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Kane Brown And Becky G Are Keeping The Latin/Country Music Fusion Alive With The ‘Lost In The Middle Of Nowhere’ Remix

At a musical crossroads, two genres unexpectedly meet: country and reggaeton music for the Spanish remix of Kane Brown’s “Lost in the Middle of Nowhere” featuring Becky G. Both rising stars come together and push the limits of the genres they’ve been successful in. As groundbreaking as the move seems, Spanish-language music and country music have a bit of history that Brown and Becky G are only enriching with their unique collaboration.

Back in November, Brown, 25, released his second album “Experiment” with an English-language version of “Lost in the Middle of Nowhere” featuring Mexican-American singer Becky G, 22. As a multiracial artist who is white on his mother’s side and African-American and Cherokee on his father’s side, Brown decided to play up his maverick identity in a white-dominated country music field.

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“When I named my album ‘Experiment,’ one of the things that was important to me was to not feel limited sonically in what I could do,” Brown said in a press release about the album. “I’m a country artist, but I have a range of influences. I didn’t feel pressured to keep it in a certain box because of the way my fans have always been there for me.”

In the last week of March, Brown released “Lost in the Middle of Nowhere” as the third single from “Experiment” with a rollout of two versions of the song:  the English-language one from the album and a brand new Spanish-language version. The latter features a fuller reggaeton music sound mixed with a splash country music. The steel guitars meet tropical beats. Becky G sings in Spanish and surprisingly, so does Brown.

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“I love that Kane has been such a pioneer in country music himself being so young, his background and his story,” Becky G said in an interview with Beats 1. “When he sent me his version of the Spanish chorus, I was like ‘Oh my God, you sound so good. You have such a great accent.’ And he was like, ‘Yeah, man.'” Becky G imitated the strong twang in his voice when quoting him.

As unheard of as the mix of country and Latin music seems, Brown and Becky G follow in the footsteps of those before them that paved the way for a collaboration like this to happen. Since the Americana genre’s beginnings, it has always had an affinity for the region of Mexico closest to the borders. As Wide Open Country noted, “American country music’s ties to an obsession with Texas alone should make for more than songs about Mexico. Or at least those songs about our South of the Border neighbors could paint the place as more than a getaway for drunks and criminals on the run.”

With country music and Mexico’s close ties, there have been a few Latin artists that have hit it big in the genre previously. Going beyond the banditos and borrachos stereotypes, Tejano singer Freddy Fender took his heartbreaking bilingual ballad “Before the Next Teardrop Falls” to No. 1 on both Billboard’s country music and the all-genre Hot 100 chart in 1975. Another Mexican-American singer from Texas, Rick Trevino, topped the country music chart over 20 years later with “Running Out of Reasons to Run” and its Spanish-language counterpart “Se Escapan Mis Razones.”

The strides Latin music has made as a global presence in a post-“Despacito” society have also been undeniable.  A report from BuzzAngle at the top of the year revealed that Latin music consumption outpaced country music in the U.S. in 2018. With music, in general, taking a turn to Latin influences, it was a smart move on Brown’s part to enlist Becky G for “Lost in the Middle of Nowhere” as she’s become a force in reggaeton since pairing up with Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny on “Mayores.”

The Spanish remix of “Lost in the Middle of Nowhere” is already proving to be a hit alongside the original version. Brown and Becky G debuted at No. 13 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart while the primarily country music mix  has reached No. 4 on the Country Digital Songs Sales chart. The remix music video featuring the duo in the middle of a jungle nears 11 million views on YouTube compared to the original version’s almost 1.3 million views.

The release of “Lost in the Middle of Nowhere” also coincided with the news of Billboard removing rapper Lil Nas X’s twangy banger “Old Town Road” from the Hot Country Songs chart. “Upon further review, it was determined that ‘Old Town Road’ by Lil Nas X does not currently merit inclusion on Billboard’s country charts,” Billboard said about the controversial move. Lil Nas X later bucked it by releasing a remix of the song with country music legend Billy Ray Cyrus and he has since galloped to No. 1 on all-genre Hot 100 chart.

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As music continues to push boundaries, like country music blending with reggaeton music on “Lost in the Middle of Nowhere,” it’s going to be more difficult to box-in the sound, but the songs are going to be as refreshingly far-out as ever. On the same day as Brown’s release, Country music artist Jake Owen teamed up with social-media-star-turned singer Lele Pons from Venezuela on their dreamy collaboration “Señorita.”

Brown and Becky G throw caution to the wind their free-wheeling and rhythmic banger. Where the two singers get lost, there’s no borders, but only open-road opportunities for them to find new and exciting directions for their respective genres.

Watch the “Lost in the Middle of Nowhere” video below.

Honestly, this fusion is a definite bop.

READ: Country Music Is Losing Steam As Latin Music Experienced Major Growth In Popularity Last Year

The Free Selena-Themed Concert In Support Of Immigration Rights Is Coming To LA This Día De Los Muertos

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The Free Selena-Themed Concert In Support Of Immigration Rights Is Coming To LA This Día De Los Muertos

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The free Selena-themed outdoor concert in support of immigration rights is going bi-coastal. After the success of their summer show headlined by Colombian-American star Kali Uchis in New York, the event is coming to Los Angeles. The organizer, artist manager, and activist, Doris Muñoz of Mija Management, is bringing the event to the West Coast just in time for LA’s Day of the Dead celebrations on Nov.1. 

Solidarity For Sanctuary is a non-profit aimed to amplify the voices of immigrant communities through music, advocacy, and the arts.

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Since 2017, Muñoz has been producing Selena for Sanctuary, a concert to help undocumented immigrants. Her mission remains to donate all proceeds from her concerts to undocumented people who need funds for legal fees, to submit DACA applications, etc. This year the entire proceeds of the show went to Make The Road NY. The organization’s mission is to provide “legal and survival services,” develop “transformative education,” and help with “community organizing.” 

“When our parents can barely afford to take a day off of work to go to the lawyer’s office, how are they even going to pay that lawyer,” Muñoz told Remezcla. “I think in the Donald Trump era, we’re sometimes afraid of who we’re talking to and having a brown body, you can feel like a target,” Muñoz added. “To be in a safe space like this, surrounded by people who believe in fighting for your community with you, is really beautiful.” 

Sanctuary for Selena is set to take place on Los Angeles’ iconic Grand Park. 

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The concert will be taking place on the first of November, just in time for Downtown L.A.’s Día de los Muertos celebrations. Angelenos will celebrate the ancient party of the dead with a week of altars, remembrance, and traditions that will be wrapped up on the last day, with free music performances by an all Latina lineup.

Organizers of the event took to Instagram to announce the LA-based Selena for Sanctuary.

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The non-profit Solidarity for Sanctuary announced the West Coast concert and lineup on an Instagram post. “We can’t wait to see our friends, family, and community gathered at @grandpark_la for this year’s Grand Park’s Downtown Dia de los Muertos!” read the colorful post featuring an illustration of Selena wearing her iconic high rise pants and bedazzled bustier, surrounded by cempasúchil, the flower of the dead. “On Friday, November 1st Selena for Sanctuary will be taking over in front of City Hall for a free concert featuring an all-female line-up of L.A.-based Latinx artists and SO much more, welcoming immigrants and allies together in celebration and solidarity. It’s an honor to be at Grand Park, a place that along with @musiccenterla has made it their mission to provide a packed calendar of thoughtful and exciting cultural events for all Angelinos to enjoy.”

The aim of Selena for Sanctuary is to raise money and awareness for immigrant issues that are impacting millions of lives. 

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Born of a series of benefit concerts she put together in Southern California in 2017 called Solidarity for Sanctuary, Muñoz’s dance parties raise funds to help immigrants navigate the bureaucratic minefield that is U.S. immigration policy to set them on the path to citizenship.  In June, the NYC party was headlined by Kali Uchis, the Colombian-American singer with a critically acclaimed debut LP (2018’s Isolation) and collaborations with Gorillaz, Juanes, and Daniel Caesar. The platform must have liked having women at the front of the lineup, so they’ve confirmed an all-female lineup for the event in L.A. which is great news for the Latina artists.

Here’s the line-up of the concert and it is pretty lit.

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It is all about the female empowerment with some of the best Latina acts in the music industry. Here’s who will be shining at the Selena for Sanctuary concert.

Empress Of

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The Honduran-American Lorely Rodriguez will be headlining in LA’s Selena for Sanctuary. Empress Of shifts from English to Spanish to express the vulnerability that lies in both languages. The East LA native will be heading back home to LA for the show, after a long tour of the US.

Ceci Bastida

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This Tijuana native is a ska and punk veteran. Bastida broke into the scene plating keyboard and vocals for the political band Tijuana No.1. These days, Ceci is off on her own. Nowadays, she has a new alt-pop sound with a hint of Tijuana No.1’s political energy. 

 San Cha

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Lizette Gutierrez’s sound is a mix of ranchera, cumbia and punk. She is reinventing traditional Mexican sounds and injecting them with her own identity as a queer brown woman. 

Maya Murillo

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Better known as Pero Like’s “Pocha Concha,” Murillo is a multi-talented singer and songwriter. She is most comfortable singing covers which she has shared on YouTube in the past. No wonder Selena for Sanctuary tapped her to sing a Selena song at the event. 

Loyal Lobos

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For Andrea Silva, the woman behind Loyal Lobos, this event’s mission is very close to her heart. Born in Colombia, Silva immigrated to the US as a child. She often references her experiences as an immigrant and as a feminist in her music. 

August Eve

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August Eve had already collaborated with another Selena for Sanctuary headliner, Empress Of. The LA native is taking the stage herself this time with her Old Hollywood-style music.

READ: ‘Selena For Sanctuary’ Is The Free Concert In NYC All About Helping The Immigrant Community

This Man Is Using TikTok To Bring Younger People To Old-School Jams And His Fans Are Loving It

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This Man Is Using TikTok To Bring Younger People To Old-School Jams And His Fans Are Loving It

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Everyone has that embarrassing uncle. The one who busts out dancing in public, or makes incredibly old-school dad jokes. Embarrassing uncles keep you guessing what they’ll do next and oftentimes you and your cousins are embarrassed by his bizarre behavior. If you can’t think of an embarrassing uncle, chances are it’s you, you’re the embarrassing uncle or tía. This Mexican man from Wyoming is the quintessential embarrassing uncle, except the internet, unlike your cousins, is loving every minute of his antics. 

Tío TikTok might be a little older than the app’s intended audience, but he still managed to make his content go viral, even when he didn’t even know what TikTok was.

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Tío TikTok aka Nathan Apodaca is the grown man who’s single-handedly bringing Gen-Z app TikTok, to Millennials. If you’re wondering what TikTok is, don’t worry. It is basically the second-coming of Vine. It is all about short videos that play in a loop for everyone to enjoy. 

Remember Musical.ly? Maybe you remember the times of Vine? It’s hard to keep up with the constantly changing social media landscape as some apps gain notoriety, others merge, and even more die out. As non-members of the Gen Z generation, it’s even harder to keep it all straight.

The old app Musical.ly was rebranded as TikTok and it’s quickly become Gen Z’s app of choice.

If you do remember Musical.ly, you may know that in August 2018, it rebranded as TikTok. And Vine? That app was the victim of an ever-changing internet and suffered a slow death, causing users to feel the dejection of media abandonment. TikTok though has stirred up a revival of short video clips. Only now, it’s even more interactive, collaborative, and downright addictive.

Apodaca was introduced to the app by his Gen Z daughters, and his videos soon went viral.

Tío TikTok was unaware of the popular video-app himself. His daughters, Makyla and Angelia, are the ones who first introduced Apocada’s to the platform. His youngest daughter even helped him film his first video, which quickly went viral. Apodaca confesses that he was stumped as to what to do, or what type of content to publish on his app, but his eldest daughter came to the rescue and suggested he did his usual goofy dances on camera. And just like that, Apodaca turned into a TikTok sensation.

Tío TikTok’s 16-second videos are simple and hilarious, and they touch a chord with young audiences for their humor.

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Apodaca shares 16-second bite-sized clips of himself dancing and performing to a tune. His perfectly in-sync interpretations, have gained him nearly 90 thousand followers. Tío TikTok usually jams out to classic ’90s gangsta rap like DMX, Dr. Dre, Eminem or Twista and Gen Z-ers and Millennials alike, can’t seem to get enough of his nostalgic vibes.

In his video’s he’s usually goofing around at work or high off weed which has made his content recognizable.

In one of his most liked posts, Nathan is seen sitting on a conveyor belt lip-syncing Sublime’s ’90s classic hit ‘Santeria’ at the factory where he works and films most of his videos. The post earned 26.9 thousand likes and received thousands of hilarious comments like “*OSHA has entered the chat*” by @BertoBitch or “The workers that package for WISH…”

Apodaca is the stoner uncle you never knew you needed on social media.

His hashtags regularly include 420, 710, ‘high’ and ‘gogreen’, stoner terms used to celebrate dabs and cannabis concentrates. His song choices, usually pulled from an unpredictably random selection, often celebrate the plant too. @Doggface208 aka Nathan Apodaca loves weed so much that he, ingeniously, linked his PayPal account on his TikTok bio for donations; “Now accepting donations 4 Flower 🍃 n white Ts PayPal apodacadogg208@gmail.com” reads his profile description. Whether the account is real or not, we’re not sure, but you’re welcome to send a little donation and let us know.

Most TikTok users may be under 30 according to Apple Store download stats, but we’re sure that this guy’s hilarious videos will attract an older demographic to download the app too.

READ: This 11-Year-Old Latina Has Thousands Of Followers On TikTok And The Most Hilarious Sense Of Humor About Latinidad