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19 Facts About The Boy Band Menudo You Might Not Know

If you don’t know who the boy band Menudo is, then you didn’t grow up in the 80’s. They dropped their first album in 1977 and were together for 22 years. By together, I mean that they kept replacing the aging boys with fresh, new young faces, making Menudo the band you’d fight to join.

Here’s what we didn’t know about them growing up.

1. They were the first Latino boy band ever.

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The band was formed by Puerto Rican producer Edgardo Díaz in the 1970s. The band reached it’s peak in the ’90s with several hit songs. Díaz was also the man who created the group La Pandilla.

2. Menudo went punk rock in the ’80s.

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The band had a total image makeover, and so did their music. It went from “bubblegum pop” to rock. They even released an album called “Somos Los Hijos del Rock.” Not on the nose at all.

3. Ricky Martin made his first big break with Menudo.

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Can you spot mi Ricky? He was just 12 years old. Half the Puerto Rican population was obsessed with them, including my mother. They brought great glory to our little island.

4.  Ricky Martin left after 5 years with Menudo for telenovelas.

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Ricky was signed onto a Mexican telenovela, that every single one of our mother’s watched, called “Alcanzar una estrella.” And with that, a star was born.

5. Draco Rosa was in Menudo at the same time as Ricky.

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They’re rumored to be best friends to this day. Rosa is known for writing and producing many of Ricky’s later hit singles, including “María,” “La Vida Loca,” “She Bangs” and “Shake Your Bon-Bon.” 

Gracias por su servicio. ????

6. The two even worked on a single together recently.

CREDIT: “Draco Rosa and Ricky Martin Together Again” Digital Image. Out. 5 July 2018.

They came together on a music video that has over 10 million views where both are in a foggy “Pride and Prejudice” esque setting serenading an extremely thin woman. Show me Ricky serenading his husband and I’ll scream for it.

7. The band took a break in the late 90’s and rebooted in 2007 with this look:

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Oh man. The early 2000s was a crazy time for fashion. See that guy in the middle? You might recognize his face from someplace more recent.

8. Troy Kurtis went on to place third in “The X Factor” in 2012.

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He auditioned entirely in Spanish and reportedly seduced judges Demi Lovato and Britney Spears with a “very sexy” performance (Britney Spears’ words, not mine). I’m throwing back and watching this season again.

9. The band manager would cut any member who started going through puberty.

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One member even remembers finding out he was going to go during an interview with producer Díaz. The interviewer asked who was going to go next, and he just pointed at that guy. #Brutal

10. During the 2016 elections #fakenews came out that Marco Rubio was in Menudo.

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Which was hilarious at best and a problematic hit for Latinos at worst. We wish he did make it to Menudo, so maybe he wouldn’t have turned out so conservative.

11. Menudo was in the Uno Rulebook.

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Just kidding. Could you imagine what their lives would be like if they had to do that?

12. Luis Fonsi tried out for Menudo, but didn’t make the cut.

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Luis Fonsi auditioned for Menudo when he was just ten years old. “I got called back. I got to the semifinals. This is probably the most exciting time in my life. Menudo was Menudo.”

“I passed the singing, I passed the dancing, but you know what I failed? The English.”

13. You can buy vintage Menudo action dolls for $70 on Etsy.

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Some figurines go for $15, but you probably don’t want those guys. You probably want Ricky or Draco. They’re the money.

14. Menudo starred as themselves in two feature films.

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There was such a huge market for Menudo content, they couldn’t create it fast enough.

“Una Aventura Llamada Menudo” and “Menudo: La Película” were a big deal for the boys themselves, because most of them went on to star in telenovelas. Only a couple are known for their music to this day.

15. Telemundo Puerto Rico even gave them a television show.

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Mostly, there was a lot of pelvis thrusting, but every year it hosted a beauty pageant called “La chica de Menudo.” The winner would sometimes be seen in music videos or at their Puerto Rican concerts. #score

16. Menudo even made it’s way into it’s own MTV’s reality series.

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“Road to Menudo” and “Making Menudo” were a blast. It was basically like American Idol, except they shoved a bunch of Puerto Rican boys into a house together, forced them to compete, and promise them a place in Menudo.

17. Their last single was written by Bruno Mars in 2008.

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It was called “Lost”, and …then the band, the fame, the #menudomania all faded away.

18. This crew, tho, will always live in our hearts…

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As the kids who put Puerto Rico on the map and kept it there. Te amo, Ricky, Rubén, Sergio, Robert y Angelo!

19. All in all, Menudo was, is, and forever will be the best boy band of all time. ????

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When One Direction started becoming a thing, everyone was quick to reminisce about the good old days with the original Juan Direction.

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Selena Gomez Releases New Spanish-Language Single ‘De Una Vez’ and Teases Full Spanish Album: ‘I’m Targeting My Heritage’

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Selena Gomez Releases New Spanish-Language Single ‘De Una Vez’ and Teases Full Spanish Album: ‘I’m Targeting My Heritage’

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Good news, Selenators! Word on the street is that Selena Gomez will soon be dropping her first-ever Spanish language album. The rumors started after Gomez dropped a surprising (and beautiful!) new Spanish-language single, “De Una Vez”.

Soon after the single dropped, rumors of a full Spanish-language studio album began to swirl when murals promoting “De Una Vez” and a yet-unreleased single “Baila Conmigo” popped up across, Mexico.

To make matters even better, Selena already dropped “De Una Vez”‘s music video.

The lush and imaginative video has been garnering praise for its inclusion of Latin American visuals and symbols. Gomez hired Tania Verduzco and Adrian Perez to direct her video–a husband and wife team who hail from Mexico and Spain, respectively and go by the moniker Los Pérez.

Of hiring Spanish speakers to direct her video, Gomez revealed to Vogue online that the decision was intentional. “If I was going to completely immerse myself into a project inspired by Latin culture, I wanted to work with native Spanish speaking creators,” she said.

And indeed, Verduzco and Perez tried to infuse as much Latin spirit into the video’s conception as possible.

“Magical realism has always been part of the Latin culture, whether it be in art or telenovelas,” Gomez told Vogue. “I wanted [to capture] that sense of a supernatural world.”

They accomplished this sense of magical realism by utilizing motifs from Mexican folk art, like Milagro, which is symbolized by the glowing heart that is beating within Gomez’s chest throughout the video.

“We wanted to play with powerful language and images. We designed the heart—we call it the Milagro in Mexican culture—and its light to be a metaphor for the healing throughout the story,” Verduzco told Vogue.

Selena Gomez fans are especially excited about this project because Gomez has long hinted at her desire to release a Spanish-language album.

Back in 2011, Gomez tweeted about her plans to eventually record an entire album in Spanish. “Can’t wait for y’all to hear the Spanish record;) it’s sounding so cool,” she wrote.

She retweeted the sentiment on Thursday with the comment: “I think it will be worth the wait”–which many fans took as confirmation that a full studio album is on its way.

It’s worth noting that Gomez has already dipped her toe into the Latin music scene with 2010’s “Un Año Sin Lluvia” and 2018’s DJ Snake, Ozuna and Cardi B collab, “Taki Taki”.

As for the difficulty of recording songs in a second language, Gomez said that it was a practice that came naturally.

“I actually think I sing better in Spanish. That was something I discovered,” she said in an interview for Apple Music. “It was a lot of work, and look, you cannot mispronounce anything. It is something that needed to be precise, and needed to be respected by the audience I’m going to release this for.”

She continued: “Of course I want everyone to enjoy the music, but I am targeting my fan base. I’m targeting my heritage, and I couldn’t be more excited.”

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Bad Bunny Talks Depression And Says Sometimes He Still Feels Like The Boy Who Bagged Groceries Back Home

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Bad Bunny Talks Depression And Says Sometimes He Still Feels Like The Boy Who Bagged Groceries Back Home

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Bad Bunny is on top of the world. Or, at least, that’s how it appears to all of us on the outside enjoying his record-breaking year. Not only did he release three albums in 2020 but he also landed his debut acting role in the Netflix series Narcos: Mexico and from his Instagram stories, he seems to be in a happy, contentful relationship.

But like so many others, Bad Bunny has his experience with mental health issues, of which he recently opened up about in an interview with El País.

Bad Bunny recently spoke up about his struggle with depression.

Despite his immense success that’s catapulted him to, arguably, the world’s biggest superstar, Bad Bunny admits that sometimes he still feels like the young man who bagged groceries in a supermarket.

The reggaetonero revealed in an interview with El País that right as his career really started to take off, he was not happy. “You asked me before how I hadn’t gone crazy. Well, I think that was the moment that was going to determine if I was going to go crazy or not. From 2016 to 2018 I disappeared, I was stuck in a capsule, without knowing anything. The world saw me, but I was missing,” he said.

Although no doctor diagnosed him, he is sure of what was happening. it only did he feel lost and empty but he had stopped doing many of the things that brought him joy, like watching movies and boxing. Without realizing it, he had also fallen out of contact with much of his family, with whom he was typically very close.

“And that’s when I said: who am I? What’s going on?” he told El País. When he returned home to Puerto Rico from spending time in Argentina, he was able to get back into the right state of mind and remember who he was.

Despite his success, Bad Bunny still worries he’s in financial trouble.

Although today, he is the number one Latin artist on Spotify and the awards for his music keep coming, there are times when Bad Bunny still thinks that he has financial problems.

“Not long ago, I was 100% clear in my head what I have achieved, maybe a year or six months ago; but until then, many times I forgot, I felt that I was the kid from the supermarket. He would happen something and say: “Hell!” And then: “Ah, no, wait, if I have here,” he said, touching his pocket.

Much like Bad Bunny, J Balvin has also been candid about his own mental health struggles.

Bad Bunny is just the most recent to speak to the emotional havoc he experiences despite being a global superstar. And, thankfully, like many other celebrities, he’s been able to find refuge in a reality that allows him to keep his feet on the ground so that he too can enjoy the achievements of his career.

Much like El Conejo, J Balvin is known for the brightness of his style and mentality. But he’s long addressed the importance of caring for one’s mental health. During his Arcoíris Tour, he encouraged people to not be ashamed of seeking professional help, and let the audience know they are not alone.   

“Las enfermedades de salud mental son una realidad. Yo he sufrido de depresión y he sufrido de ansiedad, así que tengo que aceptarlo. Y eso me hace más humano, me hace entender que la vida tiene pruebas,” Balvin said. “Pero si alguien está pasando una situación difícil, no están solos, siempre llega la luz. Tarde o temprano llega la luz.”  

“Mental health illnesses are a reality. I have suffered from depression and anxiety, so I have to accept it. And this makes me more human. It makes me understand that life has challenges,” Balvin said in Spanish. “But if someone is going through a difficult time, they are not alone, light always comes. Sooner or later, the light comes.”  

We need more men like Benito and J Balvin to speak up about their mental health struggles, to help destroy the stigma that exists within our community.

And in the same interview, he also spoke about why he works to elevate the Spanish language.

As for the possibility of singing in English, the answer remains the same: a resounding no.

“You have to break this view that the gringos are Gods…No, papi,” he told El País. And, although he’s collaborated with artists like Drake, Cardi B and Jennifer Lopez, he has always sang in Spanish and with his famous accent.

“I am very proud to reach the level where we are speaking in Spanish, and not only in Spanish, but in the Spanish that we speak in Puerto Rico. Without changing the accent,” he said.

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