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Here’s Everything You Should Know About The Eternal Friendship Between Two Of Mexico’s Pop Icons, José José And Vicente Fernández

A key element of celebrity culture is our near obsession with how stars relate to each other. From knowing exactly who Miley Cirus is dating now to feeling like we have the right to know the sexual orientation of figures like Vero Castro (go ask your mom or abuelita if you don’t know who she is. And you should, by the way), celebrity culture is increasingly chismosa and based on knowing about every single detail of other people’s intimate lives. 

But sometimes this is a good thing and we discover great stories of decades-long friendships that survive everything, even death. One of such amistades eternas was the one shared by two of the greatest Mexican icons of all time: Vicente Fernández and José José, who died a few weeks ago, sending a whole country (one could even say that most of Latin America will miss him) into mourning. It’s a friendship that started in the 1980s, when they both consolidated their careers and released their most successful records. 

Just look at them, sharing the stage when they were both young… and healthy.

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Chente recently shared this performance on Instagram. Our heart aches when thinking of José José in his deathbed, consumed by cancer, his prodigious voice just a ghost of times past. Better to remember him like this, healthy, even a bit chonchito but happy. 

They are of course singing the classic ranchera “Pa todo el año”

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This is just such a wonderful and heartfelt performance in ranchero style. You can see it here

This is the beginning of a beautiful friendship, as they say in “Casablanca”.

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Just look at that Mexican bromance. Mejor, imposible. 

And what about this 1990 rendition of “Ya lo pasado pasado”?

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The classic ballad sounds surprisingly amazing with Chente’s deep mariachi voice. And look at JJ in his best times, with that tuxedo that made more than one compare him to the great Frank Sinatra.

Well, Chente recently unveiled a sculpture in the Plaza de los Mariachis in Guadalajara, Jalisco. 

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He was celebrated for his long and fruitful career. But he was still mourning the loss of his dear friend, so he did not turn the event on an ego trip, but rather turned the event into an homage to the Prince of Song (wow, the moniker sounds good in English, eh, mijos?). 

This is what Chente had to say about his dear, dear carnalito

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Chente said: “This might not be the right time, but I cannot forget all the times we sang as a duet and our days in the United States, I am talking about  ‘El Príncipe de la Canción’ and myself. I kindly ask for a minute of applause for my great friend. I think he is suffering more now that he is dead because of what is going on than what he suffered while he was alive” (come on, practice your Spanish and read the original Chente speech:

No es el momento, pero no se me olvida las veces que cantamos juntos a dueto y días en Estados Unidos ‘El Príncipe de la Canción’ y yo, y quisiera un minuto de aplausos para mi gran amigo que yo creo que ha sufrido más ahora que murió por lo que está pasando, que en vida“). 

Chente was of course referring to the real Shakespearean fight among José José’s children after the singer died.

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As we reported, there was a level of uncertainty about the whereabouts of the singer´s body after he died, which sent his heirs into an all out battle that has since been resolved. It must have been so deeply hurtful for Chente, however, to see his friend´s memory being tarnished by chismes that would be right on the mark for a telenovela

Spanish-speaking media were quick to acknowledge Chente’s gesture.

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Mexican TV network TV Azteca reported from Miami, where José José died, and cut back to Guadalajara, where Chente was having his celebration. They said that Chente did what the great ones do… recognize other great ones. Even in death, the two friends are joined even a country away. They both remain alive in the hearts of millions of fans the world over. 

Chente is one of the last remaining greats of Mexican popular music.

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With the sad passing of El Príncipe de la Canción we have few remaining Mexican stars of the golden age of pop music, when the show Siempre en Domingo showcased talents like these two amigos and others such as Emmanuel and Rocio Durcal. Chente, now retired from the stage, is one of the last great ones to survive. We wish him many more years. 

He Moved To Mexico To Learn Spanish And Now This Korean YouTuber Is A Star For Channeling Classic Mexican Pop Icons

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He Moved To Mexico To Learn Spanish And Now This Korean YouTuber Is A Star For Channeling Classic Mexican Pop Icons

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In recent weeks, we have witnessed the rise to stardom of a few new YouTubers coming from Mexico. We are now quite familiar with the amazing channel “De mi rancho a tu cocina”, with an adorable Mexican abuelita, named Angela, who shares her traditional recipes and displays her natural talent to be in front of the camera (read more here). 

Well, there is another YouTube star coming out of Mexico, but he happens to be South Korean! He sings popular Mexican songs with such a pitch perfect voice that if you close your eyes and listen you think it is el mismísimo Príncipe de la canción, the recently deceased José José, serenading you with one of his legendary ballads. 

So this is J-jun, a South Korean student who is living in Guadalajara to learn Spanish.

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At first sight, he looks just like any other international student who wants to learn and immerse himself in the land of mariachis and tequila: Guadalajara, Jalisco, México! But J-jun is far from ordinary. He has an amazing voice and is obsessed with Mexican pop music icons!

And amazingly he is just learning Spanish but has an uncanny command of correct pronunciation 

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And we can tell he lives and breathes the language and is a pretty smart and dedicated guy. La noche es larga y el café barato! He has really put his mind and soul into learning la lengua de Cervantes. 

And he is an overnight YouTube sensation!

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He has over 70,000 followers on his YouTube account. And he deserves every single one of them. 

And people have started recognizing him on the streets of Guadalajara.

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Just look at his smile. Hermano, coreano, ya eres mexicano (do these words sound familiar? They were of course sang by thousands of Mexicans after South Korea defeated Germany in the latest World Cup and guaranteed Mexico’s ticket to the second round). Well, they absolutely apply for J-jun as well!

So this is why J-jun is a preeetty big deal.

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Koreans have a deep love for karaoke. Basically, when young Koreans go out chances are they will end up in a karaoke bar. Well J-jun has the voice of a true K-pop star but he sings in Spanish! 

In particular, he imitates José José perfectly.

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Just look at him singing “La nave del olvido”. We get goosebumps, se nos enchina la piel. 

Ya lo pasado, pasado… many Mexicans are mourning José José in the best possible way: through music.

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And his version of “Ya lo pasado, pasado” has all the right mood swings that the great Mexican singer infused the rola with. It is important to note that J-jun started singing Mexican songs while in South Korea, before moving to Mexico to study. 

Sing with us…. ya lo pasado, pasaaaaaado!

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Ay, dolor! We just can’t contain back some tears of sadness, but also of joy. Sing with us… “no me interesa…”. 

And South Korean Juanga is here! Si tu quieres seremos amigos.

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If imitating José José requires professional singing skills, just imagine trying to do a Juan Gabriel impersonation. Well, our fave South Korean YouTuber does an amazing job. Just look at him singing “Así fue”. Just wow. We miss Juanga but we feel like his spirit might have found an unlikely conduit. Ay, nanita. 

And of course, his magnum opus…. “El triste”. No, he is not lip-syncing. 

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Thousands have tried but ultimately fail. “El Triste” has to be the hardest ballad to nail in Spanish. The tones and intensity of the song go up and down and is anyone’s singing nightmare. He reminds us of José José’s legendary OTI presentation, when flowers and clapping showered him like a modern day god. But he totally takes our breath away. See for yourself. 

José José would approve!

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Pido un aplauso para el amor… and for this great South Korean dude with a Mexican soul. 

And damn, he can sing salsa OK? This is Marc Anthony’s “Mi vida”.

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He has some amazing looks as well! An instant star! Look at him salsa…. a veces llega la lluvia, para limpiar las heridas… 

And just how adorbs is his family!

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At the end, his 15 minutes of fame have not gotten to him and he remains a simple, humble young man. He often shares family moments with his fans on Instagram, like this one with his mom and his nephew. Ternurita! Wanna join his thousands of YouTube fans? Well, you just gotta go here.

The Story Of José José’s Death Has More Twists And Turns Than A Telenovela, Here’s Everything You Need To Know

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The Story Of José José’s Death Has More Twists And Turns Than A Telenovela, Here’s Everything You Need To Know

One of Mexico’s greatest icons continues to inspire people with tributes and ceremonies around the world. The death of José José sent much of Latin America into a deep mourning but now those same communities are celebrating the late-singer’s monumental legacy. 

And all of this celebration and remembrance comes shortly after an intense family drama fit for a telenovela. I mean, his body actually went missing. Like it doesn’t get more telenovela than that. But, at last, his body has been located, his family seems to have set aside their differences, and the world is coming together to remember the ‘Prince of Song.’ 

His public funeral was held in Miami and attended by his family, celebs, and fans from around the world. 

The public funeral was held at the Miami Dade Country Auditorium. Yes, José José was a Mexican legend but he inspired his fans from across Latin America and so, the crowd at the public funeral featured people from all walks of life and from Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, and Puerto Rico, among others.

It was a closed casket memorial. On Tuesday, it was revealed that José José’s body was not in the casket during the memorial, as it was still at the morgue.

Fans came out to celebrate the legacy of a man who had been singing since the 1970s, when he rose to fame with his first hit, “El Triste”.

Always dressed elegantly, the gifted singer was a combination of baritone and lyric tenor and revered for his ability to sustain long notes. The Latin American cultural icon, who was known for moving audiences to tears with melancholic love ballads, told fans in 2017 that he was battling pancreatic cancer.

Fans in Miami weren’t the only ones celebrating the legacy of the Mexican great.

Hundreds of people gathered Friday at one of Mexico City’s most famous parks, Alameda Central, to pay homage to the late singer. Fans were seen singing José José’s most famous songs. Some even dressed up as the singer.

As drama between the family spiraled out of control back in the US, many Mexicans worried that there may not be a proper memorial service in Mexico.

The death of José José hit hard in Mexico, which endured the 2016 death of another cherished crooner from the same era: Juan Gabriel.

And all of this played out just days after a seemingly broken family came together to celebrate the pop icon.

The drama started just days after the singer’s death when two siblings, José Joel and Marysol, accused their half-sister, Sarita, of hiding their father’s body.

The relationship between the two oldest siblings and José José’s youngest – Sarita Sosa – has been strained, particularly since the late crooner’s announcement in 2017 that he was suffering from pancreatic cancer, which prompted Sarita to move to Miami, drawing accusations of trying to profit from his legacy.

“We have every right to see my dad,” Marysol said to TV Azteca. “My half sister has a lot to explain to me and to all of Mexico. “Please, wherever you are, get in touch with us. I’ve been talking to you all day and I’m here, and I’ve been telling you since yesterday: I see my dad’s body, or I don’t believe anything.”

Whatever differences these siblings once shared seemed to have blown over in the wake of their father’s memorial services.

And it looks like the drama continues, as the family decides what to do with the singer’s remains.

The posthumous homecoming ceremony for José José in his native Mexico is caught up in a family conflict over the singer’s remains that are still in Miami, where he lived for decades.

José Joel Sosa said on Monday that he and his sister halted their father’s cremation because they wanted the entire body for the Mexico City memorial service. His other daughter in Miami, Sarita Sosa, said José José wanted half of his ashes to stay in Florida and the other to go to Mexico.

However, as of Wednesday, news reports indicated that the late-singer had already been cremated and half of his ashes would likely arrive in Mexico later in the day.

Telemundo reports that José José’s ashes will be divided among his three children – Marysol and José Joel from his second marriage to Ana Elena Noreña and Sarita from his third to Sara Salazar.

José José will be honored in a special memorial in Mexico City on Wednesday, where a portion of his ashes will be displayed for his fans and family to pay tribute.

It’s been an uphill battle for Marysol and José Joel, who tried to prevent their father’s cremation. The brother and sister wanted the singer’s body to be present for the Mexican memorial service and to be laid to rest in his native country. José Joel even pleaded to his late father’s wife, Salazar, and his step-sister a day before the cremation during an interview with Univision to stop the process and let his body rest in Mexico.