Viva Friday is a compilation of the best new songs, albums and videos recommended by Billboard Latin editors.
Nacho, Manuel Turizo – “Déjalo”
Nacho and Manuel Turizo have meshed their romantic, urban styles for a new song called “Dejalo” (“Leave Him”), which is their first-ever collab. the song is an invitation to all girls having serious problems with her partner to continue with their lives — because there is always something better. The song has tropical and urban rhythms. — SUZETTE FERNANDEZ
Wisin & Yandel – “Guaya”
Just hours before they kick off a Como Antes concert in Puerto Rico, Wisin & Yandel have surprised their fans with “Guaya.” Tropical slang for dancing real close and sexy in the club, el duo de la historia have released yet another reggaeton hit. The song is the preamble of their awaited comeback album Los Campeones del Pueblo/The Big Leagues, which is now available for pre-ordering. The set will be available on Dec. 14. Listen to “Guaya” below. — JESSICA ROIZ
Pepe Aguilar – “No Vale La Pena”
Pepe Aguilar presents his new music video for “No Vale La Pena,” part of his album Fue Un Placer Conocerte…Gracias Juan Gabriel. Joined by Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez, Aguilar continues to pay tribute to the late Divo de Juarez. The music video, filmed by Steve Everson in Los Angeles, is a three-minute telenovela telling the story of a blind date gone wrong, an escort, a drunk man, an unfaitful husband, and a heartbroken wife at a bar. — J.R.
Nicola Cruz – “Arka”
Nicola Cruz’s effort in keeping a melodious amalgam of tradition with modernity reflects in “Arka,” the second release of his forthcoming album Siku, a collaboration with Argentinian flutist and composer Esteban Valdivia. Teeming with Andean rhythms, “Arka” is an intricately harmonious instrumentation where experimental beats clash with ancestral sounds like sikú (zampoña; pan flute) and the bombo. Recorded in the caves of the Ilaló volcano outside Quito, Cruz states: “’Arka’ alludes to fire, a dual ritual that represents once again the practice of the ‘sikú,’ a dialogue between ‘Ira’ and ‘Arka,’ two parts that make up the same musical instrument.” — PAMELA BUSTIOS
INNA – “Iguana”
From singing in a church choir to gracing the MTV Europe Music Awards, Romanian Elena Alexandra Apostoleanu, better known as INNA, has come a long way as she releases “Iguana,” a daring and frisky tune about survival sung in flawless Spanish. With deafening beats and introspective lyrics, “Iguana” is the second single of her all-Spanish album Yo, an 11-track set due out in 2019, which exhibits Inna in an all-around bold attitude claiming ownership of her love while she lurches on and off the stage. “No reservations” seems to be her mantra, though a velvety croon of desolation flows throughout the song. — P.B.
Mike Bahia & Greeicy – “Esta Noche”
The Colombian artists Mike Bahia and Greeicy have joined forces once again to release a new song called “Esta Noche,” surprising fans with an entirely different vibe. Kicking off with soft reggae melodies, the song transforms into a sensual bachata track, highlighting the great team that both voices make. On Instagram, Bahia said that his new single is a gift to everyone who’s been a witness of their relationship. Watch below. — J.R.