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The Mystery Behind The ‘Real Hotel’ California And The Eagles

“Hotel California,” written and performed by The Eagles, is one of the most well-known songs in the history of rock music.

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Rolling Stone called it one of the “greatest songs of all time,” and it’s been covered too many times to count. My dad always played the Spanish-language version.

Here’s Banda Zeta from Nayarit, Mexico, singing a Spanish-language cover of the song:


The point is, people from all walks of life love this song. But what the hell is it about? It’s been a mystic powerhouse of a song that has made many people wonder if a real “Hotel California” actually exists. The guys from the band said the song is more of a metaphor for being materialistic, but there’s no denying the Latin influences to the song. In fact, the song was originally going to be titled “Mexican Reggae.”

The hotel featured on the cover of “Hotel California” is actually the Beverly Hills Hotel. What a letdown, right?!

There is, however, a Hotel California in Baja California, Mexico, that was built in 1947 — 30 years before the song was written!

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The hotel, which opened to customers in 1950, was founded by a Chinese immigrant. The website states that he wanted locals to think he was Mexican, so he changed his name to Don Antonio Tabasco. Apparently, Mexicans never fell for his shtick, so they ended up calling him “El Chino.”

Lots of tourists visit the hotel thinking it’s the hotel from the song.

The Eagles are not happy that people go there thinking it’s the Hotel California from the song, so they are suing the new owners.

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In May, the band/estate filed a lawsuit against the current owners, a Canadian couple named John and Debbie Stewart. The Eagles allege the hotel has been profiting on the basis that it’s the actual Hotel California that they wrote about. For instance, the hotel was selling merchandise that says “Legendary Hotel California.” The lawsuit states: “The only reason the term ‘Hotel California’ is ‘legendary’ is because of their song.

“The Eagles’ legal complaint spells out how the defendants have been shamelessly exploiting their supposed connection with the Eagles to sell unlicensed ‘Hotel California’ merchandise to unwitting tourists,” a spokesperson for the band told Rolling Stone. The spokesperson added, “Confronted with their wrongdoing, defendants now say they ‘claim no association with the Eagles‘ whatsoever. The facts demonstrate otherwise, and the Eagles look forward to putting an end to defendants’ deceptive and unlawful conduct.”

The owners deny any wrongdoing, saying that “Hotel California and its affiliates have for many years owned Mexican and U.S. trademark applications and registrations for the trademark Hotel California for its goods and services, and claim no association with the Eagles, with their song ‘Hotel California’ or with their record album of the same name released in 1976.”

The owners also say that The Eagles never took any action in the past four decades after the song was written.

Their next scheduled court date will take place in August.

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Bolero Meets The Modern Club in Los Rivera Destino’s New Single “Castigo” with Pedro Capó


Bolero Meets The Modern Club in Los Rivera Destino’s New Single “Castigo” with Pedro Capó

Puerto Rican band Los Rivera Destino are back with their new single “Castigo” featuring Pedro Capó. The song is the first single from their long awaited album which is due to be released this summer.

Castigo” is the best of both worlds: fusing Bolero and Dembow, creating a fresh take on songs we would listen to at the club.

We had the chance to interview Los Rivera Destino for Latido Music by mitú, and they talked about filming the music video, songs that they would like to see with Bolero covers, working with Bad Bunny again, and more.

Check out our interview below:

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Dimelo Flow Talks Career Beginnings, Working With Sech, Daddy Yankee and Representing Panamá at The Global Music Stage


Dimelo Flow Talks Career Beginnings, Working With Sech, Daddy Yankee and Representing Panamá at The Global Music Stage

Welcome to Spotlight, where we do a deep dive in the careers of artists, producers, songwriters and more people making an impact in the Latin music industry.

Dimelo Flow, the Panamanian producer behind hits like “Relación Remix” and “Otro Trago“, talked to us about how he started off as a basketball prospect turned club DJ, and how his love for music led him to become a producer. Now he’s not only working with the biggest names in Reggaeton like Daddy Yankee, J Balvin, and Bad Bunny, but has his sights on making global records and putting Panamá on the map.

Watch the full interview below:

During our Spotlight interview, Dimelo also talked to us about his creative process, knowing exactly how to craft the perfect remix and where to locate each artist to create the perfect synergy on a track.

Dimelo also touched on reinventing his sound and collaborating with fellow Panamian artist Sech for his upcoming album ‘42.’

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The Avengers project cemented Dimelo Flow, Sech, Dalex, Justin Quiles, Feid and Lenny Tavarez as a force in reggaeton and took their careers to new heights. Dimelo said that they are already working on a follow-up to The Academy.

He talked to us about sliding into Tyga’s DM’s and now he wants to produce for mainstream artists, naming his dream collabs to work with Post Malone, Drake, and Travis Scott.

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