As far as the UK is concerned, we best know the Latin American boy band CNCO because of the involvement of Little Mix on the remix version of their track “Reggaetón Lento.” Not only does the song appear on Little Mix album “Glory Days” (The Platinum edition,) but also was the song which brought the boy band over to the UK in 2017 to perform with the girl band during the final of the X Factor that year.
I’ve spoken about the UK producing less to no new boy/girl bands over recent years. It does seem the case that we now have to look further afield to fill the void in this respect. Such as to South Korea for BTS, America/Canada for Prettymuch. CNCO were formed on the South American TV show La Banda. With the goal of the show being to find talented teenage singers to make up the next boy band phenomenon. Since their inception in December of 2015, they have gone on to be massively successful all over the world for their rhythmically charged, latino beat-laden tracks.
If we think about it, the UK pop charts have been a little neglected of Latin-inspired pop. When we once relied on Ricky Martin, Shakira and Gloria Estefan to pep up the Top 40 charts. In recent memory, Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi has probably been the biggest new crossover act we’ve seen for many a year. Not unless CNCO has their way. The boys have slaying Europe firmly in their sights. “Pretend” the current single is a catchy, Spanglish dance-pop effort which features a memorable sample from the Debarge hit “Rhythm of the Night.” Currently, the boys are proudly trailblazing this song through-out Europe at various destinations during the European leg of their tour. They have ONLY the ONE stopover in London, at the Shepherds Bush Empire on March 24th. Even though the band haven’t promo’d much at all in the UK, because of their successes elsewhere there has been a BIG demand for this show. No brainer really, cute Latin-American boys who sing, dance and are very entertaining. Win. Win. Win.
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