With a commercial status closer and closer to other Spanish soloists such as Rosalía either Aitana, Ana Mena releases his first great album this Fridayin which she is recognized as a “suffering diva” the result of influences ranging from jeanette to Ariana Grande going through the folkloric ones that she covered as a child.
“This album is an attitude, a bit like a meme with which you laugh a little at yourself by taking things too intensely and romanticizing the drama,” this artist from Malaga explains to EFE before the Release to the market after a long wait for ‘Bellodrama’ (SonyMusic). Five years have passed since the publication of ‘Index’ (2018), which was in his own words “the debut of a girl who sings since she was little and who loves the music but that was yet to be known”, with a conglomeration of previously released songs “but without a common concept or sound”.
“I didn’t see the point of making another album until I discovered more about myself and the sound with which I said: “This is me”, reveals Mena (Estepona, Málaga, 1997), who finally felt that call two years ago. years The persistence of that girl who began to make his musical first steps in a regional channelwho worked later at orders from Pedro Almodovar in “The skin I live in” and that was Marisol for televisionfinally seemed to hit the mark musically after turning his gaze to Italy instead of Latin America with ‘It was illuminated’ with Fred de Palma and ‘A step from the moon’ with Rocco Hunt.
“From Málaga to the world”, as he proclaimed in those songs, became the Spanish artist who had ever shipped the most copies in Italy, but there was yet to be seen one more evolution in his search for style from that italorregaeton by covering a very different song, ‘Musica legerissima’ by Colapesce Dimartino. “With ‘Música ligera’ I felt that there was a change, that we reached a more adult audience, and that is that good songs are understood by everyone. I myself fell in love from the moment I heard it and it helped me to know myself and to know what is who I am and where I want to go”, account of this single.
More recently another important topic has come to light, ‘Me He Pillado x Ti’, in which he sings with Natalia Lacunza after launching the proposal at the last dinner at the Los40 Music Awards. “I had it written since April 2021 and I always perceived that her voice was going to be incredible because she also has a lot of velvet when singing, in addition to the fact that I love her music and her perspective on things. And she is the artist who easiest They have never put things to me when it comes to collaborating!”, he highlights.
All this artistic journey has been collected in ‘Bellodrama’, a “long album for current times” as she herself admits, because along with a dozen new songs like ‘A classic’ or ‘Slowly’ She has not wanted to leave out all those successes that had the favor of the public and have brought her here. “I don’t like labels, because today I’m with ‘Música ligera’, but tomorrow I suddenly do ‘Las 12’ and I want to have the freedom to continue navigating between styles that I like. An artist has to have fun and experiment”, defends who She recognizes herself as an admirer of Ariana Grande, but also of Diego El Cigala’s flamenco and Nina Pastori or “of the fair and the rebujitos” along Andy and Lucas.
To better understand the philosophy of ‘Bellodrama’, which qualifies as “the enjoyment of melancholy”, Mena published a varied list of Spotify under a profile called “The suffering diva” in which Luis Miguel appears, Van Gogh’s Ear or ‘Heart of a poet’ by Jeanette. “I love it! My father has given me a lot of music from the 70s, which is my favorite decadethat’s why Mina is also there”, explains the artist, aware that these influences do not seem to be related to each other. “For me, the important thing is the stories they tell, because I am a fan of stories,” she insists.
As fate would have it, among the many albums released this Friday, in addition to his, is “RR”, the EP by Rosalía and Rauw Alejandro, a competition that ensures not to fear. “I don’t take this as a competition. I’ve been working on this album for two years and the only thing I want is for it to see the light now to start doing concerts. On the other hand, it’s a pop album and I understand that it’s still not the typical album that makes you a ‘top 10’ on Spotify, because it’s not urban and needs time,” he says.
Among those “shows” that await, there is a very special one that will mean his debut in the Wizink Center from Madrid on September 9while he cherishes other desires, such as taking his tour outside of Spain or soon to publish his first album entirely in Italian with new songs.