Along with a music video shot in Old San Juan, “Canción Bonita” is a celebration of Ricky Martin’s roots in Puerto Rico along with Carlos Vives’ ties to Colombia. Both artists sat down with Billboard this week to talk about the track along with the journey they took to make it.
“If anything, we’re more childlike than the new generation,” Ricky Martin said when asked what he brought to the table in this new endeavor. “We’ll never change. We’re relaxed. We’ve achieved pretty things in life. We don’t have to prove anything to anyone.”
“We don’t want to change. We want to be the same people. And this song is a declaration of love to a city I love,” said Carlos Vives, who lived in Puerto Rico in the beginnings of his career. “And it’s one of Ricky’s cities. For me to have a piece of Ricky in this song...it’s total happiness.”
Because this is such a happy, celebratory song, the pandemic meant that the artists had to put a hold on releasing it until things started to look a little better for the world. After passing it back and forth for months, “Canción Bonita” was almost completed right when the pandemic began--but they had to press pause.
Check out the music video for “Canción Bonita” down below: