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Remember That Time Billie Eilish (Queen Of Grammys) Sang In Spanish And Stole Our Hearts

The saga of how Billie Eilish rose to fame isn’t really a saga at all—she’s gotten so famous so quickly that it’s more like a short story, a quick cuento about a hyper-talented girl who took the internet (then, the world) by storm. Just three years ago, Eilish uploaded the song “Ocean Eyes”—a track written and produced by her brother Finneas O’Connell, who she continues to collaborates with on almost all her songs—to SoundCloud, and it didn’t take long before the video went viral and the tune was picked up by Interscope Records. Eilish was just 14 at the time, but there was a magical quality about her voice, something that seemed to transcend her age and electrify a wide range of listeners across the globe.

Then, in early 2017, Eilish released a series of singles, one of which was part of the 13 Reasons Why soundtrack. And just a few months later, an EP called Don’t Smile At Me appeared. It reached the Top 15 in the US, Canada, the UK, and Australia, and just like that, Eilish became one of the most striking and entrancing artists on the map.

Since then, Eilish has become one of the most ubiquitous names in pop music, breaking a series of records along the way. Por ejemplo: After the release of her debut full-length album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, Eilish became the first artist born in the 2000s to have a No. 1 album in the US, and the youngest female of all time with a No. 1 album in the UK. The album broke the record for most simultaneously charting Billboard Hot 100 songs by a female artist, after all 14 songs from the album landed on the charts. She is also the first artist born in the 2000s—and the youngest artist since Lorde—to have a No. 1 single, with the song “Bad Guy.”

In fall of 2019, Eilish announced her 2020 world tour, which will begin in North America before stopping in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and Colombia.

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From South America, Eilish will move on to Europe and the UK. While there are still tickets available in a few cities outside the US and Canada, the entire North American part of the tour sold out in the first hour—that’s 500,000 tickets sold in a virtual instant.

Sara Bollwinkel, Eilish’s co-agent at Paradigm, told Pollstar, “It’s impossible to know how quickly a tour will sell out, but Billie has sold out every tour in the last four years in under a minute. The build was gradual into these arenas and she is very ready for them.”

She added, “The truth is, whatever amount of tickets are available will get sold. [Eilish] probably could have played MSG (Madison Square Garden) two years ago, but it doesn’t make sense to put a 15-year-old on a stage that big without the right experience under her belt. And, frankly, that is just a lot to put on a kid. We decided to take our time and build her up to it.”

Right—we must not forget that Eilish literally JUST turned 18 and is already selling out stadiums all over the world. But amid all her rapid rise to superstardom, the teenager has managed to stay humble, grounded, and goofy. She’s also proven to be open to embracing and respecting other cultures—and no, we’re not just talking about her long-overdue collaboration with Spanish artist Rosalia.

Although some folks have drawn attention to Eilish’s signature style (androgynous, baggy, and ostentatious in all its glory), claiming that she’s been incorrectly praised for starting a trend long-heralded by black women, others argue that Eilish is not problematic at all, citing the fact that she’s given credit to the black designers who have inspired and helped shape her sense of fashion. And Eilish, in spite of not speaking any other language fluently, has made efforts—however basic—to engage with her international fans (on social media, on the radio, at live shows, etc.) in su propia lengua.

Perhaps the best example of this isn’t in conversations with Eilish, but a cover she made of Carla Morrison’s “Eres Tu” a few years ago.

Several YouTube users praised her ethereal voice, acknowledging that although Eilish wrote in the description that she “actually doesn’t even speak Spanish,” her cover of Morrison’s song turned out to be really good.

This user exclaimed that Eilish sings well, and with excellent Spanish pronunciation.

This Latina also said that Eilish sings Spanish beautifully.

And this user praised Eilish’s Spanish, as well, pointing out that Spanish learners often have a tough time rolling their “R”s but Eilish didn’t seem to have that issue!

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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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Vanessa Bryant Shared The Sweetest Throwback Photo Of Kobe For Her Daughter Natalia’s 18th Birthday

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Vanessa Bryant Shared The Sweetest Throwback Photo Of Kobe For Her Daughter Natalia’s 18th Birthday

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Life goes on.

Almost a year after her father Kobe Bryant passed, Natalia Bryant is gearing up for college and celebrating her life in progress. On Tuesday, to celebrate her daughter’s 18th birthday, Vanessa Bryant showered her daughter with tributes and words of wisdom in an Instagram post.

Vanessa posted a handful of tributes to Natalia on Instagram, including old photos of the 18-year-old her father, Kobe.

The late LA Laker, who died last year on Jan. 26 with his 13-year-old daughter (Gianna) and several others in a tragic helicopter crash, could be seen in the photos. In one of the images, Vanessa and Kobe held baby Natalia in an image taken on the Los Angeles Lakers court.

“Daddy’s little princess, Natalia. ❤️🎉🎂🎉#18#BirthdayGirl,” Bryant captioned one of the photos.

In another post, Vanessa expressed how proud she was of the woman Natalia has become.

“Mommy and Daddy are so proud of the young lady that you are. You have displayed so much strength and grace throughout the most difficult year of our lives,” she wrote in the post. “Thank you for stepping in to help me with your little sisters. You’re such an incredible big sister and a beautiful role model to so many people. Thank you for being kind, polite and gracious in everything that you do. You have no idea how happy and proud mommy and daddy are that you’re our daughter. We love you always and forever, forever and always. Happy 18th birthday to our first born, Natalia, our principessa!”

Last week, Bryant revealed that Natalia has college on the mind.

In a separate post shared to Instagram, Vanesa revealed that her daughter has New York on the mind when it comes to getting her Bachelor’s. “NYU is one of her top schools. (@nataliabryant chose not to apply ED to her top 5 schools). I will do my best to keep her in Cali just like I kept her daddy here,” she commented.

There’s no doubt that in the wake of her husband Kobe Bryant and daughter Gigi’s deaths, Vanessa Bryant and her family have received quite the outpour of support from fans. Look up just about any hashtag with their names and you’ll find hundreds of thousands of images of the two deceased Bryant family members and just about as many fan accounts. The images and tributes have meant to be a eulogy to the two basketball players that lost their lives too soon.

Yet, recently Vanessa Bryant revealed that the ongoing support hasn’t always been so positive for her.

In June, Vanessa Bryant opened up about having to take action and remove herself from all the social media love she and her family have received in the five months since her husband and daughter’s deaths.

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In a post to her Instagram page, the mother of four, sent a note to fans to let them know that she and her 17-year-old daughter, Natalia, had decided to block fan pages in an effort to keep away from the constant pictures of Kobe and Gianna popping up on their “Explore” pages. In her post, Bryant underlined that she was only blocking the accounts to make sure she was continuing to heal and that it was not being done out of malice.

“Thx so much for all the [love]. @nataliabryant and I have unfortunately had to block fan pages because it’s been really hard to go online and constantly see pics of our beloved Gigi and Kobe under every single square of our explore pages. Blocking the fan pages has helped change the algorithm,” Bryant wrote in a post to her Stories on Instagram.

Vanessa continued to explain that “We [love] you all but please understand that we had to do this for our own healing not because we don’t appreciate your [love].”

Bryant’s Instagram page was made to be private soon after her husband’s death likely for similar reasons.

In a separate Instagram story to her own account Vanessa’s daughter Natalia shared, “We hope that people understand although these fan pages have good intentions, they make moving forward harder since they are constant reminders. Blocking the accounts have helped change the algorithm but we can not go public until the fan pages stop. We love all of your sweet intentions and we hope you understand.” 

Understandably, Bryant and her daughter are sheltering themselves from further hurt during this time.

Here’s hoping their fans continue to support them through this decision and understand their motives. Fortunately, while Bryant and her daughter Natalia have made their accounts private, they are still making their content available through other pages. Recently, Bryant revealed that she had decided to pay tribute to her late husband and daughter Gigi by commemorating their lives with tattoos.

Last week, Bryant took to Instagram to reveal she’d made the decision to honor her husband and daughter with two new tattoos.

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Both images were shared with the public via Nikko Hurtado, the artist behind Vanessa’s ink work.

“Shoutout to @nikkohurtado for coming over and helping me get my Gigi’s sweet message transferred on me,” she wrote in a caption to her Instagram page featuring a video of her new tattoo honoring her daughter. The details of the tattoo aren’t totally visible but in the comments, Bryant revealed that the tattoo features her late daughter’s handwriting. “So happy I can see my Gigi’s handwriting everyday ❤️ #mambacita,” she replied.

Bryant also shared a video of herself receiving another tattoo, this time for Kobe.

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In a post to her Instagram page, Bryant shared another video of herself. This time the video revealed that she was actively receiving a shoulder tattoo that is meant to honor her husband.

“I wanted my boo boo’s @kobebryant sweet message transferred on me,” Bryant explained in the caption of the photo.

For fans of the Bryants it’s important to note that while Vanessa and Natalia aren’t looking at fan accounts, the art is still available for you to view if it makes you feel better during this time.

Additionally, fans who want to keep up with Vanessa and Natalia and see how they continue to heal can follow friend accounts or stay in touch with us for updates!

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