Aitana (singer) facts for kids
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Aitana in 2021
Aitana Ocaña Morales
27 June 1999
Sant Climent de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain
|Partner(s)||Miguel Bernardeau (2018–present)|
Aitana Ocaña Morales (born 27 June 1999), known mononymously as Aitana, is a Spanish singer and actress. She first gained national recognition in 2017, placing as the runner-up in the revival series of the Spanish reality television talent competition Operación Triunfo. While competing on the show, Aitana recorded the single "Lo Malo" with fellow contestant Ana Guerra as part of the songs in the running to represent Spain in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. The song became an instant hit in Spain, debuting at number-one and holding the spot for several weeks. Following the competition, Aitana signed a 360º record deal with Universal Music and released her debut solo single "Teléfono" to commercial success and streaming-breaking records.
Her debut studio album, Spoiler, was released in 2019 and received a Latin Grammy nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album. Its accompanying concert tour visited many indoor arenas in Spain and was taped for the video album Play Tour: En Directo. In late 2020 she released her sophomore album 11 Razones. It spawned the top five singles "+ (Más)" featuring Cali y El Dandee and "Corazón Sin Vida" featuring Sebastián Yatra. Aitana ventured into acting in the Disney+ original series La Última (2022), for which she also recorded the soundtrack.
Dubbed as the "Spanish Princess of Pop", throughout her career, Aitana has accumulated four number one songs in her home country: "Lo Malo", "Teléfono", "Vas a Quedarte" and "Mon Amour". She has also been honored with a Premio Ondas, two Premios Odeón, five LOS40 Music Awards, a Radio Disney Music Award an MTV Europe Music Award and a Kids' Choice Award, among many others. She has also received two nominations at the Latin Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist and has been an assessor and a coach on seasons six and seven respectively of La Voz Kids.
Aitana Ocaña Morales was born in Barcelona on June 27, 1999, as the only child of Cosme Ocaña and Belén Morales. She grew up in the municipality of Sant Climent de Llobregat and Viladecans. In 2014, Aitana began to share cover versions of popular songs on YouTube. That year, she released her first original songs.
In 2017, she completed bachillerato and was admitted to study design at university the following year. After taking selectividad, she visited Ciudad Universitaria in Madrid, where the auditions for Operación Triunfo were being held. After auditioning, she was selected for series nine of the competition.
2017–2018: Operación Triunfo and first releases
In October 2017, Aitana entered musical reality show contest Operación Triunfo. After over three months it ended with her as the show's runner-up. During her participation in the contest, she competed to represent Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 with two songs: "Arde", which she performed solo, and "Lo malo", composed by Brisa Fenoy and performed as a duet with Ana Guerra. The former song ended in second place and the latter finished third in the selection. Even though "Lo malo" hadn't been selected by the public to represent the country, it became an instant hit in Spain, topping the charts for five non-consecutive weeks and being certified 5× platinum. A remix of the song featuring Greeicy and Tini was released in August 2018. The song was performed at the 2019 Premios Lo Nuestro in Miami.
Aitana embarked on a co-headlining tour with her Operación Triunfo mates from March to December 2018. The tour consisted of 23 dates and was attended by almost 300,000 people. In July, the singer released her first solo single "Teléfono" which received mixed reviews. The song became her first number-one solo song in Spain. It topped the charts for six consecutive weeks and was certified four times platinum. Its music video became the most watched video on its first twenty-four hours on YouTube's Vevo channel in Spain. "Teléfono" was included in her debut extended play, Tráiler, which she released on November 30, 2018. The EP features six original songs, of which one is a collaboration with the Venezuelan-American singer Lele Pons. A week after, "Vas a Quedarte" was released as the EP's second single. Written alongside Colombian band Morat, it became her third number-one hit in Spain and was nominated for Best Spanish Song at the 2019 LOS40 Music Awards. She also released an illustrated book, became an ambassador for Stradivarius, took part of a Coca-Cola Christmas campaign, did a cameo in Skam España and presented Bad Bunny alongside Pons at the 19th Annual Latin Grammy Awards.
2019-2020: Spoiler and 11 Razones
Aitana began teasing her debut studio album in March 2019 which was intended to be a new EP that would be the second of a trilogy. That same month, the singer announced that she would be embarking on an intimate promotional concert tour the month after produced by Los40. At the tour's first stop, in Barcelona, the singer revealed that she had changed her mind a little bit. Now, she wasn't scheduled to release another 6-track EP but a full album. She announced the album's name, Spoiler and hinted the release date of the album; she said that it would be released by the beginning of summer. In April she collaborated with Morat on "Presiento" and in May with former One Direction member Zayn in the revamped version of "A Whole New World" for the live action film of Disney's Aladdin. On 17 May 2019, she released "Nada Sale Mal", the lead single of her upcoming debut studio album. It peaked at four on the Spanish charts and was certified Gold. The album was released digitally and physically on 7 June 2019. It debuted at the top of the charts, was certified Gold in its first week and scored a Latin Grammy nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album at the 2020 gala. Later that month, her collaboration with Lola Indigo "Me Quedo" was released as the album's second single. Thanks to this work, Aitana was nominated for Best New Artist at the 20th Annual Latin Grammy Awards, where she also performed "Mi Persona Favorita" alongside Greeicy, Nella and Alejandro Sanz.
A reissued version of Spoiler was reeased on 20 December 2019, featuring five acoustic versions of her own songs and a tour documentary that features images of her concerts in Madrid, Barcelona and Granada. It hasn't been released in digital platforms but only in physical stores. Aitana ended 2019 being the third most streamed female artist on Spotify in Spain, behind Rosalía and Karol G.
The singer embarked on her first concert tour, the Play Tour in support of the album from June to December 2019, comprising 27 shows. A tour extension, alternatively titled "+ Play Tour", was planned for 2020 but was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The show was taped for the video album Play Tour: En Directo and for the Movistar+ television special Play Tour: Tras las Luces, both released in 2020.
On 18 December 2019, Aitana released "+ (Más)", featuring Cali y El Dandee, the lead single of her upcoming second studio album,. "+" achieved great commercial success in Spain, spending nine weeks at the country's top ten chart, and hinted a musical shift of Aitana to pop rock. In April 2020 she collaborated with Spanish singer David Bisbal on the duet version of his track "Si Tú la Quieres", which became a twenty hit in Spain. It would later win the LOS40 Music Award for Best Spanish Song. In May, Aitana announced that she would be collaborating with other musical acts throughout the year as part of a dropplet era prior to the release of her sophomore record. Summertime saw the release of three new singles: "Enemigos", alongside Reik, "Más De Lo Que Aposté", alongside Morat, and "Tu Foto del DNI" alongside childhood friend Marmi., which was described as "a pleasant change in the singer's sound as well as one of the best vocal collaborations released by someone known for being in OT". The second single of her upcoming album, "Corazón Sin Vida" was released on 2 October, featuring vocals by Colombian singer Sebastián Yatra. It debuted at number four in Spain. On 30 October, she was featured in "Friend de Semana", a song by Danna Paola and Luisa Sonza. On November 13, she was contributed vocals to Tiësto's remix of Katy Perry's "Resilient". She described working with Perry as "a dream come true". Her work during the year was awarded a Premio Ondas for Musical Phenomenon of the Year for "being one of the most relevant national pop artists in recent years" and "an artist with a promising future and a bulwark of pop music in Spanish".
In November, Aitana announced that her sophomore studio album would be named 11 Razones, which would eventually be released on 11 December. The album is reminiscent of early 2000s pop rock, which saw a departure from the sounds she had explored on Spoiler. It debuted at number two on the PROMUSICAE chart and later peaked at the top position. Promotion for the record continued by the release of a third single, a standard black vinyl pressing and a Record Store Day limited edition of the record. A supporting concert tour and began in July in Barcelona. and ended in December at the WiZink Center in Madrid after 31 shows. The tour would visit Latin America in 2022.
2021-present: third studio album and acting debut
A second dropplet era started in April 2021 with the release of the promotional single "Ni Una Más", dubbed as a "feminist anthem". It peaked at 37 on the Spanish charts. During the summer, Aitana collaborated with Fresquito and Mango on the remix of their track "Mándame Un Audio" and with novel artist Zzoilo on the remix of his debut single "Mon Amour". The latter one peaked at number one in Spain and held the position for six weeks, becoming Aitana's best chart performing single since 2018's "Vas a Quedarte". In the meantime, a duet with Evaluna Montaner, "Aunque No Sea Conmigo" was released as a single in late July, peaking at 55. In September, the singer released the solo track "Berlín", believed to be the lead single of her upcoming studio album. A fan favorite, it met a great performance on TikTok, peaking at fifteen in Spain. "Formentera", a duet with Nicki Nicole, "En El Coche", and "Otra Vez" were released during 2022 as singles off her newest album. Aitana was also part on the forthcoming records of Amaia, Cali y El Dandee, Melendi, Sangiovanni, Sebastián Yatra and Pablo Alborán.
Later that year, she starred as aspiring singer Candela in the Disney+ musical romantic drama La Última alongside Miguel Bernardeau. The five-episode television series follows Candela's relationship with aspiring boxer Diego (played by Bernardeau), which becomes strained after her career begins to overshadow his. Aitana co-wrote and produced most of the songs on the soundtrack for La Última. Its lead single, the title track "La Última", was released on 11 November 2022. The soundtrack contains 16 tracks, including eight original songs and another eight acoustic versions and received generally positive reviews.
In May 2022, it was announced that Aitana would star alongside Fernando Guallar in the upcoming domestic film adaptation of Un peu, beaucoup, aveuglément, directed by Patricia Font.
Product and endorsements
In 2018, Aitana became the youngest ambassador of multinational clothing company Inditex released a limited edition of a T-shirt titled Pa' Mala Yo with Stradivarius as part of the promotion of her debut single "Lo Malo". Both campaigns had a great commercial impact of 2 million euros. Later that year she signed a partnership with Rimmel London and with Good Hair Day. During the fall, she released an illustration book titled La Tinta de Mis Ojos through publishing house Alfaguara. The first of three perfumes was released in December of that year, and was self-titled. She also partnered with Coca-Cola for their 2018 Christmas jingle. In 2019, a merchandising collection designed by Ana Locking was released for the singer's Play Tour.
During 2020, Aitana was announced as the new face of the summer campaign of optical company Multiópticas and released a new pair of limited sunglasses. She also became an ambassador for French fashion house Yves Saint Laurent. A second perfume of Aitana, titled Be Magnetic was released in September 2020 through Douglas, becoming their second collaboration. It featured the smell of gooseberry, tuber and musk. She parallelly collaborated with Coca-Cola again for their European #OpenToBetter campaign, which also featured Katy Perry. As part of the campaign, Aitana and Perry recorded a remixed version of the latter's track "Resilient".
2021 saw the release of a third Douglas fragrance, this time called "Aitana 1999", set for a November release; as well as a whole new clothing colletion with German manufacturer Puma, which was conceived as the Wild Rose Collection. In September, Aitana collaborated with American fast food chain franchise McDonald's to launch a limited edition meal, popularly called "McAitana", that was introduced in participating McDonald's restaurants in Spain. It consisted of a €9,90 compilation of an extra cheese chicken, bacon and onion (CBO) hamburguer, french fries, Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, four chicken nuggets and an Oreo McFlurry. The partnership marked the first celebrity-endorsed McDonald's meal in Europe. Starting in 2020, the United States had already seen personalized meals selected by other celebrities such as Travis Scott, BTS, Saweetie or J Balvin. The collaboration sparked controversy due to Aitana suffering from coeliac disease and, therefore, being unable to try her own meal.
Following her contract with Universal Music, in October 2018, Aitana left Sant Climent de Llobregat and moved alone to an apartment in the Fuente del Berro district in Madrid owned by the Spanish actress Blanca Suárez.
..... They broke up in September 2018. Since the end of 2018, Aitana is in a relationship with the actor, Miguel Bernardeau. They moved in together in September 2020, in a €750,000 worth house in Madrid.
She adopted a dog called Sopa when it was 2 months old and she gladly shows it on her social media.
Aitana has been set as an example on various occasions for her excellent dealings with the media. The written press has highlighted the sweetness and authenticity that she exudes in her interviews, highlighting "the professionalism of the singer, who has been in the public sphere for just two years, and has never had a bad face towards the press despite the harassment she has suffered ever since she left Operación Triunfo”. .....
About her early image in the music industry, Aitana stated to Forbes that "I have had a hard time getting credibility from people in the industry. They saw me as a girl who just left OT and to see how I was going to manage her career. But more and more artists have trusted me, I have been collaborating with them —from Katy Perry to Sebastián Yatra— and my first tour, Play Tour, helped add to my credibility as an artist."
- Spoiler (2019)
- 11 Razones (2020)
|TBA||Blind Date||Lead role|
|2018||Skam España||Guest appearance|
|2020||Play Tour: Tras las Luces||Concert film|
|Pongamos Que Hablo de Mecano||Performer|
|2021||35th Goya Awards||Performer|
|La Voz Kids||Adviser|
|La Última||Lead role|
- Play Tour (2019)
- 11 Razones Tour (2021-2022)
- OT 2017 en concierto (2018) (with Operación Triunfo 2017)
Awards and nominations
|BreakTudo Awards||2019||Herself||International New Artist||Nominated|
|Cosmo Awards||2018||Aitana, Amaia and Ana Guerra||Girl Gang Award||Won|
|Elle Style Awards||2021||Herself||Musical Revolution||Won|
|Heat Latin Music Awards||2021||Best Pop Artist||Nominated|
|2022||"Mon Amour (Remix)"||Best Collaboration||Pending|
|Kids' Choice Awards||2019||Herself||Favorite Spanish Act||Won|
|Latin Grammy Awards||2019||Best New Artist||Nominated|
|2020||Spoiler||Best Pop Vocal Album||Nominated|
|Latin Music Italian Awards||2021||Herself||Best Eurolatino Female Artist||Nominated|
|LOS40 Music Awards||2018||Aitana y Ana Guerra||Best New Artist||Won|
|"Lo Malo"||Song of the Year||Nominated|
|2019||Herself||Best Spanish Act||Nominated|
|Del 40 al 1 Artist Award||Won|
|"Vas a Quedarte"||Best Spanish Song||Nominated|
|"Me Quedo"||Best Spanish Video||Nominated|
|2020||Herself||Best Spanish Act||Won|
|"+" (with Cali y El Dandee)||Best Spanish Song||Nominated|
|"Si Tú La Quieres" (with David Bisbal)||Won|
|"Enemigos" (with Reik)||Best Spanish Video||Nominated|
|2021||11 Razones||Best Spanish Album||Nominated|
|MTV Europe Music Awards||2020||Best Spanish Act||Nominated|
|Premios Dial||2020||Best Artist||Won|
|Premios Odeón||2020||Best Female Artist||Nominated|
|Best New Artist||Won|
|"Teléfono"||Best Music Video||Nominated|
|2021||"+" (with Cali y El Dandee)||Best Pop Song||Won|
|"Si Tú La Quieres" (with David Bisbal)||Nominated|
|"+" (with Cali y El Dandee)||Best Music Video||Nominated|
|"Si Tú La Quieres" (with David Bisbal)||Nominated|
|Herself||Best Pop Artist||Nominated|
|"Mon Amour (Remix)"||Song of the Year||Nominated|
|Best Pop Song||Won|
|Premios Ondas||2021||Herself||Musical Phenomenon of the Year||Won|
|Radio Disney Music Awards||2018||Aitana y Ana Guerra||Best Spanish Act||Won|