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Meet The Latina Who Hit The Number One Spot On iTunes R&B Charts

You may not recognize her name yet, but Sabrina Claudio is coming hard for the charts.

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The 21-year-old singer-songwriter recently hit no. 1 on the iTunes R&B artist chart, and her song “Frozen” is currently in the top 40 on iTunes R&B charts. Her songs get millions of streams on Spotify, and she’s ready for more now that her debut mixtape, “About Time,” just dropped this month.

So let’s get to know Claudio since she’s already taking over our streams and being called “The Future of R&B” by Teen Vogue.

The cover of Claudios’ Mixtape, “About Time.” Credit: SC Entertainment/Genius.com

Claudio is half-Cuban, half-Puerto Rican, from Miami. That has undoubtedly influenced her sound.

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“I grew up around that environment, salsa and merengue were around me at all times,” she tells Billboard. “There’s a lot of Latin influences in terms of sonics and sounds [in my music]. It will just always be in my blood, really.”

Like many before her, Claudio got her start by posting covers of popular songs to YouTube and social media.

Here she is back in 2015 singing the sh*t out of Drake’s “Hotline Bling” with no assistance from any background music. Just sayin’.

She even paid homage to the queen of all queens, Ms. Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter. Praise this excellence.

I mean, no one can ever beat Bey. We won’t even flirt with that level of disrespect. But damn if she doesn’t kill it. Those pipes! Even so, she tells Billboard that it was probably a cover of “Super Rich Kids” by Frank Ocean that made her go viral.

It’s not just Beyoncé who she stans for. She’s a major Destiny’s Child fan too, calling them one of her biggest R&B influences in an interview with Teen Vogue.

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It’s no wonder the artist who got her start recording covers name checks Destiny’s Child’s version of “Emotion” as a fave. That song was originally written and performed by the Bee Gees.

“You put it on and you kinda want to do all the harmonies at the same time because they’re all super beautiful,” she says. “And when she hit that high note, and it took me a while to get to that point but when I got to that high note it was like an accomplishment.”

She has some very real advice for YouTube singers out there trying to make a name for themselves.

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Claudio insists that no aspiring singer is serious until they’ve shown love to Alicia Keys.

“I mean, you’re not a Youtuber — which I am — if you didn’t cover ‘Fallin’,'” she tells Teen Vogue. “Sorry, that was the standard cover song. ”

She also spills some of her other major R&B influences to Teen Vogue.

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Claudio reveals that the first album she bought was Usher’s “Confessions” and that she grew up listening to Boyz II Men because her dad was “obsessed” with the group.

Can you blame him?

Speaking of her dad, Claudio explains to Billboard that she still worries about him seeing her looking sexy in her music videos.

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For the video for her song “Unravel Me,” Claudio appears nude and covered in flowers and butterflies.

“The only thing I was worried about was what my dad was going to think,” she says. “That was my only worry the whole time. But, being bare was something that I felt was needed for the visual and for the concept of the song. So, I was confident about doing it. It was just a matter of what people were going to say, specifically, my daddy.”

Hitting No. 1 on the iTunes charts was a major moment for the breakout singer, and it solidified her place making R&B.

“It is crazy! I don’t typically look at charts, but this chart, I am most proud of with my genre,” she gushes to Billboard. “I worked really hard on this project. So, to have that type of feedback is extremely rewarding.”

Can’t wait to see what else this talented songbird does in her career!


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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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