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10 Rising Latin Music Stars to Watch For in 2021

As we’re well in 2021 now, here are some new Latin music artists to keep on your radar for the rest of the year. On your playlists with Bad Bunny, Karol G, J Balvin, Sech, and Natti Natasha, here are 10 Latido Music-approved acts to add to the mix.

Myke Towers

Myke Towers encompasses the best of Latin hip-hop right now, whether that be in reggaeton or Latin trap music. His smooth flow can find its footing in any genre. He started off 2020 on the right foot with his breakthrough album Easy Money Baby where the Boricua rapper flexed his versatility. In this era of #BlackLivesMatter, the Afro-Latino rapper made an impact with the powerful “Michael X,” a tribute to Malcolm X. Towers broke the dawn with Thalía on “La Luz,” one of her strongest club anthems. He closed out the year with his Para Mi Ex EP featuring the bubbly “Bandido” that’s making waves. After signing a distribution deal with Warner Music Latina and Warner Records this week, the sky’s the limit for Towers.

YENDRY

YENDRY has been making moves in the music industry for a few years now as an independent artist. After growing up in a poor neighborhood in Santo Domingo, her mother took her to Italy in search of a better life. Now that YENDRY has the mobility to move between both countries, her music reflects that global perspective. In October, she signed with RCA Records and Sony Music Latin, and her music since then is fire. YENDRY sings in English and Spanish on the genre-bending and empowering “Diablo.” Her latest “Se Acabó” is a stunning reggaeton banger featuring Dominican rapper Mozart La Para. YENDRY’s blazing her own trail while paying homage to her diverse roots along the way.

Sinego

In the Latin music scene, EDM by Latinos is underrepresented. Colombian producer and DJ Sinego is changing that with his mesmerizing mixes. He has an affinity for boleros as evidenced by his single “No Soy de Aquí,” a twinkling rework of the Facundo Cabral classic. His music incorporates Latin elements, but there’s also a global influence with Dutch DJ Robby East co-producing the song. Sinego blends house music and boleros on his original “No Te Creo (Nada)” (and also sings in it!). Then there’s the sad yet sexy “Verte Triste.” The DJ with luminous locks is dropping a new EP next month, so there are more bolero bangers on the way.

Lali

Argentina’s pop princess Lali is crossing over since the release of her breakthrough album Brava in 2018. The album’s title is a sentiment she took to heart with her adventure mixes. On the alluring “Besarte Mucho,” she impressively blended reggaeton, Latin trap, and salsa music. Lali extended her reach the following year on “Lindo Pero Bruto” with Thalía. The two singers kicked himbos to the curb in the girl power anthem. With last November’s Libra album, she took her career to the next level in “Ladrón” featuring Argentina’s trap music queen Cazzu. Two of the country’s powerhouses are heartbreakers in this fierce collaboration. Next up, Lali stars in the upcoming Netflix series Sky Rojo this March.

Jhay Cortez

The biggest Latin music song in the world right now belongs to Jhay Cortez with his Bad Bunny collaboration, “Dákiti.” The Puerto Rican singer-songwriter was most known as a writer of other reggaetoneros’ hits, but now he’s making his mark as an artist and taking reggaeton into the future. Cortez is also a visionary in Latin trap as evidenced by his genre-bending banger “Kobe En LA.” In his tribute music video to the Lakers star, he sits on a basketball hoop of fire. A total slam dunk! As we wait for Cortez’s upcoming album Timelezz, he came into 2021 swinging in the knockout track “Los Bo” with Myke Towers.

Anitta

In the Latin music realm, Anitta is putting her country of Brazil on the map. There are no language barriers to her talents as she sings in Spanish, Portuguese, and English. The pop star has come through with bangers in past like the reggaeton romp “Downtown” with J Balvin and the EDM hit “Sua Cara” with Diplo’s Major Lazer and Pabllo Vittar. Anitta can find her groove in any genre. As she gears up to release her next album Girl From Rio this year, Anitta is embracing Brazil’s baile funk in “Me Gusta” with Cardi B and Myke Towers. In her latest “Loco,” she gives reggaeton more of the funk makeover as well.

Villano Antillano

Following in the footsteps of late rapper Kevin Fret, Villano Antillano is giving reggaeton and Latin trap music a queer reckoning. The Puerto Rican rapper, who identifies as non-binary, is pushing back on the machismo and homophobia in both genres. They’re doing that by reclaiming in their music the queer slurs in Spanish. In 2018, Antillano first made an impact with “Pato Hasta La Muerte,” which was a shot at “Intocable,” Anuel AA’s homophobic diss to Cosculluela. Their latest song “Pájara” features the queerest slurs that Antillano wears proudly. Antillano’s flow is both flamboyant and goes hard as they spitfire with a wig on.

Manuel Turizo

There’s no denying Manuel Turizo’s deep baritone voice in reggaeton music. The 20-year-old singer from Colombia sounds beyond years on previous hits like “Una Lady Como Tú” and “Vaina Loca” with Ozuna. Both songs are also reflections of where Turizo can take that voice of his, whether in the sweet or sensual direction. For his upcoming second album Dopamina, he’s embracing more of the latter. Joining forces with fellow heartthrobs Myke Towers and Rauw Alejandro, the trio came through with the irresistible “La Nota.” Turizo becomes a bad habit that’s hard to kick in his latest “Mala Costumbre” with reggaeton pioneers Wisin y Yandel. More Manuel, please.

Ivonne Galaz

Rancho Humilde is known as the home of corridos tumbados with marquee acts like Natanael Cano and Junior H. Ivonne Galaz, the label’s first female signee, is making space for the women in the emerging genre. The Mexican singer-songwriter debuted in late 2019 with the magical “Golpes de la Vida,” a duet with Cano that she wrote. She followed that up with the tumbados girl power moment “La Rueda” featuring her labelmate Natalie López. Galaz went solo towards the end of 2020 her first single, the swaggering “A Mi Modo.” “My turn,” she says at the halfway point. Yes, it is!

Eslabon Armado

While corridos tumbados are on the rise, so is the Sierreño that Eslabon Armado is taking to the top. The Mexican-American trio scored a three-peat of No. 1 releases on Billboard‘s Regional Mexican Albums chart last year. On their most recent LP, December’s Cortas Venas, the guys give the Sierreño an emo edge with songs like “Ando Más Que Mal” and “La Mejor de Todas.” The teens are reviving the sound of Ariel Camacho, their late Del Records labelmate, with a refreshing twist. Eslabon Armado even turned Italian singer Gianluca Grignani’s “Mi Historia Entre Tus Dedos” into a wistful Sierreño.

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Interview: Brazilian Superstar Anitta Talks “Girl From Rio”, Upcoming Album and More

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Interview: Brazilian Superstar Anitta Talks “Girl From Rio”, Upcoming Album and More

@anitta | Latido Music by mitú

In our exclusive interview here at Latido Music by mitú with Brazilian Pop icon Anitta, the “Girl From Rio” singer talked to us more in detail about her new song which was inspired by “The Girl From Ipanema”, filming the music video, the rumors about a Maluma collab in the works and more.

Watch the full interview below:

The “Girl From Rio” music video pays homage to old cinema, but also celebrates the current vibrant Rio culture

The video is a celebratory homage to the resilient and vibrant culture of her hometown of Rio de Janeiro. Switching from 1950s cinema to today’s diversity in the city. Updating the melody of “The Girl From Ipanema” with a 21st-century twist, Anitta serves up a sassy, trap-beat-infused sexy ode to the ladies of her hometown. 

While writing the song, there were rumors in Brazil that Anitta might have another brother from her dad’s side. Turns out, that the rumors were true and Anitta decided to include her half-brother in the music video, which became a family affair.

Anitta also shared on her Twitter how proud she is about this project and the visual direction from Giovanni Blanco and Jeff Selis.

Anitta also talked to us about what it meant for her to win the Best Female Artist award at this year’s Latin American Music Awards, and how for a Girl From Rio like her to break into the Latin music industry is a huge honor.

Anitta has been keeping busy lately promoting “Girl From Rio.”

Just this past Tuesday, Anitta had a beautiful performance from The Goodtime Hotel in Miami for Jimmy Kimmel Live!

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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

@jbalvin | Geo Solis | Warner Music Latina

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.”

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