Spanish singer-songwriter Rosalía is not your typical popstar. She garnered international fame (and graduated with honors from the Catalonia College of Music) following the release of her sophomore album and baccalaureate project El Mal Querer. That album cemented her reputation as an experimental artist who pushed the boundaries of Latin music by blending flamenco and música urbana with traditional pop styles. In 2022, she released her third studio album, Motomami, which quickly became one of the year’s most popular records.
Rosalía described Motomami as her most personal project to date. It’s a concept album, presented in two parts, that dives deep into the singer’s experiences over the last three years, including the end of a romantic relationship and her struggles with fame, as well as her feelings of isolation and homesickness. The album’s production draws heavily from Rosalía’s Latin music influences and includes fusions of reggaeton, bachata, flamenco, and bolero styles with equally bold hip hop and electronic elements. The result is a brazenly abstract, genre-bending record that treats tracks about the fickle nature of stardom (“Sakura”) with the same sincerity and humor as those about sex (“Hentai”).
Motomami has been dubbed by music critics as one of the boldest releases of the year and it’s on track to become one of the most awarded as well. The album peaked at No. 1 and No. 3 on Billboard’s Latin Pop Albums and Top Latin Albums charts, and has already won the publication’s award for Latin Pop Album of the Year. Motomami has also been nominated for two Grammys and four Latin Grammys.