Border Girl

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Border Girl
Studio album by Paulina Rubio
Released June 18, 2002
Recorded September 2001 – March 2002
Genre Latin pop
Length 1:01:15 (Standard)
Label Universal Records
Producer Doug Morris, Bruce Carbone, Sal Guastella
Paulina Rubio chronology
I'm So in Love: Grandes Éxitos
Border Girl
Singles from Border Girl
  1. "Don't Say Goodbye / Si Tú Te Vas"
    Released: May 31, 2002
  2. "I'll Be Right Here (Sexual Lover) (only in U.K.)"
    Released: July 5, 2002
  3. "The One You Love / Todo Mi Amor"
    Released: August 20, 2002
  4. "Casanova / Baila Casanova"
    Released: December 9, 2002
  5. "Libre (only in Spain)"
    Released: March, 2003

Border Girl is the sixth studio album and first English-language album by Mexican recording artist Paulina Rubio, released on June 18, 2002 by Universal Music Latin. Its music incorporates Latin pop styles with rock, R&B, dance, and mariachi elements. The album's lead single, "Don't Say Goodbye" would become her most successful song in English. Other singles released from the album were "The One You Love", "Casanova", and "I'll Be Right Here (Sexual Lover)". Each of the main single releases, as well as other English songs on the album, have Spanish-language counterparts that became big hits on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart.


After the success of her previous album Paulina (2000), Universal Records decided to launch Rubio's career in the English market. Contributions to the album's production came from a wide range of producers and songwriters, including Cheryl Yie, Gen Rubin, Calanit Ledani, Daryl Zero, Jeeve, Kevin Colbert, Richard Marx, Brett James, Troy Verges, Jodi Marr, Rodolfo Castillo, Michelle Bell, Desmond Child, and once again with Estéfano and Christian De Walden. Some of the songs from Paulina were re-recorded in English for Border Girl. The album spawned five singles, giving Paulina a number one hit on Spanish radio: “Baila Casanova”. Also, her first English-language single "Don't Say Goodbye" is still her most well-known song in English; it saw a physical release in the United Kingdom. The Spanish versions of the album’s singles entered the Top 10 of Billboard‘s Hot Latin Songs chart.


Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Billboard Favorable[2]
People Favorable[3]
Rolling Stone Favorable[4]
ABC 3/5 stars[5]

The album has received favorable reviews.

Ken Micallef from Rolling Stone gave a mixed review saying "her taste for combining techno, pop and Mexican flavors quickly asserts her unique potential."[4] Jose F. Promis of Allmusic stated that it "is a winning combination of different musical styles, successfully bridging pop, dance, hip-hop, rock, ballads, Latin, and even ranchera into one delicious package."[1]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at #11 on the Billboard 200 with sales of 56,000 copies,[6] becoming Rubio's highest charting album in the U.S. It was eventually certified gold, indicating sales of over 500,000 units. It was also certified Gold in Spain.[7] The album managed to become a top ten hit on the Canadian Album's chart peaking at #9. The album managed to chart on countries such as New Zealand, Dutch, Germany, Austria, Greece, Ireland, Russia and on the Swedish album charts where Paulina had not charted before. Border Girl also was number one in sales in Mexico. With this album, Paulina is introduced to the rest of the world and visits countries such as the United Kingdom and Japan to promote the album.[citation needed] As of December 2002, the album had sold more than 1 million copies worldwide.[8]

Track listing[edit]

Border Girl – Standard Edition
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Don't Say Goodbye" Cheryl Yie, Gen Rubin Gen Rubin 4:49
2. "Casanova" Calanit Ledani, Darryl Zero, Jeeve, Kevin Colbert Marcello Azevedo 3:36
3. "Border Girl" Richard Marx, David Eriksen David Eriksen 3:37
4. "The One You Love" Brett James, Troy Verges Shep & Kenny 3:48
5. "Not That Kind Of Girl" Christian De Walden, Jodi Marr David Eriksen 3:26
6. "Undeniable" Jodi Marr, Rodolfo Castillo David Eriksen 3:30
7. "The Last Goodbye" Estéfano, Jodi Marr Chris Rodriguez 3:40
8. "Stereo" (feat. Pretty Willie) Michelle Bell Kenny Flav 3:49
9. "I'll Be Right Here (Sexual Lover)" Estéfano Marcello Azevedo 3:58
10. "Fire (Sexy Dance)" Estéfano, Jodi Marr Jodi Marr 3:29
11. "I Was Made For Lovin' You" Desmond Child, Paul Stanley, Vini Poncia Brian Rawling 3:33
12. "Si Tú Te Vas" Cheryl Yie, Gen Rubin, Luis Gómez Escolar Gen Rubin 4:51
13. "Baila Casanova" Calanit Ledani, Darryl Zero, Jeeve, Kevin Colbert, Estéfano Marcello Azevedo 3:46
14. "Todo Mi Amor" Brett James, Troy Verges, Luis Gómez Escolar Shep & Kenny 3:36
15. "Libre" Estéfano, Marcello Azevedo Marcello Azevedo 3:43
16. "Y Yo Sigo Aquí" Estéfano Marcello Azevedo 3:58
Total length: 1:01:15

Charts and certifications[edit]


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  2. ^ LC (22 June 2002). "Billboard Review: Border Girl". Billboard. Nielsen Company. Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
  3. ^ Chuck Arnold, Kyle Smith (1 July 2002). "Picks and Pans Review: Border Girl". People. Time Inc. Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Micallef, Ken (June 25, 2002). "Paulina Rubio: Border Girl : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". Archived from the original on 2008-06-17. Retrieved 2011-06-16. 
  5. ^ Melindah (22 June 2002). "ABCReview: Border Girl". ABC. Retrieved 19 July 2016. 
  6. ^ Dansby, Andrew. "Eminem Tops Roach's "Tragedy"". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  7. ^ Martin, Fernando (7 November 2003). "Muxxic reparte sus discos de oro, platino y diamante". El País. Ediciones El País, S.L. Archived from the original on 19 February 2014. Retrieved 24 February 2016. 
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