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Here’s What 2017 Looked Like For Camila Cabello. And Spoiler, It Was Goooood

Camila Cabello publicly split from Fifth Harmony in December 2016 and it ?? was ?? dramatic. ?? This meant only one thing: fans expected her to deliver in 2017. Camilizers activated and made her solo career debut one to be remembered gaving them what they wanted. Here are just a few of the highlights from the pop star’s 2017.

Camila Cabello started 2017 by dropping her first single as a solo artist and people loved it.

There was a lot of speculation that the singer would go solo after she released a couple collabs in 2016. Fortunately for her, “Crying In The Club” was adored by her fans and other pop stars.

She continued her string of high-profile collaborations, like this one with J Balvin and Pitbull.

The trio recorded “Hey Ma” for the soundtrack of “The Fate of the Furious” in English and Spanish. Cabello returned to her native country of Cuba to record the music video. Cabello went on to record “Know No Better” with Major Lazer, Travis Scott, and Quavo.

She raised her voice to take a stand for her own beliefs.

Cabello was one of the artists that performed at Zedd’s American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) “Welcome” benefit concert. The ACLU is the organization that has done the most work in protecting people’s rights fighting against President Trump’s travel ban and, most recently, fighting for the right of undocumented minors to access abortion.

In May, Guess announced that Cabello as the new face of the brand.

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“I couldn’t be more excited to partner with Guess on this incredible campaign,” Cabello said in a press release, according to Billboard. “I’ve grown up loving their aesthetic and not in my wildest dreams did I ever think I’d be lucky enough to be a part of it.”

Camilizers were screaming in August when she announced her being part of Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic World Tour.

#24kmagicworldtour W THE SQUAAAAAD #CamilaOnTour

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That is pretty impressive.

She also made her music festival debut in August as a solo artist. Ma-jor!

Fans at the performance were pumped watching Cabello sing, dance, and play the guitar at the Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival in Jones Beach, New York.

Cabello quickly responded on Sept. 5 when the Trump administration rescinded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

Cabello has remained outspoken in favor of defending DACA and protecting the hundreds of thousands of young undocumented people. She has dedicated her song “Havana” to those who are fighting to stay in the country they know.

She joined more than 20 artists to raise awareness for Puerto Rico.

Cabello teamed up with Lin-Manuel Miranda, J.Lo, Gina Rodriguez, Luis Fonsi, and so many other artists in “Almost Like Praying.” The song, which was released in October, raised money to help Puerto Ricans recover after Hurricane Maria devastated the island in September.

She then released a mini film for the “Havana” music video in October.

The video shows Karla, played by Cabello, getting lost in novelas and movies. Cabello also plays the woman on the movie screen living a carefree and happening life in old-timey Havana, Cuba. Cabello’s Cuba character dances with men in the bar and performs on a stage in the bar. That spontaneous kind of living inspires Karla to take life into her own hands and things get exciting at the end.

Then, “Havana”…

…blew…

…the charts.

havana. is. number. oneeee in the US ??love you guys so much ??

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The release of the music video gave “Havana” the push it needed to break into the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. This made Cabello’s first top 10 single. The song would eventually peak at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Cabello’s stellar year earned her the Billboard Women In Music 2017 Breakthrough Artist of the Year award.

“I’d just like to say, the only reason that I’m standing here on this stage, in this auditorium, and on this soil and in this country is because of one woman, and that’s my mom,” Cabello said in her acceptance speech. “Tonight, we’re celebrating women of this year and I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to the woman of my life.”

And, to cap off Cabello’s first year as a solo artist, she was named Spotify’s second most streamed artist in the world.

WOWZA!!!!!!!! a million times thank you love to @Spotify

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Congrats on a very successful year, Camila! Best of luck in 2018.


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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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