Music by Latinx artists is all over the charts these days, and with a spate of new albums on tap for some of the top names in the industry as well as some up-and-coming musicians, that shows no sign of stopping any time soon. Reggaeton and Latin pop music will undoubtedly continue to have major crossover success in the years to come and American artists of Latinx descent like Jennifer Lopez and Cardi B are definitely not going to let go of their places at the top of the charts in 2021.
Although it’s still relatively early in the year, a lot of Latinx artists have already at least unofficially announced that they will release new albums later in the year, and some even kicked off the year with new music. Keep reading to find out which new album releases you may have missed and what’s still to come from Latinx artists in 2021.
Ozuna & Anuel AA
Puerto Rican superstars Ozuna and Anuel AA kicked off 2021 with a brand-new joint album titled Los Dioses that dropped on January 22 and quickly became the #1 Latin album in the United States. The trap-heavy collaboration has continued to top charts in the U.S. and throughout Latin America for months now, with hits like the title track “Los Dioses” proving that these two artists absolutely elevate each other’s work.
Miami-based boy band CNCO released their second album on February 5 titled Déjà Vu. It’s a covers album and features 13 romantic ballads and mid-tempo dance songs, including a remake of Enrique Iglesias’ 2001 hit “Hero” as the sole English-language offering as well as an ultra-pretty cover of bachata legends Aventura’s “Un Beso”.
Billed as the “world’s only bilingual, Latin, all-girl group,” Bella Dose released their first album, Suelta, on February 19. The album is comprised of just eight tracks, but nearly all of the songs — which are very heavily bachata-, reggaeton- and pop-infused — are super-catchy and ultra-fun to dance to. We definitely anticipate seeing more from Bella Dose in the future and look forward to seeing how their career progresses. They even write their own music!
Colombiana hitmaker Karol G revealed in mid-March that not only was she planning to release her third studio album this year, but that it would be dropping on March 25. The upcoming album is titled KG0516. The announcement comes on the heels of the success of her single “Location,” featuring Anuel AA and J. Balvin, which debuted at #6 on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart at the end of February.
Just days before the premiere of her new YouTube documentary Dancing With the Devil, pop star Demi Lovato announced that she would be releasing an album on April 2 in conjunction with the documentary—that’s just a week after the multi-part documentary premieres. The album will be titled Dancing With the Devil: The Art of Starting Over and the first single, which shares the title of the documentary and can be heard on the trailer for the film, will be released on March 26.
Although the release date is still unknown, Brazilian musician Anitta’s new album Girl From Rio is set to come out sometime in the next several months. In February, Anitta told NBC Latino that the album is complete and that they are just waiting for the right time to release it given the challenges the pandemic has presented. In the meantime, she’s actually been releasing singles like “Me Gusta” featuring Cardi B and Myke Towers to help build the anticipation.
After taking some time to focus on his mental health in 2020, Colombian mega-star J Balvin has promised that he will release a new album in 2021. There’s no release date yet, but he told Venezuela’s El Universal that he plans to release a follow-up to his 2013 album La Familia in 2021. Not long after, the “Mi Gente” singer debuted a brand-new song called “Ma’G,” during a performance at the Canelo Álvarez fight in February and then told Rolling Stone that the new album is almost complete and that it’s going to be very personal.
Up-and-coming American rapper Iann Dior, who is of Puerto Rican descent, was part of 24kGoldn’s 2020 hit “Mood,” and is releasing his fourth album in the summer. He dropped the first single from the album, “Holding On,” before the New Year and has been teasing songs from the much-anticipated release on social media for months now.
Fans have been begging “Up” rapper Cardi B for a new full-length album for years now and she has yet to officially announce a new album, but all the signs are pointing to this year. In the fall of 2020, she tweeted that new music was coming sooner rather than later and “WAP” was reportedly not submitted for consideration for the 2020 Grammys in anticipation of an album release that will feature the song in 2021.
Chilean singer-songwriter Javiera Mena has already released three singles from her upcoming album which is set to be released in the spring. If her latest hit, the ballad “Dos” is any indication, Javiera will be bringing another dose of her signature soulful vocals, quirky style, and piano-tinged tunes to her fans with this new album.