Fortunately, the same thing didn’t happen to David Bisbal that happened to Samson. A little over a year ago, the Spanish singer cut off the beautiful locks he was so well-known for, but he hasn’t lost his strength. With more than three million discs sold in Spain and the Americas, Bisbal’s career is anything but weak.
Today, the 28-year-old singer’s third project Premonición Live goes on sale, a double CD and double DVD luxury edition remembering 2007’s Premonición Tour. The discs include images of his concert in Madrid, a day-by-day look at the tour’s journey through Spain and Latin America, a documentary about the tour, an exclusive interview with the artist himself, and a variety of reports about the new markets that have opened their doors to him, including Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands and Japan. In this last country, Bisbal recorded a 30-second ringtone of the song “Oye el Boom”…in Japanese!
And without a doubt the song “Hate That I Love You,” his duet with U.S. singer Rihanna, is one of the best surprises of the work.
Bisbal spoke exclusively with Peopleenespanol.com about the project, his evolution as an artist and his sexy moves on the stage.
How do you feel about the final product of the new luxury edition of “Premonición”?
It’s a summary, a mix that’s made me really happy. I’ve really enjoyed the tour, and I actually continue to enjoy it because the last disc Premonición created a framework of sound that’s still strong. It’s a concert that I like to watch. It’s an exquisite accomplishment.
Tell us about recording a ringtone in Japanese…
It was really fun. I had Japanese producers in front of me and a professor who would correct my diction so that everything sounded like Japanese.
Any plans to do a crossover album?
Yeah, I’d like to. In a way, I’m constantly trying to use my albums as a way to create new opportunities in every market. It’s already happening in different countries in Europe, and it really is amazing. Recording in English, I’d love to. Anything to continue sharing my music with more and more people.
Are you taking any steps to prepare for an English album?
I started taking English classes just two years ago. And now, thank God, I can present my music in that language and go to other countries to defend my music. In that sense I’m really thankful because it’s given me a chance to work in other markets where I couldn’t before. [I want] to keep taking our culture I need to.
What was it like recording with Rihanna?
It was great. It was really a pleasure. She sings her version in English, and I sing mine in Spanish. Honestly, one of my dreams right now would be to share a stage with her. That would be amazing, and I hope we can make it happen in the future.
You’re a great dancer. Do you think of yourself more as a dancer or a singer?
I consider myself more of a singer than a dancer, but it’s true that I couldn’t stop expressing myself with my body. I think that movements are expressions that you want to give with your body. You don’t just express them with your voice, but with your body too.
How do you stay in shape?
I like to go to the gym, I like to ride my bike or run a little. But what’s true is that as I keep doing my concerts, I get more and more in shape. It’s like with athletes. The more you practice, the better in shape you get.
How have you evolved as an artist throughout your career?
I’ve evolved in a lot of ways. Musically, I’ve learned how to create a fusion with songs. I’ve also started to share not just songs about happiness or love with people, but also world problems that affect you. Even though the lyrics are negative, you can see a smile on people’s faces when you sing them, and that’s something I’ve liked. That’s something that time continues to give back to you.