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Demi Lovato Tops the List for Google’s Most Searched in 2018

As the year comes to an end, we reflect on 2018 and everything that went into making this year. What better way to do that than to look at the things we Googled. This week, the tech giant released its lists of all the things we followed in 2018. Between movies, weddings, celebrities, and politics, it’s been a busy year. Still, musician Demi Lovato edged out every other big name to become the most searched for person in 2018.

Beating Megan Markel and Brett Kavanaugh for the number one spot, Lovato also topped another category. The pop star is this year’s the most searched for musician as well. Lovato was able to beat out other artists like Cardi B and Ariana Grande who also had a huge 2018.

There’s no doubt Lovato had had an eventful year.

Filled with both professional accomplishments and personal trials, it makes sense that the pop star is a constant in our search history. Here are some of the incredible events that made Demi the number-one searched person this year.

March 2018- Demi’s DC performance

Lovato is a vocal supporter for laws regulating firearms so it’s no surprise she lent her voice to the March for Our Lives rally. The pop star performed her single “Skyscraper” during the first annual gathering in Washington, DC. Started by victims of the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the event protested lax gun regulations. Besides performing, Lovato also marched alongside the students, activists and other stars.

May 2018- Demi’s big collabs

In May, Lovato fulfilled one of her dreams by collaborating with fellow Latina Christina Aguilera. For Aguilera’s first album in six years, the pair wrote and recorded “Fall In Line.” Fans of both artists declared it the feminist anthem that 2018 needed.

Lovato also teamed up with Clean Bandit for their single “Solo.” The song earned the Latina her first number one song on UK music charts.

June 2018- Lovato releases “Sober”

Lovato has always been very transparent with fans about her struggles with mental health and addiction. So, when the star relapsed after six years of sobriety, she didn’t shy away from talking about it. Lovato released “Sober,” a song in which she detailed her experiences with addiction and sobriety.

Her heartbreaking lyrics included a shout out to her fans:

“And I’m sorry for the fans I lost who watched me fall again / I wanna be a role model, but I’m only human.”

July 2018- Demi overdoses

Just weeks after she released “Sober,” Lovato was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical in LA. News media reported that the musician had suffered a heroin overdose and Twitter flipped at the news. The hashtag #ImConfidentInDemi began trending with both fans and fellow stars tweeting their support.

It was later revealed that Lovato had actually overdosed on oxycodone laced with fentanyl. Though she was revived later the same day, Lovato would spend two weeks in hospital healing.

August 2018-Lovato’s stay in rehab

After her two week stay at Cedar-Sinai, Lovato checked herself into rehab. Before flying to a rehabilitation center in Chicago, the Latina sent a message of thanks to her fans. Lovato would spend a total of three months getting the treatment she needed before being released.


November 2018- Lovato gets out to vote

After being out of the public eye for so long, Lovato fans were anxious to see their girl back in action. After no social media presence for three months, Lovato took to the polls for an Insta-worthy moment in her first Instagram post since rehab.

Always politically active, Lovato expressed thanks for being home in time to vote. She also encouraged her fans to go out and exercise their right to vote.

December 2018- Never giving up and Demi’s big Grammy nomination

Since her overdose, Lovato has been spending less time on social media and more time one her self. The singer took up Jiu Jitsu as a way to center her mind and care for her body. In her second Insta post since July, Lovato posted a picture of herself in her Jiu Jitsu gear with the hashtag #NeverGiveUp. This was a very welcome message to all the millions of Lovato fans wishing for her recovery.

Days later on December 7th, the world woke up to news of this year’s Grammy nominations. “Fall in Line,” Lovato and Aguilera’s collaboration, was nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. The artist took to Twitter to express her disbelief and appreciation. She also explained how surreal it was to be nominated with Aguilera, one of her childhood idols.

Lovato has had her share of hard knocks this year but she is strong and surrounded with lots of love. Here’s hoping that Lovato’s 2019 is filled with nothing but blessings.


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Video Dug Up From Cardi B’s Past Shows Her Saying She Used To Drug And Rob Men

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Video Dug Up From Cardi B’s Past Shows Her Saying She Used To Drug And Rob Men

Stay grateful you did not grow up in the era of Snapchat/ Instagram/ Facebook kids because you can delete but your recorded actions can still come back to bite. Cardi B knows the story. While the Afro-Latina queen of Trap isn’ making any apologies, the latest video to be dug up from her past is requiring her to give some answers.

Video of the singer, recalling a time in her life in which she felt forced to drug and rob men while seducing them has resurfaced.

Over the weekend, video of the “Money” rapper recalling how she used to drug and rob men resurfaced.

The video, which was recorded during an Instagram live broadcast, sees Cardi as she goes on a tearful verbal tirade about her past. This after, someone apparently questioned her success and accused her of not “putting in no fucking work.”

“I had to go ‘oh yeah, you wanna fuck me? Yeah yeah yeah let’s go to this hotel.’ And then I’d drug [expletivie] up and I’d rob them. That’s what I used to do.”

Users online were quick to comment.

“The fact that cardi b admitted to drugging and robbing men she would take back to a hotel for sex blows my mind,” wrote Twitter user @itsangelaa. “That’s not ‘keeping it real.’ that’s a crime.”

“I wonder what woulda happened if it were the other way round,” @BTSisthecauseo5 commented.

At the onset of the backlash, the rapper seemed to take the comments rather lightly.

The following day she also tweeted “IM THAT BITCH THEY LOVE TO HATE, IM THAT BITCH THEY HATE TO LOVE and I love it.”

On Tuesday, however, after users on Instagram and Twitter continued to simmer, she was forced to issue comment.

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In a post to her Instagram, the rapper responded to the comments about the video by saying: “I’m a part of a hip hop culture where you can talk about where you come from talk about the wrong things you had to do to get where you are.”


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Leslie Grace And Super Junior’s “Lo Siento” Is The Hit All Latinx K-Pop Fans Have Been Waiting For

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Leslie Grace And Super Junior’s “Lo Siento” Is The Hit All Latinx K-Pop Fans Have Been Waiting For

The year 2017 marks a time of major multilingual and multicultural musical collaborations. With Luis Fonsi’s remix of “Despacito,” featuring Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber, climbing to the top of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for 16 weeks, and J Balvin and Willy William’s remix for “Mi Gente,” featuring Beyoncé, making it to the No. 3 spot, the western music market is opening up to music in Spanish. But these aren’t the only collaborations bridging different cultures and genres. In the era of globalization, K-pop, short for Korean pop music, is an international phenomenon, and the genre is beginning to meld its addictive melodies with urban Latin pop. Evidence: K-pop boy band Super Junior’s recent collaboration with Leslie Grace.

Debuting in 2005, the fellas of Super Junior are the kings of Hallyu — the Korean wave. At their height, 15 men donned the Super Junior title, but, due to departures, mandatory military service and other issues, only Siwon, Donghae, Eunhyuk, Shindong, Yesung, Heechul and Leeteuk are currently active. As a group, the men have led a revolution in the industry, spurring forward electro-pop and R&B-influenced dance tracks.

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And among K-pop, they also have one of the strongest fan bases in Latin America. The group has long captivated these audiences with hits like “Sorry Sorry,” “Mr. Simple” and “Mamacita,” and Super Junior has made sure to visit their Latin American E.L.F — what they call their fans — on three separate tours since 2013, holding arena shows in Mexico, Argentina, Chile and Peru. It must be noted that the group has yet to hold a single solo show in the U.S.

For many years, Super Junior and SM Entertainment, their label, had seen the excitement from their supporters in Latin America and wanted to show their gratitude by releasing a song partly sung in Spanish. In March, the group dropped “Lo Siento,” a tune about finding romance on the dance floor, featuring Dominican-American singer Leslie Grace and the Latino production duo Play-N-Skillz as part of the extended version of their eighth album, Replay.  

“The song with Super Junior and Play-N-Skillz came out of nowhere. None of us really knew each other,” Leslie Grace, who was recommended to the K-pop group by the Argentine-Venezuelan sibling duo Play-N-Skillz, told FIERCE. “The beauty of it was [having the opportunity of] discovering something that’s been happening hugely in its own right in a different side of the world, and discovering it for the first time and saying, ‘Man, I wanna be a part of that. I don’t know anything about it up until this point, but I really want to be a part of that.’”

While it’s commonplace for K-pop groups to release records in Japanese or Mandarin in order to cater to Asian music markets, or English one-offs for international fans, no act had ventured into singing in Spanish or acknowledged their Latin American fans with a song quite like Super Junior.

“Lo Siento” is a true K-pop and urban Latin-pop mashup. It plays up the typical Spanish guitar and blends a familiar Latin flair with the energy and the mix of pop, dance and hip-hop that K-pop is known for. The music video, shot in South Korea, even features the “Díganle” singer dancing along with the guys of Super Junior.

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The trilingual track debuted at No. 13 on Billboard’s Latin digital sales chart, the first K-pop entry ever. A bit over two weeks after the music video dropped, “Lo Siento” surpassed 20 million views, which was three times more than what their last Korean single, “Black Suit,” accumulated.

While “Lo Siento” isn’t the first time K-pop artists have teamed up with Latin ones nor used Latin genres in their music, it is the first instance that we can actually call a real collaboration. In 2016, for instance, Ricky Martin released a version of his hit “Vente Pa’ Ca” featuring Wendy from K-pop girl group Red Velvet, though she sang in English, and Mexican boy band CD9 released “Get Dumb” with Korean girl group Crayon Pop. In both cases, the artists simply exchanged vocals, put them together and released the song with little fanfare. With “Lo Siento,” however, not only did Leslie fly to Korea to be in the music video, but Super Junior invited her and Play-N-Skillz on their Latin American tour last month.

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Stopping in Buenos Aires, Lima, Santiago and Mexico City, Leslie, Play-N-Skillz and Super Junior played before a total of 55,000 fans. The stars blew up the stage with “Lo Siento,” but both Play-N-Skillz and Leslie also had the chance to perform their own sets during the show.

“It never stops being a surprise, with my most recent released single ‘Duro y Suave,’ for [the crowd] to sing it back to me,” the 23-year-old singer, who came to fame after the release of her bachata remake of The Ronettes’ “Be My Baby” in 2013, told us. “I know it’s Super Junior’s crowd. I know that their fans are so accepting and loving, and I knew that they would be attentive during the show, but you don’t expect everyone to connect, especially a crowd that’s so different, to your music when you’re the special guest.”

Leslie is currently finishing her new album, which she says will drop by the end of the year. She’s also very excited about potentially finishing another leg of the tour with Super Junior. “They’re trying to see if we can do some more shows in Latin America, in Central America, go to the countries we didn’t get to go to in South America, like Colombia [and] Brazil,” she said.

Just like with “Despacito” and “Mi Gente,” “Lo Siento” is bringing together different cultures, languages and even fandoms from various parts of the world that don’t get to interact as much through music in a compact, smooth earworm.

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“For us to come together just fully based off of mutual artistic respect, and for something like this to happen, and now everybody really enjoying it despite the cultural differences, that to me was the biggest takeaway and the biggest blessing to now be a part of Super Junior’s story and them a huge part of mine,” Leslie said.  

During an interview in Times Square, the dominicana gave the boys a quick dance lesson — and it was all caught on camera.

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“Bridging cultures one dance step at a time! First Super Junior with me and ‘Group Dance’ in their land South Korea, and now me with them and ‘Bachata’ in my home NYC,” Grace, 23, captioned a video of the dance sesh she posted on Instagram. “Proud to be your instructor, @eunhyukee44 hahaha! You are officially baptized the best bachatero out of Korea by the princess of bachata — BOOM!”

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