Friday, January 23, 2009

iTunes Latino offers radio friendly hits

iTunes Latino offers best-of digital collection of current radio-friendly hits
by Ian Malinow, Latin Music Examiner January 22

If you’re curious about what’s getting radio airplay out there in the Latin music scene, earlier this week iTunes Latino released a best-of digital collection featuring a handful of the most radio-friendly Latin tracks in the market today.

“Best of the Store Latino” showcases 10 songs ranging in style from Luis Fonsi’s latest single “Aquí estoy yo” (joined by Aleks Syntek, Noel Schajris and David Bisbal) and Melina León’s new cut “No seas cobarde” to Cristian Castro’s 80’s inspired new single “No me digas” from his new CD “El Indomable.”

León, a once merengue superstar in the '90s, has reinvented herself and is back on the music scene with an updated new sound and a new disc.

Also included is “Que te queria” by Spanish pop rockers La Quinta Estación, whose upcoming fourth studio album, “Sin Frenos,” is set for release in March; Playa Limbo’s “Así fué;” Los Potrancos de Sinaloa’s “La jaiba” and Franco de Vita’s “Cuando tus ojos me miran,” the second cut from his newest album “Simplemente la verdad.”

Rounding up the set is the hypnotic reggaeton mix by Puerto Rican rapper Tego Calderón, who dives back into the urban scene with “Pegaito a la pared,” the first cut from his upcoming new disc “Mr. T.”

Truth is, the song's beat is way too repetitive, bordering on the boring side. With his masterful mixing ability and knack for blending the best elements of old and new genres, it's fair to say that he could have done better. Its lyrics, though, reflect more of the Calderon that his fans originally embraced.

It’s a varied selection, though for a commercial music taste.

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