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The Life of Rosalía

From Bad Bunny to Billie Eilish, top artists want to work with her. This is why everyone’s talking about Rosalía.

A flamenco pop sensation

She’s the latest Spanish pop icon. Her songs in Spanish have earned international acclaim. Her songs in Catalan have earned international acclaim. She is the first Spanish artist to win an MTV Video Music Award. Her name is Rosalía Vila Tobella. But the wolrd knows her by the name Rosalía. She was born on September 25, 1993, in Catalonia, Spain. She got her name from her maternal grandmother, who also passed down her love of music. At 7, her singing moved her family to tears. She says that’s when she realized she wanted to be a singer. At 13, she discovered the Flamenco tradition, which became the main influence on her music. As a teenager, she started performing in restaurants and at weddings. She spent everything she earned to pay the palmeros also known as "clappers" that are used in flamenco music.

At 16, she began studying at Music School Concept Project Taller de Músics with the man she calls her “maestro”: José Miguel Vizcaya, the Flamenco singer from Cádiz with the man she calls her “maestro”: Chiqui de la Línea, the Flamenco singer from Cádiz. At 17, she pushed her voice to its limit and had to have surgery on her vocal cords. At 21, she joined the Catalonia College of Music — where only one student of cante jondo, a vocal style in flamenco, is accepted each year. A year later, she met the producer Raül Refree, with whom she produces Los Ángeles, an album of traditional songs centered around the theme of death. That album drew her into the limelight, but also exposed her to critics. She was accused of cultural appropriation for singing with an Andalusian accent when she speaks without it, for using words from Caló, a language spoken by the Romani people, and for singing flamenco music when she isn’t from Andalusia.

At 23, she started to write, blending her flamenco inspiration with influences of electronic music with influences of pop music with influences of trap music. She was inspired by the medieval novel Flamenca, a tragic love story, for the structure of her new album. At 25, she gained worldwide fame with the release of El Mal Querer, distributed by Sony. Her visual identity, to which her sister, Pilar, has contributed, focuses on the pride of Spanish traditions, and is sometimes reminiscent of Bigas Luna’s esthetic. She has collaborated with James Blake, J. Balvin and Ozuna. At 26, she appeared inPedro Almodóvar’s award-winning film Pain and Glory. At a concert in Mexico City, she held up a green handkerchief, a sign of support for the struggle for safe, legal abortion in Argentina. She explores new rhythms, such as reggaetón and Catalan rumba, on “Millonària,” her first song in Catalan. “Con Altura,” co-written with El Guincho and J. Balvin, became the most viewed YouTube video by a female artist in 2019. Barack Obama added it to his summer playlist. With that song, she also won two MTV Video Music Awards: for Best Latin Video and Best Choreography. She is the first Spanish artist ever to receive that prize.

Brut.

09/15/2019 2:00 PM
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124 comments

  • Joshua H.
    09/15/2019 14:23

    Any one knows her?

  • Anj C.
    09/15/2019 14:24

    ❣️

  • Sandra T.
    09/15/2019 21:19

    She is not Spanish She is Catalonian Big difference

  • Margarita D.
    09/16/2019 00:21

    Cultural appropriation is a quite superficial term. When someone respects and honours a culture even if it's not the culture he was born and/or raised in, should be a positive thing.

  • Elerre G.
    09/16/2019 00:42

    Cobertura cobertura

  • M S.
    09/16/2019 02:44

    Very sweet

  • Grace B.
    09/16/2019 03:19

    para tu amiguito

  • Sabeur A.
    09/16/2019 09:23

    it been a month since i started listen to her music ans she's is great

  • Brut
    7 days

    "It's a symbol of power and strength... They could almost appear to be a weapon." Rosalía talked to Brut about her long nails — and how female power is at the core of her latest album. 💅5

  • Niaz H.
    7 days

    Bahon khulla mo so yrra black cobra b Aram naal choop kinsi ae

  • An A.
    7 days

    Me encantan..sus dientes

  • Pamela L.
    7 days

    Me encanta es algo diferente y vende se esfuerza 😍😍😍

  • Jenny G.
    6 days

    La Dura con Altura🔥😻

  • Ana U.
    6 days

    LA ROSALIA JAJA

  • Lara E.
    6 days

    me encantan sus orejas,, no, es sarcasmo n me encantan son raras

  • Juana V.
    6 days

    😆😆😆No tiene nada de diferente solo canta a su estilo de su pais o pueblo

  • Santosh C.
    6 days

    Gorgeous

  • Rosa H.
    6 days

    tu encule🥰

  • Nayeli G.
    6 days

    chulas orejaaaas

  • Neftaly H.
    6 days

    Estas mal Rosalia quiere colaborar con billie eilish no billie eilish con rosalia. 1!..