) Trammell on drums and Owen Stewart-Robertson on guitar. This melodic poem is the third single from Lange’s upcoming album This Is How You Smile, slated for March 8 release via RVNG Intl. — PB
Natti Natasha x Anitta – “Te Lo Dije”
Natti Natasha and Anitta join forces to bring to life their undeniable sex appeal in “Te Lo Dije.” In the single, part of Natti’s debut album ilumiNATTI, the Dominican and Brazilian artists belt out unfiltered lyrics that flaunt their love-making skills. With lyrics such as “Pero, yo no me tiro a los macho de mis amigas” (but I never sleep with my friend’s man), the catchy reggaeton track also gets real about friendship and loyalty between women. Watch the colorful and sultry video below. — JESSICA ROIZ
Fanny Lu & Jorge Celedon – “Cositas Bonitas”
Restoring our faith in love, Fanny Lu drops her new single “Cositas Bonitas” alongside Jorge Celedon. In true Colombian fashion, the two artists sing about the beautiful and simple things in life over a romantic vallenato melody. The music video follows the sweet relationship between a father and son. Watch below. — JR
Macaco – “Bailo La Pena”
Barcelona singer-songwriter Macaco is back with his customary optimistic demeanor: as he urges one to shake off sorrows through dance, through the movement of the hips on “Bailo La Pena” (I Dance The Pain Off), lead single of his new album due out in May. Macaco puckers all the traditions of his preceding works alongside producer Rafa Arcaute (Calle 13, Calamaro, Aterciopelados, and more) in a song that chants to life, that incites to jump the norm, to be our own heroes. The tune’s music video, shot in the coast of Puerto Rico, was directed by Macaco and Gus Carballo and touches on universal values through rich imagery with dance as protagonist challenging adversity with pure joy: Eres la coreografía de tus propios días, vótate a ti mismo, súbete al poder (“You are the choreographer of your own days, vote for yourself, climb to power.”)