Colombian singer Fanny Lu makes stateside inroads

Wed Dec 3, 2008 4:47pm EST
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By Leila Cobo

MIAMI (Billboard) - With a mix of pop, vallenato accordion and the husky voice of an ingenue, Colombian singer Fanny Lu found success in 2006 with her catchy single "No Te Pido Que Me Mandes Flores."

The track, from her debut album, "Lagrimas Calidas," spent nine weeks at No. 1 on the airplay charts of Fanny Lu's native Colombia and opened the door for Universal Music Latino to release the album in the United States.

The follow-up, "Dos," is due December 8 in Colombia and December 16 in the United States, with plans to release the record in the rest of Latin America in early 2009.

The first single, "Tu No Eres Para Mi," has spent nine weeks at No. 1 on Colombian radio.

"It's beautiful to see history repeat itself -- to get a blessing from your own country," says Fanny Lu, who now lives in Miami. "What stands out about the song is that the lyrics are very colloquial and that everybody speaks that way."

"Tu No Eres," which is No. 15 on Billboard's Latin Pop Songs chart, is uptempo, almost bubble-gum pop. Stateside, the song will receive exposure through its use in a three-month Telemundo campaign as the theme for the reality show "12 Corazones."

The video for the track, which centers on a sweet-talking two-timer who gets his comeuppance, features Wilmer Valderrama from "That '70s Show" as the ex-boyfriend.

If it all sounds a bit charmed, it is. Fanny Lu's foray into music is relatively recent. Although she'd always aspired to sing professionally, she studied industrial engineering and then had a career as a TV host and actress before taking the plunge and recording an album with producer friends Andres Munera and Jose Gaviria.   Continued...

<p>Musician Fanny Lu poses backstage during the 2008 Billboard Latin Music Awards in Hollywood, Florida, April 10, 2008. REUTERS/Eric Thayer</p>