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11 Famous People Inspired by Selena Quintanilla

The pioneering Tejano star died 25 years ago, but her lasting legacy has shaped many artists you know.

25 years ago, Mexican-American Tejano sensation Selena Quintanilla was murdered.

In her short 23 years, Selena took the Latin music scene by storm throughout the late '80s and early '90s, playing an unprecedented role in driving the genre towards the mainstream in the United States. Some of her greatest influences included Donna Summer, Gloria Estefan, Paula Abdul, and the Jackson family, though her father encouraged her to pay homage to her roots by singing in Spanish and implementing Mexican cumbia and mariachi into her music.

With hits like "Dreaming of You," "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom," and "Como la Flor" — as well as an unmistakable, but often replicated, sense of style — Selena was a phenomenon with a lasting legacy.

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"Women In Music Pt. III" Proves Haim Are Pop's New Blueprint

On their third album, the sister trio is bolder and better than ever before.

You'd be hard-pressed to find a current indie rock star that has embodied a personal brand as perfectly curated as Haim.

The trio, composed of sisters Danielle, Alana, and Este Haim, broke out in 2013 with Days Are Gone, a soft-rock debut brimming with Los Angeles cool that spread like wildfire. In the years since, Haim's music follows the other essential tenets of being a Haim: leather blazers, great choreography, middle-parted hair, and an obsession with '70s icons from Joni Mitchel to Diana Ross. There's a good reason Vogue once published a how-to on emulating the sisters' collective style.

Women In Music Pt. III


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You'll Never Be a Haim Sister, But Now You Can Dance Like One

The indie trio will teach you their best music video choreography in a series of Zoom classes.

Let's face it—we all want to be a Haim.

Is it their endearing sibling dynamic? Their sprawling wardrobes of casual cool-girl chic? Their effortless, middle-parted beach waves? No matter who you are, there is probably something you envy in Haim, indie rock's favorite sister trio. And with their track record for amazing style also comes fantastically-choreographed music videos across the band's two albums, with their third on the way.

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Though the current state of things is keeping Haim from releasing their new album as planned, it hasn't stopped the sister trio from treating fans to new music.

Following a handful of singles over the summer and the swaying rock number "The Steps" earlier this year, Danielle, Este, and Alana Haim have shared "I Know Alone," an aptly-titled synth pop number that takes the band to their grooviest territory.

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Unconfirmed Albums We're Hoping for in 2020

Kendrick Lamar, Justin Bieber, Charli XCX, and more.

We've already been over a handful of the new albums 2020 will definitely have in store for us, but there's surely plenty more where those came from.

In addition to the plethora of albums we know for sure are coming out in the new year, many artists have given subtle hints that they plan to release new records. None of these have been confirmed, but we've compiled clues to round-out our list of probable records we're dying to hear.

Justin Bieber

The Biebs has confirmed JB5 is coming in 2020, although the details still remain under wraps. We can predict that the album will feature the song "Yummy," a new single expected to drop January 3. It'll be his first LP since 2015's Purpose.

Haim

Sister trio Haim have released a steady stream of new singles this year, including "Hallelujah." All signs are pointing to a new album in the new year. It would mark their first full-length since 2017's Something to Tell You.

HAIM - Now I'm In It www.youtube.com


Soccer Mommy

Sophie Allison became an unignorable force in indie rock upon the release of her debut album as Soccer Mommy, Clean. She's released a couple of new singles, including "yellow is the color of her eyes," and it seems a new record is on the horizon.

Soccer Mommy - lucy (Official Audio) www.youtube.com


Hinds

Spanish rockers Hinds released their second album, I Don't Run, in 2018, and they're due for a follow-up. They released a new song this month called "Riding Solo."

Hinds - Riding Solo www.youtube.com


Kali Uchis

Kali Uchis dropped one of the best R&B albums of 2018 with her debut LP, Isolation. She just treated fans to a new song, "Solita," which leads us to believe that a new album might be imminent.

Kali Uchis - Solita (Official Video) www.youtube.com


The Weeknd

The Weeknd recently released two new singles, "Heartless" and "Blinding Lights," and it seems a follow-up to 2018's My Dear Melancholy might be on its way.

The Weeknd - Heartless (Official Video) www.youtube.com


Charli XCX

2019 saw the release of Charli XCX's third studio album, Charli, but it appears she's ready to dive right back in. "i think i want to release 2 albums next year... or at least MAKE 2 albums next year," she tweeted in November. "i feel very inspired at the moment."

King Krule

UK experimental rocker Archy Marshall, better known as King Krule, released his magnum opus The Ooz back in 2017. He just recently followed it up with a short film he wrote himself called "Hey World!" that features four new original songs.

Hey World! www.youtube.com


Kendrick Lamar

If you ask us, Kendrick is one of the decade's defining artists. If the rumors are true, it looks like he'll be starting the 2020s on the right foot. Fans are speculating that the accomplished rapper will release his follow-up to 2017's DAMN. in the new year.

Iron Maiden

Clues have circulated suggesting that the heavy metal legends will return with their 17th studio album in 2020. Their latest, The Book of Souls, was released in 2015.

Sky Ferreira

OK, so maybe this one's a long shot. Sky Ferreira has been promising a follow-up to 2013's Night Time, My Time for so long that it almost seems like a lost cause at this point, but 2019 saw rare festival performances from her and even a new single, "Downhill Lullaby." We won't hold our breath, but we can still dream that SF2 is on its way.

Sky Ferreira - Downhill Lullaby (Audio) www.youtube.com

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HAIM Get Deep with New Single "Hallelujah"

On their third new song of the year, the sister trio delves into some of their biggest personal struggles so far.

HAIM aren't ones to shy away from getting deep, but "Hallelujah" dips into a new level of vulnerability.

On their third new single of the year, the sister band takes a somber retrospective look at some of their most definitive—yet darkest—moments. While "Summer Girl" and "Now I'm In It" focused on some of Danielle Haim's gloomiest memories, Este and Alana take the reins on "Hallelujah," a folksy, acoustic track they say is "about family, love, loss, and being thankful for it all."

"I went through a really dark time when I was 20," Alana wrote on Twitter. "I woke up on a hazy October morning to find out that my best friend, Sammi Kane Kraft, had passed away in a tragic car accident. It was a loss that changed my life forever...I'm not the same, I'll never be the same." Este posted about her own personal connection to the song, adding that it's for anyone with a chronic illness: "I wrote my verse a few days after I'd gotten some pretty terrible news from my endocrinologist. Around that time I wasn't paying attention to my health and ignoring warning signs of a bigger issue than just my type 1 diabetes…[Danielle and Alana have] been with me everyday supporting me and cheering me on since I was diagnosed at 14 years old."

In the first verse, Danielle references "two angels in disguise"—almost certainly a reference to her sisters and the unyielding bond between them that guides the trio through their individual struggles. The song features no drums: just the sisters harmonizing with each other over gentle acoustic guitar, letting their lyrics take the forefront and boasting a subtle sense of triumph. "Why me? How'd I get this Hallelujah?" they sing over the chorus. Everyone has their own Hallelujah, HAIM seem to say, in the shelter of their loved ones when storms strike their hardest.