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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. 

Súbete A Mi Moto

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

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Ricky Martin Was A Guest Judge On ‘Drag Race: All Stars’ And These Thirst Tweets Are Everything

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Ricky Martin Was A Guest Judge On ‘Drag Race: All Stars’ And These Thirst Tweets Are Everything

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Y’all, RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars is back and it’s got one of the best lineups in recent memory – probably since All Stars: Season 2. And with the first episode we got a very sexy treat with a very hot Ricky Martin behind the judges table for the very first time.

Though he was their to judge the queens on the competition, once the episode ended many were still left thinking about Martin – more than the competition. Viewers gushed over just how dreamy the singer is at 48-years-young.

And as thirsty folks do, they took to Twitter to share their thirst for Ricky Martin with the world.

Ricky Martin judged the debut episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars and he kinda stole the show.

Puerto Rico’s own Ricky Martin kicked off RPDR: All Stars, and anyone could talk about on Twitter was how ridiculously lust-worthy the man still is.

In fact, he was so hot his name shot to the number one topic in the U.S. Twitter trends as Drag Race aired, and for good reason. He is simply gorgeous and he really took his job as a judge seriously with meticulous observations. The superstar clearly looked like he was having a blast during his time.

Ricky Martin is just the latest in a series of pop icons like Robyn, Lady Gaga, Christina Aguilera and Nicki Minaj who have lit up the RPDR set with their fiery charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent.

Ricky was seen throughout the episode compared to some of the others who only appeared when they were on the judging panel. He even kicked off the mini-challenge (which was a reading challenge) which became bilingual the minute he opened his yummy mouth.

Martin’s appearance was extra special because you could tell he was also enjoying himself.

As a RPDR super fan, it was amazing to see a guest judge get so involved and invested in the show, too. Martin was very obviously blown away by Shea Couleé’s pole dance routine – several cutaways showed him with his jaw literally dropped in awe of her ability. Ricky was really impressed with Shea’s routine, and his facial expressions showed it.

He was also super engaging with all of the girls during their time on the main stage as he made eye contact with many of them while they did their thing. Fans took note of that and so much more in their thirsty tweets that they put up during and after it aired.

Thirsty Twitter was full of memes and suggestive tweets to celebrate Martin’s appearance on the show.

Fans of both RPDR and Ricky Martin went wild on twitter, sharing suggestive meme after thirsty tweet. Honestly, I can’t blame them. Ricky really did look incredible and he was so fun to watch.

Some planned their meals around the guest judge.

Be sure to save room for dessert…

Thankfully, no, you can’t get pregnant from Ricky Martin lustfully biting his lower lip.

Can all are we agree that Ricky Martin is one of the best judges in drag race herstory? 

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Residente’s New Video Celebrates Making Out And Stars 113 Couples From Around The World

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Residente’s New Video Celebrates Making Out And Stars 113 Couples From Around The World

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Although I’ve found it difficult just to remember to brush my teeth while in isolation, there are plenty of amazing artists living their best lives in quarantine. And the rest of us can enjoy the fruits of their labor.

Artists like Bad Bunny, Karol G, and Maluma have all gifted this strange world we’re living in with some serious bops – and equally mesmerizing videos. Case in point here and here – Bad Bunny in literal drag and Maluma in old man drag, basically.

Now, Residente has added his own touch to quarantine memories with the release of his new song and video for “Antes Que El Mundo Se Acabe” and I’m living for it.

Residente’s new video gives me all the feels and it’s really damn beautiful.

“Antes Que El Mundo Se Acabe” (“Before the World Ends”) talks about love in social distancing times. “When will we go out again? No one knows,” he sings, before adding, “We better kiss before the world ends.”

The single is full of beautiful metaphors that show Residente’s romantic side. “With your lips I listen to the waves of the ocean, and my feet fill with sand from quarantine,” he raps. He continues to say that the biggest pandemic in the world won’t make him keep a distance from his love, and even if they’re physically apart, the light coming in through the window in the afternoon will unite them.

The video celebrates those who have each other in lockdown. “Antes Que El Mundo Se Acabe” depicts a grand total of 113 couples from 80 countries around the world smooching for the camera, for seven minutes of socially distant heaven.

And yes, the video actually features 113 different couples representing different sexual orientations and more than 80 different countries.

The music video features 113 couples from all walks of life, backgrounds, ages, orientations, religions, and genders representing 80 countries around the world — as well as kissing and embracing each other in very intimate moments that make for the most heartwarming 7 minutes and 40 seconds of your life.

It starts with Residente and his girlfriend Kasia Marciniak, and includes surprise appearances by Bad Bunny and Gabriela Berlingeri, NBA player J.J. Barea and Viviana Ortiz, Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas, Ricky Martin and Jwan Yosef, Zoe Saldana and Marco Perego, Lionel Messi and Antonella Roccuzzo, Canelo Álvarez and Fernanda Gómez, Evaluna Montaner and Camilo, and many more who sent Residente their home videos, which he edited into the final piece.

Ricky Martin shared on his Instagram that he and his partner, Yosef, participated in the video to represent Puerto Rico, where he is from, and Syria, where Yosef is from.

He wrote to Residente in the caption, “Hermano, gracias por hacernos parte del mensaje. ¡Que hermosa letra!,” which translates in English to, “Brother, thank you for making us part of this message. Beautiful lyrics!”

The video is a visual representation that love has no boundaries or limits, and it will be what we’ll need most when the world starts opening up again.

Residente hopes that more artists will use this unique moment in history to put out art they truly feel.

In an interview with Billboard, he says that the current pandemic is a unique opportunity for artists to experiment and shake things up creatively.

“It’s a great moment to do things you’ve never done,” he concluded. “Like, I really don’t know why people keep trying to make the same type of hits instead of using this moment to put out things that they’re feeling. You don’t have the need of putting out a hit because you’re not going to perform. If there’s a moment to put out different things, it’s now. Things you’ve never done. Concerts will eventually start but later. This is a chance for artists to reboot and think differently.”

Residente has stayed productive despite living amid a global pandemic.

Beyond this latest video, Residente has kept a very outward-facing presence this quarantine, meeting and discussing the pandemic with world leaders during weekly Instagram Live sessions. Recently, he had on New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to discuss COVID-19, Puerto Rico, and the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

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