Melendi

Ramón Melendi Espina (born 21 January 1979), known as Melendi, is a Spanish singer-songwriter. His specialties are rock, flamenco, and rumba styles.[1]

Melendi
Melendi in February 2017
Melendi in February 2017
Background information
Birth nameRamón Melendi Espina
Also known asMelendi
Born (1979-01-21) 21 January 1979 (age 42)
Oviedo, Spain
Genres
Labels
Websitewww.melendioficial.com

Early lifeEdit

He was born in Oviedo, Asturias.[2] He went to class with Formula One race car driver Fernando Alonso, to whom he dedicated the song "Magic Alonso". He also did racing for a while but he realized very quickly that he was not made for racing nor studying, but he was good at football. He played in the lower ranks of Astur CF, at the time a reserve team for Real Oviedo.[3][4] Afterwards, he worked as a waiter in several bars and spent all night out, living experiences that would later go on to make up the lyrics of his songs. In 2001, he joined a group called "El bosque de Sherwood", and soon after recorded a demo with only three songs, "Sin noticias de Holanda", "El informe del forense", and "Vuelvo a traficar".

CareerEdit

2003-2006: Career beginningsEdit

In February 2003, Melendi released his first solo disc called "Sin noticias de Holanda", with twelve songs. In December 2003, this disc was rereleased with two new songs, "Asturias" and "Moratalá". However, he reached true fame with the 2004 Vuelta a España chose his song "Con la luna llena" as its official theme. In May 2004, he started a small tour around Spain, selling 50,000 copies of his CD, making it a Gold Album.

 
Melendi in Valladolid.

In 2005, he released his second solo CD, "Que el cielo espere sentao", which has sold more than 200,000 copies. Later that same year, he rereleased the album with three new songs, "El Nano", "La dama y el vagabundo" and "Carlota", and a Live concert DVD recorded in Oviedo. He also became a father that year, and received the Onda award for Best Song of the Year for "Caminando por la vida". In November 2005, he received seven Platinum Discs for his two albums. "Sin noticias..." received four and "Que el cielo..." three.

In 2006, it was announced that he would be one of the main stars in the PSP game "Gangs of London". Melendi played Mr. Big, an evil gangster. He also wrote the song "Gangs of London" for the occasion, going on to film a video amidst police lights and sirens. The videogame was launched on 1 August of that year in the UK and on 6 September in Spain; EMI stepped in to distribute his CDs worldwide. He also wrote the song "Volveremos" (We Shall Return) for Real Oviedo. The singer is also involved in the production of the film "Vuelvo a traficar: The Film" (I'm Dealing Again). "Mientras no cueste trabajo" was released on 13 November 2006, in two formats: a normal CD with 12 songs, and a special edition, with 16 songs and a DVD with extras. The disc was rereleased on 29 October 2009, with four new songs, "Firmes", "El rey de la baraja", "La aceituna", and "Me gusta el fútbol".

2007-2010: Curiosa la cara de tu padre and Volvamos a empezarEdit

In 2007, he received the "Best Tour" award from the "Premios de la Música" ceremony held in Cordoba. He also did an advertising campaign for Canal+ Spain entitled "Me gusta el fútbol" (I Like Football), for which he wrote a song of the same name. In 2007, he stood trial for provoking an incident while under the influence of alcohol on a flight from Madrid to Mexico City that required the pilot to return to Madrid two hours after takeoff.[5][6] He was released after testifying. Soon after, he was given the "Left Foot" award from Spanish radio station Cadena 100 for this incident.

Currently, Melendi directs his Blue Donkey Music company, helping young singers start their careers. He's offered contracts to four groups, Algunos Hombres Buenos, Rasel, La Dama y Belo, and Los Susodichos. This last group was nominated for a Latin Grammy for Best Rock Vocals. Algunos Hombres Buenos left the label in 2008. On 9 August 2008, he presented his new single, "Un violinista en tu tejado" from his album Curiosa la cara de tu padre on Spanish radio station Los 40 Principales. The album was released on 16 September 2008. On 12 December, Los 40 Principales awarded him their award for this album.

On 17 December 2009, he released a new double CD, Aún más curiosa la cara de tu padre, including the original disc and another with nine new songs and links to exclusive content on his website.

2011-2015: Lágrimas desordenadas, Un alumno más and Directo a septiembreEdit

In 2011, he recorded a cover of "True colours" by Cyndi Lauper in Catalan called "Ulls dolços", for the CD of TV3's telethon La Marató.[7]

On 13 November 2012, he released a new album called Lágrimas desordenadas[8] and went on a tour of Spain and Latin America later that same year to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his first solo album.[9]

His latest album, Un alumno más was released on 25 November 2014.[10] Over the four months before the album was released, two songs from the album were released as lyrics videos, one was released as a single (Tocado y hundido), and one was released in an acoustic version.

2016-2018: Quítate las gafas and AhoraEdit

In 2016, he issued Quítate las gafas, which featuring collaboration with ChocQuibTown. The first single from the album was "Desde Que Estamos Juntos"; released on September 23, 2016. The other songs released were "La Casa No Es Igual", "Destino o Casualidad" and "Yo Me Veo Contigo". On 2 June 2017, he released remix version of "Destino o Casualidad" with American duo Ha*Ash, along with the music video.[11] On 8 December 2017, he released a second compilations albums Yo me veo contigo. The album includes a set of 11 songs, and would be made available on 4 CD and DVD.[12]

Qúitate las gafas album:

  • Flores de agua y plomo
  • Destino o casualidad
  • Hijos del mal
  • Desde que estamos juntos
  • La casa no es igual
  • Mi mayor fortuna - Feat. Choc quib town
  • Soy tu superhéroe
  • Existen los ángeles
  • Quítate las gafas
  • Yo me veo contigo

Ahora album:

  • Mírame
  • El arrepentido (con Carlos Vives)
  • Lo que nos merecemos
  • Para que no se escapen tus mariposas
  • Tiempos de re-evolución
  • Déjala que baile (con Alejandro Sanz y Arkano)
  • Mi código postal
  • Negro sin ti
  • Habitaciones de un mismo planeta
  • Lo nuestro fue muy top
  • Como el agua y el aceite

2019-present: 10:20:40Edit

In October 2019, the singer joined as coach of the second Mexican season of La Voz Kids by Televisa.[13] On November 29, 2019, he released a new album called 10:20:40,[14] which featuring collaboration with Cali y El Dandee.[15]

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

Studio albumsEdit

 
Melendi on 13 November 2008.
Title Album details Peak position
SPA
[16]
Certifications
Sin noticias de Holanda
  • Released: 11 February 2004
  • Label: Carlito Records – El Diablo
11
Que el cielo espere sentao
  • Released: 25 April 2005
  • Label: Carlito Records – El Diablo
1
  • PROMUSICAE: 2x Platinum
Mientras no cueste trabajo
  • Released: 13 November 2006
  • Label: Capitol
2
  • PROMUSICAE: 2x Platinum
Curiosa la cara de tu padre
  • Released: 16 September 2008
  • Label: Carlito Records – EMI Music
1
  • PROMUSICAE: Platinum[17]
Volvamos a empezar 2
  • PROMUSICAE: Gold[18]
Lágrimas desordenadas
  • Released: 13 November 2012
  • Label: Warner Dro
2
  • PROMUSICAE: 2x Platinum[19]
Un alumno más
  • Released: 25 November 2014
  • Label: Warner Dro
1
  • PROMUSICAE: 2x Platinum[20]
Directo a septiembre
  • Released: 4 December 2015
  • Label: Warner Dro
4
  • PROMUSICAE: Platinum[21]
Quítate las gafas 1
  • PROMUSICAE: 2x Platinum[22]
Ahora
  • Released: 9 March 2018
  • Label: Sony Music Spain
1
  • PROMUSICAE: Platinum[23]
10:20:40
  • Released: 29 November 2019
  • Label: Sony Music Spain
1
  • PROMUSICAE: Gold[24]

Live albumsEdit

Title Album details
Directo a Septiembre (Gira Un Alumno Más)
  • Released: 4 December 2014
  • Label: Sony Music Spain

Compilations albumsEdit

Title Album details Peak position
SPA
Certifications
Caminando Por La Vida (Remastered)
  • Released: 22 Abril 2008
  • Label: Carlito Records – EMI Music
-
Yo me veo contigo
  • Released: 8 December 2017
  • Label: Sony Music Spain
6
[25]
  • PROMUSICAE: Gold[25]

Extended playsEdit

Title Album details
Aún más curiosa la cara de tu padre
  • Released: 17 March 2009
  • Label: Carlito Records – EMI Music

SinglesEdit

Year Title Peak position
SPA
[16]
Certifications Album
2003 "Mi Rumbita Pa Tus Pies" Sin noticias de Holanda
"Desde Mi Ventana"
"Sé Lo Que Hicisteis"
2004 "Con La Luna Llena"
"Hablando En Plata"
2005 "Caminando Por La Vida" Que El Cielo Espere Sentao
"Con Sólo Una Sonrisa"
2006 "Novia A La Fuga"
"Kisiera Yo Saber" 17 Mientras No Cueste Trabajo
2007 "Calle La Pantomima"
"Por Amarte Tanto"
2008 "Un Violinista En Tu Tejado" 1 Curiosa La Cara De Tu Padre
2009 "Piratas Del Bar Caribe" 33
"Estoy Enfermo"

(with Pignoise)

12
2010 "Como Una Vela" 13 Aún Más Curiosa La Cara De Tu Padre
"Barbie De Extrarradio" 10
  • PROMUSICAE: Gold
Volvamos A Empezar
2011 "Canción De Amor Caducada" 10
"Perdóname ángel" 22
2012 "Cuestión De Príoridades Por El Cuerno De África"
(with Carlos Baute)
36 Charity Single
"Lágrimas Desordenadas" 3
  • PROMUSICAE: Gold
Lágrimas Desordenadas
"Cheque Al Portamor" 36
2013 "Tu Jardín Con Enanitos" 10
"Cheque Al Portamor" 36
2014 "Tocado Y Hundido" 4
  • PROMUSICAE: Platinum
Un Alumno Más
2015 "Más Allá De Nuestros Recuerdos" 19
"La Promesa" 21
2016 "Desde Que Estamos Juntos" 5 Quítate Las Gafas
"Soy Tu Superhéroe" 28
2017 "La Casa No Es Igual" 41
"Destino o Casualidad"[26]
(solo o with Ha*Ash)
56
[27]
2018 "El Arrepentido"
(with Carlos Vives)
33
[29]
  • PROMUSICAE: Gold
Ahora
"Déjala Que Baile"
(with Alejandro Sanz and Arkano)
15
[30]
  • PROMUSICAE: Platinum
"Mírame (Acústico)"[31]
"Aves de Paso"[32]
"Besos a la Lona"[33] 88
[34]
2019 "El cielo nunca cambiará"[35] Cómo entrenar a tu dragón 3 soundtrack
"Dímelo"[36]
(with Andy Clay)
TBA
"Por encima de la bruma"[37] 83
[38]
"El Ciego"[39]
(with Cali y El Dandee)
10:20:40
"Casi"
"Tan Tonto Cómo Tú"
2020 "La Chica Perfecta"

CollaborationsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  30. ^ "Top 100 Canciones – Semana 36: Del 31.08.2018 Al 06.09.2018" (PDF) (in Spanish). Productores De Música De España. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
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  32. ^ Aves de Paso - Single de Melendi (in Spanish), retrieved 21 May 2021
  33. ^ Besos a la Lona - Single de Melendi (in Spanish), retrieved 21 May 2021
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  36. ^ Dímelo - Single de Melendi & Andy Clay (in Spanish), retrieved 21 May 2021
  37. ^ Por Encima de la Bruma - Single de Melendi (in Spanish), retrieved 21 May 2021
  38. ^ "Top 100 Canciones: Semana 42". elportaldemusica.es. Productores de Música de España. Retrieved 22 October 2019.
  39. ^ El Ciego - Single de Melendi & Cali y El Dandee (in Spanish), retrieved 21 May 2021

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