Spanish singer-songwriter Rosalía has shared the album artwork for her forthcoming album Motomami, the long-awaited follow-up to her 2018 Grammy-winning breakout album El Mal Querer. “Omg here you have the cover of MOTOMAMI and guess what new song is coming this Fridayyyy ❤️🔥❤️🔥❤️🔥❤️🔥❤️🔥❤️🔥,” she wrote on social media. Find the artwork HERE.
The new album, which doesn’t have a release date just yet, features the single “La Fama.” It arrived with a video featuring a cameo from Danny Trejo. Rosalía recently got her own Grand Theft Auto radio station, which was named after her forthcoming album.
Rosalía Vila Tobella is surprisingly invisible for someone wearing a bright yellow flight suit, crimson lipstick, sparkly silver press-on nails, and white sneakers so puffy they look like they’ve been sculpted out of marshmallows. Here in the shadow of Gaudí’s most outlandish creations, nobody bats an eye. But it’s likely that the time when the 25-year-old Spanish singer can pass unnoticed is drawing to a close.
Her video for “Malamente,” the first single from her upcoming album El Mal Querer, has clocked 20 million views in just three months; the follow-up, “Pienso en Tu Mirá,” has racked up another 15 million clicks in about one-third the time. These are big numbers, especially given that Spain’s entire population is only 46 million people. And judging from her coverage in the country’s style mags and news media, along with casual conversations with pretty much everyone I know here, Spain can’t stop talking about her.
Spaniards aren’t the only ones to take note. Last year in Las Vegas, where she attended the 2017 Latin Grammy Awards as a Best New Artist nominee, Rosalía hit the studio with her friend Sky, the Colombian producer behind reggaetón heavyweight J. Balvin; the results of that session, a sparkling, flirtatious song called “Brillo,” ended up on Balvin’s album Vibras, which broke streaming records earlier this year. This past spring, Pharrell invited her to record with him in Los Angeles. Back in Spain, Oscar-winning writer-director Pedro Almodóvar recently recruited Rosalía for his next film, Dolor y Gloria, starring Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas.
Some of the attention doubtless stems from her recent videos’ canny mashup of Spanish iconography both old and new, with pointy-hooded nazarenos—the silent, barefoot parade-goers of Holy Week processions, hidden beneath striking conical masks—riding nail-studded skateboards and bullfighters waving red capes at racing motorcycles. More than any other artist, Rosalía is asking what it means to be young and Spanish in a country pulled in two directions at once, split between regional identity and globalization’s siren song. That essential quandary isn’t limited to Spain: Swap in any other country and it feels intrinsic to life in 2018, from China to England to America.
She represents the fusion between current urban music in Spain and the new flamenco wave. Los Ángeles is her debut album and was released in 2017. Rosalía became famous with her second studio album EL MAL QUERER, released in 2018, and is well known for her vocal talent. In 2019, Rosalía collaborated with internationally recognized artists such as J Balvin on the award winning song “Con Altura” and Ozuna on the track “Yo x Ti, Tú x Mí”. She has also found success in the English-speaking market, collaborating with big rappers such as Travis Scott in the remix of “HIGHEST IN THE ROOM”.