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Menudo, The World’s Original Boy Band, Is Getting The Series Treatment Thanks To Amazon Prime

The 1970s’ Latino boy band of your dreams Menudo is getting a scripted television series on Amazon Prime. Produced by Endemol Shine Latino with Somos Prods, Boomdog TV, and Piñolywood Studios, Súbete a Mi Moto will tell the story of the band’s four-decade spanning history. The first season of the show will tell the origin story of the band. Best of all it will be available in over 200 countries and territories so fans around the world can rejoice. 

The band has a special history not just because it launched the careers of Latino giants like Ricky Martin, Draco Rosa, and Edgardo Diaz, but because of Menudo’s unusual practice of replacing members once they reached the age of 16. It’s easy to see why a band with such a sprawling group of members would make a great foundation for storytelling — there’s so much to be said and lots of opportunities to cast amazing, young Latinx actors.

This is the third series by Endemol Shine Latino and Boomdog to focus on iconic Latinx artists. The collaborators also released the biopic series “El Vato” about the Mexican singer El Dasa on NBC Universo and “El Ganador” which focuses on Puerto Rican reggaeton artist Nicky Jam which will air on Telemundo soon. 

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The new Menudo series borrows its name from the band’s hit song “Súbete a mi Moto.” Founded in Puerto Rico by Edgardo Diaz in the 1970s, Menudo was an unprecedented success never before seen with a band featuring Latinx teenage boys. With 39 members over four decades, the band finally disbanded in 2009. However, it helped launch the careers of many popular Latin icons like Ricky Martin and Draco Rosa who were members during the height of the group’s fame in the ’80s. The band has sold over 20 million albums worldwide. 

“There are musical phenomena that become well-known landmarks because of their impact both with their songs and stage presence, as well as for the richness of their personal experiences” Luis Villanueva, president and CEO of Somos Prods. told Variety. 

“Menudo is one of such phenomena and its history, as told by the creator and manager of the band, guarantees the excitement and appeal of each of this series’ episodes.”

So who will star in the series? 

Castmembers have been hired but they have not been announced yet. Fortunately, the creators consulted with former members for accuracy. 

“We are thrilled that Prime Video will be sharing this special series with their global audience. We’ve just started production and have assembled a tremendous cast and production team.  And we congratulate and thank our partners at Somos and Piñolywood,” said Alejandro Rincon, CEO Endemol Shine Boomdog. 

While I can’t speak for the morality of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, one thing that is great about it streaming on Prime is that it is made with Spanish-speaking and Latin American audiences in mind as well as Latinxs living in America. Moreover, can you think of the last time you saw a show with a predominantly Puerto Rican cast? 

 “The Series will present an amazing Puerto Rican story of one of the first boy bands assembled and how its manager made it a global sensation. The group became a trailblazer in the music industry. Excited that Prime Video will provide a global distribution platform for this Series that we are sure global audiences will enjoy watching.”

Menudo’s Impact

Menudo released their first album in 1977, however it wasn’t until the 1980s that the effort became a household name. By 1983, they had a 4-minute series called “Menudo on ABC” during Saturday morning cartoons, solidifying their success in Latin America and the United States. Known for their hits  “Quiero Ser”, “Rock En La TV”, “Claridad”, and “Mi Banda Toca Rock,” Menudo has left a lasting impact on multiple generations. 

Despite being one of Menudo’s biggest stars Ricky Martin told Rolling Stone in 1999, he was rejected three times because he was too short. However, Martin was persistent. 

“I’d see Menudo and get this sparkle, like I couldn’t live without being in the band. For them, the detaching process was very hard. But, me, I was ready for it,” Martin said. 

While earning a spot on Menudo was a coveted gig it wouldn’t last for long. The band rotated members after each boy turned 16 in order to keep teens interested over the decades.

The original lineup consisted of two sets of brothers, Fernando and Nefty Sallaberry from Ponce, Puerto Rico and Carlos Meléndez, Oscar Meléndez, and Ricky Meléndez. The first season will feature fifteen, 60-minute episodes and is expected to follow the boys and Edgardo Diaz’s musical journey and rise to fame

Selena’s Last Concert Was A Spectacle That’s Gone Down In History As Her Best Show —And Now You Can Stream It On Amazon

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Selena’s Last Concert Was A Spectacle That’s Gone Down In History As Her Best Show —And Now You Can Stream It On Amazon

Selena’s 1995 Houston Astrodome concert is iconic for so many reasons. It was during this show, that the queen of Tejano wore that beautiful sparkly, purple jumpsuit that every little girl that grew up in the 90s wanted to wear. She rolled into the stadium riding a white horse-drawn carriage like the total diva that she was. But most importantly, that night turned out to be the last concert that Selena would ever give, before her life was cut short in March of 1995. These are just some of the reasons why we’re very excited to know that the show is now available for streaming on Amazon.

The Queen of Tejano’s last concert is a gem that all her fans keep close to their hearts.

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Selena’s last show at the Astrodome holds a special place in all her fans’ hearts because it was the last time she was seen doing what she loved. During the concert she sang all her hits and some classic disco songs in English like  “I Will Survive”, “Funkytown”, “Last Dance”, “The Hustle”, and “On the Radio”, by Gloria Gaynor, Lipps Inc., and Van McCoy. 

Selena sang a selection of classic Disco songs as well as her own hits.

The show opens with a disco tune that morphs into “Amor Prohibido,” which in turn fades into “Baila Esta Cumbia.” Selena then went on to perform more of her own classic songs like “Tus Desprecios,” “Cobarde,” “Techno Cumbia,” “La Carcacha,” “No Me Queda Más,” “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom,” “Si Una Vez,” “El Chico Del Apartamento 512,” “Ya Ves,” and, of course, “Como La Flor.” 

Her 1995 concert would turn out to be her last, and a recording of it was released posthumously.

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Selena’s last concert took place in February 26 of 1995. It was televised live on Univision and a live album was recorded by EMI Latin which was released posthumously six years later, in March 27 of 2001. The singer shared her stage with fellow Tejano singer Emilio Navaira and they both performed in front of nearly 67 thousand people. 

The posthumous album was on top of the charts and garnered the artist many awards.

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The album recorded during the show “Live! The Last Concert,” peaked atop the US Billboard Latin Pop Albums chart in 2001, becoming Selena’s second number one on the chart since Dreaming of You in 1995. It also earned her a nomination for Female Pop Album of the Year, at the 2002 Billboard Latin Music Awards.

Her performance at the Astrodome of Houston, Texas received  rave reviews.

Journalists at the time gave Selena great reviews. Critics have since regarded the concert as one of her best performances. The show was taken to the big screen in 1997 as a part of Selena’s biopic starring Jennifer Lopez. The famous jumpsuit is currently on display in a museum the singer’s family owns and operates in her hometown of Corpus Christi, Texas.

The show broke ticket sale records that hadn’t been beaten even by Country music idols.

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Her Astrodome show in Houston went down in history for selling more tickets than any country legend ever had —including idols like Vince Gill, Reba Mcentire and George Strait. Even today, other celebrities continue to pay homage to the queen of Tejano’s show at the venue where she gave her last concert.  

Singer Kacey Musgraves famously sang “Como La Flor” earlier this year at the Houston Rodeo, and Prince Royce covered “No Me Queda Más.” Other artists like Cardi B and New Kids on the Block have also paid tribute during concerts in Houston. 

Although the concert is available for free on Youtube, the show that will be up for streaming on Amazon is a re-mastered ad-free version with great quality and no interruptions. Sounds way better right? So we’ll try the Qello subscription for a month, just to watch our Tex-Mex queen and we’ll take it from there. “Selena —The Last Concert: Live From The Astrodome” is now available for streaming on Amazon via de Qello channel. What’s more is that you can watch the concert for free with a 7-day subscription of the Qello streaming channel.

Ricky Martin And Jwan Yosef Welcome 4th Baby To Their Adorable Family

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Ricky Martin And Jwan Yosef Welcome 4th Baby To Their Adorable Family

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Ricky Martin seems to be living his best life with his husband, Jwan Yosef, as they welcomed the arrival of their fourth child into their growing family. In an Instagram post on Tuesday, Martin shared a precious photo of Renn Martin-Yosef, who is seen sleeping, bundled in a pear-printed swaddle, and held by a smiling, overjoyed Martin. 

While accepting a Human Rights Campaign award for his LGBTQ+ advocacy last month, Martin announced that the couple was pregnant. “My husband Jwan, I love you,” he announced from the podium. “My beautiful twins, Valentino and Matteo, they’re also here, I love you with all my heart, you’re my strength, you inspire me every day, you motivate me to keep doing what I’m doing and you guys are amazing kids. You guys are amazing. I love you.” Then, the news: “And by the way, I have to announce that we are pregnant. We are waiting. I love big families.”

Wait no longer, fam! Renn looks like the angel the Martin-Yosef family deserves.

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Nuestro hijo Renn Martin-Yosef ha nacido,” Martin captioned the Instagram share, which means, “Our son, Renn Martin-Yosef was born” in English. Yosef shared the same image and captioned it, “Our baby boy is here.” Friends, family, and even celebrities like Mario Lopez have shared their congratulations via social media. Lopez commented, “Felicidades amigo!” Now, the Martin-Yosef family is a family of six. Here’s the whole story.

Martin started his family as a single father in 2008, after welcoming two twin boys by a surrogate mother.

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After Matteo and Valentino were born, Martin took two years off to completely devote himself to raising the children. The twins have always known how they came into the world, though it started with one of them asking Martin if they came from his belly. It was clear from the beginning of Martin and Yosef’s relationship that Yosef was just as obsessed with Matteo and Valentino as Martin was. Yosef has often publicly thanked the twins (on social media and otherwise) for being the light of his life.

Martin and Yosef started dating in April 2016. Five months later, they announced their engagement on the “Ellen Degeneres Show.”

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When you know, you know, as they say. Yosef is a painter and artist, and is of Kurdish and Armenian descent, though he maintains citizenship in Syria and Sweden. The lovebirds were married less than two years after they met, in January 2018. By the end of the year (December 31, 2018), they announced the birth of their daughter Lucía Martin-Yosef. 

They kept baby Lucía out of the spotlight for the first 7 months of her life, and then, this precious photo graced the Internet.

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Earlier this year, Yosef shared this stunning photo of Lucía pondering the meaning of life, while held in Martin’s arms. He captioned the image, “❤️We are beyond happy to announce that we have become parents to a beautiful and healthy baby girl, Lucia Martin-Yosef. It has been a special time for us and we cant wait to see where this stellar baby will take us. Both her beautiful brothers and me and Ricky have fallen in love with Lucia.” Martin captioned his own post of the same image, “La luz de mis ojos,” which means, “the light of my eyes.”

At the Human Rights Campaign awards ceremony last month, Martin also gave a shout-out to Lucía, who stayed home with her grandma, and called her “the light of my life.”

The couple plans to have “many more kids” together.

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It’s clear that fatherhood is a vocation for Martin, having taken years off his career to raise the twins by himself, he’s not stepping back from family anytime soon, if ever. Ahead of the 2019 Golden Globes, Martin shared a photo of him “#Multitasking Getting ready for the @goldenglobes,” with baby Lucía. Then, on the carpet, Martin told People, “I want four more pairs of twins. I would love to have a big family, but there’s a lot going on at this moment, a lot of work. It’s a lot going on so we’re going to put things in order first and then we are going to get ready for many more kids.”

Raise your hand if you’re ready to put yourself up for adoption to be part of the Martin-Yosef family. 🙋🏽‍♀️

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