End of the year usually means the major labels release all their biggest releases of the year and Latin Music is no exception. On the pop side we have releases from Paulina Rubio's Brava and Laura Pausini latest, Inedito, which has a ’Spanish and Italian version. Former Aventura singers Romeo Santos and Henry Santos release their first solo albums. Henry Santos Introducing and Romeo long-anticipated Formula Vol. 1 has been selling like crazy. Even solo, these guys are still the Kings Of Bachata. Not to be outdone is Shakira with another live CD/DVD, Live In Paris.
On The rock side, Mana has yet another deluxe version of Drama Y Luz, with a DVD with videos and bonus tracks not on the original deluxe version. We had another monstrous in-store; this time it was Enrique Bunbury promoting his newest release, Licenciado Cantinas with an autograph session. We sold over 300 advance CDs for the signing and a bunch more online and now we have the vinyl version, if you are so inclined.
On the Hip-Hop and Electro side, we have from Nacional Records, Welcome To The Ritmo Machine, which features Chile’s Latin Bitan And Eric Bobo, Son of Willie. Also available is the new Choc Quib Town, Eso Es Lo Que Hay on Universo Latino and on the indie tip is Los Rakas, Chancletas Y Camisetas, which is one of my favorite releases of 2011. Lastly, the soundtrack behind the wildly popular Mexican Pointy Boots youtube video has arrived! 3Ball MTY is Erick Rincon, Sheeqo Beat and DJ Otto taking their Tribal Guarachero sound to the main stream with their debut, Intentalo
In the Regional Mexican section, there is a new Pepe Aguilar, Vicente Fernandez and two versions of the new Jenni Rivera. There is a new Soundway Records Cumbia collection compiled by Quantic called The Original Sound Of Cumbia And it is selling like hotcakes! The Salsa section has a new Tito Rojas and the arrival of the long awaited Supercubano by Isaac Delgado. From Fania Records there is a new Ismael Rivera collection and a box set of the best Fania Funk, Boogaloo, and Disco & Latin Grooves CD compilations called El Barrio.
I am currently working on a Best of 2011 World Music list and a shoppers guide for Christmas, which will be up soon. Also, my very first Disco Inmigrantes radio show is now available for a download podcast at radiosombra.org. Check it out!