Piel morena

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"Piel Morena"
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Single by Thalía
from the album En Éxtasis
Released24 August 1995
GenreLatin pop
LabelEMI Latin
Songwriter(s)Kike Santander
Producer(s)Emilio Estefan Jr.
Thalía singles chronology
"Piel Morena"

"Piel Morena" ("Brown Skin") is a song written by Kike Santander, produced by Emilio Estefan Jr. and recorded by Thalía. It was released as the lead single of her fourth studio album En éxtasis, which was her international debut. This is her first single under the label EMI and it is recognized as one of Thalía's signature songs.

Background and promotion[edit]

After signing a multimillion dollar contract in 1994 with the company EMI,[1] the singer joined to Emilio Estefan to record the material in Miami, according to him the first time he saw Thalia was at an edition of the Acapulco Festival in which "he predicted that he would collaborate with her once". Finally, when Thalía was in Miami in 1994 to promote one of her soap operas Estefan called her by phone to say, "Hey, life brought us together again [...] Gloria and me we see Marimar every night and I have a perfect song for you [come to our studio]". After that, the singer went to the famous Crescent Moon Studios to record some tracks for the album.[2] She confessed that she "felt like the chosen one" since Estefan called her and that after hearing "Piel Morena" and commented that "it was exactly her style".[2] The song was choose as the first single of the album and to promote it a music video directed by Daniel Gruener was done, most of its scenes were filmed in black and white, and the most characteristic part of it are the unique bras that Thalia used which received a lot of attention and turned her into a 90's style icon.

Commercial performance[edit]

The single becomes an international hit[3] and also peaked at number seven on the Billboard's Hot Latin Tracks. It opened the door of her international career in Latin America and Europe[4] and became a popularity phenomenon in the Latin which lebeled Thalia as the "Latina Madonna".[5] "Piel morena" was remixed by The Hitmakers and by Emilio Estefan Jr. "Piel Morena" earned a nomination for Pop Song of the Year at the Lo Nuestro Awards of 1996.[6] The song reached number 1 in Mexico City.[7] Thanks to the success of the song the album En éxtasis sold half million copies months after its release .[8]

Official versions and remixes[edit]


Chart (1995) Peak
US Hot Latin Songs (Billboard)[9] 7
US Latin Pop Airplay (Billboard)[10] 4
US Regional Mexican Airplay (Billboard)[11] 11


  1. ^ Lannert, John (22 October 2005). "Beyond Glitz, Thalía Blazes Her Own Triade". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc.: 34–. ISSN 0006-2510.
  2. ^ a b "Los Producers". Miami Times. Retrieved 2012-10-17.
  3. ^ Flick, Larry (June 10, 2000). Rising Star Thalía Aims To Widen Fan Base With EMI-Latin Set. Billboard. 112. p. 11. Retrieved June 24, 2020.
  4. ^ Aguilera, Tereza (November 29, 1997). "Thalia Latin America's Reigning Music Queen". Billboard Magazine. 109 (48): 33.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-04-25. Retrieved 2012-09-04.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Univision Announces The Nominees For Spanish-Language Music's Highest Honors: Premio Lo Nuestro A La Musica Latina". PR Newswire. Free Online Library. 1996-03-27. Retrieved 2013-06-11.
  7. ^ "Las mas escuchadas". El Siglo de Torreón (in Spanish). 29 September 1995. Archived from the original on 10 February 2016. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  8. ^ Baduel, Graciela (1996-07-11). "Es la protagonista de "Marimar", la tira mexicana que arrasa con los rátings". Clarin. Clarín Group. Archived from the original on February 5, 2016. Retrieved February 5, 2016.
  9. ^ "Thalia Chart History (Hot Latin Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2010-08-25.
  10. ^ "Thalia Chart History (Latin Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2010-08-25.
  11. ^ "Thalia Chart History (Regional Mexican Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2010-08-25.