Danna Paola from ‘Élite’ is a Pop Star and Here’s Why You Need to Stan Her Now

Danna Paola is most known as the resident baddie on Netflix’s hit show Élite. After her character Lucrecia graduated from the series, the Mexican actress moved on as well to focus on her music career. According to Billboard on Jan. 27, her latest album K.O. debuted in the top 10 of the Latin Pop Albums chart. With her music on the rise, here are a few reasons why you need to stan Danna Paola, the pop star.

K.O. is her best showing on Billboard in the U.S.

Paola’s career spans more than two decades in television and music. Her past albums were released alongside her projects at the time, but K.O. marks the first time where the 25-year-old is fully dedicated to being the Latina pop princess that she is.

Being invested in her music right now paid off with K.O. debuting at No. 9 on the Latin Pop Albums chart. On that particular chart, it’s her best showing since 2004’s Oceano peaked at No. 13.

Danna can sing her heart out.

In 2014, Paola played the role of Elphaba during Wicked‘s run in Mexico City. She belted songs like “Defying Gravity” in Spanish with ease. Her heartbreaking ballad “Amor Ordinario” reminds us of her vocal power. Paola reaches a breaking point near the end of the song and lets out an incredible whistle register note that’s reminiscent of Mariah Carey and Ariana Grande.

She’s all about girl power.

There’s a girl power moment on the album with the flirty collaboration “Friend de Semana” featuring Spain’s Aitana and Brazil’s Luísa Sonza. In 2020, Paola released a number of all-female collaborations, including the enchanting “Santería” with Spanish singer Lola Indigo and Chile’s Denise Rosenthal.

“As a woman in this industry, I need to work with women because we need to support each other—no one else is going to do that,” she told W Magazine last month.

There’s also a moment for her LGBTQ+ fans on K.O.

During Pride month last year, she released the reggaeton bop “TQ Y Ya.” In the music video, she dances in a front of a rainbow flag with her female dancers.

“That song that was very necessary for me to write because I support 100 percent universal love,” she told W Magazine. “I’m so thankful for the LGBTQ+ community, who have always supported me and been there. Making a song with this message also makes me feel free in life. We’re in this, together, hand-in-hand.”

Paola has a history with the LGBTQ+ community. If you’re going to check out any of her past hits, 2015’s “Agúita” is a must. The electro-pop delight was written by openly lesbian singer Javiera Mena. “That song was like a freedom for me,” she told Remezcla last year. “I met Javiera and she was amazing. We made that song what it is today and I’m really proud of it. That song is my anthem.”

It’s also been called one of Mexico’s gay anthems.

If you’re sold on Danna Paola, the pop star, she will perform in a virtual concert this month. Inspired by K.O., the show is called “Welcome to My Break Up Party” and it will be streamed worldwide on Feb. 13 and on Valentine’s Day.

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Music Videos You Need To Watch This Week: Bomba Estéreo, Mora and Jhay Cortez, Ximena Sariñana


Music Videos You Need To Watch This Week: Bomba Estéreo, Mora and Jhay Cortez, Ximena Sariñana

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Welcome to The Watch List, where we round up the best Latin music videos released in the past week that you need in your life. Check out the list below.

Bomba Estéreo – “Deja”

Bomba Estéreo’s music video for “Deja” is a trippy adventure leading you to a hidden tropical paradise. Watch and it’ll make you wish you were going on vacation.

Mora x Jhay Cortez – “512”

Mora and Jhay Cortez get to work in a body shop while singing their new collab “512”. Shout out to la bandera de PR for making a special cameo in the video.

Ximena Sariñana – “A No Llorar”

Fields. Red dresses. Choreography. Ximena Sariñana continues to push boundaries with her music and looks for her new single “A No Llorar.”


Colombian rising rapper BLESSD dropped the music video for “DE TODO”, a retrospective look on his life through the lens of his younger self back in 2010, riding his bike through the streets of Medellín.

David Bisbal, Danna Paola – “Vuelve”

Filmed between their respective hometowns of Madrid and Mexico City, David Bisbal and Danna Paola explore the struggles of long-distance relationships in the music video for “Vuelve”.

Llane, Zion & Alvaro Diaz – “Presente Y Futuro”

Llane shows off his dance moves from staircases and balconies in the music video for “Presente Y Futuro”. Zion and Alvaro Diaz also join the Colombian singer with their verses for this chill collab.

Andry Kiddos – “No Eres Tú, Soy Yo”

Venezuelan rising star Andry Kiddos continues his animated music videos from his EP ‘Confíen En Mí’, this time around dropping tearjerker video for “No Eres Tú, Soy Yo.”

El Coyote The Show, Justin Quiles, Nio Garcia, De La Ghetto – “TODOS PERREANDO”

Reggaeton OG El Coyote The Show recruited Justin Quiles, Nio Garcia and De La Ghetto for a train ride with the destination to some heavy perreo.


Houston-born Colombian-American artist Henao released the music video for her bilingual R&B single “CONTROL.”

Boza – “Ella”

Panamanian rising star Boza released the follow up to his latest hit “Hecha Pa’ Mi” with “Ella”. The music video will make you miss meeting someone at the bar, and the occasional bar fight.

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Rauw Alejandro Lives His ’80s Pop Fantasy in Marc Seguí’s “Tiroteo” Remix Music Video


Rauw Alejandro Lives His ’80s Pop Fantasy in Marc Seguí’s “Tiroteo” Remix Music Video


Puerto Rican superstar Rauw Alejandro joins indie Spanish artist Marc Seguí in the “Tiroteo” remix video. They bring the song’s loving lyrics to life with Spanish Élite star Pol Granch.

Spanish pop star Seguí is making a name for himself with “Tiroteo.”

Seguí and Granch first released the original version of “Tiroteo” in January. They recorded the song for Seguí’s debut EP Thermo Mix that dropped last month. Out of Seguí’s singles, “Tiroteo” is shaping up to be his biggest hit yet. To keep the song’s momentum going, last month he released the remix with Alejandro.

In the remix, the four-minute “Tiroteo” is now over five minutes long and it’s worth every second. Alejandro shows his versatility as an artist who sounds great in any genre. In Seguí’s ’80s-inspired pop fantasy, Rauw is the perfect complement to his heartfelt performance. The trio, including Granch, sing darkly delightful lyrics about a romance that’s got them hostage like a gun to the head. They pull the trigger on the dreamiest pop song of the year that Rauw only sweetens.

Seguí and Alejandro are dodging flower bullets in the music video.

The music video for the “Tiroteo” remix is a feast for the eyes as well. The sugary sweet spirit of the song comes to life in the colorful visual. It’s all sunshine, rainbows, and smiley emojis until three women stage a drive-by shooting. Seguí and Alejandro dodge the bullets that are loaded with flowers while Granch is hit. Maybe they were pelted with love because Granch turns out to be just fine at the end. Seguí and Alejandro shot the video in Medellín, Colombia.

Alejandro is known for his hits in reggaeton music, but this year alone, he’s collaborated with artists from across all genres. Most recently, he’s jumped on songs by Selena Gomez, Bad Gyal, and his Boricua BFF Lyanno.

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