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Check Out Your Love And Professional Prospects Now That Venus Retrograde Is Over

Congrats on surviving Venus retrograde, everyone. You’re just in time to experience the next planetary back peddle, courtesy of none other than the ever-popular Mercury. With romantic realms getting set straight but communication being thrown off, a lot of you might be seeing stars that aren’t necessarily there and creating your own personal fairy tale in your minds. Some might have found your soulmates while others are just painting it that way in your minds. Whether or not these pretty little bubbles might burst, it’s at least nice to live in them for a moment, right? What fun is real life, anyway?

Aries

Things might seem very confusing this week, Aries, and no, it’s not in your head. A full moon in your communication sector on Friday might have you feeling delusional in love like you are holding on too tightly to something that might just be of your imaginative creation. Just remember to breathe and, instead of wondering if you’re being unrealistic, use that energy to manifest what it is you truly want. If anyone can do it, it’s you, my determined Aries.

Taurus

Money, money, money. If there’s one thing you’re good at having self-control over, it’s that, Taurus. Mercury’s retrograde is only going to highlight your relationship with money, so now is the time to reevaluate, budget and plan out your finances for the future over the next three weeks. This sense of control over your livelihood will only invite more savings into your life and help you gain a further sense of your financial autonomy. You don’t need anyone’s help. You pay your bills all by your damn self, bull.

Gemini

Friday’s full moon in your sign will leave you feeling vulnerable and raw, Gemini, and now that Mercury has also turned retrograde, setting off miscommunication, you may feel like you’re going a little crazy. Use this time to find of the matter in situations and to calm your head a bit before overthinking too many things. Use this time to reflect and focus on the love in your life that helps calm these matters.

Cancer

With Venus retrograde behind you, you’re feeling more comfortable and centered back in your shell, as usual, Cancer. However, you might also find yourself getting too inside your head and not saying what’s really on your mind to a loved one or someone else close to you. Mercury’s retrograde creates a lapse in communication, so you might not feel comfortable talking out a concern that has been bothering you or that your feelings won’t be well-received. This worry is to be expected, but remember that holding things in only makes for a larger explosion in the end.

Leo

You’re feeling completely at home and content with your current love situation, but you may have realized that your financial planning together has left a lot wanting. Perhaps you were unrealistic about some of your goals despite doing your best to calculate your future appropriately. In a time of Mercury retrograde, a way to use this towards your advantage is by reassessing your spending habits and making cuts where needed. You work hard, so make sure you and your money maintain a healthy relationship like the one you have with your partner.

Virgo

Mercury’s retrograde is a time for you remind yourself that, when it comes to your spending habits, focus first on what it is that you need versus what you want. Work might be slow for you right now, but this means you have the time to focus on getting your finances in the spot they need to be. The same will go with your relationship, Virgo. In the past, you’ve felt like you were the one who was always doing the heavy lifting, but your refusal to give up on your love connection pays off this week when all you see is stars in the eyes of your paramour.

Libra

With Venus direct now, you’re ready to put your best foot forward, Libra. Perhaps this a good time for a makeover that makes you feel more empowered and sexy, or gives you the confidence to finally step up about what is making unhappy at work. There’s a strong potential you might have been carrying on with a workplace romance, and for some, this might even mean you’re ready to put this relationship over your career. Think before you act, Libra. Especially during a Mercury retrograde, when it’s not the best time to be making life-changing decisions. Ruminate over your actions for the next three weeks before you potentially self-sabotage.

Scorpio

Mercury may be in retrograde, Scorpio, but with Mars moving through your true love sector this week you won’t even notice. However, you could be so willing to see your prince or princess in anyone you meet that you could be setting yourself up for a dud. While it’s beautiful to believe in true love, trying too hard to find it could open you up for disappointment and delusions. Make sure you’re really choosing the right mate, Scorpio, if not only for you but also for their sake. Remember the strength of that sting you give whenever you feel burned!

Sagittarius

A full moon in your partnership sector this week will highlight the truth of your relationship, Sag. As with your typical Mercury retrograde, something from the past could be rearing its ugly head, and it’s impacting the health of your current relationship. Getting this concern out in the open and having a discussion with your loved one is the only way to move forward and to know if it means it’s time to also leave this relationship in the past. Some time alone might be needed to help guide you to want you truly need for your future.

Capricorn

Mercury retrograde is reminding you to reign in how much you’ve been throwing out there, Cap. Perhaps you’ve been overexerting yourself in the name of career and the universe is telling you to slow your roll and focus on how to better make the most of your time and energy without throwing yourself into every possible situation. The same might also be the case for your love relationship, as you’re willing to overlook certain issues in the name of love. You can’t ignore these forever, even if it helps you feel like you’re living in a fairy tale.

Aquarius

You’re unique and original, Aquarius. We all know this, but do your best to listen to the ideas of others this week as Mercury’s retrograde can affect communication. Are you giving everyone their due attention or forcing more of your brilliant plans? Take the time to make sure someone else gets the mic. When everyone gets a chance to play, better teamwork and creativity abound. As for your romantic world, you might be feeling the true love butterflies this week, my water-bearer. Don’t play games, express how you really feel about this person if you know you’re 100% ready to go all-in.

Pisces

With Mercury retrograde beginning just last week, this is the time to turn off those gadgets and spend quality time reconnecting with the people dearest to you in your life, Pisces. Neptune turns direct in your sign this weekend, helping you see the positive in all situations. Whether that’s good or bad is what you make of it, but remaining uplifting in any situation obviously always has its benefits.


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This Artist Has Been Breaking Barriers As A Non-Traditional Mariachi

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This Artist Has Been Breaking Barriers As A Non-Traditional Mariachi

On a recent episode of ABC’s game show To Tell The Truth, three celebrity panelists were tasked to uncover the identity of a real mariachi singer.

Each contender embodied “non-traditional” attributes of mariachi culture either through physical appearance or language barriers, leaving the panelists stumped.

When it came time for the big reveal, with a humble smile 53-year-old Timoteo “El Charro Negro” stood up wowing everyone. Marveled by his talents, Timoteo was asked to perform unveiling his smooth baritone voice.

While not a household name in the U.S., his career spans over 25 years thriving on the catharsis of music.

Timoteo “El Charro Negro” performing “Chiquilla Linda” on Dante Night Show in 2017.

Originally from Dallas, Texas, Timoteo, born Timothy Pollard, moved to Long Beach, California with his family when he was eight years old. The move to California exposed Pollard to Latin culture, as the only Black family in a Mexican neighborhood.

As a child, he recalled watching Cantinflas because he reminded him of comedian Jerry Lewis, but musically he “got exposed to the legends by chance.”

“I was bombarded by all the 1960s, ’70s, and ’50s ranchera music,” Timoteo recalls to mitú.

The unequivocal passion mariachi artists like Javier Solis and Vicente Fernandez possessed heavily resonated with him.

“[The neighbors] always played nostalgic music, oldies but goodies, and that’s one thing I noticed about Mexicans,” Timoteo says. “They can be in their 20s but because they’ve grown up listening to the oldies it’s still very dear to them. That’s how they party.”

For as long as he can remember, Pollard “was born with the genetic disposition to love music,” knowing that his future would align with the arts.

After hearing Vicente Fernandez sing “Lástima Que Seas Ajena,” an awakening occurred in Pollard. While genres like hip-hop and rap were on the rise, Pollard’s passion for ranchera music grew. It was a moment when he realized that this genre best suited his big voice.

Enamored, Pollard began to pursue a career as a Spanish-language vocalist.

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Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

At 28, Timoteo began learning Spanish by listening and singing along to those artists he adored in his youth.

“When I decided that I wanted to be a mariachi, I didn’t think it was fair to exploit the culture and not understand the language,” he says. “If I’m going to sing, I need to be able to communicate with my audience and engage with them. I need to understand what I’m saying because it was about honor and respect.”

Pollard began performing local gigs after picking up the language in a matter of months. He soon attracted the attention of “Big Boy” Radio that adorned him the name Timoteo “El Charro Negro.”

Embellishing his sound to highlight his Black heritage, Pollard included African instruments like congas and bongos in his orchestra. Faintly putting his own spin on a niche genre, Pollard avoided over-saturating the genre’s sound early in his career.

Embraced by his community as a beloved mariachi, “El Charro Negro” still encountered race-related obstacles as a Black man in the genre.

“There are those [in the industry] who are not in the least bit thrilled to this day. They won’t answer my phone calls, my emails, my text messages I’ve sent,” he says. “The public at large hasn’t a problem with it, but a lot of the time it’s those at the helm of decision making who want to keep [the genre] exclusively Mexican.”

“El Charro Negro” persisted, slowly attracting fans worldwide while promoting a message of harmony through his music.

In 2007, 12 years into his career, Pollard received a golden ticket opportunity.

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Pollard (left) seen with legendary Mexican artist Vicente Fernandez (right) in 2007. Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

In a by-chance encounter with a stagehand working on Fernandez’s tour, Pollard was offered the chance to perform onstage. The singer was skeptical that the offer was legit. After all, what are the chances?

The next day Pollard went to his day job at the time and said, “a voice in my head, which I believe was God said, ‘wear your blue velvet traje tonight.'”

That evening Pollard went to a sold-out Stockton Area where he met his idol. As he walked on the stage, Pollard recalls Fernandez insisting that he use his personal mic and band to perform “De Que Manera Te Olvido.”

“[Fernandez] said he did not even want to join me,” he recollects about the show. “He just was kind and generous enough to let me sing that song on his stage with his audience.”

The crowd applauded thunderously, which for Pollard was a sign of good things to come.

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Timoteo “El Charro Negro” with Don Francisco on Don Francisco Presenta in 2011. Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

In 2010, he released his debut album “Me Regalo Contigo.” In perfect Spanish, Pollard sings with great conviction replicating the soft tones of old-school boleros.

Unraveling the rollercoaster of relationships, heart-wrenchingly beautiful ballads like “Me Regalo Contigo” and “Celos” are his most streamed songs. One hidden gem that has caught the listener’s attention is “El Medio Morir.”

As soon as the track begins it is unlike the others. Timoteo delivers a ’90s R&B love ballad in Spanish, singing with gumption as his riffs and belts encapsulate his unique sound and story.

Having appeared on shows like Sabado Gigante, Don Francisco Presenta, and Caso Cerrado in 2011, Timoteo’s career prospered.

Timoteo hasn’t released an album since 2010 but he keeps his passion alive. The singer has continued to perform, even during the Covid pandemic. He has high hopes for future success and original releases, choosing to not slow down from his destined musical journey.

“If God is with me, who can be against me? It may not happen in a quick period of time, but God will make my enemies my footstool,” he said.

“I’ve continued to be successful and do some of the things I want to do; maybe not in a particular way or in particular events, but I live in a very happy and fulfilled existence.”

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

Luis Fonsi is kicking off 2021 with a new single. The Puerto Rican superstar premiered the music video for “Vacío” on Feb. 18 featuring rising Boricua singer Rauw Alejandro. The guys put a new spin on the classic “A Puro Dolor” by Son By Four.

Luis Fonsi throws it back to his románticas.

“I called Omar Alfanno, the writer of ‘A Puro Dolo,’ who is a dear friend,” Fonsi tells Latido Music. “I told him what my idea was [with ‘Vacío’] and he loved it. He gave me his blessing, so I wrote a new song around a few of those lines from ‘A Puro Dolor’ to bring back that nostalgia of those old romantic tunes that have been a part of my career as well. It’s a fresh production. It sounds like today, but it has that DNA of a true, old-school ballad.”

The world got to know Luis Fonsi through his global smash hit “Despacito” with Daddy Yankee in 2017. The remix with Canadian pop star Justin Bieber took the song to new heights. That was a big moment in Fonsi’s music career that spans over 20 years.

There’s more to Fonsi than “Despacito.”

Fonsi released his first album, the fittingly-titled Comenzaré, in 1998. While he was on the come-up, he got the opportunity of a lifetime to feature on Christina Aguilera’s debut Latin album Mi Reflejo in 2000. The two collaborated on “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” Luis Fonsi scored multiple Billboard Hot Latin Songs No. 1s in the years that followed and one of the biggest hits was “No Me Doy Por Vencido” in 2008. That was his career-defining romantic ballad.

“Despacito” remains the second most-viewed music video on YouTube with over 7.2 billion views. The hits did not stop there. Later in 2017, he teamed up with Demi Lovato for “Échame La Culpa,” which sits impressively with over 2 billion views.

He’s also appearing on The Voice next month.

Not only is Fonsi working on his new album, but also he’s giving advice to music hopefuls for the new season of The Voice that’s premiering on March 1. Kelly Clarkson tapped him as her Battle Advisor. In an exclusive interview, Fonsi talked with us about “Vacío,” The Voice, and a few of his greatest hits.

What was the experience like to work with Rauw Alejandro for “Vacío”?

Rauw is cool. He’s got that fresh sound. Great artist. Very talented. Amazing onstage. He’s got that great tone and delivery. I thought he had the perfect voice to fit with my voice in this song. We had talked about working together for awhile and I thought that this was the perfect song. He really is such a star. What he’s done in the last couple of years has been amazing. I love what he brought to the table on this song.

Now I want to go through some of your greatest hits. Do you remember working with Christina Aguilera for her Spanish album?

How could you not remember working with her? She’s amazing. That was awhile back. That was like 1999 or something like that. We were both starting out and she was putting out her first Spanish album. I got to sing a beautiful ballad called “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” I got to work with her in the studio and see her sing in front of the mic, which was awesome. She’s great. One of the best voices out there still to this day.

What’s one of your favorite memories of “No Me Doy Por Vencido”?

“No Me Doy Por Vencido” is one of the biggest songs in my career. I think it’s tough to narrow it down just to one memory. I think in general the message of the song is what sticks with me. The song started out as a love song, but it turned into an anthem of hope. We’ve used the song for different important events and campaigns. To me, that song has such a powerful message. It’s bigger than just a love song. It’s bringing hope to people. It’s about not giving up. To be able to kind of give [people] hope through a song is a lot more powerful than I would’ve ever imagined. It’s a very special song.

I feel the message is very relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic we’re living through.

Oh yeah! I wrote that song a long time ago with Claudia Brant, and during the first or second month of the lockdown when we were all stuck at home, we did a virtual writing session and we rewrote “No Me Doy Por Vencido.” Changing the lyrics, kind of adjusting them to this situation that we’re living now. I haven’t recorded it. I’ll do something with it eventually. It’s really cool. It still talks about love. It talks about reuniting. Like the light at the end of the tunnel. It has the hope and love backbone, but it has to do a lot with what we’re going through now.

What do you think of the impact “Despacito” made on the industry?

It’s a blessing to be a part of something so big. Again, it’s just another song. We write these songs and the moment you write them, you don’t really know what’s going to happen with them. Or sometimes you run into these surprises like “Despacito” where it becomes a global phenomenon. It goes No. 1 in places where Spanish songs had never been played. I’m proud. I’m blessed. I’m grateful to have worked with amazing people like Daddy Yankee. Like Justin Bieber for the remix and everyone else involved in the song. My co-writer Erika Ender. The producers Mauricio Rengifo and Andrés Torres. It was really a team effort and it’s a song that obviously changed my career forever.

What was the experience like to work with Demi Lovato on “Echáme La Culpa”?

She’s awesome! One of the coolest recording sessions I’ve ever been a part of. She really wanted to sing in Spanish and she was so excited. We did the song in Spanish and English, but it was like she was more excited about the Spanish version. And she nailed it! She nailed it from the beginning. There was really not much for me to say to her. I probably corrected her once or twice in the pronunciation, but she came prepared and she brought it. She’s an amazing, amazing, amazing vocalist.

You’re going to be a battle advisor on The Voice. What was the experience like to work with Kelly Clarkson?

She’s awesome. What you see is what you get. She’s honest. She’s funny. She’s talented. She’s humble and she’s been very supportive of my career. She invited me to her show and it speaks a lot that she wanted me to be a part of her team as a Battle Advisor for the new season. She supports Latin music and I’m grateful for that. She’s everything you hope she would be. She’s the real deal, a true star, and just one of the coolest people on this planet.

What can we expect from you in 2021?

A lot of new music. Obviously, everything starts today with “Vacío.” This is literally the beginning of what this new album will be. I’ve done nothing but write and record during the last 10 months, so I have a bunch of songs. Great collaborations coming up. I really think the album will be out probably [in the] third or fourth quarter this year. The songs are there and I’m really eager for everybody to hear them.

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