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