Soraya Arnelas

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Soraya Arnelas
Soraya Arnelas 3.jpg
Soraya Arnelas in 2009
Background information
Birth name Soraya Arnelas Rubiales
Born (1982-09-13) 13 September 1982 (age 32)
Valencia de Alcántara, Extremadura, Spain
Genres Pop, eurodance, dance
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 2005–present
Labels Santander Records (2005)
Vale Music / Universal (2005-2009)
Sony Music (2010-present)
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Arnelas and the second or maternal family name is Rubiales.

Soraya Arnelas Rubiales (born 13 September 1982), better known by her stage name Soraya, is a Spanish singer. Soraya represented Spain at the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 in Moscow, Russia with the song "La noche es para mí" finishing 23rd with 23 points.


Early life[edit]

Arnelas was born in Valencia de Alcántara, Cáceres, Spain on 13 September 1982. At the age of 11, she left for Madrid. She wanted to study drama but soon started working as a flight attendant for Iberworld,[1] where she travelled around the world. She speaks three languages (English, Portuguese - she has some Portuguese origins - and Spanish) and is a Real Madrid C.F. supporter.[citation needed]

2005: Operación Triunfo and Corazón De Fuego[edit]

Soraya participated in the fourth series of the Spanish television series Operación Triunfo in 2005 where she came second overall. Her début album "Corazón De Fuego" was released on 5 December 2005 produced by Kike Santander. The album got Platinum status.

2006: Ochenta's[edit]

On 21 November 2006, Soraya released her second album. It was her first English language album. The first single was a cover of Laura Branigan's Self Control. The remainder of the album was a mixture of 1980s cover versions and new songs. The song reached Gold Status in the Promusicae Digital Songs charts and peaked at number 1 on the Spanish Cadena 100. The second single from Ochenta's was a cover of Spagna's "Call Me". 'Ochenta's' is one of the most successful albums of 2007 in Spain and achieved platinum after many weeks charting in the top ten albums chart.

2007: Dolce Vita[edit]

Soraya released another album with more 1980s hits. The lead single was "La Dolce Vita". The album includes 1980s hits, in the likes of Kylie Minogue's "I Should Be So Lucky", Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want to Have Fun", Eurythmics's "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)", Modern Talking's "You're My Heart, You're My Soul" and the lead single, "Dolce Vita", a cover from the Italian singer Ryan Paris. The album shot straight inside the Spanish Top 5 Albums Chart, peaking at No.5, and getting Gold certification in the following weeks.

The album was released in the United Kingdom via iTunes UK and 7digital.[2][3]

2008: Sin Miedo[edit]

Sin Miedo was Soraya's fourth released album. Leaving the 1980s covers behind, this album contains 12 original tracks; nine in Spanish and three in English.[4] The album was produced by International DJ DJ Sammy[5] and includes a duo with Kate Ryan (the song Caminaré).[6] The first single of the album was Sin miedo (Without fear).

The album debuted on the Spanish Albums Chart at a low #21, becoming her worst position for a studio album. The album has spent 22 weeks on chart so far. However, the album saw a Top 40 reentry at #32 thanks to a brand new edition of Sin Miedo.

2009: Eurovision and other television projects[edit]

By the end of 2008, she submitted one of the songs from her latest album, Sin Miedo. 1La Noche Es Para Mí becamea frontrunner in the Spanish preselection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 in Russia, being considered the early favourite to represent the country.[7] She was finally chosen to represent Spain on 28 February 2009.[8] Soraya's Eurovision team consisted of a Swedish songwriting team. She heavily promoted in Sweden in the months leading up to the contest. Being an automatic finalist representing Spain, she performed in the 25th position on Final night, finishing sencond to last.[9][10] However, juries and televoters did not vote for the song, and it finished in the twenty fourth place. Arnelas referred to the score as a punishment from Europe, for Radio Television Española's late airing of the second semi-final where Spanish televoters and jury members were to vote.

Previously to her Eurovision experience, she participated in the reality talent contest La Batalla de los Coros, the Spanish version of Clash of the Choirs.[11]

Controversy came in late June 2009, when her label, Vale Music, did not want to pay the video for her single "Caminaré". Soraya stated on her official Facebook that she will make the video on her own, without the support of Vale Music".[12][13] However, as of September 2009, no news about the release of the video has been made. As well, the single release has been cancelled by her label.

After visiting more than 20 cities, Soraya ended her Sin Miedo Spanish Tour 2009 on September 13, 2009. In an interview, Soraya had stated that she did not want to branch out into North American continent and would prefer to stay in Europe. However, she will be heading to New York to study and to keep training professionally herself. Also, she toured and promoted her music around South America in October.[14]

2010: Dreamer[edit]

After leaving her label Vale Music / Universal in late 2010, Soraya signed a record deal with Sony Music[15] and has been in the recording studio for the past six months recording new songs for her forthcoming fifth studio album. The first single to be released from the album is "Live Your Dreams", an electronic-dance pop song, produced by French DJ Antoine Clamaran. The video for the song was filmed in Paris on March and was released on June 2010.[16]

The single peaked at #8 on the French Club Chart,[17] while it peaked at #13 on the airplay chart and #47 in the download chart.[18] The CD-Single debuted and peaked at #11 in the French Singles Chart, staying a total of 7 weeks into the Top15. It also reached #20 at the Russian Airplay Chart. This is Soraya's first entry in both France and Russian charts. In Belgium it peaked at #51.[19] While in Poland the song reached #16 in the airplay chart. In Spain, the song was #18 in the airplay chart.

The album was released on September 28, 2010 in Spain, reaching number 1 on iTunes the same day it was released.[20] The album peaked at #8 on the Spanish Albums Chart. Dreamer has supposed the return of Soraya to the Top10, achieving more success than its predecessor so far. The promotion of the album is supported by a tour through some European countries.

2013: Con Fuego & Universe In Me[edit]

On February 19, Soraya released an electronic/dance track in co-operation with Aqeel. This was the first song she released along with her own company label, Valentia Records. The song topped the iTunes Spanish Chart, it also made a top thirty (#29) official debut in PROMUSICAE only with downloads but a top ten (#7) in the physical singles chart due to the CD Single release.



Year Title Chart positions Certifications
2005 Corazón De Fuego
  • 1st Studio Album
  • Released: 5 December 2005
  • Label: Vale Music / Santander Records
2006 Ochenta's
  • 2nd Studio Album
  • Released: 21 November 2006
  • Label: Vale Music / Universal
2007 Dolce Vita
  • 3rd Studio Album
  • Released: 11 September 2007
  • Label: Vale Music / Universal
2008 Sin Miedo
  • 4th Studio Album
  • Released: 14 October 2008
  • Re-released: 5 May 2009
  • Label: Vale Music / Universal
2010 Dreamer
  • 5th Studio Album
  • Released: 28 September 2010
  • Re-released: 17 May 2011
  • Label: Sony Music
2013 Universe In Me
  • 6th Studio Album
  • Released: 11 November 2013
  • Label: Valentia Records


Year Single Chart Positions Album Certifications
SPA SPA Download SPA Airplay SWE FRA FRA Download FRA Club BEL RUS Airplay POL EUR
2005 "Mi Mundo Sin Ti" Corazón De Fuego
2006 "Corazón De Fuego"
"Self Control" 10 Ochenta's Spa: Gold
2007 "Call Me" 14
"La Dolce Vita" Dolce Vita
2008 "Words"
"Sin Miedo" 32 [22] Sin Miedo
2009 "La Noche Es Para Mí" (ESC 2009) 9 [23] 25
2010 "Live Your Dreams" (feat. Antoine Clamaran) 41[24] 18[25] 11[26] 47[27] 8[17] 51[28] 20[29] 16[30] 40[31] Dreamer
2011 "Stick Shift" (feat. Antoine Clamaran) 14[32] 265[33]
2012 "Feeling You" (feat. Antoine Clamaran & Vince M.) 47[34] 183[35] 18[36] 211[37] Non-album single
2013 "Con Fuego" (feat. Aqeel) 29[38] 39[39]
"Plastic" 25[39] 28[39] Universe In Me
2014 "Neon Lovers / Amantes De Neón" 45[40]
"El Huracán" (feat. Vega) 21 Akustika
  • Note: Prior to January 2009, Spain's Top 50 Singles Charts were based solely on physical commercial CD single sales only. In January 2009, the charting rules were changed to include digital single sales as well. Because Soraya's label did not release commercial CD singles of her past singles, her singles were not eligible for charting within the official Top 50 in Spain, even though they her singles received heavy airplay and rotation within Spain.

As featured performer[edit]

Year Single Chart Positions Album
SPA SPA Download SPA Airplay SWE FRA FRA Download FRA Club BEL RUS POL EUR
2006 "No Debería" (with Antonio Romero) Antonio Romero
"Fruto Prohibido" (with Santa Fe) Fruto Prohibido
2008 "Tonight We Ride/No Digas Que No" (with Kate Ryan) Free
2014 "You And I" (with Marien Baker)


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  26. ^ French Singles Chart
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Preceded by
Rodolfo Chikilicuatre
with "Baila el Chiki-chiki"
Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Daniel Diges
with "Algo pequeñito"