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2020 was an unusually rough year that affected all of our lives at a global level. The music industry was one of the most impacted since artists make the most of their revenue out of concerts, which have been shut down due to the ongoing pandemic. However, many artists took this as an opportunity to release their music in more creative ways. Eventually, shooting music videos was allowed if the safety measures were taken, live streamed concerts became the trend, and somehow we were able to have new music throughout the year to make our lives a bit happier in these strange times. I want to make this thread to focus specifically in the work that Latin artists have done, mostly women (and mostly pop) so if you're not familiar with music in Spanish you may discover something interesting, and if you are, then let's appreciate together what 2020 has given us. It's the 90's all over again The Latin divas of the 90's kept us entertained throughout the year, and suddenly it didn't feel like almost three decades have passed since the days when they were the ones dominating the popularity lists. Shakira Shakira celebrated the 25th anniversary of her album Pies Descalzos in 2020, which despite being actually her third studio album, it's usually considered the first one since it's the one that actually catapulted her to stardom. On February 02,her 43rd birthday, she performed along with Jennifer Lopez at the Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show Later in March she released the music video for the collaboration with Anuel AA, Me Gusta, which had been released in January. Before ending the year, she gave us a new viral Tik Tok dance in the music video of Black Eyed Peas' GIRL LIKE ME, as well as showing us her skateboarding abilities. But it wasn't all drought in the months in between, since she released a live performance of Antología from her latest live DVD released last year, and they also uploaded three music videos that were previously unavailable on her official YouTube channel. Thalia Thalia was one of the busiest though. She celebrated 30 years of solo career (she was previously part of the 80's band Timbiriche) and in 2020 she gave us collaborations as if her life depended on it and in May she released Viva Kids Vol. 2, her second album for kids. She started the year releasing Ya Tú Me Conoces in January, featuring Mau y Ricky. Then in February she collaborated with Río Roma on Lo Siento Mucho. It also had a mariachi version. Then in March she was featured on Pabllo Vittar's single Tímida In May is when we got the kids album, and she even released music videos for that one: Mi No Cumpleaños and Mis Tradiciones. She also participated in the mega collaboration organized by Sony Music Latin, a reimagined version of Diego Torres' Color Esperanza. Por Amor al Arte was released in June as the 8th single off her 2018 album Valiente. A lyric video was served for it. That month she also appeared on Leslie Shaw's Estoy Soltera along with Farina. In August she called Myke Towers to appear on her 2:02 minutes long La Luz, a reggaeton-pop club banger. In September, she appeared on another multi collaboration, this time David Guetta's Pa' la Cultura, a charity single released to support the immigrants affected due to COVID-19. Farina's Ten Cuidao featured Thalia in October. In the music video we see her as a queen and a gangster? This videoshoot also gave us her recreation of Britney's Oops!... I Did It Again. Later that month, we got her third collaboration with Farina, this time featuring Sofía Reyes too. TICK TOCK was the name of the song, and they released a Facebook video series to show the journey of releasing this track. In November she released her own rendition of José Feliciano's Christmas classic Feliz Navidad. But it doesn't stop there. Throughout the year she released the HD version of many of the videos she's put out throughout her career, such as Amor a la Mexicana (European Remix), Entre el Mar y una Estrella, Regresa a Mí, Me Pones **** (I Want You), Reencarnación, Cerca de Ti, Mariang Taga Barrio and María la del Barrio. She also released new lyric videos for old songs: Gloria Trevi With more than 30 years of career, she started in January with Grande, a song that features Mónica Naranjo, a Spanish singer that was very important in he 90's music scene. The empowerment anthem was dedicated to those that have suffered of bullying and humiliations throughout their life, especially the LGBTQ community which makes up most of the fanbase of both artists. After the lockdown, she was inspired to create a softer song, Demasiado Frágiles. She had to cancel the last dates of her tour due to the COVID pandemic, but fortunately she recorded a DVD last year of her shows in Mexico City. Diosa de la Noche: En Vivo desde la Arena Ciudad de México was released in August. Fun Fact: she's the biggest Mexican touring force in the world, and was named among the 50 highest-grossing female touring artists of the 21st century, above singers like Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez or Avril Lavigne. In December she participated in a Christmas album Eterna Navidad, along with many other artists. In May she also participated in the Mexican version of Color Esperanza, which was a mashup with Sólo le Pido a Dios, and also featured Fey, our following artist. Fey La Reina de los 90s celebrated 25 years of career this year. Though she only released one single, a cover of a Paul Oakenfold song that had been released in 2016, retitled as The Perfect Song, she participated in several virtual concerts and performances throughout the year. She also broadcasted her 2018 Desnuda Tour as part of the 25th anniversary celebration. She also uploaded to her official channel a couple of missing videos from her 2004 Mecano tribute, La Fuerza del Destino. Lynda Thomas Lynda, who started in the 90s along with Fey and Shakira, but retired in 2002, gave us a couple of gifts too. Since her "comeback" in 2018, she's released a few sparse singles, and this year she released Bien, a jolly, winter-y, not-a-ballad,-not-yet-a-Christmas song, She also recreated her 1999 hit Corazón Perdido, as a more stripped-down, acoustic version. Litzy An unexpected comeback to music was that of Litzy. She started in the kids group Jeans in he 90's, recording only one album with he band before starting a solo career. She released three albums and then focused on acting, having a very successful career. In 2017 she joined the 90's Pop Tour along with Fey and many other representative artists of the decade, but her formal comeback was this year with a live concert Vuelta en U. No Hay Palabras features another 90's icon, Lidia Ávila, member of OV7. She even made a cover of Alicia Keys' No One Paulina Rubio Paulina Rubio was probably the least active, though she did participate in some livestreamed transmissions. In March she appeared as a featured artist on Raymix's Tú y Yo Paulina's plans for 2020 were shut down even before the pandemic. Just like Enrique Iglesias and Ricky Martin were supposed to embark on a joint tour this year (which has since been postponed for next year) Paulina was supposed to collaborate in a tour with Mexican singer Alejandra Guzmán, another diva of the 90's. Everything was ready to be announced and the rumors were stronger than anything. The expectations were high, because the two singers were once rivals in the beginning of the 90's, being involved in a love triangle with fellow Mexican artist Erik Rubín. They even recorded a song together, a cover from the 80's classic Ni Tú Ni Nadie, and the video eventually leaked, though in low quality. They never confirmed the reasons why the tour and single were cancelled, but rumor has it that Paulina's lack of punctuality to the video shoot was enough for Alejandra to quit the project. I'm still waiting for the HD version So this is just the beginning, there's still many other artists we need to talk about, such as Danna Paola, Farina, Aitana, RBD, Reik, Paty Cantú, etc, but I hope other Exhalers help me with that Meanwhile, here's a Spotify playlist with some of the songs I could gather, but we can always make it bigger
Mexican singer Paty Catú's latest single, Conocerte, is a dancey song that's expected to be part of her upcoming album La Mexicana. Earlier this week, she released a music video for it where she dances in a dusty set full of colors and glitter to the beats of the track. Give it a watch: A few months ago she released La Mexicana, featuring Hispana.