Border Girl

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Border Girl
Studio album by Paulina Rubio
Released June 18, 2002
Recorded September 2001 - March 2002
Genre Latin Pop
Length 62:03
Label Universal, Universal Records Latino
Producer Doug Morris, Bruce Carbone, Sal Guastella
Paulina Rubio chronology
Border Girl
Singles from Border Girl
  1. "Don't Say Goodbye"
    Released: May 27, 2002
  2. "The One You Love"
    Released: September 11, 2002
  3. "I'll Be Right Here (Sexual Lover)"
    Released: November 5, 2002
  4. "Casanova"
    Released: March 24, 2003
  5. "Libre"
    Released: 2003 (Spain)

Border Girl is the sixth studio album and first English-language album by Mexican recording artist Paulina Rubio, released on June 18, 2002, by Universal Records. Its music incorporates Latin pop styles with rock, R&B, dance, and mariachi elements. Despite little promotion of the album, its single "Don't Say Goodbye" would become her most successful in English; however, "The One You Love", "Casanova", and "I'll Be Right Here (Sexual Lover)" failed to gain airplay.[citation needed]


After the success of her previous album Paulina (2000), Universal Records decided the launch Rubio's career in the English market. Contributions to the album's production came from a wide range of producers and songwriters, including Cheryl Yie, Gen Rubin, Calanit Ledani, Daryl Zero, Jeeve, Kevin Colbert, Richard Marx, Brett James, Troy Verges, Jodi Marr, Rodolfo Castillo, Michelle Bell, Desmond Child, and once again with Estéfano and Christian Walden. Some of the songs from Paulina were re-recorded in English for Border Girl. The album spawned five singles, giving Paulina a number one hit on Spanish radio: “Baila Casanova”. Also, her first English-language single “Don’t Say Goodbye” is still her most well-known song in English; it saw a physical release in the United Kingdom. The Spanish versions of the album’s singles entered the Top 10 of Billboard‘s Hot Latin Songs chart.


Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stones 4/5 stars[2]

The album has received positive reviews.

Ken Micallef from Rolling Stone gave a positive review, rating the album four out of five stars, and saying "her taste for combining techno, pop and Mexican flavors quickly asserts her unique potential."[2] Jose F. Promis of Allmusic stated that it "is a winning combination of different musical styles, successfully bridging pop, dance, hip-hop, rock, ballads, Latin, and even ranchera into one delicious package."[1]

  • Jose F., from Allmusic, gave a very good review and rated the album four out of five, saying: Just like her blockbuster album Paulina (the biggest Latin album of 2001), Border Girl, Paulina Rubio's first foray into English-language musical territory, is a winning combination of different musical styles, successfully bridging pop, dance, hip-hop, rock, ballads, Latin, and even ranchera into one delicious package. The album opens with the first single, "Don't Say Goodbye," a feverish bit of Top 40 dance-pop, then quickly delves into the Latin rhythms of "Casanova," which is followed by the funky and melodic "Border Girl," whose underlying hip-hop beats only serve to make the song even more appealing. The album's true gem, however, is "The Last Goodbye," which bridges ranchera with a hip-hop beat and features one of the most memorable sing-song choruses in years. "The Last Goodbye" was one of the biggest hits from Paulina (originally titled "El Ultimo Adios"). Other hits from Paulina which are here in English versions include the rock ballads "The One You Love" and "Not That Kind of Girl" and the Hi-NRG dance ditties "I'll Be Right Here (Sexual Lover)" and "Fire (Sexy Dance)." Highlights include the gorgeous and breathy ballad "Undeniable," the funky and soulful "Stereo" (which features a rap), and, almost unbelievably, her version of the Kiss classic "I Was Made for Lovin' You." No matter how pop this album may lean, Paulina Rubio injects these songs with an undeniable and irresistible earthiness (and one heck of a sexy accent) and, in turn, makes Border Girl one of the most interesting and international pop albums of 2002. As a final note, the album closes with two new Spanish-language tracks, those being "Libre" and "Todo Mi Amor," as well as Spanish versions of "Don't Say Goodbye" and "Casanova" and the original version of "I'll Be Right Here" ("Y Yo Sigo Aqui").

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at #11 on the Billboard 200 with sales of 56,000 copies,[3] becoming Rubio's highest charting album in the U.S. It was eventually certified gold, indicating sales of over 500,000 units. The album managed to become a top ten hit on the Canadian Album's chart peaking at #9. The album managed to chart on countries such as New Zealand, Dutch, Germany, Austria, Greece, Ireland, Russia and on the Swedish album charts where Paulina had not charted before. Border Girl also was number one in sales in Mexico. With this album, Paulina is introduced to the rest of the world and visits countries such as the United Kingdom and Japan to promote the album.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Don't Say Goodbye"   Cheryl Yie, Gen Rubin Gen Rubin 3:38
2. "Casanova"   Calanit Ledani, Darryl Zero, Jeeve, Kevin Colbert Marcello Azevedo 3:36
3. "Border Girl"   Richard Marx David Eriksen 3:37
4. "The One You Love"   Brett James, Troy Verges Shep & Kenny 3:48
5. "Not That Kind Of Girl"   Christian De Walden David Eriksen 3:26
6. "Undeniable"   Jodi Marr, Rodolfo Castillo David Eriksen 3:30
7. "The Last Goodbye"   Estéfano Chris Rodriguez 3:40
8. "Stereo" (feat. Pretty Willie) Michelle Bell Kenny Flav 3:49
9. "I'll Be Right Here (Sexual Lover)"   Estéfano Marcello Azevedo 3:58
10. "Fire (Sexy Dance)"   Estéfano Jodi Marr 3:29
11. "I Was Made For Lovin' You"   Desmond Child, Paul Stanley, Vini Poncia Brian Rawling 3:33
12. "Si Tú Te Vas"   Yie, Rubin Gen Rubin 4:51
13. "Baila Casanova"   Calanit Ledani, Darryl Zero, Jeeve, Kevin Colbert, Estéfano Marcello Azevedo 3:46
14. "Todo Mi Amor"   Brett James, Troy Verges Shep & Kenny 3:36
15. "Libre (Free)"   Estéfano, Marcello Azevedo Marcello Azevedo 3:43
16. "Y Yo Sigo Aquí"   Estéfano Marcello Azevedo 3:58

Charts and certifications[edit]


  1. ^ a b Promis, Jose F.. Border Girl at AllMusic
  2. ^ a b Micallef, Ken (June 25, 2002). "Paulina Rubio: Border Girl : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". Archived from the original on 2008-06-17. Retrieved 2011-06-16. 
  3. ^ Dansby, Andrew. "Eminem Tops Roach's "Tragedy"". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Paulina Rubio está feliz de ser ícono gay". August 1, 2002. Retrieved 2014-07-27. 
  5. ^ "Certificaciones –" (in Spanish). Asociación Mexicana de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas. 
  6. ^ "American album certifications – Paulina Rubio – Border Girl". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  7. ^ "Spanish album certifications – Paulina Rubio – Border Girl" (PDF) (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España.