Romeo Santos’ voice is hypnotizing. His bachata is like delicious, warm butter to our ears. We’ve melted to his music and his sexiness. This has been happening since 1995, since his band Los Tinellers released their self-produced album Trampa de Amor. Finally, the rest of the world is catching up.
Noisey’s latest feature on Santos talks about how people like Nicky Minaj, Usher, Lil’ Wayne, and Drake are taking notice…how they’ve all done collaborations with him in Spanish. Duh! He’s sold out venues all over the world, including two nights at the Yankee Stadium — neither Metallica nor Pink Floyd can say the same thing.
Although we’ve taken note of this rising star for the better part of two decades, we’re happy he’s finally getting the recognition he deserves stateside.
Listen to a radio station in nearly any city in the world and you’re gonna hear at least a few hit Latino artists streaming over those airwaves.
From LA to New York, London to Paris, Toronto to even Tokyo, Latino music seems to be taking over the world. And you’re not imagining it. Latino artists quickly risen to become one of the most played and streamed music groups everywhere in the world.
And this absolutely sickening video of Japanese dancers enjoying some bachata at a club in Japan proves it.
Artist Tony Peralta came across the Latino-music loving group and uploaded the video of them killing the dance moves to his Twitter.
One Twitter user pointed out that Japan has been a fan of Latin music for a very long time.
Orquesta de la Luz helped launch the Latin music craze in Japan during the 1990s and it’s remained ever since.
Before Orquesta de la Luz, the only other Japanese salsa band to make headlines was Orquesta del Sol, emerging around 1978. They’re said to have influenced Nora and her bandmates, and some even refer to them as the first and foremost Japanese salsa band. But by comparison, their impact was not so immense and widespread as that of Orquesta de la Luz.
Turns out basically where ever you go in Japan you’re gonna hear Latin music.
We had no idea that Latin music – from salsa and merengue to reggaeton – was so popular across Japan. But we are living for this!
One Twitter user wanted to remind us all of the close relationship between Japan and Latin America.
It’s true. In fact, the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo is home to more Japanese than any other city outside of Japan. The city’s Libertad district is the largest Japanese community in the world and Japanese culture plays a huge part in shaping local Paulista identity, from the food to the music.
I mean J Balvin is even collaborating with a major Japanese hip hop group.
Reggaetonero and Latin music superstar J Balvin has teamed up with Japan-based hip-hop trio m-flo on the theme song for a new animated movie, called HUMAN LOST, to be released in theaters worldwide this fall.
And with the popularity of Japan’s anime culture and Latino music increasing around the world, this collaboration makes perfect sense for the “Mi Gente” singer to do.
And it’s not just in Japan. Latinos are hearing their music all over the world.
Yup, from cities across Europe and the US to tiny town in Canada, western Africa, Hong Kong, and yes, Tokyo, Latino music is taking over the world and we couldn’t be more excited.
And this isn’t #fakenews. Latino music really is dominating music charts around the world.
I mean look at the Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee hit ‘Despacito.’ That track is now tied for the longest-running No. 1 ever, in any language, on the Hot 100. And although that’s huge news, it’s nothing when you look at the sheer number of Latino songs hitting the charts.
In 2017, there were a record 19 predominantly Spanish-language tracks that made it onto the Billboard Hot 100. That’s up from just 4 in 2016 and 3 in 2015.
Ok, so it’s obvious Latino music is having a huge moment.
Regardless of how you mix and match it, the reality remains that never in the modern history of the Billboard charts have so many tracks in Spanish coexisted on the Hot 100. So what happened?
As far as the music goes, it’s danceable. That’s a major key, because by making us think with our feet instead of our head, it becomes language-agnostic.
Now, thanks to the impact of reggaeton, we suddenly have an avalanche of danceable Latin tracks with a pop feel, and the combination is universally appealing. Witness Maluma, whose music seems to work in every language and every territory.
Some mad collaborations are also helping drive the popularity of Latino artists and their music.
The clincher, however, has been collaborations — both between Latin acts, and between Latin and mainstream acts. Yes, “Despacito” was a hit pre-Bieber, but it became a juggernaut once he got on the track. Same for “Mi Gente” and Beyonce and now, Cardi B with Ozuna on “A Modelo.” The fact that the biggest acts in the world want to record in Spanish opens ears for Latin music around the world.
Lil Nas X has made headlines a lot lately. First, he had a song that blew up the country charts called “Old Town Road” with Billy Ray Cyrus. The song showed that the rapper was able to cross over into any genre and make it a success. He then made headlines again when he came out of the closet at the end of Pride month and the world celebrated. Now, Lil Nas X is setting Twitter on fire by suggesting that he and Mariah Carey should do a duet and, well, why not?
Lil Nas X wants to team up with Mariah Carey for a remix and, well, yes, please.
Lil Nas X is one of the most talked about musicians right now. Everyone has heard “Old Town Road” and the crossover hit is something we are still bopping to. Somehow, the rapper turned country star made Billy Ray Cyrus relevant again for more than being Miley Cyrus’s dad and that is something to admire.
Now he is asking Mariah Carey to join him for a remix and that just seems perfect. The singer is arguably one of the most talented famous musicians on the planet and her fandom is super dedicated. A hit with Carey is basically a way to immortalize yourself in pop culture.
Carey responded with a title mashing up one of her songs with Lil Nas X’s country hit.
Ummm…who doesn’t want this collab to happen? “One Sweet Day” and “Old Town Road” are two separate hits that we all love. Could you imagine them coming together and spreading their love all over the world?
Billboard shared a list of the longest running top songs and both artists are on the list.
the power between them to make a certified hit would definitely change the course of music history. If Mariah Carey could hold the top spot with 16 weeks and Lil Nas X can come in with 14 weeks, would a collab be the best hit ever? It might be. Who knows? Maybe Carey and Lil Nas X can team up and show us what they are made of.
Fans are already through around possible titles for the remix.
LOL. “Whistle Notes Edition” just sounds like a hit. We all know the iconic whistle notes that Carey has sent out in the universe and adding them to bop like “Old Town Road” just makes sense.
People are already stanning a remix that hasn’t even happened.
Basically, you can get that feeling by listening to the tow artist in the same playlist. We have seen crazier collabs that made so little sense, like Justin Bieber on “Despacito.” Who will ever forget him saying “burrito burrito” during a performance at a bar because he didn’t know the words and somehow that was his best bet?
Btw, Carey is ready to tap back into her country roots.
She already showed us that she has what it takes when the sang “Almost Home” for the “Oz the Great and the Powerful.” The Venezuelan singer clearly understands what it means to do the country thing and we should all be excited of her doing it again.
Lil Nas X fans can’t wait for a remix with Carey.
Her star power would definitely fit well with the rapper. He has built a name for himself and having her attached to one of his projects will only make him bigger and better. Stars supporting stars. That’s what this is all about.
People are begging Carey to make this happen.
We all know that the person who would have to make it happen is her. He is on board and so are his fans. We need just need her people to approve this project and get the ball rolling.
And, despite all of the excitement, it has made some people so excited that they’re confused.
We don’t know what is going on, but we ship it and approve it. Please make this happen, you two.