Bad Gyal, La Joia (Universal Music Latin/Interscope)
After years of releasing singles, Bad Gyal — the Barcelona artista known for her blend of dembow, reggaetón and dance, as well as her sexually explicit lyrics, releases her first studio album today. On La Joia (Universal Latin/Interscope), Bad Gyal (whose real name is Alba Farelo Solé) expands her musical range, working with producers such as El Guincho, MAG, Sky Rompiendo and Storch, and collaborating with artists like Quevedo (on the dance track “Real G”) and Ñengo Flow (on the old school reggaetón number “Bad Boy”). She also includes the hit “Chulo Pt.2” with Tokischa and Young Miko, one of those Bad Gyal songs where the girls have fun in her own way. It’s a formula that works, and which she repeats in the single “Perdió este culo” (which is more fun and less racy than its title)). But she surprises most when she becomes introspective, as in “As I Am” with Morad, indicating that there are many nuances behind Bad Gyal and a musical career that can develop in many directions. — LEILA COBO
Christian Nodal & Peso Pluma, “La Intención” (Sony Music México)
Christian Nodal kicks off 2024 in full force, recruiting Peso Pluma for his first corrido tumbado, “La Intención.” In true Nodal fashion, he delivers a raw heartbreak anthem but this time, he trades his mariacheño style for Peso’s signature sound, which thrives on guitars and brass instruments. In their first-ever collaboration, the música mexicana powerhouses trade verses, telling the story of a man who who is committed to a relationship that no longer works and who is spitefully fighting trying to make her understand that he can’t live without her. “You stole my calm. Mami, I swear that you are my karma/ You kiss me, when you want you give me strength, you give me my wings/ Then you take them away, you bring me down,” they confess in “La Intención.” — INGRID FAJARDO
Blessd, Si Sabe (Cigol Music Group/Warner Music Latina)
Blessd presents his third studio album Si Sabe and it’s indeed fully charged with innovative reggaetón — al estilo de Medellin. Home to 14 tracks, the Colombian act stays faithful to his sound, backed by sultry and futuristic urban beats, and his distinct dulcet vocals. In the focus track “Si Sabe Ferxxo,” Blessd and Feid team up for a first collaborative effort to sing about a girl they’ve been crushing on since their school days. In the solo selections, such as “Mas Raro,” “Hagale Ome,” and “Fletecito,” Blessd delivers hard-hitting bops with his Medallo lingo.
He also navigates from electronic beats in the Sky Rompiendo-assisted “Eso Es Todo” to R&B in “Palabras Sobran (Remix)” with Ryan Castro, Bryant Myers and Hades66, to trap in “A2P.” Other collaborators on Si Sabe include Peso Pluma (“Ojos Azules”) and Jory Boy (“Si A Bueno”). Producers who worked on the set include Sky Rompiendo, ICON, The Prodigiez, ForeignTeck, SOG, Mr. Naisgai, Subelo NEO and Kronix Magikal. — JESSICA ROIZ
Ramón Vega & Lasso, “La Mexicana” (Sony Music Latin)
Following the release of his 2023 debut album Pa Ti : ), and his notable collaboration with Christian Nodal “dEsANiMaO :(“, the young Mexican singer Ramón Vega presents a new duet with the support of another more veteran and established artist: the Latin Grammy-winning Venezuelan singer-songwriter Lasso. “La Mexicana” is a heartbreak pop ballad that talks about the regret of kissing a girl who they won’t be able to forget, and now find themselves drowning their sorrows away. “Baby, I’m drunk and screwed, baby/ How come no one told me, baby, that you can’t forget a Mexican girl?” says part of the catchy chorus. The music video, directed by Kath D., shows both artists in a colorful market in Mexico City, seeing the face of their ex-lover in every woman they cross paths with.
“I am very grateful to him for believing in me, for connecting in that way and for taking the time and energy to be able to make this song together. It was something very special,” Vega said about Lasso in an exclusive Instagram Live with Billboard Español on Thursday (Jan. 25) in which they both talked about the new release. Lasso added: “Spending 10 minutes on Ramón’s Spotify tells you that he is someone with a lot of talent […] You connect immediately with him. He has a lot of feeling and he has good songs.” “La Mexicana” can undoubtedly be added to that list. —SIGAL RATNER-ARIAS
Leon Leiden & DannyLux, “awitado :(” (Warner Music México)
Punctuated by requintos and bajoloches, Leon Leiden and DannyLux’s “awitado :(” is a touching ballad that finds the two singer-songwriters navigating heartbreak. Sonically, the track is multilayered with elements of sad sierreño — DannyLux’s signature sound — and pop and R&B, which are at the essence of Leiden. Meanwhile, its lyrics are profound and ultra emotional. Both Leiden and Danny sing evocatively about the pain that comes from seeing your significant other walk out the door. “I no longer care what my friends say/ They don’t know what I lived with you/ I prefer to be alone if you’re not here and I don’t like living without you,” Leiden and DannyLux sing. — GRISELDA FLORES
Bacilos, “Anoche” (Kooperativa/Bacilos LLC)
With their new single “Anoche,” Bacilos adds music to the feeling of regret many have experienced after an honest confession. Thriving on its characteristic sound, reminiscent of the band’s beginnings, the Pan-American group highlights the beauty of live instruments through a rustic tropipop production, enriched with violin arrangements. “There are dangerous words that change all things/ That’s why we hide them, even though they may be beautiful” they sing in one verse. “Last night I told you that I loved you,” they confess about the words that can change their reality. “It scares me to think about it but it’s what I felt/ I will never drink tequila again in my entire life,” they conclude. In the music video you can see the band and its musicians in the studio having a good time recording “Anoche,” which could easily become the soundtrack to many listener regrets. — LUISA CALLE
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