We are living in an era where genre isn't just irrelevant, but where artists seek favor by mixing the most unlikely styles — and artists — together. As such, neo-flamenco-trap singer Rosalía and goth-pop-ASMSR teen phenom Billie Eilish have recorded a collab together.
The pairing actually makes more sense than you'd think. Everyone's on the Rosalía train now, but Billie was an early supporter, starting with "Malamente."
"When I released 'Malamente,' Billie was one of the first huge artists who shared the video. She has been there from the onset," Rosalía told Billboardin her new cover story. "Billie and I had a session together, totally independent from her other projects. We wrote with her at the piano. We created a great idea for a song and had a great time."
Back then in March, she tweeted a photo of Billie captioned with "Can't wait to finish our song," and (in Spanish): "to share the studio with you and to see you working yesterday inspires me sooo much, love you B."
Can’t wait to finish our song 🖤 compartir contigo en el estudio o verte ayer actuar me inspira sooo much, love you B https://t.co/TxV3J7D1QQ
While Rosalía's collaborated with huge Latin stars like J. Balvin, El Guincho and Ozuna, James Blake is the English-language artist she's worked with so far. She was a feature on his Assume Form track "Barefoot in the Park."
A track with Billie will represents a new branch on the Spanish artist's tree. And of course, a joint effort by the pop revolutionaries is iconic. But what the hell will it sound like?
Will it be a Rosalía track with Billie vocals? Or a Billie track with Rosalía vocals? Or will it split the difference: a trap song plus Spanish guitar, plus piano plunks, horror synths and Rosalía and Billie duetting about wanting to die?