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Paulina Susana Rubio Rue (born June 17, 1971) is a Mexican singer and actress. Rubio achieved international stardom with her fifth studio album, Paulina (2000), and has sold over 21 million albums. Rubio placed as the 7th most successful Latin Pop Song Artist of the last decade per Billboard Magazine.
Her greatest English-language success was her 2002 single “Don’t Say Goodbye (Si Tú Te Vas)” from her sixth album, Border Girl. Causa y Efecto, the first single from her most recent album Gran City Pop, reached #1 on radio in the U.S., Mexico, Colombia, Argentina and Spain. It reached #1 on U.S. Billboard’s “Hot Latin Tracks”. “Causa y Efecto” is Rubio’s first number one single in the Billboard Hot Latin Songs since Ni Una Sola Palabra in 2006. Gran City Pop received a Grammy nomination at the 52nd Grammy Awards for “Best Latin Pop Album”.
At age 5, Rubio was taking singing, acting, jazz, painting, and dance lessons while enrolled at what is now the Centro de Educación Artística (CEA) in Mexico. After two years there, Rubio’s parents were contacted by Julisa and Guillermo del Bosque for approval of Rubio’s joining a band that would be formed by children from the center.
On April 30, 1982, she began her career when she was ten under the guidance of Miguel Bosé, debuting in the children’s pop group Timbiriche. The original band had seven members: Alix Bauer, Benny Ibarra, Diego Schoening, Mariana Garza, Paulina Rubio, Sasha Sökol, and Erick Rubin (who joined a year later). Other later members of the band were Thalía and Edith Márquez. Rubio recorded 11 albums as part of Timbiriche. In 1985, Timbiriche participated in the musical Vaselina (Spanish adaptation of the American musical Grease). While in Timbiriche, Rubio turned to acting in telenovelas with Televisa. She landed her first role in 1988 as the villain Paulina Montenegro in Pasión y Poder (Passion and Power).
In 1992 she starred in Baila Conmigo (Dance With Me), one of the biggest telenovelas of that year, as Andrea. Two soundtracks, Baila Conmigo and Recuerdos de Baila Conmigo, were released. Members of the soap opera performed on Siempre en Domingo (Always on Sunday), among other TV programs.
1991-1999: Projects with EMI
In 1991, Rubio left Timbiriche and focused on launching a solo career. She traveled to Spain to begin work on her first project as a solo artist. In 1992, she released her solo debut album, La Chica Dorada under the EMI label; La Chica Dorada became her trademark nickname. La Chica Dorada was certified Diamond in 1997, and she was presented with an award during her promotion of Planeta Paulina on Verónica Castro’s defunct music show, La Tocada. After reissues in countries including Mexico, USA, and Spain, the album “La Chica Dorada” sold 2.5 million copies. The first single, Mío, is Rubio’s signature song and peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks while reaching #1 in Mexico. Amor de Mujer, Sabor a Miel, and Abriendo las Puertas al Amor were released as the following singles reaching #22, 8, and 9 respectively on the Hot Latin Tracks. Sabor a miel peaked at #2 while Abriendo las puertas al amor peaked at #3 on the Mexican charts.
In 1993, she released 24 Kilates, which sold 150,000 copies in three weeks after its release. The album peaked at #1 in Mexico. Nieva, Nieva was released as the first single which reached #27 on the Hot Latin Tracks and #1 in Mexico. El Me Engañó and Asunto de Dos were released in Mexico which peaked at #1 and 5 respectively.
In 1995, El Tiempo Es Oro was released. It includes the hits Te Daría Mi Vida and “Nada de Ti” which peaked at #1 in Mexico while “Hoy Te Deje De Amar” peaked at #9. The theme song and title to the 1994 Mexican film Bésame En La Boca, is included on the album, in which she also starred.
In 1996, she released her last album with the EMI Latin record label, Planeta Paulina, which included the hit single Enamorada which peaked at #2 in Mexico. “Pobre Niña Rica” was featured as the theme song of the 1995 telenovela in which she starred as Alma, Pobre Niña Rica. Rubio also recorded English versions of the songs which did not appear in the album. Some of these would be released years later in a hits compilation. The first single of the album “Simpre Tuya Desde La Raiz” peaked at #1 in Mexico while Solo Por Ti peaked at #7.
After Planeta Paulina, Rubio took the longest retirement of her career. She left the music scene and moved to Spain where she did a little bit of everything. Except for her participation in 1998’s Reencuentro Tour with Timbiriche, Rubio was absent from the music scene for nearly four years.