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While I enjoyed the  success of Despacito this summer, I couldn’t let myself believe that it would open doors for other Spanish-language crossover hits. After all,  we’re still waiting for a K-pop group to follow PSY into the top 10, over five years later. However, it turned out that Latin pop would be the saviour of an otherwise unexciting year in music.

Every week when putting together my Future Hits playlist, I check the Spotify charts, and while it’s normal to see some Spanish songs in the global chart, I noticed that in the wake of Despacito, they were trending  in the US, UK, and elsewhere too. Before I knew it, J. Balvin’s Mi Gente and Enrique’s Súbeme La Radio (with the help of Beyoncé and, bizarrely, Matt Terry) broke  the UK top 10. I’d also noticed that boyband CNCO, the winners of Simon Cowell and Ricky Martin’s Latin TV talent show La Banda, had two  songs on the charts: my initial favourite Hey DJ and their biggest hit, Reggaetón Lento. And then came the greatest news  yet: CNCO had recorded an English version of Reggaetón Lento as a duet with the biggest pop band of the moment, Little Mix!

A week later the collaboration appeared on Spotify, and it did not disappoint. It was the girlband/boyband duet that every pop fan dreams of (yet weirdly never happens), and it  combined the uplifting, sunny sassiness of  Latin music with the songwriting finesse of British pop, thanks to a makeover from Little Mix’s regular co-writer Camille Purcell. Coincidentally, it was released on the same day as my second favourite song of the year, BloodPop® and Bieber’s Friends, and I listened to them both on repeat  for the whole week. This was the one I never got bored of, and as it represents my favourite trend of the year, it was an easy choice for my no.1.

Released: 18th August
Writers: Camille Purcell, Richard Camacho, Jean Rodriguez, Jorge Class, Jadan Andino, Eric Perez, Luis Angel O’Neill
Best bits: 1. It started when I looked in her eyes, I got close and I’m like “Bailemos” – hey!
2. Muévete, muévete, báilalo, báilalo
3. So now we dancing un reggaetón lento, just get a little closer, baby, let’s go

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My weekly playlist features five tracks I predict will be future hit singles in the UK.


  • Justin Bieber & BloodPop – Friends
  • CNCO ft. Little Mix – Reggaetón Lento
  • Yungen ft. Yxng Bane – Bestie
  • Miley Cyrus – Younger Now
  • Avicii ft. Sandro Cavazza – Without You

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When Despacito became a global success, I didn’t want to be over-optimistic about it opening doors for other Spanish-language artists. It’s a summer novelty hit with a bit of Bieber to get radio on board, that’s all. But surprisingly, two more Spanish tracks (Súbeme La Radio and Mi Genté) have already followed Despacito into the UK charts. Latin pop hasn’t had such a moment since the days of Ricky Martin and Shakira. Last week brought a brilliant new twist, as Latin American boyband CNCO released a remix of their big single, Reggaetón Lento, featuring Little Mix. CNCO are the product of Simon Cowell and Ricky Martin’s 2015 TV talent show La Banda, and I previously featured them here as Song of the Week with their latest single Hey DJ. The five members are aged 16 to 21 and come from Latin America and the US (with a Hispanic background). Reggaetón Lento was the biggest hit from their debut album, Primera Cita, released last year. The Little Mix remix features new English lyrics (contributed by regular LM topliner Camille Purcell) combined with the original Spanish hook, and the result is an instant contender for my song of the year. In an era with no major girl/boy groups, it’s a joy to hear a male/female duet with such with pure pop vocals. Can we dare to dream of a live performance with full choreo?

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After the success of Despacito, it would be nice for other similar Latin hits to be given a chance to cross over, and this new release is in prime position. Hey DJ by boyband CNCO and reggaeton artist Yandel has gained 36 million views in just over 3 weeks. CNCO are the product of Simon Cowell and Ricky Martin’s TV talent show La Banda, which formed a group out of auditionees from across Latin America. Hey DJ is the lead single from their forthcoming second album, and has a lovely summery vibe and a sweet teen party video. There’s also an amusing shoutout at the end when Yandel randomly says “Sony Music” – is this a thing in Latin music?