Viva Friday is a compilation of the best new Latin songs, albums and videos recommended by the Billboard Latin editors.
Natalia Lafourcade — “Una Vida” (Sony Music)
Natalia Lafourcade falls deeper in her enduring cultural potency as she fuses traditional Mexican music with her pop resonance conjuring a new song framed in ranchera and first single from her forthcoming benefit album, Un Canto Por México – En Favor del Centro de Documentación del Son Jarocho (A Song For Mexico – In Favor of the Son Jarochco Documentation Center). The project seeks to celebrate her Mexican roots through a noble cause. “Una Vida” opens subtly and boldly makes its way through the four and a half-minute amalgam of folkloric sounds convoyed by the visual imagery music video directed by Alonso Ruizpalacios. Its lyrics call to coming to terms with our neighbors using harmony and love as our free tools to overcome ecological and social issues: Una vida solo hay para perdonarnos, una vida solo hay para darlo todo, una vida solo hay para dar sonrisas, una vida solo hay, una vida para volver a amarnos (“There is only one life to forgive us, one life to give it all, there is only one life to give smiles, only one life, one to love us again.”) — PAMELA BUSTIOS
Di WAV — “Vampira En La Luz” (Afonico Music)
Guatemalan Daniela Carpio Fischer, who goes by moniker Di WAV, releases “Vampira En La Luz” off her conceptual EP Masoquista, a six-track set teeming with Latin alternative sounds and electronica produced by Marthin Chan. Di WAV’s mind wallows in self-pity while her beguiling vampy vocals unhinge from reality. This indie-pop, goth-like tune, with its jarring guitar chords and synth keyboards, was co-written alongside Chan. — P.B.
Lele Pons — “Vete Pa La” (Interscope Records)
Lele Pons’ “Vete Pa La” — which just means “go to hell” — is the perfect song to use to break up with someone. The lyrics penned by Alejandra Alberti, Eleonora Pons, and Oscar Hernandez are about a woman who was mistreated and learned how to let go of the toxic relationship. The mid-tempo song mixes r&b with low beats of reggaeton. “Vete” is the first song that Lele Pons released under Interscope Records. — SUZETTE FERNANDEZ
Darell is also tired of being part of a bad relationship. In this song, the Puerto Rican singer has already forgotten his ex-partner and does not want her back, at all. Darell’s unique voice, rough and deep — an anomaly in reggaeton — makes the tropical-tinged song feel different than other urban hits. — S.F.