Last month, pop phenom Anitta released her fifth studio album, versions of me, with her single “Girl From Rio”. “I explore different types of rhythms in the album: Brazilian funk, rock and pop,” explains the 29-year-old singer, who sings in Portuguese, Spanish and English. “I like being a chameleon who wakes up every day and decides what woman she wants to be.” Already a star in Brazil, Anitta, born Larissa de Macedo Machado, reached new heights in 2013 when the video for her track “Show das Poderosas” went viral. She released her self-titled debut album later that year, earning a Latin Grammy nomination, and has since collaborated with Cardi B, J Balvin and Saweetie. “I want to bring Latin culture and rhythms to the world stage,” says Anitta. For this issue, she’s curated a playlist around the theme of beauty, selecting songs that she says “make me feel gorgeous.” In addition to Lily Allen’s breakup anthem “Smile,” Anitta included Black Eyed Peas’ “My Humps,” which celebrates curves and “makes you feel powerful,” and Betty Johnson’s rendition of “What a Difference a Day Makes”, originally composed by Mexican-born composer María Grever. “It’s an old track, but I feel classy and classy when I listen to it,” says Anitta. “I love starting a day with this song.”
Listen to Anitta’s playlist exclusively on Apple Music.
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This article originally appeared in the May 2022 issue of Harper’s BAZAAR, available on newsstands May 3.
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