Paulina Rubio Dosamantes (born June 17, 1971) is a nominated, Grammy, Latin Grammy and 6 time winner of Billboard Latin Music Awards Mexican singer and actress. Known as "The Golden Girl". Paulina achieved international stardom with her fifth studio album, Paulina (2000), and has sold over 20 million albums worldwide.
Her albums have garnered double gold and double platinum status in the U.S., triple platinum and diamond in Mexico, and platinum in Columbia, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, and Venezuela.
English-speakers recognize her from her 2002 single "Don't Say Goodbye (Si Tu Te Vas). Causa y Efecto, the first single from her most recent album Gran City Pop, reached the #1 spot on radio in many Latin American countries, as well as the U.S. and Spain. It reached #1 on U.S. Billboard's "Hot Latin Tracks". "Causa y Efecto"is Paulina's first number one single in the Billboard Hot Latin Songs since Ni Una Sola Palabra in 2006.
As Paulina says about herself "I am famous since I was born", and this is true, she is the daughter of Mexican actress Susana Dosamantes and Enrique Rubio, an important lawyer in Mexico. Paulina was born in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico. She has a younger brother named Enrique.
On April 30, 2007, she married Spanish public relations executive Nicolas Vallejo Najera "Colate" in Xcaret, a Mexican eco-tourism park on the Mayan Riviera in Cancun, Quintana Roo. The Golden Girl's wedding was attended by personalities of international stature such as Spanish Alejandro Sanz, The Argentinean Coti Sorokin, and Mexicans Juan Gabriel, Marco Antonio Solis and Ana Gabriel.
Paulina Rubio is the older of two siblings; she has a younger brother named Enrique. At age 5, Paulina was taking singing, acting, jazz, painting, and dance lessons while enrolled at what is now the Centro de Educacion Artistica (CEA) in Mexico. After two years there, Julisa and Guillermo del Bosque contacted Paulina’s parents for approval of Paulina'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 years old debuting in a children's pop group called Timbiriche. The original band had 7 members. Rubio recorded a total of 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 also turned to acting in telenovelas with Televisa. She landed her first role in 1988, as the villain Paulina Montenegro in Pasion y Poder (Passion and Power). In 1992, she also starred in Baila Conmigo (Dance With Me) as Andrea, one of the biggest telenovelas of that year. Two sound tracks, Baila Conmigo and Recuerdos de Baila Conmigo, were released. Many members of the popular soap opera made television performances on Siempre en Domingo (Always on Sunday), among other TV programs.
EMI: The golden years
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 (The Golden Girl) under the EMI; La Chica Dorada became one of her trademark songs. La Chica Dorada was certified Diamond in 1997, and she was presented with an award during her promotion of Planeta Paulina on Veronica Castro's extinct music show, La Tocada. After many reissues in countries like Mexico, USA, and Spain, the album "La Chica Dorada" has gone on to sell more than 2.5 million copies worldwide.
In 1993, she released 24 Kilates (24 Karats), which sold more than 150,000 copies in just three weeks after its release. In 1995, El Tiempo Es Oro (Time Is Gold) was released. It included the hit Te Daria Mi Vida (I Would Give My Life to You) and the theme song to the 1994 Mexican film Besame En La Boca (Kiss Me on My Mouth), 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 (In Love) and featured the theme song of the 1995 telenovela of the same name in which she starred as Alma, Pobre Niña Rica (Poor Rich Girl). Rubio also recorded English versions of the songs appearing in the album. Some of these would be released years later in a hits compilation.
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, Paulina was absent from the music scene for nearly four years.
Paulina's return to the music scene began in summer of 1999 when she recorded Richard Daniel Roman's Vive El Verano, the theme song to a summer TV show she was presenting in Spain, which was her first single under her new contract with Universal. In early 2000, the single Lo Hare Por Ti (I'll Do It For You) launched her fifth studio album, the self-titled Paulina. Paulina was nominated three times at the second annual Latin Grammy Awards for "Album Of The Year," "Song Of The Year," and "Best Female Pop Vocal Album." She became the winner of multiple awards. It became Rubio's first no. 1 album on Billboard's "Top Latin Albums" chart, as well as the highest selling Latin album of 2001. The album Paulina has sold more than 5 million albums worldwide to this date. Other singles released from the album include the ranchera El Ultimo Adios (The Last Goodbye), Y Yo Sigo Aqui (And I Am Still Here), Yo No Soy Esa Mujer (I'm Not That Woman), Sexi Dance and Tal Vez, Quizas (Maybe, Perhaps). Such was the success of Paulina that Universal Music decided it was time for Rubio to prepare her first English-language production.
Paulina Rubio's presence in the English-language market came in 2002. The hit single "Don't Say Goodbye" peaked at the 41st position on the U.S. "Billboard Hot 100" Chart and the music video became a regular on MTV's Total Request Live. On June 18, 2002, Border Girl, Rubio's first foray into English-language-Pop, was released. The album peaked at number 5 in Mexico and 14 Spain, and at number 9 in Canada. In the US, the album debuted at #11 on the "Billboard Top 200 Album" Chart and was certified Gold selling 500,000 copies. Her debut English album gave Paulina the international recognition she had sought for years. In Fall 2002, Rubio toured and performed material from Border Girl with fellow Latin pop star Enrique Iglesias.
Paulina Rubio's 2004 comeback album, Pau-Latina, proved to be a success. The album's first single, Te Quise Tanto, became her biggest single to date, reaching the top position on Billboard's "Hot Latin Tracks" for five weeks. Pau-Latina became Rubio's second consecutive album to debut at #1 on Billboard's "Top Latin Albums." Other singles released from the album include the #1 track Dame Otro Tequila (Give Me Another Tequila) and the top ten hits Algo Tienes (Something You've Got) and Mia (Mine). Pau-Latina won several awards during the year and was nominated for a Latin Grammy for "Best Pop Female Vocal Album" in 2004. In 2005, she was nominated for a Grammy Award for "Best Latin Pop Vocal Album." She was the only woman nominated in that category.
The success of Pau-Latina opened doors for Paulina, as she hosted The MTV Latin America Awards for the first time. It was the first time a female artist hosted. Paulina Rubio was also named People En Español's 2005 Star of the Year.
Paulina Rubio released the album Ananda on September 19, 2006. It reached the #1 spot in the U.S. and countries all over Latin America. It reached #25 on U.S. Billboard's "Billboard Hot 200" albums chart, and it reached the #1 spot on Billboard's "Top Latin Albums." Ni Una Sola Palabra has reached the #1 spot on radio in many Latin American countries, as well as the U.S. and Spain. It reached #1 on U.S. Billboard's "Hot Latin Tracks."Ananda received 2 "Billboard" awards for "Ananda" 1 of them was for "Album Of The Year".
Ananda was certified a multi-platino award for album sales of 250,000 in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
Paulina performed at the Nobel Peace Prize Gala in Oslo, Norway, alongside such acts as Rihanna, John Legend, and Lionel Richie, who also lined up to honor 2006 Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Muhammad Yunus.
In addition, in 2007 Miguel Bose chooses Paulina with the theme Nena, to be the first song to promote the disc Papito commemorating the 30-year career of Spanish singer. In 2008, Paulina participated in the mega event ALAS, developed simultaneously in Mexico and Argentina. Paulina performed in Buenos Aires before 180,000 people, along with Shakira, Calle 13, Mercedes Sosa, Alejandro Sanz and Gustavo Cerati.
Gran City Pop
Paulina released the album Gran City Pop, on June 23. The first single of the new album is called Causa y Efecto. Speaking to a Mexican radio program, the "Golden Girl" said that the new material presented many changes, "but at the same time I remain very loyal to my music - my rancheras, boleros with my ... those rhythms with children - those children's songs such simple rhythms." This production has songs by Mario Domm, the leader of Camila, and Estefano, but "there are some songs of mine with Coti, is a disc to get the child within us," she said. It also includes works by Los Rabanes and Jeremias.
The album sold 10,788 copies in its first week of release in the United States. It was subsequently certified platinum for shipments of over 500,000 copies in the United States, Latin America and Europe.