Earlier this month, Nate Diaz, the pride of Stockton, Calif., defeated Conor McGregor at UFC 196. The younger Diaz brother’s victory over UFC’s biggest star was quite the upset. It had fans reeling. Among those was none other than Justin Bieber.
Justin Bieber talked smack to the one person who doesn’t tolerate smack.
Some dude with a big social media following that used to date Selena Gomez took to Instagram to lament Nate Diaz masterfully choking out fan favorite Conor McGregor. Instead of giving props where props were due, Bieber talked trash about Diaz. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Nate Diaz and his older brother (#FreeNickDiaz), they don’t take too kindly to trash talking.
Amazingly, Nate Diaz brushed the comment off, which is very #offbrand
Last week, Nate spoke with “Extra’s” Charissa Thompson (Wait, really? What is going on here?) about BieberGate. The MMA fighter countered the Bieber trash talk by stating the pop star didn’t know what he was talking about and even hinted at Bieber being a bandwagon fan. Nate Diaz then finished the interview by jokingly saying that he would smack the “Sorry” singer if given the chance.
That’s Bieber on the right walking alongside Floyd Mayweather, Jr., who’s considered to be one of the greatest fighters of this generation (he also has a history of violence against women, but that’s a topic for another conversation, and it’s unclear whether Bieber actually knows this about Mayweather). You know who happily joins the entourage of an undefeated boxer? A bandwagon fan.
Luckily for us, the Nate Diaz-Justin Bieber fight took place… on the Internet.
Some people love Justin Bieber, but then again some people don’t. For those that happen to fall in the latter category, the thought of watching the pop star get pummeled brings as much joy as a basket of puppies. Thankfully, YouTuber MMAGAME made this matchup into a reality. As would be the case in real life, Bieber didn’t even even stand a chance.
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.
Over the weekend, singer Justin Bieber was accused by two women of sexual assault. On Sunday, he took to Twitter to refute one of the allegations but has not commented on the other.
In a lengthy series of posts shared on Twitter this past Sunday, Bieber denied sexual assault claims made by a woman, known only as Daniel.
In a series of tweets, which were shared by the account PopCrave and have now been deleted, Danielle accused Bieber of assaulting her on March 9, 2014, after his performance at SXSW. She claims the singer took her to a Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, where he sexually assaulted her. In response to the tweets, Bieber said he’d been encouraged by his wife to speak up and claimed that “there is no truth to this story.” He also shared various receipts from AirBnbs and an article in an attempt to show that he had not been at the hotel mentioned in the claim.
“I don’t normally address things as I have dealt with random accusations my entire career[,] but after talking with my wife and team I have decided to speak up on an issue tonight. Rumors are rumors but sexual abuse is something I don’t take lightly. I wanted to speak out right away but out of respect to so many victims who deal with these issues daily, I wanted to make sure I gathered the facts before I made any statement,” Bieber wrote in his Twitter post. “In the past 24 hours, a new Twitter [account] appeared that told a story of myself involved with sexual abuse on March 9, 2014[,] in Austin[,] Texas[,] at the Four [S]easons [H]otel. I want to be clear. There is no truth to this story. In fact, as I will soon show I was never present at that location.”
In his claims, Bieber said that while he had performed at SXSW that year he attended the festival with his then-girlfriend Selena Gomez.
To back up his claims, Bieber shared photos of two of them together at the time. He also shared a series of email correspondences and receipts to show evidence of his Airbnb reservation. “I stayed with Selena and our friends at an Airbnb on the 9th and on the 10th stayed at a Westin because our hotel reservation at LÀ Quinta and not the four seasons was messed up. Here are the receipts for the hotel on the 10th,” Bieber wrote in his tweet.
Bieber also shared tweets from March 2014 that showed people had claimed to have seen him at the Four Seasons Hotel around the same time.
Bieber asserted that while he was at the restaurant he had not gone to the hotel. “Every claim of sexual abuse should be taken very seriously and this is why my response was needed,” Justin replied to the claims. “However this story is factually impossible and that is why I will be working with [T]witter and authorities to take legal action.”
In a separate claim, a woman identified only as Kadi also accused Bieber of sexual assault.
In response to Danielle’s claim, Kadi wrote “I believe Danielle, I am a victim of sexual assault by Justin Bieber too.” Kadi, whose tweets remain up, accused the singer of sexually assaulting her in New York City in 2015. Kadi claimed that after a brief encounter outside the Langham Hotel, where Justin was staying she was invited to his room around 2:30 a.m.
In her tweets, Kadi claimed Bieber’s bodyguard invited her up to his hotel to join a party where he took her to a separate area and assaulted her despite her asking him to stop. “I asked him to stop and continued to say that I cannot have sex whit[h] anyone prior to marriage (traditional and cultural thing) So Bieber started pushing me to the bed and have his body against mine, he pinned me down pulled my leggings down and his shorts and penetrated me (which is considered a very bad thing unless by the husband) it aggravated me and I pushed him and kicked him between his legs and run out to the living room,” she claimed