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Singer Ludmilla featured on cover of ‘Forbes Brasil’ list of ‘under 30’ most promising people: With success, artist now wants an international career

Ludmilla é capa da forbes e confessa que tem planos para iniciar uma carreira internacional

Note from BW of Brazil: Whether you are fan of singer Ludmilla or not, you have to admit, the girl has come a LLOONNGG way! From her humble origins growing up in the Rio suburb of Duque de Caxias, the artist began her career as a YouTube sensation which eventually led her to signing a contract with a major record label contract with Warner Music Brasil. And since then the artist formerly known as MC Beyoncé hasn’t turned back! 

Since her 2012 YouTube smash “Fala Mal de Mim” attracted 15 million views, the artist has released two full length CDs, appeared on various television programs, won awards and brought in a monthly seven figure salary. But for Ludmilla, this is only the beginning!

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Ludmilla onstage during a performance with singer Jeremih in February

She has recently expressed a desire to take her career international and looking at the connections she’s made, she seems to be on that path. I’ve already discussed her romance with an American producer, but Ludmilla also recently turned heads with her steamy performance of the song “Tipo Crazy” with American singer Jeremih in Rio Grande do Sul last month at the Festival Planeta Atlântida. 

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Ludmilla with Rihanna

Jeremih isn’t the only American-based artist that Ludmilla has connected with. Earlier this month she also traveled to Paris where she met with international superstar Rihanna during the Barbados-born singer’s Puma fashion show. Being a big fan of the “good girl gone bad”, Ludmilla even recently showed off a new tattoo that she admits was inspired by Rihanna. A move that was criticized by some of her fans who believe she should continue to being the artist that she is rather than becoming a copy of another artist. Coming with her “one-eye” pose, I can only hope Ludmilla knows where she’s trying to go!


Ludmilla shows off a new tattoo inspired by singer Rihanna

A sign of Ludmilla’s meteoric rise comes in the form of her appearance on the cover on of the world’s most important financial magazine, Forbes’ Brazilian edition. The singer is featured on this month’s edition that presents some of Brazil’s most promising, influential people under the age of 30. Congrats Ludmilla! Let the haters chew on this for a while! 

Ludmilla é capa da forbes e confessa que tem planos para iniciar uma carreira internacional (2)

Ludmilla is the cover of Forbes and confesses that she has plans to start an international career

By Yago Patrício

On the eve of her 22nd birthday, the carioca (native of Rio) Ludmilla Oliveira da Silva already has an agenda worthy of a pop star. Let’s talk about 2016. The funkeira (funk singer) saw an average of 20 shows a month last year, recorded her second album, A Danada Sou Eu (Warner), participated in an endless number of events of publicity and television programs, showed off her “samba no pé” (“samba in the foot” dance) in Carnivalesque rehearsals and parades and still took time to record a police report on racial offenses committed against her on social networks.

Sou Eu (official video) – Ludmilla

“I had no idea where I where I would end up. I just wanted to sing,” reveals Lud, as she is affectionately called, who until 2013 performed under the nickname MC Beyoncé, a tribute to the American pop diva, the woman with second highest number of Grammy awards (22). Of the things that success has given her, she says that the most important thing was to be able to keep the promise she made to her mother and grandmother. “I said I’d take care of them. And that’s what I’m doing today.”

Success, however, did not make her forget old and good times. “I miss staying at the gate, for nothing. Meeting friends in the spot with x-tudo (see note 1) and gossip,” she recalls. But returning to her new reality immediately when the subject is the future. “I want to speak English and Spanish, to have an international career.”

Source: B Charts



A typical lanchonete

Note 1. In Brazil, it’s common to find lanchonetes, or little snack bar style restaurants where one can buy cheap lunches, sandwiches, salads, fried snacks, etc. In Brazilian Portuguese, the letter ‘x’ is pronounced in a way that sounds similar to the English word “cheese” and in these lanchonetes, it’s common to see the term cheese substituted on menus with the letter ‘x’.

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Sample lanchonete menu

Hence, one can choose from a number ‘x’ sandwiches: X-burguer (cheeseburger), x-egg (cheeseburger with ovo meaning egg), x-salada (cheeseburger with lettuce and tomato) or x-bacon (cheeseburger with bacon). A ‘x-tudo’ literally means “cheese everything” which refers to a cheeseburger that can come with a variety of toppings, egg, ham, potato or almost anything else.

2 comments on “Singer Ludmilla featured on cover of ‘Forbes Brasil’ list of ‘under 30’ most promising people: With success, artist now wants an international career

  1. thedevilfindswork
    March 29, 2017

    Wow! I’m amazed at her transformation (re: nose job). I guess she’s on the road to international stardom. Next procedure: skin bleaching. There is absolutely no way the people who make decisions on who skyrockets to superstardom without her removing all that melanin. Smdh! If I were she, I’d be appreciative of the accomplishments made in my homeland. But unless she’s willing to full throttle… I also observed she’s heavily influenced by Rihanna. She doesn’t just boast the hand tattoo, but she has a tattoo similar to the one Rihanna has between/under her breast.

    March 30, 2017

    iam happy for her success but i just wish she would not change this much: noise job, skin whitening. i dont know i just think she should be her black self

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