NEW YORK, NY - MAY 23:  Singer Pitbull performs at the "Men In Black 3" New York Premiere after party at the USS Intrepid on May 23, 2012 in New York City.  (

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 23: Singer Pitbull performs at the “Men In Black 3″ New York Premiere after party at the USS Intrepid on May 23, 2012 in New York City. ( (Photo/Getty Images)

The best Latin music in 2012

If there’s one thing Latinos are known for, it’s for dropping the sexiest and most soulful music on the planet. Ours is the beat that gets the party started and some of our favorite artists – Pitbull, Christina Aguilera and rocker Juanes – released new tunes this year, making 2012 a great year for Latin music.

Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera performed at NBC's Hurricane Sandy relief concert.

Christina Aguilera performed at NBC’s Hurricane Sandy relief concert. (Photo by: Heidi Gutman/NBC)

Christina Aguilera may have been scrutinized this year for everything from her clothing choices to her brand-new curves, but with the release of “Lotus,” the Grammy-award winner showed the world the voice that made her famous. “Lotus,” her seventh studio album, was a passion project for Aguilera, who told Rolling Stone that “it’s a very multi-layered, very heartfelt record.”

“I wanted to share all the different sides of me, as a woman, and as a creator and an artist. Part of that is being a mom. Part of that is sexuality. Part of that is vulnerability. Part of that is aggression and angst. All those pieces make me who I am.”

Pitbull

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 23:  Singer Pitbull performs at the "Men In Black 3" New York Premiere after party at the USS Intrepid on May 23, 2012 in New York City.  (

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 23: Singer Pitbull performs at the “Men In Black 3″ New York Premiere after party at the USS Intrepid on May 23, 2012 in New York City. ( (Photo/Getty Images)

He’s called Mr. Worldwide for a reason: his music makes listeners want to shake it on the dance floor and jump to their feet in concert. Pitbull – a Cubano who first gained notoriety with his fusion of rap, Latin beats and club-ready anthems – released his album “Global Warming” in November and with tracks featuring fellow superstars like Shakira, Chris Brown, Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias, it was an album that gave fans exactly what they wanted.

Romeo Santos

Romeo Santos performing at the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno."

Romeo Santos performing at the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC)

The “King of Bachata” regularly sells out concerts at New York City’s Madison Square Garden and to capture the experience for fans who may have not been able to snag a ticket, he released his very first live album titled “The King Stays King: Sold Out at Madison Square Garden.” The album – released November 6 – includes 18 tracks and hot collaborations with Usher, Wisin y Yandel and P. Diddy. With the success of his live album, Santos is one star who helped make 2012 a stellar year for Latin music.

Enrique Iglesias

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 16:  Singer Enrique Iglesias performs at The Staples Center on August 16, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 16: Singer Enrique Iglesias performs at The Staples Center on August 16, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Enrique Iglesias may be the son of Latin music royalty, but just like dad Julio, he knows how to churn out hit after hit. He released two singles this year – “Naked” and “Finally Found You” – which made their way to the top of the Billboard charts. And with promises of a new album in 2013, Iglesias gave fans just a taste of what’s to come.

Juanes

Juanes performs onstage at the XIII Annual Latin Grammy Awards held at Mandalay Bay Events Center on November 15, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada

Juanes performs onstage at the XIII Annual Latin Grammy Awards held at Mandalay Bay Events Center on November 15, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada (Photo/Getty Images)

“Juanes: MTV Unplugged” was the Colombian rocker’s third live album and the acoustic record was jam-packed with famous singles like “A Dios le Pido,” “La Camisa Negra” and “Me Enamora.” And Juanes had a little help making the release an instant hit: Dominican icon Juan Luis Guerra co-produced the album, for which he and Juanes earned the Latin Grammy for “Best Album of the Year.”

 

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