Juanes Returns With 'Un Dia Normal'
Colombian vocalist Juanes will release his next Surco/Universal Music Latino album, "Un Dia Normal," on May 21. The set is the follow-up to "Fijate Bien," the title track of which won three Latin GramColombian vocalist Juanes will release his next Surco/Universal Music Latino album, "Un Dia Normal," on May 21. The set is the follow-up to "Fijate Bien," the title track of which won three Latin Grammys last year. First single "A Dios le Pido" has already spent seven weeks at No. 1 on the Colombian singles chart and debuts at No. 37 on Billboard's Tropical/Salsa Airplay chart this week.
The new album includes the track "Fotografia," a duet with Canadian vocalist Nelly Furtado. The pair will perform the track at the American Latino Media Arts (ALMA) Awards, to be handed out during a May 18 ceremony at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium. The event will be taped by ABC for a scheduled June 1 broadcast. Juanes is up for breakthrough artist/group of the year and outstanding Spanish language performance in the TV special "Noches De Carnaval."
Of "A Dios le Pido," which translates to "I pray to God," Juanes says its more positive slant reflects his generally more upbeat approach to life after "Fijate Bien."
"What I live, I give back in the songs," he recently told Billboard. "And my vision of life has changed. And life is beautiful, and one must take advantage of it. For example, not having my mother and my family with me is hard, but now, instead of getting down about it, I feel happiness, and I want to write a song that shouts that."
On the other hand, because his songs are his life and his life is in Colombia, Juanes continues to write about what he sees around him. The upcoming album also features the track "Juan," the story of a homeless child.