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Maluma Spills The Tea On His Relationship With J Balvin, Starring In A Movie With J Lo And What His Future Holds

It’s safe to say that Colombian music artist Maluma has got this success thing covered. If we’re looking at his online following, the Latin pop star has over 47 million followers on Instagram and his YouTube channel has a combined total of 13 billion views. His ticket sales are another huge win. Maluma has been selling out arenas around the world for years. This includes New York’s famous Madison Square Garden where the star just played a sold-out show in October of 2019. If these marks of professional achievement weren’t enough, the Latin star also recently added the accolade of “Pop Sensation of the Year” to his resume after it was awarded to him by “GQ Magazine.”

In his interview with the respected publication, Maluma talked about his surprising global fan base, his upcoming move to the big screen and his determination to stay true to HIS kind of music.

In the interview by Julyssa Lopez (photographed by William Ukoh), Maluma’s beginnings in the music business were explored. While he first had ambitions to be a professional soccer player, the Colombian decided at 17 years-old to use his natural charisma to pursue music instead. Using the first two letters of his mother’s, father’s and sister’s names, he took on the stage name Maluma to honor his family and began performing at local quinces.  

He started off using lighter reggaeton beats and blended in hip-hop and Latin trap. During this time, other music professionals pressured Maluma into exploring genres and styles he wasn’t comfortable with. However, the pop star was very confident in who he was as an artist — even while he is exploring his own sound — so he didn’t give into this pressure. 

“I think people at the beginning were confused because they thought I was strictly a reggaeton artist,” Maluma explains in the “GQ” interview. “My genre is the genre I do—it’s salsa, it’s reggaeton, it’s hip hop, it’s R&B, my genre is the genre of Maluma.”  

Staying true to his own sound has been a smart strategy because it has helped the pop star reach fans in unexpected places around the world. 

During his “GQ” interview, he recalled a large group of fans waiting for him outside the Madison Square Garden performance back in October. According to the interview, this group of fans was memorable because they had flown to New York all the way from China — a country that Maluma didn’t even realize already had access to his music.

In the interview, Maluma explained that the Chinese fans shared news of his huge fan base in the People’s Republic. However, he had never visited the communist country so they had to make the trip all the way to the US in order to see him. In the interview, Maluma says he promised to make it a priority to visit China in the future to meet these new fans; showing just how far-reaching his popularity already is.

Maluma’s ability to blend his style with different artists has also allowed him to collaborate with some of the biggest names in music.

As the “GQ” interview points out, Maluma’s absurdly popular music has featured a number of musicians from Ricky Martin, Ty Dolla $ign and Madonna to Steve Aoki, Jason Derulo, and Shakira. However, his more widely talked about collab came about this past year and the attention surrounding it was mainly caused by a supposed rivalry. In September, Maluma and J Balvin released the song for “Qué Pena” and made harmless fun of each other in the accompanying music video. 

Still, according to the “GQ Magazine” interview, there is a perceived rivalry between the two. 

“I never felt anything bad toward him, but all the attention on the genre and people created this tension between us,” Maluma says of Balvin. “I said to him, ‘Yo, bro, come on, I used to listen to your music when I was 14 years old. I used to go to quinceañeras, if you were performing there. I used to see you performing, I was your fan, cabrón.”

While 2019 was an phenomenal year for Maluma, 2020 will only be better thanks to his big move to the big screen. 

For his first shot at the movies, the Pop Sensation of the Year was hand picked by a fellow Latinx superstar. According to his interview with “GQ Magazine,” JLo chose Maluma to star in the film, “Marry Me,” opposite the superstar. Due out next year, the movie features JLo as a jilted pop star who marries a random person (Maluma) after being stood up by her fiance. Of course, shenanigans ensue. We can’t wait to see the chemistry and humor this duo brings to the big screen.

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People Are Living For The Weeknd’s Spanish Skills On Maluma’s ‘Hawái’ But Apparently Not His Dance Moves

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People Are Living For The Weeknd’s Spanish Skills On Maluma’s ‘Hawái’ But Apparently Not His Dance Moves

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While many of us were eagerly awaiting the results of a wildly heated presidential election, many more were waiting to find out what the collab between Maluma and The Weeknd was all about.

Thankfully, fans didn’t have to wait long.

Over the weekend, Maluma and The Weeknd surprised fans with their incredible remix of Maluma’s “Hawái” off his album Papi Juancho. The duo sing together in Spanglish and the music video has people asking all kinds of questions.

The Weeknd is getting tons of love for singing in ‘Spanglish’ on a remix of Maluma’s “Hawái.”

After lighting up social media with an Instagram post that hinted at a possible collaboration, Maluma and The Weeknd launched a remix that had fans of both artists waiting in anticipation.

Turns out the long awaited project was a remix of Maluma’s song “Hawái” from his Papi Juancho album, which he surprise released back in August. The Weeknd now brings his R&B voice to the first verse of the track, singing in a dimly lit club in the music video. It all seems like an extension of his After Hours universe, until he begins singing in Spanish.

During the song, you can hear the Canadian artist sing a few lines in Spanish after opening the remix singing in English.

In the first two hours since the remix was posted on YouTube, the collaboration reached 750,000 views.

The “Hawái” remix is The Weeknd’s second collaboration in less than a week, after he teamed up with Ariana Grande to duet “off the table” on her latest album, positions.

Maluma seems as excited about the remix as his fans are.

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In a press release for the remix, Maluma said, “I have always admired The Weeknd so it feels nothing short of a dream come true to have him collab on ‘Hawái’. He brought another flow to it and sang in both Spanish and English which is impressive.”

“Bro, he killed it, because he’s a real artist,” Maluma told Apple Music’s Zane Lowe. “He’s a real artist, man, what he did in this song. For him, it was like he was doing reggaeton for his whole life. And I knew that his voice in the song could work amazing. And that’s what happened.”

Maluma continued, “At the beginning, when I listened to the first verse when he just started the song… I was like, ‘Bro, this sounds like The Weeknd’s song.’ I couldn’t believe how good it was mixing his vocals with my vocals. And man, yeah, I’m blessed. I’m very happy. This is a huge moment for the Latin culture though.”

But apparently fans are questioning the rapper’s dancing abilities.

Although people are not entirely happy with the song. Many on Twitter pointed out that the Spanish is fine, but the dancing is unexpectedly dorky, especially compared to the Papi Juancho himself, still oozing sex appeal all over the place.

Some were just upset by the whole thing…

Another Twitter user posted a message in which she wrote “Me listening to the Hawaii remix with The Weekend “accompanied by a photo of a visibly uncomfortable child.

What do you think of the remix? How are The Weeknd’s dance moves?

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Brian Alvarez Is So Good At An Australian Accent That His Video Went Viral Down Under

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Brian Alvarez Is So Good At An Australian Accent That His Video Went Viral Down Under

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We all know people who have attempted the Australian accent several times. It is also so exaggerated and just not it. Well, Australia just told us all who has the best Australian accent and it is Colombian-American actor Brian Alvarez.

Brian Alvarez took to Twitter to celebrate President-elect Joe Biden’s win as an Australian.

Tbh, a lot of good points are made in this video. However, the best part of the video is Alvarez’s stellar Australian accent. Alvarez has graced our screens for years as different characters. Most recently, Alvarez played Jack’s Spanish flight attendant boyfriend turned fiance turned husband. It seems that moving forward he has a strong chance to play an Australian.

His accent is so spot on that he even did some news shows in Australia.

Australians are big fans of this man’s accent. He is being praised on social media by Australians who are excited to see an American do the accent properly. It is truly so hard to have someone do an Australian accent without doing an exaggerated, Outback accent. It is like using just the southern accent to represent all Americans. It might be the most recognizable but it is not the most common accent.

The actor claims to be from Melbourne while doing the accent but he is not from Australia. The actor was born in Manhattan but that accent is just as authentic as any other. Way to go, mijo!

One news channel gave us a mashup of Americans attempting Australian accents to compare it to.

It is clearly heads and shoulder above the rest of the pack. Not only do the anchors know the magnitude of Alvarez’s accent, Aussies on social media are going crazy. His subtle nuances in the accent deliver the accent like few other American entertainers can. Truly an amazing feat for the actor.

To be fair, Alvarez’s portrayal on “Will & Grace” is kind of amazing.

He nails the over-the-top gay Spaniard accent. It is so good that it is funny because we have heard this accent at one point or another. It seems that Alvarez is just good at doing all kinds of accents. What an incredible talent, tbh. We all wish we were this good at accents.

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