What You Didn’t Know about Calle 13

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Calle 13 is a Puerto Rican alternative urban band consisting of stepbrothers René Pérez Joglar (lead singer, songwriter), Eduardo José Cabra Martínez (multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, beat producer) and their half-sister Ileana Cabra Joglar (backing vocals). Their stage names are Residente, Visitante and PG-13.

Calle 13 likes to blend different musical styles like reggaeton, rap and rock. While other Latino groups tend to stick to the format, Calle 13 likes to buck tradition. The group is known for using a wide range of instruments from all over the world and using provocative, tongue-in-cheek as well as socially conscientious lyrics.

Everything sounds the same on the radio…but what we are making is sincere, and I think that’s worth something.”

The band also takes on social issues facing Puerto Ricans, Latinos and people all over the world. As the frontman of the band, Residente has no problem vocalizing the group’s stance on certain topics concerning music, politics and discrimination.

The siblings are big supporters for and independent Puerto Rico, Pérez is an ally of the LGBTQ community, and the brothers go out of their way not to make music about violence, misogyny and materialism.

I want Puerto Rico to be free and independent and have just one flag. The people here don’t work the way they should, and it’s because of the comfort they are feeling from you guys, from the States. We have a very low self-esteem. We feel that we can’t do it on our own. We as a country need to feel proud about our nation.”

I want  the world to know the name Oscar López Rivera.

Fun Facts

  • The group got their name from the street they use to live on when their parents were married
  • Residente is afraid of airplanes
  • If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be with his grandmother, his great-grandmother, Roberto Clemente, and John Lennon. –Rene aka Residente
  • Visitante use to lead a ska-reggae band called Bayanga
  • Their tour band consists of 20-25 members
  • Residente would one day love to be a film director or writer
  • During sex he listens to… “No music for sex,” he said, laughing. “Naturahttps://www.latintrends.com/e-newsletter/l sounds.” -Rene aka Residente

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What You Didn’t Know about Carlos Santana

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Carlos Santana is a music legend. Born in Mexico, he became involved in music at a very young age. Growing up the son of a mariachi musician he learned to play the violin and the guitar. As a youth he was inspired by rock pioneer Ritchie Valens, who made rock’n’roll music with Spanish songs.

By the time Santana was in his teens his family moved to San Francisco. After deciding that school was not for him, he made a living during the hippie movement of the 1960s by busking and washing dishes. It was during this time he was exposed to other styles of music like folk and jazz. After seeing his musical idol B.B. King play live, Santana decided to no longer work for little to nothing and dedicate himself into becoming a musician.

His chance in the spotlight was serendipitous. When blues singer and harmonica player Paul Butterfield was too drunk to perform at the famous rock venue Fillmore West, which he often went to watch shows, Santana’s manager was able to convince concert promoter Bill Graham that the guitarist should play. Suddenly, Santana was part of an impromptu group making music and no longer just a witness to great music.

Shortly afterwards, Santana created a group with fellow street musicians,  David Brown, Marcus Malone and Gregg Rolie. Starting off as the “Santana Blues Band” and then just “Santana,” the group was able to get a record deal riding off of the guitarist’s momentous debut at Fillmore West, a memorable performance at Woodstock and the new sound they were able to bring together from their different backgrounds.

In 1969 the world got to listen to the “Santana” album. It was a blend of African rhythms, blues, jazz, salsa and Latin-infused rock. The group produced the hit song “Evil Ways” and went on to have a triple-platinum album.

As the band released more albums throughout the drug-addled 1970s, the lineup changed and Santana was eventually the only original member of the group, as well as its star. However, he quickly became disenchanted with the rock’n’roll lifestyle and decided to seek spirituality within himself and his music.

While he remained with his band in the 80s, he also made his own music. In 1986 he released his first solo album, “Blues for Salvador,” which was a critical success and garnered him his first Grammy award for Best Instrumental Performance.

Santana would later tour extensively, and in the 1990s he had his own label, “Guts and Grace.” One of the first albums on the label was with his younger brother Jorge and nephew Carlos Hernandez, titled “Brothers.” This helped him achieve his second Grammy nomination for Best Instrumental Performance.

While Santana continued to achieve critical praise mostly on his own, he never forgot how he started, with his band. He went back to basics by re-signing the band with its first producer, Clive Davis and in no time his 35th album, “Supernatural” put him and his group at the top of the music charts once again. The album sold over 10 million copies worldwide, earned the group nine Grammy nominations and they won eight, the ninth award went to the songwriter of the band’s hit song “Smooth.”

In the 2000s, Santana was a Lifetime Achievement recipient from the Billboard Latin Music Awards. In 2013 he was a Kennedy Center Honoree and in 2014 he released his first ever Spanish-language album, “Corazon.” On his 68th birthday, July 20th, 2015, Santana was announced to have won an American Book Award for his 2014 memoir, “Universal Tone: Bringing My Story to Light.”

Today he is performing in the United Kingdom and he will be bringing his tour back to the United States on August 14.

Fun Facts

  • The band “Santana” is the first group to name itself after a guitar player
  • Santana proposed to his second wife Cindy Blackman during a concert in Illinois
  • For the “Supernatural” album, Santana tied Michael Jackson for the most amount of wins in a single night
  • You can play as Santana on the video game “Guitar Hero 5
  • His grandfather and great-grandfather were musicians too

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What You Didn’t Know about Romeo Santos

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Anthony “Romeo” Santos, or just Romeo Santos to his fans, may be considered the modern “King of Bachata”, but it wasn’t that long ago that the half Dominican, half Puerto Rican heartthrob was simply a shy kid writing poetry at home to try to woo a girl that use to be mean to him.

“She wasn’t the nicest girl. I expressed myself by writing poems and lyrics (to her but) I kind of thank her now for being so mean to me,” said Santos.

Growing up in the Bronx, Santos was exposed to hip-hop, R&B and Latin music. The introverted singer continued to find his voice after joining his church choir and in 1994 he decided to form a group with his cousin Henry Santos and friends Lenny and Max Santos, in which he was the lead singer.

The group would later go on to be called Aventura and be the first bachata group to hail from the U. S. instead of the Dominican Republic. Despite the group’s rise from the streets of the Bronx, to its first cover on a magazine, Dominican Times/Latin Trends, and to stadiums around the world, Aventura received a lot of initial backlash from older traditional bachata listeners and musicians. By fusing bachata with R&B, hip-hop, rock and reggaeton, bachata purist didn’t acknowledge the group as making bachata music.

In spite of the criticism, Aventura went on to achieve international success with songs like “Obsesion”, which is covered in multiple languages throughout Europe, and the album which it’s included, “We Broke the Rules”, topped the pop charts in the United States and broke sales records for a bachata album.

In 2012, the once timid Santos decided to go out on his own with his debut solo album, “Formula Vol. 1.” Vol. 1 was the best selling Latin album of that year, was critically acclaimed and went on to be certified Triple Platinum. The bachata tracks on the album were written, produced and arranged by Santos. The superstar producer, Rico Love,  worked on the English songs. Vol. 1 has five consecutive chart topping songs on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs, “You,” “Promise,” “La Diabla,” “Mi Santa,” and “Rival.”

“I want to touch people’s lives with my music and my lyrics,” said Santos.

Santos’ Hollywood debut was in the blockbuster hit movie, “Furious 7” and his second film will be in 2016’s film adaptation of the video game “Angry Birds.” Santos’ second solo album, “Formula Vol. 2”, which he is on tour for now, became the best selling Latin album of 2014. It features songs like, “No Tiene La Culpa,” about a gay youth’s struggle with his sexuality.

“The message is that we shouldn’t worry about anyone’s sexual preferences, nor color, race, language, or anything, because we are all equal… this is not a gay record, this is a reality song,” said Santos, a strong supporter of the LGBTQ community.

Fun Facts

  • He is the first Latino to headline a concert at Yankee Stadium
  • He helped usher Drake and Nicki Minaj into bachata music
  • His music is in heavy rotation on jukeboxes, second only to the Rolling Stones
  • He sang in English and Spanish when he was in his church choir
  • He has won all 28 American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers’ awards

By Naeisha Rose

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#DraLo Goes to Prom

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Drake and Jennifer Lopez are packing on the PDA all over social media for everyone to see. If anyone had doubts that these two are together, the winter wonderland prom-themed party they attended in Los Angeles definitely distilled that rumor.

While at the party these two were grinding up a storm all over the dance floor. Although they made time for fun, everyone at the event got a chance to hear some of the music the duo was collaborating on.

The night included a few slow paced songs that they danced to after being crowned prom queen and king.

Are you looking forward to hearing new music from Hollywood’s new it couple? More importantly, could this be the one for J. Lo. or is Drake just another fling?

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J. Lo. & Drake Making More Than Just Music

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It’s official. J. Lo. has finally moved on from her backup dancing beau, Casper Smart, for the self-proclaimed “Champagne Papi” himself, Drake.

While she had us there for a moment by kissing Marc Anthony at the Latin Grammys, that seems to have just been a kiss between friends and co-parents, but of course, his soon-to-be ex-wife Shannon De Lima didn’t think so.

Hours after J.Lo. and Drake made their relationship Instagram official, Marc Anthony filed officially filed for divorce.

Anthony might not be the only one sad to see Drake and “Jenny from the Bronx” attached at the hip. After the news broke of the musical collaboration-turned-romance, international pop star, Rihanna quickly unfollowed Lopez on the social media platform.

Earlier in the year Drake presented Rihanna the VMA Vanguard Award and declared his love for her.

Rihanna was one of Lopez’s closest friends in the music industry. Eight months ago, RiRi even gifted Lopez with a pair of navy Manolo Blahnik, shoes that can cost anywhere from $500 to $900.

Rumors about Drake and Jennifer Lopez dating initially started flying when he attended her Las Vegas Residency twice two weeks ago, but things have certainly steamed up between the two since then.

Do you think that after J.Lo. gives Drake “all her love” that their relationship will last?

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#FourthHarmony Contract Up in the Air with Camila Exit

While Camila Cabello‘s exit from Fifth Harmony left many fans aghast and confused, especially with the social media back and forth with her ex-bandmembers, the fate of the remaining four singers as a girl group has been halted.

Before Cabello’s untimely departure, the five bandmates had the option to resign their individual contracts for Fifth Harmony after it expired on Dec. 18.

If all members of the band had returned the group would have had a guaranteed third recording deal on the table with Epic Records, but with half of the remaining songstresses that are left making music outside of what is being dubbed Fourth Harmony during their free time, the record label is beginning to wonder if it is worth renewing, according to Billboard.com.

The Cuban singer breaking out and leaving the group has been in the cards from the inception of the group. Although Cabello is most famous for being a part of the quintet, she initially tried out as a solo singer on the American version of X-Factorand once assigned the option to be in the group or hightail it she stayed in what was initially called 1432, until music legend, L. A. Reid suggested a name change for the band.

In a 2012 performance on the show, Demi Lovato is seen saying that Cabello “shined” the brightest out of the group while singing Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.”

Over a million in album sales later, Cabello, while still happy to be a part of the group did express concern over not pursuing her own individual musical tastes, which she described as similar to guitar wielding maestros “Ed Sheeran” and “John Mayer.”

Not only has Cabello mentioned her love for slower, more soulful songs a lá Zayn Malik from One Direction, but she has managed to rack up two hit songs outside the group as a co-lead with Shawn Mendes for “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” and she worked with Machine Gun Kelly on “Bad Things.” She also received a songwriting credit on each single.

But where does this leave Ally Brooke, Dinah Jane, Lauren Jauregui and Normani Kordei? Well, Kordei and Jauregui both let it slip that they had solo plans long before Cabello left the group, but neither had planned on permanently going it on their own anytime soon.

This leaves Ally Brooke, and Dinah Jane who was Cabello’s biggest supporter during a lot of the behind the scenes troubles, the most in the lurch if Fifth Harmony doesn’t become Fourth Harmony.

Instead of the four remaining singers wasting their time fighting with Cabello on social media as to whether she was kicked out or left the group, Jane and Brooke should be rallying Kordei and Jauregui to remain in the band in hopes to solidify at least one more album, because the clock is ticking and reps at Epic Records will need a reason to believe that the foursome can make harmonious music together.

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Ryan Seacrest Wants to Play Matchmaker to Niall Horan and Selena Gomez

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Since the American Music Awards on Nov. 20, fans of both Niall Horan and Selena Gomez are wondering if the former paramours are back together after both attended the music award show.

While at 102.7 KIIS FM radio station, host Ryan Seacrest tried to get the deets on Horan’s love life, only to discover that the now solo Directioner, who has been working on a new album, has been single for over a year.

Seacrest was quick to suggest that Horan should “rekindle” his relationship with Gomez.

Horan, not to shy about the rumors asked Seacrest to “sort it out” for him, but later joked that he was happy being single at 23.

Seacrest, always ready to help, quickly volunteered to play matchmaker for the two.

Let me help you with that.”

Do you think Selena Gomez and Niall Horan should get back together, and are they truly meant to be? Reply below in the comment section.

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