They struck again quickly with Gracias por Tu Amor, a controversial album that challenged physical abuse and the traditional notions of male machismo in Latin America. The album and its title track single were the subject of hot discussion on radio and television talk shows, but they only served to grow sales and airplay.
Pesado had another "thank you" on tap for 2008. As a celebration of their own 15th anniversary, they released Corridos: Defendiendo el Honor, a collection of classic corrido covers by artists such as Los Cadetes de Linares
, Ramón Ayala
, and Los Tigres del Norte
. They followed it a few months later with a collection of new songs titled Sólo Contigo.
A second corrido tribute date, Desde la Cantina, Vol. 1, was recorded at Pico's Bar in Nuevo Leon and released in 2010. In rowdy fashion it celebrated the historic songs of artists from the '40s including Eliseo Robles
, Lupe Tijerina de Los Cadetes de Linares, Don Cesareo Sánchez, and Los Cardenales de Nuevo León
In 2011, Pesado delivered the studio album, Una Historia para Siempre. Its single, "Mientras Dormías," referenced Zapata
's recent marriage. Its romantic theme played well to fans, pushing it up the charts. They followed with a tour, but re-entered the studio quickly. Mi Promesa was issued less than a year later. It included three charting singles in the title track, "Que Bonito es el Amor," and "Le Creí." It proved one of the most romantic albums in the band's history.
In January of 2013, Pesado released the single "Mi Primer Amor." Written by Zapata
, it was dedicated to mothers. The video proved especially popular. Rather than issue an album immediately, Pesado had other plans. The single "Cuando Estas de Buenas" dropped in August, followed by "Por Ti" in September. These proved to be precursors to the band's celebration of its 20th anniversary at the Arena Monterrey. They also issued a pair of retrospective concert albums to mark that occasion: Vivo y Directo 93-13 Vols. 1 & 2. The retrospective recordings featured guest appearances by Los Tigres del Norte
's Raul Hernandez
, Mariachi San Luis, and Celso Piña
Four pre-release singles were released in early 2015 and built up public demand: "Que Aún Te Amo" appeared in January, while "Te Quiero, Te Adoro," and "Pude Olvidarte" hit the airwaves in March. The charts could hardly keep up. In April, the title track of Abrázame was issued as a fifth single on the same day as the album's release. They had four tracks on the airplay charts simultaneously. The radio and video play the singles received kept the album in front of the public for the rest of the year.
As had become their tradition, Pesado followed its own album with another tribute, which differed from the rest in that it was dedicated to the work of a single historic force in norteño music: Tributo a los Alegres de Terán was released by Disa
in February of 2016. ~ Jason Ankeny & Thom Jurek, Rovi