A few days ago I presented you this article about Thalia on one of the most important music blogs in Romania, DivercityCafe. Here’s an English translation of it (I tried my best), hope you’ll like it. I think this article is a great way of reminding Romanian people about Thalia and the great artist she is, giving information about her life and her brilliant career, together with some of her most famous songs. I for one was more than pleased to read it and I know her other Romanian fans were too. 🙂
Last week we had a CLAssIC WeeKEND dedicated to the Dutch metal band Epica, and now it’s time to talk about an artist a bit more Latino, a bit more rhythmic (since spring is coming). So, our “subject” doesn’t need any kind of introduction – Thalia – the singer who has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide and has received over 2.000 awards throughout a career of 20 years, but also the “Queen of the telenovelas”, the actress who has kept more than 2 billion people in front of their TVs. Enjoy!
Ariadna Thalia Sodi Miranda (because that is her full name) was born August 26, 1971 in Ciudad de Mexico and is the fifth and the last child of the couple of a researcher and a paintress. Life had prepared her the first obstacle at the age of 5, when her father passed away, this marking her childhood. Even from an early age, Thalia wanted to be a singer and an actress, and to encourage this desire, her mother signed her up for ballet and piano lessons. At 10 years old, she started singing in a kids band called Din Din, and in ’83 she appeared on TV for the first time, after the recording of a Christmas TV show. The end of the ’80s had brought luck to the Mexican, who was becoming part of the famous adolescent band Timbiriche (in which she had Paulina Rubio as her colleague) and was receiving a main part in the telenovela La pobre señorita Limantour.
In 1990, Thalia chose a solo career and in the next three years she was going to release three albums: Thalía (1990), Mundo de Cristal (1991), Love (1992), which helped the young artist become one of the most appreciated singers of Mexico. But the story wasn’t going to end here, because in ’92 Thalia received the three parts of “Maria” which made her renown worldwide: Maria Mercedes, Mari-Mar and Maria la del barrio. Despite her success in acting, the artist never gave up her musical career, therefore, in 1995, she was signing a contract with the prestigious record label EMI, and in the next years she was releasing three brilliant albums – En éxtasis (1995), Amor a la Mexicana (1997) and Arrasando (2000), which turned her into the world superstar she is now. While songs like Piel morena, Amor a la Mexicana or Rosalinda were conquering the charts, Thalia was getting married to the famous manager Tommy Mottola.
At the beginning of the 2000s, Thalia had been trying to do a crossover towards the American industry, working with the producer Emilio Estefan on some albums meant to captivate the USA public. The three albums resulted of their collaboration: Thalia (album in Spanish – 202), Thalia (album in English – 2003) and El sexto sentido (2005) managed to keep her up high on the peaks of success where she deserved to be, but didn’t bring her the expected success overseas. After these more or less successful attempts to “conquer the West”, I think the artist somehow resigned: in 2007, she gave birth to her first child, a little girl named Sabrina, and afterwards she came back to Latino music by releasing two albums in Spanish: Lunada (2008) and Primera fila (2009).
It remains to be seen if the artist is going to shine again like in the good times – for now the chances seem minimal, especially because on March 3 she announced that she and Tommy Mottola are waiting for their second child. For now, I leave you with some of her most famous songs and the typical questions: do you like Thalia? Which are your favorite songs? What does her music mean to you?
You can see the article here: http://www.divercitycafe.ro/classic-weekend-thalia.html together with the videos posted there. Special thanks to Lucian @ DivercityCafe.