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I've heard a few songs (off the top of my head, A Dios Le Pido) where they pronounce "y" both with a y-sound and an English j-sound at times. In some songs, the different pronunciations occur when repeating the same phrase (from the song above, "yo a Dios le pido").

Is it just something that can occur in music? To my knowledge, people add accents in English music, but for any one song they stick with one accent. Is this not the case in Spanish?

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When it comes to songs, everything and anything is valid in Spanish. Just listen to 5 minutes of reggeatton (or however you spell it) and you'll see how every possible grammar and pronunciation rule is broken.

Singers usually do this sort of thing to force a rhyme, for example.

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I was afraid of that. Thanks! –  Mirov Dec 27 '11 at 16:32
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