His father, Vicente Fernández, is a legend, known as the king of ranchera, the genre of traditional music that dates back before the Mexican Revolution. Alejandro Fernández might be the king of Mexican Independence Day weekend in Las Vegas—the iconic pop star has been a cornerstone of one of the biggest holidays of the year for at least a decade.
This year, as the younger Fernández takes the stage at T-Mobile Arena, he has notched another musical milestone. His February release, Rompiendo Fronteras, became his sixth No. 1 on the Billboard Latin Albums chart, tying him with his father.
Rompiendo Fronteras has been called Fernández’s most radical album, blending rancheras with reggaeton and even dabbling in traditional sierreño. while still honoring his pop past. The dance anthem “Se Que Te Duele” finds him joining forces with Colombian group Morat, while lead single “Quiero Que Vuelvas” finds the 46-year-old singer’s silky voice in more familiar form on an upbeat, guitar-heavy ballad.
Those are just two of the hits and song styles Fernández could incorporate into his annual Vegas mega-show Friday night, where he typically divides the concert evenly between traditional and contemporary material. To say his fans appreciate both sides would be an understatement. Alejandro Fernández at T-Mobile Arena, September 15.