Gran City Pop

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Gran City Pop
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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 23, 2009
RecordedJanuary 2008–2009
Studio
  • Ananda Studios, Miami
  • C-Rod Music, Miami
  • Cubejam, Miami
  • Midnight Blue Studios, Miami
  • The Real Studios, Miami
  • Noisy House, Madrid
  • Mondomix, Buenos Aires
Genre
Length35:14 (Standard 10-track Edition)
46:49 (U.S. Deluxe Edition)
LabelUniversal Music Latino
Producer
Paulina Rubio chronology
Paulina Remixes
(2007)
Gran City Pop
(2009)
Brava!
(2011)
Singles from Gran City Pop
  1. "Causa y Efecto"
    Released: March 26, 2009
  2. "Ni Rosas Ni Juguetes"
    Released: August 17, 2009
  3. "Algo De Ti"
    Released: April 20, 2010

Gran City Pop is the ninth studio album by Mexican singer Paulina Rubio released by Universal Music Group on June 23, 2009. The album expanded the Rubio's stylistic palette by combining elements of genres such as ranchera, hip-hop, eurodisco or arena rock, and she became more involved in songwriting and creative elaboration, extracting influences from various dance-pop-based genres including electropop, synth-pop and eighties British pop.

In 2008, Rubio began working again with Argentinian music producer Cachorro López, who served as the executive producer of her previous album Ananda (2006). The two collaborated with various producers and writers on the album, including Lester Méndez, Mario Domm, Noel Schajris, Gianmarco and Fernando Osorio. And She returns to collaborate with Colombian songwriter Estéfano after six years, and other songwriters and producers with whom she previously collaborated such as Coti, Chris Rodriguez and Fernando Montesinos.

Gran City Pop received acclaimed reviews from music critics, many of whom complimented it as a return fresh sounds, and received a Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Album. In Mexico, Gran City Pop peaked at number two on the Mexican Albums Chart, and was certified gold by the Asociación Mexicana de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas (AMPROFON). In the United States, the album debuted at number forty four on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of over 9,400 copies, while it debuted at number two on the Top Latin Albums chart and number one on the Latin Pop Albums chart. Additionally, it sold 100,000 copies in United States and Puerto Rico, and to 2013, sold over 1 million copies worldwide.

Three singles were released from Gran City Pop. The lead single, "Causa Y Efecto", peaked at number one in the United States latin charts, Mexico general chart and Spain airplay chart. Subsequent single "Ni Rosas Ni Juguetes" also was a sucess in Latin America, and "Algo De Ti" generally underperformed on the charts, but the music video was a hit in the television. To further promote the album, Rubio embarked on the Gran City Pop Tour in 2009.

Background[edit]

"Gran City Pop is a city where people speak Spanglish, where freedom reigns and where love prospers and there is no violence, [...] The city itself was inspired by several places, including Mexico, which is my homeland; Madrid, Spain; and Miami in the U.S.[1]

— Paulina Rubio talking about the inspiration behind "Gran City Pop"

Production[edit]

The production features compositions by Estéfano, Los Rabanes, Jeremías, Noel Schajris, Gian Marco Zignago, Lester Méndez, and Mario Domm. Paulina prepared her album with her own songs with the help of Coti, who had a big influence in the writing of the album. Speaking to a Mexican radio program, the "Golden Girl" said that the new material presented many changes. She explained: "[...] at the same time I remain very loyal to my music; my rancheras, boleros, and simple rhythms like the songs we used to listen to as children". She also added: "This new production will have songs by Mario Domm, the leader of Camila, and Estéfano, but there are some songs of mine with Coti; it's an album to get out the child within us".

Content[edit]

According to her web site, the idea of Gran City Pop is "an imaginary and enormous city where Paulina groups in one vision, some of the life and musical experiences lived during the last years in many cities of the world; experiences that have marked her life forever and now she wants to share in ten songs with influences that enrich this new stage of her career. In the album she collaborates with Estéfano, Chris Rodríguez, Cachorro López, Léster Méndez and Coti".[2]

Rubio started working on Gran City Pop in her Miami house studio in 2008 as a follow-up to her eighth album Ananda, released in 2006. The album includes a variety of styles, which took months of recording.

On iTunes, those that pre-ordered the album got two bonus tracks: an acoustic version of "Causa y Efecto" and a bonus song called "El Tren de La Vida."

First confirmed by Amazon, a special edition including a DVD was available to pre-order.[3] Both versions, the regular edition and the special edition, were released on June 23, 2009.

Promotion[edit]

Paulina's big comeback took place in the month of April at the 2009 Billboard Latin Music Awards, where Rubio performed her lead single "Causa y Efecto" for the first time. Paulina also performed live at Univision's Premios Juventud. Rubio made a private concert at Gotham Hall in New York City on May 11 to promote Gran City Pop. The concert was presented by Univision Radio.[4] During her stay in New York, she visited the MTV Tr3s Studios, she taped the show ESL, and presented fans the single "Causa y Efecto". The performance was aired on May 14.[5] Paulina appeared at Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica 2009 on October 15 along with Cobra Starship performing "Good Girls Go Bad" and "Ni Rosas Ni Juguetes". She was the female performer with the most nominations (and second most overall): "Video of the Year", "Best Artist", "Best Pop Artist", "Best Solo Artist" and "Artist of the Year". She won "Best Solo Artist", which became her first award. Rubio and Cobra Starship won an MTV Award for "Best Live Performance at Los Premios 2009", as voted by the public, beating artists such as Shakira, Nelly Furtado, and Wisin & Yandel. On November 1, Paulina performed "Ni Rosas Ni Juguetes" on ¡Viva el Sueño!, a reality competition show similar to American Idol. On November 12, Paulina performed at the 2009 Premios Telehit in Mexico and was given the award for being the Mexican female artist with most international fame. Paulina performed at the Miss Colombia 2009 ceremony on November 16. Paulina performed at Premios Oye! and won the "Audience Award", given to her by her mother Susana Dosamantes. On February 5, 2010, Paulina performed at the 2010 Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam. On February 18, Paulina performed at the Premios Lo Nuestro 2010. Lastly, Paulina performed "Algo De Ti" for the first time at the 2010 Billboard Latin Music Awards on April 29 as a duet with rapper/singer Wyclef Jean.

Tour[edit]

In September 2009, Rubio started her the third solo concert tour, the Gran City Pop Tour, in support of this album.

Singles[edit]

  • "Causa y Efecto", the first single from Gran City Pop was released to U.S. radio on March 30, 2009 and worldwide on April 1. The song was well received by critics and fans. The music video for this song was released on May 6 by Universal Music Spain. "Causa y Efecto" has been successful, reaching #1 on the U.S. Hot Latin Songs chart, becoming Rubio's fourth #1 on the chart. It peaked at #7 in Spain.
  • "Ni Rosas Ni Juguetes" was released as the second single from Gran City Pop.[6] The music video was directed by Jessy Terrero on August 26 in New York. The video premiered on October 8.[7] "Ni Rosas Ni Juguetes" has so far peaked at number 9 on the Hot Latin Songs chart, becoming her second top ten hit from the album. The song also peaked at number 5 on the U.S. Latin Pop Songs chart. On October 21, it entered the Spanish Top 50 Songs at number 37 and peaked at number 3, becoming her first top five hit from the album in Spain and second top ten hit from the album overall.[8]
  • "Algo De Ti" was released as the third single from Gran City Pop. Paulina filmed the music video on February 26, 2010 in Miami. The director was Steven Oritt and was produced by Jessy Terrero, who filmed both video versions of "Ni Rosas Ni Juguetes".[9] The video premiered on April 30. "Algo De Ti" debuted at number 50 in Spain on the issue of week 17; the song later reached a peak of 48.

Critica reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[10]

The album received positive reviews from music critics, who stated that Gran City Pop is a great pop album. Phil Freeman, from Allmusic, gave a positive review, giving it 4 out of 5 stars, saying:
"Paulina Rubio's giddy, silly personality bubbles forth all over this album; she sounds like she's having a blast on every song, even the ones that are about the pitfalls of love...".[10] Rachel Devitt, from Rhapsody.com, gave a positive, though not rated, review, saying:
"Rubio's flexible voice and diva charisma allow her to carry off each style with attitude and flair. It's a potent reminder of why she is such a mega-star in the Latin pop world, and poses the question of when the English-speaking pop world is going to wake up and take notice."[11] Jesús Rodríguez de El País considers Gran City Pop as a "party and romance tailor's drawer; pop rhythms, Latin airs, rock guitars, rancheras and tequila, melodic song and disco sound packaged under the concept of the three cities that have marked her life: Mexico City, Madrid and Miami. "[12]

Dan Kimpel from Broadcast Music, Inc. praised the sound of the album and said that "the sonic scope of the songs and the production is vast and varied". He also highlighted Rubio's versatility as a songwriter and singer.[13]

Commercial performance[edit]

Gran City Pop debuted at number forty four on the US Billboard 200, with first-week sales of over 9,400 copies. It debuted at number two on the US Billboard Latin Albums chart and number one on the Latin Pop Albums chart. The album sold over 100,000 copies in the United States and Puerto Rico.[14]

The album debuted at number two on the Mexican Albums Chart where received the Gold certification there for over 40,000 units in its first week.[15] On the Spain Albums Chart, Gran City Pop debuted at number three. In Colombia, the album was certified Gold denoting 10,000 copies sold there.[16] This album also earned Paulina five nominations to the MTV Awards.[17]

In one week, the album sold 300,000 copies all around the world.[14] To 2013, have sold over 1 million copies worldwide.[18]

Track listing[edit]

Gran City Pop – Standard edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Causa y Efecto"
Cachorro López3:25
2."La Danza Del Escorpión"
Fernando Montesinos3:11
3."Enséñame"
Chris Rodríguez3:39
4."Melodía De Tu Alma"
  • Rubio
  • Salgado
  • Cabrera
Rodríguez3:58
5."Más Que Amigo"
  • Rubio
  • Salgado
  • Cabrera
Rodríguez3:43
6."Ni Rosas Ni Juguetes"Cachorro López3:15
7."Amanecí Sin Ti"
López3:30
8."Algo De Ti"
  • Rubio
  • Rafael Vergara
  • Mauricio Gasca
Lester Méndez4:05
9."A Contraluz"
  • Rubio
  • Vergara
Méndez3:58
10."Escaleras De Arena"
  • Domínguez
  • Vélez
Méndez2:41
Total length:35:27
Gran City Pop – iTunes Store pre-order bonus track
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
11."Causa Y Efecto" (Acustic Version)
  • Domm
  • Vélez
López3:48
Total length:39:35
Gran City Pop – iTunes Store Standard edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
11."El Tren De La Vida"
  • Rubio
  • Estefano
  • Cabrera
Rodriguez3:05
Total length:39:02
Gran City Pop – Spanish iTunes Store Standard edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
11."Amanecí Sin Ti" (Motor City Version)
  • Rubio
  • Estefano
  • Cabrera
  • Padrón
  • Osorio
  • Federico
  • Wulff
4:17
Total length:40:04
Gran City Pop – Digital Deluxe Edition bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
11."Ya Fue"Coti3:00
12."Causa y Efecto" (Banda Version)
  • Domínguez
  • Vélez
Alberto "Lion King" De León3:35
13."Causa y Efecto" (DJ George Figares Club Mix Radio Edit)
  • Domínguez
  • Vélez
 4:49
14."El Tren de la Vida"
  • Rubio
  • Estefano
  • Cabrera
Rodriguez3:05
15."Días de trabajo en Gran City Pop" (Video)  16:33
16."Causa Y Efecto" (Music video)  3:24
17."Behind the scenes: Photoshoot" (Video)  3:29
Total length:72:28
Gran City Pop – Physical Deluxe Edition bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
11."Ya Fue"Coti3:00
12."Causa y Efecto" (Banda Version)
  • Domínguez
  • Vélez
Alberto "Lion King" De León3:35
13."Causa y Efecto" (DJ George Figares Club Mix Radio Edit)
  • Domínguez
  • Vélez
 4:49
Total length:46:49
Gran City Pop – Physical Deluxe Edition (bonus DVD)
No.TitleLength
1."Días de trabajo en Gran City Pop"16:33
2."Causa y Efecto" (Music video)3:24
3."Behind the scenes" (Photoshoot)3:29
4."Photo Gallery" 
Total length:23:33

Charts[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Colombia[16] Gold 10,000 
Mexico (AMPROFON)[27] Gold 40,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[28] Gold 30,000^
United States 100,000[14]
Summaries
Worldwide 1,000,000[18]

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Credits[edit]

  • Executive Producer: Paulina Rubio
  • Art Direction: Eli Tersse
  • Design: Pon un Diseñador Gráfico en tu Vida (www.ponlo.es)[29]
  • Photography: Gustavo López-Mañas (www.glm-studio.com)
  • Hairstyling: Tony Lucha
  • Stylist: Cristina Cellini
  • Makeup: Jennifer Daranyi using Dior
  • Engineer: Enrique Larreal

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