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Ozuna Is The Only Reggaeton Artist That Would Put Samurai And A Japanese Sword Fight In His Music Video And Surprisingly It Works Great

The music video for “Una Flor,” by Puerto Rican-Dominican reggaeton and Latin Trap artist Ozuna, recently dropped. The track is from his latest album, “Odisea,” and the video has raked in over 3 million views in just about 24 hours. It’s not surprising that he’s gotten that many views — he’s got eight songs on the Billboard Hot Latin charts. According to Billboard, the last two artists to do so were Joan Sebastian and Juan Gabriel.

Ozuna’s music video has only been out for a day, but its visual style is pulling in major views.

Credit: Ozuna/ YouTube

Ozuna was inspired by Japan and its ancient Samurai culture to tell this compelling visual story of an injured warrior taken in by a woman who nurses him back to health. The unnamed warrior then later gives his life to save hers when she is ambushed on her way through the woods. It’s a beautifully sad story. “Una Flor” follows the style of Ozuna’s previous music videos, with striking visuals, poetic narratives and a keen awareness for storytelling.

“Tu Foto,” and its accompanying music video feature characters reliving memories triggered by old photographs.

Credit: Ozuna/ YouTube

The memories are moments of extreme loss, from a drug overdose to a drive-by shooting. The stories here show the effects and reaches of drug and alcohol abuse. With over 400 million views since April, it’s clear that Ozuna and his video production team have a powerful handle on how to pair Ozuna’s music with stirring storytelling.

Slightly on the lighter side, Ozuna’s  third music video is a tale of a woman scorned who gets back at her cheating man.

Credit: Ozuna/ YouTube

Definitely not as visually metaphorical or stunning, but a fun ride nonetheless.

Here, Ozuna and other fellow Latin Trap artists discuss the history of the genre that, after several years, is finally starting to take off.

Credit: Billboard

You can almost hear the reggaeton purists sighing about how the sounds of the moment are moving more towards this Latin Trap sound.

And if you want the in-depth Ozuna interview with Leila Cobo of Billboard, check out the video below.

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Listen to where some of his songs and inspirations have come from.

With eight songs on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart when he released his album on August 25th, there’s no telling what heights Ozuna will reach. We can’t wait to see where he goes!


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J Balvin, Cuco, Maná and More New Releases For Nu Music Fridays

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J Balvin, Cuco, Maná and More New Releases For Nu Music Fridays

Welcome to Nu Music Fridays, where we give you our best picks of the week in Latin music released on Friday, May 7th. Check out our full list below!

J Balvin – “7 de Mayo”

Just in time for his birthday and the release of his documentary, ‘El Niño de Medellín,’ J Balvin released a retrospective track about his career and life titled “7 de Mayo.”

Read: 5 Things We Learned From J Balvin’s Documentary ‘El Niño De Medellín’

Maná & Joy – “Eres Mi Religión”

Iconic Mexican band Maná continue their collaborations project that started in 2019 with “Rayando El Sol” with Pablo Alborán, “No Ha Parado De Llover” with Sebastián Yatra, and now with a new version of their 2002 hit “Eres Mi Religión” with Joy Huerta, from Jesse & Joy. Listen to the refreshed version.

Cuco – “Forevermore”

Welcome to the CMU, Cuco’s Cinematic Universe. “Forevermore” is a continuation of “Paradise,” Cuco’s release last month. The dream-pop single is all you need to take a ride with your windows down and the music blasting.

Ozuna – “Tiempo”

Produced by Sky Rompiendo, Ozuna is ready to kick-off the Summer with his new banger “Tiempo.” The music video was directed by Fernando Lugo, who keeps pushing the envelope with his visuals for Reggaeton artists, and “Tiempo” is a gem.

Niia ft. Girl Ultra – “If I Should Die”

Niia teams up with Girl Ultra for their bilingual alternative record “If I Should Die”, which pairs their beautiful voices together in the most sublime way. Watch the music video below.

Micro TDH & Myke Towers – “El Tren”

Venezuelan singer-songwriter Micro TDH released his new single “El Tren.” Puerto Rican rapper Myke Towers hitches a ride on their real-life train in the music video. Read our review for the song and music video here.

Mariah Angeliq – “Mala De Verdad”

After the success of her collab with Karol G in “El Makinón,” La Tóxica aka Mariah Angeliq is back with her new single “Mala De Verdad,” living up to her nickname.

Natanael Cano x Dan Sanchez x Justin Morales x Oscar Maydon – “Llenas Las Cuentas”

Get your Corridos Tumbados fix with this line up: Natanael Cano, Dan Sanchez, Justin Morales and Oscar Maydon are straight fire together.

Read: Bad Bunny Is His Own Competition At 2021 Billboard Music Awards + More Latin Nominees

Victoria La Mala – Soy Mala EP

Genre-bending star fusing Mexican regional with Latin urban music Victoria La Mala released her first EP Soy Mala. The 8-song EP has collaborations with Flor De Toloache, Jenn Morel, Chris Perez, Chiquis and more. Read our interview with Victoria and Chiquis here.

De La Ghetto – “Perdida”

De La Geezy proves he’s still an OG in the genre by showing off his flow versatility in his new solo release for “Perdida.”

Gigolo & La Exce – “De La Mata”

Puerto Rican duo Gigolo & La Exce take you back to the early 2000s when Reggaeton was just becoming a global phenomenon, with their new single “De La Mata.”

Thalia – “Mojito”

Clink clink! Get your drinks on with Thalia’s latest release. Don’t miss Thalia this weekend at the Ellas y Su Música special this weekend for Mother’s Day.

Morelli – “Mala Conmigo”

Producer-turned-singer Morelli released his very first single “Mala Conmigo.” The Colombian songwriter had special cameos from Mau y Ricky, Camilo and Evaluna, who also directed the music video. Now THAT’S how you do your first release!

Chicocurlyhead – “Dame Más De Ti”

Panamanian breakout singer Chicocurlyhead showcases his innate ability to transition between English and Spanish in his new single “Dame Más De Ti”.

Yari M x Randy x Brray – “Freshy Remix”

Newcomer Puerto Rican female singer Yari M recruits Reggaeton OG Randy and Brray for “Freshy Remix.”

READ: Anitta, Pedro Capó, Tini & Maria Becerra and More Releases for Nu Music Fridays

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Bad Bunny Is His Own Competition At 2021 Billboard Music Awards + More Latin Nominees

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Bad Bunny Is His Own Competition At 2021 Billboard Music Awards + More Latin Nominees

The nominees for this year’s Billboard Music Awards are out. In one of the Latin categories, all three of Bad Bunny’s quarantine albums are nominated. The Puerto Rican superstar faces off with himself, J Balvin, and Anuel AA.

The winners at the Billboard Music Awards are based on sales, streaming, and chart performance.

The Billboard Music Awards gathers its nominees and winners from data on the charts this past year. If no one was buying or streaming your music, then you won’t get nominated. If you know the sales figures of the nominees, it’s easy to tell who will end up taking the award.

Good luck to whoever is nominated against Bad Bunny.

It should be no surprise that Bad Bunny dominated the nominations in the Latin categories. YHLQMDLG peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart and El Último Tour Del Mundo became the first all-Spanish album in history to hit No. 1. To whoever is nominated alongside Benito, good luck.

All three of Benito’s albums that he dropped during the COVID-19 quarantine are nominated in one category.

In the Top Latin Album category, Bad Bunny is impressively nominated three times for YHLQMDLG, Las Que No Iban a Salir, and El Último Tour Del Mundo. His competition in the category includes fellow Boricua Anuel AA’s Emmanuel and Colombiano J Balvin’s Colores albums.

Karol G, Becky G, and La Rosalía face off for Top Latin Female Artist.

The Top Latin Artist nominees are all men, including Bad Bunny, his previous competition, Maluma, and Ozuna. In the Top Latin Male Artist category, it’s Benito against Ozuna and J Balvin. In the Top Latin Female Artist category, Chicana singer Becky G faces Colombiana Karol G and Spanish pop star Rosalía.

All of last year’s big hits are nominated in Top Latin Song category.

The Top Latin Song category captures all of the bangers from the past year. Bad Bunny is nominated twice for “Yo Perreo Sola” and “Dákiti” with Jhay Cortez. Maluma and The Weeknd’s “Hawái” remix is also up for the award with the Black Eyed Peas’ “Ritmo (Bad Boys for Life)” with J Balvin and Ozuna’s “Caramelo” remix featuring Karol G and Myke Towers.

The Billboard Music Awards will air on May 23. The live show will be broadcast on NBC and hosted by the Jonas Brothers’ Nick Jonas.

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