The thing that convinced me Rosalía is a special talent on the verge of breaking big was last week’s release of the two-part single ‘Fucking Money Man,’ which is made up of a catchy-as-hell, upbeat track called ‘Milionária’ and a somber, elegiac ballad called Dio$ No$ Libre Del Dinero (which translates to “God save us from money”).
The songs (and accompanying video) are an ironic celebration of greed followed by a denunciation of it.
The half-a-billion views YouTube video I mentioned yesterday is Rosalía’s collaboration with Colombian Reggaeton singer J Balvin, titled ‘Con Altura.’
The single and video were released in advance of Rosalía’s upcoming third album and quickly marched up the charts in Spanish-speaking countries, reaching #1 in Spain, Colombia, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela.
Sometimes there’s a feeling in the air right before an artist gets really big. You can sense it’s coming.
I feel that way right now about Rosalía, a Spanish flamenco/electro-pop singer-songwriter who is poised for major mainstream success. She already has a video with half a billion views on YouTube, so it’s a bit odd to talk about her being under the radar, but in terms of U.S. stardom, I think it’s right around the corner.