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Latina Celebrities That Are Guaranteed To Slay top 17

Latina celebrities are show-stoppers in the entertainment industry: hot, fresh and powerful. With the New Year upon us 2019 will not disappoint with these 17 hot Latino celebs. Say what you will, they’ll add their unique flair to next year like your mom’s delicious empanadas. It’ll be a year filled with talked-about new music, avant-garde films and everything in between.

These celebrities are more than glitz and glamour; they represent the Latinos of the future, many paving the road for the more to follow. They’re easy on the eyes but they have mighty voices in their industry and bring awareness to issues we face as Latinos. These celebrities will outshine the competition in 2019, just you wait and see.

Cardi B

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Belcalis Marlenis Almanzar, known professionally as “Cardi B”, was born to a Dominican father and Trinidadian mother in the Bronx. She is a superstar in her own right, having risen to the top with her chart-topping rap music, unique sense of humor, and Latino charm. This hot baby mama knows a thing or two when it comes to making an impact in the world of music. Her rap skills have garnered her international fame and five Grammy nominations for the 61st Annual Grammy Awards. She is undeniably slaying the game right now and will continue to do so in 2019. She has hinted that new music is on the way. When? We don’t know. What will it be about? Like La Virgen de Fátima, it’s a total mystery. She’ll have our full attention either way.

Sofia Vergara

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In the ’90s Sofia Vergara was a beach bikini-clad bombshell from Colombia on the stunning Miami shore. She was a vision that conquered many hearts but it was her acting prowess that cemented her as one of Hollywood’s favorite actress. As the ’90s passed by, Sofia came to further conquer both the small and big screen with her main role in the TV show series ‘Modern Family’ and comedy movies like Hot Pursuit. Not only a hot Latina, Sofia is the “highest-paid actress on television for the seventh year in a row” and raking in $42.5 million. Sofia is relentless (a true Latina) and has many projects under her belt. “Facebook Watch has set a New Year’s Day premiere for 365 Days of Love, a new daily docuseries featuring… Sofia Vergara, from New Form and Latino-focused entertainment company Raze, co-founded by Vergara” ¡Buen trabajo!

Bad Bunny

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Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, better known as “Bad Bunny”, is a Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton artist. He’s a Boricua who’s made quite a name for himself. His music collaboration projects, which include: Nicki Minaj, Quavo, Becky G, 21 Savage, Travis Scott, Future and many others, are the talk of the industry. After Hurricane Maria wreaked havoc to his home country of Puerto Rico, Bad Bunny was quick to help in the aftermath. He has his own unique clothing line fit for anyone trying to emulate his ‘El Conejo Malo’ look. New music is in the works and more collaborations featuring your favorite mainstream artists. Bad Bunny, without a doubt, is going to thrive in 2019.

Guillermo del Torro

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Guillermo del Torro is a beloved and often misunderstood Mexican Hollywood director. His films are about dark fairy tales such as Pan’s Labyrinth, robots in Pacific Rim, or his American romantic dark fantasy drama and highly-acclaimed film The Shape of Water. The Shape of Water alone earned $63,859,435 domestically and $131,384,029 internationally at the box office, winning Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture plus two others. This man knows how to create a great film and leave you in awe. Guillermo is going to shine in 2019 because he partnered up with Netflix Films to bring about a stop-motion film about Pinocchio. That we cannot wait to see! ¡Chido!

Jennifer Lopez

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La Reina of film, music and dance, Jennifer Lynn Lopez, or better known as Jennifer Lopez (JLo) is on the fast-track in superseding everyone in the entertainment industry. Best way to describe her in one word: Iconic. Her net worth is $400 million with a salary of $40 million per year. With moves for days and box office hits, it’s no wonder why JLo will deliver it in 2019. She is a proud Puerto Rican-American from the Bronx and mother of two. It is rumored that she has several musical collaborations underway (shhh, they’re a secret) for the upcoming year so make sure to keep an eye out for “Jenny from the Block” – it won’t be too difficult. She and her boyfriend Alex Rodriguez (aka A-Rod) hosted “One Voice: Somos Live!” Telethon in October 2017 to raise relief funds for the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. JLo is innately beautiful inside and out. ¡Que guapa!

Camila Cabello

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With locks of hair like those, Karla Camila Cabello Estrabao, aka Camila Cabello, sure lives up to her name. It’s her singing voice that makes waves. She’s amassed international attention and produced great hits after having left the group Fifth Harmony. She is going to rock it in 2019 with the two Grammy nominations for the 61st Annual Grammy Awards. Having taken the plunge into a solo career, Camila has made her way just fine and we look forward to seeing what she has in store for us next. We’re rooting for you Camila! ¡Bellisima!

Pedro Pascal

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José Pedro Balmaceda Pascal, also known as Pedro Pascal, is a Chilean-American actor in Hollywood. His talent and rugged good looks have taken him far in showbiz. His biggest breakout role was in Game of Thrones as “Prince Oberyn Martell”. He also played “Javier Peña” in the Netflix biographical crime series Narcos. He also has extensive stage experience as both an actor and director and has been recognized for both when he received the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award and Garland Award.

Pedro will make a bigger name for himself in 2019, he is rumored to star in the currently untitled live-action Star Wars series as “a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.” It’s set to debut next year. [3]

Eugenio Derbez

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Eugenio González Derbez is a Mexican actor, comedian, and filmmaker. Variety recognized him as the most influential Hispanic male in the entertainment industry. He’s also a director and producer. He has a degree in Film Directing from the Mexican Institute of Cinematography and Theater and holds a degree in Acting from Televisa’s Acting School.  In his native Mexico his sitcoms are gold and when he broke into the English-speaking market, well, success has followed suit. This man can put on a show. About going into the television business Derbez said in an interview “We’re delighted to launch this new phase of our relationship with Lionsgate, a major Hollywood studio that embraces the creative vision of its artists and is committed to super-serve underserved audiences, including the growing acculturated Latino market.” ¡Que chido!

Thalía

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Ariadna Thalía Sodi Miranda, or simply known as “Thalía”, is one of a few Latino artists that can be called a superstar. She is considered as one of the most successful and influential Mexican artists the world over. She’s as a singer, actress (Maria La del Barrio), author, songwriter, designer, producer, and entrepreneur. She is proud of her Mexican roots and showcases it every chance she gets. Thalía has sung in many different languages which have garnered her a huge fan base. She does many charitable works and is a happy mother. Notably, she is married to Tommy Mottola, an American music executive. In one her songs from her hit album Valiente titled “‘Vamos Órale’ incorporates the voice of Mexico’s legendary singer and actor Pedro Infante (1917-1957), who Thalía has always admired for proudly representing Mexican culture in movies and music. With her rumored collaborations for a new album. ¡A mucha honra!

Edgar Ramirez

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Édgar Filiberto Ramírez Arellano, better known as Edgar Ramirez, is a Venezuelan actor and former journalist. Aside for his good looks, Edgar has quite a brain. His father was a military officer and most of his childhood was spent traveling. He speaks five languages fluently, which helped him play “Carlos the Jackal” in the 2010 French-German biopic series Carlos. He’s had critical acclaim and plenty of awards. His breakthrough performance in television was when he portrayed the late fashion designer Gianni Versace, for the American Crime Story series “The Assassination of Gianni Versace”. There’s no doubt that a man with such talent will go unnoticed. He has an upcoming and profound film Resistance. ¡Que hombre!

Becky G

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Rebecca Marie Gomez, or just simply “Becky G”, is one of music’s hottest new talent. A California native, Becky found fame singing songs like “Shower” before moving onto Spanish-language hits such as “Sin Pijama” and “Mayores.” She incorporates rap, pop hooks, reggaeton and Latin influences in her music. She also does not shy away from the small screen; Becky G has guest-starred on the television show Empire and was one of the leads in 2017’s big-screen Power Rangers adaptation. Always a proud Latino and proud Mexican-American. She is a voice to the Latino community. She “has encouraged people, particularly her demographic cohorts, to vote. She’s also voiced support for DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.” ¡Si se puede!

America Ferrera

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America Georgine Ferrera is an American actress born to Honduran parents. She is the kind of Latina we all love: friendly, charismatic, and strongly-voiced. She has numerous awards under her belt for her roles in television and film in “Ugly Betty” and “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.” Most importantly, she is the voice of those who are silenced or voiceless in the Latino community. America has advocated for the rights of Dreamers and DACA recipients among other political issues. America is a Latino we can all look up to, striving to be the voices of others. ¡Nunca te rindas!

Pitbull

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Armando Christian Pérez, known by the stage name Pitbull (aka Mr. Worldwide), is a Cuban-American rapper. His music has influenced many different generations, his words and beats move you on the dance floor. His talent has garnered him countless awards and accolades. Yet he does not rest solely on his fame; he tries to make a positive change in the Latino community, inspiring youth. “He helped create the Sports Leadership and Management Academy, aka SLAM, a charter school in Miami with a sports-based curriculum.” Pitbull is eyeing a 2019 tour with Robbins in an effort to motivate fans from all over the world.

Daddy Yankee

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Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez, known by his stage name “Daddy Yankee”, is a Puerto Rican singer, songwriter, rapper, actor, and record producer. With so many talents it’s easy to see why he’s always smiling. His music is heard the world over and has a heavy Latin influence. He’s accumulated various awards and yet stays humble. Daddy Yankee coined the term Reggaetón in 1994 and is now known as the “King of Reggaetón” according to the New York Times. He collaborates with so many prominent artists to make some of the best music in the industry. Making hits after hits you know he will not disappoint.

Ricky Martin

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Enrique Martín Morales, known most famously as Ricky Martin, is a Puerto Rican singer, actor, and author. Ricky has made quite a music career and made a good life for himself. He’s an LGBT Latino who lives his life authentically and inspires others to do the same. He’s made countless music hits and most recently has collaborated with new and prominent artists. Ricky portrayed Antonio D’Amico, partner of late fashion designer Gianni Versace, in the second season of the true crime television series American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, playing alongside fellow lister Edgar Ramirez. He “was honored by the Office of the Mayor of New York, who proclaimed June 7th as ‘Ricky Martin’s Day’ for his artistic legacy, commitment to ending human trafficking and his solidarity with Puerto Rico after the devastation of the hurricanes.” You see no one can shake it like Ricky can.

Bruno Mars

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Peter Gene Hernandez, aka Bruno Mars, is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and dancer. His father is Puerto Rican and his mother is Filipino. Bruno’s music is sexy, old-school funk-pop and sensual, which garnered him many awards. His voice is enthralling and makes you want more. Most recently a lot of his music has circulated the radio with hit after hit. He’s collaborated with some very distinguishable artists and gives us the dose of music we just need. It is rumored he is finalizing an album for next year. We just can’t get enough of Bruno Mars.

Alfonso Cuarón

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Oscar winner Alfonso Cuarón Orozco is a Mexican film director, screenwriter, producer, and editor. He is most known for his moving film Roma, among other movies like Gravity, Y Tu Mama Tambien, and Children of Men. At a young age, he wanted to either be a film director or an astronaut. Alfonso settled for film director y que bueno que sí. He has a unique vision when it comes to filmmaking, telling stories in a way truthful to life. “Life imitates art, art imitates life” is the cinematic saying. He has a couple of film projects underway like Untitled Casey Affleck, a made-for-TV movie, and a screenplay titled “A Boy and His Shoe”. Make sure not to forget your palomitas!

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This Artist Has Been Breaking Barriers As A Non-Traditional Mariachi

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This Artist Has Been Breaking Barriers As A Non-Traditional Mariachi

On a recent episode of ABC’s game show To Tell The Truth, three celebrity panelists were tasked to uncover the identity of a real mariachi singer.

Each contender embodied “non-traditional” attributes of mariachi culture either through physical appearance or language barriers, leaving the panelists stumped.

When it came time for the big reveal, with a humble smile 53-year-old Timoteo “El Charro Negro” stood up wowing everyone. Marveled by his talents, Timoteo was asked to perform unveiling his smooth baritone voice.

While not a household name in the U.S., his career spans over 25 years thriving on the catharsis of music.

Timoteo “El Charro Negro” performing “Chiquilla Linda” on Dante Night Show in 2017.

Originally from Dallas, Texas, Timoteo, born Timothy Pollard, moved to Long Beach, California with his family when he was eight years old. The move to California exposed Pollard to Latin culture, as the only Black family in a Mexican neighborhood.

As a child, he recalled watching Cantinflas because he reminded him of comedian Jerry Lewis, but musically he “got exposed to the legends by chance.”

“I was bombarded by all the 1960s, ’70s, and ’50s ranchera music,” Timoteo recalls to mitú.

The unequivocal passion mariachi artists like Javier Solis and Vicente Fernandez possessed heavily resonated with him.

“[The neighbors] always played nostalgic music, oldies but goodies, and that’s one thing I noticed about Mexicans,” Timoteo says. “They can be in their 20s but because they’ve grown up listening to the oldies it’s still very dear to them. That’s how they party.”

For as long as he can remember, Pollard “was born with the genetic disposition to love music,” knowing that his future would align with the arts.

After hearing Vicente Fernandez sing “Lástima Que Seas Ajena,” an awakening occurred in Pollard. While genres like hip-hop and rap were on the rise, Pollard’s passion for ranchera music grew. It was a moment when he realized that this genre best suited his big voice.

Enamored, Pollard began to pursue a career as a Spanish-language vocalist.

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At 28, Timoteo began learning Spanish by listening and singing along to those artists he adored in his youth.

“When I decided that I wanted to be a mariachi, I didn’t think it was fair to exploit the culture and not understand the language,” he says. “If I’m going to sing, I need to be able to communicate with my audience and engage with them. I need to understand what I’m saying because it was about honor and respect.”

Pollard began performing local gigs after picking up the language in a matter of months. He soon attracted the attention of “Big Boy” Radio that adorned him the name Timoteo “El Charro Negro.”

Embellishing his sound to highlight his Black heritage, Pollard included African instruments like congas and bongos in his orchestra. Faintly putting his own spin on a niche genre, Pollard avoided over-saturating the genre’s sound early in his career.

Embraced by his community as a beloved mariachi, “El Charro Negro” still encountered race-related obstacles as a Black man in the genre.

“There are those [in the industry] who are not in the least bit thrilled to this day. They won’t answer my phone calls, my emails, my text messages I’ve sent,” he says. “The public at large hasn’t a problem with it, but a lot of the time it’s those at the helm of decision making who want to keep [the genre] exclusively Mexican.”

“El Charro Negro” persisted, slowly attracting fans worldwide while promoting a message of harmony through his music.

In 2007, 12 years into his career, Pollard received a golden ticket opportunity.

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Pollard (left) seen with legendary Mexican artist Vicente Fernandez (right) in 2007. Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

In a by-chance encounter with a stagehand working on Fernandez’s tour, Pollard was offered the chance to perform onstage. The singer was skeptical that the offer was legit. After all, what are the chances?

The next day Pollard went to his day job at the time and said, “a voice in my head, which I believe was God said, ‘wear your blue velvet traje tonight.'”

That evening Pollard went to a sold-out Stockton Area where he met his idol. As he walked on the stage, Pollard recalls Fernandez insisting that he use his personal mic and band to perform “De Que Manera Te Olvido.”

“[Fernandez] said he did not even want to join me,” he recollects about the show. “He just was kind and generous enough to let me sing that song on his stage with his audience.”

The crowd applauded thunderously, which for Pollard was a sign of good things to come.

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Timoteo “El Charro Negro” with Don Francisco on Don Francisco Presenta in 2011. Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

In 2010, he released his debut album “Me Regalo Contigo.” In perfect Spanish, Pollard sings with great conviction replicating the soft tones of old-school boleros.

Unraveling the rollercoaster of relationships, heart-wrenchingly beautiful ballads like “Me Regalo Contigo” and “Celos” are his most streamed songs. One hidden gem that has caught the listener’s attention is “El Medio Morir.”

As soon as the track begins it is unlike the others. Timoteo delivers a ’90s R&B love ballad in Spanish, singing with gumption as his riffs and belts encapsulate his unique sound and story.

Having appeared on shows like Sabado Gigante, Don Francisco Presenta, and Caso Cerrado in 2011, Timoteo’s career prospered.

Timoteo hasn’t released an album since 2010 but he keeps his passion alive. The singer has continued to perform, even during the Covid pandemic. He has high hopes for future success and original releases, choosing to not slow down from his destined musical journey.

“If God is with me, who can be against me? It may not happen in a quick period of time, but God will make my enemies my footstool,” he said.

“I’ve continued to be successful and do some of the things I want to do; maybe not in a particular way or in particular events, but I live in a very happy and fulfilled existence.”

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

Luis Fonsi is kicking off 2021 with a new single. The Puerto Rican superstar premiered the music video for “Vacío” on Feb. 18 featuring rising Boricua singer Rauw Alejandro. The guys put a new spin on the classic “A Puro Dolor” by Son By Four.

Luis Fonsi throws it back to his románticas.

“I called Omar Alfanno, the writer of ‘A Puro Dolo,’ who is a dear friend,” Fonsi tells Latido Music. “I told him what my idea was [with ‘Vacío’] and he loved it. He gave me his blessing, so I wrote a new song around a few of those lines from ‘A Puro Dolor’ to bring back that nostalgia of those old romantic tunes that have been a part of my career as well. It’s a fresh production. It sounds like today, but it has that DNA of a true, old-school ballad.”

The world got to know Luis Fonsi through his global smash hit “Despacito” with Daddy Yankee in 2017. The remix with Canadian pop star Justin Bieber took the song to new heights. That was a big moment in Fonsi’s music career that spans over 20 years.

There’s more to Fonsi than “Despacito.”

Fonsi released his first album, the fittingly-titled Comenzaré, in 1998. While he was on the come-up, he got the opportunity of a lifetime to feature on Christina Aguilera’s debut Latin album Mi Reflejo in 2000. The two collaborated on “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” Luis Fonsi scored multiple Billboard Hot Latin Songs No. 1s in the years that followed and one of the biggest hits was “No Me Doy Por Vencido” in 2008. That was his career-defining romantic ballad.

“Despacito” remains the second most-viewed music video on YouTube with over 7.2 billion views. The hits did not stop there. Later in 2017, he teamed up with Demi Lovato for “Échame La Culpa,” which sits impressively with over 2 billion views.

He’s also appearing on The Voice next month.

Not only is Fonsi working on his new album, but also he’s giving advice to music hopefuls for the new season of The Voice that’s premiering on March 1. Kelly Clarkson tapped him as her Battle Advisor. In an exclusive interview, Fonsi talked with us about “Vacío,” The Voice, and a few of his greatest hits.

What was the experience like to work with Rauw Alejandro for “Vacío”?

Rauw is cool. He’s got that fresh sound. Great artist. Very talented. Amazing onstage. He’s got that great tone and delivery. I thought he had the perfect voice to fit with my voice in this song. We had talked about working together for awhile and I thought that this was the perfect song. He really is such a star. What he’s done in the last couple of years has been amazing. I love what he brought to the table on this song.

Now I want to go through some of your greatest hits. Do you remember working with Christina Aguilera for her Spanish album?

How could you not remember working with her? She’s amazing. That was awhile back. That was like 1999 or something like that. We were both starting out and she was putting out her first Spanish album. I got to sing a beautiful ballad called “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” I got to work with her in the studio and see her sing in front of the mic, which was awesome. She’s great. One of the best voices out there still to this day.

What’s one of your favorite memories of “No Me Doy Por Vencido”?

“No Me Doy Por Vencido” is one of the biggest songs in my career. I think it’s tough to narrow it down just to one memory. I think in general the message of the song is what sticks with me. The song started out as a love song, but it turned into an anthem of hope. We’ve used the song for different important events and campaigns. To me, that song has such a powerful message. It’s bigger than just a love song. It’s bringing hope to people. It’s about not giving up. To be able to kind of give [people] hope through a song is a lot more powerful than I would’ve ever imagined. It’s a very special song.

I feel the message is very relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic we’re living through.

Oh yeah! I wrote that song a long time ago with Claudia Brant, and during the first or second month of the lockdown when we were all stuck at home, we did a virtual writing session and we rewrote “No Me Doy Por Vencido.” Changing the lyrics, kind of adjusting them to this situation that we’re living now. I haven’t recorded it. I’ll do something with it eventually. It’s really cool. It still talks about love. It talks about reuniting. Like the light at the end of the tunnel. It has the hope and love backbone, but it has to do a lot with what we’re going through now.

What do you think of the impact “Despacito” made on the industry?

It’s a blessing to be a part of something so big. Again, it’s just another song. We write these songs and the moment you write them, you don’t really know what’s going to happen with them. Or sometimes you run into these surprises like “Despacito” where it becomes a global phenomenon. It goes No. 1 in places where Spanish songs had never been played. I’m proud. I’m blessed. I’m grateful to have worked with amazing people like Daddy Yankee. Like Justin Bieber for the remix and everyone else involved in the song. My co-writer Erika Ender. The producers Mauricio Rengifo and Andrés Torres. It was really a team effort and it’s a song that obviously changed my career forever.

What was the experience like to work with Demi Lovato on “Echáme La Culpa”?

She’s awesome! One of the coolest recording sessions I’ve ever been a part of. She really wanted to sing in Spanish and she was so excited. We did the song in Spanish and English, but it was like she was more excited about the Spanish version. And she nailed it! She nailed it from the beginning. There was really not much for me to say to her. I probably corrected her once or twice in the pronunciation, but she came prepared and she brought it. She’s an amazing, amazing, amazing vocalist.

You’re going to be a battle advisor on The Voice. What was the experience like to work with Kelly Clarkson?

She’s awesome. What you see is what you get. She’s honest. She’s funny. She’s talented. She’s humble and she’s been very supportive of my career. She invited me to her show and it speaks a lot that she wanted me to be a part of her team as a Battle Advisor for the new season. She supports Latin music and I’m grateful for that. She’s everything you hope she would be. She’s the real deal, a true star, and just one of the coolest people on this planet.

What can we expect from you in 2021?

A lot of new music. Obviously, everything starts today with “Vacío.” This is literally the beginning of what this new album will be. I’ve done nothing but write and record during the last 10 months, so I have a bunch of songs. Great collaborations coming up. I really think the album will be out probably [in the] third or fourth quarter this year. The songs are there and I’m really eager for everybody to hear them.

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