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Reggaeton Super Star Ozuna Doesn’t Care About Being ‘The King Of Reggaeton:’ ‘I Do It For My People’

The reggaeton superstar, Juan Carlos Ozuna has become a chart-topping artist with lots of accolades. The singer is best known for singing positive and uplifting songs and making a point of avoiding profanity out of respect for his daughter. His unique voice and the upbeat nature of his music have made him a global sensation. Except, this week, Ozuna told The New York Post that he doesn’t care to be called “The King of Reggaeton.”

Ozuna grew up in Puerto Rico, and has been writing songs since he was 12 years old. 

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He dropped his first hit in 2015 with “Si Tu Marido No Te Quiere,” and in 2016 with “La Ocasion.” He released a remix to supertstar Daddy Yankee’s song “No Quiere Enamorarse” and racked up millions of views and streams. 

Ozuna’s first full-length album ‘Odisea’ topped the charts and he became a sensation.

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His first full-length album dropped in 2017. ‘Odisea’ featured guest appearances by Reggaeton icons like De la Ghetto, Anuel AA, J Balvin, and others. His debut album peaked at number one on the Top Latin Albums chart. And though he’s been hailed as “the new king of reggaeton,” Ozuna is reluctant to wear the crown. 

He doesn’t do music for titles or awards, “I work for my people.”

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“I’m not doing music for everybody to call me ‘the king,’ ” says the 27-year-old Puerto Rican artist, who’s dropping his third album, “Nibiru,” on Friday. “I’m doing music for my people; I work for my people. I’m doing this because I love it.”

Ozuna loves his people, and they love him back. His albums have earned him multiple awards and lots of success.

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When the love is genuine, it’s tangible, and reciprocated. In 2018, ‘el negrito ojos claros’ finished with the Top 2 LPs, his 2017 debut, “Odisea,” and its follow-up, “Aura,” on Billboard’s year-end Top Latin Albums Chart. In April of this year, he took home 11 trophies, including artist of the year, at the Billboard Latin Music Awards, becoming the biggest winner in a single night in the event’s history.

Now, the singer’s getting ready for what’s coming. He has a big week ahead of him.

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In addition to the release of “Nibiru,” which will be his third studio album, the reggaetonero is scheduled to perform at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and at the Prudential Center on Friday as part of the Mega Bash, an all-star Latin concert. 

The Puerto Rican singer has crossed over to U.S. audiences by collaborating with huge Hip Hop and pop stars.

Crossover audiences have gotten to know Ozuna, too, thanks to his international smash “Taki Taki” in collaboration with Cardi B, Selena Gomez and DJ Snake. Another high-profile collab that boosted his career, was 2018’s “La Modelo” with American rapper Cardi B, which marked Ozuna‘s first entry on the Hot 100.

“That’s my sister; that’s my family,” said Ozuna in an interview with The New York Post, about the Bronx rapper, who he first met in 2014. “I had a show in New York at La Boom [in Queens]. Somebody told me, ‘Yo, Cardi B’s coming to see you.’ I said, ‘Who’s Cardi B?’”

Although Ozuna has only recorded in Spanish so far, he’d like to expand his repertoire of songs in the future.

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“Yeah, I want to record in English,” he says. “I’m working on my English right now.” Growing up in Puerto Rico, Ozuna was influenced by old school reggaeton stars like Don Omar, Wisin y Yandel, and Daddy Yankee; “the real, real reggaeton,” as he puts it. As well as taking in influences by hip-hop and R&B heavyweights such as Jay-Z and Usher. But music was already in his genes from his Dominican dad, who was a dancer for the reggaeton artist Vico C. “I got it in my blood,” Ozuna says of his father, who was fatally shot when the singer was just 3.

Ozuna is celebrating Thanksgiving with his family in New York. 

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The reggaeton singer is bringing his family over from Puerto Rico, to be there with him at the parade. His family’s made up of his wife Taina Marie Meléndez and their two kids, daughter Sofia and son Jacob. About riding atop a float at the iconic parade, he says, “That’s a dream because I’ve seen it on TV for years. And now I’m going to perform. That’s awesome! So I’m going to bring the best energy.”

Ozuna’s having a very busy Christmas this year.

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As for the rest of the holiday season, the singer will be busy with the launch of his new album, preparing for a world tour in 2020 beginning in the Dominican Republic in February. “Man, I gotta work!” he says, although he plans to be back home in Puerto Rico with his family to have a feliz Navidad. “But for me,” he says, “every day is Christmas.”

The singer is dropping his third album, “Nibiru,” this Friday.

READ: Ozuna Shatters World Records, Honored With Four Guinness World Record Titles

Sofia Vergara Recalls Brother’s Death During Powerful AGT Audition: ‘I Can Feel Your Pain’

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Sofia Vergara Recalls Brother’s Death During Powerful AGT Audition: ‘I Can Feel Your Pain’

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A recent audition on “America’s Got Talent” made judge Sofia Vergara so emotional that it inspired her to open up about a tragedy very personal to her.

On Tuesday’s episode of the competition series, Vergara watched 27-year-old Brandon Leake take the stage to deliver a spoken-word performance that resonated with Vergara.

Leake, a former high school English teacher introduced his piece by dedicating it to his sister.

“Love is the most vulnerable thing one will ever have,” Leake explained during his performance “And you must learn to hold onto it loosely so when it leaves it won’t exit so painfully.” During the performance, Leake recalled losing his sister in the late ‘90s saying “I’m still haunted by these nightmares ’cause I have a really creative mind, and sometimes it designs these alternate realities where she is still here.”

Continuing Leake said “Still alive, and all the things I wish we could have done are played again and again and again. I’m tired of playing God ’cause I gotta come to terms with the fact that my sister ain’t never comin’ back.”

The “Modern Family” actress became visibly emotional during the performance and teared up.

Judges Howie Mandel and Simon Cowell were quick to give Leakes a standing ovation.

“What an amazing tribute,” Cowell said. “There’s something very, very special about you. This is a very difficult thing for me to judge. I shouldn’t be judging it, I just want to compliment you on what you just did because it was extraordinary.”

Mandel commended Leake’s performance saying “we feel your pain, we feel your love, and you moved me to do this” before hitting the Golden Buzzer which means he is being sent straight to the AGT live shows.

Vergara shared with Leake that his poem reminded her of the loss and grief she experienced after losing her own brother.”My brother passed away the same year that your sister passed away. I can feel your pain; I know what this is. I know what it is to have somebody taken from you without you knowing,” Vergara said before going on to say that the poem was “very beautiful for me.”

On Tuesday evening, Vergara tweeted that Leake’s performance was “a great way to end the night!!!”

In 1998, Vergara’s older brother Rafael was murdered while men attempted to kidnap him.

Vergara opened up about the death in 2011 for a Parade cover story, telling the magazine “My older brother, Rafael, was killed in Colombia… “Mother was like a zombie… I wanted to be with them. So I got a big house and we all lived together. I am so grateful to be in this country.”

Quibi Is Doing A ‘Princess Bride’ Remake Of Sorts Starring Sophie Turner And Joe Jonas

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Quibi Is Doing A ‘Princess Bride’ Remake Of Sorts Starring Sophie Turner And Joe Jonas

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Inconceivable?

Just when we thought the ‘80s classic The Princess Bride was untouchable in terms of facing a remake, Quibi decided to take it on amid the current pandemic. According to The New York Post, the American short-form mobile video platform is going DIY with the beloved film. The celeb-studded film will see the stars use their phones to film and edit the series. The homemade fan film will premiere exclusively on the platform and will debut two chapters at a time.

“Game Of Thrones” star Sophie Turner and her husband Joe Jonas are set to play the lead romantic couple… with a twist.

Turner will take on the role of lovestruck Westley while Jonas will take on Princess Buttercup. Joining the couple is an all-star cast that includes Beanie Feldstein, Zazie Beetz, Hugh Jackman, Chris Pine, Keegan-Michael Key, Tiffany Haddish. Actor Fred Savage, who played the role of The Grandson in the original film, will also return, this time as… The Grandson. So it will most certainly be funny.

“The actors will trade-off roles throughout scenes, each paying homage to The Princess Bride in their own unique way,” the New York Post reported about the fan-made film. The outlet also revealed that in order to keep up with scenes that require crowds, they’ll use Legos and stuffed animals.

Turns out COVID-19 inspires creativity?

Fortunately, this reboot has a pretty great purpose other than staving off boredom.

Quibi has pledged to donate $1 million in honor of the homemade fan-made film to give to World Central Kitchen, an organization striving to provide meals to those in need during the pandemic.

The first chapter of this quirky project is set to debut on June 29.