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A Musical About The Life Of Rock N’ Roll Legend Ritchie Valens Is Reportedly Being Developed For Broadway

It’s been more than 60 years since Rock N’ Roll legend Ritchie Valens tragically passed away but his legacy is still relevant today more than ever. That’s why a new stage musical about the rock pioneer is in the works, according to Deadline. The show, titled “Come On, Let’s Go,” a reference to his 1958 hit single, will be produced by Brad Garfield, while the play will be written by Richard Montoya. Los Lobos’ Louie Perez and David Hidalgo will be behind the original music and the show will be directed by Tony Taccone (Latin History for Morons).

The plan is to develop the production in southern California next year and hopefully bring the show to Broadway after that. It will focus on the life of Valens growing in the San Fernando Valley and his quick rise to Rock N’ Roll fame. This will be the first big project focusing on the life of Valens since the 1987 biopic “La Bamba.” Garfield has the backing of the Valens family and says the production is a tribute to his iconic role in music history. 

“We are excited to create an original rock musical–a rockumentary that needs to be told about a legendary pioneer…With 100 percent support from Ritchie’s three siblings who are still alive, our award-winning team is filled with desire, passion, and responsibility on keeping Ritchie’s true legacy alive,” Garfield said in a press release.

Ritchie Valens is not only an icon in Rock N’ Roll but a pioneer in the Chicano rock movement. 

The late Mexican-American star is beloved by countless Latinos who grew up playing his music and wanted to be just like him. To understand the importance of Ritchie Valens, you have to start with his upbringing in Pacoima, California where he grew up in a working-class Latino household. By the age of 17, Valens, a self-taught musician, was already a star in the San Fernando Valley playing local gigs. After meeting Bob Keane, the owner of the record label Del-Fi Records, an incredible recording career that lasted only eight months would ensue. 

It was instant stardom for Valens when his hit single “La Bamba,” which Valens adapted from a Mexican folk song, shot to the top of the music charts. With his fusion of guitar and vocals, Valens made the song his own and had a crossover hit that made him beloved in many Latino circles that never heard a Spanish-speaking rock star before. 

Just as his fame was rising, tragedy struck on February 3, 1959, a day described as the “Day the Music Died.” Valens, along with other hit rock & roll stars, J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson and Buddy Holly, died in a unfortunate plane crash. The tragic event would leave a gaping hole in the Rock N’ Roll industry that would be felt for decades. 

Ritchie Valens was just 17 years old at the time of his death. His song “Dona” would eventually peak at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 after his death. Valens was posthumously inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

The upcoming production is a long time coming and is a well-deserved tribute to one of Rock N’ Roll’s biggest icons.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Garfield, who plans to include never-before-heard music from Valens in the play, says that he wants to tell a new story about Valens that audiences might not be aware of. He says that most people connect Valens’s story with that of the 1987 film but instead, he wants the production to show who the Rock legend really was and his ensuing impact. 

“‘La Bamba’ was a great commercial success, but Ritchie wasn’t ‘La Bamba’ and ‘La Bamba’ wasn’t Ritchie,” Garfield said. “Ritchie’s music was diverse. It’s an exciting blend of true rock & roll.” 

Garfield hopes a whole new generation will get to learn and love Valens and his incredible rise to fame that left the world wanting more. With a musical, that will include songs that influenced Ritchie himself, fans should be in for an amazing show that will only serve as another reminder of his legacy. 

“Ritchie lived the American Dream, which wasn’t an easy task for a Chicano in the late 1950s and, as we see in our world today, these difficulties and prejudices that Ritchie faced are still a reality in 2019. Ritchie was a pioneer, and he had an original sound that truly opened the door to Latin rock & roll,” Garfield said. “His journey is a journey that needs to be told in a documentary-type of way through his music and new music by no other than Louie Perez and David Hildalgo of Los Lobos. They encompass the true meaning  and understanding of who Ritchie was.”

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Selena Gomez Releases New Spanish-Language Single ‘De Una Vez’ and Teases Full Spanish Album: ‘I’m Targeting My Heritage’

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Selena Gomez Releases New Spanish-Language Single ‘De Una Vez’ and Teases Full Spanish Album: ‘I’m Targeting My Heritage’

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Good news, Selenators! Word on the street is that Selena Gomez will soon be dropping her first-ever Spanish language album. The rumors started after Gomez dropped a surprising (and beautiful!) new Spanish-language single, “De Una Vez”.

Soon after the single dropped, rumors of a full Spanish-language studio album began to swirl when murals promoting “De Una Vez” and a yet-unreleased single “Baila Conmigo” popped up across, Mexico.

To make matters even better, Selena already dropped “De Una Vez”‘s music video.

The lush and imaginative video has been garnering praise for its inclusion of Latin American visuals and symbols. Gomez hired Tania Verduzco and Adrian Perez to direct her video–a husband and wife team who hail from Mexico and Spain, respectively and go by the moniker Los Pérez.

Of hiring Spanish speakers to direct her video, Gomez revealed to Vogue online that the decision was intentional. “If I was going to completely immerse myself into a project inspired by Latin culture, I wanted to work with native Spanish speaking creators,” she said.

And indeed, Verduzco and Perez tried to infuse as much Latin spirit into the video’s conception as possible.

“Magical realism has always been part of the Latin culture, whether it be in art or telenovelas,” Gomez told Vogue. “I wanted [to capture] that sense of a supernatural world.”

They accomplished this sense of magical realism by utilizing motifs from Mexican folk art, like Milagro, which is symbolized by the glowing heart that is beating within Gomez’s chest throughout the video.

“We wanted to play with powerful language and images. We designed the heart—we call it the Milagro in Mexican culture—and its light to be a metaphor for the healing throughout the story,” Verduzco told Vogue.

Selena Gomez fans are especially excited about this project because Gomez has long hinted at her desire to release a Spanish-language album.

Back in 2011, Gomez tweeted about her plans to eventually record an entire album in Spanish. “Can’t wait for y’all to hear the Spanish record;) it’s sounding so cool,” she wrote.

She retweeted the sentiment on Thursday with the comment: “I think it will be worth the wait”–which many fans took as confirmation that a full studio album is on its way.

It’s worth noting that Gomez has already dipped her toe into the Latin music scene with 2010’s “Un Año Sin Lluvia” and 2018’s DJ Snake, Ozuna and Cardi B collab, “Taki Taki”.

As for the difficulty of recording songs in a second language, Gomez said that it was a practice that came naturally.

“I actually think I sing better in Spanish. That was something I discovered,” she said in an interview for Apple Music. “It was a lot of work, and look, you cannot mispronounce anything. It is something that needed to be precise, and needed to be respected by the audience I’m going to release this for.”

She continued: “Of course I want everyone to enjoy the music, but I am targeting my fan base. I’m targeting my heritage, and I couldn’t be more excited.”

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Bad Bunny Talks Depression And Says Sometimes He Still Feels Like The Boy Who Bagged Groceries Back Home

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Bad Bunny Talks Depression And Says Sometimes He Still Feels Like The Boy Who Bagged Groceries Back Home

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Bad Bunny is on top of the world. Or, at least, that’s how it appears to all of us on the outside enjoying his record-breaking year. Not only did he release three albums in 2020 but he also landed his debut acting role in the Netflix series Narcos: Mexico and from his Instagram stories, he seems to be in a happy, contentful relationship.

But like so many others, Bad Bunny has his experience with mental health issues, of which he recently opened up about in an interview with El País.

Bad Bunny recently spoke up about his struggle with depression.

Despite his immense success that’s catapulted him to, arguably, the world’s biggest superstar, Bad Bunny admits that sometimes he still feels like the young man who bagged groceries in a supermarket.

The reggaetonero revealed in an interview with El País that right as his career really started to take off, he was not happy. “You asked me before how I hadn’t gone crazy. Well, I think that was the moment that was going to determine if I was going to go crazy or not. From 2016 to 2018 I disappeared, I was stuck in a capsule, without knowing anything. The world saw me, but I was missing,” he said.

Although no doctor diagnosed him, he is sure of what was happening. it only did he feel lost and empty but he had stopped doing many of the things that brought him joy, like watching movies and boxing. Without realizing it, he had also fallen out of contact with much of his family, with whom he was typically very close.

“And that’s when I said: who am I? What’s going on?” he told El País. When he returned home to Puerto Rico from spending time in Argentina, he was able to get back into the right state of mind and remember who he was.

Despite his success, Bad Bunny still worries he’s in financial trouble.

Although today, he is the number one Latin artist on Spotify and the awards for his music keep coming, there are times when Bad Bunny still thinks that he has financial problems.

“Not long ago, I was 100% clear in my head what I have achieved, maybe a year or six months ago; but until then, many times I forgot, I felt that I was the kid from the supermarket. He would happen something and say: “Hell!” And then: “Ah, no, wait, if I have here,” he said, touching his pocket.

Much like Bad Bunny, J Balvin has also been candid about his own mental health struggles.

Bad Bunny is just the most recent to speak to the emotional havoc he experiences despite being a global superstar. And, thankfully, like many other celebrities, he’s been able to find refuge in a reality that allows him to keep his feet on the ground so that he too can enjoy the achievements of his career.

Much like El Conejo, J Balvin is known for the brightness of his style and mentality. But he’s long addressed the importance of caring for one’s mental health. During his Arcoíris Tour, he encouraged people to not be ashamed of seeking professional help, and let the audience know they are not alone.   

“Las enfermedades de salud mental son una realidad. Yo he sufrido de depresión y he sufrido de ansiedad, así que tengo que aceptarlo. Y eso me hace más humano, me hace entender que la vida tiene pruebas,” Balvin said. “Pero si alguien está pasando una situación difícil, no están solos, siempre llega la luz. Tarde o temprano llega la luz.”  

“Mental health illnesses are a reality. I have suffered from depression and anxiety, so I have to accept it. And this makes me more human. It makes me understand that life has challenges,” Balvin said in Spanish. “But if someone is going through a difficult time, they are not alone, light always comes. Sooner or later, the light comes.”  

We need more men like Benito and J Balvin to speak up about their mental health struggles, to help destroy the stigma that exists within our community.

And in the same interview, he also spoke about why he works to elevate the Spanish language.

As for the possibility of singing in English, the answer remains the same: a resounding no.

“You have to break this view that the gringos are Gods…No, papi,” he told El País. And, although he’s collaborated with artists like Drake, Cardi B and Jennifer Lopez, he has always sang in Spanish and with his famous accent.

“I am very proud to reach the level where we are speaking in Spanish, and not only in Spanish, but in the Spanish that we speak in Puerto Rico. Without changing the accent,” he said.

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