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Here’s How Natti Natasha Came From A Humble Town In Dominican Republic To Being The Woman With Most Views On YouTube

We love us some SLW! (it stands for Strong Latina Woman, of course), and Natti Natasha is certainly one of them. Her morenaza looks and her unashamedly fierce attitude have helped her climb the ranks of the musical industry, while becoming a voice for fellow women and for Brown identity, both in the United States and in Latin American markets such as Peru, Colombia, and Chile, where she is incredibly famous.

These are some facts you need to know about this gorgeous lady that has arrived para quedarse.

Su nombre completo is…

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Her birth certificate reads Natalia Alexandra Gutiérrez Batist, but it is OK if you simply call her Natti, short for Natalia in most Latin American countries.

Her birthday is very close to Navidad

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She was born on December 10, 1986. We wonder if tiny chiquita Natalia got double presents at the end of the year! And yes, this powerhouse is as young as she is talented.

She is a proud native of Santiago de los Caballeros, in the Dominican Republic

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This Caribbean queen began her mi involvement in music at a very early age. When she was just seven-years-old she registered in the School of Fine Arts of her hometown, training as a singer.

Her musical heroes are…  (hint, she has impeccable gusto musical)

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As a child of the sea, of course, she was influenced by Bob Marley, but also by Jerry Rivera and the amazing Lauryn Hill, a member of The Fugees and one of the most powerful female Black voices of recent years.

She moved to New York when she was just 18

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This brave lady moved to the United States when she was just dieciocho, trying to start a career in pop music. That is where she had a meeting that would change her life.

She met Don Omar and her life as a struggling singer living in the Bronx took a giant leap

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Don Omar, who is the godfather of Latino reggaeton in the United States, singed Natti Natasha to his record label, Orfanato Music Group. Her dream was starting to take shape.

En menos de lo que canta un gallo she was collaborating with Don Omar and Farruko

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Just like any reggaeton artist, Natti Natasha’s beginnings were marked by collaborations with more established artists. She released “Dutty Love” with Don Omar and “Crazy in Love” with Farruko. These songs were part of a compilation album released by Don Omar.

2017: the year of Daddy Yankee

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Another rite of passage in the industry is to collaborate with the legendary Daddy Yankee, and Natti Natasha did do in 2017, with the song “Otra Cosa”.

In 2017 she also broke into the Billboard charts, esa es mija!

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After her song with Daddy Yankee she collaborated with Ozuna, and the song, “Criminal”, was a hit, one of those songs that seem to be blessed by the gods of music. She reached the top five in the Billboard Hot Latin Songs.

Fuera la pijama… with Becky G

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If you are reading this, we are almost sure that you have listed to “Sin Pijama”, Natasha’s collaboration with the other reina del raeggeton, Becky G. The video has reached one billion views. Damn!

Her debut album was released in 2019

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Yes, the muy pegajoso and amazing album Illuminati was released on February 15 this year. It was launched by Pina Records and Sony Music Latin. Not bad for a Dominican princess who once had a dream!

Her YouTube numbers are higher than Taylor Swift’s and Ariana Grande’s

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Just to get an idea of how big of a deal she is: in 2018 alone her videos were watched over 4 billion times. Just let that sink in for a moment. Son un chingo de veces. 

She is a natural beauty

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Yes, she might be all maquillada and super-produced onstage, but she is a natural and honest belleza. Just look at this picture of her sans makeup: that skin speaks of self-care and self-love.

She has a raw, empowering sensuality 

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Natti Natasha is not afraid to show off her physical attributes and is very, very flirty and amazing on social media (see picture above!). She is what modern femininity is all about.

The industry has fallen at her feet

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Natasha has won so many accolades that we can only imagine what her mantelpiece will look like when she is an old lady looking back at her life. She was a big winner in the 2019 Premio Lo Nuestro awards, where she took home four awards. She has also won the Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Female, award at the 2019 Billboard Latin Music Awards.

She has visited Venezuela recently, where she experienced first-hand the awesomeness of its people

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She recorded the video for “No voy a llorar” in the embattled country. She shared heart-warming photos and a positive message on her Insta. We can’t help but love her.

She is brave and is unafraid of challenges

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In the Women in the Lead Panel at Latin Music week, she said: “It was more about not being afraid of doing certain things. Not being afraid of collaborating with other females, not being afraid of singing as a solo artist. That’s the key to becoming successful in this industry: to dare and to not be afraid.” Thanks for your courage, queen!

She has succeeded in a world dominated by men

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And this doubles her merit. She told Rolling Stone about her experience writing her debut album: “I saw myself struggling with being independent. And being afraid to try different things, of going into different genres, of going into a studio and being [the only] girl.” We are thankful for women like herself and Becky G, who have broken the proverbial glass ceiling for future generations of Latina talent.

Rob Kardashian is head over heels for her, but he has been a bit creepy in doing so. No, Rob, just no. 

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Yes, Rob Kardashian was being a bit viejo cochino on Twitter... seriously, dude. There are DM’s and if Natti Natasha wants to reply, then that is her prerogative.

The international sponsorships have started… be ready to live in Natti Natasha’s world!

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Natti Natasha has struck a deal with internationally famous liqueur Malibu (a coconut lover’s dream). This is a big breakthrough for any Spanish-speaking artist. Her charm and above all her talent will surely lead to more tratos jugosos.

She has collaborated with la crema y nata of Latin music, and she will continue to do so

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The ever-expanding list of talent she has collaborated with include Bad Bunny, R.K.M & Ken-Y, Becky G, Thalía and Cosculluela. The sky is the limit for this reina dominicana and we are sure we will see much more of her in the years to come.

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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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Cardi B’s First Leading Movie Role Will Thrill ‘Sister Act’ And ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ Fans

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Cardi B’s First Leading Movie Role Will Thrill ‘Sister Act’ And ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ Fans

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For one of her upcoming projects, fans of Cardi B can expect a throwback to her older days. That’s right, Cardi B is stepping into a familiar role before the screen. The former “Love & Hip Hop: New York” star has proven herself capable of making music bangers and in Hustlers she showed that she can hold her own when it comes to the big screen.

Now, the rapper is playing the lead in Paramount’s upcoming film Assisted Living.

Cardi was recently cast in the “raucous comedy” called Assisted Living.

According to Variety, the upcoming film “is being described as a ‘raucous comedy’ with ‘tremendous heart.’ Fans of Cardi can expect a film that looks quite a bit like Tootsie, Sister Act, and Mrs. Doubtfire.

The upcoming film follows Cardi B as Amber a small-time crook who gets herself into trouble when a heist goes wrong. “On the run from the cops and her former crew, she struggles to find anywhere to hide, reports Variety. “Running out of options, Amber disguises herself as an elderly woman and hides out in the one place no one will look — her estranged grandmother’s nursing home.”

Of course, this isn’t the first time Cardi B has been in a major film.

In 2019 she appeared the blockbuster film Hustlers starring Jennifer Lopez, Lizzo, and Keke Palmer.

And of course, for some time fans were hopeful that Cardi would take on the titular role of a reboot of the ’90s sitcom “The Nanny.”

According to CNN, the reality star-turned-rapper has been in talks to play Fran Drescher’s daughter in a potential reboot of the ‘90s sitcom.

Speaking about a potential reboot in 2018, Fran Drescher told Extra in an interview “[I’m] talking to her representation. It’s really getting me excited. It’s fresh and it could be super fun.” Here’s hoping we get more Cardi B on screen!

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