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These Shows Don’t Look As Friendly With The “Stranger Things” Makeover

Netflix’s third installment of the horror series “Stranger Things” is coming soon and the trailer has fans over-the-moon with excitement about the upcoming show. Lots of people have fallen in love with its retro sensibility. The show, which is set in the ’80s, features cinematography and music inspired by that era of movies. People have also fallen for the show’s Stephen King novel-meets-John Carpenter-movie font. If you’re one of those people, you’re in luck. Someone created a “Stranger Things” title generator (makeitstranger.com) that lets you “strangify” whatever title, phrase, or name you want. And to be honest, everything kinda looks better in that font. Don’t believe me?

There’s the story of a man who doesn’t age for 30 years…

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Yep. Don Francisco is not the innocent and non-terrifying show host you remember. In this universe, he is ready to take over the world one ridiculous segment at a time.

The story of a mysterious wind that affects those in need of a divine intervention…

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Okay. La Rosa de Guadalupe is already slightly terrifying to all of the kids who don’t know how to behave. It is basically a fictional version of Primer Impacto, however, Primer Impacto is already pretty fake. Either way, I’m all in for this creepier version of this show.

The story of prep school kids who wear lots of red and make a pact to create music forever…

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You thought high was tough before, just wait till you see Rebelde in the upside-down. It is not going to be a good time for you when you see what these teenagers have in store for you. They might have been too much for some to handle before, but now they are unstoppable.

The story of a mysterious child who lives in a barrel…

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We all know the story but what is there is a dark twist we never saw coming? Well, now you can picture the craziness for yourself. Maybe El Chavo del Ocho makes his way to the upside-down and discovers his deepest and darkest secrets. Perhaps he discovers the most secretive embarrassments of his family. The only way to tell is to use your imagination and make it happen.

The story of two people who spend their days frightening everyone with scary stories…

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As if Primer Impact couldn’t get even scarier. Well, maybe it’s just the hosts getting more terrified of thier own words because they love to make sure we are all terrified. It is only fitting that they start scaring themselves a little more and leaving us in peace.

The story of a woman who makes weird faces and carries around a mallet…

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The most definitive ending of all time is this version of the hit show “Caso Cerrado.” Not only do you lose your case in front of millions of viewers and get humiliated, but you are also then sent to the upside-down where you have to find your way back. Only when you find your way back are you allowed to live the life you once lived.

The story of a man who is always trying to coerce people to get into a jacuzzi with him (and the woman who tries to warn them)…

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I would definitely watch this show with a spooky twist. Who wouldn’t want to watch these two famous personalities interact while the world is literally falling apart around them?

The story of a businesswoman who leaves a trail of blood in her path…

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I am shooketh. “La Reina del Sur” is already a crazy story. Like, why would you want to add paranormal monsters to the already insane plot? No one will know the answer and that’s fine. We just want to watch the cartels try to hide their stash and commit their crimes while keeping themselves alive in this crazy world.

The story of a life-size bug that helps those in need…

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Clearly, this is more of an uplifting superhero movie. Not only is El Chapulin Colorado making his way through this insane universe, but he is also taking out all of the horrible monsters on his way. Get it, bro.

The story of a large family who is born with fur all over their bodies…

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Terrifying. Truly terrifying. Just imagine the mess the drains are in when the family has to shower. Talk about a manmade disaster. Horrible. I would weep if I was stuck in that house.

The story of friends who soon become frenemies…

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Ah. A tale as old as time that finally has a more troubling ending than just two friends drifiting apart. It is one of the most common and relatable stories in existence. Fortunately, they are forced to work together here if they ever want to make it back to the real world. What a twist!

The story of a woman who will hurt anyone and everyone so she can escape poverty…

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Honestly, who would try to save her? She has always been kind of asking for this, right? Look, no one deserves to be tortured but when you spend your life making eveyone’s life miserable, well…

And… the story of a family struggling to preserve its culture in a place that is trying to destroy it.

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Porbe abuelitos. They did not see this coming. They left Cuba only to be caught up in this crazy underworld. Que triste.

It’s all enough to make you go…

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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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