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First Stream Latin: New Music From Carlos Rivera, J Balvin, Denise Rosenthal & More

J Balvin & Maria Becerra, “Qué Más Pues?” (Sueños Globales/UMG Recordings)

J Balvin has reeled in Maria Becerra for his latest single, further proving that he not only has his eyes set on but supports fresh talent. Following his Khalid-assisted “Otra Noche Sin Ti,” “Que Mas Pues?” is a melodious reggaeton surrounded with catchy hooks left and right. At some point, Balvin even samples Aqua’s 90’s hit “Barbie Girl.” On the track, Balvin and the Argentine newcomer go back-and-forth on a relationship that didn’t work out and will never work out. A standout on this new bop is easily both of their harmonizing energy: Balvin with his distinct voice and Becerra with her dulcet vocals. Their magnetic chemistry comes out to play in the edgy music video. — JESSICA ROIZ

Reik & Maluma, “Perfecta” (Sony Music México)

Reik and Maluma have already proven to be an effective pairing. In 2018, they delivered the pop-urban anthem “Amigos Con Derechos,” which peaked at No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Pop Songs Airplay chart (Nov. 17, 2018). Now, three years later, Mexican pop trio and Colombian superstar Maluma have joined forces once again for “Perfecta,” a song that deftly fuses two worlds and sounds, and strikes the perfect balance between pop and reggaeton — with subtle elements of reggaeton and bachata. As ever, Reik and Maluma are ultra-romantic in these lyrics confessing their love for the girl of their dreams. “What can I do to make you understand that I’m blown away by you, that you’re perfect, that there’s no one else?” Reik’s Chuy Navarro sings. Maluma adds, “you’re the only one that compliments me, I have no doubts. Without me noticing, you cured the solitude that killed me. You gave me everything I needed.” The track was written by Reik (Chuy, Julio and Bibi) alongside Kevyn Cruz, Maluma, Andrés Marin and Germán Danilo. It was produced by Edgar Barrera, Sherman y Keityn. — GRISELDA FLORES

Denise Rosenthal, Todas Seremos Reinas (Universal Music Chile)

Fifteen songs to remind women that they are beautiful, perfect, fierce and strong is what brings Denise Rosenthal’s new album to life. Todas Seremos Reinas (We’ll All Be Queens) is an ode to womanhood from start to end. Rosenthal best explains it herself as “a narrative journey because everything has a reason.” Her previously released singles, such as “Tiene Sabor,” “Agua Segura” and “Dormir,” to name a few, easily set the tone for Todas Seremos Reina, an album with dance-pop-R&B fusions, injected with Rosenthal’s powerhouse vocals and empowering lyrics. “I know this isn’t the era of CDs, much less conceptual albums, but this is a dream come true because each detail is important and reflects part of who I am,” Rosenthal expressed on Instagram. “Thank you to all of the queens who continue to inspire and collaborate together, freely, building a new reality. We’ll all be queens because, deep down, we already are.” Collaborations on this album include Spanish queens Mala Rodriguez and Lola Indigo. — J.R. 

Juanes, Origen (UMG Recordings)

Juanes returns to his Colombian rocker roots in Origen, and we couldn’t be happier. Beginning with a fast-paced rock ‘n’ roll version of Joe Arroyo’s “Rebelión,” Origen pays homage to the songs that shaped Juanes’ life and career. The set, produced by Juanes with Sebastian Krys and featuring no loops or samples, is a refreshing sonic journey that includes iconic tracks like Carlos Gardel’s “Volver” –reimagined as a bachata/tango—and unexpected gems like “Todo Hombre Es Una Historia,” originally recorded by Medellín rock band Kraken.  There are also English-language covers: Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing IN The Dark,” which morphed into a soft rock ballad, and “Could You Be Loved,” now a syncopated vamp set over a medley of guitars. Juanes has said that after experimenting with urban beats in his past two albums, Origen is his return to his true self. It is, and happily so.  — L.C.

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