Ananda (album)

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Ananda
Studio album by Paulina Rubio
Released 16 September 2006
(Mexico)
18 September 2006
(Latin America, Spain)
19 September 2006
(United States)
Genre Latin pop
Length 49:35
Label Universal Music Latino
Producer Áureo Baqueiro, Cachorro López
Paulina Rubio chronology
Pau-Latina
(2004)
Ananda
(2006)
Paulina Remixes
(2007)
Singles from Ananda
  1. "Ni Una Sola Palabra"
  2. "Nada Puede Cambiarme"
  3. "Ayúdame"
  4. "Qué Me Voy a Quedar"

Ananda (Sanskrit: Bliss) is the eighth studio album by Mexican recording artist Paulina Rubio, released on September 16, 2006 by Universal Music Latino.[1]

The album's first single is the mellow pop rock song, "Ni Una Sola Palabra", written by Xabier San Martín (member of the Spanish band La Oreja de Van Gogh). The single was released on radio on July 24, 2006.[2] Among the collaborators mentioned to appear on the album are Cachorro López, Colombian singer Juanes, Julieta Venegas and Coti (the Argentine responsible for Rubio's 2004 hit single "Te Quise Tanto").[3]

On September 16, 2006 two days before the album's official release date, Mexican stores put the album on sale to avoid piracy; this led the album's leaking that same day. In addition, some stores carry a special version of the album that includes a poster autographed by Rubio. On August 29, 2007, Cachorro López received a Latin Grammy nomination for Producer of the Year, for his work on Ananda.

On April 28, 2007, the official Paulina Rubio website announced that the album sold 1,000,000 copies worldwide. Ananda was certified gold and platinum in Mexico and Spain. The album was also awarded the first ever Tarabu de Oro award for digital sales of over 250,000 downloads in Mexico alone.

Album information[edit]

For the production of this album, Paulina collaborated with songwriters and producers Xabier San Martín from La Oreja de Van Gogh, Fernando Montesinos, Eric Sanicola, Brooke Ross, Gustavo Celis, Nika García, Julieta Venegas, Juanes, Cachorro López, Sebastian Schon, Sandra Baylac, Maria Christensen, Jonnie “Most” Davis, Marc Nelkin, Adrián Sosa, Áureo Baqueiro, Marcelo Berestovoy, Tricky Stewart and once again with Coti as well as featuring Guns N' Roses ex-guitarist Slash on the track “Nada Puede Cambiarme”. Once more, Paulina takes part in the songwriting aspect of the album for the third time in three of the album’s tracks: “Ayúdame”, “Lo Que Pensamos” and “Tú y Yo”.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[4]

The album received very good reviews.

Jason Birchmeier, from Allmusic commented on the album saying: "With Ananda, her third impressive all-new album in a row, it seems like Paulina Rubio has her career as one of Latin pop's biggest and brightest hitmakers on safe ground, following a frustrating decade with EMI in the '90s and an unsuccessful bid for English-language-translated crossover in 2002 (the stilted Border Girl, probably best forgotten). The former Mexican child star, a.k.a. La Chica Dorada, certainly has been through a lot, so it's reassuring to see her settle into such a smooth-running groove -- and it's especially reassuring for fans, who have had to wait several years between new albums. Rest assured, the two-and-a-half-year wait for Ananda was worthwhile, just as the four-year gap between her comeback album (and Universal Latino debut), Paulina (2000), and the kaleidoscopic Pau-Latina (2004) was indeed worthwhile. What makes Ananda so enjoyable, however, beyond the satisfaction of its impressiveness in the wake of its anticipation, is how different it is from her past work. Granted, the freneticism and electronic-tinged production prowess of Pau-Latina was a stretch from the relatively straightforward Latin pop of Paulina. But to then fully embrace restrained pop/rock, as Rubio does throughout Ananda, is surprising. If anything, one might have expected Rubio to urbanize her style with reggaeton flourishes, since she's such a huge pop star and since that seems to be the prevailing Latin musical trend of the moment. After all, even Shakira -- probably the most individual of Latin pop stars -- embraced reggaeton inflections with "La Tortura", the runaway Latin pop hit of 2005."

"Instead, Rubio heads in the opposite direction, collaborating with some of the most tasteful and mannered artists in contemporary popular Latin music, most notably Julieta Venegas, Juanes, and Xabi San Martín (better known in the guise of his band, La Oreja de Van Gogh), who each contribute a song. In addition, she collaborates with Cachorro López, the producer partly responsible for the wealth of wonders on Venegas' Limón y Sal (2006), as well as several other producers with grade-A résumés: Áureo Baqueiro, Rick Wake, Toy Hernández, Tricky Stewart, and even Gustavo Santaolalla, who co-produces "Hoy" with his longtime associate, Adrián Sosa. (If that weren't enough, even former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash is a collaborator, oddly enough, laying down a solo on "Nada Puede Cambiarme".) Because each of these collaborators appears on only one or two songs, and because the recording of Ananda allegedly took over a year—at Rubio's home studio in Madrid, no less—the resulting album is an exceptionally solid collection of 13 would-be hits, each interesting and pleasing in its own fashion. It all kicks off with a run of radio-ready singalongs, beginning with lead single "Ni Una Sola Palabra," and works through some guitar-driven rock songs before wrapping up with a few uplifting dance-pop songs and a breezy ballad to top it all off. Really, there's little to not like here if you enjoy Spanish-language pop/rock that is well written and impeccably produced. Granted, some may grumble about the lack of Mexican motifs, or the subdued turn away from dance music, or even the reliance on outsiders. Well, grumble away, because Rubio seems to be in such a comfortable place on Ananda that she could probably care less. For instance, the title she chose for this album is based upon "a worldwide movement based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda" (www.ananda.org) -- a spiritual form of yoga, that is—a world removed from all the reggaeton and duranguense concurrently overtaking the Latin marketplace. Listeners who likewise would prefer to remove themselves from such a marketplace might start with Ananda."

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Ni Una Sola Palabra"   Xabier San Martín Beldarían Cachorro López, Peter Mokran 3:44
2. "Nada Puede Cambiarme"   Fernando Montesinos Áureo Baqueiro, Peter Mokran 3:38
3. "Ayúdame"   Paulina Rubio, Coti Cachorro López, Tony Peluso 3:56
4. "N.O."   Brooke Ross, Gustavo Celis, Nika García, Eric Sanicola Rick Wake, Eric Sanicola, Dan Hetzel 3:26
5. "Qué Me Voy a Quedar"   Coti, Julieta Venegas Cachorro López 3:20
6. "Aunque No Sea Conmigo"   Alfonso Herrera, Chago Díaz Gush Montalvo, Sacha Triujeque, Toy Hernández, Peter Mokran 3:39
7. "No Te Cambio"   Juanes Gush Montalvo, Sacha Triujeque, Toy Hernández, Peter Mokran 3:41
8. "Retrato"   Cachorro López, Tony Peluso Sandra Baylac, Sebastian Schon, Cachorro López 3:13
9. "Miénteme Una Vez Más"   Jonnie "Most" Davis, Marc Nelkin, Maria Christensen, Sebastian Schon Rick Wake, Eric Sanicola, Dan Hetzel 3:37
10. "Hoy"   Adrián Sosa Gustavo Santaolalla, Adrián Sosa, Anibal Kerpel 3:54
11. "Lo Que Pensamos"   Paulina Rubio, Sacha Triujeque Áureo Baqueiro, Peter Mokran 3:48
12. "Tú y Yo"   Paulina Rubio, Marcelo Berestovoy, Tricky Stewart Tricky Stewart, Peter Mokran 3:35
13. "Sin Final"   Sebastian Schon, Cachorro López Cachorro López, Tony Peluso 5:57
14. "Me Siento Mucho Mas Fuerte" (iTunes bonus track)     3:09
15. "Ni Una Sola Palabra" (Music video, iTunes bonus)     3:53
16. "Digital booklet - Ananda" (iTunes bonus)      

Deluxe Edition CD + DVD[edit]

On March 20, 2007, Universal Records released a Deluxe Edition of Ananda which included three versions of two of the album's singles, a previously unreleased bonus track and a DVD with nearly 50 minutes of never-before seen material.[5] This edition was released in North America only.

Chart performance[edit]

Ananda entered the Billboard 200 chart at number 25 on October 7, 2006. It is the highest debut on this chart for a Paulina Rubio Spanish language album, selling 30,000 copies in its first week in the U.S. and 83,000 worldwide.[6]

Singles[edit]

Ananda spawned only three official singles; one of them became Paulina's third number one single on Latin radio in the U.S.: “Ni Una Sola Palabra”. Even more, Paulina received several awards for this song’s success and “Ni Una Sola Palabra” was certified platinum in Spain. Although a video featuring footage from Paulina’s Love, Light and Sound Tour of “Qué Me Voy a Quedar” was filtered on the Internet, it was never released as an official single. With the exception of “Ni Una Sola Palabra”, other singles from the album like "Ayúdame" and "Nada Puede Cambiarme" did not fare as well as did the singles from Pau-Latina.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2006/2007) Peak
position
European Albums Charts[7] 59
Finnish Albums Charts[8] 3
Mexican Albums Charts[9] 1
Spanish Albums Chatrs[10] 2
U.S. Billboard 200[11] 25
U.S. Top Latin Albums[11] 1

Sales and certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Mexico (AMPROFON)[12] Gold 50,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[13] Platinum 80,000^
United States (RIAA)[14] 2× Platinum (Latin) 200,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result
2006 Casandra Award 2007 International Artist of the Year Winner
2006 GQ Spain Woman of the Year Winner
2007 Latin Billboard Music Awards Female Latin Pop Album
(for Ananda)
Winner
2007 Latin Billboard Music Awards Female Latin Single of the Year
(for "Ni Una Sola Palabra")
Winner
2007 Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica 2007 Fashionista of the Year Winner

References[edit]

  1. ^ Patricia R. Blanco (2006-07-20). "'Ananda', el nuevo disco de Paulina Rubio, se publicará el 18 de septiembre" (in Spanish). www.los40.com. Retrieved February 16, 2013. 
  2. ^ Ricardo Albillos (November 15, 2006). "Paulina Rubio vuelve a escena" (in Spanish). latino.msn.com. Retrieved February 16, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Paulina Rubio (Ananda Review)" (in Spanish). www.mixup.com.mx. January 7, 2007. Retrieved February 16, 2013. 
  4. ^ Jason Birchmeier (2006). "ALLMUSIC REVIEW: Ananda - Paulina Rubio". Allmusic. Retrieved February 16, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Paulina Rubio (Ananda: Deluxe Edition CD + DVD)" (in Spanish). www.mixup.com.mx. 2008. Retrieved February 16, 2013. 
  6. ^ Chris Harris (Sep 29, 2006). "Justin Holds Off Clay And Fergie To Keep His Billboard Throne". www.mtv.com. Retrieved February 16, 2013. 
  7. ^ "European Top 100 Albums"
  8. ^ "Finland Top Albums Chart". finnishcharts.com. 2006. Retrieved February 16, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Mexican Top Albums Chart". www.mexicancharts.com. 2006. Retrieved February 16, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Spain Top Albums Chart". www.promusicae.org. 2006. Retrieved February 16, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "USA Charts (Allmusic - Billboard)". www.allmusic.com. 2006. Retrieved February 16, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Certificaciones – Paulina Rubio" (in Spanish). Asociación Mexicana de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas. 
  13. ^ "Spanish album certifications – Paulina Rubio – Ananda" (PDF) (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España.  Select the "Chart", enter ' in the field "Year". Select ' in the field "Semana". Click on "Search Charts"
  14. ^ "American album certifications – Paulina Rubio – Ananda". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click Type, then select Latin, then click SEARCH
Preceded by
Amar es Combatir by Maná
U.S. Billboard Top Latin Albums number-one album
October 7, 2006
Succeeded by
Más Flow: Los Benjamins by Luny Tunes & Tainy