Tracking the stories behind some of the biggest Latin songs of the past fifty years that have stood the test of time – from José Feliciano’s 1970 “Feliz Navidad” to Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s 2017 “Despacito” – was the goal of Leila Cobo, Billboard’s vp of Latin music, with her new book Decoding “Despacito”: An Oral History of Latin Music.
The collection gives behind-the-scenes looks at 19 anthemic songs that “defined movements and moments,” as Cobo writes in her book. “All these songs, they have several things in common — one of them being that they are very different to what was playing at the time,” she says. “None of them sounded like anything [else] at the time and I think that was key to their success.”
In a span of nearly two years, Cobo … Read the rest