10 Spanish hits you won’t be able to escape this summer

With the success of artists such as Rosalía, J Balvin and Luis Fonsi, Latin music isn't just confined to the Spanish-speaking world.

10 Spanish hits you won't be able to escape this summer
ROSALÍA and J Balvin performing at Coachella Music Festival in April. Photo: AFP.

Whether you're hitting the bars in Spain or partying at home, these are 10 hits that may just get you up on your feet and boogieing the summer nights away.

Con Altura' by ROSALÍA, J Balvin and El Guincho

ROSALÍA has been riding the wave and living her dream since the explosion of her second album ‘El Mal Querer’, which went platinum in January this year. The 25 year old, who won two Latin Grammys in 2018, shows her musical versatility witg her own ingenious take on flamenco, which features in the album, with 'Con Altura'. ROSALÍA says that the collaboration on the track came naturally as she and El Guincho have always had a great time making music together, and when she sent the song to J Balvin via Wattsapp, he was quick to respond with his own verse.

READ MORE: Spanish sensation Rosalia exports flamenco… with a twist

'Callaita' by Bad Bunny and Tainy

The Puetro Rican trap and reaggaton singer, Bad Bunny, whose voice you may recognise from his collaboration with Cardi B in the hit ‘I Like It’, found his fame on Soundcloud in 2017 while working at a supermarket. ‘Callaita’, which features Tainy, currently sits at the top of Spain’s Spotify charts and rising up for the third week on the Latin Billboard charts.

'Otro Trago' by Sech and Darrel

Topping the Spotify charts in several South American countries and sitting at number 8 on Spotify’s global charts, ‘Otro Trago’ is proving a bit of a breakthrough single for the Panamanian artist Sech. The song has a more chilled feel that others on the list; it's less of a party hit and more of a relax-with-your-friends-and-enjoy-the-sun vibe.

'Con Calma' by Daddy Yankee and Snow

Entering its ninth week at number one on the Billboard charts, ‘Con Calma’ is definitely a hot one this summer. Daddy Yankee, who is known as the King of Reaggeton, has also released a remix of the song featuring Katy Perry. You will know Daddy Yankee from ‘Despacito’, which the artist released with Luis Fonsi back in 2017 and may have been stuck in your head more than once over the past couple of years. The song achieved worldwide success for Daddy Yankee, making him the first ever Latin artist to earn the title of most listened artist worldwide on Spotify.

'MIA' by Bad Bunny featuring Drake

Another hit from Bad Bunny, 'MIA' features the American artist Drake, who shows off his Spanish language skills in the song. ‘MIA’ is in its 37th on Billboard’s Latin charts and is still thriving at number two, so its likely to stick around for the heat of the summer.

'Taki Taki' by DJ Snakes featuring Selena Gomez, Ozuna and Cardi B

On its 38th week on the Billboard Latin charts, you’re likely to recognise this collaboration which somehow gives you the urge to start moving your hips. DJ Snake is actually French, but features come from the Puerto Rican singer Ozuna and the American artists Cardi B and Selena Gomez, performing in a mixture of Spanish and English.

'Baila Baila Baila' by Ozuna

‘Baila Baila Baila’ was released at the beginning of the year, and soon became a Latin party anthem, reminding us to keep dancing through the summer. Ozuna, surprised fans this year by performing a remix of his song, featuring Daddy Yankee Anuel AA, J Balvin and Farruko during the 2019 Billbaord Latin Music award in April. The collaboration is still part of the Billboard top 10 Latin songs.

'Date La Vuelta' by Luis Fonsi, Sebastian Yatra and Nicky Jam

Luis Fonsi, whose previous success comes from well-known hits such as ‘Despacito’ and ‘Échame La Culpa’, contributes to the Latin music scene with ‘Date La Vuelta’ this summer. A catchy chorus and a rhythm you can jam to make it no surprise that the music video for this song gained more than 1 million views on YouTube in less than 24 hours when it was first released in April.

'Soltera' by Lunay featuring Chris Jeday and Gaby Music

With an opening riff that echos Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’, this jammy tune may just be the thing to get you out onto the dance floor this summer. The remix version of the song, which features Daddy Yankee and Bad Bunny is currently at 13 on Spotify’s global charts.

'Baila Conmigo' by Dayvi and Victor Cardenas, featuring Kelly Ruíz

The artist Dayvi has emerged with ‘Baila Conmigo’ which is currently at number 7 on Spotify’s Global Viral top 50. It may just be a song to sizzle on the dance floors this summer, with a trumpet riff and a beat to get you up off your feet and dancing the night away.

By Alice Huseyinoglu

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LISTED: The 14 sun creams Spain wants to take off the market

If you're looking for the right sun protection this summer, then you should be aware that the Spanish Ministry of Health has requested that 14 sunscreens be withdrawn because their SPF doesn't correspond to what is advertised.

LISTED: The 14 sun creams Spain wants to take off the market
The Spanish Ministry of Health requests the withdrawal of 14 sun creams. Photo: MYCHELE DANIAU / AFP

The Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products (AEMPS) and the Ministry of Health, requested on Tuesday the voluntary withdrawal of 14 sun creams because the sun protection factor (SPF) that they advertise does not correspond to the labelling.

The results were discovered during a recent trial AEMPS carried out to guarantee that the sun protection factor is the one announced by the manufacturers. The trials focused on sunscreens with SPF 50 or SPF 50+, especially those with very light creams, mists and sprays. The agency chose 19 products from companies in different countries, of different sizes and price points.

Only five of the 19 creams analysed provided protection that was consistent with its labelling.

Five of the sun creams had an SPF much lower than that indicated on their labels, always below an SPF factor of 29.9. These are:

  • Abelay Sunscreen SPF50 from Ab7
  • Mussvital Photoprotector Spray Ultra Light 50+ aerosol from Peroxfarma
  • Eucerin Sun Sensitive Protect Sun Spray Transparent Dry Touch SPF 50 High by Beiersdorf AG
  • Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydratation Solar Mist air soft SPF 50+ (High) by Wilkinson Sword
  • Australian Gold SPF Botanical SPF 50 continuous spray by Biorius

Nine of the sunscreens were found to have an SPF of between 30 and 49.9, instead of the advertised 50. These were:

  • Les Cosmetiques Sun Ultimate Sensitive SPF 50+ sun spray for sensitive skin from Carrefour
  • Belle & Sun Invisible Sun Mist SPF 50 by Perseida Beauty
  • Isdin Photoprotector Fusion Water SPF 50 from ISDIN daily use facial sunscreen
  • Farline sun spray SPF 50+ 200 mL Very High Protection
  • Babaria Solar Protective Mist SPF 50 by Berioska
  • Seesee Transparent Sun Spray SPF 50+ by Cosmetrade
  • Piz Buin Hydro Infusion Gel Sun Cream SFP 50 High Protection by Johnson & Johnson Santé Beauté
  • Ladival Sensitive Skin SPF 50+ from STADA Arzneimittel AG
  • Lancaster Sun Sensitive Luminous Tan Comfort cream SPF 50+ by Coty

No incidents of sunburn related to any of these products have been reported, however the Ministry of Consumption has started to investigate possible illicit advertising and unfair practices, and where appropriate, will sanction the manufacturers.

According to Weather Online, the UV Index in Spain and other Mediterranean countries is a lot higher than in northern European countries. Indices of 9 and 10 are common, whereas, in the UK, the UV Index rarely exceeds 8.

If you’re looking for extra protection this summer, a new app, UV-Derma has been released by professors from the University of Malaga, which calculates how long you can stay in the sun before burning. 

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