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King Daddy

Daddy Yankee

Sentimiento, Elegancia y Maldad

Arcángel

MultiViral

Calle 13

De Camino Pa' la Cima (Deluxe Edition)

J Alvarez

De Camino Pa' la Cima

J Alvarez

La Familia

J. Balvin

CheziNation

Don Chezina

Mas Musica

Andy Boy

Los Sucesores

J King y Maximan

A Otro Nivel

La Materialista

De Líder a Leyenda

Yandel

Good Morning Midnight

Biga Ranx

Super Single

Karol G

La Esencia

Alexis & Fido

Mas Alla De Tus Sueños

Edil El Mas Pesado

Imperio Nazza Top Secret

Musicologo Y Menes

7

Triple Seven & Musiko

La Historia De El Dúo (Vol.1)

Wisin & Yandel

Travesuras

Nicky Jam

Santa Cos

Cosculluela

Sola

J. Balvin

Polakan Edition - Back To The Underground

Polaco

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MultiViral

Calle 13

Sentimiento, Elegancia y Maldad

Arcángel

La Familia

J. Balvin

Starring In: Rebelution

Pitbull
On the mistitled Rebelution, rapper Pitbull takes a cue from his homeboy Flo Rida and dives headfirst into the lucrative world of ultra-slick Miami club-rap. The only stories of boat people found here are the kind about people who own yachts, and while the Cuban-American's songs of freedom are sorely missed, nothing in the man's back catalog could fill a dancefloor as quickly as the tech-house stunner "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)." Same could said of the futuristic booty music "Krazy" with Lil Jon or "Hotel Room Service," which triple mashes an old-school hit ("Rapper's Delight"), a 2 Live Crew classic ("One and One"), plus a house music giant (the Nightcrawlers' "Push the Feeling On"). Problem is, when it doesn't work, it is borderline obnoxious, worst being when "Girl" beats a trashy, groan-worthy joke into the ground (heard repeatedly is "Mama, you bi?" "No, I'm 'tri.' I'll try anything"). The only relief comes in the form of the overgrown interlude "Dope Ball" ("The law is like referees/They can get bought") plus the two calmer closing tracks that slowly ease the listener down. Even if it's not the most persuasive mood album, once the party has kicked into high gear Rebelution will certainly keep it going.

David Jeffries, Rovi

De Líder a Leyenda

Yandel

Global Warming

Pitbull
After parlaying his way from southern rapper to Latin music superstar with his last album Planet Pit, Pitbull, "Mr. Worldwide," seals his bid for international success as a dance pop crowd pleaser on Global Warming. To hear the man with the foulest and funniest Spanglish mouth on stage singing about "beautiful rainbows all around us" with Chris Brown ("Hope We Meet Again"), teaming with Christina Aguilera for a track that lifts from A-ha's "Take on Me" ("Feel This Moment") or opening the album with a riff from "Macarena" could turn some fans off, but Pit is aware. "If you get it that's cool, it's all about the billions, welcome to the new school," he raps on the title track. As sucio as ever, and doing bilingual like no other artist can, Pitbull delivers pure dance floor candy with the kind of songs you can't stop singing, whether you like it or not. "I'm off that but I love that," he chants, claiming his own right to choose with a phrase that will no doubt be repeated in clubs around the world. Emblematic of Pitbull's new bag is "Don't Stop the Party," which name checks tour stops like Stockholm, Morocco and Helsinki and asks, "Who's got the keys to the world now?"

-Judy Cantor-Navas, Google Play

King Daddy

Daddy Yankee

La Esencia

Alexis & Fido

De Camino Pa' la Cima (Deluxe Edition)

J Alvarez

Prestige

Daddy Yankee
Daddy Yankee, Prestige

Daddy Yankee has definitely energized the sound of his productions since 2004's reggaeton breakthrough "Gasolina." But he still knows his audience, and, nearly a decade later, he's still revving up young Latinos. His 2012 album Prestige is really a collection of singles: a lot of this dance floor dynamite was detonated months before the record's release. Yankee's aerobic Latin number one song "Lovumba" is included here, along with "Pasarela," a silly but infectious dance rap ode to fashion models. The gutsier, bilingual "Ven Conmigo" brings urban bachata star Prince Royce on board. "Limbo," which has been adopted by Zumba dance exercise classes, echoes Don Omar's smash "Danza Kuduro" (also a part of the Zumba soundtrack). Each one of these songs will make you move your culo, no doubt, and their smooth execution can't be faulted, but as an album Prestige will probably get repetitive unless you're a diehard Yankee fan. A highlight is "Llegamos a la Disco," which had a viral release in 2011 and brings together a troupe of barrio collaborators, including Arcangel and Baby Rasta & Gringo. The track takes a hard turn back to the rough dancehall stylings of original reggaeton, with enough grittiness to make you remember what originally gave it the gas to resonate around the world.

Judy Cantor-Navas, Google Play

House of Pleasure

Plan B.

Meet The Orphans

Don Omar
A mix of new and old music, Don Omar Presents Meet the Orphans features the man himself alongside artists from his record label, El Orfanato Music. Kendo Kapponi and Syko are the featured artists with guests like Plan B and Zion & Lennox landing on the highlights. A must for Don Omar fans and worth considering if you’re curious, but unfamiliar, with what’s happening in the reggaeton genre as of 2010. [A Deluxe Edition was also released.]

La Fórmula

Various
Capping off a successful summer in 2012, the Pina Records label dropped La Formula as back to school shopping was underway. It was a suitable release date for this roster-spanning celebration, which feels like one last reggaeton pool party before returning to work/class/what-have-you. Here, the vibrant and bright "Diosa de los Corazones" single finds an album home, this time in its original version plus a club remix that pumps up the bass. Speaking of club beats, there are plenty of R&B and hip-hop flavors to enjoy as the reggaeton genre continues to expand, but purists get their fill, especially when Zion and Lennox lead labelmates Arcángel, Ken-Y, and Maldy through the tradtionalist anthem "La Formula Sigue." RKM & Ken-Y bring some convincing heartache to round out the set with their fine ballad "Cuando Te Emanores," and with 21 cuts in total, this collection is fat with both star power and slick material.

David Jeffries, Rovi

Don Omar Presents MTO2: New Generation

Don Omar
Don Omar continues to lead the evolution of Latin dance music with Meet the Orphans 2: New Generation. Like the first MTO, which included the international phenomenon "Danza Kuduro," this album features tracks by Omar along with chart-friendly songs by several protégés, like Syko, whose "Flor de Campo" has the urban tropical dance-pop sound that's been Don Omar's formula for success. Omar lays it down himself on the opening track, "Hasta Que Salga El Sol," which, like the rest of MTO2, inspires spontaneous body movement. Similarly, the self-explanatory "Zumba" is tailor-made for that Latin athletic workout. Omar also brings Puerto Rican barrio flavor to a Spanish version of "Dutty Love," with Natti Natasha, a highlight here. It's another leap forward for the Don: The music is synthetic and explosive, yet still connected to the streets that made him the King of Reggaeton.

–Judy Cantor-Navas, Google Play

Reggaeton!

Various Artists

El Negrito Dun Dun & Ricardo

Los Rakas

Los Vaqueros, El Regreso

Wisin & Yandel
Keeping to their consistent schedule of a new studio album every two years (despite working overtime during 2010 to tour and compile the two-volume live collection La Revolución Live), reggateon cowboys Wisin & Yandel return for Los Vaqueros: El Regreso, their eighth studio album. It's an LP that's meant to evoke 2006's crew-laden Los Vaqueros, which firmly established reggaeton's first family with appearances by Don Omar and Franco "El Gorilla", as well as a host of newcomers. This one is similarly studded with nearly a dozen stars and up-and-coming talents. Unlike many of their contemporaries, who clearly can't contain a parade of collaborators in a seamless whole, Wisin & Yandel easily shuttle between pop, urban, and reggaeton with few speed bumps. "No Dejemos Que Se Apague," featuring T-Pain and 50 Cent, segues nicely into the reggaeton-heavy "Se Acabó" featuring Tito el Bambino. Other heavy hitters dot the album, including Tego Calderón, Sean Kingston, and Alexis & Fido. The returning Franco "El Gorilla" gets space for two features: "Sigan Bailando" with Tego, and the album-closing "Uy Uy Uy."

La Revolución: Evolution

Wisin Y Yandel

Líderes

Wisin & Yandel

Otro Nivel De Musica

J Alvarez
Javid David Álvarez Fernández (better known as simply J Alvarez) received solid critical notices for his debut mixtape, El Dueño del Sistema, in 2009. With DJ Nelson at his side, J Alvarez's sweet voice, atop seductive beats and clean, imaginative production, drew the notice of critics before radio programmers. But he stayed in the game, performing wherever and whenever he could. The persistence paid off. First there was the second mixtape, El Movimiento, which was followed by a special edition re-release of El Dueño del Sistema. What was revealed as promising on those early releases has come to complete fruition on Otro Nivel de Musica. While the album's preview single, "La Pregunta," with its moody club-dub soul, offered a taste, Otro Nivel de Musica (translated: A New Level of Music) contains a whopping 20 tracks drenched in high-quality reggaeton, creating a dynamic, flowing groove that makes it ideal for perreo dancing as well as listening. Standout tracks include "Junto al Amanecer," "Se Hace la Dificil," the trancey pulse of "Mas Dinero, Mas Mujeres, Mas Drama," the erotically tinged "Sexo, Sudor y Calor," and "Bailarina." There is also a salsa version of "Junto al Amanecer" that appears just before the darkly tinged banger "Date un Trago," which closes the set. Otro Nivel de Musica is a stunner; it should attract not only critics this time, but the record-buying public, and loads of club DJs and remix producers as well.

Thom Jurek, Rovi

Los Extraterrestres

Wisin & Yandel

Juicio Final

Hector El Father

The Perfect Melody

Zion

Top Songs

Danza Kuduro

Don Omar

6 AM

J. Balvin

Limbo

Daddy Yankee

La Nueva Y La Ex

Daddy Yankee

Zumba

Don Omar

Moviendo Caderas

Yandel feat. Daddy Yankee

Algo Me Gusta De Ti

Wisin & Yandel

La Pregunta

J Alvarez

Que Viva la Vida

Wisin

La Noche Es Tuya

3BallMTY

Hotel Room Service

Pitbull

El Amor

Tito "El Bambino"

Hasta Abajo

Yandel

Besas Tan Bien

Farruko

Voy a Beber

Nicky Jam

Adentro

Calle 13

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Zion, Jory y Ken-Y

Me Niegas

Baby Rasta & Gringo

Mi Cama Huele A Ti

Tito "El Bambino"

Niña Bonita

Chino & Nacho

Hace Mucho Tiempo

Arcángel

Sexy Movimiento

Wisin & Yandel