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World-Renowned Pianist João Carlos Martins Regains Ability To Play Piano Because Of Bionic Gloves

Medical technology is a life-changing thing. People have regained the ability to walk, see, and live their old lives again with some help. World-renowned pianist, João Carlos Martins is one of the lucky recipients of medical technology with some bionic gloves.

Here is the emotional moment that João Carlos Martins played the piano after injuries immobilized his left hand.

Martins lost the ability to play with his right hand after a violent mugging in Bulgaria in 1995. Since then, the brilliant pianist became a conductor to stay in the musical world that he loves. For decades, Martins could not play the piano because of his hand injury and he had resigned himself to living the life of a conductor.

The gloves are more than just new medical technology. The bionic gloves are 3D printed gloves that have completely changed Martins’ life. The key element of the gloves are rods in the fingers that pick the fingers back up after Martins strikes a key.

Martins is one of the most important musical figures in Brazil.

Martins underwent surgery in 1995 to address the head trauma he endured from the attack. The mugging left him with brain damage that left his no use of his right arm. The surgeries were enough for him to have a solo comeback concert on the piano in 1996. However, in 2000, Martins underwent another surgery to address the injuries to his right hand but it was unsuccessful and further damaged his hand.

Martins’ storied music career saw him take roles in Brazil’s government.

In 1981, Martins was appointed Brazil’s Secretary of Culture. Before that, the pianist dedicated nine years of his life to Bach. Martins recorded all of the keyboard works of Bach and it culminated in a 20-CD edition of Bach’s works released by the Concord Concerto label. It is the most extensive collection of Bach keyboard recordings made by a single pianist.

Martins, once skeptical of the gloves, is so appreciative of the advances in technology.

“When he showed me the gloves, I joked that they were for boxing, not to play the piano,” Martins told Reuters.

He added: “To be able to use all ten fingers again more than 20 years later is a miracle for me at the age of 80.”

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Shawn Mendes Credits Girlfriend Camila Cabello For Overcoming Body Image Issues

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Shawn Mendes Credits Girlfriend Camila Cabello For Overcoming Body Image Issues

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Shawn Mendes rose to fame at 15-years-old through the defuncted social media platform Vine. Years later, he is a worldwide pop sensation but even he falls victim to body image issues. Just goes to show that even famous men have problems with their own bodies.

Shawn Mendes is a certified hottie and that is just a fact.

The “Treat You Better” singer has made men and women swoon around the world with his classical good looks and stunning physique. The Canadian singer-songwriter has been a heartthrob since he broke into the pop music scene and his fans are not letting him down anytime soon.

Yet, Mendes recently admitted that he struggled with body image issues.

In an interview with British GQ, Mendes admits that he struggled with maintaining a healthy body image and self-confidence. The stress of fame and the constant public attention fed into Mendes’ own self-confidence and body image issues.

“‘“If you don’t work out, you’re going to lose fans,’” Mendes told British GQ about what he would tell himself.

The “Wonder” artist would get up two hours early to be able to work out.

Mendes admitted that he would sacrifice sleep and his own health to get the body he thought everyone wanted to see. His Calvin Klein campaign added to his body image issues because of the cultural impact of Calvin Klein campaigns.

Mendes recalled his loved ones helping him by saying, “You are not your body. You are not your voice. You are not your songs. You are you and people love you because of you.”

Mendes thanks his girlfriend, Camila Cabello, for helping him on his journey of self-love.

Mendes saw Cabello’s own strength in the face of body shaming. Cabello faced an onslaught of body shaming that dwarfed what he was feeling and going through.

“So strong, so clear and confident with her [body] and so articulate and empathetic about other people’s,” Mendes told British GQ about Cabello. “and it really changed my view of mine. It really changed my life.” 

Quarantine has become a chance for Mendes to figure who he wants to be.

Mendes wants to show the world another side of him, which is his vulnerable side. He wants men to understand there’s a difference between being obsessed with your abs and being healthy.

You can read the rest of the British GQ interview here.

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Bad Bunny Is Spotify’s Most Streamed Artist In The World For 2020

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Bad Bunny Is Spotify’s Most Streamed Artist In The World For 2020

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Bad Bunny has quickly become one of the most beloved artists in the world. The Puerto Rican artist’s career has skyrocketed over the past couple of years and there is no slowing him down. Spotify’s 2020 wrap showed that Bad Bunny is indeed one of the most popular artists in the world.

Bad Bunny’s music is taking over the world and there is proof.

The singer is Spotify’s most-streamed artist in 2020 according to the platform’s yearly round-up. Last year Bad Bunny was the fifth most-streamed artist in the world so this was definitely a bigger and better year for San Benito.

Bad Bunny is not the only Latino at the top of the Spotify streaming charts. J Balvin came in at third place giving Latin music more recognition as one of the most popular genres.

Bad Bunny also come in wit Spotify’s most stream album of the year.

“YHLQMDLG” is Bad Bunny’s second studio album and it has been a quantifiable success. The album reached No. 1 in the U.S. on the Independent Albums Billboard, Top Latin Albums Billboard, and Latin Rhythm Albums Billboard charts.

Last year, Camila Cabello represented for the Latinas. The Cuban-Mexican-American pop star was all over the Spotify charts. Namely, Cabello was the fourth most-streamed female artist and “Señorita,” her collab with Shawn Mendes, was the most streamed song on Spotify for 2019.

Bad Bunny kept himself super relevant while in quarantine because his social media game is strong.

Bad Bunny kept his music coming while in quarantine. The Puerto Rican super star kept making things happen. He even created a quarantine anthem that he recorded with his significant other. Who could forget when “En Casita” hit Soundcloud? It was Bad Bunny’s way fo make quarantine worth it and trying to make sure that everyone did what they need to do to get past this pandemic.

Latin music’s popularity is growing fast around the world.

Artists like Bad Bunny, Karol G, and J Balvin are taking the Latin sounds and taking them international. More and more people are tuning in to the songs that make our own communities bump. With the way things are going, Latin music’s world takeover is not going to stop anytime soon.

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