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Juanes Join Logic And Alessia Cara To Perform The Bilingual Version Of Logic’s Suicide Prevention Song, Which Has Had A Huge Impact

Juanes joined Logic and Alessia Cara on stage at the Latin Grammys Awards on Thursday to perform a bilingual remix of Logic’s song “1-800-273-8255.”

The song delivers an important message, empowering people suffering from depression and suicidal thoughts to seek help and know it can get better. The title is the phone humber for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL) hotline, ensuring fans know where they to call for help.

As the performance began, the backdrop lit up with a different number – the Spanish-language NSPL hotline.

The original version of the song was released in April in partnership with the NSPL.

At the time, Logic spoke out about his own struggles with depression, and dedicated the song to those who, as the songs says, can relate.

And the NSPL reached out to him, thanking him for his advocacy.

In an official statement, the NSPL outlined the impact the song has had on their call volume.

Since the release of the song, call volume to the NSPL has skyrocketed, as did interactions on social media, with many callers mentioning the song in their conversations with crisis centers. Logic himself tweeted out the statement, calling “1-800-273-8255” the “most important song” he’s ever written.

Logic thanked the Latino community for welcoming him with open arms and for, erm, creating his beautiful wife.

Although “creating my beautiful Mexican Wife” sounds a little weird out of context, his wife Jessica Andrea is, indeed, Mexican. So, you’re welcome, Logic.

VMAS…you were something else ?

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All jokes aside, the song has been helpful for many. Logic spoke to Genius to explain the song’s lyrics and meaning.

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He shares that during a cross country tour, he heard from fans that his music saved their lives. While he says that was a positive, unintentional outcome, those fans pushed him to write a song that actually aimed to help people and save lives.

Hopefully with the remix and by sharing the Spanish language hotline number, Juanes can have the same impact with Latinos.

If you or a loved one is in need of help, the number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. For Spanish speakers it’s 1-888-628-9454.


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Grammy Awards Ending ‘Secret Committees,’ They Remain In-Place For Latin Grammys

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Grammy Awards Ending ‘Secret Committees,’ They Remain In-Place For Latin Grammys

Following The Weeknd’s boycott of the Grammy Awards, the Recording Academy announced last Friday an end to the “secret committees” that determined the nominees. The Latin Recording Academy behind the Latin Grammy Awards said that it will keep the review committees in place for now.

The Weeknd spoke out against the “secret committees” this year.

After The Weeknd’s globally successful After Hours album was snubbed at this year’s Grammy Awards, the Canadian superstar said that he was boycotting the awards by withholding his music. In March, he told the New York Times, “Because of the secret committees, I will no longer allow my label to submit my music to the Grammys.” Ex-One Direction singer Zayn Malik echoed The Weeknd’s demands.

The Recording Academy voted to disband the nominations review committees on Friday.

By “secret committees,” The Weeknd was referring to the committees that were appointed by the Recording Academy to review the nominations. According to Billboard, the Recording Academy trustees voted to disband the nominations review committees, letting the Grammy voting body have more of a say in the nominations. The changes are effective immediately for the next Grammy Awards on Jan. 31, 2022.

“As we continue to build a more active and vibrant membership community, we are confident in the expertise of our voting members to recognize excellence in music each year,” Ruby Marchand, the Academy’s chief industry officer, said in a statement.

The Música Urbana category should finally break up the Latin genres into individual categories.

In a major move for Latin music, the Recording Academy trustees also voted to create a Best Música Urbana Album category. In past years, the Latin genres at the Grammys were clumped together in one category.

In 2012, the category was called Best Latin Pop, Rock, or Urban Album. Latin rock was liberated this year with its own category. The creation of the Best Música Urbana Album category should break up the Latin pop and Latin urban genres into two separate categories next year.

The Latin Grammy Awards will keep the nominations review committees in place for now.

To see if the Latin Recording Academy would also put an end to the “secret committees,” Billboard‘s Leila Cobo reached out to them. So far, the answer is no. In a statement, the folks behind the Latin Grammy Awards wrote they “did not anticipate” doing so.

“While the awards process for Latin Grammys mirrors the essence of the Grammy process, the Latin Recording Academy’s members have the ability to modify procedures respective to the needs and evolution of Latin music,” the Latin Recording Academy said in the statement. “Since we are mainly an international organization, our systems and procedures have some differences.”

As for a more direct reason why the nominations review committees will remain in place at the Latin Grammys, the Latin Recording Academy added, “Given the richness of Latin music and its diverse fields, we depend on the expertise of our members in order to best respect and honor excellence in the difference genres that compose our culture.”

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Juanes Covers Fito Páez’s “El Amor Después del Amor” in Vintage Music Video

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Juanes Covers Fito Páez’s “El Amor Después del Amor” in Vintage Music Video

Juanes dials it back to the ’80s in his music video for “El Amor Después del Amor.” The Colombian superstar covered the Latin rock classic by Argentine singer Fito Páez.

Juanes already has a co-sign from Fito himself.

“El Amor Después del Amor” is Juanes’ first taste of his upcoming album Origen. The song was first released by Páez on his 1992 album of the same name. The cover’s LP is Juanes’ dedication to the artists like Páez that influenced his music career.

“‘El Amor Después del Amor’ is one of my favorite rock songs of all-time,” Juanes said in a statement. “Since the day it came out, what it spoke to, and still does, resonates with me and a whole generation. I have the utmost admiration for Fito. I admire his greatness as a composer and his lasting influence on Latin rock.”

This is Juanes like you’ve never seen him or heard him before.

Juanes sounds like a born-again artist in “El Amor Después del Amor.” He’s rocked and rolled plenty in his greatest hits, but he really commits to the soulful performance that Páez first gave the song. This is already a promising start to the Origen album.

“In my rendition of the song, it felt very instinctive to add more of a gospel sound in the arrangement of the Hammond and guitars,” Juanes added. “I could already sense it in the original, but we went further, especially in how gospel can be fused with the feel of blues and rock. [It’s] a personal interpretation that I hope further amplifies the uplifting spirit I always found in the song.”

Juanes turns it up to 11 in the music video for “El Amor Después del Amor.” In the VHS-like visual, he gives his best impression of the hair bands that reigned supreme in the ’80s. Juanes’ Origen album is due out later this year.

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