The Latin Grammy record holders plan to release their first independent album in March, Calle 13's Eduardo Cabra tells Billboard
Calle 13 are set to release the first single from their long-awaited new album on Nov. 12, the Puerto Rican group's Eduardo Cabra told Billboard. Cabra, also known as Visitante, said that he and frontman René Perez plan to independently release the full album next March.
"We're looking at different platforms," Cabra said in an interview earlier this week. "Maybe we will give it away for free." He added with a laugh that they had also talked about making the single public Nov. 13: "13 for Calle 13."
The acclaimed and often controversial genre-breaking duo have won 19 Latin Grammy awards, the record for a group. Cabra and Pérez, who are stepbrothers, perform with a band that includes singer Ileana Cabra Joglar, their half-sister. All of Calle 13's previous studio albums, including the most recent, 2010's "Entren Los Que Quieran," have reached the Top 10 on Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart.
Cabra did not reveal the name of the first song to be released, but Pérez has suggested that it would be a track that came out of his collaboration with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and ideas from Twitter users.
Pérez tweeted last week in Spanish that, "Very shortly the new song by Calle 13 will be out. That track that we wrote together and belongs to everyone!"
The singer visited Assange in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London last June. Using the hashtag #JulianAssangeCalle13, they sent out questions on various themes of social justice and received thousands of responses.
"We are writing down all of your ideas to later manipulate them ourselves just as the media does to us," Pérez wrote in one tweet. He also invited fans to send in their recorded voices.
Calle 13's previous albums have sold a total of 464,000 copies in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, according to Nielsen Soundscan. All of those albums were released by Sony Music Latin. Cabra confirmed that he and Perez had not renewed their contract with the label.
Pérez had publicly expressed his discontent with the company in the past, including in lyrics of his songs. "Calma, Pueblo," a track from Entren los Que Quieran, includes the lines "my label isn't Sony, my label is the people."
"It's all part of our evolution," Cabra says of the decision to go indie. "We've been knocked around a lot and we've learned a ton a lot of things."