China

Album: Emmanuel (2019)
Charted: 43
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • Anuel AA and his fiancée Karol G are joined by Puerto Rican singers Ozuna and Daddy Yankee on this posse cut alongside Colombian J Balvin. All five get their chance to shine, with Anuel AA, Daddy Yankee and Ozuna sharing the first half between them. Karol G takes the fourth verse before J Balvin brings the tune home.
  • The track samples Shaggy's 2000 reggae fusion hit "It Wasn't Me." Both songs talk about infidelity and getting caught red-handed, but "China" producer Tainy incorporates a Latin urban/reggaeton backbeat.
  • Anuel told Billboard that he'd been looking to revive a classic for some time and when he heard Shaggy's song, it hit him. "The original rhythm had strong Chinese elements, hence the name of the song," he said.

    Anuel sent his mix to Daddy Yankee, and the King of Reggaetón recorded his part three days later. "Karol then heard it and fell in love with the vibe," he added. "Ozuna and Balvin then came on board."
  • The song was released on July 19, 2019, a few months after Daddy Yankee's "Con Calma," which successfully resuscitated another reggae fusion hit, Snow's "Informer."

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Bryan Adams

Bryan AdamsSongwriter Interviews

What's the deal with "Summer of '69"? Bryan explains what the song is really about, and shares more of his songwriting insights.

Hawksley Workman

Hawksley WorkmanSongwriter Interviews

One of Canada's most popular and eclectic performers, Hawksley tells stories about his oldest songs, his plentiful side projects, and the ways that he keeps his songwriting fresh.

Graham Parker

Graham ParkerSongwriter Interviews

When Judd Apatow needed under-appreciated rockers for his Knocked Up sequel, he immediately thought of Parker, who just happened to be getting his band The Rumour back together.

Top American Idol Moments: Songs And Scandals

Top American Idol Moments: Songs And ScandalsSong Writing

Surprise exits, a catfight and some very memorable performances make our list of the most memorable Idol moments.

Petula Clark

Petula ClarkSongwriter Interviews

Petula talks about her hits "Downtown" and "Don't Sleep In The Subway," and explains her Michael Jackson connection.

Peter Lord

Peter LordSongwriter Interviews

You may not recognize his name, but you will certainly recognize Peter Lord's songs. He wrote the bevy of hits from Paula Abdul's second album, Spellbound.