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Selena Gomez’s New Album ‘Rare’ Is Her Final ‘Goodbye’ To Justin Bieber

Four tumultuous and headline-heavy years after the release of her last album, Selena Gomez wowed fans by dropping her striking new record, Rare, on Global Release Day. So far, it’s been touted as a vibrant ode to self-love and acceptance, embracing confidence in the face of strife and distress. Gomez herself has described the album as “the most honest music” she’s ever made, presenting it as a sort of diary of her past few years—and, needless to say, the internet is having a serious heyday in the face of this epic new new.

Kickstarting her entertainment career as Alex Russo on Disney Channel’s Wizards of Waverly Place, Gomez catalyzed her role as a solo pop artist with 2013’s Stars Dance, a record that met mixed reviews with its heavily electronic tone. Stars Dance was followed by 2015’s Revival, which explored the conflicts of Gomez’s personal life through a more sultry, mid-tempo sound, ultimately putting Gomez on the map as a pop artist with serious potential. And now, four years later, fans can revel in what many are calling Gomez’s best album yet: a deeply confessional record that chronicles the myriad of highly-publicized struggles Gomez has endured since the release of her sophomore album.

An example: the Billboard-Hot-100 topping single, “Lose You to Love Me,” was evidently written after Gomez returned from a stay in a mental health treatment center.

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The song seems to allude to the high-profile, on-again-off-again relationship shared by Gomez and Justin Bieber, even referencing the two-month period between their breakup in 2018 and the start of Bieber’s new romance with Hailey Baldwin. Collaborator Julia Michaels had allegedly begun the composition, eventually showing it to Gomez when she returned from treatment.

“When I walked in [the studio], it was literally just the piano and the chorus and a bit of the first verse and I just sat there,” Gomez explained. “And I tell people this, too, because it was also such a very raw moment. A, I had just gotten back, but B, we were in the bright daylight, and that’s not normally how you’re maybe talking about something like that.”

“Look at Her Now” shares a similar theme, chronicling a breakup (with Bieber or The Weeknd?) that led her to be “sad / but now she’s glad she dodged a bullet.” When describing this incredibly symphonic, catchy bop, Gomez said: “It’s about kind of redeeming yourself and making sure that you acknowledge that you kind of mess up and you go through your stuff but you can always come out of it just feeling like a boss.” This sentiment seems totally entwined in the effervescent, bouncy beat and the colorful aura of the music video, released back in October.

And in the titular song—which begins our journey through the album’s sequence of synth-heavy melodies and airy vocals—Gomez addresses a lover, telling them: “it feels like you don’t care / why don’t you recognize I’m so rare? / always there / you don’t do the same for me, that’s not fair.”

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Although the subject matter of these songs is rather heavy, steeped in vulnerability and raw emotion, the songs are composed with a clear lightness, a vibrancy embodied further by the luminescent rainbows threaded through the pixels of the accompanying music videos.

Beyond the breakup fodder, one might assume the song “Dance Again” to carry a certain darkness and intensity, as it refers to Gomez’s famous battle with lupus—a struggle that garnered much attention in 2017 when Gomez posted a photo following a kidney transplant made possible by her best friend, actress Francia Raisa. But even this track is layered with lively synth sounds, all merging to create a chewy, up-tempo track that urges the listener to move, to revel in Gomez’s gratitude to be able to dance after enduring so many mental and physical health challenges. And as we jump around, sharing Gomez’s excitement and celebrating her return to a confident, self-assured, and strong state, we hear her sing: “All the trauma’s in remission / no, I don’t need permission / feels so, feels so, feels so good to dance again.”

There has been an outpouring of support from fans all across social media, with people expressing their love of the new album—from the slightly more experimental sound, to the rawness and vulnerability of the lyrics.

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And Gomez has been making sure the album stays at the very top of people’s feeds, posting content that gives her followers a behind-the-scenes look at each new music video. As people continue to discover this delightful new release, we look forward to all the supplementary Rare content that’s sure to pop up in the meantime, rooting for Gomez’s progress all the while.

Mariah Gives A Little More ‘Perreito’ This Quarantine

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Mariah Gives A Little More ‘Perreito’ This Quarantine

The voice behind “Perreito,” Mariah Angeliq, gives an inside scoop on what she has coming up in her next projects and what she’s doing at home during the quarantine.

Mariah Angelique Pérez, known in the music industry as Mariah Angeliq, is a US-based reggaeton and trap artist that has hustled to quickly place herself at the top of the urban music genre.

The 20-year-old artist already has one hit single under her belt, “Perreito,” which has made everyone rush to the dance floor. Latido music interviewed the artist, who was born in Miami, to talk about what she’s up to during quarantine. She also shared another secret that you’re about to find out. 😉

Q: Mariah, you’re only 20 years old yet you have a huge career in the industry…How did this happen?

A: When you’re really young, sometimes people don’t pay much attention to you. The music industry is complicated, nonetheless, I let my music speak for itself.

Q: You ran away from home and your musical career began, what was that experience like?

A: Haha, it was hard but I had to do it. My mom was very overprotective with me and she didn’t let me do what I wanted, but I knew I had the talent to make it, to grow in music if that’s what I decided to do. When I took that risk was when I met Nelly, El Arma Secreta, and that’s when I realized that you have to risk it all to be who you really want to be.

Q: How did you become so close to El Arma Secreta?

A: I met Nelly in the studio, back when I only sang in English. He saw something in me that he liked, so we started working together and Nelly said something like, “we have to have her sing in Spanish!” and that was that.

Q: How have you been dealing with the quarantine and everything surrounding COVID-19?

A: I always try to look on the bright side of things. I’ve written a lot of songs during quarantine, I’ve been concentrating on myself, my career, and the good that can come from this moment.

Q: Has the quarantine affected any plans?

A: Yes, I think for all artists. 2020 is the year when I was most active in concerts and events and well, everything seems to be on pause for the moment. To give you some perspective, I opened up Premio Lo Nuestro and that was a huge step in my career and as soon as this is over I’ll be back for more.

Q: You’ve had a few releases these last few months, can we expect more music from Mariah as an antivirus?

A: Yes, I’ve had a few releases, canciones cabronas. Not too long ago I released “Y Que Paso?” beside Brray and the track goes hard and as for quarantine, you’re going to see a lot more. I have a whole lineup of songs for you to enjoy at home right now, even some big collaborations with Ñengo Flow and Lyanno, están cabronas.

Chosen by Pandora as one of their “Latino Artists to Follow in 2020,” Mariah Angeliq has managed to be seen in the urban music scene as a promising artist in the genre, and as she mentioned, there’s even more to come this quarantine.

Nothing left to do now but prepare ourselves and enjoy a little “Perreito” during quarantine.

Click here to learn more about Mariah. 

The Music Industry Has Stepped Up As The Pandemic’s Most Generous Donor

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The Music Industry Has Stepped Up As The Pandemic’s Most Generous Donor

The music industry has been among the most affected by COVID-19, but, as businessman Stephen Brooks says, it has responded with great “generosity.”

Even though the growth in revenue in the music industry doesn’t compare with that of audiovisual productions or video games, it has been the industry that has demonstrated the most altruism during the global COVID-19 crisis.

“Everyone from the artists to the businesses have been hit hard by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Stephen Brooks, creator of the online music channel Latido Music, told Efe.

Nonetheless, he affirms that “they have demonstrated such generosity that brings honor to our art. I’ve never been more proud to belong to the global music family.”

This pride is due to the response of artists towards the crisis, as they were among the first entertainment figures to support the creation of funds to help the working class, provide concerts on social media, and give donations to help fight the pandemic.

Ricky Martin was among the first to come forward and, through his Instagram, has insisted to his followers the importance of staying home and donating to foundations that are helping to fight the virus.

The virtual concert phenomenon began with Juanes and Alejandro Sanz, whose approach was then followed by Panamanian artist Sech and Jorge Drexler, from Uruguay, who hoped to bring their music to the homes of their fans. Eventually, businesses both small and large and TV channels followed their lead.

Anglo-Saxon artists have also started their own initiatives. Rihanna announced that she had donated five million dollars through her Clara Lionel Foundation, “for food banks in high-risk communities and elderly citizens in the US, as well as the purchase of tests and materials to help the sick in Haiti and Malawi.”

Streaming platforms have also opened up their wallets, donating to funds destined to help workers in the industry who, for the most part, worked for them. Spotify donated 10 million dollars and launched an initiative that would match the donations from their listeners.

The data collected from reports run by companies like Nielsen and Billboard indicate that the growth in music has remained stable in comparison to other sectors of the entertainment business, which have been struggling. “Some have even declined. There are indicators that point to a slight user decline in music platforms and on Youtube.” 

Even then, the spirit of musicians doesn’t let up and every day they keep announcing new events on social media and organizations in need of support to help fight the pandemic. 

Click here to learn more about the music industry’s generosity during the pandemic.