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New Music Latin: Listen to Releases From Tiago PZK, Angela Aguilar & More

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

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Enrique Iglesias & Yotuel, “Fría” (Sony Music Latin)

After delving into bachata with the sweet, bouncy “Así es la vida” with María Becerra, Iglesias goes back to party mode with “Fría,” the second single off his upcoming Final, Vol. 2. Here, he pairs up for the first time with Yotuel in a catchy, mid-tempo calypso that celebrates carnival in its colorful video. “Fría” taps into the lighter side of both Yotuel and Iglesias; it’s light and airy and unpretentious, built on the play of words around “fría” (used here as “cold one” as in cold brew) and “confía” (trust), in three-repetition intervals for maximum catchiness. That catchiness is sure to inspire signature dance moves and more than a little sing along. — LEILA COBO

Tiago PZK & Ke Personajes, “Piel” (Grand Move Records/Warner Music Latina)

Urban and cumbia music combine here for the new love anthem “Piel,” perfect for celebrating this Valentine’s month. Argentine urban-pop artist Tiago PZK teams up with Emanuel Noir, frontman of Ke Personajes (one of Billboard’s 2024 Latin Artists to Watch), to gift fans with a powerful urban-infused cumbia villera track that opens with the beautiful piano melody and then transitions into a catchy and sensual cumbia beat. Penned by Tiago and Colombian hitmaker Keityn, the lyrics describe the feelings only the person you love can bring out in you: “Just let me be the one who passionately kisses your skin/ But also the one who shares with you, my love/ Telling you how you slept and how you woke up.” — INGRID FAJARDO

Ángela Aguilar, Bolero (Machin Records)

Ángela Aguilar revives the timeless allure of the Great Latin American Songbook through her new album, aptly named Bolero. Dripping with elegance and nostalgia, the Mexican American chanteuse forges a deeper connection with her heritage that not only pays homage to the past but also paves the way for future generations to cherish and appreciate the beauty of boleros. Her renditions pay tribute to revered songwriters like Armando Manzanero, César Portillo de la Luz, Pedro Flores, Agustín Lara, and his sister María Teresa Lara Aguirre.

The album gains an additional layer of authenticity with the accompaniment of the legendary Trio Los Panchos, whose nylon guitar-driven arrangements add a timeless brilliance to hits like “Luna Lunera” (also featuring the Cuban musician Amadito Valdés), “Toda Una Vida,” and the iconic “Piel Canela” and “Quizás Quizás Quizás.” Furthermore, “Piensa en Mí” is adorned with golden piano keys that evoke a bygone era, enveloping the listener in a spellbinding embrace. It’s a heartfelt journey through the soul of Latin America that bridges generations. — ISABELA RAYGOZA

Marca MP, LEALTAD (Sun Meadow/Sony Music Latin)

Marca MP kicks off 2024 with the release of their fifth studio album, LEALTAD (loyalty). An ode to their faithful fans and the sound that made them a household name back in 2019, the California-based música Mexicana group deliver a 10-track set with their traditional sierreño melodies. Seven of the songs were composed by lead singer Chato (real name: Pedro Vargas Vaca Jr.), including the focus title track — a captivating corrido about hustling, achieving success, and being loyal to his day ones. “I’ve dedicated many months to this project,” Chato expressed on his Instagram. “I want to thank my team and everyone who added a grain of salt so that it would be possible but above all, my group members for always being loyal.” Produced by Chato outside his parent’s house in Northern California, other notable tracks on LEALTAD include “Tenis Balenciaga,” “Mi Universo Entero” and “Para Mí.” — JESSICA ROIZ

Quevedo, “La Última” (Taste the Floor Records)

At just 22 years old, Spanish rapper Quevedo recently surprised his fans on social media with the announcement of his temporary retirement from music. Leaving with a bang, the Canarian artist left behind “La Última” (“The last one”), a single that would explain some of the reasons for his decision. With raw and honest lyrics, Quevedo implies that he has lost his first love for his occupation: “Sometimes I can’t stop crying when I remember all the nights that I cried,” he chants. “Remembering why I cried and wrote and recorded/ Every night I stayed up late/ Everything was so pure that/ Where I wanted to be was where I was.” Throughout the ultra-emotional song, the also trapper vents by expressing that he needs to lose everything to go back to what he felt at the beginning and fall in love all over again, resonating with many who have felt this way regardless of occupation. More than a dozen artists make cameos in the emotional music video, including Yandel, Omar Montes, Mora, and Ovy on the Drums. —LUISA CALLE

Zoe Gotusso, “Pensando en Ti” (Sony Music Argentina)

Zoe Gotusso presents the second advance song from her upcoming sophomore studio album: a version of the classic “Pensando em Você” by Brazilian artist Paulinho Moska. Produced by Cachorro López and Diego Mema, with lyrics in Spanish sung by the Argentine singer-songwriter, the sweet pop ballad includes verses like “Hey, I’m thinking about you/ Thinking about never again thinking about forgetting you/ Because when I think of you is when I feel myself.”

“‘Pensando en Ti’ is a song that I feel is so mine and so my own that I took the courage to translate it so that it reaches another generation,” Gotusso says in a press release about the follow-up to her 2023 single “Entrégate.” “I had some of Paulinho Moska’s albums in my house and recently I had the pleasure of meeting him to tell him that I wanted to sing his song. I always felt very connected to the music of Brazil and continuing to build the bridge between our two countries is a pleasure.”

Her beautiful take comes with a music video directed by Rafael Kogan, which shows the artist spending a day alone, enjoying her own company while thinking about her love. It’s a perfect song for this Valentine’s Day.  — SIGAL RATNER-ARIAS

Los Aptos, “Botellas” (Warner Music Latina)

The emerging Mexican-American trio is in their experimental era. Los Aptos have unleashed their EDM-inspired electro-corrido “Botellas,” which effortlessly fuses elements of pop, house and regional Mexican. Composed of Juan Ortega, Jonathan Rivera, and Daniel Vaides, hailing from the Midwest state of Indiana, Los Aptos is among a new generation of Mexican-American artists who’ve modernized música mexicana. Placing all bets on heartbreak, a theme that’s worked well for Gen Z artists and fans, “Botellas” explores the complex emotions that bubble up after a breakup. Los Aptos are set to drop a new album this year. — GRISELDA FLORES

Mariángela, Sensible (Sony Music Latin)

In her debut album, Sensible, Mexican American singer/songwriter Mariángela takes a page from the synth pop style of early 2000 groups like Belanova and Miranda! and the dreamy quality of Lana del Rey to inform dance-pop beats that finally are all her own. Mariángela first gained traction with her beautiful, breathy cover of Roberto Carlos’ classic “Cama y Mesa.” With Sensible, she expands with original material that’s not just romantic; songs like the uptempo “Soñarte” and current single “Acto final” can also work perfectly well on the dance floor, while the title track is experimental and edgier, but still pop. It’s different from what other female voices are doing in Latin, and the unique sound stands out. — L. COBO

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