Track Rosalía’s rapid career rise with the songs that have made her a star.
Rosalía’s international rise in 2019 has been nothing less than spectacular. The video for her collaboration with J Balvin, “Con Altura,” was the world’s second most-watched video on YouTube, and garnered 151.6 million streams in the U.S. alone, according to Nielsen Music. And the artist herself has been seen everywhere, from Coachella, to the podium at the Latin Grammys, where she won album of the year for her stunning sophomore album, El Mal Querer; to the stage of the MTV Awards, to the cover of Billboard. She was photographed costumed as a Carmenesque Juliet for the 2020 Pirelli calendar. A triumphant tour to cities in Europe, the U.S. and South America ended Tuesday (Dec. 10) with a concert in Madrid for an audience of more than 15,000.
The 26-year-old Catalan singer sudden global fame belies her early beginnings. When still a tween, she became fascinated by flamenco, and determined to master the Spanish art. By 2015, she was performing with established flamenco artists. Years before, at age 15, she tried her luck on a Spanish music reality competition, where judges where impressed with her voice, but ultimately passed. “I think I have something special,” she said at the time. “I am confident that I am going to be an artist.”
Here are 10 songs that track Rosalía’s rise, from her 2016 duet with hip hop artist C. Tangana to the star-making hits from El Mal Querer and her latest single, A Palé.