Thalia Biography

Ariadna Thalía Sodi Miranda (born August 26, 1971), known simply as Thalía, is a Mexican singer and former actress. Her name is linked to soap operas which made her famous worldwide. Thalía began her music career at the age of 8. Her soap operas have been watched by over 2 billion people in 180 countries. She is known globally as "the queen of soaps" for being the biggest TV phenomenon in the decade of 90s. Thalía has the keys of more than 50 cities in the world, and has toured in five continents, making her one of the most internationally famous Latin singers ever. Thalía has received more than 2,000 awards throughout her career for both singing and acting and is a multi-platinum singer.

Personal life

Thalía was born in Mexico City. She is the daughter of Ernesto Sodi Pallares, a scientist, doctor of pathology, criminologist and writer, and Yolanda Miranda Mange, a painter and Thalía's manager from 1980 to 1999. She is the youngest of four sisters: Laura, Federica, Gabriela and Ernestina. She is of Spanish ancestry. On December 2, 2000, Thalía married music executive Tommy Mottola. On October 7, 2007, she gave birth to her first child, a girl named Sabrina Sakaë Mottola Sodi. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

Early career

In 1981, Thalía started her musical career as a vocalist in the Mexican child group Din Din. She performed in the music festival "Juguemos a Cantar" as a member of the group and later, as a soloist. As a vocalist, she is considered a mezzo-soprano. In 1984, she was cast in the teenage version of the stage production "Grease", being cast in the lead role of Sandy.

Timbiriche (1986-1989)

In 1986, she became a member of a successful band, Timbiriche, she replaced one of the original female vocalists, Sasha Sokol. Thalía recorded three albums with the band, which were titled Timbiriche VII, Timbiriche VIII y IX and Los Clasicos de Timbiriche. In 1989, she left Timbiriche and that same year, she traveled to Los Angeles, California to prepare for a solo career.

Solo career
Early albums (1990-1992)

In 1990, she released her first solo album, self-titled Thalía. Produced by Alfredo Diaz Ordaz, Thalía released the album through Fonovisa Records. She earned a platinum record the following year in Mexico. The album spawned the singles Un Pacto entre los Dos, Saliva, Amarillo Azul, and Pienso en Ti.

In 1991, Thalía traveled to Spain and starred in different television programs, such as VIP Noche. That same year she released her second studio album, Mundo de Cristal, produced by Alfredo Diaz Ordaz. The album went gold and platinum in Mexico. This album, released by Fonovisa, spawned three Mexican top ten hits, Sudor, En la Intimidad and Fuego Cruzado.

Thalía's third album, Love, which was recorded in Spain, was produced by Luis Carlos Esteban and released in 1992. The record includes the Mexican number one hits Sangre and Love. It also contains the top 10 hit La Vida en Rosa, a Spanish-French adaptation of Édith Piaf's signature song, La Vie en Rose. It went 2x gold and platinum in Mexico.

En éxtasis (1995)

Changes came in 1995, 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. The album has been recognized with multiple gold and platinum records.

Manila Live Concert (1996)

Thalía performed at concerts 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 and Amor a la Mexicana (1997)

In 1997, 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 Thalía's actual "crossover", and she did it before many other Latin American singers started to sing in English, including Ricky Martin, Shakira or Paulina Rubio. "Nandito ako" features the Tagalog version of Wilfrido Vargas' merengue song "El Venao", whose title in the album is "Chika Lang". The CD was re-edited in 2007 by EMI, to commemorate the 10 years of its release. This later version features different pictures from the original album, all of them taken from the CD "El sexto sentido", which Thalía was going to record many years later.

Also in that year, she traveled back to the Philippines and had a major concert at the Araneta Coliseum.

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 a la Mexicana met international success and was a much stronger album, 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.

That same year, Atlantic Records released the soundtrack for the animated feature film Anastasia, which included the Spanish version of "Journey to the Past" as a bonus track and performed by Thalía.

In 1997, 25 April 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 television programs, including Hard Copy, Entertainment Tonight, El Show de Cristina and The Rosie O'Donnell Show.

She also starred in Mambo Café, a 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. Thalía has not since acted in a film.

Arrasando (2000)

Emilio Estefan also produced her follow-up, Arrasando, released on April 25, 2000, which was very successful. Thalía was nominated in the Latin Grammy category as the "Best Female Pop Artist of the Year". The album 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 were huge hits. In 2001 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".

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.

Thalía: Con Banda: Grandes Éxitos (2001)

On August 28, 2001, 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.

Thalía (2002)

One year later, Thalía's next album, self-titled Thalía, released on May 21, 2002, 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 and 4x Multi-Platinum 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, winning the last two awards. "No Me Enseñaste" is one of her biggest hits 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 and topped Latin airplays, becoming an absolute #1 single.

Thalía's Hits Remixed and Thalía in English (2003)
On February 25, 2003, she released a remix-album called Thalía'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. And includes the previously unreleased medley that Thalía recorded especially for her the 2001 Latin Grammy Awards performance. That later was cancelled, due to the 9/11 attack.
In 2003 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", "Don't Look Back" and "Cerca De Ti" 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), it also earned the general gold status in the U.S. for sales of over 500,000. 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)

On February 10, 2004 she released her first official Greatest Hits album, and "Cerca De Ti" and "Acción y Reacción" were the singles from this album. In April 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)

Her next album "El Sexto Sentido" was released July 19, 2005 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. It 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 well and was certified platinum. The album was also certified gold in Argentina, Greece and Mexico.

El Sexto Sentido Re+Loaded! (2006)

In 2006 the album received a reload version, El Sexto Sentido: Re+Loaded. 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 the album. It was released in Mexico on February 13, 2006 (U.S. June 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, 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. Thalía also joined ABC Radio to start The Conexión Thalía Radio Show, where she talks about music, fashion, news and political issues.

On June 12, 2007, 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 (the best seller) moving to #2 after Thalía'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 for a record-breaking seventh time where they called her their "Queen". She was once again featured in the 2010 edition for an eighth time.

Lunada (2008)

In May 2008, 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, "Lunada" debuted at #8 in Mexico and peaked at #10 in the Billboard Top Latin Albums (U.S). Despite the poor promotions of the album, it was the last Thalía studio album by EMI .

Thalía later appeared on El Show De Cristina, aired in late July 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 Premios Juventud (Youth Awards), Thalía was given A "Diva Award" from her enormous achievements during her 18-year career. Last October 2, she won a "El Premio del Publico 2008 (The Audience Award) award en la categoría Trayectoria Latina" at Orgullosamente Latino("Proudly Latin") 2008.

"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 October 14, 2008, "Casita Maria" (charitable organization) awarded Thalía with the Gold Medal of Honour for her outstanding humanitarian, philanthropic and cultural contributions to the community at large and to the Hispanic community in particular, at its 75th Annual Thalía Gala at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York City. The same day Thalía 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 October 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 November 18, Thalía announced the end of her collaboration with EMI Music. After 13 successful years with EMI Music, "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 36-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 artists like Luis Miguel, Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Beyoncé and Madonna.

Primera Fila (2009-present)
On July 30, 2009, Thalía recorded her first live album, titled Primera Fila, in Miami, Florida at the BankUnited Center. This is her first project under her new record label, Sony Music. Primera Fila was released on December 1, 2009. Equivocada is the first single, it was released on October 7, 2009. The album has gone multi-platinum since then, selling more than a half of million copies. Primera Fila shows Thalía's vocal potential and earned positive critics. The album has topped the number one quickly after the official release and remains in Mexican Top 3 albums for more than 10 weeks. The second single is "Qué Será De Ti", it was released on January 15, 2010.
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