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Dying Over This OTT Selena-Themed Birthday Party That Had Yolanda Saldivar Present

Thanks to social media, we get to see all kinds of pictures from awesome parties. The food, the piñatas, the dancing and the guests; seeing these videos and pics on Twitter and Instagram makes us feel like we were actually there to enjoy the festivities, too.

However, we think we recently found the party to end all parties and the theme was fit for Tejano royalty.

Back in July, Texan Jesús Antonio Sanchez threw himself a Selena-themed birthday party and the pictures of his fiesta are amazing!

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Sanchez is a Houstonian who works as an emergency dispatcher for an energy company. For his 32nd birthday, he decided to do it big and throw himself a party themed after his favorite singer. He started planning the big event two months prior to the party — his first since his 12th birthday. Sanchez spoke with MITÚ about his big day.

“Selena holds a special place in my heart,” the Texan explained. “She was the first singer/person I idolized growing up. I actually attended her Rodeo concert when I was 8 where she wore the famous purple jumpsuit!”

The party came complete with custom made Selena themed decorations and goodies.

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For the party, Sanchez used his own creative skills to add to the decor with a custom drawn Selena cardboard cutout, a Selena Snapchat filter and Selena-themed centerpieces. We can only imagine how flattered the Queen of Tejano would be if she saw these innovative details.

“I actually drew the cutout on my iPad Pro (with the exception of her face, I didn’t want to draw her incorrectly and insult her beauty) and had it sent to be made,” Sanchez shared. “I also drew the Selena Snapchat filter used for the day of the party. Snapchat sent me the statistics and says it was viewed more than 7,000 times! I didn’t get to take a picture but the centerpieces were empty Mexican Coca-Cola bottles with a white rose inside.”

The party food was pizza, Selena’s favorite, and Sanchez played the entire Rodeo Houston soundtrack during the party.

“I was happily surprised when my friends and family erupted in cheer when she asked the famous words upon hitting the stage; ‘How you doing, Houston, Texas!?’”

Sanchez also used the expertise of cake masters in order to get his microphone-shaped cake pops and Astrodome cake.

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Richmond cake studio, Epiphanies Dessert Studio, took care of crafting the cake pop microphones for the Selena fan. Ruby Cakes, a Houston bakery, was commissioned to make the cake for the birthday party. Sanchez opted to get a cake in the shape of the Houston landmark, the Astrodome, to commemorate Selena’s iconic final appearance at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo.

“I didn’t want to get a cake in the shape of her just to cut [Selena] up, Sanchez told MITÚ. “So I got it in the shape of the Astrodome since it’s already the perfect shape of a cake.”

While these touches are incredibly original, we have to say the party’s piñata is our favorite detail. 

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Just as Sanchez didn’t want to cut up his icon, he didn’t want a Selena shaped piñata that would eventually get beat up by his party goers. So, he came up with a better solution — a piñata shaped like Selena’s murderer, Yolanda Saldivar.  
“The piñata was made by this talented lady who owns a business called Piñatas Crystal. People usually get piñatas made of their favorite characters. But it makes no sense that you would want to beat up your favorite character. The adults who attended the party and grew up listening to [Selena] wanted to be the first ones to hit the piñata!”

The incredible pictures of his party received lots of attention when Sanchez posted them on his Twitter account.

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This Twitter user expressed exactly what we were all thinking when we saw that piñata. They shared this gif of Beyoncé from her “Hold Up” music video and we definitely feel this energy. We’re just waiting for our time up at bat.

This tweet pointed out that the party theme was super creative and had just the right levels of disrespectful towards Saldivar. 

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We can’t think of a more touching way to honor Sanchez’s love for Selena than to make her the focus of a celebration of his life. As for Saldivar, she should be so lucky to even be included in the same breath as La Reyna.

We have to say that we L-O-V-E Sanchez’s theme and are super impressed by the effort he put into the party. Here’s hoping we get an invite to his next fiesta!

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The Rosalía And Billie Eilish Collab Is Here And You’ll Want To Hear It

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The Rosalía And Billie Eilish Collab Is Here And You’ll Want To Hear It

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At long last, that Rosalía and Billie Eilish collaboration is here. The Spanish singer teamed up with the pop superstar for “Lo Vas A Olvidar,” which will be a part of the soundtrack to HBO series Euphoria.

The hotly-anticipated collaboration was nearly two years in the making. Eilish first confirmed that she was working with Rosalía back in Feb. 2019 in an interview with the BBC. Rosalía was open in follow-up interviews about how their song was unfinished because both artists couldn’t find the time to get together again. “Can’t wait to finish our song,” she wrote on Twitter in March 2019.

While in quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic, Rosalía told Apple Music’s Zane Lowe in April 2020 that she found the time to finish working on the song. She was only waiting for Eilish’s vocals to come in to wrap things up.

Following a recent wave of Anglo artists teaming up with Latin music’s superstars, Eilish released “Lo Vas A Olvidar” with Rosalía. On the atmospheric track, Eilish sings in Spanish about walking away from a toxic relationship. Both Grammy-winning singers beautifully harmonize with the heartbreaking lyrics. In the song’s few English lines, they repeat on the chorus, “Can you let it go?” This Eilish and Rosalía crossover is a subtle yet stunning moment.

“Lo Vas A Olvidar” is not actually the first time that Eilish has sung in Spanish. She’s a Carla Morrison fan and she’s covered the Mexican singer’s “Eres Tú” in the past. Eilish’s Spanish pronunciation remains on-point.

The second season of Euphoria starring Zendaya will premiere on HBO on Jan. 24. “Lo Vas A Olvidar” will be featured in the episode “Part 2: Jules.” Rosalía and Eilish’s next albums are due out later this year.

READ: Bilingual Collaborations Are Taking The Music World By Storm, These Are The Dream Collabs For 2021

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Selena Gomez Releases New Spanish-Language Single ‘De Una Vez’ and Teases Full Spanish Album: ‘I’m Targeting My Heritage’

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Selena Gomez Releases New Spanish-Language Single ‘De Una Vez’ and Teases Full Spanish Album: ‘I’m Targeting My Heritage’

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Good news, Selenators! Word on the street is that Selena Gomez will soon be dropping her first-ever Spanish language album. The rumors started after Gomez dropped a surprising (and beautiful!) new Spanish-language single, “De Una Vez”.

Soon after the single dropped, rumors of a full Spanish-language studio album began to swirl when murals promoting “De Una Vez” and a yet-unreleased single “Baila Conmigo” popped up across, Mexico.

To make matters even better, Selena already dropped “De Una Vez”‘s music video.

The lush and imaginative video has been garnering praise for its inclusion of Latin American visuals and symbols. Gomez hired Tania Verduzco and Adrian Perez to direct her video–a husband and wife team who hail from Mexico and Spain, respectively and go by the moniker Los Pérez.

Of hiring Spanish speakers to direct her video, Gomez revealed to Vogue online that the decision was intentional. “If I was going to completely immerse myself into a project inspired by Latin culture, I wanted to work with native Spanish speaking creators,” she said.

And indeed, Verduzco and Perez tried to infuse as much Latin spirit into the video’s conception as possible.

“Magical realism has always been part of the Latin culture, whether it be in art or telenovelas,” Gomez told Vogue. “I wanted [to capture] that sense of a supernatural world.”

They accomplished this sense of magical realism by utilizing motifs from Mexican folk art, like Milagro, which is symbolized by the glowing heart that is beating within Gomez’s chest throughout the video.

“We wanted to play with powerful language and images. We designed the heart—we call it the Milagro in Mexican culture—and its light to be a metaphor for the healing throughout the story,” Verduzco told Vogue.

Selena Gomez fans are especially excited about this project because Gomez has long hinted at her desire to release a Spanish-language album.

Back in 2011, Gomez tweeted about her plans to eventually record an entire album in Spanish. “Can’t wait for y’all to hear the Spanish record;) it’s sounding so cool,” she wrote.

She retweeted the sentiment on Thursday with the comment: “I think it will be worth the wait”–which many fans took as confirmation that a full studio album is on its way.

It’s worth noting that Gomez has already dipped her toe into the Latin music scene with 2010’s “Un Año Sin Lluvia” and 2018’s DJ Snake, Ozuna and Cardi B collab, “Taki Taki”.

As for the difficulty of recording songs in a second language, Gomez said that it was a practice that came naturally.

“I actually think I sing better in Spanish. That was something I discovered,” she said in an interview for Apple Music. “It was a lot of work, and look, you cannot mispronounce anything. It is something that needed to be precise, and needed to be respected by the audience I’m going to release this for.”

She continued: “Of course I want everyone to enjoy the music, but I am targeting my fan base. I’m targeting my heritage, and I couldn’t be more excited.”

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