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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

Kali Uchis’s ‘Solita’ Is The Sexy And Empowering Reggaeton Song You Need To Get Over Your Ex

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Kali Uchis’s ‘Solita’ Is The Sexy And Empowering Reggaeton Song You Need To Get Over Your Ex

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Kali Uchis’s soulful voice has the whole world hypnotized. The Colombian-American’s songs embody female empowerment and strong womanhood, though Uchis says that’s coincidental. Empowerment has always been a recurrent theme in her music and now she’s back at it with her new release “Solita.”

Born in the United States but largely raised in Colombia, Kali Uchis’s music speaks of a multi-cultural conversation, a mosaic of influences, colors, and sounds.

Her debut album ‘Isolation’ made a huge impact on its 2018 release, the singer then hit the road for a tour of dazzling appearances.

“Bailando aquí sola, es mejor que con el diablo.”

Incoming single ‘Solita’ is her first blast of new material in 12 months, and it’s an ode to independence, to rejecting societal pressure to embrace a relationship; “Bailando aquí sola, es mejor que con el diablo.”

“Solita” is a song about the pleasures of being alone.

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Her first drop in 12 months, this new material is a song all about that classic Latino saying that goes a little like: “Mas vale sol@ que mal acompañad@.“ On the pleasures of being alone, Kali says, “I’d rather dance alone than with the devil. This song is about healing, freedom and embracing the mixed emotions that come with that. I hope my fans feel sexy when they listen to it. I’m so excited to share more…”

Uchis’s new single is a mellow, sexy, reggaeton song.

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Over a reggaetón beat, Uchis’s pained vocals announce that she’d rather be alone than stay with someone who hurts her. Embellished with croons and synth echoes, the song continues to show off her omnivorous approach to the genre.

The singer’s new single is her first bilingual single.

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“Solita,” her first new music since 2018 and her first bilingual single. Describing a relationship raw with “open wounds,” as long as she stays, she’s suffocating: “Rooted in your ways/You won’t ever know, you won’t ever see/Who I am today.” She switches to Spanish for the chorus, affirming that her decision to leave is the right one, even if it hurts: “Bailando aquí sola, como a mi me gusta” (“Dancing here alone, as I like”). It’s better, she says, than dancing with the devil. With each aching repetition of the word “sola,” she braces for a future where she’ll be able to rely on herself.

The sultry track was produced by Tainy, who’s worked with J Balvin and Bad Bunny.

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In an interview with Apple Music, she elaborated on the song: “The vibe was sad, yet horny. There’s a little bit of sexiness in it, but it’s also nostalgic. The hook basically translates to, ‘I’d rather dance alone than with the devil.’ I think that just goes back to wanting to feel empowered about independence, rather than feel like, ‘Oh, poor me, I’m alone.’ It’s not really like that.” She added, “I wrote the song a year ago. I was coming out of a breakup from a really long relationship. I think the song still resonates with me because I definitely look at relationships really differently.”

The Colombian-American singer has hinted at a Spanish album in the near future. 

“For my next album, I’m really going back to my roots, experimenting more with my music, not thinking so hard and not trying so hard — just free-flowing,” she said in an interview. The album would be predominantly in Spanish with some Spanglish, because that’s how Latinos live their everyday lives and we can’t wait to listen to the final result. “When I really want to say something that I feel I have to say in English, I will switch over because I’m not going to force it, but a lot of it will be in Spanish,” Uchis told People en Español. “Solita” is the first single off the album. “I’m at a point in my life where I don’t feel like I have to prove anything to anybody anymore. I’m growing every year.”

Kali Uchis wonders if she tried a little ‘too hard’ to prove herself in her debut album. 

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Reflecting on “Isolation”, Kali says she wonders if worrying about proving herself led her to overthink too much. “Looking back on it, I did tell true stories that were happening in my life on ‘Isolation,’ but I was a little too concerned about like, ‘This is my first album, I have to get the Gorillaz on it, Kevin Parker from Tame Impala, Tyler [the Creator], Bootsy [Collins].’ I felt like I had to pull everyone that I love into the project in order to prove myself as this genius.” 

She’s very proud of the result, nonetheless.

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“Someone coming from where I come from would have never even thought I would be able to get all those different artists on a project and be able to make it sound like one cohesive project,” Uchis told People en Español. “Project is the best word for [Isolation] — it was an experiment.”

Now, she’s happy to feel less pressure when she’s in the studio.

Who else is ready for some new music from Kali Uchis?

READ: In Her Latest Video, Kali Uchis Goes Shopping For A Lover, Who Turns Out To Be Tyler, The Creator

Fans Are Telling Offset To Watch His Back After They Discovered How Hot Cardi B’s Bodyguard Is

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Fans Are Telling Offset To Watch His Back After They Discovered How Hot Cardi B’s Bodyguard Is

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As you may know, on Tuesday Cardi B made an appearance at Queens Criminal Court to deal with the case of attempted assault on New York bartenders Sarah “Jade” Wattley and Rachel Wattley. While Cardi immediately made headlines for her fashion-forward outfit that consisted of a large black coat decked out in feathers and a matching wide-brimmed hat, another member of her entourage was making headlines for an entirely different reason

Of the litany of paparazzi pictures documenting Cardi entering the courthouse, Cardi’s fans clocked the visage of a particularly handsome man closely following Cardi In the background  The gentleman in question was revealed to be Cardi B’s bodyguard, who goes by the name of Price. Wearing a black turtleneck, a gray blazer, and a trendy fisherman beanie, Mr. Price looked as if he just stepped out of a Calvin Klein ad.

As soon as the internet set their sights on Cardi’s bodyguard, all mention of her legal woes went out the window.

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With his chiseled jawline, furrowed brow and pouty lips, it seems as if Price was born to become an internet thirst trap. His Instagram feed is chock-full of pictures of him smoldering for the camera, decked to the nines in stylish designer clothes. It’s safe to say that Price could have had a very successful career as a male model if he hadn’t pursued a career in security.

But based off of his social media activity, Price seems to be completely content with his current calling. According to his Instagram page, Price owns and operates Priceless Protection Services, a private security company that’s based out of Georgia. He frequently shares posts about how blessed he feels to have the job he does. On Cardi’s birthday, Price shared a photo of the two of them on his page, with a caption that read: “It’s an honor continuing to protect you and your family”.

Not only is Price a successful businessman, but he appears to be a devoted father as well.

Adorably enough, Price often shares photos of himself with his son, the most recent one being on Thanksgiving. He captioned the precious photo of him and his son: “He has me lost for words when I usually have so much to say”. No word yet on whether Price is single or taken (but we’re hoping for the former).

According to Price’s Instagram page, he is also a loyal employee. He appears to have a close relationship with his employer, frequently singing Cardi’s praises through effusive posts, like the most recent one congratulating Cardi for gracing the cover of Vogue. “You are 100% deserving of god‘s plan for your life,” he captioned under a photo of Cardi holding her baby, Kulture.

Considering the popularity of Cardi’s hot bodyguard, it could be possible that she hired him in order to detract attention from her frequent headline-making antics.

It should be noted that Cardi wasn’t visiting Queens Criminal Court for a lighthearted matter. The “I Like It” singer was attending a hearing related to the 2018 altercation she had with Sarah “Jade” Wattley and Rachel Wattley outside of a New York strip club.

According to sources, Cardi tried to attack the Wattley sisters in retaliation for Jade’s romantic involvement with her husband, Offset. Cardi was charged and arrested in October 2018 for her involvement in the altercation, and earlier this year she pled not guilty to two felony counts of attempted assault as well as the lesser counts such of harassment, conspiracy, and reckless endangerment. In other words, Cardi is dealing with a lot right now.

Naturally, Twitter users couldn’t get enough of the tall, dark, and handsome Mr. Price.

People were shook that Cardi could be constantly surrounded by such a snack without giving into the temptation of…indulging.

This Twitter user decided to use the buzz around Cardi’s bodyguard to shoot her shot:

We can’t blame a girl for trying.

This girl decided to keep her love for price simple and to the point:

Join the club, chica.

This person had a brilliant idea after seeing pics of Cardi with Price:

We would even settle for a reality show at this point.

Some people had some spot-on jokes about how Offset should be watching his back:

Yes, we know Offset and Cardi have a solid relationship, but if there’s one thing that can sever a bond as strong as theirs, it’s a razor-sharp jawline.