Utopía (Belinda Peregrín album)

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Utopía
Studio album by Belinda
Released October 3, 2006
Recorded March–August 2006
Genre Pop rock, Pop, latin pop
Length 47:14
65:17 (Utopía 2)
Label EMI Televisa Music[1][2]
Producer Belinda (exec.) Greg Wells, Greg Kurstin, Kara DioGuardi, Mitch Allan, Jimmy Harry, Lester Mendez.[3] Armando Ávila, Matthew Gerrard.[4]
Belinda chronology
Total
(2006)
Utopía
(2006)
Carpe Diem
(2010)
Alternative cover
Brazilian, European and Italian cover.
Utopía² cover.
Singles from Utopía
  1. "Ni Freud Ni Tu Mamá"
    Released: September 19, 2006[5]
  2. "Bella Traición"
    Released: January 26, 2007
  3. "Luz Sin Gravedad"
    Released: May 29, 2007
  4. "Alguien Más"
    Released: September 2007
  5. "Es De Verdad"
    Released: October 1, 2007[6]
  6. "If We Were"
    Released: August 28, 2007[7]
  7. "See A Little Light"
    Released: March 21, 2008

Utopía is the second studio album by Spanish-born Mexican recording artist Belinda. It was released on October 3, 2006 by EMI Televisa Music in Mexico and Latin America. The album was later released on September 17, 2007 to Europe and the United States. Recording sessions for the album took place during March to August 2006 at several recording studios, and production was handled primarily by Greg Wells, Greg Kurstin, Mitch Allan, Jimmy Harry and Lester Mendez. As of June 2008, the album had sold 1 million copies worldwide.[8]

Background[edit]

Utopía marks Belinda's first album with EMI after leaving Sony BMG for creative differences in the Spring of 2006. Belinda is credited as executive producer for the record and recorded the album between March and July 2006 in Miami, Los Angeles, and New York City. The record contains darker tones and is described as a more mature album for its lyrics and ballads, in contrast to Belinda, her debut. Inspiration was garnered from books including Thomas Moore's own Utopia. Belinda appeared on Disney's Channel's The Cheetah Girls 2 and contribuded to the TV movie soundtrack, which let to her label EMI wanting a re-release in English; she spend one week in Los Angeles recording Utopía 2, a CD/DVD released to Europe and North America by EMI International on September 25, 2007. Belinda made appearances on "Bailando por un Sueño", "Bailando por la Boda de Tus Sueños" and Buscando Timbiriche la nueva banda in order to promote the record.

Upon its release, Utopía received generally positive reviews from most music critics which noted a more mature sound and earned Belinda a Latin Grammy nominations for Best Female Pop Album and Song of the Year. It was re-released as Utopía² on September 25, 2007.[9][10]

Awards[edit]

On August 29, 2007, Belinda received a Latin Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Album for her work in Utopía, and also the second single "Bella Traición" was nominated for Song of the Year. At the MTV Video Music Awards Latin America 2008, which were held in Mexico City, she also won two awards: Best Solo Artist and Video of the Year for her hit single Bella Traición. She won Best Female Pop Artist on the 20th edition of Premios Lo Nuestro beating fellow singers Julieta Venegas, Paulina Rubio and Yuridia.

Utopia Tour[edit]

Tour Utopía was Belinda's second concert tour, and her first world tour.

Tour Utopía
Belinda Auditorio Coca Cola Monterrey 13.jpg
Tour by Belinda
Associated album Utopía
Start date July 12, 2007 (2007-07-12)[11]
End date March 11, 2008 (2008-03-11)[12]
Legs 2
Shows 44
Belinda concert chronology
Tour Fiesta en la Azotea
(2004–05)
Tour Utopía
(2007–08)
Catarsis Tour
(2014–15)

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Utopía"   Belinda, Nacho Peregrín, Greg Kurstin, Sia Furler Kurstin 3:00
2. "Ni Freud Ni Tu Mamá"   Belinda, Nacho, Greg Wells, Shelly Peiken Wells 3:24
3. "See A Little Light"   Belinda, Nacho, Jimmy Harry Harry 4:04
4. "Bella Traición"   Belinda, Nacho, Kara DioGuardi, Mitch Allan DioGuardi, Allan 3:45
5. "Contigo O Sin Ti"   Belinda, Karen Juantorena, Daniel McKinney, Krista Gonzales, Kobe Eshun McKinney 4:01
6. "Alguien Más"   Belinda, Nacho, DioGuardi, Allan Allan 3:13
7. "¿Quién Es Feliz?"   Belinda, Nacho, Lester Mendez, Skye Sweetnam Méndez 3:47
8. "Pudo Ser Tan Fácil"   Belinda, Nacho, Robert Habolin Wells 3:54
9. "Noche Cool"   Belinda, Juantorena, DioGuardi, Nicole Scherzinger Wells 3:06
10. "Amiga Soledad"   Belinda, Nacho, Mendez, Kay Hanley Méndez 4:24
11. "Good... Good"   Belinda, Nacho, Juantorena, Kandi Burruss Harry 3:23
12. "Luz Sin Gravedad"   Belinda, Nacho, Harry Harry 4:01
13. "Never Enough"   Belinda, Nacho, Kurstin Kurstin 3:12

Others versions[edit]

Utopía²

Utopía² is the special edition of this album. The material was released on September 25, 2007 in U.S., Latin America and Europe in several versions. New music Spanish ("Es De Verdad") although only appear in the USA version.[13][14]

Utopía² bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
14. "Takes One to Know One" (English version of "Pudo Ser Tan Fácil") Robert Habolin, Marcus Sepehrmanesh 3:55
15. "If We Were" (English version of "Ni Freud Ni Tu Mamá") Greg Wells, Shelly Peiken 3:25
16. "End of The Day" (English version of "Bella Traición") Kara DioGuardi, Mitch Allan 3:45
17. "Es De Verdad" (USA only) Diego G., Karenka, Reyli 3:36
18. "Why Wait?" (From The Cheetah Girls 2) Matthew Gerrard, Robbie Nevil 3:01
Brazilian edition

The Brazilian Special Edition was released on November 12, 2007. It includes the songs "If We Were", "End Of The Day", "Takes One To Know One" and "Why Wait?" (From The Cheetah Girls 2).[15][16]

European edition
  • The European Special Edition includes the 13 songs from the original edition and the addition of "If We Were", "End Of The Day", "Takes One To Know One" and "Why Wait?". This edition was released on November 19, 2007.[17]
Italian edition

The Italian Special Edition includes the songs "If We Were", "End Of The Day", "Takes One To Know One" instead of the Spanish versions, plus the songs "Why Wait?" and "Your Hero" (featuring Finley). The material was released on February 29, 2008.[18]

Notes

Singles[edit]

  • "Ni Freud Ni Tu Mamá" was released as the lead single in Mexico and Latin America on September 19, 2006 and peaked number one in Mexico. It was later released internationally on August 28, 2007[19] as If We Were for U.S. markets. Both versions of music video were shot by Scott Speer.
  • "Bella Traición" was the second single and peaked number seven in the Mexican airplay chart. The music video was filmed in Mexico and was released on March 5.
  • "Luz Sin Gravedad" was released as the third single of the album. It peaked on the top ten spots in numerous countries, including Argentina, Peru and Chile. An English version was released as the seventh and last single from the album, released in Europe, both versions with a music video.
  • "Alguien Más" was the fourth single and had minor success. A music video was planned but for unknown reasons it was cancelled.
  • "Es De Verdad" was the fifth single, released in Europe and released as a promo single in Mexico.

EPs[edit]

Months after the original album was released, EMI released different EP's, Utopía 2 EP,[20] remixes of "Ni Freud Ni Tu Mamá", "Bella Traición", "Luz Sin Gravedad", and the English versions. The EPs were released between 2006 and 2007.

Credits and personnel[edit]

  • Belinda: vocals.
  • Greg Wells: guitar, drums, programming.
  • Jimmy Harry: guitar, programming.
  • John Allen: drums.
  • James Rudder: Assistant engineer.

Chart performance and certifications[edit]

The album debuted on the Billboard Top Latin Albums at number 20, also debuted at number 8 on the Latin Pop Albums and number 19 on the Top Heatseekers Albums. On the Mexican Albums Chart the album debuted at number 3.

According to the Billboard magazine, as of January 2010 the album had sold over 79,000 copies in the United States, but her label EMI had not paid the gold certification by RIAA.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ allmusic ((( Utopía > Overview ))) Allmusic
  2. ^ Belinda - Utopía iTunes
  3. ^ Utopía credits Allmusic
  4. ^ Utopía 2 credits Allmusic
  5. ^ iTunes - Música - Ni Freud Ni Tu Mama - Single de Belinda iTunes
  6. ^ ®R&R :: Prioridades Discograficas™ :: Pop gfa.radioandrecords.com
  7. ^ iTunes - Música - If We Were - Single de Belinda iTunes
  8. ^ a b Biografia de Belinda - Pega Cifras pegacifras.uol.com.br
  9. ^ allmusic ((( Utopía 2 > Overview ))) Allmusic
  10. ^ Belinda - Utopía 2 iTunes
  11. ^ Belinda inicia en marzo la gira Utopía Belindaonline.com.mx
  12. ^ Cite error: The named reference Argentina was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  13. ^ Opendisc.net > Belinda > Utopia² (USA Special Edition)
  14. ^ Opendisc.net > Belinda > Utopia² (Mexico Special Edition)
  15. ^ Opendisc.net > Belinda > Utopia (Special Edition)
  16. ^ Utopia - Saraiva.com.br
  17. ^ Opendisc.net > Belinda > Utopia (Spanish Special Edition)
  18. ^ Opendisc.net > Belinda > Utopia (Italian Special Edition)
  19. ^ If We Were - Single iTunes
  20. ^ Utopía 2 EP iTunes
  21. ^ a b Billboard Jan 9, 2010 - Mexican Miley Billboard
  22. ^ a b c Utopía - Belinda : Awards Allmusic
  23. ^ Top Heatseekers (South Atlantic)
  24. ^ Top Heatseekers (South Central)
  25. ^ a b Top 100 Album 2006 at the Wayback Machine (archived February 20, 2012) AMPROFON
  26. ^ a b c Top 100 Album 2007 at the Wayback Machine (archived October 1, 2012) AMPROFON
  27. ^ AMPROFON Certification
  28. ^ Utopía | Belinda ukmix.org
  29. ^ a b Chile & Venezuela Certifications
  30. ^ a b c International Award Levels
  31. ^ a b CAPIF Certification at the Wayback Machine (archived August 20, 2011)
  32. ^ Colombia Certification