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What Present To Get Someone According To Their Zodiac Sign

Gift giving can be oh-so-hard. First there’s the hunt for a perfect gift, followed by the realization that (gasp!) your bank account needs a little TLC, and then there’s wrapping the thing. I don’t even want to go there…

Have no fear, my fellow Mitu-lings, I’ve got you covered. For every sign under the zodiac, there’s an ideal gift just waiting to be had. I’ve parsed it out step-by-step so you know just what to buy for that special someone, that obligatory tia who’s coming to visit, or even the co-worker who is just SO excited for the holiday party.

Aries Woman + Fun

Twitter @Ms.B

The Aries woman embraces the term “Carpe Diem” more than any other. To honor this, choose a gift that she’ll be able to remember for the rest of her life – an experience. Concert tickets, a float session, skydiving lessons, or even entry into a sporting event will help extend her holiday and make it more memorable than all others.

Aries Man + Wild

Twitter @whereisneva

The Aries man loves a trip around the figurative racetrack just about as much as he loves himself. Surprise him with an adrenaline-fueled experience that keeps him on his toes. Choose something with a little spice for an extra-big smile.

Taurus Lady + Yum

Twitter @SeasonalRecipes

Few activities scream ‘Taurus’ more than cooking. The fusion of smells, sights, and of course delicious tastes make it a cornucopia of delight for this earthy gal. As such, consider buying your Taurus pal a unique cooking gadget or even cooking classes this holiday season.

Taurus Guy + Comfort

Twitter @TahiniG4L_

When a Taurus gentleman shows up on your list, it’s time for comfort. He appreciates the finer things in life because he knows he’s worth it. Splurge on a cashmere blanket, a fancy bottle of wine, or a cozy robe. Just make sure your purchase feels soft or tastes good, and he’ll be happy.

Gemini Gal + Indecisive

Twitter @Vans

Truth be told, there isn’t a more indecisive sign than the lovable Gemini. One minute she wants a New York Times bestseller and the next, she can’t find the time to read. Do yourself (and her) a favor — buy a gift card to her favorite store. There’s really no way you can go wrong with this one.

Gemini Guy + Words

Twitter @Sikander Bizenjo

A true connoisseur of words, the Gemini boy in your life is apt to appreciate anything that allows him to express himself musically or through writing. Consider a new instrument, a cool journal, or even a clever pen that can go wherever he goes. And in true Gemini fashion, he’s apt to be going lot’s of places.

Cancer Lady + Sentimental

Twitter @jiminbagels

There is no zodiac sign more sentimental than that of the Cancer, and women born this time of year tend to embody that tenfold. If you’re up for it, she would really appreciate a handmade gift. If that seems like too much this close to Christmas, don’t sweat it. She’ll be thrilled with anything that carries meaning or reminds you of her.

Cancer Fella + Old School

Twitter @JessieOliveros

Tradition, sentiment, and meaningful are words that describe the perfect gift for a Cancer man. Whether it be a photo album or a family heirloom, this gent is apt to mark it down as a hit. Just be sure to put some thought into the gift before wrapping it up; he’ll look for the sentiment.

Leo Lass + Glam

Twitter @Ciria_NoMasUna

Leo ladies love anything that helps them feel like Queen of the World. Consider a selfie stick, fancy clothes, or a trip to…anywhere. Just make sure that there are plenty of opportunities for her to steal the show while you’re gone.

Leo Lad + King

Twitter @BmfMx

Not to be outdone by his feminine counterpart, the Leo male is anything but modest. He’s happiest when the spotlight is shining directly on him. Because of this, you may want to consider anything monogrammed with his initials, or a gift that will help him look good in his social media posts.

Virgo Gal+ Practical

Twitter @NextDayCleaning

What’s the point of a gift if it can’t be used? To a Virgo girl, not much. As you’re shopping around, think of anything you dread buying for yourself. A household gadget that makes life easier? A new pair of gardening gloves to replace the old, tattered ones? She’ll love it! Bonus points if it can be used for multiple purposes.

Virgo Man + Healthy

Twitter @nightwings

Healthiness and cleanliness are very important for a Virgo man, as is practicality. Think of ways you can blend all three to make a truly memorable gift. There’s no such thing as too many socks for this guy. Same goes for tools, belts, and car accessories. Also worth considering – a healthy meal delivery service.

Libra Lady + Outdoors

Twitter @AW20188

Never underestimate the power of the great outdoors, particularly for the Libra lady in your life. She loves to surround herself with activities that keep her on her toes, especially when those activities take place outside. Consider entrance to an outdoor obstacle course, hiking boots, or a cool water bottle that will allow her to explore more comfortably outdoors.

Libra Man + Artsy

Twitter @FreakArtistic

Libras are naturally very artsy and creative, so anything that helps bring out that eccentricity is a hit. Surprise him with anything that fuels his creative side. A canvas for a painter; diamond shears for a glass blower; or a design tool for the graphic designer in your life.

Scorpio Woman + Unique

Twitter @LNanvazadeh

Born under a complex and fascinating zodiac sign, the Scorpio woman can be quite difficult to shop for. On one hand, anything that challenges traditional gift giving has potential for success. On the other hand, she keeps her distance, which may make it hard for you to know what would bring a smile. Consider anything from an unusual board game to an antique from abroad.

Scorpio Guy + One-of-a-Kind

Twitter @demic_goddess

Scorpio men are all about connection – physical, sexual, emotional. When thinking of a gift for him, make sure it’s something he can feel. Though he wants to maintain control over everything in his life, he’ll be grateful for a thoughtful gesture that reflects his inner passions. Personalized gifts, a deep tissue massage, and a home cooked meal are excellent options.

Sagittarius Girl + Travel

Twitter @HypeWanderlust

The jet setter of horoscope signs, choose something for the Sagittarius in your life that encourages her wanderlust. A camera, travel pillow, gift card to an airline, anything that will help her fulfill her quest for adventure.

Sagittarius Boy + Freedom

Twitter @ines_iniesta2

Encourage his lust for freedom by wrapping a gift allows him to spread his wings. An attractive passport holder, cool luggage tags, or tickets to a guided tour abroad can all fit the bill.

Capricorn Woman + Hardworking

Twitter @latifa_hush

As the most hardworking of all zodiac signs, a Capricorn will appreciate anything that helps her advance her career. Sessions with a career coach, a laptop case, or a comfy computer chair all have the potential to do wonders.

Capricorn Man + Ambitious

Twitter @3D_PrintCenter

Though incredibly hardworking, the Capricorn man is just as apt to mix business with pleasure. He’d enjoy a sarcastic gag gift that can decorate his desk at work.

Aquarius Gal + Techie

Twitter @wef

Born with a gift for technology, anything that resembles the latest gadget is sure to bring good tidings. Wireless headphones or a phone charger is perfect.

Aquarius Man + Intellectual

Twitter @krechenmacher

More inclined to watch than participate, the Aquarius man loves to be challenged intellectually. A gift of puzzles, a classic book, or passes to an escape room are sure to be a hit.

Pisces Lady + Handmade

Twitter @MagpieMoonlight

A sucker for sentimental, a Pisces woman will bring on the waterworks with anything thoughtful. A handmade scarf or home delivered meal are apt to make her swoon.

Pisces Guy + Gentle

Twitter @doevember

Possessing strong emotions and a never ending desire to please, it can be a challenge for the Pisces guy to accept gifts. Choose something that isn’t too flashy or overstated. A scrapbook or even a batch of his favorite cookies will please.

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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 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.” 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.

Read: We Finally Have A Spanish-Language Song As The Most Streamed Song Of All Time

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Lifestyles Of The Rich And Dangerous: Cartels Are Using TikTok To Lure Young People

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Lifestyles Of The Rich And Dangerous: Cartels Are Using TikTok To Lure Young People

If you’ve ever wondered what someone with a bulletproof vest and an AR-15 would look like flossing — the dance, not the method of dental hygiene — apparently the answer to that question can be found on TikTok.

Unfortunately, it’s not as a part of some absurdist sketch comedy or surreal video art installation. Instead, it’s part of a growing trend of drug cartels in Mexico using TikTok as a marketing tool. Nevermind the fact that Mexico broke grim records last year for the number of homicides and cartel violence, the cartels have found an audience on TikTok and that’s a serious cause for concern.

Mexican cartels are using TikTok to gain power and new recruits.

Just a couple of months ago, a TikTok video showing a legit high-speed chase between police and drug traffickers went viral. Although it looked like a scene from Netflix’s Narcos series, this was a very real chase in the drug cartel wars and it was viewed by more than a million people.

Typing #CartelTikTok in the social media search bar brings up thousands of videos, most of them from people promoting a “cartel culture” – videos with narcocorridos, and presumed members bragging about money, fancy cars and a luxury lifestyle.

Viewers no longer see bodies hanging from bridges, disembodied heads on display, or highly produced videos with messages to their enemies. At least not on TikTok. The platform is being used mainly to promote a lifestyle and to generate a picture of luxury and glamour, to show the ‘benefits’ of joining the criminal activities.

According to security officials, the promotion of these videos is to entice young men who might be interested in joining the cartel with images of endless cash, parties, military-grade weapons and exotic pets like tiger cubs.

Cartels have long used social media to shock and intimidate their enemies.

And using social media to promote themselves has long been an effective strategy. But with Mexico yet again shattering murder records, experts on organized crime say Cartel TikTok is just the latest propaganda campaign designed to mask the blood bath and use the promise of infinite wealth to attract expendable young recruits.

“It’s narco-marketing,” said Alejandra León Olvera, an anthropologist at Spain’s University of Murcia, in a statement to the New York Times. The cartels “use these kinds of platforms for publicity, but of course it’s hedonistic publicity.”

Mexico used to be ground zero for this kind of activity, where researchers created a new discipline out of studying these narco posts. Now, gangs in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, and the United States are also involved.

A search of the #CartelTikTok community and its related accounts shows people are responding. Public comments from users such as “Y’all hiring?” “Yall let gringos join?” “I need an application,” or “can I be a mule? My kids need Christmas presents,” are on some of the videos.

One of the accounts related to this cartel community publicly answered: “Of course, hay trabajo para todos,” “I’ll send the application ASAP.” “How much is the pound in your city?” “Follow me on Instagram to talk.” The post, showing two men with $100 bills and alcohol, had more than a hundred comments.

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