As part of the celebrations for the 30th anniversary of her music career, pop icon Mariah Carey has been releasing EPs of rare gems and old live recordings every Friday since July. This Friday’s drop includes Mariah En Español, a seven-song EP in which she’s embraced her Venezuelan roots and offered Spanish-language versions of some of her biggest hits from the ‘90s.
Mariah En Español includes “Mi Todo,” the Spanish-language version of “My All,” and “Héroe,” the Spanish-language version of “Hero.” The original versions of both songs shot to No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, adding to Carey’s 19 total chart-toppers. She holds the record for most No. 1 hits on the Hot 100 chart among solo artists.
Mariah En Español also features exclusives such as dance remixes of “Mi Todo” and “El Amor Que Soñé,” Carey’s Spanish-language version of Journey’s “Open Arms.” She first covered the Journey classic in English for her 1995 album Daydream.
As Remezcla reported back in 2016, Carey identifies as partially Afro-Latina on her father’s side. While promoting her album Rainbow in 1999, she opened up about her Venezuelan grandfather. “[My grandfather]’s last name was Nuñez,” Carey said. “My grandfather made up the name Carey when he came to America to be more accepted, I guess. That’s why, on the album, I just put Mariah now, because it’s not even my real last name anyway.”
Fans can expect Carey to open up even more about her life when she releases her anticipated memoir “The Meaning of Mariah Carey” on Sept. 29.
Colombian hip-hop group ChocQuibTown have teamed up with Panamanian superstar Sech for their new single “Qué Lástima.” Together they celebrate their Afro-Latinidad in the music video.
“For me it was very special to collaborate with ChocQuibTown because I have always admired them for what they have achieved in their country, defending and upholding their culture and race,” Sech tells Remezcla about the collaboration. “I identify with them and respect them a lot.”
“Qué Lástima” is ChocQuibTown’s first taste of new music since they released their album ChocQuib Town earlier this year. ChocQuibTown’s Carlos “Tostao” Valencia, Gloria “Goyo” Martínez, and Miguel “Slow” Martínez take turns mourning a failed relationship. Sech later slides in and drives that stinging realization home. As part of the healing process, they air their grievances and sound ready to move on with this sweet reggaetón kiss-off.
ChocQuibTown and Sech star in the “Qué Lástima” music video with a complete cast of Black and Afro-Latinx dancers. There’s stunning images throughout of camaraderie as they seemingly help a woman through her breakup. This video is a beautiful representation of our Black brothers, sisters, and family within the Latinx community.
The members of ChocQuibTown have been vocal of the anti-Black racism at home and in the Latinx community in their music. Goyo is one of the artists leading the Conciencia Collective, a group that’s helping the Latin music industry become a better ally to the Afro-Latinx community. Sech recently sported a #BlackLivesMatter shirt in the remix video for Feid’s “Porfa.”
Prince Royce moved Wednesday’s Democratic National Convention with a bit of bachata music. The Dominican-American pop star’s famous cover of Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me” reconnected with audiences a decade after its release.
The celebration of the DNC confirming the Democratic ticket of former Vice President Joe Biden, alongside Senator Kamala Harris, continued Wednesday. There were performances by Billie Eilish, Jennifer Hudson, and Prince Royce. After launching his career with his bachata version of “Stand By Me” in January 2010, Royce performed it over a decade later in a virtual spot at the DNC.
As a way to include Latinx folks in the conversation, Royce’s live performance was a smart choice because “Stand By Me” is a classic that’s known all over the world. He bridges two worlds with his Spanglish lyrics. The moment was especially colorful as Royce sang it walking through the spray-painted streets of Miami’s Wynwood area. “Mi gente, let’s stand by each other and don’t forget to vote this November,” he said. “Together we can make a change.”
Prince Royce’s cover of “Stand By Me” is sitting No. 1 on iTunes’ Latin Songs chart. He recently made history with bachata on Billboard’s Tropical Airplay chart. His single “Carita de Inocente” from the Alter Ego album set a record for the most consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the chart. Aided by a remix featuring Puerto Rican rapper Myke Towers, the song has remained in the top spot for over 20 weeks.
“I’m so honored and excited to make history on Billboard’s Tropical Airplay chart!” Prince Royce said at the time of the record-breaking news. “It feels great to represent bachata in tropical music history with this song.”