J Balvin Gives Spanish Twist to Metallica’s Metal Anthem “Wherever I May Roam”

It’s a heavy (metal) time for J Balvin

The 36-year-old Colombian superstar has given Metallica‘s 1991 metal anthem “Wherever I May Roam” a new twist, and in Spanish no less.

J Balvin

Balvin’s reinvention of the track, which will be included in the upcoming star-studded covers album The Metallica Blacklist out September 10, finds Balvin rapping about his humble beginnings, his hustle, and fame over hip-hop drums.

“One of my favorite bands and favorite songs,” the reggaeton star wrote on social media. “For the culture! Music was created to unite.” J Balvin’s “Wherever I Roam” was one of two new versions released Wednesday. The other one was from country artist Jon Pardi, which you can listen to here.

The releases come in honor of Metallica celebrating the 30th anniversary of The Black Album with a covers set that will feature more than 50 artists taking on songs from the chart-topping 1991 LP.

The Metallica Blacklist will be available in all formats, including a limited edition seven-LP vinyl pressing, while the reissue will also be available in all formats as well as a limited edition box set.

Carlos Arroyo Releases New Single “Morena,” Featuring Nicky Jam & Jeon

Carlos Arroyo is getting a massive assist…

The 41-year-old Puerto Rican former professional basketball player and reggaeton singer has released his new single “Morena,” as well as the song’s music video.

Carlos Arroyo, Nicky Jam, Jeon

Reeling in reggaeton star Nicky Jam and urban newcomer Jeon, Arroyo offers up a hard-hitting reggaeton and dembow track married with Middle Eastern-infused dance beats.

Produced by Saga WhiteBlack, “Morena” is about a man who’s trying to conquer the girl he likes at the club. The song’s melodies and catchy hooks easily remind fans of old-school reggaeton singles like Don Omar’s “Dale Don.”

The edgy music video, helmed by director Gus, features all three artists in a parking garage loaded with dancers, cars, neon lights and fire.

Arroyo previously played in the NBA for teams like the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat. He kicked off his music career in 2009, collaborating with artists like Yomo and Ivy Queen. He’s currently the general manager of the Puerto Rico national team.

Balancing his love for basketball and music, Arroyo returned to the scene in 2020 after a nine-year hiatus and has since collaborated with FarrukoRauw AlejandroLuis Fonsi, and Jowell & Randy.

Daddy Yankee Partners with Sprite for Limited-Edition Flavor, “Daddy Mix by Daddy Yankee”

Daddy Yankee is getting carbonated…

The 45-year-old Puerto Rican singer, songwriter and rapper has teamed up with Sprite for a limited-edition flavor.

Daddy Yankee

Coined “Daddy Mix by Daddy Yankee,” the new tropical soda was made 100% in Puerto Rico and inspired by the island’s vibe and Yankee’s music.

This marks the first time Sprite has partnered with an artist in Puerto Rico, and only the second time the brand created a new flavor, following “Sprite LeBron’s Mix,” formulated in collaboration with NBA star LeBron James.

Daddy Yankee, Daddy Mix by Daddy Yankee, Sprite

Calling him the “perfect partner” for this exclusive flavor, Michelle Serrano, product life manager at Sprite Puerto Rico, said in a statement: “The ‘Big Boss’ brings you his tropical mix Daddy Mix by Daddy Yankee with the same intensity of our original lemon-lime formula that quenches your thirst with a perfect tropical twist for this summer.”

In true DY fashion, the can and boxing are inspired by the reggaeton superstar’s career, including elements like his initials, signature, and emoji from his 2021 hit “Problema.”

Sprite’s Daddy Mix, available in either a 12oz can or 1.75-liter bottle, will be sold in Puerto Rico for a limited time.

Jennifer Lopez Teams Up with Rauw Alejandro for New, Spanish Single “Cambia El Paso”

Jennifer Lopez is heating things up this summer…

The 51-year-old Puerto Rican superstar has joined voices with Puerto Rican artist Rauw Alejandro to release her new, Spanish-language single “Cambia El Paso.”

Jennifer Lopez & Rauw Alejandro

The song –a hot, danceable track with a reggaeton sound to get everyone moving this summer – is about moving on.

“The song is about change and not being afraid to take the step,” she said on SiriusXM’s Pitbull’s Globalization. “Like, just take the step, advance, do what you need to do. If something’s not feeling right, whatever it is in your life, like, just make that move and dance.”

On Sunday, Lopez gave fans a sneak peak of the music video, which features images of the superstar singer strutting down the neon-lit streets of Miami in a flashy denim outfit. Another scene finds Alejandro posing confidently next to a luxury car and later showing off some spinning dance moves.

“Ready?” Lopez captioned the post in Spanish on Twitter.

A music video for the single is also set to premiere in the coming days.

Enrique Iglesias Teams Up with Farruko for Breezy New Single “Me Pasé”

Enrique Iglesias is back with another summer gem…

The 46-year-old Spanish singer/songwriter has joined voices with Farruko for the breezy new single “Me Pasé.”

Enrique Iglesias x Farruko

Iglesias’ reggaeton-infused rhythmic track is certainly made for dancing, with the Farruko-assisted single finding Iglesias asking for forgiveness after he had one too many drinks.

“I went to sleep with you but woke up with someone else,” he confesses in the chorus. “Forgive me, it will never happen again.”

His first single since 2019, “Me Pasé” is the first track off Iglesias’ forthcoming album set to drop in September to coincide with his North American tour with Ricky Martin, which kicks off September 25.

Rauw Alejandro Releases Sophomore Studio Album “Vice Versa”

Rauw Alejandro is back with new music…

The 28-year-old Puerto Rican singer, whose real name is Raúl Alejandro Ocasio Ruiz, has released his sophomore studio album, Vice Versa, via Duars Entertainment.

Rauw Alejandro

On his new album, Rauw opted to go experimental, trading, for the most part, his signature reggaeton and Latin R&B sound for more electro-pop, funk, and even Brazilian-inclined rhythms.

“This is the music I like to do,” he tells Billboard, crediting James BrownBruno Mars, and Michael Jackson as his music idols. “This album has a lot of contrast and a great selection of music.”

His best example? “Todo De Ti,” which Rauw admits was the last song to make it on Vice Versa.

“The album is incredible but the more I heard it, I felt like something was missing. That’s when ‘Todo de Ti’ was born,” he says, getting inspired from old-school sounds like funk and disco. “The most important thing in my music is the melodies. I began vibing in the studio with my producer Mr. Nais Gai and when I found the perfect melody, that’s when I began writing the concept of the song. I was so excited about the track that we finished it in two days.”

Also a phenomenon on TikTok with over one million video creations, “Todo de Ti” currently sits at No. 45 on Billboard‘s all-genre Billboard Hot 100 chart. It also entered the Hot Latin Songs, Latin Airplay, Global 200, and Global Excl. U.S. charts.

“It’s a totally different proposal and I took a risk,” he says.

Vice Versa contains only three reggaeton songs, two collaborations (one with Anitta and his longtime friend, Lyanno), and the rest, a rollercoaster of new fusions, best representing his album’s cover.

He explains the production was created between 2020 and 2021 and that he began working on it just two weeks after finalizing his debut set, Afrodisiaco. He also mentions that his entire team — which has been by his side since the beginning of his career — fully supported and respected the route he wanted to take in Vice Versa.

“I like to get out of my comfort zone,” he proudly states. “That’s what makes me happy, to be able to explore, expand and grow. I don’t judge any artist that wants to follow their line but in my case, I don’t like getting boxed in a certain type of genre. I want to experiment with the most that I can in my career and aim to become that complete

Up next, Rauw prepares to perform his biggest hits and new songs on his 2021-2022 tour in the U.S., Spain, and Puerto Rico, including three sold-out shows at the emblematic Coliseo de Puerto Rico on October 21, 22, and 23.

Mariah Angeliq Teams Up with Mariah Becerra & Bad Gyal for “Bobo,” a Reimagining of TLC’s “No Scrubs”

Mariah Angeliq is making a TLC classic her own…

The 21-year-old Puerto Rican and Cuban American singer-songwriter, known as “La Princesa de Miami,” has joined voices with urbana newcomers Mariah Becerra and Bad Gyal for the single “Bobo.”

Mariah Angeliq, Mariah Becerra, Bad Gyal

Co-produced by DJ Chino and her longtime producer Nely El Arma Secreta, “Bobo” gives TLC’s ’90s anthem “No Scrubs” a reggaeton twist with a touch of Mariah’s perreo, Becerra’s urban-pop sounds, and Bad Gyal’s dancehall vibes.

Mariah does not hesitate to describe it as a “lit” collaboration overall.

“This song is going to make a big impact in the industry because we’re three girls,” she affirms.

“Honestly, I have loved this song since I was little,” she says. “I love R&B, and I think that’s one of the reasons that when Chino presented the idea to me I said, ‘Hell yeah!’ because I have that music in my soul.”

 

Mariah became a household name with her saucy 2019 single “Perreito.” In only two years, she captured the attention of her colleagues, landing major collaborations with Arcangel and Anuel AA, to name a few.

In March, Mariah joined forces with Karol G on “El Makinon,” a focus track from Karol’s KG0516 album. “It has definitely made my career grow,” Mariah tells Billboard, explaining that the Colombian star began supporting her music on social media before extending an invite to work together.

“This song has a lot of elements that identify me and that’s why I believe Karol wanted to do the song with me,” she recalls. “I was sharing my story when we were writing the song and I mentioned that I ran away at 16 to chase my dreams, so for sure, that’s why the song makes reference to that. Karol’s the same. She’s a fighter and she’s been working hard for her dreams since she was young. That’s why we connected on this song.”

“El Makinon,” slang for a big machine, also earned Mariah her first No. 1 on any Billboard chart when it topped the Latin Airplay chart dated June 5, becoming only the third female pairing to rule since the chart’s inception in 1994.

“Everything happened so quickly,” Mariah recalls. “I’m super happy because what’s better than to collaborate with one of the most important women in the industry? I took this as a blessing.”

Up next, Mariah is reportedly working on a full-length album and has 40 to 50 dates confirmed for an upcoming tour that will soon be announced.

J Balvin Teams Up with Jay Wheeler for New Heartbreak Single “Otro Fili”

Heartbreak’s got the best of J Balvin

The 36-year-old Colombian singer/songwriter has joined voices with Jay Wheeler for their new track and video “Otro Fili.”

J Balvin & Jay Wheeler

For their first collaboration togethere, J Balvin and the Puerto Rican artist pull at the heartstrings with a heartbreak ballad.

It begins with Jay Wheeler’s romantic vocals and higher notes that blend over slow reggaeton melodies. In the second chorus, J Balvin meets Wheeler with his raspy voice to give depth to the devastating new single.

The song has a melancholic vibe and will evoke memories of a lost love that might never come back. “

You gave 100% and I didn’t even give you half/ I didn’t say sorry, I regret it so come back,” they sing.

Luis Fonsi Teams Up with Myke Towers for Catchy Single “Besame”

Luis Fonsi is requesting kisses

The 43-year-old Puerto Rican singer has joined voices with Myke Towers for the new single “Besame.”

Luis Fonsi, Besame, Myke Towers,The single, the first-ever team up for Fonsi and Towers, is a catchy song from beginning to end. It combines reggaeton pop with Dominican bachata.

Co-written by Fonsi, Towers, Andres Torres, Mauricio Rengifo, and Keaton, the song tells the story of a game of seduction and mischief between a man and a woman.

“I know that you are using me for the weekends,” Fonsi said of the lyrics. “But the reality is that it does not bother me. I play your game, but if you want to stay, stay because there is something interesting between us.”

The video was filmed in Miami and directed by Elastic People‘s Carlos Perez.

Overall, “Besame” is a mix of island flavors that will make you want to dance to the melodies and positive vibes.

J Balvin Teams Up with Maria Becerra for New Single “¿Qué Más Pues?”

J Balvin is figuring out what else

The 36-year-old Colombian singer/songwriter has joined voices with Maria Becerra for the new single “¿Qué Más Pues?

J Balvin

The trach is the product of a string of Instagram exchanges, with J Balvin trading messages with the Argentinian singer before deciding to lay down a song about a former couple contemplating a reunion.

The reggaeton track crackles with nifty production flourishes — a motorcycle vroom here, a whistle there — and Becerra admirably keeps up with the superstar Balvin, selling her solo vocals and locking into a lovely vocal harmony with her new collaborator.