Rewinding the Latin Charts: In 2004, Paulina Rubio Stormed to the Top


“Te Quise Tanto” gave La Chica Dorada her first U.S. No. 1 single.

Mexican singer Paulina Rubio, who earned the moniker La Chica Dorada (The Golden Girl), turned a recognizable face of the Latin pop scene of the ‘90s as she claimed the solo highlight together with her debut single “Mio” in 1993, two years after she had left her childhood pop group Timbiriche.

It was years later, although, when she broke into Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart penthouse with one in all her strongest business hits, “Te Quise Tanto” notching her first No. 1 on the Feb. 21, 2004-dated Hot Latin Songs chart after scoring seven high 10s on the record.

“The concept was conceived by means of a mutual good friend of us,” Argentinian singer-songwriter Coti Soronkin tells Billboard. “Pelo Aprile, an important producer and A&R who was working at Universal on the time, known as me and proposed I write a tune for Paulina. Back then I used to be in Spain recording my second album.”

Soronkin, identified for his stage identify Coti, didn’t know Rubio again then, there was no musical intimacy, so he wrote the tune -with the assistance of Andahí (spouse Valeria Larrarte) and Adrain Schinoff, the tune’s demo arranger- primarily based on a common language and emotional spectrum, abounding of collective experiences and perceptions. “I used to be in transit to Malaga when the lyrics of the tune got here to be virtually in its entirety,” he provides a few tune that solidified his standing among the many most coveted songwriters of the second.

As Rubio made it hers together with her inquisitive sense of self and gleaming persona, “Te Quise Tanto” turned an entrancing tune, a pop-rock tinged tune a few misplaced, hopeless love with a welter of sounds, opening with a delineated rock instrumentation layered with a stable percussion, nylon guitars with flamenco air which opened area for Rubio’s trademark hoarse and cheery vocals.

“Te Quise Tanto” turned Rubio’s longest-ruling No. 1 on the Hot Latin Songs chart because it topped the tally for six weeks. Likewise, she earned her longest reign on the Latin Pop Songs airplay chart because it went to reign for 13 weeks. That’s the second-most weeks at No. 1 on the record for a tune by a girl, trailing solely Shakira’s “Suerte” which dominated the record for 14 weeks (Sept. 29-Dec. 1, 2001, Dec. 15, 2001-Jan. 5, 2002).

“Te Quise Tanto” was produced by Emilio Estefan and have become the lead single of Rubio’s seventh studio album, Pau-Latina, which was nominated for a 2004 Latin GRAMMY Award (finest pop feminine vocal album) and a 2005 GRAMMY Award (finest Latin pop album). Rubio, concurrently, garnered her second No. 1 on the Latin Pop Albums chart, main for six weeks, and debuted and peaked at No. 105 on the Billboard 200 chart. The set was the observe as much as her second studio album Paulina which turned the highest promoting Latin album of 2001 within the U.S., in accordance with Nielsen Music, (it bought 255,000 copies that yr and debuted at No. 1 on the Top Latin Albums chart.)

Rubio carried out “Te Quise” on the 2004 Billboard Latin Music Awards. As the tune was a success, her relationship with Coti turned a friendship, opening the doorways for collaborations as he later invited her to Madrid to sing “Nada Fue Un Error” alongside Julieta Venegas. 

Coti later covered the song in 2012. “Te Quise Tanto” returned to its essence: a tango-infused tune, flanked by the violin, bandoneon, violoncello, with placing background vocals, closing with the symbolic Argentinian strident guitar riffs. The tune now lives because the No. 10 observe of his 23-song album Coti Sorokin Y Los Brillantes En El Teatro Colón which was recorded live on the legendary opera home, Teatro Colón, in Buenos Aires.