Rosalía: From flamenco to superstardom

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One Wednesday in July, 40,000 people gathered on a synthetic-grass field on the outskirts of Madrid to watch Rosalía headline the Mad Cool festival’s “welcome party”. For the next three days, 103 acts — including Bon Iver, Iggy Pop and Prophets of Rage — would appear at the festival grounds, which were ornamented by a towering white Ferris wheel.

Wednesday, however, was for Rosalía, Spain’s greatest pop export since Julio Iglesias. For her, Mad Cool was a quick stop in the middle of a nine-month.

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