Selena Gomez has reeled in Colombian singer-songwriter Camilo for her new Spanish-language single “999,” a rhythmic pop song with ballad at its core that dropped August.
Produced by songwriter-producer Edgar Barrera along with A.C. and Camilo, “999” comes five months after Gomez released her first Spanish-language EP Revelación, which made her the first woman to debut at number one on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart since 2017.
The collaboration, according to Barrera, was born organically after Camilo publicly expressed his interest in collaborating with Gomez.
“When the opportunity came, Camilo and I sat together to write many ideas, and we decided to look for a song with her in mind,” Barrera, who worked on Gomez’s “Baila Conmigo,” tells Billboard. “The objective was to find a different sound to what she has done before. To sound more intimate and find a balance between the essence of both artists.”
“999” comes on the heels of Camilo’s bilingual “Kesi” remix alongside Shawn Mendes, who, like Gomez, has recently started to dabble in the Spanish market.
For Gomez, teaming up with Camilo was “fantastic.” “He proudly wears his heart on his sleeve, which is something we connected on immediately,” she said in a statement.
Mendes, on the other hand, reached out to Camilo via Instagram DM, proposing he contribute a verse on “Kesi.” “It reminded me so much of why I fell in love with music in the first place, writing music in the first place,” he said in a previous interview with Zane Lowe. “And in a completely different language; I was getting the feeling from him so deeply.”