ItsNotYouItsMe Blog: 2018-09-16

Saturday, September 22, 2018

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Billboard's Top 20 Latin Albums Of All Time

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"Music distribution has changed over the years and so has the way it’s consumed, because, you know, technology.

But one thing’s certain: whether it’s popping a disc into your portable CD player or downloading an entire track list on your phone, music junkies love to buy albums.

As a Latino millennial who grew up listening to everything from Juan Gabriel’s tearjerker songs to Selena’s empowering anthems, and who’s currently jamming to an intense reggeaton playlist, collecting CDs and/or buying a digital album has been my longtime favorite hobby (shout out to those who relate).

With Hispanic Heritage Month in full swing, Billboard has put together the Top 20 Latin Albums of all time. The list includes everything from albums that we were obsessed with in the ‘90s to Ozuna’s 2017 production, Odisea.

The Top 20 Latin Albums list is ranked based on peak position on the Top Latin Albums chart from the ranking's first chart week on July 10, 1993, to the Sept. 08, 2018-dated chart. For albums with the same number of weeks at No. 1, ties were broken by the most total weeks on the chart.

Check out the complete list below.

1. Gloria Estefan - Mi Tierra

The Cuban singer's album peaked at No. 1 on the July 10, 1993-dated chart, where she spent 58 weeks at the top.

2. Ozuna - Odisea

Ozuna has made history with this album, becoming the longest-leading No. 1 by a male artist on the Top Latin Albums chart. Odisea nabbed the No. 1 spot on the chart dated Sept. 16, 2017, ruling for 46 weeks.

3. Selena - Dreaming of You

Released posthumously, Selena’s bilingual album peaked at No. 1 on the Aug. 5, 1995-dated chart, spending 44 weeks at the top.

4. Luis Miguel - Segundo Romance

The Mexican-based crooner peaked at No. 1 on the Sept. 17, 1994 tally, staying strong for 29 weeks.

5. Ricky Martin - Vuelve

Ricky Martin’s heartfelt album peaked at No. 1 on the Feb. 28, 1998-dated charts and reigned the chart for 26 weeks.

6. Daddy Yankee - Barrio Fino

Daddy Yankee brought reggaeton to the forefront with his No. 1 album (peak date July 31, 2004), remaining at the top for 24 weeks.

7. Aventura - The Last

Aventura revolutionized bachata with The Last, album that peaked at No. 1 on the June 27, 2009-dated list, where it spent 23 weeks.

8. Selena - Amor Prohibido

With timeless songs such as “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” and “No Me Queda Mas,” Selena’s album peaked at No. 1 on the chart dated June 11, 1994, reigning for 20 weeks.

9. Juan Gabriel - Los Duo 2

His duets with Marc Anthony, J Balvin, and other artists nabbed Juanga the leading spot on the Jan. 2, 2016-dated chart, where it spent 20 weeks.

9. Juan Gabriel - Los Duo 2

His duets with Marc Anthony, J Balvin, and other artists nabbed Juanga the leading spot on the Jan. 2, 2016-dated chart, where it spent 20 weeks.

10. Christina Aguilera - Mi Reflejo

Xtina made her way to No. 1 with Mi Reflejo on the Sept. 30, 2000 list, sitting tight for 19 weeks -- not too shabby for her first all-Spanish album.

11. Romeo Santos - Formula: Vol. 1

Keeping bachata alive, Romeo Santos' album peaked at No. 1 on the Nov. 26, 2011 tally and proved that “the king stays king” for 17 weeks.

12. Shakira - Fijacion Oral: Vol. 1

The Colombian superstar peaked at No. 1 with her album on the June 25, 2005-dated chart, reigning at the top of the Top Latin Albums list for 17 weeks.

13. Enrique Iglesias - Sex & Love

With the release of his tenth studio album, the Spanish pop singer ranked No. 1 on the April 5, 2014 tally, remaining on the top for 16 weeks.

14. Enrique Iglesias - Vivir

Prior to Sex & Love, Iglesias nabbed the No. 1 spot on the Feb. 15, 1997-dated chart with his album Vivir, keeping strong for 15 weeks.

15. Daddy Yankee - Barrio Fino: En Directo

Because who doesn't like a good ol’ concert? Daddy Yankee’s live album peaked at No. 1 on the Dec. 31, 2005-dated chart for 14 weeks.

16. Marc Anthony - Libre

Salsa does not stay behind thanks to Marc Anthony, whose album peaked at No. 1 on the Dec. 8, 2001 tally for 14 weeks.

17. Marc Anthony - Desde Un Principio: From the Beginning

But he first gave the Top Latin Albums chart a taste of his Puerto Rican swag when this album peaked at No. 1 on the Dec. 4, 1999-dated list, reigning for 13 weeks.

18. Shakira - Sale El Sol

Shak crowned the charts once again with Sale El Sol. The album peaked at No. 1 on the Nov. 6, 2010-dated tally, reigning for 12 weeks.

19. Alejandro Fernandez - Me Estoy Enamorando

Making everyone swoon with his love songs in the ‘90s, Alejandro Fernandez's album peaked at No. 1 on the Dec. 13, 1997-dated tally, ruling for 12 weeks.

20. Son By Four - Son By Four

The album is home to a timeless piece known as “A Puro Dolor.” Son By Four nabbed the No. 1 spot on the April 29, 2000-dated chart, ruling for 12 weeks.""

The Number Ones: The Four Tops’ “Reach Out I’ll Be There”

According to one of our preferred musical sources:

The Four Tops – “Reach Out I’ll Be There”

HIT #1: October 15, 1966

STAYED AT #1: 2 weeks

Everyone can belt. Not everyone can belt and make it mean something. The history of belting in pop music is a weird and spotty one. Pop music — big-business pop music that makes it its mission to land at #1 on the Hot 100 — is usually clean and sharp and controlled. Start shouting too loud and you might chase people away. But American pop music is rooted in R&B. R&B is rooted in gospel. And so pop musicians will sometimes, consciously or not, call back to that gospel past and just let their voices rip.

That tendency takes a lot of different forms. For Michael Bolton, who hit #1 twice and who once had a minor hit with a cover of “Reach Out I’ll Be There,” that belt-it-out voice was his entire reason for being. It was both a flex and a signifier of authenticity; this white guy, we were supposed to think, got a pass on singing all these old soul songs because he meant them. For the Guess Who’s Burton Cummings, who hit #1 with “American Woman” in 1970, belting was an expression of venom, of disgusted anger. For Mystikal, the guest-rapper on Joe’s 2000 #1 “Stutter,” that raw and shouty voice was a vessel for barely-contained energy. There are plenty of other examples, too — singers who had one reason or another to wail as hard as they could.

Levi Stubbs was always a shouter. A natural baritone, Stubbs sang in higher registers because it cranked up the raw intensity in his voice. And on “Reach Out I’ll Be There,” a song that the Four Tops considered a throwaway before Motown boss Berry Gordy decided to release it as a single, Stubbs threw that shout into overdrive, hammering every line and always sounding like he’s teetering on the brink of losing his voice entirely. He’s using that voice to convey urgent, voracious need." -

Holland-Dozier-Holland, the ace Motown songwriting and production team, apparently told Stubbs to sing like Bob Dylan on “Like A Rolling Stone.” As singers, of course, Dylan and Stubbs were nothing alike. But you can hear little bits of Dylan’s elocution in the way Stubbs brays those lines: “Now if you feel that you can’t go on / Because all your hope is gone.” Those weird emphases are gospel and Dylan all at once, and they give us the idea that this guy is absolutely bursting with feeling, like the light in his soul is about to explode his entire physical form.

If you could somehow remove Stubbs’ voice from “Reach Out I’ll Be There,” it would be a deeply strange song. There’s a renaissance-fest flute, a tippity-tap drumbeat that sounds like a horse trotting, an endlessly busy rubberized bassline. When the song kicks in, you can hear another connection to “Like A Rolling Stone” in the way those guitars and organs harmonize together. Holland-Dozier-Holland were pushing themselves here, coming up with a complicated but driving arrangement and anchoring it all to a massive stop-the-world chorus.

And they were free to push themselves out into the ether because they had Stubbs, who would always sound tragically and overwhelmingly human. Stubbs is telling a woman that she can count on him. She’s alone in the world, desperate, looking for solace. He’s saying that he’s it, he’s that solace. But he doesn’t sound like a dependable figure, a rock. He’s trapped in the storm himself, thrashing around, looking for some kind of hope or respite. He wants someone to be there for him, so he’s promising to be there for someone else. The song wouldn’t mean half as much if Stubbs sounded cool or composed. He needs to be lost, frightened, damaged. That’s why it’s romantic. That’s why it’s perfect.

GRADE: 10/10

BONUS BEATS: Levi Stubbs found a very different way to express overwhelming need when he played the voice of the monster plant Audrey II in the 1986 movie Little Shop Of Horrors. Here he is, singing “Feed Me Seymour”:" -

So, You Want to be a Model? A How-to Guide for Men

"Everyone has a dream job in their head that they have always lusted after, but many people don’t have the drive, motivation or ambition to follow it through to the end and put in all the hard work, effort and time it takes to fulfill a lifelong dream. So, if what you want most is to have a male modelling career where you get to strut your stuff down exciting catwalks for the best designers and brands, you will need to be prepared to put the work in so that you can land amazing jobs and get booked for high profile gigs. In this little, handy guide, you will get to grips with some of the essential things you need to do to get your foot in the door in this highly competitive industry.

The very first thing you need to do before anything else is to make sure you havethe right look and the best photographs in your portfolio so that you make a great first impression to clients and agents alike. To do this, start by going to your hairdresser having done some research into what fashionable haircuts agents are looking for and then enlist their expertise to work out what is going to suit you best. Another thing you will need to do isalways be updating your wardrobe so that no matter where you are, you are always looking your best. After all, you never know, the next big modelling agent could be sitting next to you in your favourite coffee shop and spot you there, so you don’t want to disappoint. To afford to revamp your look, it is worth reading up on about personal loan reviews,so you don’t have to skimp on getting your look just right." -

Style Tips For The Groom on His Wedding Day

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Back to Work

"Sivasdescalzo debuts their Fall/Winter 2018 campaign in an all-new disruptive and exclusive editorial for Fucking Young! Online.

Back to Work challenges the stereotypical “boring office” environment juxtaposing contemporary pieces by labels Stussy, Undercover, SJYP, Kappa x Danilo Paura, Neighborhood, and Polo Ralph Lauren in an offbeat 90s office setting.

Photography: Celeste Galanda & Iñigo Viñas
Styling: Celeste Galanda
Hair & Make-up: Regina Khanipova
Models: Moises Campelo & Andrey Smidl." -

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