Interview: Mariana Vega Was Dropped from Her Record Label, Then She Won a Grammy

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Meet Mariana Vega.

She’s a singer-songwriter with Venezuelan roots. If you like Carla Morrison, Ximena Sariñana and other artists in that vein, you’ll dig her stuff.


Un cover de @torikelly 🙂 o un pedacito pues #Hot100Fest @billboard

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Dig it? Cool. mitú talked to Vega about her path to becoming a pop singer, being a Venezolana in Canada, and her plans for the future.

When she was only 15, Vega’s family made a big move.

Vega’s family left Venezuela to settle in Canada. “After my family moved to Canada, I became very depressed. I missed my friends and my hometown. So, I started writing songs when I was 15-16 years-old. Writing music is a form of therapy for me. It became a form of release.”

But she remains a proud Venezolana…she ❤️️’s arepas.

“I love arepas! Oh, they are just the best. You can have them any time of day, breakfast, lunch or dinner. I make arepas, everyone from Venezuela needs to know how to make them. It’s mandatory.”

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She almost didn’t become a musician. 

Un tiempito libre y nos metimos a The Last Bookstore #promoLA

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“While I always had a passion for music, I decided to pursue a degree in Psychology and Industrial Relations at the University of Toronto,” revealed Vega. “But everything changed during my sophomore year in college. I went to Venezuela for my cousin’s wedding and she asked me to sing at the reception. So, I performed that night and as it turns out one of the guests was a music industry executive. When you find someone that believes in you it becomes contagious and you feel unstoppable. So, once I graduated I became a full-time musician.”

 With big dreams came big hurdles.

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“The first time I released an international album it was with Wonder Music Mexico, and right after we released the first single they dropped me from the label,” confessed Vega. “They decided that it wasn’t going to work. I wasn’t sure if it was the single or the marketing strategy, but they decided that I wasn’t the right fit. That experience really shook me up. I thought I had made it that, I was committed to the label, I really thought it was my big break. It was really tough and very hard to pick myself up.”

But her work paid off. Last year, she won a Latin Grammy for Best New Artist.

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So, what’s life like after winning a Grammy?

“It’s a lot of fun,” said Vega. “I guess some people may think that your life changes drastically after winning a Grammy, and it does, but it’s mostly because of your work ethic. It’s given me the opportunity to work different artists that I’ve always admired. But, nothing is handed to you, you still have to knock on doors. I’ve been touring non-stop, in Argentina, Chile, México and Venezuela. Now, I’m touring in the U.S. with stops in Texas, Miami and Los Angeles.”

Her family keeps her grounded. 

Mi manitooooo

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“Family is everything to me. They’re my support system,” said Vegas, who also shared her favorite childhood memory. “In Venezuela there is a very nice beach called Los Roques. My whole childhood was spent at the beach with my parents and siblings. I can remember the smell of the sea, the sun and white sand. It’s crazy because I don’t like the beach that much anymore. I must have gotten sick of it, I don’t know. [Laughs] It’s always nice to be able to share those memories with your loved ones. That’s all we needed – to be together.”

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She’s not obsessed with fame.

Studio time!!

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“I’ve never been worried about being a singer-songwriter that’s at the top of the charts forever. Down the road, I would love to combine my two interests: music and psychology. I’ve been wanting to get a degree in physical therapy and record an album that’s used for child therapy. So, that’s one of my main goals. It’s amazing what music can do.”

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Jennifer Lopez Gave Fans The Ultimate Treat With Her Rendition Of Selena’s ‘Si Una Vez’


Jennifer Lopez Gave Fans The Ultimate Treat With Her Rendition Of Selena’s ‘Si Una Vez’

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Jennifer Lopez arguably became a household name after she portrayed Selena in the biopic about the iconic Mexican-American singer. Since then, J.Lo has become a musical, acting, and producing force in the entertainment industry. Now, at 50, the Puerto Rican superstar is on a new tour and fans in San Antonio were treated to a special cover when she belted out “Si Una Vez” by Texas legend Selena Quintanilla.

J.Lo really showed up for her San Antonio audience with her “Si Una Vez” song after admitting it was her favorite.

At the beginning of the video, J.Lo asks the audience if they want to hear a little Selena. Like, what kind of question is that to ask a Texas audience? Of course, they want to hear some Selena. After asking the crowd which song would be best she told them that “Si Una Vez” is her favorite and that sent the crowd into a frenzy.

Fans were so excited to learn J.Lo’s favorite Selena song because we all have one.

Finding someone with the same favorite Selena song as you is so amazing. Legit, one of the most telling signs of how long your friendship and relationship will last is the Selena test. Do they know who Selena is? Do they like her music? Do you have the same favorite Selena song? This is crucial

Seeing the woman who brought Selena to the big screen was one of the most touching moments for so many people.

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Hearts fluttered. Angels got wings. Moods were lifted. It was a physical moment for so many people who could feel the love from the stage. It was as if Selena was on stage in J.Lo’s body giving us the concert we have been craving.

While all of the concertgoers were melting down, social media people also lost their minds over the cover.

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It’s like Thalía taking time during her concert to give the fans a taste of Jenni Rivera. Who wouldn’t want to be there for that moment? It feels like a special connection between the singer and the audience as they give praise and attention to a shared icon.

This is one way to ring in your 50th birthday, J.Lo.

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There is one thing everyone knows for sure, J.Lo is a force that cannot be overlooked. She is a strong and powerful singer. A recognizable actor. A successful producer. But, most importantly, she is a Selena fan who gives the Tejano singer the respect and love she deserves.

Watch the full performance below.

Thank you, J.Lo. You know how to make your shows something to remember.

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The Music Video For New Shawn Mendes And Camila Cabello Hit ‘Senorita’ Is Pure Fire And No Wonder Fans Think Theyre A Couple Like OMG


The Music Video For New Shawn Mendes And Camila Cabello Hit ‘Senorita’ Is Pure Fire And No Wonder Fans Think Theyre A Couple Like OMG

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There is one thing in music that is not up for debate: the Camilizer fandom is one of the strongest. No matter what the pop star is doing, her fans will always show up with full support on social media and irl. That fandom is making power moves again now that Cabello’s new collab “Señorita” with Shawn Mendes is out. In less than 24 hours, the video already had 14 million views.

Camila Cabello got her fandom ready with one tweet and it worked.

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Cabello’s Twitter is a powerful tool. When she tweets, her millions of followers listen. It is clear that she has learned how to harness social media for the betterment of her career and it is paying off. Tbh, she kind of deserves the success she has garnered so far. Like, she skipped her quinces so she could audition for the X Factor and the rest is music history.

Cabello stans are here to tell you that “Señorita” is a song that is here to stay.

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No one is surprised to hear that Cabello was able to put out a hit. She is proving herself as a powerful musician. We still can’t get “Havana” out of our heads and it has been out for two years.

Like, this is what the Camilizer fandom is doing the rest of the weekend with this song in the background.

Low key, a lot of people will be giving this song all of their streams this weekend. Who wouldn’t want to spend the next couple days bouncing to this song?

People are crying over the new song because they have been waiting for new music.

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Take some deep breaths and relax. You don’t want to miss any of the music or video because you can’t see or hear over your own sobs. Is it even worth listening if you are crying so intensely?

Fans had theories about how the singers prepared for their intimate moments on screen.

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Obviously, you wouldn’t want to have bad breath when you have to kiss someone over and over again. It is also kind of cute that Mendes was so concerned that he ate mints to make sure he had good breath for Cabello.

The video and the passion between the singers is reigniting speculation that they are secretly more than friends.

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Some people might call it good acting and on-screen chemistry. Camilizers call it them sharing their truth while hiding behind the facade of music and the arts. Whichever it is, they know how to make a convincing couple on the screen.

Here is the full video for Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes’s “Señorita.”

Congrats, you two. Seems like you really did the thing with this video.

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