Today there a lot of talented musicians producing exciting and unique sounds. And we love to bring them to you up close as only HipLatina can. In honor of prolific talent Juan Gabriel (who passed in 2016), this week we decided to pay tribute to a few throwback songs and musicians that we love:
Juan Gabriel-Abrázame Muy Fuerte
Juan Gabriel released “Abrázame Muy Fuerte” in 2000 as the title track on his 27th studio album. The song was the theme for the telenovela Abrázame Muy Fuerte and earned a Grammy nomination for Best Latin Pop Album.
Juanes – Fotografia ft Nelly Furtado
Juanes – Fotografia ft Nelly Furtado was a huge hit in 2002 in the US as well as Argentina, Chile, Mexico, and Peru. As part of his album Un Día Normal, the duet reached #1 Billboard Hot Latin Tracks.
Bebel Gilberto-So Nice
Bebel Gilberto recorded this very memorable version of the 1966 hit bossa nova classic, originally by Brazilian Marcos Valle. This one is special.
Shakira was a child star in Colombia, but it took this 2001 hit to cement her status as a true English-language market pop star. We love the Andes flute melody throughout.
Alejandro Sanz-El Alma Al Aire
Alejandro Sanz broke records in 2000 with El Alma Al Aire, selling over 1,000,000 copies in the first week. The Spaniard was a rewarded with Record of the Year honors at the Latin Grammys that year.