Jorge Gonzalez (musician)
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Jorge Gonzalez is the former lead singer, main songwriter and sole composer of the Chilean band Los Prisioneros, and is currently the frontman of Los Updates. Los Prisioneros enjoyed a huge level of popularity and success initially in Chile and eventually all of Latin America beginning in 1984. The band called it quits in 1992, and Gonzalez went on a successful solo career.
Immediately after the dissolution of Los Prisioneros, EMI offered Jorge a very costly solo record deal. Jorge signed and began work on his first solo album. The album was self titled, it was released in 1993. The album sold well in Chile, and received moderate airplay outside of Chile as well. EMI was internally disappointed with the sales, although the album was certified platinum, the record label was expecting higher numbers. Jorge himself in interviews recalls "In 1993, everyone was copying "Grunge" something I was totally against" in reference to the short lifespan of the albums presence in the charts.
Under contract, Jorge went on to record another album with EMI, "El Futuro Se Fue". Jorge was in a London studio recording the album, carefully overseeing the production himself. "El Futuro Se Fue" was the antithesis of the lavishly produced first solo album. Jorge has admitted in interviews that during the songwriting process of the album he found himself under the influence of drugs and had recently discovered the folk music of Victor Jara. The result was a mix of folk rock with a tinge of electronic sequencers in the background. EMI was disappointed with the album, nonetheless it was released in 1994. The album didn't reach platinum status and has been oout of print since approximately 1995. The album is now much more highly regarded than when initially released. Similarly, while in Los Prisioneros, this happened with the album La Cultura De La Basura.
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