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We Ranked Instagram’s 17 Most Followed Latino Celebrities And Their Claims to Fame

Everyone wants to know who’s who in the Instagram (IG) universe. Don’t you? It’s no secret that celebrities usually top the list. So, here’s the lowdown on Instagram’s 17 most followed Latino Celebrities. 

J. Balvin

Instagram @jbalvin

Capturing hearts and tickling our ears is Colombian Reggaeton singer and chart-topping recording artist, J. Balvin. What’s more, all four singles from his album “La Familia” charted in Colombia’s top 10 and he won Premios Lo Nuestro Artist of the Year Award in 2016. Signed onto EMI Colombia in 2009, he grabbed audiences early on with his first single, “Ella Me Cautivó.” He has a whopping 24.9 million followers.

Nicky Jam

Twitter@NickyJamPR

Jam to this Latin Grammy Award Winner’s Reggaeton music and join his 25.9 million followers on Instagram.  Born in Boston to a Dominican mother and a Puerto Rican father, he has moved around quite a bit, first to Puerto Rico with his family at age 10 and is now living in Colombia. A great collaborator, if you’re a fan of Reggaeton, you have also heard him with other greats like Daddy Yankee (who also has an impressive 23.4 million IG followers).

Camila Cabello

Twitter@Camila_Cabello

“Havana” anyone? Camila Cabello, a Cuban-American singer with an enticing and exciting sound has 27.4 million followers. Bringing our hearts to Havana right along with her brought Cabello to her role in breaking barriers. In January of this year, she earned recognition for being the first woman in three years to make it to the No. 1 spot for her debut full-length album. She also reached Billboard’s top 100 in the same week.

Marina Ruy Barbosa

Twitter/Instagram@marinaruybarbosa


Multi-talented twenty-three-year-old Brazilian actress Marina Ruy Barbosa has 28.5 million followers. Known for her roles in “Total Dreamer,” “Seven Sins” and “Empire,”Barbosa was not ready to stop there. She adds author to her list of accomplishments. She has written a book: “Inspirações – uma seleção afetiva de reflexões e poemas” (Inspirations – an affective selection of reflection and poems). Her heritage is also one of renown. She is a descendant of the lawyer, poet and politician Ruy Barbosa.

Lele Pons

Twitter@lelepons

Do you remember Vine? If not, Lele Pons, a Venezuelan-American Internet Personality will bring you back.  She rose to fame on Vine but moved on to YouTube where she does comedy sketches. She also keeps people up-to-date with her goings-on through Instagram. She made the moves to these two social networks when Vine shut down. Continuing to garner attention for her acting, singing and dancing skills, she boasts 30.7 million followers.  Not done there, she hosts “La Voz…México.” She has also released her own music and co-authored a novel in 2016.

Luis Suarez

Twitter@LuisSuarez9

Playing for FC Barcelona and for the Uruguayan national team, Luis Suarez, an Uruguayan soccer player has 33.1 million followers. Suarez is Uruguay’s all-time leading goal-scorer. What an accomplishment! Not to overshadow his successes, but he is often considered a controversial player. He’s had several incidents landing him in hot water with the leagues. Despite that, it is evident that he wants to give back. Suarez is currently creating a football complex for recreational play in Uruguay. That way, aspiring soccer players can have ample access to playing space and equipment.

Bruna Marquezine

Twitter@brumarquezine

Let’s head back to Brazil to find another well-known celebrity coming from its ranks. Brazilian model and actress, Bruna Marquezine, has 33 million followers. An interesting tidbit is that, in honor of her grandmother, she chose the last name Marquezine for her public persona. Her renown comes from her roles in  “Women in Love,” “America” and “Helena’s Shadow.”

Marcelo Vieira Jr.

Twitter@Marcelo12Lovers

Wow! Brazil brings us even more to celebrate. Marcelo Vieiera Jr. is another Brazilian soccer player with quite the IG following, 33.5 million. He is with Spanish club Real Madrid and the Brazil national team.

Maluma

Twitter/Instagram@maluma

A tender and sweet tenor, Colombian Reggaeton Singer, Maluma, has 36.8 million followers on Instagram.  His catchy tunes bring us his big hits “Obsesión” and “Miss Independent.” They brought him a coveted nomination for Latin Grammy in 2013.

Ronaldo de Assis Moreira (Ronaldinho)

Twitter@10Ronaldhino

It’s all in the family. A key member of the 2002 team that won the World Cup, Ronaldhino carries on his family’s legacy of soccer players. In 2003, he joined FC Barcelona and won FIFA World Player of the Year awards in both 2004 and 2005.  With these great accomplishments behind him, he moved to AC Milan in 2008. Sadly, he has not had the same level of success as he did with Barcelona. Ronaldhino still has a great following. There are 39.2 million of them on Instagram.

Shakira

Twitter@shakira

“Hips Don’t Lie” and neither will we when we tell you that Colombian pop singer Shakira counts 55 million Instagram users as her followers. Along with the stand-out hit we mentioned above, she’s most famous for “Whenever, Wherever”. A powerhouse on the stage and off, she has received multiple Grammy, Latin Grammy and American Music Awards.  Not to mention that she has the highest number of album sales for Colombian artists, coming in at around 70 million.

Demi Lovato

Twitter@ddlovato

An impressive count, Demi Lovato has 70.6 million followers on Instagram.  That big purple dinosaur, Barney, helped many actors and singers get their start. Demi is one of them. Her acting career began during childhood on “Barney and Friends,” “Sonny with a Chance” and in the film “Camp Rock.” Moving on to the music industry, her debut album was “Don’t Forget” in 2008. Follow-up albums were “Unbroken,” “Confident” and “Tell Me You Love Me.” Her hit singles are “Skyscraper” and “Sorry Not Sorry.” She is a tireless advocate for LGBTQ associations like GLAAD.

Jennifer Lopez

Twitter @JLo

J.Lo has 82.6 million Instagram followers. People have been following her long before Instagram was around. She started  as a dancer on “In Living Color.” However, it was the film “Selena” that gave her her big break. Setting her sights on the music industry her voice and energy had us hooked. Most of her songs and albums reached the Top 200 charts was the recipient of numerous music awards.  She is now involved with television projects like American Idol, Shades of Blue and World of Dance.

Leo Messi

Twitter @WeAreMessi

We count another soccer player among our most followed celebrities, this time coming out of Argentina. Leo Messi has 102 million followers and plays for the  FC Barcelona club as well as the Argentine national team. His athleticism is highly appreciated as evidenced by the high pay he receives. Messi is the second highest paid soccer player and third-highest paid athlete in the world.  He uses that money for good by working as a children’s activist. His philanthropical foundation, the Leo Messi Foundation, provides opportunities to disadvantaged youth.

Enejota Neymar Jr.

Instagram/Twitter @Neymarjr

A star soccer player, Enejota Neymar Jr. has 106 million followers. Clearly, his popularity isn’t limited to the field. Hailing from Brazil, he joined Santos FC in 2009 at age 17, winning four Player of the Year Awards in a row while playing for them.  All before he turned 21. He plays for both Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain. He also has a 7-year old son.

Selena Gomez

Twitter @_selenagomezecu

We’ve finally arrived at the #1 most followed celebrity on Instagram. At 144 million followers is actress and pop singer Selena Gomez. From her role on “Barney and Friends” and her success with Disney shows to amazing musical accomplishments, it’s no wonder there’s so much interest in her. Gomez’s first breakout/starring role with Disney Channel was on “Wizards of Waverly Place.” She also acted in the film “Spring Breakers”. Her musical fame comes from her debut album 2009: Kiss and Tell and her follow-up album Revival. Ensuring people learn about and understand Lupus, she’s gone public with her own battle.

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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 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.” 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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Lifestyles Of The Rich And Dangerous: Cartels Are Using TikTok To Lure Young People

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Lifestyles Of The Rich And Dangerous: Cartels Are Using TikTok To Lure Young People

If you’ve ever wondered what someone with a bulletproof vest and an AR-15 would look like flossing — the dance, not the method of dental hygiene — apparently the answer to that question can be found on TikTok.

Unfortunately, it’s not as a part of some absurdist sketch comedy or surreal video art installation. Instead, it’s part of a growing trend of drug cartels in Mexico using TikTok as a marketing tool. Nevermind the fact that Mexico broke grim records last year for the number of homicides and cartel violence, the cartels have found an audience on TikTok and that’s a serious cause for concern.

Mexican cartels are using TikTok to gain power and new recruits.

Just a couple of months ago, a TikTok video showing a legit high-speed chase between police and drug traffickers went viral. Although it looked like a scene from Netflix’s Narcos series, this was a very real chase in the drug cartel wars and it was viewed by more than a million people.

Typing #CartelTikTok in the social media search bar brings up thousands of videos, most of them from people promoting a “cartel culture” – videos with narcocorridos, and presumed members bragging about money, fancy cars and a luxury lifestyle.

Viewers no longer see bodies hanging from bridges, disembodied heads on display, or highly produced videos with messages to their enemies. At least not on TikTok. The platform is being used mainly to promote a lifestyle and to generate a picture of luxury and glamour, to show the ‘benefits’ of joining the criminal activities.

According to security officials, the promotion of these videos is to entice young men who might be interested in joining the cartel with images of endless cash, parties, military-grade weapons and exotic pets like tiger cubs.

Cartels have long used social media to shock and intimidate their enemies.

And using social media to promote themselves has long been an effective strategy. But with Mexico yet again shattering murder records, experts on organized crime say Cartel TikTok is just the latest propaganda campaign designed to mask the blood bath and use the promise of infinite wealth to attract expendable young recruits.

“It’s narco-marketing,” said Alejandra León Olvera, an anthropologist at Spain’s University of Murcia, in a statement to the New York Times. The cartels “use these kinds of platforms for publicity, but of course it’s hedonistic publicity.”

Mexico used to be ground zero for this kind of activity, where researchers created a new discipline out of studying these narco posts. Now, gangs in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, and the United States are also involved.

A search of the #CartelTikTok community and its related accounts shows people are responding. Public comments from users such as “Y’all hiring?” “Yall let gringos join?” “I need an application,” or “can I be a mule? My kids need Christmas presents,” are on some of the videos.

One of the accounts related to this cartel community publicly answered: “Of course, hay trabajo para todos,” “I’ll send the application ASAP.” “How much is the pound in your city?” “Follow me on Instagram to talk.” The post, showing two men with $100 bills and alcohol, had more than a hundred comments.

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