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Sofia Reyes, Wisin and Yandel & More – Billboard

First Stream Latin is a compilation of the best new Latin songs, albums and videos recommended by the Billboard Latin editors. Check out this week’s picks below.

Sofia Reyes, Lovesickness (Warner Music Latina)

Sofia Reyes releases her highly anticipated second album Mal de Amores this week, five years after his first set Stronger! In her new set, the singer-songwriter not only experiments with new musical approaches but also displays her maturity over the years. She’s shameless, and the opening track “MUJER” is proof of that – a naughty cumbia with elegant fiddles where she simply says “I don’t regret being a woman.” It follows with the galactic reggaeton banger “Marte”, the set’s signature track, performed in collaboration with Maria Becerra – a friendly reminder that women should never tolerate toxicity. Reyes also navigates musical styles Lovesickness ranging from norteño (“GALLINA”) to corridos (“Amigos” with Adriel Favela, Danny Felix) through his pop-urban signature. The 17-track set includes previously released collaborations such as “1, 2, 3” with Jason Derulo and De La Ghetto, “RIP” with Rita Ora and Anitta, “A Tu Manera (Corbata)” with Jhay Cortez, “ De Casualidad” featuring Pedro Capo, and the title track assisted by Becky G. Reyes also teamed up with Warner Music newcomers Leon Leiden and The Change. Lovesickness below: – JESSICA ROIZ

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Francisca Valenzuela, “Como La Flor” (Sony Music Chile)

Chilean singer-songwriter Francisca Valenzuela delivers a message of resistance in “Como La Flor,” a pop ballad about thriving in a world that tears you apart again and again. “We are the flower in the midst of war, the light that will illuminate the sadness…we are love, always love,” she sings evocatively. Produced by Ali Stone and Sebastian Krys, the single is a tribute to Selena’s heartbreaking 1992 anthem. “When I wrote this song during the pandemic, at a difficult time for all of us, I felt like my idols and the artists I love would keep me company. They would contain me, be my friends,” Valenzuela said. GRISELDA FLORES

Wisin and Yandel, “No Se Olvida” (Sony Music Latin)

Wisin and Yandel are caught up in a heated love triangle in their new single “No Se Olvida.” Think Aventura and Don Omar in “Ella y Yo” – but make it reggaetoen. With their distinct sound, melodious vocals and rap chemistry, the history duo dropped a song for those who walk away too quickly from a past relationship. “We can live with him, but the first time is not forgotten”, resumes the refrain. Produced by Nesty La Mente Maestra and Reggi El Autentico, “No Se Olvida” is part of W&Y’s upcoming studio album The Ultimate Missionscheduled for release in 2022. —JR

Banda MS, “Gracias a Ti” (Lizos Music)

Banda MS stays true to its Sinaloan banda roots while expanding its sound, incorporating hip-hop into its latest single, “Gracias a Ti”. Subtle hip-hop rap elements give Banda MS’ signature style an edge that will turn heads on first listen. It’s the first time the chart-topping group has incorporated hip-hop into a single that isn’t a collaboration with a hip-hop artist or rapper; previously, Banda MS had teamed up with Snoop Dogg (“Que Bendición”) and Santa Fe Klan (“Dos Mundos”) where the band first dabbled in other genres outside of regional Mexican. —GF

Adriel Favela, Carin Leon, “Botecito a Pecho” (UMG Recordings)

This collab was long overdue – but here we have it, Favela and Leon teaming up on “Botecito a Pecho.” Written by the two artists with Javier Gonzalez, this country-tinged mariachi fusion is an anthem for those finally recovering from a breakup. In the track, the two artists sing about going out and drinking because they are happy and convinced that they will not get back together with their ex. The inspiration behind the lyrics comes from Favela and Leon’s hometown in Sonora, Mexico. “It’s about what grief feels like in a moment of spite,” Favela said in a statement. “I dare say it’s very Sonora. In Sonora, we drink a lot! People are always looking for an excuse. —JR

Andy Rivera, “Mi Mundo Entero” (Sony Music Colombia)

At the beginning of the year, Billboard predicted trends in Latin music, including more non-bachata artists tapping into the romantic hip-swaying genre. And there you have it: a reggaeton act doing bachata. In his first single of the year, Colombian artist Andy Rivera presents “Mi Mundo Entero”, an ode to unconditional love and his very first piece of bachata. The song begins with a slow tempo R&B melody before transitioning into a traditional bachata. “It could be for a loved one who passed away, or for a couple who broke up and are both rebuilding their lives,” Rivera said in a statement. “Due to our many occupations, we forget those we have next to us and sometimes even our life partners. The work absorbs us and we forget the details. This song is one of my daughter’s favorites, and it’s a song that I consider to be one of the best songs I’ve ever done because it’s about coming to terms with loss. —JR

Luis Coronel, “Cuando Hay Amor” (Sony Music Latin)

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Mexican-American artist Luis Coronel unleashes “Cuando Hay Amor (When There’s Love),” a grassroots ballad fueled by Sinaloan marching band instruments. Written by Omar Tarazón, this new single follows his “Dios No Se Equivoca” from his forthcoming album, Dentro de Mis Ojos, expected later this year. “Why are you leaving me if we both know we came into the world to love each other?” the 26-year-old artist sings. —GF