The Grammy winner was raised in Texas so her love for Selena is real and deep. She grew up listening to the Tejano singer and it shows in her ability to sing in Spanish for adoring fans.
Camila Cabello also gave Selena a great tribute at the same venue.
Obviously, a young Latina like Cabello is very familiar with Selena and her iconic music. It has been 24 years since Selena took the stage at the Houston AstroDome and the year has inspired artists to give her a special shoutout when in her state.
Jackie Cruz totally blew us away with her modern take on “Como La Flor.”
She had all of us screaming, “Como La Floooooorrrr” and opened our eyes to this talent we didn’t know she had.
Paulina Rubio made everyone emotional during her version of “Fotos Y Recuerdos” during Selena Vive.
Me still: ? ?
Thalía belting “Amor Prohibido” proved to all of us that Selena’s music is definitely here to stay.
TBH, it was probably the first song any of us could sing all the way through.
Even Selena Gomez, named after the Tejano pop star, had to cover “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” during an early concert.
Seriously, Selena permeates ALL of pop culture, from Selena Gomez to Beyoncé.
“Dreaming Of You” sounded so dreamy when Bruno Mars treated his audience to an unexpected tribute.
Just when you think you can’t love Bruno Mars any more, he goes and does that.
Even Suzette Quintanilla appreciated Adrienne Bailon’s “I Could Fall In Love” cover.
It makes total sense Kumbia Kings did a “Baila Esta Cumbia” cover and they did it so much justice.
Get it, boys! Selena would be proud.
Little Becky G even did a medley of four classic and instantly recognizable Selena songs.
She hit “Como La Flor,” “Baila Esta Cumbia,” ‘Bidi Bidi Bom Bom,” AND “Techno Cumbia” in ONE medley and her hand gestures were on point.
And, let’s not forget the woman who brought Selena to life on the big screen covering “No Me Queda Más” like only she can.
Exactly three years after Natti Natasha and Becky G changed the game in reggaeton with “Sin Pijama,” the women have reunited for “Ram Pam Pam.” The Dominican reggaetonera and the Chicana pop star are ballers in the new music video. In an exclusive with Latido Music, Natti and Becky talked about the legacy of “Sin Pijama” and coming together again. Natasha also opened up about her pregnancy and her baby girl that’s on the way.
With “Sin Pijama,” Becky G and Natti Natasha showed that two women in reggaeton could be bankable and break records together.
On April 20, 2018, Becky G and Natti Natasha changed the way women were viewed in reggaeton with the release of their global hit “Sin Pijama.” In a genre that’s dominated by men, they proved that two women could be bankable together with the 38-times Platinum song. The music video has over 1.8 billion views on YouTube.
“I remember believing in ‘Sin Pijama,'” Becky G tells mitú. “I had the demo for like over a year. Nobody heard what I heard. It was so frustrating. I remember someone telling me, ‘If you think it’s such a hit then why would you want to share it?'”
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When she was a kid in Inglewood, Becky was listening to Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. Those two pop queens were often compared with each other as they coming up in the 2000s. Becky was hoping that they would join forces one day.
“I used to think, ‘Damn, it would’ve been crazy if Britney and Christina Aguilera went on a tour together,'” Becky says. “If they did albums together. The records that would’ve broken. I didn’t have that alliance to look up to growing up. It was the opposite. It was the media feeding and pitting each other against one another. I used to think, ‘Wow, that’s really toxic.'”
Becky G saw “Sin Pijama” as her chance to create that alliance between women that she wanted to see, especially in reggaeton where that was rarely happening. She reveals that record execs were having concerns if the audience would be able to tell Becky and Natti apart because they’re both “very pretty” and have the same hair color.
“We also come from very different places, very different experiences, and point of views, and have our talent and banderas to represent,” Becky says. “We are so different so let’s come together to show people that we are more together.”
Before “Sin Pijama,” Becky and Natti were coming off their own music videos with a billion views each.
It was also a matter of mathematics for Becky as both reggaetoneras were coming off their own music videos with over a billion views each. For Natti, it was her collaboration “Criminal” with Ozuna and for Becky, that was “Mayores” with Bad Bunny. “I was like, ‘We have a billion views here and we have another billion views here,'” she says. “If we come together that’s another billion. That’s three billion views right there.”
When Becky received the track with Natti’s fire verse, she admits that she had to go back into the recording studio after. Natti wasn’t playing any games when she came through with the iconic “p*rra en la cama” line.
“[Natti] is bad a*s!” Becky says. “Natti has flow. When she sent me her part to ‘Sin Pijama,’ I died. I actually went into the studio again to re-record my parts. I was like, ‘Yo, she brought the heat and I gotta meet her there.'”
There have been more all-women collaborations in reggaeton since the success of “Sin Pijama.”
Since “Sin Pijama,” there’s been a rise in all-women collaborations in reggaeton and in Latin music. More women have felt empowered to come together and release anthems like “Sin Pijama” after the song’s success. Last month for Women’s History Month, Natasha dropped “La Duras” with Colombia’s Farina, Argentina’s Cazzu, and Puerto Rico’s La Duraca.
“Sin Pijama” also became an anthem for their fans in the LGBTQ+ community.
“Sin Pijama” was not only a pivotal point for women in reggaeton, but it also became an anthem for queer communities to enjoy in the club. As women have fought for space in the male-dominated reggaeton scene, that’s something that’s resonated with their fans in the LGBTQ+ community.
“The queer community is just so beautiful and inspiring,” Becky says. “They see us as underdogs, and they felt like underdogs, and when we come together, we get to really hear each other and represent one another. They continue to be such a huge support to me as an artist. I think to a lot of us Latinas.”
In the Zoom conversation, Natti nods in agreement as Becky says that. “I’m always grateful to the community,” she adds. “They saw us and they felt the same way. They’re also struggling for their acceptance. As women in freaking reggaeton, which is music, why is that something hard? From the get-go, I felt so supported. Everything that we do is also for everyone, and for them. To us, that’s very important to do that. I’m always blessed with the support.”
Natti recently revealed her pregnancy.
Natasha revealed her pregnancy at the Premio Lo Nuestro Awards in February. She was performing her latest hit “Antes Que Salga El Sol” with Dominican-American pop star Prince Royce. During the performance, she was proudly displaying her baby bump.
“It feels a bit nerve-wracking, but it feels fun,” Natasha says about her pregnancy. “I really wanted it and I’ve never been happier before in my whole entire life.”
Natti is having a baby girl with Raphy Pina.
Earlier this month, Natasha had a gender reveal party with her fiancé Raphy Pina. They have a baby girl on the way. When I ask Natti what she thinks if her future daughter wanted to be an artist as well, she says with laugh, “I’m like, ‘You are not going out, child, from this house.'” After joking, Natasha says hopefully her experiences as an artist can help out her daughter if she chooses that path.
“I would let her,” Natti says. “She can do whatever she wants. I did it anyways even if my parents didn’t want me to do at the moment because they didn’t understand. I just want to be very prepared. I thank God I went through everything I went through just so I could be there for her. Even though she could do her own thing. I want to be able to give her the right advice and not come from an ignorant place.”
Natti and Becky reunite for their new collaboration “Ram Pam Pam.”
Natasha’s pregnancy was a little visible in her music video for “Ram Pam Pam.” This marks her second collaboration with Becky G. In a continuation of the “Las Duras” music video, Becky G drives them to a gym where they own the basketball court. Prince Royce from the “Sin Pijama” music video also makes an appearance. Natti presented Becky with the hypnotic and sexy banger.
“I said if I could do any type of collaboration with this huge song that I have had the feeling it was going to be, it has to be Becky,” Natti says. “There’s no one in the world with who I have better chemistry, personally and in general. To find someone genuine to say, ‘If I have a hit, this is who I’m sharing it with.’ And that was her. It’s catchy. I feel like it’s different. It has all the elements for her and me and for people to enjoy it.”
Becky is looking forward to the day that she and Natti can turn up to “Ram Pam Pam” at the clubs. She describes it as one of the songs that will have you running to the dance floor, even if you’re in the bathroom.
“I know you’re preggers right now, but I can’t wait to until your little princess is here so we can go out,” Becky says. “And we can be like that movie Bad Moms when they party and get chocolate wasted. It’s just puro perreo. I love it.”
With “Sin Pijama” in the history books of reggaeton and “Ram Pam Pam” poised to empower more women in the genre, Natti reflects on her impact with Becky G. What that can mean for her daughter and the girls that come after them.
“I hope this way that Becky and me are paving,” she says. “That it could give these little girls a possibility in the future to say, ‘It’s not impossible anymore or it’s not so hard anymore.'”
Maluma is teaming up with the biggest star in the solar system for his new single “Rumba (Puro Oro Anthem).” As part of an Earth Day campaign with Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold, the Colombian superstar joined forces with the sun. He’s also coming on a decade in the music industry. In an exclusive interview with Latido Music, Maluma talked about the inspiration behind “Rumba” and the hottest collaborations of his career.
“Rumba” is part of Maluma’s campaign with Michelob.
“Collaborating with the sun was great,” Maluma tells mitú. “Maybe I’m the only artist in the world who has the opportunity. It’s a big thing for me. I enjoyed the process. I also enjoyed working with Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold. They love the same things that I love like helping the world. I feel grateful.”
Maluma recorded “Rumba (Puro Oro Anthem)” for Michelob to celebrate the beer brand’s ULTRA Pure Gold lager that’s brewed with 100 percent renewable electricity from the sun. The warm reggaeton track was recorded featuring sounds from the actual sun. Maluma wrote it with Keityn and Edgar Berrera, who also composed “Hawái” with him.
“These two guys are geniuses,” Maluma says. “When we work together we’re a dream team. When this campaign came to the table, I told them that I needed a big song. I recorded it in Turks and Caicos around three weeks ago. The song came out great. I love it.”
This year Maluma will be celebrating 10 years in the music industry.
This year, Maluma will be celebrating a decade in the industry since the release of his debut single “Farandulera.” After dropping his breakthrough album Pretty Boy, Dirty Boy in Oct. 2015, Maluma is one of the artists that helped globalize Latin music. He’s happy to be a part of the movement, but he also recognizes the stars that came before him.
“It’s not like we started this year or last year,” Maluma says. “This has been work that started with Ricky Martin’s ‘Livin’ La Vida Loca’ and Shakira like 15 or 20 years ago. I feel like I’m part of it. I feel proud of it. I feel like we still need to do more things, more big things.”
Next up, Maluma’s fans can see him on tour this fall.
As for what’s next, the “Rumba” music video will be released on Earth Day, April 22. Maluma is also hitting the road this fall for his Papi Juancho Tour in the U.S. The tour kicks off in September and runs through late October.
“Coming back to the stage is something that I really need,” Maluma says. “I miss being with my fans. I miss hugging them. I miss going on tour. I miss the whole lifestyle. I can’t wait to see you guys on tour and sing of course for the first time all my new songs that I released this year.”
Since Maluma is also celebrating 10 years in the industry, we had him break down some of the biggest collaborations in his career.
Maluma will make his big-screen debut in Marry Me with Jennifer Lopez in Feb. 2022. The movie was pushed back to that date due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The two singers also collaborated on songs for Marry Me like “Pa’ Ti” and “Lonely.”
“I always wanted to work on a big project,” Maluma says. “In a big movie. I had a couple of opportunities to work on other things, but I said ‘no’ because I was waiting for this big moment. Thanks to Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson and the whole team to make me part of the movie. I have a lot of beautiful moments. She’s great. She’s such a master for me. She taught me many things when we were working together. I would say from the beginning to the end, the whole experience was great.”
Maluma teamed up with Canadian superstar The Weeknd for a Spanglish remix of “Hawái.” They pushed the song to No. 12 on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 chart. Maluma helped The Weeknd with his Spanish in the remix.
“At the beginning, the first vocals he recorded, I had to tell him to change a little bit,” Maluma says. “The ‘Instagram’ part because he was saying it in the wrong way, like pretty bad Spanish. I sent him the vocals, like the way he had to say it, and then he changed it. He’s great. He’s super talented.”
For his latest album 7 Días En Jamaica (#7DJ), Maluma teamed up with Jamaican star Ziggy Marley for the song “Tonika.” He performed the song for the first time with Bob Marley’s son at the Latin American Music Awards last week.
“That was great working with Ziggy,” Maluma says. “He’s one of my favorite artists too. I always wanted to work with him because I’m a huge fan of Bob Marley. It’s one of the best things I could’ve done in the album. He put the Marley DNA in my project and that was great.”
Maluma and Colombian icon Shakira have teamed up on a number of collaborations, including the hit singles “Chantaje” and “Clandestino.” They also worked together on “Trap,” another cut from Shakira’s El Dorado album.
“I love working with Shakira, but I have to be honest, it’s not easy because she loves everything to be on-point,” Maluma says. “She’s super strict with everything that she does. I would love to work with her again. She’s a master for me too. She’s one of the first big stars that helped me and wanted to work with me. I’m forever grateful to her for giving me the chance to work with such a big artist.”