Today is Selena’s 25th death anniversary and she is still alive in our hearts! The legend started singing at the age of 10 as she accompanied her family band “Selena Y Los Dinos”. Selena has a sturdy fan base and a huge chunk of them constitutes Latinos, who continue to see the Tejano superstar as the quintessence of American pop-culture. Monica Peralta, one of the biggest admirers of Selena has kept Selena’s legacy alive with the help of her Youtube channel where she shows how you can re-structure Selena’s fashionable stage attires.
“I felt that she was very easy for me to connect to because growing up, she was one of the only people that I could really see myself in,” said Peralta, who lives in Paramount, California.
″… She was a young Mexican American Latina who was also struggling with Spanish and just trying to be successful in life.”
Her murder in 1995 by the manager of her fan club, Yolanda SaldÍvar, who is currently serving a life sentence, came just as she was poised to cross over to the English-speaking market.
The Latina community hasn’t forgotten her. Instead, they’ve passed on her music and their fandom like a family heirloom. Another example of this, Roger Gomez of Santa Ana, California, who became a fan when he was 16, after being moved by news coverage of her death. Gomez, now 41, said he sees Selena’s fan base growing “every single day.”
“Now that we’re getting to the age where we have kids and are starting to have grandkids, we’re passing on to that generation the love of her music and everything that we’ve known about Selena throughout the years,” Gomez said.
He created a chat group to speak with other fans, which turned into a website, LoveSelena.com and eventually fan pages on Facebook and Instagram.
Even after 25 years of her death, Selena still resides in the hearts of thousands of her Latino fans and taste for her music is ever-growing.
Boy Pablo shares pair of new songs after hosting listening party
Norwegian internet sensation Boy Pablo has released a pair of new songs called ‘Hey Girl’ and ‘I Just Wanna Go Home’ – listen to them below.
Announced last week, ‘Hey Girl’ arrived after Pablo hosted an online listening party for the new single earlier tonight (May 28).
“damn it’s really out now,” Pablo said of the new song on Twitter.
damn it’s really out now
— BoY pAbLo (@soypablo777) May 28, 2020
The singer-songwriter shared another new song called ‘I Just Wanna Go Home’, featuring guest vocals from Andrea.
Listen to both of the new songs below:
Whether ‘Hey Girl’ or ‘I Just Wanna Go Home’ will land on a full-length project is not yet known. Boy Pablo’s last project was 2018’s ‘Soy Pablo’ EP.
The Norwegian internet sensation joined a lineup that included the likes of Aurora, Enslaved and Datarock.
Armed with an acoustic guitar and donning socks and sandals, Pablo offered up a cover of ‘Piledriver Waltz’, taken from Arctic Monkeys’ 2011 album ‘Suck It And See’, which he performed in front of a green screen that displayed a family deer wandering in the snow.
Gang Of Four to release guitarist Andy Gill’s final recordings
Gill, who was a founding member of the legendary post-punk band, died in February following a short respiratory illness.
The news was announced in a statement posted on the band’s official Twitter account. “This is so hard for us to write, but our great friend and Supreme Leader has died today,” the statement began.
It continued: “Andy’s final tour in November was the only way he was ever really going to bow out; with a Stratocaster around his neck, screaming with feedback and deafening the front row.”
Today (May 28), the remaining members of the band, along with Gill’s widow, the author and Women’s Equality party co-founder Catherine Mayer, have announced a new EP that features the guitarist’s final recordings.
Titled the ‘Anti Hero EP’, all proceeds from it will benefit Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS foundation trust, to “recognise, celebrate and support” those who cared for Gill during his hospitalisation.
Speaking to The Guardian, Mayer said that her late husband was “working on this music and overseeing mixes from his hospital bed until literally the last day when they put him under.”
Mayer said that she and the rest of the band named the EP to recognise Gill’s “very healthy scepticism of the lauding of so-called great men.”
“So many – mainly men I’m afraid – seem susceptible to the idea that if you behave and dress a bit badly and break the rules, it makes you a genius,” she explained. “Andy talked about how it was becoming impossible for such populist figures to not intrude into his lyrics. He’d look at Trump’s tweets and go, ‘There’s a Gang of Four lyric right there.’”
The ‘Anti Hero EP’, which will feature art work by Shepard Fairey, the man who created Barack Obama’s Hope poster, will be released on July 17.
Kate Tempest shares moving poem about the NHS for charity book project
Kate Tempest has shared a moving poem about the NHS for an upcoming charity book project – listen to it below.
The poem is set to appear in a book called Dear NHS: 100 Stories To Say Thank You, which features 100 household names telling their personal stories of the health service.
Curated and edited by Adam Kay, the author of This is Going to Hurt, celebrity contributors include: Paul McCartney, Emilia Clarke, Peter Kay, Stephen Fry, Dawn French, Sir Trevor McDonald, Graham Norton, Sir Michael Palin, Naomie Harris, Ricky Gervais, Sir David Jason, Dame Emma Thompson, Joanna Lumley and many more.
Today (May 28), Tempest took to Twitter to share her poem in audio form.
“I was asked to write a poem about the NHS for a charity book project called ‘Dear NHS’ headed up by Adam Kay, bestselling author of This Is Going To Hurt. All royalties going to NHS Charities Together,” she wrote, before sharing the book’s pre-order link.
Listen to Tempest’s poem below:
I was asked to write a poem about the NHS for a charity book project called ‘Dear NHS’ headed up by Adam Kay, bestselling author of This Is Going To Hurt. All royalties going to NHS Charities Together. Listen to it here: https://t.co/4mGWQIIW3b pic.twitter.com/QUQBkMDIvs
— kate tempest (@katetempest) May 28, 2020
All profits from Dear NHS will go to NHS Charities Together to fund vital research and projects, and The Lullaby Trust which supports parents bereaved of babies and young children.
Due to be released on July 9, you can pre-order the book here.
Set to take place at Newcastle’s Exhibition Park on Monday May 31, 2021, the event is being staged as “a huge thank-you to those individuals who are risking their lives to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic”.
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