Paulina Rubio Dosamantes (born June
17, 1971) is a Mexican singer & actress. Rubio achieved international
stardom with her fifth studio album, Paulina (2000), and has sold over 20
million albums. 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".
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
in Mexico. 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,
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.
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. The
album peaked at #198 on the Billboard 200.
In 1993, she released 24 Kilates, which sold 150,000 copies in three weeks
after its release. The album peaked at #1 in Mexico and reached #193 on
the Billboard 200. 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
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.
The album reached #197 on the Billboard 200.
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. The album reached #178 on the
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'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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Rubio released the album Gran City Pop, on June 23, 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
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.
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
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
Paulina began her third international Gran City Pop Tour in September
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
Gran City Pop received a Grammy nomination at the 52nd Grammy Awards for
"Best Latin Pop Album".
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. However, in a published
report, her mother, Susana Dosamantes, said that the artist did not
authorize such photos.