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These Are The Songs That Saved Us In 2020

After what feels like an entire decade, we’ll soon be able to say adios to 2020. In what will go down as an unprecedented year, full of drama, pain, and loss (with a good mix of hope and inspiration), there was at least incredible music released throughout the year by some of our favorite artists.

A positive byproduct of the global pandemic was the explosion of creativity among Latin artists. With all of us in lockdown around the world, artists hunkered down in their home studios and started churning out new content.

And perhaps as a symbol for 2020, songs got deeper than ever this year. Artists worked on projects that explored topics such as mental health, Black empowerment, and self-worth. Many others were borne out of solitude and introspection, resulting in material that was often deeply personal and cathartic.

Bad Bunny, Yo Perreo Sola

If I’m being realistic Bad Bunny’s entire album YHLQMDLG is what got me through this god-awful year, but “Yo Perreo Sola” definitely earned a top spot.

Bad Bunny released Yo Hago Lo Que Me Da La Gana (I Do Whatever I Want) on a leap year, in true Bad Bunny fashion. But the accompanying music video for “Yo Perreo Sola” is what had people talking – with Bad Bunny in full drag and looking damn fine.

Anuel AA, No Llores Mujer

After debuting the track on The James Corden Show during a performance that gave me goose bumps, I knew this song was going to be one that many of us had on repeat. The track is a cover of Bob Marley’s “No Woman, No Cry” and it’s definitely one that helped many get through 2020.

Alejandro Fernández, Mentí

Alejandro Fernández’s return to mariachi, the genre closest to his heart, features new songs written by a wide range of exciting new writers, from Joss Favela to Edén Muñoz, and is produced by Aureo Baqueiro, known for his pop fare. The resulting album sounds authentic but contemporary, as highlighted by the exuberant yet evocative “Mentí.”

Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez, Dákiti

Off of Bad Bunny’s third (not first and not second!) album of 2020, “Dákiti” helped make El Ultimo Tour Del Mundo, the highest charting all-Spanish album ever.

Dua Lipa, Physical

What can I say about Lipa’s Future Nostalgia? The word ‘iconic’ comes to mind. This was one of the first major album drops that happened near the beginning of COVID-19 shutdowns, and it kept me from going stir-crazy. From the pop-synth ’80s influences to Lipa’s all-too-relatable attitude toward love and relationships, I love this project wholeheartedly. 

The Weeknd, Blinding Lights

When The Weeknd dropped After Hours, I did not know what to expect. I initially wasn’t a fan of the first single, but after he performed ‘Scared to Live’ on Saturday Night Live, I knew the album was going to get me in my feelings, and I was right. The Weeknd has a way with making heartbreak sound so beautiful that you actually forget that’s what he’s singing about. 

Ozuna, Del Mar

Ozuna loves acronyms. But ENOC, which stands for El Negrito Ojos Claros (The Black Kid, Light Eyes) is his nickname. This 20-track tour de force is capped off by “Del Mar,” easily my favorite track from the album.

Arcangel, Un Año Tarde

Cardi B & Megan Thee Stallion, WAP

Few songs had people googling three simple letters as much as this song did, which is unofficially this year’s anthem. Although the lyrics ruffled the feathers of many conservatives, it also received praise for its sex-positive vibes and strong beats.

Myke Towers, Girl

A complete 180 turn. Myke Towers has come a long way since the release of his debut album El Final del Principio in 2016.

Black Eyed Peas & Shakira, Girl Like Me

The Black Eyed Peas placed all bets on Latin and on familiar melodies and samples for their comeback set, Translation, which debuted at No. 3 on the Top Latin Albums chart.

Featuring a brew of Latin collaborators including J Balvin, Ozuna, Shakira and Becky G, among others, the sample-heavy album delivered two No. 1 Hot Latin Songs hits that ruled over half the calendar year: the Corona-sampling Balvin collab “RITMO” and Ozuna-assisted “Mamacita,” which borrows the melody of Madonna’s “La Isla Bonita.” But it was their collab with Shakira that I couldn’t stop listening to.

Camilo, Por Primera Vez

Latin pop of late has become the realm of the 35-and-over crowd, as reggaetón and trap are voraciously consumed by younger audiences. Enter Camilo, whose sweet, mid-tempo love songs and equally sweet, high-pitched tenor remind both teenagers and their grandparents that it’s cool to fall totally in love.

Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande, Rain On Me

Even if you didn’t make it out to a club or bar in 2020, it was basically impossible to escape this Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande bop. It debuted at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and was the seventh most streamed song of summer 2020 and the most streamed song by a female artist globally during the season.

ChocQuibTown, Que Me Baile

The Colombian trio’s sixth studio album is a beautiful made-at-home set that houses 11 eclectic tracks that are pop-forward, but still place ChocQuibTown’s distinctive fusion of Afrobeat and music from Colombia’s Pacific coast at the forefront. Featuring collaborations with Becky G, Manuel Turizo, Rauw Alejandro and more, the 11-track, quarantine-born set is definitely on 2020’s repeat list.

J Balvin, Rojo

This 10-track set is J Balvin’s most ambitious album yet, musically and visually. Packed with back-to-back hits such as the edgy, futuristic pop anthem “Blanco,” heart-wrenching ballad “Rojo” and hard-hitting reggaetón track “Negro” — the three tracks on the album that also best showcase Balvin’s versatility as an artist.

Maluma, Hawái

Papi Juancho, whose title riffs off Maluma’s nickname of “Juancho” (short for Juan Luis), features a handful of duets with old and new school reggaetón stars. But it’s the track “Hawái” that really stole the album’s thunder and for good reason, it’s the blockbuster single that makes clear this kid from Medellín is a global act.

Ricky Martin, Cántalo

In what’s Martin’s first album since 2015, Ricky Martin doesn’t hold back. Packed with introspective and melancholic lyrics (hello, 2020!), the Grammy-nominated EP is borne from the need to heal through music and features some incredible collaborations – Sting, Carla Morrison, Pedro Capó and Diego El Cigala, among others.

So what were the songs that helped you get through 2020? Did we miss any on this roundup? Let us know!

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Bad Bunny Talks Depression And Says Sometimes He Still Feels Like The Boy Who Bagged Groceries Back Home

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Bad Bunny Talks Depression And Says Sometimes He Still Feels Like The Boy Who Bagged Groceries Back Home

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Bad Bunny is on top of the world. Or, at least, that’s how it appears to all of us on the outside enjoying his record-breaking year. Not only did he release three albums in 2020 but he also landed his debut acting role in the Netflix series Narcos: Mexico and from his Instagram stories, he seems to be in a happy, contentful relationship.

But like so many others, Bad Bunny has his experience with mental health issues, of which he recently opened up about in an interview with El País.

Bad Bunny recently spoke up about his struggle with depression.

Despite his immense success that’s catapulted him to, arguably, the world’s biggest superstar, Bad Bunny admits that sometimes he still feels like the young man who bagged groceries in a supermarket.

The reggaetonero revealed in an interview with El País that right as his career really started to take off, he was not happy. “You asked me before how I hadn’t gone crazy. Well, I think that was the moment that was going to determine if I was going to go crazy or not. From 2016 to 2018 I disappeared, I was stuck in a capsule, without knowing anything. The world saw me, but I was missing,” he said.

Although no doctor diagnosed him, he is sure of what was happening. it only did he feel lost and empty but he had stopped doing many of the things that brought him joy, like watching movies and boxing. Without realizing it, he had also fallen out of contact with much of his family, with whom he was typically very close.

“And that’s when I said: who am I? What’s going on?” he told El País. When he returned home to Puerto Rico from spending time in Argentina, he was able to get back into the right state of mind and remember who he was.

Despite his success, Bad Bunny still worries he’s in financial trouble.

Although today, he is the number one Latin artist on Spotify and the awards for his music keep coming, there are times when Bad Bunny still thinks that he has financial problems.

“Not long ago, I was 100% clear in my head what I have achieved, maybe a year or six months ago; but until then, many times I forgot, I felt that I was the kid from the supermarket. He would happen something and say: “Hell!” And then: “Ah, no, wait, if I have here,” he said, touching his pocket.

Much like Bad Bunny, J Balvin has also been candid about his own mental health struggles.

Bad Bunny is just the most recent to speak to the emotional havoc he experiences despite being a global superstar. And, thankfully, like many other celebrities, he’s been able to find refuge in a reality that allows him to keep his feet on the ground so that he too can enjoy the achievements of his career.

Much like El Conejo, J Balvin is known for the brightness of his style and mentality. But he’s long addressed the importance of caring for one’s mental health. During his Arcoíris Tour, he encouraged people to not be ashamed of seeking professional help, and let the audience know they are not alone.   

“Las enfermedades de salud mental son una realidad. Yo he sufrido de depresión y he sufrido de ansiedad, así que tengo que aceptarlo. Y eso me hace más humano, me hace entender que la vida tiene pruebas,” Balvin said. “Pero si alguien está pasando una situación difícil, no están solos, siempre llega la luz. Tarde o temprano llega la luz.”  

“Mental health illnesses are a reality. I have suffered from depression and anxiety, so I have to accept it. And this makes me more human. It makes me understand that life has challenges,” Balvin said in Spanish. “But if someone is going through a difficult time, they are not alone, light always comes. Sooner or later, the light comes.”  

We need more men like Benito and J Balvin to speak up about their mental health struggles, to help destroy the stigma that exists within our community.

And in the same interview, he also spoke about why he works to elevate the Spanish language.

As for the possibility of singing in English, the answer remains the same: a resounding no.

“You have to break this view that the gringos are Gods…No, papi,” he told El País. And, although he’s collaborated with artists like Drake, Cardi B and Jennifer Lopez, he has always sang in Spanish and with his famous accent.

“I am very proud to reach the level where we are speaking in Spanish, and not only in Spanish, but in the Spanish that we speak in Puerto Rico. Without changing the accent,” he said.

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Bilingual Collaborations Are Taking The Music World By Storm, These Are The Dream Collabs For 2021

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Bilingual Collaborations Are Taking The Music World By Storm, These Are The Dream Collabs For 2021

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One doesn’t have to look far back to know that Spanglish duets are a growing trend – and one that seems to be growing in popularity and Latino artists are making Spanish-language music go mainstream.

Just last year, we saw unprecedented collaborations between artists such as Maluma and The Weeknd, Banda MS and Snoop Dogg, David Bisbal and Carrie Underwood and Rosalía and Travis Scott. You can go back a little further in time to the chart-topping collab between and Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, and Justin Bieber from 2017.

Despite all the movement in Spanglish collabs, there are still so many dream mashups to look forward to. Here’s a roundup of some of the dream team ups that need to happen in 2021.

Bad Bunny & Harry Styles

Bad Bunny had an incredible 2020. And although many rumors exist that he may be leaving the music industry to focus on acting, the music world anxiously awaits his every move.

With his latest album, El Último Tour del Mundo, Benito gave us a look into alternative pop-rock Bad Bunny and we liked what we heard and saw. Meanwhile, Harry Styles is also an innovative, fashion-forward artist who – like Bad Bunny – makes music on his own terms.

If this collaboration were to happen, it would be a major milestone for the music industry and would easily be a major highlight of 2021.

Rosalia & Billie Eilish

Ok, so this one isn’t exactly a “dream” collab since we already know it is happening. We just don’t know when. It was back in April 2020 when the Spanish singer said she was trying to finish the song, telling Billboard, “I have been trying to finish the Billie Eilish collab. I think it’s getting quite close.”

And the world has been patiently waiting ever since. Both artists are experimental and strong songwriters, so we’re all waiting with baited breath to see what this duo comes up with.

J Balvin & The Weeknd

J Balvin is no stranger to bilingual collaborations, including hits with Justin Bieber, Beyoncé, Selena Gomez, and Dua Lipa, to name a few. Balvin shines in his place as a reggaetón star – just look at his credits from 2020 – and he’s made sure to bring his Latino essence into all the work he does.

Together with The Weeknd – who recently collaborated with Maluma – the duo would mesh their experimental sounds perfectly, making this one of the top dream collabs of 2021.

Daddy Yankee & Missy Elliot

This one might be a long shot but can you imagine?! The mashup of old-school reggaeton with old-school hip-hop and both Daddy and Missy Viking on their shared witty lyrics would bring us the ultimate ‘90s collab of our dreams.

Camilo & Sam Smith

This collab would work because these two pop crooners aren’t afraid to show vulnerability and emotion in their lyrics. Sam Smith’s powerhouse vocals would compliment Camilo’s delicate vocals. Like Taylor Swift, Sam Smith has yet to collaborate with a Latin artist. It’s never too late.

Karol G & Rihanna

Like many of us, Karol G is a major Rihanna fan. She even has a tattoo of the “Umbrella” singer on her arm. She previously told Billboard that Rihanna “presents herself as a real woman, she doesn’t care about the negative comments. I love her lyrics because she sings about love, heartbreak, woman empowerment, and I feel that we have similar personalities.”

And it wouldn’t be the first Spanglish collaboration for Rihanna, who previously worked with Shakira on “Can’t Remember to Forget You” in 2014.

Natti Natasha & Cardi B

Both Natti and Cardi are Dominican powerhouses: one is a reggaeton all-star and the other is hip-hop’s darling. Many have long said that a duet between the two is long overdue, especially since they both seem to be major fans of each other’s work.

And any collaboration between the powerhouse duo would be an important milestone in Latin music, regardless the route that they went.

What dream collaboration do you hope to see in 2021? Did we miss anyone on this roundup?

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