A great deal of downsizing continued to occur at major labels in the mid-2000s; artists were still being dropped left and right, and people who had spent quite a few years recording for major labels in the past were turning up on small independent labels. But Fonovisa maintained a large, Latin-oriented roster, emphasizing regional Mexican music while occasionally dabbling in other areas of música latina. This compilation, which Fonovisa assembled in 2005 and released in early 2006, offers material by 20 different artists -- which was only a fraction of Fonovisa's mid-2000s roster but is more than enough needed to paint a well-rounded picture of the Univision-owned company. Appropriately, regional Mexican music dominates this 65-minute CD, and that includes brassy banda on La Banda el Recodo's "Que Más Quisiera," Banda Jerez's "Billete Verde," and Jenni Rivera's "Qué Me Vas a Dar," as well as straight-ahead norteño on Los Tigres del Norte's "La Sorpresa," Los Rieleros del Norte's "Que el Mundo Ruede," Polo Urias' "Mi Primer Amor," and Ezequiel Peña's "Beso a Beso." Of course, Fonovisa never claimed to be purists where regional Mexican music is concerned, which is why Megartistas del Año 2006 also contains Latin pop-minded grupero pearls such as Ana Bárbara's "Lo Busqué" and the hit Marco Antonio Solís ballad "Mi Mayor Sacrificio." And the collection takes a more tropical turn with Arthur Hanlon's salsa-influenced "La Gorda Linda" and Betzaida's "El Moreno" (an infectious gem that combines elements of salsa, cumbia, and flamenco). But regional Mexican music is the main reason people will acquire Megartistas del Año 2006, which offers a generally excellent sample of what Fonovisa's mid-2000s roster had to offer.
AllMusic Review by Alex Henderson