Selena Gomez has been teasing a Spanish album since 2011 and after releasing her first Spanish single “De Una Vez” in February her first full Spanish-language album, Revelación is officially out today. The 28-year-old singer revived talk about a Spanish album last year after the release of Rare, her third chart-topping studio album. Now the seven-track album is out and Selena, who is third generation Mexican-American, is proudly celebrating her roots.
“I absolutely love singing in Spanish. It’s a beautiful language. I feel different when I am singing in Spanish, as it takes me into another world in my mind,” she told People en Español. “There is something very alluring for me.”
It features collaborations with Rauw Alejandro and Myke Towers with Puerto Rican producer Tainy, whom she previously worked with on “I Can’t Get Enough” with J Balvin and Benny Blanco. Selena truly made the project a Latinx effort working with Venezuelan singer-songwriter Elena Rose and music video directors Los Perez and Nogari.
“She wanted us to give life to Selena Gomez in Spanish,” Rose tells Billboard. “For it to be a direct translation of who she is when she’s singing in English. She’s all about empowerment, compassion, being a warrior and being vulnerable. So the lyrics were very important here.”
I think it will be worth the wait. 😜 https://t.co/IRaQ69MrpA
— Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) January 14, 2021
Gomez spoke to Zane Lowe on Apple Music about why she wanted to release music in Spanish. “This has been something I’ve wanted to do for 10 years, working on a Spanish project, because I’m so, so proud of my heritage, and just genuinely felt like I wanted this to happen,” she said. “And it happened, and I feel like it’s the perfect timing. Just with all the division in the world, there’s something about Latin music that globally just makes people feel things, you know?”
She recorded the album during quarantine and she shared with People en Español that it was difficult not being in the same room with her collaborators. She said that she “hated it” initially and would cancel sessions not wanting to work over Zoom. However, she feels “very fortunate that I was able to continue doing what I love during the pandemic.”
She also shared with the publication the stories behind some of the tracks including the first single, “De Una Vez” showing how personal the songs are. “We all have the pain and the scars from various experiences we go through in life, but it’s really how we heal ourselves,” Selena explained. “Not only is it about leaving the past behind and forgiveness, but more importantly it’s about strength, moving forward, and starting your next chapter.”