Reggaeton megastar Karol G on how she was shedding “probably the most precious issues” in her life as her fame exploded
Read this text in Spanish / Leer en espańol: Karol G cube que estaba perdiendo “las cosas más valiosas” de su vida mientras su fama explotaba
Karol G’s profession and fame have exploded in recent times. With greater than 59 million Instagram followers and 38 million month-to-month Spotify listeners, the reggaeton megastar was probably the most streamed Latina on Spotify final yr and probably the most seen artist on Vevo. Her music movies have been seen billions of instances, and he or she carried out final yr on the principle stage at Coachella.
But as she reached new heights in her profession final yr, internally she was processing her breakup from Puerto Rican rapper Anuel AA and coping with the sentiments of isolation that may include fame.
“Not all the things [is] about numbers and charts. It was exhausting as a result of all people was seeing that I used to be within the prime of my profession, however perhaps … inside I used to be shedding like probably the most precious issues in my life,” Karol G instructed CBS News.
She mentioned quite a lot of the songs on her new album — which is dropping at midnight — got here from her breakup. The album is titled, “Mañana Será Bonito” (“Tomorrow Will Be Beautiful”), and contains a extremely anticipated collaboration between Karol G and fellow Colombian celebrity Shakira.
Karol G mentioned she allowed herself to really feel unhappy and cry, whereas being longing for the long run.
“I at all times attempt to preserve a constructive perspective on a regular basis. And I discuss quite a bit to myself on a regular basis and all these moments, I used to be like, letting myself be unhappy, letting myself really feel as I cry and in quite a lot of issues and simply preserve in my thoughts, like, perhaps tomorrow goes to be completely different and perhaps tomorrow goes to be lovely,” she mentioned.
It wasn’t too way back that Karol G, born Carolina Giraldo Navarro, was headlining smaller phases — acting at household events as a child and college occasions in Medellín, Colombia, with the assist of her father. She discovered from there that she might make a profession by doing one thing she actually loved.
She adopted the stage identify “Karol G” after auditioning for the Colombian model of the truth competitors “The X Factor.” Discouraging conferences with report labels and enterprise executives adopted, leaving her questioning if she might break into the male-dominated reggaeton business.
Born from Jamaican reggae and dancehall, reggaeton originated in Panama and later grew to become common in Puerto Rico. It has typically positioned ladies on the heart of the track, however traditionally extra typically as the item, fairly than the topic.
“They had been like, ‘Hey, you are a lady doing reggaeton and that is not going to occur. But we would like your lyrics. We need you being a composer for various artists.’ And I used to be like, ‘No, I do not need this. Like, I compose my very own songs and I need to preserve doing this for my music,'” she mentioned.
Eventually, she broke via, and in 2016, Karol G signed with Universal Music Latino as a reggaeton singer. Two years later, she gained the Latin Grammy award for Best New Artist. She has collaborated with some large names together with Bad Bunny and Nicki Minaj.
She has additionally launched a brand new way of life to her feminine followers — coining the time period “Bichota,” which roughly interprets to “unhealthy ass.” Karol G’s lyrics provide a steamy and uncooked perspective from the feminine gaze that does not shrink back from matters like intercourse.
“We are human. Humans simply have the identical experiences, irrespective of if it is a boy, if it is a lady. I believe that is why I related with my individuals, is as a result of they discover their lives in a track,” she mentioned.