By Jack Rico
*This is a US Latino podcast for anyone who enjoys American and Latino pop culture.
On episode 42 of the Highly Relevant Podcast with Jack Rico, we talk J Balvin’s ‘Mi Gente’. Many people are already calling it the next ‘Despacito’ phenomenon for its potential to become #1 on the HOT 100. So… can it make it to #1?
We also review Romeo Santos‘ new album ‘Golden’ with Isabela Raygoza, Rolling Stone Magazine’s Latina music critic, who also discusses with us her Q&A with Romeo and whether he can make Bachata mainstream in America.
And, how is the Prince Royce tour going? I speak with singer and good friend, Cáthia, who is currently touring with him as his back-up singer, on an impromptu phone call where she tells me the inside details of her sexy solos she performs with Royce every night, how she got the gig and how she felt to sing in her front of her hometown NY at MSG.
Can J Balvin’s ‘Mi Gente’ Become #1 on Billboard’s HOT 100? :28
Rolling Stone Magazine’s Isabela Raygoza reviews Romeo Santo’s new album “Golden” 4:33
Lack of Latina music critics 4:58
How did she started writing for Rolling Stone Magazine 7:02
The business of crossing over artists to the mainstream in print 9:04
Reviewing Romeo Santos’ “Golden” album 10:11
Isabela’s impressions of the album: 11:53
Why Romeo has no interest in singing in English or crossing over: 13:26
What Romeo ultimately want to achieve as an artist: 17:50
Favorite tracks from “Golden”: 21:02
Does Romeo’s arrogance turn people off: 22:20
Jesse Reyez and Romeo’s new sonic explorations: 24:30
JackedIN (recap of pop culture stories) – 27:03
Cáthia discusses being back-up singer and singing solo with Prince Royce on Five World tour – 28:59
This week’s music playlist – 40:42
Bella y Sensual – Romeo Santos (feat. Nicky Jam and Daddy Yankee)
Sit Next To Me – Foster The People
Edge of the Night – Sheppard (feat. Colombian Sebastian Yatra)
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