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Paulina Rubio

Paulina Rubio
Background information
Birth name Paulina Rubio Dosamantes
Born June 17, 1971 (1971-06-17) (age 38)
Origin Mexico City, Mexico
Genres Latin pop, Pop, Dance, Latin Dance, Pop-rock
Occupations Singer, songwriter, actress
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1981 – present
Labels EMI (1992-1996)
Universal Music (2000-present)
Associated acts Susana Dosamantes, Timbiriche, Coti Sorokin, Thalía, Shakira, Julieta Venegas
Website Official Website

Paulina Rubio Dosamantes (born June 17, 1971[1]) is a Mexican singer & actress. Rubio achieved international stardom with her fifth studio album, Paulina (2000), and has sold over 20 million albums.[2] Rubio placed as the 7th most successful Latin Pop Song Artist of the last decade per Billboard Magazine.

English-speakers recognize her from her 2002 single "Don't Say Goodbye (Si Tú Te Vas). Causa y Efecto, the first single from her most recent album Gran City Pop, reached #1 on radio in Latin American countries, as well as the U.S., México, 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".


Personal life

As Rubio says "I have been famous since I was born", as she is the daughter of Mexican actress Susana Dosamantes and Enrique Rubio, a lawyer of Galician ancestry. Rubio was born in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico. Rubio has a younger brother named Enrique.

On April 30, 2007, she married Spanish public relations executive Nicolas Vallejo Najera "Colate" in Xcaret, a park on the Mayan Riviera in Cancun, Quintana Roo.

Pre-solo career

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 and debuting in a 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). 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, also starred in Baila Conmigo (Dance With Me) as Andrea, one of the biggest telenovelas of that year. Two soundtracks, Baila Conmigo and Recuerdos de Baila Conmigo, were released. Members of the soap opera made television performances on Siempre en Domingo (Always on Sunday), among other TV programs.

Solo career

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 under the EMI; 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 Veronica Castro's extinct 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 Mio is Rubio's signature song and peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks while reaching #1 on Mexico. Amor de Mujer, Sabor a Miel, and Abriendo las Puertas al Amor were released as the following singles reaching #22, 8, and 9 on respectively on the Hot Latin Tracks. Sabor a miel peaked at #2 while Abriendo las puertas al amor peaked at #3 on the Mexican chart.

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. "Enamorada" 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.

Paulina (2000–2001)

Paulina Rubio in July 2000

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.

On May 23, 2000 Rubio launched her fifth studio album, 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 number 1 album on Billboard's "Top Latin Albums" chart, as well as the highest selling Latin album of 2001. The album Paulina sold five million albums and has been certified Diamond in Mexico for sales of over 1,000,000 albums while being certified 8x platino in the U.S. for shipments of over 1,600,000 units. The album peaked at #156 on the Billboard 200.

The albums singles include the first single Lo Hare Por Ti, the ranchera "El Ultimo Adios", Y Yo Sigo Aquí, and Yo No Soy Esa Mujer peaking at #13, 18, 3 and 7 respectively. Other releases include Sexi Dance and Tal Vez, Quizá which peaked at #34 and #42 on the Hot Latin Songs. All singles have peaked inside the top seven in Mexico proving that Rubio is one of Mexico's most famous female singer of all time.

Such was the success of Paulina that Universal Music decided it was time for Rubio to prepare her first English-language production.

Border Girl (2002)

Paulina Rubio's presence in the English-language market came in 2002. 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.

The hit single "Don't Say Goodbye" peaked at the 41st position on the U.S. "Billboard Hot 100" Chart, while the Spanish version reached #5 on the Hot Latin Tracks. The music video became a regular on MTV's Total Request Live. The One You Love (Todo Mi Amor) was released as the second single reaching #98 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #5 on the Hot Latin Tracks becoming her second top five hit from the album. The Spanish version of Casanova reached #37 on the Hot Latin Tracks.

Rubio appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, and CD:UK, among others. She performed at international festivals, including Wango Tango, Festivalbar, and Festival di Sanremo in Italy. With Border Girl, Rubio appeared in magazines including Rolling Stone, Stuff, and Blender. She performed at the ALMA awards.

On June 21, 2002 the Houston, TX radio station 104 KRBE declared the 21st of June as "Paulina Day" in Houston.

In Fall 2002, Rubio toured and performed material from Border Girl with fellow Latin pop star Enrique Iglesias.

Pau-Latina (2004–2005)

Paulina Rubio's 2004 comeback album, Pau-Latina, proved to be a success. Pau-Latina became Rubio's second consecutive album to debut at #1 on Billboard's "Top Latin Albums." The album peaked at #105 on the Billboard 200.

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 album's first single, Te Quise Tanto, became her biggest single to date, reaching the top position on Billboard's "Hot Latin Tracks" for six non-consecutive weeks. It became Rubio's first #1 on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs and peaked at #1 in most Latin American countries, as in Spain. The second single was Dame Otro Tequila which also peaked at #1 on the Hot Latin Tracks and only her second song to top the chart, peaked #1 in Mexico and Venezuela, too. Other releases include "Algo Tienes" and "Mia" both which made the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks top ten reaching #4 and #8 respectively, making Pau-Latina one of the few albums to provide four top ten hits.

The success of Pau-Latina opened doors for Paulina, as she hosted The MTV Latin America Awards for the first time. She performed Dame Otro Tequila. It was the first time a female artist hosted. Paulina Rubio was also named People En Espanol's 2005 Star of the Year.

Rubio attended the 2004 and 2005 Billboard awards, performing "Te Quise Tanto" and "Algo Tienes", respectively.

She began her first solo tour, called the "Pau-Latina Tour" in 2005.

Ananda (2006–2007)

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."

"Ananda received 2 "Billboard" awards.

The first single released was Ni Una Sola Palabra which became Rubio's third song to top the Billboard Hot Latin Songs. It stayed at #1 for several weeks. The song peaked at #1 on Mexico, most Latin America countries and Spain where it was certified 3x platinum for sales of over 60,000. Ni Una Sola Palabra won a Billboard Award in 2007.

Nada Puede Cambiarme was released as the second single of Ananda. The song had moderate success peaking at #21 on the Billboard Hot Lating Songs and #10 on the Mexican Chart. The music video features legendary guitarist Slash from Guns N' Roses.

The third single released from the album was Ayudame. It reached #36 on the Billboard Hot Lating Songs. Ayudame had more success on Mexico where it managed to reach #12. The music video was filmed on Puerto Rico and has a global warming theme.

Ananda was certified a multi-platino award for album sales of 250,000 in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

Rubio performed at the Nobel Peace Prize Gala in Oslo, Norway, alongside Rihanna, John Legend, and Lionel Richie, who also lined up to honor 2006 Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Muhammad Yunus.

In 2007 Rubio was chosen by Miguel Bose with the theme Nena, to be the first song to promote the disc Papito commemorating the 30-year career of Spanish singer, "Nena" became a major hit in Mexico, peaking at #2 for several weeks.

In 2008, Rubio participated in the mega event ALAS, developed simultaneously in Mexico and Argentina. Rubio performed in Buenos Aires before 180,000 people, along with Shakira, Calle 13, Mercedes Sosa, Alejandro Sanz and Gustavo Cerati.

Rubio embarked on her second tour Amor, Luz Y Sonido in 2007.

Gran City Pop (2009–present)

Rubio released the album Gran City Pop, on June 23[citation needed], which has met both critical and commercial success. 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 certified platinum for shipments of 500,000 copies in the United States, Latin America and Europe.[3].

With the success of Gran City Pop, Rubio performed at award shows. Rubio's big come back took place in the month of April at the 2009 Billboard Latin Music Awards where Rubio performed her lead single Causa y Efecto for the first time.

Rubio performed live at Univision's Premios Juventud, singing Causa y Efecto with a different musical arrangement.

Rubio appeared at Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica 2009 on October 15 along with Cobra Starship performing Good Girls Go Bad and Ni Rosas Ni Juguetes. She was the female performer with the most nominations (and second most overall): Video of the Year, Mejor Artista, Mejor Artista Pop, Mejor Solista y Artista del Ano, winning Mejor Solista and Mejor Presentación En vivo.

Paulina began her third international Gran City Pop Tour in September 2009[4].

The first single was Causa y Efecto which was released to success, topping the Billboard Hot Latin Songs 5 consecutive weeks, as well as topping the charts in Mexico for several weeks. It is Paulina's fourth #1 on the Hot Latin Tracks. The song found success on Spain, where it topped the airplay charts for several weeks and peaked at #7 on the official chart, while topping the chart in Latin America countries.

The second single released from Gran City Pop is Ni Rosas Ni Juguetes peaked at #9 on the Hot Latin Songs. It is described as being a ranchera pop with a hip hop beat. The music video was directed by Jessy Terrero.

On November 11 she released the official remix of Ni Rosas Ni Juguetes that features the Cuban raper Pitbull and the video was world premiered on early 2010.

Gran City Pop received a Grammy nomination at the 52nd Grammy Awards for "Best Latin Pop Album".

British website Digitalspy revealed in February 2010 that Paulina shall be appearing on a forthcoming charity song (a cover of We Are The World in Spanish) for the people of Haiti. [5].

Paulina won "Mamacita(Hottie) Del Año" at Premios Lo Nuestro.

Paulina has stated that she is writing songs with Nelly Furtado. Rubio has also stated that she will be working "Cobra Starship" for her next English album.


In 2007, Paulina launched her own "lipstick" in partnership with M.A.C. titled "Rubia". Paulina stated, "I love wearing make-up and use MAC products on stage and off, it's suitable for all occasions. I was thrilled when M.A.C approached me to create a new shade of lipstick and I instantly thought it should be a bold, vibrant matte lipstick that will look sexy on all women." [6]

In 2008, Paulina launched her own "fragrance" titled "ORO". The fragrance was released and created in conjunction with "Oracle Beauty Brands". It is an elegant floral oriental array of sparkling citrus that is awakened by hints of espresso bean and peppered florals, while being sweetened by a touch of vanilla. "This fragrance is for women like me who believe in themselves; are strong, fun and unpredictable, yet tender and loving. I put so much creativity and love into this fragrance, I feel as if a drop of me is in each and every bottle to be shared with my fans and all women", said Rubio.[7]

Paulina has a restaurant in Miami Beach called L’Entrecote de Paris.[8]

Modeling/Fashion Icon

Paulina is known for her sense of fashion style and is always one of the most awaited in red carptet's at events she attends. Rubio is dressed by the most prestigious and recognized designers which include her long time friend Roberto Cavalli,Ina Soltani,Prada, Gucci, "Dolce & Gabbana", Alexander McQueen, etc.

Paulina has also ventured out into modeling. She has walked in the runway at events from designer's such as "Alvin Valley", "Gaudi", Robero Cavalli, "Kiff-Kiff", etc. Paulina is also signed under "Elite Model Management" a prestigious modeling network.[9][10]

Paulina was the "face" for the opening campaign for the french fashion house "Louis Vuitton" in Latin America. Pauina has also long been the "face" for the Mexican "Andrea" shoes company.

Philanthropy and Humanitarian Work

In 2007, Paulina joined the "Latino Commission on AIDS", an organization in the fight against the spread HIV/AIDS in the Latino community. Paulina became the first "Mexican Madrina" to parter with the organization. Paulina stated, "It is important to make our voice heard and try to bring back some of the care that the community shares each day".[11] Rubio has been part of several videos in which she asks viewers to promote "safe sex" relationships in order to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.

On May 17, 2008, Paulina performed at the ALAS concert (América Latina en Acción Solidaria). The organization’s mission is to strengthen and expand public and private sector support for Early Childhood Development in Latin America.[12]

In 2009, Paulina received a recognition from the "American Heart Association" for her association with the organization. Rubio also performed at the event in order to raise funds.[13]

On December 3, 2009, Paulina held a press conference announcing the creation of an organization in partnership with the "Lili Claire Foundation" to provide assistance to children living with neurological disorders and their families.[14] "Fundación Paulina Rubio" is a project inspired by children in anguish as a result of homelessness, birth defects, and lack of education among other pernicious plights that many face today. By directing funds through other pre-existing organizations, such as The Lili Claire Foundation, children will receive a unique and comprehensive blend of support services including medical and behavioral genetics clinics, psychosocial counseling, advocacy services, information libraries, and community outreach that will ultimately help improve the lives of families and children living with neurogenetic disorders.[15]

Rubio plans to host a “Paulina and Friends” concert in April, 2010 at the James L. Knight Center in Miami to raise funds for her new organization.

Spanish Cosmopolitan cover controversy

In October 2007, Rubio was in a government probe about whether or not she had desecrated Mexico's flag. The Spanish edition of Cosmopolitan featured her apparently naked underneath a red, white, and green sheet. The Mexican government said she may have violated an article in the National Flag, Shield and Anthem Law, which states that "private individuals will give the appropriate respect to the national symbol and handle it with care." The offense can be punished by fines ranging from $45,000 to $50,000 MXN (Mexican pesos) and jail time of up to 36 hours.[16] However, in a published report, her mother, Susana Dosamantes, said that the artist did not authorize such photos.




  • 2000: Top Hits
  • 2002: Flashback: Greatest Hits
  • 2003: I'm So In Love: Grandes Exitos
  • 2003: Latin Classics
  • 2003: La Historia
  • 2004: Sin Pausa
  • 2004: Viva la Diva
  • 2005: Original Masters
  • 2005: La Latina
  • 2006: Mio: Paulina y Sus Éxitos
  • 2007: Paulina Remixes
  • 2007: Serie Verde
  • 2008: Celebridades
  • 2009: 6 Super Hits

Timbiriche discography

  • Paulina was part of Timbiriche only in these albums.


Year Title Type
1983 El día del compadre Movie
1988 Pasión y Poder Telenovela
1992 Baila conmigo Telenovela
1994 Bésame En La Boca Movie
1995 Pobre niña rica Telenovela
1995 Emteveo "Telenovela" de MTV Latinoamérica
1997 Especial: Planeta Paulina Televisa
1999 Vive El Verano Conduction
2000 Los 100 Videos Más Pop MTV Latinoamérica
2004 Premios MTV Latinoamérica Conduction MTV Latinoamérica
2008 "Es.Cine" Producer
2009 Locas de Amor Cameo "Causa y Efecto"
2009 Atrevete a Soñar Participation as a star

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