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The ‘Fast And Furious’ Franchise Is Adding More Latino Talent To The Upcoming Film

The street racing and action-packed franchise ‘Fast And Furious’ is back for its ninth installment. Spanning from 2001 to 2020, a whole generation of us grew up alongside the intense car races, elaborate heists, and Dom’s signature at-the-hood-of-a-car lectures. Fast forward nearly 20 years later and just like a NOS button propels a car to the finish line, the ‘FF’ franchise is showing no signs of slowing down, it’s only getting bigger. Film creators have announced the casting of a Latino superstar to be featured in the next installment. And if you, like us, love reggaetón, you’re in for a treat. 

The Fast and Furious franchise recruited Latin trap superstar Ozuna. 

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Reggaetón superstar Ozuna, one of Latin music’s biggest exponents, has landed a role in the street racing action franchise ‘Fast and Furious’. Juan Carlos Ozuna Rosado, better known as Ozuna, will be joining Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto, on the ninth installment of the action classic. 

This would be Ozuna’s second venture into film after his debut appearance on the 2018 Dominican film “Qué Leon,” a family comedy directed by Frank Perozo and starring the Latin Trap star alongside Dominican actress and model, Clarissa Molina. “Qué Leon” already has a sequel in store, and the singer-turned actor is set to reprise his role as Jose Miguel Leon next year. 

The singer-turned-actor is a successful musician in the Latinx community and we can’t wait to see him make a splash in Hollywood.

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The reggaetón star turned singer, won two Latin American Music Awards last year, and led the list of nominations with a total of nine. He also has a nomination for a 2019 Latin Grammy Award for best urban song for his single “Baila Baila Baila,” which he co-wrote with songwriter Vicente Saavedra. Ozuna also won 11 Billboard Latin Music Awards in 2018, becoming the biggest winner in the history of the ceremony. Hopefully, his acting career will be just as successful as his music career has been. 

Dom Toretto himself announced Ozuna’s involvement via an Instagram post. 

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Vin Diesel, who will be leading the cast of old and new characters, confirmed the involvement of the Puerto Rican singer via his Instagram account. 

“As you know, we have often found great talent in the music industry to cross over into film. They are expected to leave all the accolades at the door to embrace the character with integrity… and that is exactly what Ozuna has done. Very proud of your work and role in Fast 9! Pa Mi Gente! All Love, Always…” The 52-year-old also used the hashtag of #YoungSantos in his post, suggesting that Ozuna’s character will be aligning himself to Vin’s character.

It looks like Ozuna is booked and busy for the rest of the year —but his newfound acting career is not getting in the way of new music.

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The singer is also set to appear in the sequel of his debut film “Qué Leon.” The next installment of the Dominican film, “Los Leones” is already in pre-production. The ‘Baila Baila Baila’ singer, will also be releasing his third album, “Nibiru,” in late November followed by an international tour.

‘Fast & Furious 9’ has more surprises in store.

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Justin Lin, who directed “Fast & Furious 6,” returns to direct the ninth installment with the franchise’s mainstays Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges and Jordana Brewster. Only this time, several international actors are joining the ranks. Helen Mirren and Charlize Theron are coming back, joined by newcomers John Cena and hip-hop singer Cardi B. 

Vin Diesel announced that Cardi B is also involved but whether she’s playing a substantial role or only making a cameo appearance, hasn’t been disclosed. 

Vin Diesel made the news public in an Instagram post with the rapper, who said, “I’m tired, but I can’t wait. I ain’t gonna front, I think this is going to be the best one.” 

This is the second high-profile acting gig for Cardi, who might be following in the footsteps of many other hip-hop stars into a film career. For now, her role in the film remains undisclosed. Wouldn’t it be great to see her take the wheel in a race car?

Keanu Reeves might also be joining the cast.

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In an interview with Screen Rant, the franchise’s long-time writer Chris Morgan revealed that he sat down with Reeves to discuss him potentially joining the forthcoming film. “I sat down with him and we’re talking about [it],” Morgan said. “I wanted him to be in the Fast universe for a very long time. We’re just trying to find… the hardest thing is always time and competing schedules and then designing the right thing together. My fervent desire is to bring him into this franchise for sure.”

The screenplay was written by Dan Casey based on a story by Lin and Alfredo Botello. Fast & Furious 9 will come out in May 2020, following a number of delays. It will follow the recent spin-off Hobbs & Shaw, which starred Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Jason Statham. The last official Fast & Furious film was Fast & Furious 8, also known as The Fate Of The Furious, which came out back in 2017.

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J Balvin, Cuco, Maná and More New Releases For Nu Music Fridays

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J Balvin, Cuco, Maná and More New Releases For Nu Music Fridays

Welcome to Nu Music Fridays, where we give you our best picks of the week in Latin music released on Friday, May 7th. Check out our full list below!

J Balvin – “7 de Mayo”

Just in time for his birthday and the release of his documentary, ‘El Niño de Medellín,’ J Balvin released a retrospective track about his career and life titled “7 de Mayo.”

Read: 5 Things We Learned From J Balvin’s Documentary ‘El Niño De Medellín’

Maná & Joy – “Eres Mi Religión”

Iconic Mexican band Maná continue their collaborations project that started in 2019 with “Rayando El Sol” with Pablo Alborán, “No Ha Parado De Llover” with Sebastián Yatra, and now with a new version of their 2002 hit “Eres Mi Religión” with Joy Huerta, from Jesse & Joy. Listen to the refreshed version.

Cuco – “Forevermore”

Welcome to the CMU, Cuco’s Cinematic Universe. “Forevermore” is a continuation of “Paradise,” Cuco’s release last month. The dream-pop single is all you need to take a ride with your windows down and the music blasting.

Ozuna – “Tiempo”

Produced by Sky Rompiendo, Ozuna is ready to kick-off the Summer with his new banger “Tiempo.” The music video was directed by Fernando Lugo, who keeps pushing the envelope with his visuals for Reggaeton artists, and “Tiempo” is a gem.

Niia ft. Girl Ultra – “If I Should Die”

Niia teams up with Girl Ultra for their bilingual alternative record “If I Should Die”, which pairs their beautiful voices together in the most sublime way. Watch the music video below.

Micro TDH & Myke Towers – “El Tren”

Venezuelan singer-songwriter Micro TDH released his new single “El Tren.” Puerto Rican rapper Myke Towers hitches a ride on their real-life train in the music video. Read our review for the song and music video here.

Mariah Angeliq – “Mala De Verdad”

After the success of her collab with Karol G in “El Makinón,” La Tóxica aka Mariah Angeliq is back with her new single “Mala De Verdad,” living up to her nickname.

Natanael Cano x Dan Sanchez x Justin Morales x Oscar Maydon – “Llenas Las Cuentas”

Get your Corridos Tumbados fix with this line up: Natanael Cano, Dan Sanchez, Justin Morales and Oscar Maydon are straight fire together.

Read: Bad Bunny Is His Own Competition At 2021 Billboard Music Awards + More Latin Nominees

Victoria La Mala – Soy Mala EP

Genre-bending star fusing Mexican regional with Latin urban music Victoria La Mala released her first EP Soy Mala. The 8-song EP has collaborations with Flor De Toloache, Jenn Morel, Chris Perez, Chiquis and more. Read our interview with Victoria and Chiquis here.

De La Ghetto – “Perdida”

De La Geezy proves he’s still an OG in the genre by showing off his flow versatility in his new solo release for “Perdida.”

Gigolo & La Exce – “De La Mata”

Puerto Rican duo Gigolo & La Exce take you back to the early 2000s when Reggaeton was just becoming a global phenomenon, with their new single “De La Mata.”

Thalia – “Mojito”

Clink clink! Get your drinks on with Thalia’s latest release. Don’t miss Thalia this weekend at the Ellas y Su Música special this weekend for Mother’s Day.

Morelli – “Mala Conmigo”

Producer-turned-singer Morelli released his very first single “Mala Conmigo.” The Colombian songwriter had special cameos from Mau y Ricky, Camilo and Evaluna, who also directed the music video. Now THAT’S how you do your first release!

Chicocurlyhead – “Dame Más De Ti”

Panamanian breakout singer Chicocurlyhead showcases his innate ability to transition between English and Spanish in his new single “Dame Más De Ti”.

Yari M x Randy x Brray – “Freshy Remix”

Newcomer Puerto Rican female singer Yari M recruits Reggaeton OG Randy and Brray for “Freshy Remix.”

READ: Anitta, Pedro Capó, Tini & Maria Becerra and More Releases for Nu Music Fridays

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Bad Bunny Is His Own Competition At 2021 Billboard Music Awards + More Latin Nominees

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Bad Bunny Is His Own Competition At 2021 Billboard Music Awards + More Latin Nominees

The nominees for this year’s Billboard Music Awards are out. In one of the Latin categories, all three of Bad Bunny’s quarantine albums are nominated. The Puerto Rican superstar faces off with himself, J Balvin, and Anuel AA.

The winners at the Billboard Music Awards are based on sales, streaming, and chart performance.

The Billboard Music Awards gathers its nominees and winners from data on the charts this past year. If no one was buying or streaming your music, then you won’t get nominated. If you know the sales figures of the nominees, it’s easy to tell who will end up taking the award.

Good luck to whoever is nominated against Bad Bunny.

It should be no surprise that Bad Bunny dominated the nominations in the Latin categories. YHLQMDLG peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart and El Último Tour Del Mundo became the first all-Spanish album in history to hit No. 1. To whoever is nominated alongside Benito, good luck.

All three of Benito’s albums that he dropped during the COVID-19 quarantine are nominated in one category.

In the Top Latin Album category, Bad Bunny is impressively nominated three times for YHLQMDLG, Las Que No Iban a Salir, and El Último Tour Del Mundo. His competition in the category includes fellow Boricua Anuel AA’s Emmanuel and Colombiano J Balvin’s Colores albums.

Karol G, Becky G, and La Rosalía face off for Top Latin Female Artist.

The Top Latin Artist nominees are all men, including Bad Bunny, his previous competition, Maluma, and Ozuna. In the Top Latin Male Artist category, it’s Benito against Ozuna and J Balvin. In the Top Latin Female Artist category, Chicana singer Becky G faces Colombiana Karol G and Spanish pop star Rosalía.

All of last year’s big hits are nominated in Top Latin Song category.

The Top Latin Song category captures all of the bangers from the past year. Bad Bunny is nominated twice for “Yo Perreo Sola” and “Dákiti” with Jhay Cortez. Maluma and The Weeknd’s “Hawái” remix is also up for the award with the Black Eyed Peas’ “Ritmo (Bad Boys for Life)” with J Balvin and Ozuna’s “Caramelo” remix featuring Karol G and Myke Towers.

The Billboard Music Awards will air on May 23. The live show will be broadcast on NBC and hosted by the Jonas Brothers’ Nick Jonas.

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