“La Fama” serves as as the lead single for MOTOMAMI, Rosalía’s forthcoming follow-up to 2019’s El Mal Querer. The Bachata-infused track finds Abel Tesfaye crooning in Spanish alongside the Barcelona native about how a quest for fame can get in the way of romantic relationships. “Es mala amante la fama, no va a quererte de verdad/ Es demasia’o traicionera, y como ella viene, se te va,” the pair sing on the chorus. “Yo sé que será celosa, yo nunca le confiaré/ Si quiero duermo con ella, pero nunca me la voy a casar.”
(Roughly translated via Google Translate, that’s, “Fame is a bad lover, she won’t truly love you/ She is too treacherous, and as she comes, she leaves you/ I know she’ll be jealous, I’ll never trust her/ If I want to, I’ll sleep with her, but I’ll never marry her.”)
The track’s accompanying music video includes a cameo appearance by Danny Trejo and features Rosalía performing in a sultry, high-end club before coaxing The Weeknd onstage from the audience. Watch it ahead.
In September, Rosalía joined Tokischa on the latter’s “Linda” and a few months earlier, she duetted with Oneohtrix Point Never on “Nothing’s Special.” Meanwhile, The Weeknd last week unveiled “One Right Now,” his new collaboration with Post Malone, on the heels of teaming up with Swedish House Mafia for “Moth to a Flame” and dropping “Take My Breath,” the lead single for his own upcoming fifth studio effort, The Dawn.