Estopa is a Spanish rock/rumba duo from Cornellà, Spain. Their songs "El Run Run" and "Cuando Amanece" reached #1 on Billboard in Spain, and "Con La Mano Levanta" reached #4.
The band consists of brothers José and David Muñoz. The band's style crosses genres that include rock, rumba, and flamenco, and a 'street sound' that does not easily fit into categories. The band has commented on such difficulty by stating "We don't like to be easily categorized." They are similar to the band Los Chichos, a rumba band from Spain, popular in the 1970s.
The band made a cameo appearance in the Spanish film The 4th Floor. 
They have performed with other popular Spanish artists such as Rosario Flores and Macaco.
José Muñoz,was born 13 November 1978; and David Muñoz,was born 10 January 1976. They are brothers, born in Extremadura and raised in Cornellà de llobregat, Spain, a suburb of Barcelona. The brothers grew up listening to such bands as Los Chichos, Los Chunguitos, and Bordón on their trips with their parents from Cornellà to Zarza Capilla, where their parents were from.
As they grew up, José and David attended college for some time before deciding that it was not suited for them. After quitting their studies, they worked for a factory manufacturing automobile parts for the company SEAT. This is also where they got the band name "Estopa": from the expression used by their boss to keep everybody on task, "Dale Estopa a la maquina." It was in that factory that they began composing their earliest songs and they began to play in local bars.
After playing a song for the bosses at BMG Music España, Estopa was given a record deal and so began their rise to fame, a rise which has happened extremely quickly.
Their first album, "Estopa," was released 19 October 1999 and one of its songs, "La Raja de Tu Falda" became an instant hit and an Estopa classic. Other songs such as "Tu Calorro," "Suma y Sigue," and "El Del Medio De Los Chichos" (an ode to Los Chichos the band), have also remained steady favorites of fans.
Estopa followed the release of "Estopa" with their next album "Destrangis" in 2001, which sold 250,000 copies in its first two weeks. The album also enjoyed a huge welcome from fans, both old and new, and it opened the doors for the band to tour in Latin America. The Muñoz brothers later released a second Destrangis album including three live bonus tracks. That was entitled "Más Destrangis."
After a couple of years, their fourth album, "¿La Calle Es Tuya?" was released in 2004. Though it did not receive such good ratings as "Estopa" and "Destrangis" it still became an immediate hit with songs like "Fuente de Energía" and "Apagón." The band experimented with more rock-orientated sounds on this album, while still maintaining their unique rumba and flamenco flavored sounds that they had formed in their first albums.
In late 2005, the band released their highly anticipated album "Voces de Ultrarumba" which has been considered Estopa in its purest form. The disc includes many songs that Estopa had written many years before, but were not able to record due to limits on each disc. Of particular popularity were the songs "No Quiero Verla Más" and "Malabares." The album was released as a special dual-disc CD/DVD set.
Estopa have been working on their next album, titled "Allenrok" (their hometown Cornellá spelled backward and with a "k"). It will be released in Spain on 26 February. They are also working on a music video for "Voces De Ultrarumba"'s song, "Lunes."
José Muñoz is the youngest brother, born in 1978. He plays guitar and sings backing vocals, as well as lead vocals on a few songs.
David Muñoz is the oldest brother, born in 1976. He is the lead singer and also plays some guitar.
|Year||Title||Details||Chart positions|| Certifications
|2004||¿La Calle Es Tuya?||
|2005||Voces de Ultrarumba||
- Cançons per no oblidar, el disc de la Marató (2005) (Song "Ya no me acuerdo")
- Voces de ultrarumba (2005)
- Tapas (2005) (Song "Ya no me acuerdo")
- Nuestra mejor canción (2004) (Song "La raja de tu falda")
- Torapia (2004) (Song "Pastillas de freno")
- Gira destrangis (2004)
- Planta 4ª (2003) (Songs "Nasío pa la alegría" and "Vino tinto")
- Más destrangis (2002)
- Fugitivas (2000) (Song "Tan solo")
- Rock en Español
Peak positions in Spain:
- Estopa: (10 February 2001)"Billboard" 113 (6): 53.
- Destrangis: (24 November 2001)"Billboard" 113 (47): 63.
- ¿La Calle Es Tuya?: PROMUSICAE (7 March 2004). ¿La Calle Es Tuya? on Spanish music charts. Retrieved on 28 April 2013.
- Voces de Ultrarumba: PROMUSICAE (27 November 2005). Voces de Ultrarumba on Spanish music charts. Retrieved on 28 April 2013.
- Allenrock: PROMUSICAE (2 March 2008). Allenrock on Spanish music charts. Retrieved on 28 April 2013.
- X-Anniversarium: PROMUSICAE (7 February 2010). X-Anniversarium on Spanish music charts. Retrieved on 28 April 2013.
- 2.0: PROMUSICAE (27 November 2011). 2.0 on Spanish music charts. Retrieved on 28 April 2013.
- International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (2001). IFPI Platinum Awards. Retrieved on 28 April 2013.
- PROMUSICAE (5 July 2009). Estopa sales certification in Spain. Retrieved on 28 April 2013.
- 5.0 5.1 5.2 (24 November 2001)"Billboard" 113 (47): 63.
- PROMUSICAE (19 August 2007). Destrangis sales certification in Spain. Retrieved on 28 April 2013.
- PROMUSICAE (21 October 2007). ¿La Calle Es Tuya? sales certification in Spain. Retrieved on 28 April 2013.
- PROMUSICAE (22 July 2007). Voces de Ultratumba sales certification in Spain. Retrieved on 28 April 2013.
- PROMUSICAE (22 March 2009). Allenrok sales certification in Spain. Retrieved on 28 April 2013.
- PROMUSICAE (23 October 2011). X-Anniversarium sales certification in Spain. Retrieved on 28 April 2013.
- PROMUSICAE (17 February 2013). 2.0 sales certification in Spain. Retrieved on 28 April 2013.
- Estopa Official Web Site
- Estopa UnOfficial Web Site
- TodoEstopa very comprehensive, informative site
- Mucho estopa
- Yahoo! Music España page for Estopa including all their music videos free
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