Thalia was a Dancing Queen in Latina Love Tour NY concert

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The second concert of Thalia’s Latina Love Tour took place at the Beacon Theater in New York City on Wednesday, September 28, with special guests Fat Joe and Chiky Bom Bom “La Pantera”. The show was even better than the first one and Thalia gave everything she had on that stage, but we’ll talk more about that in a sec.

The most beautiful moment of the night happened during “Por lo que reste de vida”, the performance started with a visibly nervous Thalia and a slight mix-up with the lyrics (which I absolutely adored ♥) and was suddenly interrupted mid-song with a “Wait guys, wait one second…”.

As I was watching the video for the first time I was like, “what is going on?” and then after a few words Thalia introduced Kirk, one of the designers of her Thalia Sodi Collection… he got up on stage with his boyfriend and SURPRISE! He popped the question right then and there! How romantic is that?!

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It was such an emotional and unforgettable moment and Thalia’s reaction is priceless, you can see her freaking out in the back, grabbing the guitarist’s arm like “hold me, I can’t believe this is happening!!” I’m so happy for these guys, by the way, he said YES! and everyone was in tears, I’m in tears and LOVE IS LOVE!

Ok, now back to the concert. As I was watching some other videos I realized something… Thalia has found a great balance between singing and dancing, she’s delivering some stunning vocal moments – with songs like “Que sera de ti”, “Equivocada”, “Habitame siempre” and “Gracias a Dios” – while also presenting a fun show full of energy and dance at the same time. This woman dances her heart out during these concerts and I love that! Let’s take a closer look, shall we? Thanks again to Mercia Silva for sharing the videos!

Exhibit A: “Insensible” – Look at her go towards the end of the songs! Love those moves!

Exhibit B: “No, no, no” + “El proximo viernes” – During “No, no, no” she dances with a fan (shout out to Samir for this awesome experience! I’m happy for you man!) and then she busts some more moves during “El proximo viernes”

Exhibit C: “Todavia te quiero” – dance girl, dance! The only thing missing here is a dance partner, that would have looked even better! Tommy, where are you?

Exhibit D: “Frutas” – Pure energy & FUN!

And finally: “Tiki tiki ta” – I mean, at this point she’s basically on fire! Just look at her, she’s having the time of her life and this concert just turned into a party!

I’m honestly in such a terrific mood after watching all these videos, it gives me life to see her enjoying herself like that on stage, it’s like watching joy in it’s purest form! Like I said in the title of this post, Thalia was a Dancing Queen during this concert! And the best part is that it’s not over! I have a feeling the Miami show is gonna be awesome as well! So I’ll see you here with another review soon! Until then, thanks for reading!

Thalia spreads happiness with Amore Mio, F.A.N.S embrace it

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Last month we received an early Christmas present as Thalia’s 13th studio album – Amore Mio – was released, first in Mexico and then worldwide. It quickly became a success and debuted as no. 1 not only on iTunes, but also on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums and Latin Pop Albums charts, as well as Amprofon. Add a Gold Record certification to all that and you have more than enough proof that Amore Mio is one the best albums of Thalia’s career!

Thalia presents “Amore Mio” as an invitation to be your own first love, to cherish and love yourself, as well as a declaration of love to us, her F.A.N.S. She also says that the album was made in a cheerful atmosphere, of harmony and lots of positivism, aiming to pass on happiness to everyone who listens to it. Moreover, it’s the album on which she felt the most sexual, free and confident, and you can definitely perceive that in each song.

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photo by @MatiasPe_

Now that we know what this album means to Thalia, it’s time to take a look at what some of her F.A.N.S have to say about Amore Mio. I’m happy to count with the participation of people from different places in the world, who have kindly taken a moment to share their thoughts on the album and patiently waited for this post :D. You can read reviews by Nastia – Russia,  Matias – Argentina, Eliana – Venezuela, Erika – Romania, Merve – Turkey, Tia – Kuwait, Mariel – Philippines, Penny, Mary – both from Mexico and yours truly, Ana-Maria (with a dash :P) – also from Romania. Thanks so much to all of you, you have no idea how much this means to me!

Hope you enjoy this, let’s get started!

(Don’t forget to click on each page – scroll to the bottom of this post – to read all the reviews! or you can just click on each person’s name to go directly to their review)

Thalia – Viva Kids – Album review

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With a music career of over 20 years, 11 studio albums and 2 live ones, Thalia still has A LOT to offer. She’s an artist who constantly reinvents herself, who is not afraid of being different and trying out new things and today she presents her first children’s album, a project that has been on her “to do” list for a while now. Inspired by her two children and by the beauty of childhood, Thalia gives a new life to the songs that she grew up with, on an album that will certainly enchant the little ones, as well as the nostalgics and those who haven’t let go of their inner child.

The album opens with the well-known “Tema de Chupi”, the song that accompanied Thalia’s children’s book, “Chupie: The Binky That Returned Home”. It’s a happy song that will put everyone in a good mood, no matter the age. After listening to this song, you are ready for what’s coming next!

Vamos a Jugar, the second track and also the first single from the album is a cheerful song with a country vibe, that will make children dance and clap along. I can already imagine this song being played at children’s birthday parties!

(Click on the song titles to listen to them)

El piojo y la pulga tells the story of a louse and a flea who want to get married but encounter various difficulties, which they get past thanks to other animals who offer their help. It’s a funny song that also counts with a choir of children who sing in the background. Besides the kids, Maria la del Barrio fans will definitely love this song too!

The next song on the album, El garabato colorado is slightly different from what we’ve heard so far, the melody a bit melancholic, but I love Thalia’s interpretation and her sweet voice on this song, which makes it one of my favorites so far. Also, I wish I could be a 1st grader again…

But enough with the melancholy, let’s get back to the upbeat songs with La risa de las vocales! People are going to say that Thalia sings like a man on this one 😛 I don’t know why she chose to sing in a lower key, but it doesn’t bother me either, I still think the song turned out great.

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We get another page turn as Caballo de palo is probably the saddest children’s song ever… I hope this song will make the little ones appreciate a bit more all the things they have and maybe even think about all the other children that might not have as many toys as them. Parents, when you play this song to your children, talk to them about this, encourage them to do something nice together for kids in hospitals or orphanages… you may be surprised by the generosity of your children.

En un bosque de la China is the opposite of La risa de las vocales, Thalia interprets this song as you would expect her to do on a children’s album, with her sweet, enchanting voice. The Chinese influences are great too!

The following song is the only one in English on the album, as well as the only cover of a modern song. Sugar Rush, originally in Japanese, was featured on the soundtrack of the animated movie Wreck-It Ralph. This song is probably dedicated to Thalia’s son, Matthew Alejandro, as we’ve seen on different occasions that he really loved that movie 😀

As we’re getting closer to the end of the album, we have Las Mañanitas, the traditional Mexican birthday song. Thalia stays true to her roots and I’m sure people will appreciate her version of this song.

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Osito carpintero proves one again Thalia’s ability to tell a story through her singing, I bet if you gave her a children’s book (or any book) she could sing it without a problem. If your kids want to hear a bedtime story when you have a sore throat or lost your voice to the flu, you can play this song to them instead!

Speaking of bedtime, the last track on the album, Estrellita, is another perfect song for that, it’s so peaceful it almost made me want to go to sleep even though I first listened to it only a couple of hours after I had woken up. As if Thalia’s voice weren’t enough, the piano and the sound of the waves towards the end of the song are simply wonderful. What a great way of ending this album!

All that being said, it’s clear that a lot of work was put in this album, it wasn’t just something done in a hurry. The production is great, Thalia gave her best on these songs and when you put passion in what you do, you can’t go wrong. I applaud Thalia for what she’s done and if you didn’t have much faith in Viva Kids, I hope that changed now.

You can find the album on iTunes and Amazon.

PS: Check out this adorable promo trailer!

Guest Post: “Fleeting & Ephemeral” – Thalia – VIVA! Tour – Houston

@ranch0cucamanga finally sent me his review of Thalia’s concert in Houston, I can’t find words good enough to describe it, just read it, I’m sure you’re all going to LOVE it!
Thank you, L! 

Fleeting & Ephemeral

How long is the trip from Dallas to Houston, Texas? Nine years. Nine long, arduous years.

Almost a decade had passed since the first—and last—time I had seen Thalia live in concert. Therefore, the four-hour car ride to Houston on Saturday, March 30, was filled with anxiety, nervousness, fear, giddiness. The 2004 San Antonio stop of her High Voltage Tour had been a dizzying, metaphorically drunken experience. This time around, I wanted to savor each moment, live each song, partake in Thalia’s new-found growth and confidence as an artist. Therefore, I made the conscious decision: live in the moment, not on my iPhone. I would take few pictures and videos, and remain firmly in the present.

My sister and I arrived in Houston around 4:00 pm. We went straight to the venue, the Arena Theatre, because I wanted to know exactly where the concert would be and how to get there easily. I refused to get lost at the very last minute. She had made arrangements with two of her friends who had agreed to host us for the weekend. While at the theatre, she decides she wants to check to see if there are still tickets available. “It be nice to invite our hosts to come along, no?” she suggests.

On our way to the box office, I see a big truck outside that seems to carry a lot of electrical equipment with the words “New York” on the side. “That must be Thalia’s truck!” I loudly point out. “I have to take a picture.” My sister rolls her eyes.

As we get closer to the box office, I notice that a couple of guys are taking pictures with a blonde girl who’s talking on her cell phone while they snap photos of her.

“Mari, Mari,” I grab my sister who cluelessly walks on. “Is that chick somebody famous?”

“Who? That? No. It must be some local reporter.’

“Mari, it’s “la Pequeňa Traviesa!”

“Whoooooo?”

“Michelle Vieth! From Mi Pequeňa Traviesa!”

Some might not remember that Mexican telenovela, but I do. I have a vivid memory of spending the summer of 1998 in Mexico with my grandparents, bored out of my mind and watching that silly soap opera.

As I start to approach her, Michelle walks away, continuing to talk on her cell. Oh well. Whatever. My sister and I make it to the box office, which had a considerable amount of people trying to get last minute tickets. We ask for two tickets close to our section and row.

“You’re in luck,” the box office attendant smiled. “The show is almost completely sold out.” I smile, pleased to hear that. Walking out of the box office lobby, we encounter Michelle Vieth once again. I warn my sister that she needs to get ready.

“Michelle, Michelle! Can I get a photo? I’m a big fan,” I lie. Then I start to sing to her the theme show of the telenovela, which was sung by the teen group OV7 back in the day.

“Of course,” she smiles graciously, embarrassed by my singing and the people around us who are staring in incredulity of my singing.

“Thank you. I hope you enjoy the show.” I say.

“Well, if I can get tickets! It’s almost sold out.” We walk away, and she enters the box office lobby.

“That’s Michelle Vieth?” my sister asks snarlingly on our way out. “What happened to her? She looks deathly skinny. And no make-up! I have better skin than her.”

“Of course you do,” I lie. “Let’s go.’

After that, we arrive at our hosts’ house, have a quick dinner, and change. I warn everyone that I don’t want to arrive later than 7:30 pm. I can’t risk the chance of getting stuck in traffic, and I’d read reports from Chicago and Los Angeles that all of Thalia’s previous concerts had started shortly after 8:00 pm.

We arrive at the theater approximately at 7:45. I walk past the merchandise table but decide to wait until after the show to buy my Thalia coffee mug. As we walk through the metal detectors, I notice that there are dozens of people picking up tickets and attempting to still buy some. We walk into the theatre, and my sister and I say goodbye to our friends whose seats were fairly in the back. Thankfully, the theatre in-the-round is fairly small and cozy; every seat has a great view of the stage. However, by the time we get to our seat, I’m disconcerted by two things: 1) we seem to be behind the stage, with all of the instruments in front of us and Thalia’s chair and microphone on the other side of the theatre. I’m furious. I had methodically chosen tickets front and center! 2) the theatre is maybe half full, and the empty seats are quite noticeable. It’s now 7:55. Tick, tock, tick, tock.

After ten minutes, I decide to go to the bathroom. I have a small bladder and don’t want to have to go during the show. On my way, I stop to talk to a theatre staff member. I ask about the seating situation. He, very amiably, explains that the stage rotates, so everyone gets to see the performer well at some point during the show. I’m somewhat relieved but not completely satisfied. I return to my seat. I continue being nervous. Still nothing. It is now 8:25. I look around. An interesting mix—young professionals, couples, singles, parents with children, teens, abuelitos—comprise the giddy crowd. I decide to go out and buy my coffee mug. When I arrive a the merchandise table, I wait for a pudgy guy who wants to try every single T-shirt being sold in every XL and XXL size. I start shuffling impatiently. The pudgy fan notices. I don’t care. He finally buys one. I get to the front.

“Two coffee mugs, please,” I request gleefully with my credit card in hand.

“Sorry. Cash only.”

“Are you kidding me?” I growl.

“There’s an ATM around the corner, down the hallway.”

I run. I run like Forest Gump. I’m praying the concert doesn’t start. I make it back to the table, get my cups—one for me, one for my sister—and go back inside. As I’m walking down the aisle, I stop a few rows before my seat. A large crowd has gathered smack in the middle of the aisle.

“What the hell is going on?” I, incredibly annoyed, ask a girl next to me.

“It’s Michelle Vieth. The telenovela actress!” she squeals.

“Seriously,” I roll my eyes. “Been there, done that.”

I push my way through the mob and finally make it to my seat.

“Long line.” I explain to my sister who takes the merchandise and puts it in her purse. The mob behind us gets larger and larger. Everybody and their dog wants a picture with Michelle Vieth who is now all glamorous and sexy in a skin-tight dress and looks nothing like the sweaty gym rat with whom I took a photo earlier.

“It’s Paulina Rubio,” I yell out. The people around me chuckle.

And suddenly, at 8:45, the lights go out. The crowd immediately becomes ecstatic. We all stand up. Where will Thalia appear?

I notice—somewhat across the theatre—that a row of security guards has formed along one aisle leading to the stage. “Over there,” I point it out to my sister. “She’s entering over there.” Instantly, I hear screams—joyous shrieks. I can’t quite see her—until she steps onto the stage. I’m blinded. She is mesmerizing. Wearing skin-tight brown leather pants, knee-high brown leather boots, and a blue and purple glittery tank top, Thalia zips through “Atmosfera.” She’s absolutely dazzling. Many have stated how much more beautiful Thalia is in real-life than on television, but all have failed in their attempts to describe her. I’m sure I’ll fail as well. In person, she’s ethereal, not quite human. I was in a trance. I manage to look around the theatre to try and take it all in; the 2,730 seat venue is now busting at the seams.

The concert’s set list, much shorter than those in Chicago and Los Angeles to my disappointment, goes something like this:

  1. “Atmosfera”
  2. “Que sera de ti?”
  3. “Habitame Siempre”
  4. “Novela Medley: Quincianera/Rosalinda/Marimar/Maria la del Barrio”
  5. “Manias”
  6. “Equivocada”
  7. “Ensename a Vivir”
  8. “Estoy Enamorado” with Bobby Pulido
  9. “Amor Prohibido”
  10. “Mujeres”
  11. “Exitos Medley: No me ensenaste/Tu y yo/Entre el mar y una estrella/Piel Morena/Amor a la Mexicana”
  12. “Seduccion/A quien le importa?/Arrasando”

When she sang “Habitame Siempre,” it was magical. Her voice beautifully filled the dark and dingy theatre which didn’t seem suitable for her grandness. I’m not going to lie: I teared up a bit while she sang it. The novela medley got the crowd on its feet, and afterward Thalia had a wardrobe change. She had to squeeze behind the musicians and climb down, behind the stage, to a changing area underneath. When she arose to sing “Manias,” she reappeared onstage wearing a long, Grecian style, lime-green dress. The audience let out a collective gasp. She was every bit the Greek muse, exiled from Mount Olympus. After a shortened version of “Ensename a Vivir,” which did not include the “Como” intro like on the previous tour stops and the Habitame Siempre television concert, she had another wardrobe change. She returned to the stage wearing black motorcycle style boots, jeans, a white t-shirt, and a short, black leather jacket. Bobby Pulido, the Tejano singer, promptly joined her onstage to sing “Estoy Enamorado.” It was not the bachata version that she had been singing; it was more of an uptempo Tejano ballad arrangement. I don’t like Bobby Pulido, and I don’t like Tejano music, so that should tell you all of my feelings about that.

She then transitioned into her cover of Selena’s “Amor Prohibido,” the only full-length song she sang from El Sexto Sentido, which frankly seemed like a tragedy to me. That album is replete with amazing, original songs. That was followed by Ricardo Arjona’s “Mujeres.” It was probably the least, well-received song by the audience. Later, after the show, my sister would ask: “Why did she sing that Arjona song?” My response: “I have no idea.”

Unexpectedly, the “Hits Medley” began to sound: “No Me Ensenaste,” “Tu y Yo,” “Piel Morena,” “Entre el Mar y Una Estrella,” all came at rapid speed. It was amazing but extremely worrisome. It’s the end? Already? I asked myself. “Amor a la Mexicana” ignited the crowd like never before. Everyone was on their feet dancing. The trumpets, her traditional dancing, the furor of the crowd, all converged to form a visceral energy—one of the show’s high points.

Afterward, she left the stage to change once more. We all knew she’d return. And she did with what’s come to be known as the “Party Medley.” One of my favorite songs has always been “Seduccion,” so I was delighted that she sang it live. I was jumping up and down like a maniac. Then, “A Quien Le Importa?” sent the already dizzy crowd into a frenzy. Thalia sang this with a relentless joy and zest for life. It was amazing to witness it. But. But! There was still a little more. When the first notes of “Arrasando” started to play, the crowd went hysterical. Thalia transformed into a hurricane onstage. She moved and danced and swirled frantically and gracefully. I have rarely—if ever—seen her so transfixed during a performance. It was unbelievable.

And after the storm, the calmness comes. She disappears and runs up the aisle from whence she came. The lights go up, and the crowd begins to get up. It’s over? I keep asking myself, drunk with emotions. It’s over. My sister and I reunite with our friends. They talk incessantly about how gorgeous Thalia looked, about her energy, about how fun it was. But I remain in a daze, exhilarated. Days I remain in this daze.

It wasn’t enough. It was all so fleeting.

But when it comes to everything Thalia-related, it’s always all so fleeting and ephemeral. She’s not human. More than ever, I’m convinced she’s not human. She’s a Greek muse, in search of a way back to Mount Olympus.

Favorite moment: the encore.

The “Seduccion”-”A Quien Le Importa?”-”Arrasando” medley was the perfect conclusion. And oh! How she moves!

Least favorite moment: all of the covers.

“Amor Prohibido,” seriously? I know she was was in Texas and was trying to connect with Texan fans, but not all of us who live in Texas adore Selena. There I said it. “Mujeres,”? Was that necessary? With so many great original songs in her repertoire, Thalia had plenty of options: “Amar Sin Ser Amada,” “Regresa a Mi,” Solo Se Vive Una Vez,” or “Por Amor” would all have been great choices.

Also, what’s up with the omission of “Munequita Linda” and ‘Te Perdiste Mi Amor”? The former is one of my favorites from Habitame Siempre! Later my sister would remark about the latter: “What happened to the Prince Royce song? I like that one.” That’s what I’d like to know.

On the bright side: there are rumors that Thalia will return to Texas in June. Here’s hoping that’s true and that I get to see her again.

I want to “vivir” the Viva Tour once more. Just once more.

Till then…

Cheers!

–L

Habítame Siempre in the eyes of @thalia’s F.A.N.S

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It’s been 3 years since the amazing Primera Fila entered our lives and brought Thalia closer to us than ever, as she opened her heart through those intimate and sincere performances and made everyone fall in love all over again with her personality and her wonderful voice.

With only 14 days left until the release of her new album, Habítame Siempre, expected to be “the best album of her career”, Thalia caught everyone’s attention with her countdown and made us even more excited to listen to it with every day that went by.

Until the moment finally arrived…

… and we welcomed Habítame Siempre into our hearts ♥…

Today, one week later, a week during which we all had time to discover this magical album and listen to it over and over again, it’s time for us, her F.A.N.S, to share some of our thoughts and through them THANK Thalia for giving us this wonderful gift which I’m sure we’ll all treasure forever.

I’m extremely happy that @NuestraThalia@tsodicom@wondergonzesse@ElianaERM@irisjordao, @mexigreece@frantkthalia and @louie_xviii have joined me for this special post, thank you all for participating and for embracing this idea with so much enthusiasm. I hope you enjoy the final result as much as I do. 

PS: It’s going to be a LONG post, structured in MANY pages, to read them just navigate through them at the bottom of this post.

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