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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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Shakira & Carlos Vives Sued for Plagiarism

A Cuban singer and music producer has filed a plagiarism lawsuit against Latin pop stars Shakira and Carlos Vives for allegedly copying his work in the Colombian duo’s award-winning music hit “La Bicicleta .”

 

Livan Rafael Castellanos, also known as Livam,  wants a court to decide whether parts of his  song “Yo te quiero tanto “ were plagiarized.

“I have nothing against Shakira, Vives or anybody else,” he told The Associated Press. “It’s the law that needs to decide whether changing a song’s key is enough to make it different.”

Livam, who works in Spain as a composer and producer, said his 4 year old daughter identified her dad’s melody in “La Bicicleta” when the she heard coming from a radio during a holiday last summer.

The musician consulted experts and contacted the labels representing Carlos Vives, Shakira and Andres Eduardo Castro, a producer who appears registered as the author of “La Bicicleta.” No agreements were reached, according to Livam.

A judge in the Spanish capital accepted the lawsuit filed by MDRB Music Publishing, the label holding the copyright for Livam’s work, and has given 20 days for the plaintiffs to present evidence that the song is originally theirs.

SGAE, the main society managing the rights of authors and publishers in Spain, said it had suspended the rights of the song following the association’s usual procedure when one of its members lodges a complaint.

A legal representative for Sony Music Publishing in Spain, which represents Shakira and Castro, said Friday the company couldn’t comment because it had not received notice of the lawsuit.

Representative for Carlos Vives and Shakira did not comment on the matter other than to say the claims are false: “Neither Carlos Vives nor Shakira have received any copy of a lawsuit pertaining to ‘La Bicicleta,’ and as such abstain from commenting on this matter. ‘La Bicicleta’ is a completely original work and they adamantly reject any allegation to the contrary.”

This isn’t the first time Shakira has been accused of copyright infringement. In 2012, songwriter Ramon Arias Vasquez sued Sony/ATV Latin and Sony/ATV Discos, claiming that Shakira’s popular song “Loca,” featured on the 2010 album Sale el Sol, ripped off his 90s tune “Loca con su Tiguere.” However, the suit was eventually thrown out years later after it was discovered that the cassette tape on which Vasquez had allegedly recorded the original song was a fake.

Copyright law in Spain, governed by the Spanish Copyright Act (SCA) of 1996, is arguably similar to intellectual property law in the United States. In order for Shakira and Vives to be held liable for copyright infringement, Livam is going to have to prove that the duo’s song is strikingly similar to his own. Based on that requirement alone, it appears at first glance that the plaintiff doesn’t have much of a case.

#DraLo Goes to Prom

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.

❤💕 @jlo #JenniferLopez #Drake #JLovers #DraLo

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

That dance ❤💕 @jlo #JenniferLopez #Drake #DraLo #JLovers

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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?

Sound off below in the comment section.

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.

@badgalriri Thank you soooomuch for these incredibly sick ass boots!! #Rihanna #manolos #loveher #thebaddest

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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.

Look who rolled up to my show tonight to say hi!! @champagnepapi #lovehim #jlovegas #ALLIHAVE

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

Sound off in the comment section.

 

 

#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.

 

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

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.

Lip Sync to 24K Magic

If you are a big fan of lip-syncing and Bruno Mars, you are in for a treat. Musical.ly, a social media video app will allow you to lip sync to Mars’ new hit song 24K Magic.

This comes just two days after the crooner’s new album flew off the shelves with its strongest numbers yet by moving 231,000 units and placing at number two on the Billboard 200 album chart on Nov. 28.

The album is also number one on the Top Digital Albums chart with 400 million streams so far.

Enjoy this clip of Bruno Mars lip-syncing to smash hit single below.

 

Shakira’s Chantaje Music Video

After dominating the radio by becoming number one in 16 countries, “Chantaje,” Shakira’s new hit single featuring reggaeton artist Maluma, is taking over YouTube with both the lyric video and music video.

In six days the lyric video for the song had over 8.3 million views and the music video racked in over 13.2 million views in just four.

The incredibly sexy video, which was shot by Director Juame De La Iguana, features Shakira and Maluma crossing paths in an Indian deli that leads to a secret nightclub in a back room.

Enchanted by Shakira‘s presence, Maluma leaves the deli and follows her into the hidden, yet chic club.

Throughout the video, Shakira’s tries to seduce Maluma into getting on the floor by playfully dancing and giving him some shots to drink.

When wearing a pink wig, a bustier cutout top and black and see-through silver skirt ensemble doesn’t work, she goes to the men’s bathroom, ditches the wig and reveals her signature blond locks. Later, she has on some dangerously short shorts strapped with a strategically placed leg harness on the outside.

When she catches Maluma watching her change she starts dancing seductively.

After everyone clears the club and Shakira does a sultry dance in between two mirrors, Maluma finally comes around and the two dance hand in hand towards the end of the video.

AMARA LA NEGRA

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Famous for her hips movements, her huge afro and an imposing presence that quickly grab the attention anywhere she goes, Dana Danelys De los Santos, better known in the music world as Amara La Negra, is an urban artist who has earned the respect of millions of fans since she began singing professionally in 2013.

This artist, with her light-colored eyes and impressive beauty began her career in entertainment at the age at 4 years-old when she won a beauty pageant for girls in Univision’s “Sabado Gigante” TV show.

“I later was part of a segment where children would talk with Don Francisco. That taught me to be self-confident. Thanks to that opportunity, I became a dancer at the Latin Grammys, Premios Lo Nuestro and for many important performers,”

said Amara.

Born and raised in Miami by Dominican parents, from an early age she felt she had art and music in her blood.

“I live for the stage. The adrenaline I feel when I grab the microphone and see the audience can’t compare to anything else. I live for that moment. I live for music,”

said the exuberant singer of Dominican descent.

Despite her years of preparation in dance, acting and singing schools, the performer has closely encountered the ugly face of racism and the rejection of some media – Latino media in particular-for her skin color.

“They never consider that a woman like me can represent Latinas. They are always looking for someone like Shakira, Sofia Vergara or Jennifer Lopez. I am fighting to break this stereotype because I am proud of who I am, of my roots, of my “bad hair” and I know that many Latinas identify with me. “

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One of the most important moments in this 25-year-old artist’s career was having the chance to play Celia Cruz in a documentary about the life of the legendary salsa singer.

“To me, Celia Cruz was an inspiration for her charisma and things she was able to achieve. I grew up listening to Tina Turner, La India and Olga Tañon. These women gave me strength and inspired me to want to be like them.”

She said

On several occasions, Amara has been harshly criticized and deemed immoral due to her song lyrics and her sexy movements. This does not worry her, as she knows that the same people who attack her are the same people who later support and applaud North American stars such as Rihanna or Miley Cyrus who has a similar style.

The singer said to be grateful for her success, and told us that her mother has been her rock, her support in this challenging career.

“My mom is my other half, my heart; and you cannot live without your heart.”

She describes herself as fresh, daring and very bold.

She is certain that her career is on the rise and says that she can feel and taste success already. When the time comes to say thank you, she includes her “haters” for being a part of her success and for giving her the drive to do everything they say cannot be done.

“I’m not afraid of anything, I take a chance and jump and, what I don’t know something, I learn. And as my mother says, “Nothing ventured, nothing gained”

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Shakira’s Sexy New Single

After over a month of anticipation, Shakira‘s new single “Chantaje (Blackmail) ” featuring Maluma has finally hit the airwaves.

Shakira’s new single will be a part of her first full album under Jay-Z‘s Roc Nation management team. Her previous manager was Argentine lawyer Antonio de la Rua, who was her romantic partner for 11 years.

Unfortunately, after leaving Rua, he sued the multiplatinum singer initially for $250 million and then for $100 million. The lawsuit was dismissed and Shakira moved on to a relationship with Spanish footballer Gerard Pique with whom she has two sons with.

Could “Chantaje” be about her former lover?

Throughout the song Shakira sings that “en esta relación soy yo la que manda (in this relationship, I am the boss) and that “Yo nunca quise burlarme de ti (I never wanted to mock you).”

Listen to the full song below.

Lyrics below:

Spanish

Chantaje

Yo te quiero aunque no quieres
Puro, puro chantaje
Puro, puro chantaje
Vas libre como el aire
En esta relación soy yo la que manda
No pare bola, que eso es mala propaganda
Para que te has ido, para que te coman el oído
No vayas a enderezar, lo que no esta torcido
Pregunta a el, o a quien tu quieras
Mira te juro que eso no es así
Yo nunca tuve una mala intención
Yo nunca quise burlarme de ti
Yo te quiero aunque no quieres
Puro, puro chantaje
Puro, puro chantaje
Vas libre como el aire
English translation

Blackmail

I love you but you do not want
Pure, pure blackmail
Pure, pure blackmail
You are free as air
In this relationship, I am the boss
Do not stop ball, that’s bad propaganda
So that you’re gone, so you eat the ear
Do not go right, which is not twisted
Ask him, or anyone you want
Look swear it is not so
I was never a bad intention
I never wanted to mock you
I love you but you do not want
Pure, pure blackmail
Pure, pure blackmail
You are free as air