A month after walking the runway and performing at Dolce & Gabbana’s fall 2018 menswear show in Milan, Maluma is getting ready to rock the world again with his forthcoming album F.A.M.E., which drops this spring, and the American leg of his tour, kicking off Mar. 23 in Washington, D.C.
The album’s third single “El Préstamo,” which debuted today, along with the track’s music video, was inspired by his the Colombian’s singer’s love of Bonnie and Clyde, the infamous couple who traveled the country robbing banks during the Great Depression. Directed by his longtime collaborator, Dominican music video director Jessy Terrero, the video centers around a pair who’ll do anything to stay together, until one of them decides that greater monetary gain is more important than their union and flees with all the cash they’ve stolen.
The Colombian singer reveals to PEOPLE CHICA that “El Préstamo” is one of his favorite singles: “I was constantly listening to it,” he said. “It’s definitely one of the songs I’ve enjoyed recording and composing the most.” With “El Préstamo” and the imminent release of F.A.M.E, the “Felices los 4” crooner is settling into a new stage of his career — a stage that’s no longer about raising his profile or celebrity. “F.A.M.E means everything but fame,” he says, “It means faith, soul (alma in Spanish), music and essence. That’s who I am today.”
F.A.M.E is Maluma’s third studio album, which comes on the heels of hit singles, “Corazón,” and “El Perdedor” from his second record Pretty Boy, Dirty Boy, as well as his film X, a compilation of music videos for “Vitamina,” “GPS” and “23.” The heartthrob, who’s also become an international style icon, has lots of exciting things in the works for 2018, including his first arena concert in the United States during the American leg of his F.A.M.E. tour, which eventually heads to Europe and Latin America. “Many, many things [are coming],” he says. “which I am working on now and I hope I can make them happen.”