MTV Unplugged (Julieta Venegas album)

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MTV Unplugged
Julieta Venegas - MTV Unplugged.jpg
Live album by Julieta Venegas
Released June 13, 2008
Recorded March 6, 2008
Churubusco Studios
(Mexico City)
Genre Rock en español, alternative, Latin pop
Length 56:57
Language Spanish
Label Sony International
Producer Julieta Venegas
Julieta Venegas chronology
Realmente lo Mejor
(2007)Realmente lo Mejor2007
MTV Unplugged
Otra Cosa
(2010)Otra Cosa2010
Singles from MTV Unplugged
  1. "El Presente"
    Released: June 12, 2008
  2. "Algún Día"
    Released: September 10, 2008
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[2]

MTV Unplugged is the first live album recorded by Mexican singer-songwriter Julieta Venegas. The album features a selection of her greatest hits, along with new tracks, including the singles "El Presente" and "Algún Día". A handful of guest artists was included: Gustavo Santaolalla, Natalia Lafourcade, Cuarteto Latinoamericano, La Mala Rodríguez.[3] The album sold more than 2.5 million copies.

This album received the Latin Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album and the DVD released from this live performance also won for Latin Grammy Award for Best Long Form Music Video. "El Presente" was nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

Album history[edit]

The live performance of this album was recorded in Mexico City, on March 6, 2008 at the Estudios Churubusco,[4] before 450 fans. This show was broadcast on July 5, 2008 through MTV Latin America,[5] and premiered on June 12, 2008 on the MTV Tr3s. The recording includes collaborations from La Mala Rodríguez performing the hip-hop section of "Eres para mí"; two-time Oscar-winner Gustavo Santaolalla playing banjo on "Algún día"; Brazilian singer Marisa Monte performing in "Ilusion", a brand new song in Spanish and Portuguese; Jaques Morelenbaum participating in "Como sé"; and Natalia Lafourcade included as a part of Venegas's band. Julieta Venegas played the accordion, guitar, and piano.[6] On the track "Esta vez", the Cuarteto Latinoamericano is included, and Juan Son (from the band Porter) joined Venegas on "De mis pasos". The violet dress that the artist wore during the performance was designed by Andrés Jiménez.[7]

Jose Tillan served as the executive producer and producer (along with Michael Dagnery) for MTV Networks.

Track listing CD and DVD[edit]

The track listing by iTunes Store Mexico.[8]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Limón y Sal" Julieta Venegas, Jorge Villamizar 3:40
2. "Sería Feliz" Venegas 3:30
3. "El Presente" Venegas 3:40
4. "Algo Está Cambiando" Venegas, Coti Sorokin 4:11
5. "Eres Para Mí" (featuring La Mala Rodríguez) Venegas, Anamaría Tijoux, Rodríguez 4:42
6. "Esta Vez" Herrera, Venegas 3:27
7. "Algún Día" (featuring Gustavo Santaolalla) Venegas 4:00
8. "Mírame Bien" Venegas 3:50
9. "Lento" Venegas, Sorokin 4:26
10. "De Mis Pasos" (featuring Juan Son) Venegas 3:28
11. "Andar Conmigo" Venegas, Sorokin 3:58
12. "Ilusión" (featuring Marisa Monte) Venegas, Monte, Arnaldo Antunes 3:46
13. "Como Sé" (featuring Jaques Morelenbaum) Venegas 3:42
14. "Mira La Vida" Venegas 3:19
15. "Me Voy" Venegas 3:17



Chart and certifications[edit]

The album debuted at number 61 on the Mexican album charts, climbing to number-one the following week where it spent 10 consecutive weeks, replacing Para Siempre by Vicente Fernández and being replaced by A Little Bit Longer by Jonas Brothers. MTV Unplugged received a gold certification in México after two weeks of its release. In United States debuted and peaked at number 9 on the Billboard Top Latin Albums and at number 169 on the Billboard 200. It also peaked within the Top 20 in Spain and at number 39 in Switzerland.

Weekly charts[edit]

Year-end chart[edit]

Chart (2008) Position
Mexican Album Chart[17] 7
Mexican Album Chart (Spanish Album Chart)[17] 5
Preceded by
Para Siempre by Vicente Fernández
Mexican Albums Chart number-one album
June 23, 2008 - August 25, 2008
Succeeded by
A Little Bit Longer by The Jonas Brothers


Latin Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2008 "El Presente" Record of the Year Nominated
Song of the Year Nominated
MTV Unplugged Best Alternative Music Album Won
Best Long Form Music Video Won

Latin Billboard Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2009 "El Presente" Hot Latin Song of the Year Female Nominated
Latin Pop Airplay Song of the Year, Female Nominated
MTV Unplugged Top Latin Album of the Year Female Nominated
Latin Rock/Alternative Album of the Year Nominated

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label
Mexico June 13, 2008 Sony International
Switzerland June 20, 2008
United States
Spain Sony BMG


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