June 1, 2017 – by Bradley Stern
RAZIL asks us to come. They ask us to #RTForBrazil. But what happens when Brazil gets tired of fucking waitin‚Äô for us to book the flight and makes their way stateside instead?
Despite their homeland‚Äôs fervent fandom (if you don‚Äôt have a devoted Brazilian fan account on Twitter, you‚Äôre not a pop star), there are no imported acts from the country to be found on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart ‚Äî nor has there ever been in recent history.
Anitta, funk-samba-pop babe and Queen of Bunda, might just be the one to switch (eh heh) things up.
The 24-year-old ‚ÄúShow das Poderosas‚Äù princess ‚Äî and if you‚Äôre not already familiar, get familiar (her 2016 Pr√™mio Multishow greatest hits medley is the perfect place to start) ‚Äî is having an incredible week.
She made Brazil proud with an appearance on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon alongside Iggy Azalea for a rendition of their collaboration ‚ÄúSwitch‚Äù over the weekend in a performance that had some fans, unsurprisingly, demanding more than just a casual cameo.
Iggy Azalea ft. Anitta: Switch
OT wasting any time in America, Anita used her brief trip stateside to shake her famous bunda all over New York City ‚Äî including, quite incredibly, the very same restaurant in which I once dined ‚Äî to film a music video for her fantastic Spanish-language single, ‚ÄúParadinha.‚Äù
Yes, a Brazilian singing Spanish in New York City: she‚Äôs got world domination on her mind‚Ä¶and her humbug.
Anitta – Paradinha | Video Oficial
S of today, there‚Äôs even more Anitta to enjoy worldwide: the all-up-in-your-face ‚ÄúSua Cara,‚Äù a collaboration with Major Lazer ‚Äî and Pabllo Vittar, a fierce Brazilian drag queen with an enjoyable music career of his own. (That Diplo decided to give the spotlight to these two, having been inspired by Brazilian samba for years, earns him several points.)
‚ÄúSua Cara‚Äù is an even better, more authentic-sounding use of Anitta than I-G-G-Y‚Äôs ‚ÄúSwitch,‚Äù and also probably the best song off of the Know No Better EP, too. (Sorry, Camila.)
Major Lazer – Sua Cara (feat. Anitta & Pabllo Vittar)
HIS international push didn‚Äôt just happen out of the blue: months before, Anitta was already working and twerking her way through our beloved Colombian reggaeton sexy princes for Spanish stardom: she hopped on J Balvin‚Äòs incredible global smash ‚ÄúGinza‚Äù for a remix, and then literally hopped on Maluma for ‚ÄúSim Ou N√£o.‚Äù (Frankly, I‚Äôm still not sure which one of the two we should be more jealous of.)
Sim Ou Nao – Anitta Fear Maluna
HE point is this: Anitta is happening in a big way ‚Äî and it‚Äôs actually historic for a Brazilian act, considering crossover success in the pop sphere has been all but impossible. As mainstream American pop stays mostly stale, safe and mediocre, it‚Äôs up to our international icons to save the day.
And now, some parting words of inspiration: ‚ÄúVoc√™s pensaram que eu n√£o ia rebolar minha bunda hoje, n√©?‚Äù
|Anitta Ass Shaking|