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Studio album by Paulina Rubio
Released November 15, 2011
Recorded 2010—11
Genre Latin pop, dance-pop
Length 35:05
Label Universal Music Latino
Producer Casadiego, Bilal Hajji, Sebastian J., Jimmy Joker, AJ Junior, RedOne, Julio Reyes, Teddy Sky, The Wizard
Paulina Rubio chronology
Gran City Pop
Pau Factor
Alternative cover
Singles from Brava!
  1. "Me Gustas Tanto"
    Released: September 13, 2011
  2. "Me voy"
    Released: February 14, 2012
  3. "Boys Will Be Boys"
    Released: March 24, 2012

Brava! (Brave!) is the tenth studio album and second bilingual album by Mexican recording artist Paulina Rubio, released on November 15, 2011 by Universal Music Latino. Two of its three singles "Me Gustas Tanto" and "Boys Will Be Boys" became hits for Rubio.

In 2012, Brava! was reissued as two expanded editions titled Brava! Reload in Europe and Bravísima! in North America. At the same time, these expansions were also separately released as EPs in their respective regions containing the newly added songs.[1]


In early August 2010, Paulina talked on her first Twitcam about her upcoming projects including her next studio album. She said that her new album will be Spanglish and will include songs in Spanish and English. She also hoped that the first single of the new material would be released in the middle or the end of 2011. In May 2011, Paulina announced on Twitter that she and Moroccan/Swedish producer/songwriter RedOne were working together on new music in Madrid.[2] reported: "She's been working with RedOne and writing with Julio Reyes Copello, Casadiego, Espinoza Paz, Chino & Nacho and Claudia Brant."[3] Rubio later confirmed that RedOne was producing most of the 10 tracks on the standard edition of the album, with some arrangements "between techno and rock band instruments like bass, drums and acoustic guitar."[4]

Paulina confirmed the titles of some of the tracks that would be on the album such as "Sabes Que Te Amo" and "Hoy Me Toca A Mí", which is a Spanglish duet with Taboo from The Black Eyed Peas.[5] She also confirmed "Olvídate De Mí" and "Volvamos A Empezar", which is a ranchera mixed with a rock style feel. She also talked about "Cásate Con Tu Mamá", which is a song about a man with the Oedipus Complex Syndrome.[6] Mexican composer Espinoza Paz confirmed that he worked with Paulina on a song titled "Me Voy".[7] The song "Que Estuvieras Aquí" is a song dedicated to Rubio's father, who died early in 2011.[8] As for the English songs, Universal Music confirmed the titles of two English songs, "All Around The World" and "Heat Of The Night".[citation needed] The album was recorded between New York, Los Angeles, Jamaica and Madrid. The album would result in a new sound for Paulina, as she worked with electronica and dance oriented music.[citation needed]

Paulina stated that Brava! is a key expression of female admiration that hints about the album being Paulina’s tribute to women in all their greatness and potential. ”The launch of this album comes at a time where I have more peace and feel more mature. The passing of a great pillar of my family and the birth of my first child have made me understand many things, especially the cycle of life and how important it is to celebrate it”, Paulina commented.[9]

Paulina said that the reason she wanted to do a Spanglish album is that she wanted to mix the language of her home Mexico and the United States. "I grew up in Mexico, but I've always been between the United States and my country. This is all done with a wink and a nod to 'Spanglish' culture, which continues to grow and has a foot in both worlds," the singer said. She stated on a radio interview that this album would be different from all her other albums because being a mother and the death of her father have inspired her tremendously.


"Me Gustas Tanto" (English: I Like You So Much) was released as the first single from the album. The song made its debut online as the lead single on September 2, 2011 and was made available for purchase on and iTunes on September 6, 2011, about a week before it was released as a digital single worldwide and sent to radio stations globally. The song was written by Rubio, along with Nacho, from the Venezuelan duo Chino & Nacho and Andrés Recio, and it was produced by (Lady Gaga fame) RedOne. The song has been remixed several times. There is a remix that shows Paulina Rubio singing the song as a duet with an artist named Gocho. There is a third version that was remixed by the group 3Ball MTY which has been popular with radio and fans alike.

A re-worked version of "Me Voy" featuring Espinoza Paz was released as the second single off the album on February 14, 2012. The official music video was released on March 20, 2012.[needs update] The song was released as the theme song of a telenovela named "El Talismán".[10]

"Heat Of The Night" managed to debut at #46 on Billboard's Dance/Club Play Songs without being released as a single and has so far peaked at #16.[11]


Rubio began promoting Brava! when she performed "Me Gustas Tanto" for the very first time in "Concierto EXA 3D" in Mexico City on October 22, 2011.[12] She also video chatted with her fans through Twitter, where many of her fans got the once in a lifetime chance to ask her questions about her upcoming album. Rubio also attended the 12th Annual Latin Grammy Awards, and while she didn't perform any songs from Brava! she did perform "Golpes En El Corazón", a duet with Los Tigres del Norte. Paulina also confirmed her participation in Televisa's TV show La Voz... México.[13] Paulina Rubio began an extensive promotional tour that took her through the United States as well as Spain before she went on to start a world tour in early 2012. Paulina Rubio began her promotional tour by appearing and singing "Me Gustas Tanto" on the final episode of Mira Quién Baila.[14]

In March 2012, Rubio started officially her fourth solo concert tour, the Brava! Tour, in support of this album.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[15]
Terra 3/5 stars[16]

The album received mixed reviews from the critics.

  • Jon O'Brien, from Allmusic, gave a mixed review, giving the album 3 out of 5 stars, saying:

    A veteran of the Latino-pop scene before Lady Gaga was even born, Mexican singer/actress Paulina Rubio now appears to have borrowed some inspiration from her younger upstart by recruiting ubiquitous producer RedOne for her tenth studio album, Brava!

Brava! was nominated for Pop Album of the Year at the Premios Lo Nuestro 2013.[17]

Commercial performance[edit]

In Mexico, the album started at #46 on the charts on pre-sales alone. The album later officially debuted in the #5 position in Mexico. Brava! debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart and #2 on Billboard's Latin Pop Albums. Brava! debuted at #26 in Spain. According to Universal Music Mexico Digital Magazine, Brava! has earned gold certifications in Mexico and the US.[18]


Paulina released two editions of this album that included all the songs she worked on with RedOne. Europe's edition was titled Brava! Reload and it was released on July 24, 2012, while the Latin American edition is called Bravísima! and it was released on September 18, 2012. Both editions include Paulina's hit song, "Boys Will Be Boys".

On July 24, 2012, Paulina also released an EP titled Brava! Reload that also includes all the songs that she worked on with RedOne.[19] This EP was only released in Europe and included seven tracks, including "Boys Will Be Boys", "Me Gustas Tanto", "Heat Of The Night", "All Around The World" and the new songs "Loud" and "Say The Word" plus two remixes of "Boys Will Be Boys".

The other version of Brava!, released in Mexico and Latin America and titled Bravísima!, included all the tracks from Brava! and Brava! Reload plus Paulina's duet with Espinoza Paz, Me Voy.[1] A Bravísima! EP was released on October 22 in the US and it included only "Boys Will Be Boys", "Loud", "Say The Word" plus two remixes of "Boys Will Be Boys".[20]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Me Gustas Tanto" Paulina Rubio, Nacho, Andrés Recio RedOne 3:40
2. "All Around The World" RedOne, Paulina Rubio, AJ Junior, Bilal Hajji, Jimmy Joker, Teddy Sky RedOne, Jimmy Joker, Teddy Sky 3:48
3. "Cásate Con Tu Mamá" Paulina Rubio, Adriana Lucía The Wizard 2:38
4. "Olvídate De Mí" Paulina Rubio, Casadiego Casadiego 2:53
5. "Sabes Que Te Amo" Paulina Rubio, Casadiego Casadiego 3:28
6. "Hoy Me Toca A Mí" (featuring Taboo) Larry Hernández, Paulina Rubio, Taboo, Sebastian J. Sebastian J. 4:04
7. "Heat Of The Night" RedOne, AJ Junior, Bilal Hajji, Jimmy Joker, Teddy Sky RedOne, Jimmy Joker 3:30
8. "Me Voy" Espinoza Paz, Paulina Rubio, Marcela De La Garza Casadiego 2:46
9. "Que Estuvieras Aquí" Marcela De La Garza, Paulina Rubio Julio Reyes 4:55
10. "Volvamos A Empezar" Marcela De La Garza, Paulina Rubio Julio Reyes 4:17

Brava! Reload[edit]



Chart (2011) Peak
Mexican Albums (Top 100 Mexico)[21] 5
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[22] 26
US Top Latin Albums (Billboard)[23] 3
US Latin Pop Albums (Billboard)[24] 2

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Edition(s)
Mexico[25] November 15, 2011 CD, digital download Universal Music Latin Standard
United States[26]
Spain[27] November 29, 2011


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hoy sale a la venta el Album Bravisima de Paulina Rubio (in Spanish) Universal Music Magazine 18/09/2012