“I sent Angela this song and asked if she’d want to be part of it,” remembers Nodal. “A few months later, she sent it back with her vocals already on it.”
The song titled “Dime Cómo Quieres” would become Nodal and Aguilera’s first-ever collaboration. The release of the song was pushed back because of the pandemic but on Thursday (Nov. 12), Billboard can exclusively premiere the track along with its music video. “I’m so happy that people will finally get to hear what we had been working on for months,” says Aguilar.
The ranchera song, penned by Nodal and Edgar Barrera, finds the 21-year-old singer head over heels for Aguilar who, in return, isn’t impressed by Nodal’s kind gestures. After all, she’s not the type of girl who easily falls for a guy, she sings. The half animated, half real-life interaction music video was shot at a distance three months ago. While the two are seen together in the clip, they each recorded their own part separately using a green screen.
“I couldn’t stop laughing while recording my part. When you record a duet well you have that human interaction and a lot of your facial expressions are a reaction to what the other person is doing. But here, I was singing to a green screen and a guy from our production team who pretended to be Nodal,” explains Aguilar.
The joining of forces between the two young acts was long overdue. Both represent the new generation of regional Mexican singers who have not only introduced mariachi and ranchera songs to a new generation of fans, but have also embraced collaborations inside and outside the genre.
“To collaborate with Nodal is a huge opportunity for me,” shares 17-year-old Aguilar. “It’s also a duet that will be important for this new generation of regional Mexican singers. Think of what the duet between Juan Gabriel and Rocio Durcal meant back then. It was momentous and that’s how this feels right now.”
“Recording duets has helped me grow a lot as an artist and it’s also opened many doors for me,” adds Nodal, whose AyAyAy! is up for best ranchero/mariachi album at the Latin Grammys. “This is para la cultura (for the culture) and collaborating with Angela was very organic. We’ve been friends for a while so the chemistry was there.”