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Biography for ThalíaAriadna Thalía Sodi Miranda, A.K.A. Thalía, (born Aug. 26, 1971 (42 years ago) in Mexico City) is a Mexican pop singer and former actress. Her name is linked to popular soap operas (or telenovelas) who made her famous worldwide. Thalia's began her musical career at the age of 9 years old. She has sold around 25 million records worldwide as a solo artist and her soap operas have been watched by over one billion people.She is a multi-platinum recording artist and married to music executive Tommy Mottola. Amor a la Mexicana, is considered to be Thalia's best-selling album.
Thalía's complete name is Ariadna Thalía Sodi Miranda. She was born on Aug. 26, 1971 (42 years ago) in the Spanish Hospital in Mexico City, being the fifth and last child of Ernesto Sodi Pallares; a scientist, doctor of pathology, criminologist and writer, and Yolanda Miranda Mange, a painter and Thalía's manager from 1980 (33 years ago) to 1999 (14 years ago). She has four sisters. By the time she was one year old, she had already appeared on TV in a soft drink advertisement.
She participated in different children programs, and drawing contests. At age 6, Thalia studied classical ballet at Academia de Nellie Happee. She also studied gymnastics during that time. Thalia took piano lessons at Instituto Mexicano de Musica, in Mexico City.
Timbiriche (1986-1989)In 1986 (27 years ago) she became a member of a very successful band Timbiriche, taking the place of the popular Sasha Sokol. maaaa
Early AlbumsIn January, 1990 (23 years ago) she traveled to the United States for a year. At the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) she learned the English language, took classes in singing, piano, bass, physical culture, jazz and modern dance, acting, diction, aesthetics and dance. She learned to play the saxophone and piano. With a new image (wallpaper) (which was criticized by many) she returned to Mexico, launching the first record carrying her name, Thalía, which she accomplished with Alfredo Díaz Ordaz. Her introductory album, which received much criticism following the tradition of Timbiriche, represented the pop-rock style."Un Pacto Entre Los Dos" was her first single.
In 1991 (22 years ago), she traveled to Spain and starred in different TV programs like Vip de Noche and also released her second album Mundo de Cristal, which went gold. In 1992 (21 years ago), her third album Love went platinum. It includes hits like "Sangre", "El Bronceador" and "Love" and established her as a singer in Mexico.
En Éxtasis (1995, 18 years ago)Changes came in 1995 (18 years ago), after a three-year pause, when she moved from Fonovisa to EMI Latin and released her label debut, En Éxtasis, her first record for EMI, featured her first major international hit, "Piel Morena". The album was produced with the aid of celebrated producers such as Emilio Estefan (husband of the famous Cuban singer Gloria Estefan) and Óscar López. The album became her first international success, and has been sold in across Latin America, the United States, Europe and Asia. It has sold more than 3 million copies worldwide, and has been recognized with multiple gold and platinum records.
Manila Live Concert (1996, 17 years ago)Thalia's telenovelas Marimar became a phenomenal success in the Philippines in 1996 (17 years ago) and so, she was invited to visit the country in that year. Being a singer, she had a major live concert at both the Folk Arts Theater which filled up the SRO total seat capacity and at the Araneta Coliseum which filled up to its SRO 25,000 thousand seat capacity.
Nandito Ako (1997, 16 years ago)In 1997 (16 years ago), Thalía came back to the Philippines to release her album Nandito Ako, also the cd single. She also gave two major live concerts that year, both at the Araneta Coliseum. The album is mostly recorded in Tagalog and English. This was Thalia´s actual "cross over", and she did it before becoming a huge success worldwide and before many other Latin American singers started to sing in English, including Ricky Martin, Shakira (37 walls) or Paulina Rubio. "Nandito ako" features the Tagalog version of Wilfrido Vargas' popular merengue song "El Venao", whose title in the album is "Chika Lang". The cd was re-edited in 2007 (6 years ago) by EMI, to commemorate the 10 years of its release. This later version features different pictures (wallpaper) from the original album, all of them taken from the cd "El sexto sentido", which Thalia was going to record many years later.
Anastasia soundtrack (1997, 16 years ago)In 1997 (16 years ago) Atlantic Records released the soundtrack for the animated feature movie Anastasia, which included as a bonus track the Spanish version of "Journey to the Past", performed by Thalía. Also in that year, she traveled back to the Philippines and had a major concert at the Araneta Coliseum.
Amor a la Mexicana (1997, 16 years ago)Latin pop producer Emilio Estefan, Jr. produced her next album, Amor a la Mexicana in which—returning to her Latin roots—includes rhythms with a Mexican-Cuban flavor in the lead single. Amor à la Mexicana met international success and was a much stronger album, her first great one, which featured hits such as "Amor A La Mexicana", "Por Amor" or "Mujer Latina". This album established her as a Latin Pop diva around the world. In the Wax Museum of Mexico City, they unveiled her statue in life size.
In 1997 (16 years ago), 21 Apr. was declared the "Day of Thalía" in Los Angeles. She has a broad fan base around the world, through her music and telenovelas. She has been named one of the "25 most beautiful people" by the magazine People en Español many times. She has been a guest on TV programs, including Hard Copy, Entertainment Tonight, El Show de Cristina and The Rosie O'Donnell Show.
She also starred in Mambo Café, a modest Hollywood production in which she played a young Puerto Rican girl alongside Danny Aiello and Rosanna de Soto with Paul Rodriguez as her father. The movie received poor reviews and went straight to video. After the failure of this movie, Thalia has not acted in a film.
Arrasando (2000, 13 years ago)Emilio Estefan also produced her follow-up, Arrasando, which was very successful. Thalia was nominated in the Latin Grammy category as the "Best Female Pop Artist of the Year". The album also received one Latin Grammy nomination and it won in its category as the "Best Sound Engineered Album of the year". The singles of this album ("Arrasando/It's My Party", "Entre El Mar Y Una Estrella", "Regresa a Mi" and "Reencarnación") were great hits too. In 2001 (12 years ago) she was nominated for her record Arrasando and won a Lo Nuestro award in the category of People's Prize, and was the first artist to whom an innovative award from Billboard Awards for Latin Music was given, the "Star Award". Sales of the album have exceeded 10 million copies on the international level.
On May 5 — a Mexican National Holiday — the President of the United States, George W. Bush, invited her to a party organized at the White House, and she interpreted a potpourri of popular Mexican songs with a Mexican mariachi orchestra.
Thalia: Con Banda: Grandes Éxitos (2001, 12 years ago)On Aug. 28, 2001 (12 years ago), expressing her love for her country of birth, Mexico, she released her album Con Banda: Grandes Éxitos: a "greatest hits" album, but recorded with the typical Mexican "banda" sound. "Amor a la Mexicana" banda version was released as a single. The album was nominated for a Latin Grammy for Best Banda Album at the 3rd Annual Latin Grammy Awards in 2002 (11 years ago).
Thalia (2002, 11 years ago)Two years later, Thalía's next album, Thalía, was largely written and produced by Estéfano. Buoyed by a pair of chart-topping singles ("No Me Enseñaste" and "Tú y Yo") and a top-ten hit ("¿A Quién Le Importa?") this album hit number one for 6 consecutive weeks on the Top Latin Albums chart, reaching number 11 on the Billboard 200 chart, reaching 4x Multiplatinum status with sales 800,000 copies. It was nominated in one Latin Grammy category - "Female Pop Vocal Album", and in four Latin Billboard categories - "Pop Track Female" and "Tropical Track Female" for No me enseñaste, "Your World Award", and "Female Pop Album", for Thalía (2002 album), winning the last two awards. "No me enseñaste" is probably her biggest hit to date, receiving many Latin Billboard nominations, many other awards, as well as chart-topping success. It was #1 in Billboard's Hot Latin Tracks. It topped Latin airplays and was #1.
Thalia's Hits Remixed (2003, 10 years ago)On Feb. 25, 2003 (10 years ago), she released a remix-album called Thalia's Hits Remixed. This Album contains some remixes of many of her hits, such as "Amor a la Mexicana", "Piel Morena", "No Me Enseñaste" and "Tú y Yo." The album contains the English version of "Arrasando", called "It's My Party" that was released only on CD single back in 2001 (12 years ago). And includes the previously unreleased medley that Thalia recorded especially for her the 2001 (12 years ago) Latin Grammy Awards performance. That later was cancelled, due the 9/11 attack.
Thalia (English album) (2003, 10 years ago)In 2003 (10 years ago) Thalía released her first English language album, the self-titled Thalía (English), featuring the rapper Fat Joe in "I Want You/Me Pones Sexy", "Baby, I'm in Love/Alguien Real" and "Don't Look Back" were singles too. The album sold over 150,000 within the first weeks in the United States (52,000 in the first week, landing at #11 in The Billboard 200). This album introduced her to the music market of Japan, where she sold around more than 420,000 copies and became a celebrity there. The song "I Want You" entered the American Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest and even reached the top 10 during that year. The song also entered the American Billboard Top 100 Singles Charts that year. She won an International Dance Music Award for her club-hit "Dance Dance (The Mexican)".
Greatest Hits (2004, 9 years ago)On Feb. 10, 2004 (9 years ago) she released her first official Greatest Hits album, and "Cerca De Ti" and "Acción y Reacción" were the singles from this album. In Apr. and May, she toured USA and Mexico with her "High Voltage Tour". It was the first time she was touring in the United States.
El Sexto Sentido (2005, 8 years ago)Her next album El Sexto Sentido was released Jul. 19, 2005 (8 years ago) and was recorded mostly in the Spanish, but with a few of the cuts sung in English as well. It was the most expensive CD produced in Latin America in 2005 (8 years ago). It has had mild success so far, though the sound and the overall result make it one of her most integrated projects. "Amar Sin Ser Amada" (and its English version "You Know He Never Loved You") was the first single of the album (featuring Héctor "El Bambino" only in the Reggaeton version). It is an infectious rock-edged tango-based song. "Un Alma Sentenciada", the second single, is a feverish and, at points, hyperdramatic ballad. The explosive "Seducción" ("Seduction") was the third single. El Sexto Sentido debuted in at #63 in The Billboard 200 selling 25,000 copies in the first week. It went on to sell more than 1,500,000 copies and was certified platinum. The album was also certified gold in Argentina, Greece and Mexico.
El Sexto Sentido Re+Loaded! (2006, 7 years ago)In 2006 (7 years ago), Because of the failure of El Sexto Sentido and its singles, EMI felt the need to revive the album, so they created El Sexto Sentido Reloaded. Thalía was the 'godmother' of Cantando Por Un Sueño, a Mexican TV reality show. It was rumored she got paid 1 million dollars to perform. Thalía recorded the title song of the show, and it was included in El Sexto Sentido Re+Loaded (a re-released version of Thalia's current album). It was released in Mexico on Feb. 13, 2006 (7 years ago) (U.S. Jun. 6, Spain May 29) and features four new songs, including a duet with the group Aventura "No, No, No" which become a massive hit. "El Sexto Sentido was nominated in one Latin Billboard category - "Pop Female Album" and in eight Premios Juventud categories.
In 2006 (7 years ago), Thalía became a U.S. citizen at a swearing-in ceremony in New York, where she resides with her husband. Under Mexican law she is allowed to retain her Mexican citizenship. Thalia also joined ABC Radio to start The Conexión Thalía Radio Show, where she talks about music, fashion, news and political issues.
On Jun. 12, 2007 (6 years ago), according to news released on the website of Hello! magazine, in an exclusive interview for the Mexican edition of ¡Hola!, she announced that she was pregnant. The issue was a top seller where it dethroned Luis Miguel's son's picture (wallpaper) (the best seller) moving to #2 after Thalia's issue managed to be Hola's Top-selling issue of its history selling over 2.1 million units in just 4 days in Mexico and Spain alone.
Afterwards, she was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in People en Español 2008 (5 years ago) for a record-breaking seventh time where they called her their "Queen".
Lunada (2008, 5 years ago)In May 2008 (5 years ago), Thalía's single "Ten paciencia", was premiered on the internet. Although, the single received a lukewarm response and didn't perform well in the U.S. charts and Top 20 hits in Mexico, it was #1 in several countries of Latin America. Furthermore, The album debuted at #8 in Mexico, peaked at #10 in the Billboard Top Latin Albums (U.S). Despite the poor promotions the album The Lunada album was leaked through the internet four days before its official release and the carrier single "Ten Paciencia"'s music video was released just about a week from the album. Lunada plummeted Thalia's fame and success, who by now was considered a has been by the critics and the public, while rival Paulina Rubio and Colombia's Shakira (37 walls) continued to hold their own as Latin Pop Queens.
Thalia later appeared on El Show De Cristina, aired in late Jul. by Univision's Spanish network to promote the said album. According to Univision network, her appearance on the said show, that day, received huge ratings success, reaching #1 in both Chicago and Miami beating the ratings of such huge worldwide networks as CBS, NBC and ABC. The show was viewed by over 87 million people as a result from showing it in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami and San Antonio, without even considering her home country Mexico which proves that the public still have not lost interest in her.
At 2008 (5 years ago) Premios Juventud (Youth Awards), Thalia was given A "Diva Award" from her enormous achievements during her 18-year career. Last Oct. 2, she won a "El Premio del Publico 2008 (5 years ago) (The Audience Award) award en la categoría Trayectoria Latina" at Orgullosamente Latino ("Proudly Latin") 2008 (5 years ago).
"Será porque te amo", the second single, received no promotion and become another failed single. It is a Spanish language cover version of the Italian hit "Sarà perché ti amo", performed originally by the group Ricchi e Poveri.
On Oct. 14, 2008 (5 years ago), "Casita Maria" (charitable organization) awarded Thalia with the Gold Medal of Honour for her outstanding humanitarian, philanthropic and cultural contibutions to the community at large and to the Hispanic community in particular, at its 75th Annual Fiesta Gala at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York City. The same day Thalia was the guest of honor (invited by Police Commissioner Ray Kelly) at an event that is held every year by the New York Police Department (NYPD) at its headquarters in 1 Police Plaza to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, where she also received an award.
On Oct. 23, it was announced that Thalía was suffering from Lyme disease, which is transmitted by ticks. Fortunately, it was discovered quickly, and the singer, as well as her mother, Yolanda Miranda, were able to receive antibiotics in time.
On Nov. 18, Thalia announced the end of her collaboration with EMI Music. After 13 successful years with EMI Music with sales approaching 30 million on an international level, "the Mexican singer says goodbye to the music label and plans on recording her next album in English." With the recent release of her album Lunada, the 37-year-old singer ended her contract with EMI Music, who recognized that the album was not successful as it was not well promoted since it coincided with the months after her pregnancy when she contracted Lyme disease.
Despite Lunada being a commercial disappointment, it was named as the "Best Album of the Year" by ¡Hola! readers. The latest work of the Mexican singer achieved 8,750 votes beating arists like Luis Miguel, Britney Spears (80 walls), Mariah Carey (29 walls), Beyoncé and Madonna.
Primera Fila CD/DVD (2009, 4 years ago)On Mar. 4 2009 (4 years ago), it has been confirmed by Al Braik Investments LLC and AEG Live that Thalia is currently in talks to perform in Dubai later this year. Dubai, a city in the United Arab Emirates, has been known throughout the world for hosting singers such as Kylie Minogue (25 walls), Janet Jackson, Christina Aguilera (88 walls), Alicia Keys (12 walls) and Mariah Carey.
On Jul. 29,30, 2009 (4 years ago) Thalia will record in [Miami] her first private acoustic concert of her new CD/DVD, which was titled as "Primera Fila (Thalía album)" and which will be release in the market in Nov. 2009 (4 years ago). With a selected audience, the material will be held on Jul. 30 at the BankUnited Center at the University of Miami, with the collaboration of prominent Latin musicians, organizers reported through an invitation. This is the first project with her new record label Sony Music, after saying goodbye to EMI Music (signed since 1994 (19 years ago)). Although up to now they are maintained in secret the themes that will form the part of the disc, in website states that is indicated that the former Sin Banderas Léon Polar will participate in the lyrics. Meanwhile, the producer of the album will be Emilio Estefan, with whom the star of María la del Barrio, and María Mercedes obtained successes with themes Amor à la Mexicana and Arrasando.
BusinessIn 2003 (10 years ago) launched a very successful clothing line, exclusively available in Kmart, under the name "Thalía Sodi Collection". With huge success, her clothing line went from 300 Kmart stores to 1,500. On Aug. 13, 2003 (10 years ago), a fashion show, "La Gran Noche de Thalia", marked the launch of the new Latin flavored collection at Capitale restaurant in New York City. The Thalia Sodi Collection was a total hot from the start, and her success has been so imminent that newspapers and magazines such as The New York Times, The New York Post and Fortune Magazine positively compared her to brand powerhouses Oprah and Martha Stewart. In addition, magazines such as Bazaar en español, Cosmopolitan en español, Shape en español and Latina, amongst others, adorned their covers with the beautiful singer, while People en Español chose her as the most beautiful Latin person for 2003 (10 years ago). Her success as well as her beauty turned Thalia into a fashion icon around the world.
Thalia and Kmart also released a very successful eyewear collection "Thalia eyewear". Kenmark group is thrilled to have sold over 1 million units in its Thalía Eyewear collection, said John Justice, VP of International Sales ("Designing an eyewear collection with Thalía has been amazing. Only Thalía could bring such fun and unique styles to eyewear with her festive Latina flair and passion for life"). Building on the success of Thalía Eyewear, Kenmark launched an extension of the collection named "Thalía Girls" in Mar. 2004 (9 years ago). Thalía Girls features trendy shapes, colorful accents and sparkling rhinestone frames for girls ages 7–14 who love fashion and fun. Both collections have achieved phenomenal success in the optical industry by filling a void for the Hispanic market in women's eyewear.
In 2004 (9 years ago), Thalía later signed a contract with the American chocolate company, Hershey's. She appears in the company's Spanish-language advertisements and sells her own branch of Hershey's products called "La Dulcería Thalía" (The Thalía Candy Shop). Hershey is also sponsored Thalía's "High Voltage" concert tour. The variety of sweets inspired by Thalía for the Latin community has been so well-received by the public, that Hershey's sales in the United States have notably gone up, especially in relation to the products promoted by Thalía.
On Nov. 2004 (9 years ago), Thalia Signed on as the First Face of Jeweler Jacob & Co.
In 2006 (7 years ago), Thalia was the Face of "Carol's Daughter" Beauty Products. She and her husband Tommy Mottola are partners/investors at the natural beauty products company Carol's Daughter. Thalia, who has always been at the forefront of beauty, represented Latin women as one of the faces of "Carol's Daughter" products. Thalia and her husband Tommy Mottola, along with personalities such as Will Smith (6 walls), Jada Pinkett-Smith, Jay-Z, Beyonce and Steve Stoute, presented natural beauty products "Carol's Daughter - Beauty by Nature" at a press conference in New York City.
In 2007 (6 years ago), Thalía, who became a US citizen in Jan. 2006 (7 years ago), joined ABC Radio to start "The Conexión Thalía Radio Show", where she talks about music, fashion, news and political issues. The Conexión Thalía Radio Show, a two-hour weekly radio program starring superstar Thalía premiered on Mar. 17, 2007 (6 years ago).
On sep. 2007 (6 years ago), Thalia also released "Thalia: ¡Belleza!-Lessons in Lipgloss and Happiness". In this, her first book, she delivers the ultimate guide to Latin beauty.The book became a best-seller. A new book is planned to be released on "Mother's Day" 2009 (4 years ago) which will be pregnancy guide.
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