Rosalía captivated the United States with El mal querer and Malamente, the song that catapulted her onto the international stage. Now, with the album Motomami, to be released on March 18, she’s here to stay. The Catalan singer has made her first appearances on American television, starting with The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, who admitted to being a fan.
Rosalía appeared onstage in a dress from Acne Studios’ F/W 2022 collection. Fallon gave her a warm welcome, though he struggled to pronounce the Spanish star’s name. “I’ve heard so many options, like Rosalina, Rosalita,” the 28-year-old artist said. After showing off the cover of Motomami – censored, as she appears nude and covering her body with both hands – she tried to explain the meaning of the word, as she has been doing on Twitter for days. “Motomami is an energy. Probably you’re a motopapi, too,” she joked.
During Rosalía’s brief appearance, she shared a story about an experience she had after she changed her phone number. “I used to do it a lot,” said the singer, who doesn’t answer messages while in the studio in order to stay focused. “I didn’t answer the messages, so I changed the phone for a fresh start.”
“I thought when you no longer use a phone number, then that phone number disappears or something,” she confessed, before explaining that her habit had consequences for one of her friends. The singer Harry Styles tried to contact her to congratulate her on one of her songs. She showed Fallon the screenshot of the exchange between the Watermelon Sugar singer and the unknown person who ended up with Rosalía’s old number.
“This is so beautiful,” Styles began the conversation, sharing a fragment of the song Dolerme with the person he thought was Rosalía. She answered, “I know my darling. Love you,” to which the Brit responded that he loved her too. The person couldn’t continue with the joke and added, “Haha sorry. I don’t know who you are. This number belonged to someone before. But now it’s my number. So don’t bother me anymore. Good night.” Fallon and Rosalía followed the anecdote with laughter and applause from the audience, who enjoyed the singer’s presence for about eight minutes.
Rosalía’s tour in North America is just beginning. On Saturday, March 12, she will be a guest on Saturday Night Live, and as of next week, she will return to her home country for the premiere of her album, which she will present on the Spanish television show El Hormiguero on March 17, a day before its worldwide release.