Kali Uchis is not a newcomer, but Sin Miedo (Del Amor and Otros Demonios), her latest album released in November and which features the rapidly rising track “TelepatÃa”, took her to uncharted territory.
Score your very first # 1 on Billboard‘s Latin Pop Albums (chart dated March 6), the 13-track set is also his very first Spanish record and his first leader on any Billboard table of albums. Like most of his songs on his 2018 album Isolation and his first EP from 2015 Por Mi Vida, to Miedo sin, the Colombian-American becomes intimate with her lyrics, singing about love, lust, grief and life’s daily struggles.
“I have always used music to express myself”, says the young man of 26 years. Billboard via a phone call from Pereira, Colombia, where she is shooting the next video for “TelepatÃa”. âSo I never force anything that isn’t there. “
The track from the new album – which oscillates between R&B, perreo, reggaeton and synth-pop – that struck a chord with her devoted fans is “TelepatÃa”, a dreamy, bilingual pop track produced by Tainy about feeling lonely. and wish you could do it. make love telepathically.
“I felt like the world was in need of healing energy,” says Uchis, who has collaborated with artists such as Juanes, Jorja Smith and Tyler, the creator. âAfter we found ourselves in this pandemic, the lyrics became more relevant. I try to stay grounded and make music from a clear, balanced place and contribute something positive to the world.
âTelepatÃaâ was not an overnight success when the album came out last fall. Its popularity has steadily increased over the past month, thanks to TikTok videos featuring Uchis’ song in the background or English-speaking artists such as Sabrina Carpenter singing the song. This viral growth has propelled it to No. 2 on Billboard‘s Hot Latin Songs and a current top of No.39 on the Hot 100 – his first entry as a lead actor and his highest career ranking.
âIt makes me very excited to see how it connects with people because the energy that I was conveying was about love and good energy, it’s wonderful that this is happening with this track in particular,â Uchis adds. âI realized this was more than a viral song, but a song that pushed me to charts that I had never been on before. I was like, ‘Oh wow, this is real, the people actually listen to the song for what it is. People would text me saying that “TelepatÃa” gives them serotonin and makes them happy. ‘ In the end, that’s what I wanna do [with my music]. “
The graphic success of both Miedo sin and “TelepatÃa” also reassured Uchis that singing in Spanish could also propel her to chart success. âIt’s a dream come true, because I’ve been making music for a while, and a lot of people have told me that an album in Spanish would be like stepping back in my career,â she says. “But I ignored them, and it’s wonderful that my Spanish album really resonates with people.”
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Last name: Karly-Marina Loaiza
Major achievement: “I would say that my greatest achievement is being able to keep my intentions pure. It’s easy to get caught in this industry and forget why you are doing this in the first place and instead start worrying about the designers and celebrity support and all that stuff that really has no importance. What counts for me is seeing how much i ‘ve able to touch real people on the street. It means more to me than who sends me clothes or which celebrity posts my song.
Recommended song: “Wwhile I recorded [âTelepatÃaâ], it was just very natural. It reminded me of my song ‘After the Storm’, which is probably the most successful song from my last album, and well it all happened so fast – we recorded it and it all came together in a very organic way. This is always how the best songs come. That’s how I like to make songs, just very raw, natural and not forced. Music and art should be free, fun. And you always have to know the intention you put in the song.
And after: “I’m working on my third studio album but do not yet have an official release date. I am also working on a collaboration that my fans were waiting for, which is a collaboration with SZA. And in general, I work on a few projects. You are the first to know I’ve work on my first denim collection, colombian denim, I’ve always wanted to do it. Our denim is known to lift your butt and I’ve always wanted to create my own line. I’ll be pulling the samples here and getting started soon.
A version of this article originally appeared in the March 13, 2021 issue of Billboard.