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Your Childhood Was Everything If You Grew Up With These Culture Changing Music Videos

Ah, the 90s and 2000s. A rich period of music where different genres and styles melted smoothly into each other with the simple change of millenniums.

Here’s to the songs you cherished and loved as a Latino during these marvelous decades.

1. “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” by Selena

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That’s right it’s been over two decades since the iconic song that has played at every quinceañera you’ve ever been to came out. Selena Quintanilla was at the height of her career when the single from her fourth studio album “Amor Prohibido was dropped.”

2. “Livin’ La Vida Loca” by Ricky Martin

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The Ricky Martin classic set the music scene on FIRE when it first came out in 1999. The actor did a Spanish and English version of the hit and billboard topper that earned him a Grammy Award nomination.

3. “Jenny From The Block” by Jennifer Lopez

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The talented Latina dropped some major knowledge in this hit from the 2000s. Even now, fans of JLO know that even though she rakes in the big ones these days, she’s still a girl from the block and don’t you forget it.

4. “Dip It Low” by Christina Milian

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Christina Milian stole everyone’s attention in her sensual song from 2004. The song was a great tribute to her voice.

5. “Lady Marmalade” by Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya Pink

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The 2001 version of the song originally recorded in 1974 showed of Christina Aguilera’s singing chops and simultaneously put an end to the debate of who was a stronger singer, her or Brittney.

6. “Gasolina” by Daddy Yankee

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No doubting that this song put Daddy Yankee on the map. The reggaeton hit also introduced Americans and other Latinos outside of Puerto Rico to the slang term “gasolina” of someone who likes to party.

7. “Love Don’t Cost A Thing” by Jennifer Lopez

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Once again, JLO displayed to fans that she was still a girl from the block. She doesn’t need your silly bracelet.

8. “Amor Prohibido” by Selena

The song of Quintanilla’s fourth studio album received the Tejano Music Award for Single of the Year, and was Regional Mexican Song of the Year at the Billboard Latin Music Awards.

9. “Genie In A Bottle” by Christina Aguilera

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The song from Aguilera’s self-titled debut album was released in 1999. The song peaked at the top of Billboard 100 and gave us so many new dance moves.

10. “Hips Don’t Lie” by Shakira

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Don’t fight it. Shakira’s hips were on fire in this one.

11. “La Negra Tiene Tumbao” by Celia Cruz

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Cruz’s genius song from 2001 celebrated Black Latinas with moves. Now that’s a lady who had tumbao.

12.”Smooth” by Santana and Rob Thomas

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It’s pretty impossible to not automatically hear the first few chords of this 1999 hit.

13. “Waiting For Tonight” by Jennifer Lopez

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Don’t lie and pretend that as a kid you didn’t completely and totally imagine yourself dancing in the club to this song.

14. “Dirrty” by Christina Aguilera

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Ah, the song that pulled Aguilera front and center in the early 2000s and once again Brittney a run for her money.

15. “No More (Baby I’ma Do Right” by 3LW

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The 3LW single debuted in 2000. The song was 3LW’s only single to reach the Top 30 of the  Billboard Hot 100 but no doubt fans will always hold the song featuring Adrienne Bailon’s  role in this hit.

16. “Whenever, Wherever” by Shakira

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Once again Shakria’s magical hips took full display in this early 2000s hit.

17. “Milkshake” by Kelis

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The hit single by the singer of Chinese-Puerto Rican descent turned the spotlight on her and brought a whole knew meeting to the dairy drink.

18. “Hero” by Enrique Iglesias

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Fans will never forget the drama Enrique brought to the screen with this music video starring Jennifer Love-Hewitt.

19. “Bailando” by Enrique Iglesias

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Iglesias toned down the drama in the fun music video that acted as a major comeback for the singer.

20. “Por Debajo De La Mesa” by Luis Miguel

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Ah the beloved song your tía could not stop ranting about in 1997.

21. “Playas Gon’ Play” by 3LW

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Adrienne Bailon turned it up for this summer hit that turned out out to be group’s final album. 

22. “Bossy” By Kelis Ft Too $hort

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Kelis embraced the word women have been accused of since their kindergarten years in this hit.

23. “You Sang To Me” by Marc Anthony

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Marc pulled major heartstrings with this classic. 

24. “Amor a la Mexicana” by Thalía

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No doubt you sang this treasure from the top of your songs everytime it came on. 

25. “Oye!” by Gloria Estefan

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Did this song have you sweating up and burning a thousand calories each time it came on? Yes, it did.


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AOC Takes to Twitter to Defend Taylor Swift Against Greedy Music Execs Trying to Keep Her From Using Her Own Music

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AOC Takes to Twitter to Defend Taylor Swift Against Greedy Music Execs Trying to Keep Her From Using Her Own Music

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Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has used her short career to be a champion of many worthy causes. Before she even entered the political arena, she visited embattled communities like Standing Rock and Flint, Michigan in order to learn more about the environmental crises taking place. She’s since turned that environmentalism into support for the Green New Deal, a legislation that aims to address climate change and economic inequality. AOC has also been a vocal opponent of the Trump administration’s border wall and their oppressive take on immigration. On top of these important causes, the representative from New York is a great advocate for women’s rights. 

It’s with this advocacy in mind that AOC took to Twitter on Friday evening to tweet her support for Taylor Swift during the artist’s latest professional battle. 

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The defense comes from a Thursday evening tweet from Swift. In the tweet, the musician shares that, though she is being named “Artist of the Decade” by the American Music Awards, there’s a damper to her happy news. According to Swift, issues with Big Machine Records’ music executives were keeping her from being able to have access to all of the songs previous to her latest album, “Lover.” 

The two execs, Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun, own the masters to Swift’s earlier works and, as such, can control whether or not to she’s allowed to use them. According to the deal she signed with Republic Records and Universal Music Group in 2018, Swift is not allowed to re-record her earlier songs until 2020. It’s important to note that neither of these men had anything to do with the creation of these songs.

“I’ve been planning to perform a medley of my hits throughout the decade on the show,” the tweet read. “Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun have now said that I’m not allowed to perform my old songs on television because they claim that they would be re-recording my music before I’m allowed to next year.”

Additionally, Swift explained that she had an upcoming documentary about her life in the works with Netflix. 

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Just like with the American Music Awards, the musician shared that the executives were again refusing to allow her to use old clips of her performances or any new renditions of these old songs. The note went on to request that fans let Braun and Borchetta know that they’re Team Taylor all the way.

Borchetta reportedly told Swift’s team that she could in fact use these earlier songs on two conditions. One, the musician would loose the right to re-record these songs for the year of 2020. The second condition was that Swift had to stop publicly discussing Braun and Borchetta. 

This is when AOC got into the mix with her response to Swift’s tweet. 

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A longstanding opponent of major corporations, the representative likened the situation with Swift’s music rights to private equity groups. AOC responded to the music controversy with a call to action demanding that the music executives be “reigned in.”

“Private equity groups’ predatory practices actively hurt millions of Americans,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote. “Their leveraged buyouts have destroyed the lives of retail workers across the country, scrapping 1+ million jobs. Now, they’re holding Taylor Swift’s own music hostage.”

If you’re thinking that AOC’s support is proof that she’s a closet Swiftie, it’s actually much deeper than that.

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Since AOC is a champion for middle and low income America, it might seem unexpected for her to back Swift who is a multimillionaire. However, the musician’s problem is one that the representative has been fighting against. As Ocasio-Cortez explained on Twitter, millions of Americans have been impacted by private equality firms. These firms buy businesses and liquidate them in order to squeeze out all of the profitability they can without concern for their employees. This results in employees being laid off, having to make due with reduced pay and/or hours and losing benefits like insurance and severance packages. 

By relating the two problems together, AOC was able to make a series of tweets about an important policy go viral and reach a huge audience. In fact, her initial tweet in response to Swift earned nearly 80K likes and almost 15K retweets. 

Whether it was thanks to Representative Ocasio-Cortez’s attention or the public pressure, this story now has a satisfying ending. 

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The music execs at Swift’s former record label and Dick Clark Productions, producer of the American Music Awards, have come to an agreement. In the press release issued by Big Machine Records, details of the agreement were laid out so all of the label’s artists are cleared for performance. 

No word yet if AOC will be tuning into Swift’s American Music Award appearance but hopefully she knows that she helped to make that performance a reality. 

After A Nearly 3 Decade-Long Career, Shakira Is Giving Us A Well Deserved Documentary And We’re LIVING

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After A Nearly 3 Decade-Long Career, Shakira Is Giving Us A Well Deserved Documentary And We’re LIVING

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Shakira first gained fame in her native Colombia in the mid 1990s. And as a young millennial who grew up to her music, it’s hard to believe that the singer’s been such an iconic presence in Latinx music for almost three decades now. Shakira has built a name for herself as an entertainment powerhouse, this Latina has changed pop culture and reigns supreme as the hip-shaking queen. This year, she’s back from a vocal injury with a whole documentary —which will be premiering in theaters this month. 

In November 2017, Shakira suffered a vocal cord hemorrhage.

After a vocal injury which forced the singer to postpone her first tour in seven years — and her first since becoming a mother to two sons— Shak is ready to bounce back with a documentary that brushes on her vocal-cord hemorrhage injury, but mainly follows her in her 2017 tour ‘El Dorado’.

El Dorado, in 2017, marked her first U.S. trek in seven years. The run, however, was delayed for several months until Shakira recovered from her injury. 

We’ll get to see the Colombiana perform all of her classics. 

The 30-second trailer for the documentary, opens with shots that capture Shakira’s difficult recovery. But the rest of the trailer is packed with shots teasing the singer’s iconic return as she dances across the stage, plays guitar, beats the drums and sings to her classics “Hips Don’t Lie” and “Whenever, Wherever.”

Shakira took control of 100% of what went down during her ‘El Dorado’ tour.

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Much like Beyonce did in her Homecoming show and ‘documentary’, this Latina diva took absolute control of every aspect of her live show: from the lighting to the musical arrangements to the choreography. “I want to look sexy as hell, or I cancel this!” yells Shakira with zeal to her crew during rehearsal in a scene of the film —and we can relate on a deep spiritual level.

In contrast to Beyonce though, and other superstars of her level, on this tour Shakira had no backup dancers, “I wanted the freedom to improvise,” she says to the camera during the film. The set design was purposefully minimalistic —inspired, she says, by Anton Corbijn, one of her favorite visual artists, who has directed music videos for U2, Metallica, and Depeche Mode.

The documentary was co-directed by the singer and will feature a lot of clips from her 2018 show in LA.

Shakira co-directed Shakira in Concert with James Merryman, and much of the movie was filmed at the pop star’s August 2018 concert in Los Angeles. The film will also feature behind-the-scenes clips and narration from Shakira.

Latinx music fans will also get to see other singers who have collaborated with Shakira.

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Fans of reggaeton are in for a treat! The documentary also features a few behind-the-scenes moments of Shakira in the studio with Maluma and Nicky Jam, writing and recording their songs ‘Perro Fiel’ and ‘Chantaje’ together. We’ll get to catch glimpses of her interacting with her family —aka her hottie of a husband, Gerrard Pique— and her band during rehearsals and between concerts. Viewers will even get to see her dancing and singing aboard her private plane, still brimming with adrenaline after performing the nightly two-hour-long show.

El Dorado won’t be available on streaming platforms just yet —the singer has something much bigger planned.

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Unlike other pop-star documentaries, El Dorado won’t be immediately available on streaming services or DVD. Shakira wanted her fans to have a communal fan experience by screening it in theaters. Shakira in Concert: El Dorado World Tour will be shown in more than 2,000 theaters in more than 60 countries on the same day. Alongside the film, there will be a live album of the tour coming out this week as well. 

Shakira dedicated ‘El Dorado’ to her fans.

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The entire project, the film and album, is a gift to fans who have been with her through thick and thin and who, Shakira says, are the true protagonists of El Dorado. “When an artist decides to go on tour, in a way, he or she needs reaffirmation,”  she said. “We need to confirm that there’s people out there loving us, worshipping what you do. . . . [There’s] a very narcissistic motivation behind all of that.”  “When I came out on tour this time, there was none of that. I just wanted to do it for them, because they were there for me.”

Tickets for Shakira in concert are available on the film’s website. Shakira in Concert: El Dorado World Tour will premiere internationally on November 13th