Melendi Releases His Ninth Studio Album “Ahora”
The critically acclaimed Spanish pop-rock singer-songwriter Melendi today releases Ahora, his ninth studio album and his first as producer. Mixing Latin rhythms, ballads, gospel music, electronica and hip-hop, Ahora creates a global pop soundscape and arrives less than two years after his previous album, Quítate Las Gafas.
Ahora emphasizes three of Melendi’s signature musical facets. First, uptempo songs such as “El Arrepentido,” “Lo Que Nos Merecemos” and “Para Que No Se Escapen Tus Mariposas” which feature captivating rhythms and clever lyrics, reminding us of old-school Melendi. Second, romantic ballads with which Melendi has become known for in recent years – tracks such as “Mírame” and “Mi Código Postal.” And last but not least, songs that represent the most essential side of Melendi – reflective works that serve as artistic expression and connect him to his audiences: “Tiempos de Re-evolución,” “Habitantes De Un Mismo Planeta” and “Como El Agua Y El Aceite.”
So far, Ahora has produced two hit singles: the romantic gem “Mi Código Postal” and “El Arrepentido,” a festive, rhythmic song featuring the Colombian legend Carlos Vives. This song’s music video has over 22.5 million views on YouTube/VEVO.
“El Arrepentido” isn’t the only standout duet of this album. “Déjala Que Baile” features the Spanish pop icon Alejandro Sanz and the Spanish rapper Arkano.
Melendi is coming off a spectacular 2017 in which he consolidated his reputation as a major artist in Spain and Latin America thanks to the success of his album Quítate Las Gafas. It went 2X PLATINUM in Spain. Its smash single “Destino o Casualidad”, feat. Ha*Ash, went GOLD in the United States and Mexico. He earned hundreds of millions of views and streams on digital platforms, received a Latin GRAMMY® nomination, and launched a tour that was Spain’s top draw of 2017 and sold out such venues such as Mexico City’s Auditorio Nacional, Madrid’s Wizink Center (three shows), along with venues in Buenos Aires, Barcelona, Bogotá and Panama, among others.
Ahora is as multi-faceted as Melendi himself, as he offers his most personal work on this, his ninth studio album.