Latin Music in 2017 will probably be most remembered for the massive crossover hits. Luis Fonsi teamed up with Justin Bieber, J Balvin and Willy William went to #1 with Beyonce’, and Nicky Jam’s kept our summer party going with three chart smashing duets featuring Enrique Iglesias, Daddy Yankee, and Wisin. But with two months left in the year, Latinas are poised to leave their mark in a huge way before the calendar turns to 2018. Becky G, Camila Cabello, and Jennifer Lopez all have songs in the iTunes Latin Singles Chart and smoking hot music videos that have huge crossover appeal.
“HAVANA” – Camilla Cabella
The former member of Fifth Harmony has one of the most anticipated albums of the year ready to drop. The lead single, “Havana” is a sultry Latin fusion jam that has a bouncy club vibe over a slick piano accompaniment. Currently sitting at #2 on the Singles Chart, higher than any of her songs with Fifth Harmony ever charted, “Havana” has a clever Telenovela styled music video. Two different versions have been released, one featuring rapper Young Thug and another replacing his rhymes with Daddy Yankee singing in Spanish.
“AMOR, AMOR, AMOR” – Jennifer Lopez
Slide over Michael Jackson’s “Bad”, there is a new gang fight underground in New York City . Jennifer Lopez brings her crew of female dancers to the gritty NYC subway to battle Reggaeton superstar, Wisin, and his crew. “La Diva Del Bronx” is about to release her second Spanish LP, Por Primera Vez (‘For The First Time’). J-Lo’s backup dancers in the music video are contestants from her reality TV show, World Of Dance. The song is a certifiable club banger and Wisin is the perfect compliment to Jennifer’s swagger here. Check out the Abarth sports car at the end of the video!
“MAYORES” – Becky G
Saving the best for last, Becky G is a singer/actress who is poised to become the next Latina superstar in the States. With just one CD to her credit, Becky G has scored many guest spots on hits by the likes of Pitbull, Lil Jon, and J. Balvin. Her acting roles include a two episode arc on Fox’s Empire and playing the first gay superhero in the 2017 Power Rangers blockbuster. Ironically at one point, Becky G is opening for Fifth Harmony on their world tour and she and Camila Cabello both dated pop star Austin Mahones. Now their inevitable rivalry has moved over to the pop charts. “Mayores” teams up the young superstar with Bad Bunny for one of the hottest dance songs of the year. The rooftop and bedroom scenes in the music video are as sultry and unforgettable as her song’s slamming beat.