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‘La Chona’ Is Everywhere And Here’s A Quick History About When The Song First Hit The Ariwaves

Contaré la historia de una famosa canción, “La Chona.” See what I did there? ???? Los Tucanes de Tijuana dropped “La Chona” decades ago, but it only got its own trending hashtag recently, and people are for real risking their lives to be La Chona of the Internet. Tbh, the song has been a banger for years but it is only now getting the full recognition it deserves thanks to the Internet.

First a history lesson.

Los Tucanes de Tijuana is a Mexican gem. ????????

CREDIT: @lostucanesdetijuana / Instagram

They are basically worldwide ambassadors para música Norteña. Today, the group is made up of Mario Quintera Lara, David Servīn Raya, Alfredo González González, Gustavo Labrada Valenzuela Tomás and Alberto Herrera.

They’ve been selling out crowds since 1987.

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Mario Quintero Lara, the lead singer, founded the group. Most of them were born in the Mexican state of Sinaloa, but they all went to Tijuana to build their following and career.

Since then, they’ve gone on tour throughout México, the Americas and Europe.

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The band has sold more than 15 million albums to date, and even have several gold, platinum, and multiplatinum records. They’ve sold out venues like the Dodger Stadium, the Astrodome, and Estadio Azteca. They’ve definitely always had a place blasting from your mami’s car radio.

They’re a twelve-time Grammy nominated band.

CREDIT: “The 13th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards – Press Room” Digital Image. Zimbio. 1 August 2018.

They finally brought home a Grammy at the Latin Grammy Awards in 2012, and have dozens of other awards. “La Chona” isn’t even their biggest hit. “Mundo de Amor” and “Mis Tres Animales” beat “La Chona” in popularity.

Though, we might need a recount at this point.

They were so popular, the government sponsored one of their songs to promote tourism.

CREDIT: LosTucanesTV / YouTube

The Ministry of Tourism for the Republic of Mexico, through its advertising agency, asked the band to write a song called “Mexico Es Tu Casa” to welcome more visitors into Mexico’s booming tourism economy.

Their music videos are hilarious. ????

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And maybe also problematic. They almost always feature lead singer, Mario Quintero Lara, wooing a minimum of four to six young, attractive guapas. The funny part? In one telenovela video, Lara ends up saving a man having a heart attack (because he walked in on him sleeping with his girlfriend), by seducing the Angel of Death (who is also a super hot young woman), and both the woman he just slept with and her lover thank him. ????

“La Chona” hit airwaves in 1994 and it’s still teaching us life lessons.

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The story goes that the teacher always plays songs in English, and when someone asked her to play “La Chona,” she had them start translating it into English and posted a video of them singing to YouTube–which of course went viral.

“La Chona” has never made headlines like this.

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People have started competing in the viral Internet challenge #LaChonaChallenge. All you have to do is hop out of a cruise controlled, moving car and try to keep up while you bust a move. The trickiest part has been hopping in and out of the car and people are eating sh*t. Don’t try this at home.

It started out as the #InMyFeelings challenge, but Latinos got concerned.

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These are valid questions. Las Chonas are E V E R Y W H E R E  these days.

Latinos reached their fullest expression of La Chona real quick.

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People started playing “In My Feelings” and then switching to “La Chona”, finding the right hat and bevvys to get their Chona on.

Even Snoop Dogg caught the “La Chona” craze.

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I’d give him a solid C+ TBH, but an A for effort. He actually jumped a few times como La Chona!

Dads became cool again.

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Dads everywhere started jumping out of cars y hijos everywhere les empiezan a gritar, “”Bravo, bravo, Chono, nadie te puede igualar”!

While moms were not going to let you take the risk.

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Yup, she’s holding her daughter inside the car by the hair. Classic Mami, being so overprotective it hurts.

Hermanas pranked their hermanitos.

CREDIT: @lizandra_trujil / Twitter

I salute you, woman. This is gold. Her little brother just hopped out and started to dance and she drove off saying, “Bye, Loser.” :’) ????????

Mientras, people comen todo la mierda.

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Seriously, you have to see this for yourself. Just search the hashtag #LaChonaChallenge on Twitter and try not to die laughing. But also, know that you would probably do the same.

The Internet then went ahead and made new mashups to “La Chona”

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The Drake one is by far the actual worst, on purpose. Whoever recorded this should be banned.

And the Childish Gambino mash up is the winner.

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Childish Gambino es el Chono real. Somehow, the beat is absolutely perfect, and this YouTube user was able to speed up some parts to help him nunca pierde su trote.

 Los Tucanes have actually issued a warning that the challenge is dangerous.

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But at the same time, they’re regramming their favorite videos to their public channel sooooo, we know you like it Tucanes.

Oh, and los animales are competing with humans as well.

CREDIT: @CBSNews / Twitter

I mean, this dog literally got on a scooter and started scooting al ritmo. That’s like if one of us started dancing while walking on all fours. Challenge not accepted.

The award goes to you, perrito.

CREDIT: @SonoraExpresa / Twitter

Unless you think you can top that?

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As A Latin Music Fan, Here Are My Picks For The 2020 Latin Grammys

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As A Latin Music Fan, Here Are My Picks For The 2020 Latin Grammys

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Last year’s Latin Grammys caused an uproar on social media after the nominees list was released. Many fans and artists noticed the lack of representation of the Reggaeton music genre. “Sin reggaeton no hay Latin Grammy,” read many of the posts on social media, but this year seems to be different. 

This year’s nominees accurately represent the changing culture in Latin music as it shifts more towards the reggaeton genre. Here are my top picks for some of my favorite categories. 

Record of the Year

Record of the Year is always one of the toughest picks as many of my favorite songs are included in this category. This year it seems pretty competitive as Bad Bunny’s Vete competes with Karol G and Nicki Minaj’s Tusa. Karol G is competing against herself with the song China by Anuel AA, Daddy Yankee, Karol G, Featuring Ozuna and J Balvin. But at the end, Tusa by Karol G and Nicki Minaj should take the win as the overall production of the song is what makes it so great. From the rhythm to the lyrics, Tusa deserves the Grammy. 

Album of the Year

In 2019, we had a lack of reggaeton nominees in this category, but this year the list includes two reggaeton superstars: Bad Bunny and J Balvin. Both are nominated for their joint album OASIS and their solo albums, Colores and YHLQMDLG. To me, it’s clear that the winner of this category will be Bad Bunny with YHLQMDLG. The 20-song album delivered Latin trap with a variety of moods, whether it was a post-breakup heartbreak, our on-pause summer anthems, or the heartfelt thank you at the end. This album was highly anticipated and it delivered.

Best New Artist

The top contestants in this category are Anuel AA,  Rauw Alejandro, and Cazzu. While Rauw Alejandro has had some big hits this year, such as “El Efecto,” “Tattoo,” “Elegi,” and “TBT,” it is very likely that Anuel AA will take the Grammy home. Anuel AA was snubbed from a best new artist nomination last year, but he has been very successful since then which shows his growth as a new artist. 

Song of the Year

While there are many great songs nominated in this category, “ADMV” by Maluma stands out the most. The song was released during quarantine and was written by the artist as a dedication to all the people in his life that he loves. The song, which touches upon love and growing old with one’s significant other is a very heartfelt balada and one that gives us a whole new side to Maluma. The lyrics of the song and the overall composition gives us all the feels and reminds us to hug our loved ones a little tighter and tell them that we love them. 

Best Regional Song 

The top nominees in this genre include Christian Nodal with AYAYAY! and Natalia Lafourcade con MI RELIGIÓN. While I am a huge fan of Natalia Lafourcade, Christian Nodal will most likely take the win with this upbeat and modern song. What makes the song work for Nodal is that it is still rooted in the regional genre. 

Best Short Form Music Video

If you haven’t seen J.Balvin’s video for Rojo, please do yourself a favor and watch it now! But be prepared with tissues, this video delivers pain, acceptance, and even a message to its viewers. The video starts with Balvin receiving the news that his daughter was born, as he rushes to the hospital on the phone with his mom, he crashes and dies. But he is not conscious of his death and his spirit makes it to the hospital. The rest of the video shows Balvin following the life of his daughter as she grows up. This video delivers an exceptional story in less than 5 minutes and is a grammy-winning performance. 

To see who will win be sure to tune in! The 21st annual Latin Grammys will air on Univision, Nov. 19, 2020.

READ: Maluma Is Keeping Us Up To Date On His Life In Quarantine And I Couldn’t Be More Grateful

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Stevie Nicks Says Fleetwood Mac Would Have Never Been Able To Continue If She Hadn’t Had An Abortion

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Stevie Nicks Says Fleetwood Mac Would Have Never Been Able To Continue If She Hadn’t Had An Abortion

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Fleetwood Mac has been a resurgence of attention in the past few weeks thanks, in part, to an Ocean Spray loving skateboarder. Still, long before TikTokers learned about the 1960’s rock band, the five members behind indelible tunes like “Dreams” and “The Chain” were producing some of the best-selling albums in history. Throughout their careers, the singers and songwriters of the group created lyrics with political significance. As a songwriter, and vocalist, Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nick, played a big part in the political impact of the band’s songs, so it’s no wonder why she recently made the decision to open up about her decision to have an abortion during the height of her career in the late 70s.

The beloved singer-songwriter opened up about her generation’s fight for abortion rights in an interview with The Guardian.

Touching on the recent attempts to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, Nicks remarked that the landmark Roe v. Wade decision would be overturned. She underlined the importance of abortion rights and how her decision to have one of her own made it possible for Fleetwood Mac to continue.

“If I had not had that abortion, I’m pretty sure there would have been no Fleetwood Mac,” Nicks told the outlet. “There’s just no way that I could have had a child then, working as hard as we worked constantly. And there were a lot of drugs, I was doing a lot of drugs … I would have had to walk away.”

During her interview, Nicks explained that it was important to her to “make people so happy” through her music but was more invested in ensuring that the group had two female singers and songwriters.

“And I knew that the music we were going to bring to the world was going to heal so many people’s hearts and make people so happy,” Nicks explained. “And I thought, ‘You know what? That’s really important. There’s not another band in the world that has two lead women singers, two lead women writers.’ That was my world’s mission.”

“Abortion rights, that was really my generation’s fight,” she went onto explain. “If President Trump wins this election and puts the judge he wants in, she will absolutely outlaw it and push women back into back-alley abortions.”

Speaking about 2020’s relentless unrest, Nicks recently explained in an interview with Variety that circumstances seem to have become worse than it was decades ago.

“Racism in the last four years is so much worse than it was. I’m 72 years old. I lived through the ‘60s. I’ve seen all this. I fought for Roe vs. Wade; that was my generation’s fight,” she said. “And I don’t want to live in a country that is so divisive. I go, like, well, if this starts over and there’s another four years of this, then I’m going — but we’re not welcome anywhere.”

“So where can I go? And I’m thinking: Oh, space,” she added. “Maybe I can talk Elon Musk into giving us a jet and letting me pick 50 people, and we’re like the arc, and someone can take us and let us live on another planet until the next four years are over.”

Earlier in October, Nicks dropped “Show them The Way” a new song inspired by the 2008 primaries between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

The song, was written during the time of the primaries and recently recorded.

“I just knew that right now, with the presidential election and everything else that’s going on, that this was the time,” Nicks explained. “I hope that this song and its words will be seen as a prayer — a prayer for our country, and a prayer for the world. It’s a pretty heavy song. And I think it’s just a spectacular song.”

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