Archive for the ‘Hispanic’ Category

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Can’t Hold Us Down

May 21, 2007

I want to discuss Christina’s song and video for “Can’t Hold Us Down.” (The video is after the jump) The song hits directly on the double standards set for women. Women have been expected to be seen but not heard, and to not have an opinion; “Call me a bitch cause I speak what’s on my mind, Guess it’s easier for you to swallow if I sat and smiled.” It’s so much easier to call an assertive woman a bitch than to give her the same respect an assertive man would receive. Women have to behave a certain way and they can’t do the same things as men because of these expectations that society holds strongly. “If you look back in history it’s a common double standard of society, The guy gets all the glory, the more he can score, While a girl can do the same and you call her a whore.” This is the same message she’s brought up in other songs of hers. However, this song also directly tackles the men who feel they can take advantage of women. Please watch the video before reading further commentary: Read the rest of this entry ?

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Crossing Over

May 9, 2007

In the late nineties, Latin Pop was becoming a phenomenon because popular American Pop stars were crossing over into Latin Pop by putting out Spanish versions of their songs.  Established artists like Diddy to Spice Girl Geri Haliwell (her single, Mi Chico Latino, hit it big in England) were joining the Latin craze.  In 1999, Spanish-language music sales increased twelve percent in the United States!  Soon enough, Christina Aguilera was emphasizing her own Hispanic Heritage (her father is Ecuadorian) and she released her first Spanish album, Mi Reflejo, in 2000.  Despite being half-hispanic and her mother being a Spanish teacher, Christina is not fluent in Spanish.   Christina had to take Spanish lessons in order to record the album.  Mi Reflejo had Spanish versions of her English songs and also some new Spanish songs. 

In reference to her Hispanic heritage and to other music artists crossing over into the Latin world, Christina has said, ”It’s a side that’s a part of me.  It kind of makes me mad because I hear about a lot of other people who just want to jump on the bandwagon.”  How is she not on the bandwagon with everyone else?  Does her being half-hispanic give her some kind of authencity in putting out Spanish songs?  Christina’s heritage was not emphasized in the media when she was first rising to stardom.  And even now, not everyone is aware that she is hispanic (I have a friend who just learned of her being hispanic when I told him I was writing this post).  I have to question if she just jumped on the bandwagon too especially after seeing how well her first Spanish album did.  Look how well her Spanish album has done:  Read the rest of this entry ?