The chart-toppers in music as of late has been riddled with Spanish influence and with that hidden talents have come out of the works – like singers you had no idea could speak Spanish, spitting a whole verse like it was their mother tongue. Now whether they can actually speak the language of passion or not it another question. Whether they’re up for nights rehearsing their lines like a start-out actor or maybe they’ve hired the best spSpanisheacher in town, we’ll never know. From Drake crooning on a bachata beat to Beyoncé’s bilingual bangers, here are some artists you likely didn’t know sang on Spanish records.
Romeo Santos is one of Latin music’s biggest forces and throughout his career has stuck to singing strictly in Spanish. Despite having tons of a crossover appeal and reigning from The Bronx, the dude knows where his strengths lie which is why he got Drake to step into his world and croon in Spanish for 2014’s “Odio.”
Pharrell gave J Balvin and the reggaeton scene a major co-sign by co-producing and featuring on the slinky ‘Safari’ track, handling the Spanish hook.
While Harmonizers know Fifth Harmony—who currently boast two Hispanic members with the departed Camilla Cabello also being Latina—have recorded some of their English songs in Spanish, but they made a clear move to the Latin-pop mainstream when they jumped on a track with the Spanish King himself, Pitbull on his track for ‘Por Favor.’
Now that the song was a Top 5 hit worldwide for weeks, you probably do know that Justin Bieber sang in Spanish for the remix of Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s mega-hit ‘Despacito.’ We have to admit that Bieber sounds gooood en Español.
During her B’Day and I Am…Sasha Fierce eras, Beyoncé was very into recording bilingual versions of her tracks. But her most recent venture was when she jumped onto J Balvin’s ‘Mi Gente’ and if the song wasn’t popular enough when it first dropped you can only imagine how quickly it blew up when Beyoncé decided to jump on board.
THIS IS NOT A DRILL. Trust us we were just as surprised when we came across Miss Bodak Yellow shaking those ever so desirable hips to a sexy Spanish song with Ozuno. Is there anything Cardi B can’t do??
Little Mix‘s sultry new song with CNCO, “Reggaetón Lento (Remix),” is garnering hundreds of thousands of views on Youtube, and for good reason. In an interview, the girls expressed how much they loved learning the Spanish verses and words. “It was just so much fun singing in Spanish,” they said. “We love learning other languages.”
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