Brava!

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This article is about the studio album by Paulina Rubio. For other uses, see Brava (disambiguation).
Brava!
Studio album by Paulina Rubio
Released 15 November 2011
Recorded 2010—11
Genre Latin pop, dance-pop
Length 35:05
Label Universal Music Latino
Producer Casadiego, Bilial Hajil, Sebastian Jacome, Jimmy Joker, AJ Junior, RedOne, Julio Reyes, Teddy Sky, The Wizard
Paulina Rubio chronology
Gran City Pop
(2009)
Brava!
(2011)
Pau Factor
(2013)
Singles from Brava!
  1. "Me Gustas Tanto"
    Released: 13 September 2011
  2. "Me voy"
    Released: 14 February 2012
  3. "Boys Will Be Boys"
    Released: March 24, 2012

Brava! (English: Brave!) is the tenth studio album and second bilingual album by Mexican recording artist Paulina Rubio, released on 15 November 2011 by Universal Music Latino. Two of its three singles "Me Gustas Tanto" and "Boys Will Be Boys" became hits for Rubio.

In 2012, Brava! was reissued as expanded editions titled Brava! Reload in Europe and Bravísima! in North America.[1]

Background[edit]

In early August 2010, Paulina talked on her first Twitcam about her upcoming projects including her next studio album. She said that her new album will be Spanglish and will include songs in Spanish and English. She also hoped that the first single of the new material would be released in the middle or the end of 2011. In May 2011, Paulina announced on Twitter that she and Moroccan/Swedish producer/songwriter RedOne are working together on new music in Madrid.[2] Billboard.com reports that, "She's been working with RedOne and writing with Julio Reyes Copello, Casadiego, Espinoza Paz, Chino y Nacho and Claudia Brant."[3] She later confirmed that RedOne is producing most of the 10 tracks on the standard edition, with some arrangements "between techno and rock band instruments like bass, drums and acoustic guitar."[4]

She confirmed the titles of some of the tracks that will be on the album such as "Sabes Que Te Amo", "Hoy me toca a mí", which is a Spanglish duet with Taboo from The Black Eyed Peas.[5] She also confirmed "Olvidate de mí" and "Volvamos a empezar", which is a ranchera mixed with a rock style feel. And "Cásate con tu mamá", which is a song about a man with the Oedipus Complex Syndrome.[6] Mexican composer Espinoza Paz confirmed that he worked with Paulina on a song titled "Me Voy".[7] The song "Que Estuvieras Aquí" is a song dedicated to her father who died early in 2011.[8] As for the English songs, Universal Music confirmed two titles of two English songs, "All Around the World" and "Heat of the Night".[citation needed] The album was recorded between New York, Los Angeles, Jamaica and Madrid. This is a new sound for Paulina as she is working with electronica and dance oriented music.[citation needed]

Paulina stated that Brava! is a key expression of female admiration that hints us about the album being Paulina’s tribute to women in all their greatness and potential. ”The launch of this album comes at a time where I have more peace and feel more mature. The passing of a great pillar of my family and the birth of my first child have made me understand many things, especially the cycle of life and how important it is to celebrate it.” Paulina comments.[9]

Paulina said that the reason she wanted to do a Spanglish album is that she wanted to mix the language of her home Mexico and the United States; "I grew up in Mexico, but I've always been between the United States and my country. This is all done with a wink and a nod to 'Spanglish' culture, which continues to grow and has a foot in both worlds," the singer said.She stated on a radio interview that this album would be different from all her other albums because being a mother and the death of her father have inspired her tremendously.

Singles[edit]

"Me Gustas Tanto" (English: I Like You So Much) was released as the first single from the album. The song made its debut online as the lead single on September 2, 2011 and was made available for purchase on Amazon.com and iTunes on September 6, 2011, about a week before it was released as a digital single worldwide and sent to radio station globally. The song was written by Rubio, along with Nacho, from the Venezuelan duo Chino & Nacho and Andrés Recio, and it was produced by (Lady Gaga fame) RedOne. The song has been remixed several times. There is a remix that shows Paulina Rubio singing the song as a duet with an artist named Gocho. There is third version that was remixed by the group 3Ball MTY which has been popular with radio and fans alike.

A re-worked version of "Me voy" featuring Espinoza Paz was released as the second single of the album on February 14, 2012. The official music video will be released on March 20, 2012.[needs update] The song was released as the theme song of a telenovela named "El Talisman".[10]

"Heat of the Night" managed to debut at #46 on Billboard's Dance/Club Play Songs without being released as a single and has so far peaked at #16.[11] This week the song sits in the 20th position on the charts.

Promotion[edit]

Rubio began promoting "Brava" when she performed "Me Gustas Tanto" for the very first time in "Concierto EXA 3D" in Mexico City on 22 October.[12] She also video chatted with her fans through Twitter, where many of her fans got the once in a lifetime chance to ask her questions about her upcoming album.Rubio also attended the 12th Annual Latin Grammy Awards, while she didn't perform any songs from Brava! she did perform "Golpes en el Corazón" a duet with Los Tigres del Norte. Paulina also confirmed her participation in Televisa's TV show "La Voz…México".[13] Paulina Rubio will begin an extensive promotional tour that will take her through the United States as well as Spain before she goes on to start a world tour in early 2012. Paulina Rubio began her promotional tour by appearing and singing "Me Gustas Tanto" on the final episode of Mira Quien Baila.[14]

In March 2012, Rubio started officially her the fourth solo concert tour Brava! Tour in support of this album.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[15]
Terra 3/5 stars[16]

The album received mixed reviews from the critics.

  • Jon O'Brien, from Allmusic, gave a mixed review, giving the album 3 out of 5 stars, saying:

    A veteran of the Latino-pop scene before Lady Gaga was even born, Mexican singer/actress Paulina Rubio now appears to have borrowed some inspiration from her younger upstart by recruiting ubiquitous producer RedOne for her tenth studio album, Brava! Unsurprisingly, his three contributions, the shimmering trance-pop of lead single "Me Gustas Tanto," the rubbery electro of "All Around the World," and the hypnotic dancefloor anthem "Heat of the Night" (the latter two making this her first bilingual effort since 2002's Border Girl) offer little deviation from his usual Auto-Tuned synth-heavy formula. But elsewhere, the eventful two-year break since Gran City Pop appears to have instilled a more adventurous spirit, as evident on the breezy ska-pop of "Cásate con Tu Mamá," an intriguing tale of a man with Oedipus Complex syndrome, the slow-burning ranchera-rock of closer "Volvamos a Empezar," and the Gypsy jazz-tinged Europop of "Olvídate de Mi," while there's genuinely compelling raw emotion on the minor-key ABBA-esque melodies of "Sabes Que Te Amo" and the unsurprisingly melancholic balladry of "Que Estuvieras Aqui," a tearjerking tribute to her father, who passed away during the album's recording. RedOne's generic offerings and the Guetta-inspired floor-filler "Hoy Me Toca a Mi" (featuring a phoned-in guest vocal from Black Eyed Peas' Taboo) may provide the hits, but Brava! is a much more interesting proposition when Rubio furrows her own path.

Brava! was nominated for Pop Album of the Year at the Premio Lo Nuestro 2013.[17]

Commercial performance[edit]

In Mexico, the album debuted at #46 on pre-sales alone. The album officially debuted in the #5 position in Mexico. Brava debuted at #3 on the Billboard Latin Albums and #2 on the Billboard Latin Pop Albums chart. Brava debuted at #26 in Spain. According to Universal Music Mexico Digital Magazine, Brava! has earned gold certifications in Mexico and USA.[18]

Reissues[edit]

Paulina released two editions of this album that included all the songs she worked on with RedOne. Europe's edition was titled Brava! Reload and it was released on July 24, 2012, while the American and Latin American edition is called Bravísima! and it was released on September 18, 2012. Both editions include Paulina's hit song, Boys Will Be Boys.

On July 24, 2012, Paulina released an EP titled Brava! Reload that includes all the songs that she worked on with RedOne.[19] This EP was only released in Europe and included seven tracks including Boys Will Be Boys, Me Gustas Tanto, Heat of the Night, All Around the World and the new songs Loud and Say The Word plus two remixes of Boys Will Be Boys.

On September 18, 2012, another version of Brava! was released in Mexico and Latin America. It was titled Bravísima! and it included all the tracks from Brava! and Brava! Reload plus Paulina's duet with Espinoza Paz title Me Voy.[1] The US edition of this EP was released on October, 22 and it included only Boys Will Be Boys, Loud, Say The Word plus two remixes of Boys Will Be Boys.[20]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Me Gustas Tanto"   Paulina Rubio, Miguel Ignacio "Nacho" Mendoza, Andrés Recio RedOne 3:40
2. "All Around the World"   RedOne, P. Rubio, AJ Junior, Bilal Hajji, Jimmy Joker, Teddy Sky RedOne, Joker, Sky 3:48
3. "Cásate con Tu Mamá"   Rubio, Adriana Lucia The Wizard 2:38
4. "Olvídate de Mí"   Rubio, Casadiego Casadiego 2:53
5. "Sabes Que Te Amo"   Rubio, Casadiego Casadiego 3:28
6. "Hoy Me Toca a Mí" (featuring Taboo) Larry Hernández, P. Rubio, Jaime Gomez, Sebastian Jacome Jacome 4:04
7. "Heat of the Night"   RedOne, Junior, Hajji, Joker, Sky RedOne, Joker 3:30
8. "Me Voy"   Espinoza Paz, Rubio, Marcela De La Garza Casadiego 2:46
9. "Que Estuvieras Aquí"   De La Garza, Rubio Julio Reyes 4:55
10. "Volvamos a Empezar"   De La Garza, Rubio Julio Reyes 4:17

Brava! Reload[edit]

Bravísima![edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
Mexican Albums (Top 100 Mexico)[21] 5
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[22] 26
US Top Latin Albums (Billboard)[23] 3
US Latin Pop Albums (Billboard)[24] 2

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Mexico (AMPROFON)[18] Gold 30,000^
United States (RIAA)[18] Gold 50,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Edition(s)
Mexico[25] November 15, 2011 CD, digital download Universal Music Latin Standard
United States[26]
Argentina
Spain[27]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "No te pases" (in Spanish). El Universal. May 3, 2011. Retrieved March 2, 2013. 
  3. ^ "11 Anticipated Album Updates: Madonna, DMX, Nickelback And More". Billboard Magazine. July 27, 2011. Retrieved April 1, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Paulina Rubio overcomes personal setbacks on road to new album". Fox News. September 12, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Paulina Rubio da a conocer detalles de 'Brava!', su nuevo disco" (in Spanish). CNN México. October 13, 2011. Retrieved April 1, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Notas Relacionadas" (in Spanish). El Universal. September 9, 2011. Retrieved March 2, 2013. 
  7. ^ Natalia Cano (September 7, 2011). "Espinoza Paz emprende nuevos retos con cantantes pop" (in Spanish). Terra. Retrieved March 2, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Que Estuvieras Aquí nueva canción de Paulina Rubio, dedicada a su padre" (in Spanish). Starmedia. May 3, 2011. Retrieved March 2, 2013. 
  9. ^ Horacio Rodriguez (2011). "¡PAU POWER ESTA DE REGRESO!" (in Spanish). Universal Musica. Retrieved March 2, 2013. 
  10. ^ Organización Editorial Mexicana (January 28, 2012). "Espectáculos:Espinoza Paz a partir plaza" (in Spanish). Universal Musica. Retrieved March 2, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Chart Highlights: Chris Rene's 'Homie'? Top 40 Plays That". Billboard. March 26, 2012. Retrieved March 2, 2013. 
  12. ^ Horacio Rodriguez (2012). "Concierto EXA 3D en el Palacio de los Deportes" (in Spanish). Starmedia (entretenimento). Retrieved March 2, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Paulina Rubio será coach en La Voz… México" (in Spanish). People En Espanol. July 12, 2012. Retrieved March 2, 2013. 
  14. ^ Redacción (November 18, 2011). "Paulina Rubio cantará en la gran final de 'Mira Quién Baila'" (in Spanish). TV Notas. Retrieved March 2, 2013. 
  15. ^ O'Brien, Jon. Brava! at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011.
  16. ^ "Reseña de Disco "Brava!" de Paulina Rubio" (in Spanish). Terra. 2011. Retrieved March 2, 2013. 
  17. ^ "List of Nominees - Premio Lo Nuestro Latin Music Award 2013" (PDF). Univision (in Spanish) (Univision Communications). 2013. Retrieved April 16, 2014. 
  18. ^ a b c "Hoy se pone a la venta "Bravísima" de Paulina Rubio" (in Spanish). Universal Music Magazine. September 18, 2012. Retrieved March 2, 2013. 
  19. ^ Alejandro Tejeda Rocha (July 15, 2012). "Paulina Rubio lanza 'Brava! Reload', que incluye su éxito 'Boys will be boys'" (in Spanish). Bekia. Retrieved March 2, 2013. 
  20. ^ Michael Lopez (October 24, 2012). "Paulina Rubio Releases New ‘Bravisima’ EP" (in Spanish). Bekia. Retrieved March 2, 2013. 
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  22. ^ "Paulina Rubio – Brava!". Spanishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
  23. ^ "Paulina Rubio Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Top Latin Albums for Paulina Rubio. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
  24. ^ "Paulina Rubio Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Latin Pop Albums for Paulina Rubio. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
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  27. ^ Elena Pinilla (2011-11-15). "Paulina Rubio presenta 'Brava' en España el 29 de noviembre". El Referente. Retrieved 30 May 2012.