Welcome to LATINA’s weekly roundup of the best new music. This week’s list features the emergence of rising R&B star Rosemarie, a heartfelt single from Elena Rose and Isabella Lovestory’s empowering “Latina”.
Also on the list: Lupita Infante carries on the legacy of Pedro Infante, Justin Quiles’ epic collaboration with Natti Natasha and Olga Tañon’s kiss-off track. Plus, new albums from Manuel Turizo and Eladio Carrión.
Rosemarie is one of R&B’s most exciting and innovative artists to watch out for. She is not playing any games with her new EP Rock Paper Scissors. Rosemarie seamlessly switches between soulful and swagger in the trap-lite anthem “What I Like.” In the alluring “Aprovecha,” she flexes her bilingual flow while proudly representing her Latina roots. “As far as introducing my Spanish music with ‘Aprovecha,’ I’m so proud to be Dominican and Puerto Rican, and I’m honestly so grateful and excited the time has finally come to embark on the journey of getting to know myself creatively and musically in the Latin realm,” Rosemarie told LATINA. She’s hard at work on her Spanish-language EP, which is due out later this year.
Elena Rose, “El Hombre”
After having written hits for Selena Gomez, Becky G and Karol G, Elena Rose is stepping in the spotlight. “Now I feel ready to be in front, and I’m ready to defend my message of love, so it feels amazing,” she told LATINA. In her heartfelt single “El Hombre,” the rising Venezuelan-American star pushes back against machismo and serenades men who allow themselves to be vulnerable. Though it’s dedicated to all the guys in her life, Rose wants the beautiful song’s message to connect with everyone. “I want people to feel safe and happy,” she added. “Music is a way to express my love to life, my love to God, and my love to humanity. I want people to feel that, heal, and feel happy to be alive.”
Isabella Lovestory, “Latina”
Isabella Lovestory is back with her new single “Latina.” The Honduran-born artist continues to push Latin music to new places with the empowering neo-perreo banger. Backed by frenetic beats, Lovestory sings about living her best life while feeling divine and sexy as a Latina. On the inspiration behind the track, she told LATINA, “Tongue-in-cheek and playful, it’s a song that celebrates being Latina without being cliche and ‘Dove commercial’ about it. It’s a commentary on the tokenizing of Latinidad and reclaiming the uniqueness and poignancy of every experience each Latina has.” Lovestory’s upcoming Laticonica Tour date is April 25th in San Diego, CA.
Justin Quiles, Natti Natasha and Omar Courtz, “En Bajita”
Justin Quiles joins forces with Natti Natasha and Omar Courtz for his new single “En Bajita.” The Puerto Rican singer channels reggaeton’s perreo past while taking the genre into the future with this spellbinding romp. Natasha steals the show at the halfway point with her fierce guest verse. “Justin and Omar are moving our art form forward and it’s been a pleasure working with them on this song,” she told LATINA about her collaborators. The three artists share great chemistry and complement each other well in what’s sure to be another big hit for Quiles.
Lupita Infante, “Besarte Así”
Lupita Infante is proudly carrying on the legacy of her grandfather, Pedro Infante. The Mexican-American singer’s new single “Besarte Así” is a dreamy mariachi ballad. With her soaring voice, she sings about a romance that feels otherworldly. “This song is about letting your imagination take you somewhere you’ve never been before,” Infante told LATINA. “It’s a very romantic track in that it lets you envision that one kiss you have dreamed about your entire life and allowing yourself to embrace those loving feelings.” The track will be included on her upcoming album Amor Como En Las Películas de Antes, which will be released next month.
Olga Tañon, “Perro Arrepentido”
Olga Tañon gets the party started with her new single “Perro Arrepentido.” The Puerto Rican icon blends the tropical sounds that she’s known for — like bachata, vallenato and cumbia — with reggaeton influences. In the biting lyrics, Tañon roasts men who come crawling back like dogs after they’ve wronged her. “It is a song with which I have identified myself ever since I heard it,” she told LATINA. “I enjoy the musical and visual production process because we wanted to make it different.” The music video for the kiss-off anthem was shot in Santa Fe de Antioquia, Colombia. Tañon’s Symmetry Tour will be visiting the U.S. later this year.
Manuel Turizo, “Despecho”
Manuel Turizo has returned with his new album 2000. The Colombian heartthrob previously teased the LP with his hits “La Bachata” and “El Merengue” featuring Marshmello. In addition to the reggaeton songs that Turizo is known for, he also explores other genres. “When I was a kid, I listened to everything,” he told LATINA last year. “With this album, I want to show what Manuel Turizo dreamed about. What inspired me. I want people to know how I became the artist I am today.” One of the most genre-bending songs on the album is the heartbreaking “Despecho.” The rock-infused trap beats dissolve into Mexican ranchera music as Turizo sings about drinking away the memories of an ex. The baritone-voiced reggaetonero proves himself to be a Latin pop star.
Eladio Carrión and Bad Bunny, “Coco Chanel”
Eladio Carrión comes through with the album of his career with 3MEN2 KBRN. The Puerto Rican rapper teams up with the hip-hop stars that he’s idolized. Lil Wayne features in the knockout “Gladiador” remix while 50 cent appears on the slick “Si Salimos.” Future joins Carrión in the fierce “Mbappé” remix. “It’s cool to meet the people you looked up to musically, and you bumped their music to now, have them liking your music too,” Carrión told LATINA. He also reunites with Puerto Rican superstar Bad Bunny for the club-ready “Coco Chanel.” About the collaboration, Carrión added, “Catch a vibe with it!” He solidifies his position as Latin trap’s leading rap star. In April, Carrión will perform at the Coachella Music Festival.
LATINA New Music Picks are published every Monday.