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Breaking Big


Aly Comingore


All hail the future of Barcelona’s music scene: Rosalía. The 26-year-old singer-songwriter grew up just outside of Spain’s second-largest city and has helped reinvigorate the tradition-steeped flamenco sounds of her hometown for a new audience. Fresh off slaying her second performance at Coachella, Rosalía is giddy. “It was crowded,” she says with glee, “like double from the weekend before. People were singing the songs. It was amazing to experience.”

Coachella is just one in a long line of recent professional highlights for Rosalía, whose futuristic take on flamenco has helped push Spanish music onto the world stage in a very big way. “Malamente”—the lead single off her sophomore album, 2018’s El Mal Querer— has been streamed more than 80 million times since its May release. El Mal Querer is loosely based on the 13th-century manuscript The Romance of Flamenca, about a young bride held captive by her jealous husband. “I was excited to investigate feminist subjects, which is something that resonates in me, but not just in me,” Rosalía says. This spring, she released a track with James Blake (“Barefoot in the Park”), and another with J Balvin (“Con Altura”). And with a summer’s worth of festival appearances and headlining concerts, Rosalía’s goals continue to get bigger. “I want

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