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Piso 21 Breaks Down 5 Songs On ‘El Amor En Los Tiempos Del Perreo’ Album with Maluma, Christian Nodal, and More

Colombian group Piso 21 is back with the new album El Amor En Los Tiempos Del Perreo. The album’s title is a nod to Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez. To help lighten the mood during the COVID-19 pandemic, the quartet is coming through with 15 songs that are taking perreo to new places. In an exclusive interview with Latido Music, the guys break down five of the most interesting songs from the LP.

This is Piso 21’s first album with new member Lorduy.

El Amor En Los Tiempos Del Perreo is Piso 21’s first album with David Lorduy Hernández, who took the place of departing member Llane in 2019. “It’s an honor to have worked with my brothers and all other artists who participated on this album,” Lorduy tells mitú. “Everything I do in Piso 21, I’m doing with all of my heart. This is a very big achievement in my career. I’ve always loved perreo and this album is that with a Piso 21 twist.”

Piso 21 highlights other Colombian artists on this collaborations-heavy LP.

Across the 15 new tracks, Piso 21 collaborates with reggaeton heavy-hitters like Maluma, Myke Towers, Zion y Lennox, and Feid. They also collaborate with acts outside of the genre like Mexican crooner Christian Nodal and the pop supergroup The Black Eyed Peas. The guys shine a light on up-and-coming Colombian artists as well like Mabiland and Lalo Ebratt.

“That’s what we tried to do,” says David “Dim” Escobar about highlighting more Colombian talent on the album. “It’s like giving a hand to Colombian artists who are our friends and colleagues and bringing them forward.”

“Tan Bonita”

With the release of El Amor En Los Tiempos Del Perreo on Friday, the guys also premiered the music video for “Tan Bonita.” Women take center stage with Piso 21 in the visual that’s just as beautiful as the song’s loving lyrics.

“We wanted to empower women with the video,” says Juan “El Profe” David Huertas. “We wanted to show that all women are beautiful no matter what their hair color, height, size, or anything like that. All women are beautiful and we want to empower them to embrace all the characteristics that make them who they are.”

“Dejaló”

On “Dejaló,” Piso 21 teams up with Mabiland, a rising Afro-Colombian artist who is also a part of the LGBTQ+ community. Earlier this year, Mabiland featured openly gay Mexican singer Georgel’s Claro EP. It’s refreshing to see Piso 21 give Mabiland a platform on their LP as well.

“We met Mabiland at the 2020 Super Bowl before the pandemic,” says Dim. “We met through our Colombian friend groups and struck up a great friendship. When we were making this song, we were searching for an artist with a soul music spirit and a striking voice. Mabiland had that. We don’t like to collaborate with the same artists. We always like to bring new sounds to the table.”

“El Amor En Los Tiempos Del Perreo”

If you listen to the title track of the album, you’ll hear a familiar sound. The song samples Kelly Rowland’s “ohhh”  from Nelly’s 2002 hit “Dilemma.” It’s a cool reggaeton spin on a song that Piso 21 fans definitely grew up listening to.

“With this album, we wanted to evoke that era that we grew up in, with artists that influenced us like Nelly and Kelly Rowland,” says Dim. “That beautiful era in music when we were watching MTV and the top 10 most-requested music videos. We loved all of that. This song has that vintage aesthetic. There’s a parental advisory sticker on the album cover and a tattoo that’s very Blink-182 and Guns N’ Roses.”

“Más De La Una”

After collaborating with Maluma for 2016’s “Me Lllamas” remix, Piso 21 reunites with him for “Más De La Una.” The colorful music video is proudly Colombian with the guys partying together in the city streets of Medellín.

“Maluma is a great friend of ours at home,” says Pablo “Pablito” Mejía. “We’re really comfortable working with him. We always flow well, including on songs that we have that haven’t come out. We always have fun working with him. We’re happy that when things are made with love, heart, and true friendship, that our fans can feel that and support it.”

“Pa’ Olvidarme De Ella”

One of the most innovative collaborations on El Amor En Los Tiempos Del Perreo is Piso 21’s “Pa’ Olvidarme De Ella” with Mexican singer Christian Nodal. The guys beautifully blend the Latin trap genre with the ranchera music that Nodal brings to the heartbreaking track.

“With Christian, that was a beautiful experience,” Pablito says. “That was something that no one expected. We wanted to make a new genre between trap and ranchera music and bring those two worlds together. The song was a hit with the people who listen to regional Mexican music as well as the young people who listen to música urbana. It’s one of the biggest songs we’ve made in our careers. I believe after that, more people starting mixing regional Mexican music and música urbana. We’ve very proud that we could be at the start of that movement.”

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Exclusive: Maluma Talks Sun Collab “Rumba,” Working with The Weeknd, J.Lo And More

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Exclusive: Maluma Talks Sun Collab “Rumba,” Working with The Weeknd, J.Lo And More

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Maluma is teaming up with the biggest star in the solar system for his new single “Rumba (Puro Oro Anthem).” As part of an Earth Day campaign with Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold, the Colombian superstar joined forces with the sun. He’s also coming on a decade in the music industry. In an exclusive interview with Latido Music, Maluma talked about the inspiration behind “Rumba” and the hottest collaborations of his career.

“Rumba” is part of Maluma’s campaign with Michelob.

“Collaborating with the sun was great,” Maluma tells mitú. “Maybe I’m the only artist in the world who has the opportunity. It’s a big thing for me. I enjoyed the process. I also enjoyed working with Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold. They love the same things that I love like helping the world. I feel grateful.”

Maluma recorded “Rumba (Puro Oro Anthem)” for Michelob to celebrate the beer brand’s ULTRA Pure Gold lager that’s brewed with 100 percent renewable electricity from the sun. The warm reggaeton track was recorded featuring sounds from the actual sun. Maluma wrote it with Keityn and Edgar Berrera, who also composed “Hawái” with him.

“These two guys are geniuses,” Maluma says. “When we work together we’re a dream team. When this campaign came to the table, I told them that I needed a big song. I recorded it in Turks and Caicos around three weeks ago. The song came out great. I love it.”

This year Maluma will be celebrating 10 years in the music industry.

This year, Maluma will be celebrating a decade in the industry since the release of his debut single “Farandulera.” After dropping his breakthrough album Pretty Boy, Dirty Boy in Oct. 2015, Maluma is one of the artists that helped globalize Latin music. He’s happy to be a part of the movement, but he also recognizes the stars that came before him.

“It’s not like we started this year or last year,” Maluma says. “This has been work that started with Ricky Martin’s ‘Livin’ La Vida Loca’ and Shakira like 15 or 20 years ago. I feel like I’m part of it. I feel proud of it. I feel like we still need to do more things, more big things.”

Next up, Maluma’s fans can see him on tour this fall.

As for what’s next, the “Rumba” music video will be released on Earth Day, April 22. Maluma is also hitting the road this fall for his Papi Juancho Tour in the U.S. The tour kicks off in September and runs through late October.

“Coming back to the stage is something that I really need,” Maluma says. “I miss being with my fans. I miss hugging them. I miss going on tour. I miss the whole lifestyle. I can’t wait to see you guys on tour and sing of course for the first time all my new songs that I released this year.”

Since Maluma is also celebrating 10 years in the industry, we had him break down some of the biggest collaborations in his career.

Jennifer Lopez

Maluma will make his big-screen debut in Marry Me with Jennifer Lopez in Feb. 2022. The movie was pushed back to that date due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The two singers also collaborated on songs for Marry Me like “Pa’ Ti” and “Lonely.”

“I always wanted to work on a big project,” Maluma says. “In a big movie. I had a couple of opportunities to work on other things, but I said ‘no’ because I was waiting for this big moment. Thanks to Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson and the whole team to make me part of the movie. I have a lot of beautiful moments. She’s great. She’s such a master for me. She taught me many things when we were working together. I would say from the beginning to the end, the whole experience was great.”

The Weeknd

Maluma teamed up with Canadian superstar The Weeknd for a Spanglish remix of “Hawái.” They pushed the song to No. 12 on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 chart. Maluma helped The Weeknd with his Spanish in the remix.

“At the beginning, the first vocals he recorded, I had to tell him to change a little bit,” Maluma says. “The ‘Instagram’ part because he was saying it in the wrong way, like pretty bad Spanish. I sent him the vocals, like the way he had to say it, and then he changed it. He’s great. He’s super talented.”

Ziggy Marley

For his latest album 7 Días En Jamaica (#7DJ), Maluma teamed up with Jamaican star Ziggy Marley for the song “Tonika.” He performed the song for the first time with Bob Marley’s son at the Latin American Music Awards last week.

“That was great working with Ziggy,” Maluma says. “He’s one of my favorite artists too. I always wanted to work with him because I’m a huge fan of Bob Marley. It’s one of the best things I could’ve done in the album. He put the Marley DNA in my project and that was great.”

Shakira

Maluma and Colombian icon Shakira have teamed up on a number of collaborations, including the hit singles “Chantaje” and “Clandestino.” They also worked together on “Trap,” another cut from Shakira’s El Dorado album.

“I love working with Shakira, but I have to be honest, it’s not easy because she loves everything to be on-point,” Maluma says. “She’s super strict with everything that she does. I would love to work with her again. She’s a master for me too. She’s one of the first big stars that helped me and wanted to work with me. I’m forever grateful to her for giving me the chance to work with such a big artist.”

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2021 Latin American Music Awards Highlights: Ozuna, Eslabón Armado, Karol G and More

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2021 Latin American Music Awards Highlights: Ozuna, Eslabón Armado, Karol G and More

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The 2021 Latin American Music Awards were last night and Bad Bunny emerged victorious. Even though the Puerto Rican superstar was absent, he won five awards.

Karol G and Nicki Minaj were big winners.

Right behind Benito, who took home Artist of the Year, was Karol G, with three wins. She won for her smash hit “Tusa,” which also made her collaborator Nicki Minaj a three-time winner. “Tusa” won the Song of the Year award over Bad Bunny’s “Yo Perreo Sola” and Colombian singer Maluma’s “Hawái.”

Boricua singer Rauw Alejandro also won big.

In the New Artist of the Year category, rising Puerto Rican pop star Rauw Alejandro took home the award. Like Bad Bunny, he was also absent from the ceremony. “Thanks to all those who voted for me,” Alejandro wrote in his Instagram stories. “I’ll see you all soon. Wait for me.”

The night was also filled with plenty of performances. Latido Music is here with five of our favorite Latin AMAs performances.

Eslabón Armado

Eslabón Armado is the Mexican-American trio that is reviving the sierreño sound in regional Mexican music. They’re doing it with their own emo spin on the genre. The guys won two awards: Favorite Regional Mexican Duo or Group and the Favorite Duo or Group general category. In one of their first major award show performances, the crowd was treated to Eslabón Armado’s “Con Tus Besos” live.

Ozuna

Last night Ozuna was honored with the Extraordinary Evolution Award for his incredible music career. The moment was extra special for the Puerto Rican superstar because his grandmother gave him the award. Ozuna was in tears of joy over the gesture. He also performed a medley of hits like “Vaina Loca” and “Dile Que Tu Me Quieres.”

Karol G

Fresh off her new album KG0516 topping Billboard‘s Latin Album chart, Karol G performed at the Latin AMAs. She gave her first live performance of “El Makinon” with rising Latina singer Mariah Angeliq. The sensual performance was a show of girl power at the awards.

Maluma

Maluma performed a few times at the Latin AMAs. He teamed up with Wisin, Myke Towers, and Anitta for their remix of “Mi Niña.” He also joined fellow Colombian act Piso 21 for their hit duet “Más de la Una.” His best performance of the night was “Tonika” from his 7 Días En Jamaica (#7DJ) album. He sang it with Jamaican music royalty Ziggy Marley for the first time.

David Bisbal and Carrie Underwood

In one of the most-anticipated moments of the night, Spanish singer David Bisbal teamed up with country music superstar Carrie Underwood. The duo debuted their duet “Tears of Gold” live and Underwood sang in Spanish.

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