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Tens Years After Its World Cup Debut, Shakira’s ‘Waka Waka’ Video Crosses 2.5 Billion Views On YouTube

It’s been ten years since Shakira released “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” but the gifts for the song keep on giving.

At the time of its release, the song by the Colombian singer-songwriter peaked at number one on record charts of fifteen different countries. Ten years later, Shakira and her fans are celebrating the news on how the “Waka Waka” video just crossed 2.5 billion views on YouTube.

The singer shared the news with her fans on Instagram and Twitter.

The “Magia” singer wrote in a tweet “You guys really are amazing. Thank you!”

Shakira released the beloved song during the inauguration of FIFA World Cup which was held in South Africa in 2010.

At the time, the song was announced as the official 2010 FIFA World Cup Song. Shakira wrote and produced the song with the help of her previous collaborator, American record producer John Hill and the South African Afro-fusion band, Freshlyground. The singer had been inspired by the words “waka waka” used in the song from “Zangaléwa,” a 1986 ballad by a Cameroonian band called Golden Sounds. The song, “Zangaléwa” had been a hit across Africa as well as Colombia.

Watch the Waka video below.

Check out the Waka Waka video below.

If You’ve Been On Twitter Recently You Might Be Wondering If J Balvin Is #Canceled And Here’s Why

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If You’ve Been On Twitter Recently You Might Be Wondering If J Balvin Is #Canceled And Here’s Why

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Spend any amount of time on the Internet – which let’s be honest, we’re all probably spending too much time these days – and you’re aware that #cancelculture is very much a thing.

Just earlier this week, #CardiBIsOverParty was trending once again on Twitter, as people tried calling her out for things she’s already previously been canceled for and apologized for. And while cancel culture serves a valuable purpose in making sure that those who have made mistakes are held accountable, to some the movement is going too far.

Cancel culture’s latest target is J Balvin. The Colombian artist appeared to throw some shade at Shakira and Twitter was quick to pounce.

J Balvin was “canceled” on Twitter after seemingly shading Shakira during a recent interview.

J Balvin is the latest celeb to fall victim to the “is over party” trend on Twitter, when on Thursday he was the trend across Twitter. Shakira fans came for him hard after it appeared the ‘Mi gente’ singer threw shade at her during an interview with Billboard to discuss collaborating with Maluma on the Black Eyed Peas album.

At one point, the interviewer asks BEP whether they had to be “more flexible” with Maluma or J Balvin, to which will.i.am responds, “I had to be the most flexible with Shakira.”

J Balvin immediately breaks out into a fit of laughter before will.i.am goes on to explain what he meant. “But I learned from her,” he clarifies,  “because the way she does it is like a school.”

He then describes the process by which Shakira operates when working with other artists: “Number one, fix number one like this, here are my notes. And then for number two, I would really like to address this on number two, and then for number three…”

At that point, J Balvin seems to get shady, “And then you go back to one, then go to seven, then go to 10, then go to 20, and then go back to number one. One is the one.”

Everyone chuckled at his remark, but the “Mi Gente” hit-maker continued to laugh long after the others had stopped.

Will.i.am seemed to try and diffuse any tension by going into further detail on his process for creating the album: “The process of this record was being open-minded, being patient, everybody has a different style of working. I produce, I write, I come up with ideas so you have to slow down… This is the first time we collaborated with these many people, these many vocalists, I had to be flexible. I had to be a f**king noodle on this record.’

It’s safe to say that Shakira’s fans weren’t having any of it.

Almost immediately, #JBalvinIsOverParty was trending on Twitter, even in Colombia – home of both J Balvin and Shakira.

One fan fumed: ‘I’m not one to usually jump on a canceling but #JBalvinIsOverParty is so valid. He literally tried to come for Shakira when let’s be real Shakira is the reason Colombia has an international music scene at all and his comments were straight-up sexist. Respect the queen, peasant.’

Although, J Balvin did make a surprise guest appearance alongside Shakira and Jennifer Lopez’s Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show, the pair of Colombian superstars have never actually collaborated on a song together. So many were wondering on what authority Balvin was even speaking.

The Colores hitmaker is yet to respond to the fan backlash.

Some on Twitter pointed out the hard work Shakira has put in on behalf of Latino musicians, the glass ceilings she’s had to push through.

Let’s be real: Shakira is one of the biggest names ever in Latino music, punto. There’s no disputing that. She has helped pave the way for so many Latino artists who have come after her. So it’s quite easy to see why Shakira fans were so upset by Balvin’s comments.

Before Maluma and Bad Bunny and J Balvin, there was Shakira. And she’s still one of the biggest names in music, being known around the world. In fact, few musicians can claim such international relevance as the Colombian hitmaker.

Shakira helped make Latino music part of the world’s mainstream culture.

To this date, Shakira is one of the most successful Latina artists in history. She was one of the biggest Latin artists to successfully crossover into the world of English music as well and has gone on to win no less than three Grammy Awards, four MTV Video Awards, seven Billboard Music Awards, and six Guinness World Records.

In 2009, Billboard listed her as the Top Female Latin Artist of the Decade. Having sold more than 75 million records worldwide, Shakira remains one of the world’s best-selling music artists. She is ranked as the most-streamed Latin artist on Spotify and became one of only three female artists to have two YouTube videos exceeding two billion views. 

So yea, she deserves respect. But what do you think? Does Balvin deserve to be canceled?

Residente’s New Video Celebrates Making Out And Stars 113 Couples From Around The World

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Residente’s New Video Celebrates Making Out And Stars 113 Couples From Around The World

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Although I’ve found it difficult just to remember to brush my teeth while in isolation, there are plenty of amazing artists living their best lives in quarantine. And the rest of us can enjoy the fruits of their labor.

Artists like Bad Bunny, Karol G, and Maluma have all gifted this strange world we’re living in with some serious bops – and equally mesmerizing videos. Case in point here and here – Bad Bunny in literal drag and Maluma in old man drag, basically.

Now, Residente has added his own touch to quarantine memories with the release of his new song and video for “Antes Que El Mundo Se Acabe” and I’m living for it.

Residente’s new video gives me all the feels and it’s really damn beautiful.

“Antes Que El Mundo Se Acabe” (“Before the World Ends”) talks about love in social distancing times. “When will we go out again? No one knows,” he sings, before adding, “We better kiss before the world ends.”

The single is full of beautiful metaphors that show Residente’s romantic side. “With your lips I listen to the waves of the ocean, and my feet fill with sand from quarantine,” he raps. He continues to say that the biggest pandemic in the world won’t make him keep a distance from his love, and even if they’re physically apart, the light coming in through the window in the afternoon will unite them.

The video celebrates those who have each other in lockdown. “Antes Que El Mundo Se Acabe” depicts a grand total of 113 couples from 80 countries around the world smooching for the camera, for seven minutes of socially distant heaven.

And yes, the video actually features 113 different couples representing different sexual orientations and more than 80 different countries.

The music video features 113 couples from all walks of life, backgrounds, ages, orientations, religions, and genders representing 80 countries around the world — as well as kissing and embracing each other in very intimate moments that make for the most heartwarming 7 minutes and 40 seconds of your life.

It starts with Residente and his girlfriend Kasia Marciniak, and includes surprise appearances by Bad Bunny and Gabriela Berlingeri, NBA player J.J. Barea and Viviana Ortiz, Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas, Ricky Martin and Jwan Yosef, Zoe Saldana and Marco Perego, Lionel Messi and Antonella Roccuzzo, Canelo Álvarez and Fernanda Gómez, Evaluna Montaner and Camilo, and many more who sent Residente their home videos, which he edited into the final piece.

Ricky Martin shared on his Instagram that he and his partner, Yosef, participated in the video to represent Puerto Rico, where he is from, and Syria, where Yosef is from.

He wrote to Residente in the caption, “Hermano, gracias por hacernos parte del mensaje. ¡Que hermosa letra!,” which translates in English to, “Brother, thank you for making us part of this message. Beautiful lyrics!”

The video is a visual representation that love has no boundaries or limits, and it will be what we’ll need most when the world starts opening up again.

Residente hopes that more artists will use this unique moment in history to put out art they truly feel.

In an interview with Billboard, he says that the current pandemic is a unique opportunity for artists to experiment and shake things up creatively.

“It’s a great moment to do things you’ve never done,” he concluded. “Like, I really don’t know why people keep trying to make the same type of hits instead of using this moment to put out things that they’re feeling. You don’t have the need of putting out a hit because you’re not going to perform. If there’s a moment to put out different things, it’s now. Things you’ve never done. Concerts will eventually start but later. This is a chance for artists to reboot and think differently.”

Residente has stayed productive despite living amid a global pandemic.

Beyond this latest video, Residente has kept a very outward-facing presence this quarantine, meeting and discussing the pandemic with world leaders during weekly Instagram Live sessions. Recently, he had on New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to discuss COVID-19, Puerto Rico, and the 2020 U.S. presidential election.