Lo Mejor: RBD

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It’s time to try something different and to mix things up. Welcome to the first edition of “Lo Mejor!” It’s Top 5ive but just with Spanish music. This is going to be used to introduce  American audiences to this music and also relive some of the great music that has graced the world. This is will be in a mix of both Spanish and English. Lo siento si el español no es bien. In the first edition, let’s chat about a pop group that took the world by storm because of a soap opera. Estamos empezando con RBD!

RBD is a six piece band that formed as a part of the plot of the telenovela “Rebelde” in 2004. They became super popular and sold over 20 million albums, 2 million of those in the US. They are widely considered the most popular latin pop group of all time. Now that you basic understand of them. Let’s begin! Note: The titles are in English are the literal meaning of the title. Nota: La traducción al inglés de los títulos de las canciones es literal.

5. Tu Amor (Your Love)

Their first English single off of their only English album “Rebels.” While the album itself isn’t anything too great, mainly for poor translations, this single was a catchy love song. It was the perfect introduction to them for a non-Spanish speaking audience. The video for it as well was perfect as it was simple. It was just too bad they didn’t release any more English songs.

Su primer single en inglés de su único álbum en inglés “Rebels”. Mientras que el álbum en sí está bien, sobre todo por las malas traducciones, este solo fue una gran canción de amor con letra que se ha quedado atascado en la cabeza. Fue la introducción perfecta para ellos para un público que no habla español. El video para que así era perfecto ya que era simple. Fue una lástima que no dieron a conocer las canciones más inglés.

4. Nuestro Amor (Our Love)

The first single of their second album of the same name, “Nuestro Amor,” the single showed that the group wouldn’t just be a one hit wonder like many thought. “Nuestro Amor” ended up being the highest selling album and a big hit for the group. It was the highest placed song from the album in the United States. Catchy lyrics with an extremely sexy music video, it’s no wonder it was a hit!

“Nuestro Amor” fue el primer single de su segundo álbum. El single mostró que el grupo no sería exitoso. “Nuestro Amor” terminó siendo el álbum más vendido y un gran éxito para el grupo. Fue la canción más alta colocada del álbum en los Estados Unidos. ¡Letras adictivas con un video musical muy atractiva, no es de extrañar que fue un éxito!

3. Rebelde (Rebel)

It’s the song that started it all. The theme song/anthem for their show of the same name. Without this single, there wouldn’t be a countdown of their top songs. It’s their signature song. It started the RBD’s popularity and put them on the path to being pop culture icons in the Spanish-speaking world.

Es la canción que lo empezó todo. El tema / himno para su show del mismo nombre. Sin esta canción, no habría un “lo Mejor” de sus mejores canciones. Es la canción que son mejor conocidos por. Comenzó la popularidad de la RBD y los puso en el camino a ser iconos de cultura pop en el mundo de habla hispana.

2. Ser O Parecer (To Be or To Seem)

Probably the most known song of their after their hit telenovela ended, “Ser O Parecer” was an extremely good song with catchy lyrics. It’s a song about unrequited love, and who doesn’t love song like that? The video is also very trippy with the band chasing monsters as they rise to fame. The video doesn’t make sense but the song is a classic

La canción más conocida de su después de su telenovela terminó, “Ser O Parecer” fue una canción muy buena con letras adictivas. Es una canción sobre el amor no correspondido, y que no ama canción como esa? El video también es muy extraño con la banda persiguiendo monstruos a medida que suben a la fama. El vídeo no tiene sentido, pero la canción es un clásico

1. Sálvame (Save Me)

This song is probably the greatest song they did. It was a sweet song about dealing with heartbreak. Anahi was on lead vocals and it was just perfect. Especially with how it was featured on the show. The song became the love song ironically for Mia Colucci and Miguel Arango, the main couple on the show.

Esta canción es probablemente la mejor canción que hicieron. Era una dulce canción sobre cómo tratar el amor perdido. Anahi estaba en la voz principal y fue perfecto. Especialmente con cómo se presentó en el programa. La canción fue la canción de amor para Mia Colucci y Miguel Arango, la pareja principal en la telenovela

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What I learned from TV: Mexican Culture

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Fun fact: Favorite Mexican telenovela–aka soap opera–ever is Rebelde. It’s about a group of teenagers that attend a private boarding school, and eventually form a pop group named “RBD.” Now I’m in the process rewatching the entire first season of it on Netflix, which is grand by the way, but it has taught me a lot about the Mexican culture.

 

Here is what I learned:

No one there really upholds the drinking age- In the show, the teenagers are drinking and not one of the adults seem to care. They casually mention that they are “too young to be drinking” but nothing really happens. It’s like “is there really a drinking age or is it one of those laws that is there because you have to have one?” It just too relaxed for my taste if you ask me, Mexico!!

People get famous all the time there and fast- The band magically gets together one night and then like a few months later they get a record deal. WTF, Mexico!?! Is really that easy to get famous there? I can go down there, throw a group together in like a few minutes, perform a couple of times and then bam! You’re famous. Now this show was recorded in 2003-2006 way before YouTube and getting famous on the internet was a thing. Pretty much confirmed that Mexico can look into the future like Raven Baxter.

It’s okay to be in older and date a teenager- Yes, you read it right. They have teenagers dating adult figures. Like they have a young girl dating the school prefect that is probably in his late to mid 20s, at best. They also have a young girl going out with her friends way other brother. The parents don’t really seem to care, which is a good transition to the next point….

Parenting is a foreign topics to some- Some of the parent’s are just horrible people and shouldn’t have been able to reproduce. One brought his son a hooker so he can become a real man, another makes extremely rude comments about her daughter’s weight that leaves her scared for life. Where’s protective services the entire time that this happens? Are they magically on vacation or did Mexico close them down to fund other things like bars for the teens?

They taking bullying to a whole nothing terroristic level- I’m going to keep this short and sweet because once I state the reasoning for this, you’ll understand. The boarding school that they attend has a secret cult that terrorize the students attending via scholarships until they leave the school. It’s not like teasing, but rather beating them, vandalizing personal belongings, and even kidnapping them.

 

There will probably be a part two of this but this is what I have learned so far. Let me know in the comments below your thought and what you have learned about Mexican culture from their telenovelas.