Mónica Naranjo

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Mónica Naranjo
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Naranjo on her "Tarántula Tour" of 2009.
Background information
Birth name Monica Naranjo Carrasco
Born (1974-05-23) May 23, 1974 (age 40)
Origin Figueras, Spain
Genres Pop, Rock
Years active 1994–present
Labels SonyMusic
Website http://www.monicanaranjo.com

Mónica Naranjo (born May 23, 1974) is a Spanish singer born in Figueres, Catalonia, Spain of Andalusian parents. She has sold over nine million albums worldwide.

Biography[edit]

She started singing at a very young age. Cristobal Sansano became her first producer.

In 1994, she recorded her debut album, the self-titled Mónica Naranjo, after signing with Sony Music. The album resulted in the hit singles "Sola", "Sólo se vive una vez", "El amor coloca", "Óyeme!" and "Fuego de pasión". She was nominated for Eres Awards.

In 1997, taking advantage of her popularity, she released her second album, Palabra de Mujer. The album was a hit, managing to sell more than 2,000,000 copies in the United States, Latin America and Spain, thanks to singles such as "Entender el amor", "Desátame", "Pantera en libertad" and "Las campanas del amor".

In 2000 she released her third album, Minage, a tribute to the Italian singer Mina. In an interview that year, she mentioned that the album was like nothing her producers expected:

They were expecting another Palabra de Mujer album, but more than just a hit, I wanted something to let the world know that I am also a fanatic, and that there are many great artists/singers out there who deserve more recognition. An example of such an artist is Mina Mazzini.

In 2001, she released Chicas Malas, an album with several collaborations, among them Diane Warren, Gregg Alexander, John Reid, Sam Watters, and many more. Having such worldwide-known influences, the commercial dance album sales were disappointing, having sold only 120,000 copies in its first year, making it the lowest-selling studio album in her Spanish-singing career.

In 2002, she decided to make a big leap into the English language public by recording the English version of "Chicas Malas" named "Bad Girls". The international push met very little support although the song "I Ain't Gonna Cry" did get Mónica some recognition in continental Europe.

In 2005, after a long musical rest, Mónica returned with a greatest hits album, Colección Privada, a big success that also included one new release "Enamorada de ti". With this album, Mónica closed a stage in her life and career. In December 2005, she sang "Punto de partida" as a duet with Rocío Jurado in a TV homage titled Rocío... Siempre.

On February 29, 2008, her new single "Europa" was officially launched on her official site climbing to #1 in the Spanish Single Charts. Album Tarántula was made available in stores April 22, 2005 reaching number 1 in Spain, and was certified Platinum. Later, she released a limited special edition of the album, with a DVD and a photographic book of pictures of the Tarántula era.

Following the success of her latest album Tarantula, Monica Naranjo embarked on the tour Adagio Tour in which she offered a new vision of her songs and symphonic CD + DVD is a reflection of this journey. The concert included in this album was recorded on October 16, 2009 at the Teatro de la Ciudad de Mexico, D. F., with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Mexico City, one of the most prestigious in America, directed by Pepe Herrero, who also signed the new orchestral arrangements. The 16-track CD was mixed and mastered by John M. Vinader. It was released in Mexico and the U.S.

In 2011, she sang the theme song for Mexican telenovela Emperatriz and in 2012, she released A Opera-Rock, accompanying a novel in Spanish with a few strokes in other languages. It was co-produced by Monica and by Oscar Tarruella, and arrangements were by Pepe Herrero and Chris Gordon. The release originally due in 2011 was postponed for release to 2102.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Details Chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
Sales
MEX
[1]
SPA
[2]
1994 Mónica Naranjo
  • First studio album
  • Released: 14 March 1994
  • Label: Sony Music
  • MEX: 900,000[4]
1997 Palabra de Mujer
  • Second studio album
  • Released: 27 May 1997
  • Label: Sony Music
2
  • MEX: 700,000[7]
  • SPA: 1.3 million[4]
  • U.S.: 71,000[8]
2000 Minage
  • Third studio album
  • Released: 16 March 2000
  • Label: Sony Music
1
  • Global: 1 million[11]
  • MEX: 75,000
  • SPA: 300,000
2001 Chicas Malas
  • Fourth studio album
  • Released: 26 October 2001
  • Label: Sony Music
  • SPA: 200,000[4]
2002 Bad Girls
  • Fifth studio album
  • Released: 12 November 2002 (Spain)
  • Label: Sony Music
2008 Tarántula
  • Sixth studio album
  • Released: 22 April 2008
  • Label: Sony Music
30 1
  • SPA: 80,000
"—" denotes releases that did not chart, were not released or information is not available.

Compilations[edit]

Year Title Details Chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
Sales
MEX SPA
2002 Grandes Éxitos
  • Released: 30 September 2002
  • 1st compilation album
- -
2005 Colección Privada
  • Released: 27 April 2005
  • 2nd compilation album
- 3 Worldwide: 100,000
2011 La Más Perfecta Colección
  • Released: 6 December 2011
  • 3rd compilation album
- -
2013 Esencial
  • Released: 11 June 2013
  • 4th compilation album
- 27
2014 4.0
  • Released: 6 May 2014
  • 5th compilation album
- 1

Live albums[edit]

Year Album SPA
MEX
Sales
2009 Stage
  • Released: March 22, 2009
  • 1st live album
1 31
2009 Adagio
  • Released: December 1, 2009
9 55

Singles[edit]

Year Single ES[13] Album
1994 "El amor coloca" Mónica Naranjo
"Sólo se vive una vez"
"Sola"
"Fuego de pasión"
"Óyeme"
1995 "Supernatural"
"Llorando bajo la lluvia"
1997 "Entender el amor" 5 Palabra De Mujer
"Desátame" 2
"Empiezo a recordarte"
"Pantera en libertad" 7
"Las campanas del amor" 5
"Ámame o déjame"
"Tú y yo volvemos al amor"
"Rezando en soledad"
2000 "Sobreviviré" 1 Minage
"If You Leave Me Now/Seguire sin ti" 1
"Perra enamorada"
"Enamorada" 2
2001 "Chicas malas" 3 Chicas Malas
2002 "Sacrificio" 3
"No voy a llorar" 4
"Ain't It Better Like This" 10
2002 "I Ain't Gonna Cry" Bad Girls
2005 "Enamorada de ti" 1 Colección Privada
2008 "Europa" 1 Tarántula
"Amor y lujo" 1
2012 "Make You Rock" 11 Single-only
2014 "Sólo se vive una vez (4.0 Version)" 4 4.0

(—) means the singles were not eligible to chart, as they were sent only as a promo to radios.

Tours[edit]

  • 1995/1996 - Mónica Naranjo Tour (America)
  • 1998 - Tour Palabra de mujer (Spain/America)
  • 2000 - Tour Minage (Spain)
  • 2008 - Tarántula Tour (Spain)
  • 2009/2010 - Adagio Tour (Spain/America)
  • 2011/2012 - Madame Noir (Spain/America)
  • 2013 - Ídolos en Concierto with Marta Sánchez & María José (America)
  • 2014 - Mónica Naranjo: 4.0 Tour (Spain)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Asociación Mexicana de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas (17 June 2000). "Chart positions in Mexico". Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Peak positions in Spain:
    • Palabra de Mujer: Billboard 110 (6). Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 7 February 1998. p. 59. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
    • Minage: Billboard 112 (18). Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 29 April 2000. p. 73. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
    • Tarántula: PROMUSICAE (27 April 2008). "Spanish albums chart". Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Recording Industry Association of America (17 June 2000). "Sales certifications in the United States (searchable database)". Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c Billboard 114 (45). Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 9 November 2002. p. 48. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  5. ^ International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (2001). "IFPI Platinum Awards". Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  6. ^ PROMUSICAE (30 October 2005). "Palabra de Mujer sales certification in Spain". Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Billboard 110 (47). Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 21 November 1998. p. 96. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  8. ^ Billboard 110 (14). Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 4 April 1998. p. 45. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "Mexican sales certification" (in Spanish). AMPROFON. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  10. ^ "Spanish sales chart" (in Spanish). Promusicae. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  11. ^ All Music. "Mónica Naranjo biography". Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  12. ^ PROMUSICAE (4 January 2009). "Tarántula sales certification in Spain". Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  13. ^ Spanishcharts.com Monica Naranjo Spanish Singles Chart History