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Singers Are Releasing New Quarantine Renditions Of Their Top Songs, Racking Up Millions Of Views

Besides the live concerts that artists have been performing on their digital platforms, many singers and musicians are experimenting with the possibilities of recording songs and shooting music videos from home. Residente, who has become an interviewer to prominent political figures on his Instagram Live account, has also been one of the most active songwriters. Some of his new songs include “Apocalipto,” “Latinoamerica,” and “Rene” in a project he has dubbed Edición Cuarentena.

“Este tema lo escribí hace varios años atrás en Beijing, China. Creo que carga con la energía de lo que sucede en estos momentos. Pero, aunque pase lo que pase aquí estamos los seres humanos esperando a enfrentar lo que venga como hermanos” said Residente.

Translation: “I wrote this song a few years ago in Beijing, China. I believe it carries with it the energy of what’s happening during these times. Come what may, we’ll be here and face it as human beings and as brothers and sisters,” said Residente in an interview.

The video reached one million views in one week after its launch, and on March 31 Residente introduced “Latinoamérica.”

This time he was accompanied by Kianí Medina on vocals, and on instruments, he had Gustavo Santaolalla, Thomas Pridgen, and Leo Genovese, among others.

And here is the video for “René,” a biographical song:

La Oreja de Van Gogh sent an encouraging message saying, “So many sleepless nights, so many friends and unforgettable memories in Madrid. Sending you lots of courage and strength from Donosti, we’ll get through this together. ¡Fuerza Madrid!” as the group wrote on their Facebook while they presented an emotional rendition of “Cafe con Sal” via three screens.

Other artists that have accomplished making versions of their own songs or songs they admire are Alejandro Sanz, Paula Arenas, and Reik. The Spaniard, alongside Juanes, sang “Contigo” by Joaquin Sabina in a concert via YouTube.

On their part, Reik accepted Sebastián Yatra’s challenge and shared on their Instagram their own version of the recent Colombiano’s song with Ricky Martin.

Check out Reik’s rendition of “Falta Amor”:

Paula Arenas brings us memories of Agustín Lara as part of the #MiCasaEsTuCasa series that Paula has presented on her YouTube channel, we were blessed with this version of “Piensa en mi.” The song was written in 1935 by Mexican songwriter Agustín Lara and his sister, Maria Teresa Lara.

For this version, Paula relied on the participation of her band’s musical director, Sebastián Mejia, and the filming and sound engineering of Colombian Maria Elisa Ayerbe and Nicholás Achury, and Indigo Films were in charge of the visual elements.

Maná has also been busy bringing us new renditions of their songs, giving us “Huele a Tristeza” last month.

Check out more new quarantine music, here. 

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We Finally Know What Jennifer Lopez Thinks About ‘Selena: the Series’ on Netflix

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We Finally Know What Jennifer Lopez Thinks About ‘Selena: the Series’ on Netflix

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Netflix’s new show, “Selena: The Series” is set to premiere this Friday and everyone who was a fan of the incomparable Selena Quintanilla is beside themselves with excitement.

We don’t know a ton about the upcoming series yet, just the little information that Netflix has released about the general plot and cast. Per Netflix, the series will focus on Selena as she “comes of age and realizes her dreams”.

It will also focus on her family and, of course, her music. According to reports, we also know that the Quintanilla family is involved in the series. Relative unknown Christian Serratos will be playing La Reina herself.

But what we’ve all been dying to know since the new series was announced in 2018 is: What does JLo think?

Lopez famously played Selena to great critical acclaim in 1997. Well, folks, we finally have an answer! Lopez appeared on the series’ official Instagram account to give the upcoming series her full support.

In a video posted to the account, Lopez talks about the new series. “Guys, I don’t know if you’ve heard about this new Selena series on Netflix,” Lopez says, laughing a bit because yes we all know and we literally can’t wait. “Playing Selena was kind of a landmark moment in my career. And I was so excited when I saw the trailer and heard about it.”

She also added that she thinks the new show will introduce tons of new fans to Selena’s story and her music.

“It’s a great way for this generation to get to know Selena,” Lopez continued on the Instagram video. “I love Selena. She’s such a big part of my life and my career. And I can’t wait to see it!”

Jennifer Lopez famously starred in the original movie about the Queen of Tejano music in 1997. At the time of its release, the movie was a critical and commercial hit. It’s no wonder that, in the time of spin-offs and reboots, Netflix decided to cash in on the devotion of Quintanilla’s built-in audience.

Christian Serratos is definitely feeling the pressure when it comes to portraying Selena after Lopez’s pivotal 1997 performance.

Addressing the pressure of tackling her own version of Selena Quintanilla after Jennifer Lopez’s version has become so popular over the years, Serratos said she’s trying not to let the pressure get to her.

“Sometimes I do have to remind myself that I can’t please everybody because I’m human,” she said in an interview with The Big Ticket. “But the thing I tried to do first and foremost was to honestly portray her spirit because I think that’s what made her so lovely and so iconic.”

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‘Saved By the Bell’ Reboot Mocks Selena Gomez’s Kidney Transplant and Francia Raísa Thinks It’s Not Funny

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‘Saved By the Bell’ Reboot Mocks Selena Gomez’s Kidney Transplant and Francia Raísa Thinks It’s Not Funny

It appears that the Saved By the Bell reboot is off to a bad start. The much anticipated NBCUniversal’s Peacock series garnered tons of negative press over the weekend for making what many viewers considered inappropriate jokes about Selena Gomez’s health struggles.

One of the offensive scenes in question had two characters arguing about whether Gomez’s kidney donor was “Justin Bieber’s mom” or Demi Lovato. Later in the episode, a wall was spray-painted with the words: “Does Selena Gomez even have a kidney?”

Fans flocked to social media to condemn the program for making light of Gomez’s harrowing health journey.

“I can officially say that this generation is full of some sick and insensitive ppl,” wrote one Selena stan on Twitter. “The fact that if her surgery went wrong, she wouldnt be here today. and a whole ass show producer thought it was okay to mock her for it? the script writers too? what??” Many similar sentiments were echoed on social media.

The blowback became so bad that NBCUniversal was forced to apologize for the tasteless joke. They have since removed the “jokes” from the episode.

“We apologize. It was never our intention to make light of Selena’s health. We have been in touch with her team and will be making a donation to her charity, The Selena Gomez Fund for Lupus Research at USC,” they said in a statement.

Selena Gomez’s kidney donor, fellow actress Francia Raísa, addressed NBCUniversal’s apology via Twitter. “Appreciate the apology but let’s not forget about the donors that potentially felt offended and dismissed from the spray paint written on the wall,” she said.

Selena Gomez has been candid about the trauma she’s endured over the years due to her autoimmune disease, lupus. Gomez’s lupus forced her to undergo chemotherapy and eventually, seek a kidney transplant.

“I had arthritis. My kidneys were shutting down. My mentality was just to keep going,” Selena revealed in a 2017 interview with the Today Show. “That was it. And I didn’t want to ask a single person in my life and that was the day I came home, when I found out, and [Raísa] volunteered and did it.”

But Gomez’s kidney transplant wasn’t the end of her health journey, both mental and physical.

After her surgery, Gomez struggled with body image issues, specifically surrounding her surgery scar. In a recent Instagram post, Gomez revealed that it took her a while to become confident in her own skin after her surgery.

“When I got my kidney transplant, I remember it being very difficult at first showing my scar,” she wrote. “I didn’t want it to be in photos, so I wore things that would cover it up. Now, more than ever, I feel confident in who I am and what I went through.”

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