In the video for “Abranse Perras” (Outta My Way, Bitches), a glorious Gloria Trevi is clad in a sparkly blue leotard, wearing impossibly high heels, with hair teased up to there. She’s accompanied by a trio of drag queen friends (Valentina, Jessica Wild, Cynthia La Fountaine and Ricky Lips) and crashes a party of beautiful, but bored people, energizing the heck out of them.
It’s provocative and campy, and it’s the kind of thing only Trevi can pull off. At 51, looking fit and fabulous, the erstwhile “Mexican Madonna” continues to take the kinds of risks most other acts only dream of.
On May 31, Trevi will release her newest studio album, Diosa De La Noche (Goddess Of the Night) on Universal, an as-ever emotional tour de force where the reigning theme is living life to the fullest. The album has been a long time coming, with some songs written since before 2015’s El Amor. In the meantime, she launched her Diosa De La Noche Tour in Mexico, which will continue in the U.S. later this year with Colombian star Karol G.
Trevi spoke with Billboard from the road in Querétaro, where her tour kicked off May 2, and told us all about who the Goddess of the Night really is, and why she steadfastly stands by the LGBTQ community.
Who is the “Diosa De La Noche”?
Everyone. Because inside of all of us, there’s a small piece of God. We always say life is short, but the night is long. We’re always saying life is short. But at night, you can live an entire lifetime. When you go out at night, you can make love on a first date, you can get your heart broken, you can end up lying in Plaza Garibaldi. And that’s what the tour is about; it’s about living an entire life in a single night.
Safe to say your tour is very theatrical?
Yes. For example, when I come down from my penthouse and there’s an authority figure, or a dad that says, “You can’t go around like a crazy person. You have to settle down!” There’s someone like that in the show.
Now, tell me about the album. Which songs are particularly special to you?
There’s one called “Tribu” (Tribe). It talks about friendship, about family, about my team. And when I finish this tour, I’m going to get my first-ever tattoo and it will say “Tribu.” It means family, my team, my musicians. I couldn’t be here without them.
I wrote ““Mediterráneo” with Maffio, and it talks about those times where you feel something so, so big, that the word love just isn’t enough. I also had several writing sessions with different people, and “Que Me Duela” came from that. The album has evolved. And “Rómpeme El Corazón” (“Heartbreaker)” is a song about giving yourself up. “Break my heart, but first, make love to me. Break my heart, or maybe I’ll break yours.” It’s a bluesy power ballad. Very different from what you’re hearing now.
“Abranse Perras” is particularly spectacular.
That one is a fusion of several genres. Pablo Croce directed the video and we invited several drag queens. I wanted a super fun video, but two days before the release, I decided to change the song, I stopped the release and we had to make the changes. I’m very thankful to the label for having supported this. I changed the beginning. It was originally sweeter, more like a pop reggaetón. But I went to see Bohemian Rhapsody, I saw the most widely-respected gay rocker of all times and I thought, ‘Of course, the sound has to be stronger. If we’re going to say, ‘Outta my way, bitches,’ we have to give it our all.”
The song is a hymn for powerful women. You had to feel a lot of power in there, a lot of attitude. You see it in the comments. People write things like, “Just when I was thinking about being less gay, this song came out.”
Who are the “bitches”?
For every rat, there’s a bitch; for every bitch, a wolf; for every wolf, a badass. Bitches are the ones that give way and we’re the badasses.
This song is not your first LGBTQ anthem. Was that always the intent with this song?
I was thinking about the gay community even as I wrote it. Every phrase in that song is a phrase used by the gay community. Todo se me dio, girando en un tacón (I got everything, spinning on my heel); la que barre con la mirada (she sweeps with her look). I pay homage to them and I thank them for all those phrases they’ve given me.
DIOSA DE LA NOCHE TRACK LIST
1. Diosa De La Noche
2. Abranse Perras
3. Rompeme El corazon
4. Que Me Duela
5. Yo Soy Su Vida
6. Me Lloras
7. Vas A Recordarme
9. Ellas Soy Yo
10. Yo Tengo Hoy