Rosalía Shares Her Favorite Karaoke Song And the Story of Her First Kiss

We all know her signature flamenco moves and impressive nail art, but when it comes to the real Rosalía, there is still plenty to be discovered. In W's Five Firsts, Grammy-winning singer Rosalía gets personal as she shares everything, including the details of how her first kiss went down, the very first Karaoke she sang, and the first time she heard "Malamente" on the radio.

Released on 10/3/2019

Credits

Starring: Rosalía

Transcript

00:00
My name is Rosalia,
00:01
and these are my five firsts.
00:09
My first karaoke song.
00:11
My first karaoke song probably was,
00:14
I will always love you hooo oh,
00:18
you know.
00:19
[laughing]
00:20
[Lynn] That was great!
00:22
[laughing]
00:24
The first album I bought, it wasn't an album.
00:27
It was a cassette.
00:29
I love this band called Estopa from Spain,
00:33
and it was like rock, flamenco kind of, you know,
00:36
like fusionado.
00:38
Something like very special,
00:39
I think that it was very special.
00:41
The lyrics were so amazing, [speaks in foreign language].
00:44
Some words that, you know, when you are a kid,
00:46
you cannot say,
00:46
so my mom used to say like,
00:48
Don't hear that, don't hear that, you know,
00:50
Don't listen to that, don't listen to that.
00:52
But then, I listened to it anyway.
00:54
[laughing]
00:56
My first job,
00:58
I always sang,
00:59
I always sang since I was like 16, I guess.
01:02
I started performing in bars and places in Barcelona,
01:06
small places or restaurants or weddings or whatever,
01:09
you know, sometimes you had to sing whatever.
01:11
You had to sing like, what these people wanted.
01:14
Usually I wanted to sing flamenco,
01:16
I wanted to sing jazz standards,
01:18
so I learned standards of the jazz, you know,
01:20
what standards what.
01:21
Also, they used to like pop music
01:23
so I used to sing song that was popular in this moment.
01:26
[laughing]
01:27
I used to sing whatever,
01:29
whatever they wanted for their wedding,
01:31
for these amazing women.
01:33
Hallelujah, remember Leonard Cohen, Hallelujah,
01:35
when they had good taste,
01:36
I was lucky,
01:37
so I could sing Leonard Cohen Hallelujah.
01:39
When they have bad taste, whatever, you know...
01:42
[laughing]
01:43
My first song on the radio,
01:45
oh I was in the car,
01:47
and it was with Malamente,
01:49
and I was so excited
01:50
because it never happened before.
01:52
I think I was with my sister,
01:53
we were on our way to Barcelona,
01:56
and I remember I was with her,
01:58
and I was so happy I couldn't believe.
02:00
I used to dream of making the songs I want,
02:03
and not change anything,
02:05
and even that,
02:07
to sound on the radio.
02:08
I always wanted that.
02:10
And when that happened with Malamente,
02:12
because I really felt Malamente is an experimental song.
02:15
It's very experimental.
02:16
And I thought, Wow,
02:18
I felt so blessed, so grateful.
02:20
Okay, so my first kiss,
02:23
my first kiss was in a bathroom,
02:25
and I was in this high school, I was,
02:27
oh my God, it was terrible honestly,
02:28
because he was my first love.
02:30
I was 13,
02:31
I was in the bathroom,
02:33
the bathroom's where, you know,
02:34
floor that was like really high,
02:36
and people could see from the outside, you know,
02:40
so I remember a lot of people start to say,
02:42
Hey, hey, Rosalia with somebody else in the bathroom.
02:46
And so it was like a very stressful moment.
02:50
And I couldn't enjoy my first kiss properly.
02:53
[laughing]
02:53
You know,
02:54
I opened the door,
02:55
I see a lot of people from my class,
02:58
you know, like, What were you doing?
03:00
[laughing]
03:01
And it was terrible, it was terrible.
03:03
Honestly, yeah, my first kiss.
03:06
[laughing]