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Gran City Pop ( ) is the ninth studio album by Mexicanmarker singer Paulina Rubio released by Universal Music Group on June 23, 2009 . The album's first single "Causa y Efecto" became Rubio's first number one single on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs since Ni Una Sola Palabra in 2006. It was also Rubio's fourth number one single in her career to reach number one on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs.

This is her 3rd consecutive album to come out with a #1 single on the Hot Latin tracks chart.

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

Album background

This production features compositions by Estefano, Los Rabanes, Jeremias, Noel Schjris ( Sin Bandera), Gianmarco, Lester Mendez, and Mario Domm (Camila). Paulina prepared her album with her own songs with the help Coti Sorokin who played 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, "but 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; is a disc to get the child within us," she said.

Album information

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 vitals and musicals 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 collaborates Estéfano, Chris Rodríguez, Cachorro López, Léster Méndez and Coti".

Rubio started working on Gran City Pop in her Miamimarker 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. Both versions, the special edition and the normal edition, were released on June 23, 2009.

Reception

The album received positive reviews from the critics, who have stated that the album is a great pop album.Phil Freeman from the "Allmusic" gave a positive review 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...Arrangements run the gamut from the acoustic guitar and organ of "Amanecí Sin Ti" to the big sampled Gary Glitter beat of first single "Causa y Efecto," the New Order-style pulsing bassline of "Enséñame," and "Algo de Ti," with sampled strings rubbing against hard synth lines...one of its definite high points, is the hip-hop/ranchero fusion "Ni Rosas Ni Juguetes,"it's exactly the kind of culture-blending, boundary-dissolving sound that encapsulates modern Latin pop, and it's brilliant. Almost miraculously, this album's style-hopping, from electro to pop/rock (sometimes sounding like Electronic, as on "A Contraluz") to indefinable blends of whatever works, never becomes tiresome. That's a tribute not only to Rubio's producers, but to her own force of personality. She's one of the most vibrant performers in Latin pop.

"Rachel Devitt" from Rhapsody.com gave a positive review saying:

"An imaginary utopia inspired by Miami, Madrid and Mexico City, Paulina Rubio's Gran City effortlessly blends the sounds of those scenes, jumping from Mexican regional-infused pop (don't miss the bonus banda version of "Causa Y Efecto") to Latin alt to almost ABBA-esque Euro-disco (the dramatic "Algo de Ti"). 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."

Promotion

Paulina's big come back 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 Citymarker on May 11, 2009 to promote Gran City Pop. The concert was presented by Univision Radio.

During her stay in New York, she visited the MTV Tr3s Studiosmarker, she taped the show ESL, and presented fans the single Causa y Efecto. The performance was aired on May 14.

Paulina appeared at Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica 2009 on October 15 along with Cobra Starship peforming Good Girls Go Bad and Ni Rosas Ni Juguetes. Shere was the female performer with the most nominations (and second most overall):Video of the Year, Mejor Artista, Mejor Artista Pop, Mejor Solista y Artista del Ano, winning Mejor Solista becoming her first award. Rubio and Cobra Starship won an MTV Award for "Best Performance", as voted by the public, beating artist such as Shakira, Nelly Furtado, and Wisin y Yandel.

On November 1st, Paulina performed ni rosas ni juguetes on ¡Viva el Sueño!, a reality competition show similar to American Idol.

On November 12th, Paulina performed at the 2009 Premios Telehit which take place 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 16th.

Paulina performed at Premios OYE! performing causa y efecto". "Causa y Efecto" won the award for "Video of the Year" given to her by her mother "Susana Dosamantes".

Singles

Song Peak chart positions
US Billboard Hot Latin Tracks US Billboard Latin Pop Songs Mexico Singles Chart Spain Singles Chart
"Causa y Efecto" 1 1 1 7
"Ni Rosas Ni Juguetes" 13 6 7 24
  • "Causa y Efecto", the first single from Gran City Pop was released to U.S. radio on March 30 and worldwide 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 Hot Latin Songs becoming Rubio's fourth #1 on the chart. It has peaked at #1 on several Latin America countries and peaked at #7 on Spain.


  • "Ni Rosas Ni Juguetes" was released as the second single from Gran City Pop. The music video was directed by Jessy Terrero on August 26 on New York; The video premiered on October 8th. Ni Rosas Ni Juguetes has so far peaked at number 13 on the Hot Latin Songs and number 6 on the Latin Pop Songs. On October 21 it entered the Spanish Top 50 Songs at number 37 and has so far peaked at number 24. In Mexico the song peaked at number 7.


  • "Algo De Ti" has peaked at #10 in Ecuador, without being released as a single. No music video or promotion have been planned.


Credits

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


Tracklisting

Bonus DVD

  • Días De Trabajo En Gran City Pop - 16:33 (Making Of Video)
  • "Causa y Efecto" - 3:23 (Music Video)
  • Behind the Scenes - 3:29 (Photoshoot)
  • Photo Gallery


Chart Performance

The album sold 10,788 copies in its first week of release (the second highest opening for a Latin Pop Album behind Nelly Furtado's, "Mi Plan" which sold 13,500) debuting at #44 on the Billboard 200 in the United States. It debuted at #2 on the Latin Albums and #1 on the Latin Pop Albums charts. Gran City Pop has been awarded a platinum award for shipments of over 300,000 copies in Europe, Latin America and the United States combined.

The album debuted at #2 on the Mexican Album Chart where it has been certified Gold for sales of over 40,000. On the Spain Album Chart, the album debuted at #3, while debuting at #11 on the Argentine Album Chart

Charts

Chart (2009)) Providers Peak
position
Certification Shipments/Sales
Argentina Albums Chart CAPIF 2
Mexican Albums Chart AMPROFON 2 Gold 40,000
Spanish Albums Chart PROMUSICAE 3 Gold 30,000
U.S. Billboard 200 RIAA 44 200,000
U.S. Billboard Top Latin Albums 2 Platinum
U.S. Billboard Latin Pop Albums 1


Awards and Nominations

! Year !! Award !! Category !! Result
2009 Premios People en Español Song of the Year

(for "Causa y Efecto")
Nominated
2009 Premios People en Español Best Musical Comeback Winner
2009 Premios People en Español Album of the Year Nominated
2009 Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica 2009 Best Solo Artist Winner
2009 Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica 2009 Best Performance Winner
2009 Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica 2009 Artist of the Year Nominated
2009 Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica 2009 Best Pop Artist Nominated
2009 Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica 2009 Best North Artist Nominated
2009 Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica 2009 Video of the Year

(for "Causa y Efecto")
Nominated
2009 Premios OYE! Video of the Year

(for "Causa y Efecto")
Nominated
2009 Premios OYE! Premio del Publico

Winner
2009 Premios 40 Principales España Mejor artista Mexico Nominated
2009 Premios 40 Principales España Mejor artista internacional en lengua española Nominated
2009 Premios 40 Principales España Mejor canción internacional en lengua española por "Causa y efecto" Nominated
2009 Latin Grammy Awards of 2009 Producer of the Year: Cachorro Lopez (for his work on Gran City Pop) Winner
2009 Premios Telehit 2009 Mexicana Más Internacional Winner
2009 Gobierno de Quintana Roo Embajadora de Turismo en Quintana Roo Winner
2009 Revista GQ Mexico a la Mujer del Año Woman of the Year Winner


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