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Grupo Frontera Drops ‘Jugando A Que No Pasa Nada’ Album & More New Music Latin

New Music Latin is a compilation of the best new Latin songs and albums recommended by Billboard’s Latin and Billboard Español editors. Check out this week’s picks below.

Grupo Frontera, Jugando Que No Pasa Nada (Grupo Frontera)

Grupo Frontera has unleashed its sophomore studio album, Jugando A Que No Pasa Nada, which loosely translates to “pretending that nothing’s wrong.” The 12-track set remains faithful to Frontera’s signature stamp — both lyrically and sonically — heartbreak songs backed by captivating cumbia, tejano, and Norteño melodies, and even dabbling in country music in “Echándote de Menos.” Most notable, however, are its star-studded collaborations: In “Por Qué Será” with Maluma, the artists open up about rejection and unrequited love; in the Nicki Nicole-assisted “Desquite,” they bring back the tribal guarachero sound; then there’s the highly anticipated “Los Dos,” in collaboration with Morat, which first garnered buzz on social media. On the set, we also find the previously released singles “Quédate Bebé” and the Christian Nodal-assisted “Ya Pedo Quien Sabe.” The latter reached No. 1 on Billboard‘s Regional Mexican Airplay chart this week, marking the Texas-based group’s eighth No. 1 on the chart. — JESSICA ROIZ

Camilo, Tres (Sony Music Latin/Hecho A Mano)

Singer-songwriter Camilo continues to display his musicality with a new release from his studio, El Taller Creativo: the most recent in the Un, Dos, Tres series of EPs. In the most recent installment, Camilo delves into different genres, from the cumbia “Misión Imposible” (where he plays the accordion while wishing his partner good luck in his search for someone better than him: “But you’re not going to find yourself/ Lo what do you have with me”) to the fusion of merengue with African rhythms “Amor de Extranjeros.” He also presents a new version of his 2018 song, “Corazón de Hojalata”, transforming it into a tropical ballad. (Regarding this last song, he shared on his social media: “It is a song that I wrote at a time when I was unable to find God. I felt like my heart was made of tin, until I let myself be found and it creaked.”)

Each song is accompanied by a music video recorded at Camilo’s studio in Miami. The Colombian artist is preparing for his Nuestro Lugar Feliz tour through several cities in the United States, such as Los Angeles and Miami, as well as in Europe, including Madrid and Paris. — LUISA CALLE

Peso Pluma, Junior H, & Eslabon Armado, “La Durango” (Double P Records)

In “La Durango,” the powerhouse alliance of Peso Pluma, Junior H and Eslabon Armado meld their talents with ease, crafting a rich song with a laid-back-yet-assertive tumbado vibe. The track features blaring horns that intertwine with nonchalantly delivered verses, portraying the artists’ journey to success and the celebratory lifestyle that follows. “Loyalty is what I seek/ And easy money I accumulate”, Eslabon frontman Pedro Tovar boasts. The title itself hints at the rugged Dodge Durango, perhaps symbolizing the artists’ robust ascent in the regional Mexican music scene. This música mexicana trinity demonstrates that their combined force is not just a fleeting alignment, but a formidable fusion of talent that sets the bar high for genre contemporaries. — ISABELA RAYGOZA

Joss Favela, Mis Compas Vol. 1 (Sony Music Latin)

The Regional Mexican singer-songwriter delivers an eclectic six-song EP where he masterfully fuses his signature norteño and mariachi with hip-hop (“Cuando Llegue El Día” ft. Gera MX), sierreño (“Somos” with Los Plebes del Rancho de Ariel Camacho) and banda (“Con Todo Respetillo” with Luis R. Conriquez). In essence, Mis Compas Vol. 1 is a celebration of música mexicana’s rich culture, one that thrives on the different sounds, subgenres and generations that makeup regional Mexican today.

The A-list roster of collaborators, which also includes Yuridia, Banda MS and Codiciado, allows Favela to exist in multiple worlds at once, while still staying true to the basics of regional Mexican and the good lyricism that has defined his career. “This is a project with pure friends with whom I’ve had the opportunity to work previously, whether composing songs for them, producing for them, or doing something together,” Favela says in a statement. “And now coming together to do duets is something that I personally treasure a lot.” — GRISELDA FLORES

Ryan Castro, EL Cantante del Ghetto (Ryan Castro/Sony Music Colombia)

Castro’s highly anticipated debut album, El Cantante del Ghetto, is not only a reflection of the qualities that have catapulted the Colombian artist to the top of the charts, but also serves to showcase the culture of his Pedregal neighborhood in Medellín. The 18-track collection includes the previously released “Quema” with Peso Pluma, “Ghetto Star,” “Rich Rappers” with Rich the Kid, and most recently, “El Cantante Del Ghetto” with Coque and La Eterna. The latter is a salsa track that pays tribute to Puerto Rican legend Héctor Lavoe with a heartfelt tribute to his roots, modest upbringing and the vibrant community of his hometown.

The set also includes collaborations with Arcangel, Ñengo Flow, Yandel, Jowell y Randy, Zion, Myke Towers, Totoy el Frio and Blessid. El Cantante del Ghetto portrays a testament to the transformative journey of the artist, from his humble beginnings of street busking to global stardom. The music is influenced by classic reggaetón, dancehall and trap, making it timeless. — INGRID FAJARDO

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