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The Best Maluma Insta Photos

Maluma is a Colombian artist who performed at the 2018 Latin AMAs with his amazing remix of the song Mala Mia. At just the age of 24, he has already had many singles make it within the Top 10 on Billboard Hot Latin Songs. Maluma began his musical career in 2010 and since then has quickly risen to fame and it’s obvious why. Not only is he greatly talented, but he is gorgeous and seems to keep it real with his fans. His Instagram is proof of that with his fans taking up about half of his page with himself scattered between them. Here are 21 moments on Instagram where Maluma is both living his best life and sharing his best self:

1. Before His VMA Performance

CREDIT: Instagram @Maluma

Maluma is possibly one of the only people who can look so attractive while brushing his teeth, as well as put on a great performance literally 10 minutes after brushing his teeth.

2. Practicing Mindfulness

CREDIT: Instagram  @Maluma

With the caption “Balance” under this photo, it’s easy to understand how Maluma has stayed so fit despite the busy schedule of a musician. It is also easy to understand how he’s managed to remain sane within the music industry. The answer is “balance”.

3. Looking Out

CREDIT: Instagram  @Maluma

Is he drinking coffee, tea, or some other beverage? Does it matter? He seems to be enjoying whatever it is while gazing out of the plane window over the Dominican Republic. And over 900,000 people enjoyed this picture. “Republica Dominicana ya te veo” he writes under this post. They seem to be looking right back at him.

4. A Hug She’ll Never Forget

CREDIT: Instagram @Maluma

This is possibly one of the cutest photos from Maluma’s instagram and he captions it “Yo soy de ustedes <3” which magnifies the already heart warming quality of this post tenfold. This girl will most definitely never forget this moment and now shoulders both the love and jealousy of Maluma fans everywhere.

5. The Misleading Maluma

CREDIT: Instagram  @Maluma

Upon first glance, this may seem like a photo of Maluma inviting viewers of this image to breakfast with him, but upon reading the caption, this dream is crushed with the words: “Stop taking pictures, give me my phone”. It’s okay though. You can definitely pretend you didn’t read that.

6. He Makes Being Tired and Sweaty Look Good

CREDIT: Instagram  @Maluma

This sweaty, tired, hair-down look doesn’t work on everyone, but it definitely works on Maluma. It isn’t too hard to imagine the collective swoon from the sea of fans watching him in this moment.

7. Maluma Living His Best Life

CREDIT: Instagram @Maluma

This is a clear example of someone living their best life. With those shades, the suit, that smile, and look to the side, it’s a surprise Maluma doesn’t double as a model. Put the bottle of wine on the table and it will sell out as quickly as his shows.

8. Being Humble

CREDIT: Instagram @Maluma

With the hashtag “SOLDOUT” under this post, it’s easy to grasp why Maluma is being so thankful in this image. To acknowledge, hug, and thank your fans on stage is one of the humblest things one can do as part of the music industry.

9. Taking A Swim in Italy

CREDIT: Instagram @Maluma

The caption Maluma places under this photo is “Sicilia MI MANCHERAI TANTO <3” , which translates from Italian to: “Sicily, I will miss you so much”. Any viewer of this insta knows that Sicily will miss Maluma just as much.

10. Staying Fit

CREDIT: Instagram @Maluma

Maluma not only stays fit, but stays hydrated in this image. With the caption “BUENOS DÍAS VALENCIA,” it can be said that this was a morning Valencia would most certainly not forget.

11. Maluma Makes a Girl Cry

CREDIT: Instagram @Maluma

This is one of those heart wrenching insta photos by Maluma, not only because of the fact he just made this girl’s life, but that he seems equally moved in this picture as he continues to sing. That selfie she takes will definitely be a keeper.

12. Maluma is Sexy and He Knows It

CREDIT: Instagram @Maluma

This insta is great because not only does Maluma look amazing in this golden accented black tuxedo, but he seems to simply exude confidence. It’s just reverberating off of him.

13. His Cheeky Smile

CREDIT: Instagram @Maluma

Maluma has got the sort of smile that can physically make a person melt, whoever you are. This black and white photo is just a reminder of how beautiful humans can be.

14. Maluma in Orange

CREDIT: Instagram @Maluma

Maluma looking to the side in this gorgeous orange suit is one of those moments where the inside of a person truly reflects on the outside. It is only fitting that a man so full of positive energy would be wearing an equally bright suit.

15. Capitán Maluma

CREDIT: Instagram @Maluma

Whether Maluma was actually captaining or simply on board, seemingly at least 1,000,000 people want to be on it with him, based on the likes. He’ll make them fit.

16. An Appreciation of Nature

CREDIT: Instagram @Maluma

This image of Maluma in casual wear sitting over this beautiful landscape with a look of pure joy on his face is truly angelic.

17. Facing The Sunset

CREDIT: Instagram @Maluma

From the sun setting on the horizon casting its orange light onto the water, to the flexed muscles of Maluma’s well-defined back, it’s hard to keep your eyes off of this one.

18. The Horse Statue

CREDIT: Instagram @Maluma

It can be understood why Maluma just had to stop and take a picture with this horse statue. They just match each other way too well to pass it and it made for a beautiful photo.

19. Staying Grateful

CREDIT: Instagram @Maluma

This is one of the sincerest smiles possibly ever witnessed both on stage and on instagram. This look of pure gratitude and joy cannot be easily repeated.

19. A Fashion Icon

CREDIT: Instagram @Maluma

Maluma’s fashion sense is on point with from the wine colored turtle neck to the floral patterened pants and the actual glass of wine in his hand. You also can’t miss the accessories such as the rings on his hands and the watch on his right wrist. He’s a man who can do it all.

20. Being in Love

CREDIT: Instagram @Maluma

This is another misleading image that Maluma posts as he states “si… ESTOY ENAMORADO, de mi familia, mi novia, mi carrera, mi música y todas las cosas que Dios me da, me quita y me multiplica.” He sure is a tricky one, but also a gracious one as the things he is in love with are all heartwarming.

21. Maluma Goes Blonde

CREDIT: Instagram @Maluma

Maluma’s dark brown hair is iconic, but he manages to also pull off this blonde hair. The words he puts under this post: “R E N A C E R / R E B O R N” sums it up. He surely looks different, but also looks just as fabulous as ever.

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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.

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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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