New Directions in Latin Pop
Historically, Latin pop has largely been made up of the stuff one would expect of any brand of pop: synthy dance beats, perky hooks and emotional ballads (though Latin pop typically serves up a super-size helping of that last group). But in the last year, the Latin pop charts have been awash with pop music built from materials outside the pop canon, much of it drawn from the further reaches of the Latin music industry itself. Take Romeo Santos' massive hit "Propuesta Indecente," which pairs bachata with searing tango in a dramatic pop pas de deux. Similarly, J King's "María" is infused with the whistles and rolls of Brazilian carnaval, Prince Royce's "Darte Un Beso" melds bachata with beachy, acoustic dub and Leslie Grace builds her bachata out of vintage girl group grooves. Then there's Marc Anthony's "Vivir Mi Vida," one of the biggest songs of the year. The crooner's bright, infectious salsa (itself a bit of an anomaly on the 2013 pop charts) incorporates samples from "C'est la vie" by Algerian singer Khaled. Enjoy a little sampler of the wide-reaching, wonderful world of Latin pop in 2013.