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Beyoncé To Drake: 7 American Artists Who Recorded Songs En Español
For the most popular American artists, the Latin audience represents enticing new markets to tour filled with legions of fans to reach with their music. Considering the data showing Latin Pop as this summer's king of streaming, the desire for many artists to cross over is as understandable now as ever before.
But the draw is also a visceral one. The Spanish language is one filled with passionate cadences, dynamic enunciations and subtle nuances, all elements that great songwriting relies on to convey emotions through music.
In fact, crossing the language barrier in pop music is a phenomenon that has occurred many times over the years. From pop sensations like Madonna taking the leap with her Spanish infused 1987 single "La Isla Bonita" to today's brightest rapper, Kendrick Lamar jumping on SchoolBoy Q's "Collard Greens" to drop a verse in Spanish, the urge to record en Español knows no era or genre limitations.
Here are seven times American artists recorded in Spanish, from Fifth Harmony joining Colombian Reggaeton singer/songwriter Maluma, to pop's biggest starts re-cutting their hits, and everything in between.
1. Beyoncé, "Irreemplazable"
2. Romeo Santos feat. Drake, "Odio"
3. Christina Aguilera, "Pero Me Acuerdo De Ti"
4. J Balvin feat. Pharrell Williams, BIA, Sky, "Safari"
5. 'N Sync, "Gone (Spanish Version)"
6. Maluma feat. Fifth Harmony, "Sin Contrato"
7. Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber, "Despacito (Remix)"