Welcome to LATINA’s weekly roundup of the best new music. This week’s list includes Karol G’s empowering song “S91,” Nathy Peluso’s fierce dance track “Salvaje,” and Demi Lovato’s rock remake of one of her hits.
Also on the list: Mariposa’s debut EP, Paulina Rubio’s new kiss-off anthem, and Sofía Valdés’ deeply personal track. Plus, Anthony Ramos’ Latin club banger and Ryan Castro’s soon-to-be summer smash with Peso Pluma.
Karol G, “S91”
Karol G is standing tall in her new single “S91.” The Colombian superstar was inspired by a line in Psalm 91 in the Bible: “A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.” Karol G channels that energy into an empowering song about rising above the negativity and naysayers that life can bring. She blends reggaeton and a Latin trap breakdown with elements of EDM. At the end of the cinematic music video for “S91,” Karol G reveals that she will soon release a deluxe edition of her album called Mañana Sera Bonito (Bichota Season).
Nathy Peluso, “Salvaje”
Nathy Peluso strikes a pose in the music video for her new single “Salvaje.” The Argentine-Spanish singer pays tribute to ballroom culture and the art of voguing with the fierce dance track. Peluso gives house music a Latin makeover as she sings about unleashing her wild side on the dance floor. In addition to calling the song “music for your culo,” she told LATINA, “With ‘Salvaje’ I want to express freedom, wildness and loads of dance. I hope people dance with this song in clubs, parties and life.” In Peluso’s pop universe, anything is possible and she continues to blaze her own colorful path.
Demi Lovato, “Sorry Not Sorry” (Rock Version) featuring Slash
Demi Lovato revisits one of her hits in the rock version of “Sorry Not Sorry.” The Mexican-American superstar teamed up with Guns N’ Roses’ guitarist Slash for this electrifying rendition of the song from her 2017 album Tell Me You Love Me. Lovato delivers a powerhouse performance and sounds even more unapologetic in this epic collaboration. The song will be included on her album Revamped, which will be released on September 15. “With ‘Revamped,’ I wanted to pay homage to the songs that resonated the most with fans and played a big role in my career by breathing an exciting new life into them,” Lovato shared in a statement.
Mariposa is taking flight with her debut EP Otro Mundo. The rising rapper of Colombian and Italian descent masterfully blends her multicultural roots across the five tracks. Mariposa floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee with her fierce flow in the kiss-off song “Mentiras.” She also finds healing in opening up about her past mental health issues in icy knockout “Hielo” and the fiery “Quemando.” “I have struggled a lot with mental health and inside of the Latin community there isn’t a lot of space to talk about this subject,” Mariposa told LATINA. “I’d like to change that throughout my music and to empower other people that it’s okay to be different.”
Sofía Valdés, “Easy”
Sofía Valdés continues to share her experiences of emigrating to the U.S. The Panamanian singer-songwriter opens up about her struggle of trying to transition to life in the states in her new single “Easy.” Valdés paints her alternative pop sound with a touch of country flavor in the angst-driven track. “I wrote this song at a time when I was asking so many people for help, but there was no help to be had,” she told LATINA. “It felt like one of the worst betrayals of my life, and had a severe effect on my mental health.” Valdés will soon release her EP Silvia, which is named after her great-grandmother who once performed with Louis Armstrong.
Paulina Rubio, “Propiedad Privada”
Paulina Rubio is a queen of the kiss-off anthems. The Mexican pop icon comes through with another one with her new single “Propiedad Privada.” Rubio blends ranchera music with elements of reggaeton in the feisty dance track. She sings about kicking an ex to the curb while protecting her peace. Rubio will perform the song live at Premios Juventud this Thursday, July 20. Another Latina queen appearing at the event is Colombian superstar Shakira who will be presented with the Agent of Change Award for her philanthropy. Earlier this year, Rubio returned as an independent artist with the playful bop “No Es Mi Culpa.”
Anthony Ramos, “Se Fue”
Anthony Ramos is most known for his role in Hollywood blockbusters, but the Nuyorican actor also has a burgeoning career in music. He blends reggaeton with a salsa music kick in his new single “Se Fue.” Ramos sings in Spanish and English about embracing the freedom of saying goodbye to an ex. He channels that heartbreak into a euphoric club anthem. “The lyrics essentially say, ‘You’ve left with my tears. I’m left with your tears and the memories of you. I hope you find what you’re looking for,'” Ramos said in a statement. “You think the song is going to be sad, but it’s a celebratory song about moving on and new beginnings.”
Ryan Castro and Peso Pluma, “Quema”
Ryan Castro has joined forces with Mexican superstar Peso Pluma for his new single “Quema.” The rising Colombian star turns up the heat in the hypnotic reggaeton romp. After scoring the reggaeton hit “La Bebe” earlier this year alongside Yng Lvcas, Peso Pluma’s raspy voice sounds at home among the perreo-ready beats. Castro and Peso Pluma have a soon-to-be summer smash on their hands. The song will be included on Castro’s upcoming album El Cantante Del Ghetto. Last year, he told LATINA, “Representing Medellín in Latin music feels muy chimba, so beautiful. I really feel very happy to be supported by my people.”
Lucas Villa is a freelance music contributor for LATINA. His work is also featured in Rolling Stone, Billboard, Teen Vogue, MTV News and W Magazine.