The iconic voice of the late Mexican singer-songwriter Juan Gabriel will be heard again on Thursday night (Sept. 7), when “Méxxico es Todo” premieres on digital platforms. The track was formally announced a day prior on the artist’s social media.
“I am very happy to be with you again, with my beloved Mexico, and loved by so many people”, a message with the voice of the singer of “Noa Noa” — adapted from previous recordings but without the use of AI — is heard on a video posted on Juan Gabriel’s official Instagram account. “I invite you to travel with me through all those cities that marked my life and that filled it with so much love. Prepare your luggage, I invite you to make this trip together”.
“Méxxico es Todo” is the first single from the second posthumous album of the superstar after 2022’s Los Dúo 3, and the first with original unpublished songs, a representative of Virgin Music México confirmed to Billboard Español on Wednesday night at an event in Mexico City, where the song and its music video were premiered to select media.
The track was produced by Rodrigo Cárdenas and will be officially released on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. (Central Mexico time) and at 8:00 p.m. (US Eastern Time). The song maintains the distinctive musical stamp of Gabriel, with festive melodies to the rhythm of trumpets, and sounds that flirt with traditional Mexican music, this time with hints of pop.
The music video, created by Juan Gabriel’s former collaborator David Tames and which lasts about seven minutes and 20 seconds, is a collage of images of iconic places and symbols of Mexican culture such as the Zócalo in Mexico City, the Basilica of Guadalupe, the Pyramids of Teotihuacán, the Aztec calendar and the tricolor flag with the shield of an eagle devouring a snake.
Iván Gabriel, the artist’s son and universal heir, is expected to offer more details about his father’s new album, which would be released in the coming weeks.
Known throughout Latin America for classics such as “Querida” and “Amor Eterno,” Juan Gabriel died of natural causes on Aug. 28, 2016 at his home in Santa Monica, California, in the midst of a tour. He was 66.
Inducted into the Billboard Latin Music Hall of Fame in 1996, he built a legacy as a multifaceted artist over a more-than-four-decade career, recording songs in genres as diverse as ranchero, ballad, pop and bolero as well as producing other artists. Among his many accomplishments, the “Divo de Juárez” sold more than 150 million records, wrote over 1,800 songs, released 34 studio albums, was a six-time Grammy nominee, won three Latin Grammys posthumously and had seven No. 1s on Billboard‘s Hot Latin Songs chart. (“Yo No Sé Qué Me Pasa” even led the first edition of that chart in 1986.)
See the teaser for “Méxxico es Todo” below.