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gloria! is the eighth studio album released by American singer-songwriter Gloria Estefan, released in June 1998 by Epic Records.

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U.S. & Australian Cover
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 2, 1998 (1998-06-02)
StudioCrescent Moon Studios, Miami
GenrePop, dance, Latin pop, house
ProducerEmilio Estefan Jr.
Gloria Estefan chronology
Best of Gloria Estefan
Alma Caribeña ~ Caribbean Soul
Singles from gloria!
  1. "Heaven's What I Feel / Corazón Prohibido"
    Released: May 5, 1998
  2. "Oye"
    Released: July 27, 1998
  3. "Don't Let This Moment End"
    Released: November 3, 1998
  4. "Cuba Libre"
    Released: November 9, 1998
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyB[2]
Robert Christgau(dud)[3]


gloria! is a dance and house album which was a departure from Estefan's previous works. Though dance elements had been featured in previous recordings, gloria! was her first album to consist entirely of upbeat club music.[2]

The album spawned four singles and one promotional single. "Heaven's What I Feel" was released as the first single from the album and peaked at #27 on the Billboard Hot 100. "Oye!" was released as the second single from the album, however, its release as a physical single was canceled in the United States. The song peaked at #1 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play, Hot Latin Tracks, and the Latin Tropical/Salsa Airplay charts. "Don't Let This Moment End" was released as the third single from the album and peaked at #76 on the Billboard Hot 100. In Spain, "Cuba Libre" was released as a fourth single and "Don't Stop" was released promotionally. Though they did not feature any tracks from gloria!, the extended plays "Bailando!" and "Partytime!" were released exclusively at Target stores as a form of promotion for the album.

Several nominations were received for the album's singles. "Heaven's What I Feel" received a Grammy Music Award nomination for "Best Dance Recording", as did "Don't Let This Moment End" the following year.[4] Estefan received a Grammy nomination for "Best Video, Long Form" for the album's supplementary DVD Don't Stop!. Estefan received the Billboard Latin Music Award for "Best Latin Dance Club Play Track of the Year" for "Oye!" and received an Alma Award for the music video for "Heaven's What I Feel".

Track listingEdit

U.S. & U.K. Limited Edition Blue Vinyl LP Release [5]
1."Heaven's What I Feel"Kike Santander5:02
2."Don't Stop"Emilio Estefan, Jr., Tony Moran, Angie Chirino4:27
3."Oye"Gloria Estefan, Emilio Estefan Jr., Randall Barlow, Angie Chirino4:40
4."Real Woman"Gloria Estefan, Emilio Estefan Jr., Lawrence P. Dermer4:22
5."Feelin'"Lawrence P. Dermer4:10
6."Don't Release Me" (Featuring Wyclef Jean)Lawrence P. Dermer, N. Jean4:16
7."Don't Let This Moment End"Gloria Estefan, Emilio Estefan Jr., Lawrence P. Dermer, Roberto Blades4:42
8."Touched By An Angel"Gloria Estefan, Emilio Estefan, Jr.4:11
9."Lucky Girl"Emilio Estefan, Jr., Lawrence P. Dermer4:31
10."I Just Wanna Be Happy"Lawrence P. Dermer3:54
11."Cuba Libre"Gloria Estefan, Emilio Estefan, Jr.4:38
Worldwide CD, Cassette & MiniDisc Bonus Tracks
12."Feelin'" (Love To Infinity Remix)Lawrence P. Dermer4:43
13."Don't Release Me" (Wyclef Jean Remix)Gloria Estefan, Lawrence P. Dermer, N. Jean4:05
14."Corazón Prohibido (Heaven's What I Feel - Spanish Version)" (Pablo Flores Remix)Gloria Estefan, Kike Santander5:08
15."Cuba Libre" (Spanish Version / aka Spanish/Pablo Flores Remix)Gloria Estefan, Emilio Estefan Jr.4:38
16."Oye" (Pablo Flores Spanish Remix Radio Edit)Gloria Estefan, Emilio Estefan Jr., Randall Barlow, Angie Chirino4:17

Chart positionsEdit

Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (1998) Peak
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[7] 24
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[8] 38
Canadian Albums (RPM)[9] 65
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[10] 47
French Albums (SNEP)[11] 56
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[12] 34
Spanish Albums (Promusicae)[13] 1
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[14] 12
UK Albums (OCC)[15] 16
US Billboard 200[16] 23

Certifications and salesEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[17] Platinum 60,000^
Australia (ARIA)[18] gold 35,000^
México[19] platinum 135,000^
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[20] Gold 100,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[21] Platinum 100,000^
Chile (IFPI Chile)[citation needed] Gold 10,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[22] Gold 100,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[23] 5× Platinum 500,000^
United States (RIAA)[25] Gold 571,000^
Uruguay (CUD)[26] Platinum 6,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


Year Award Show Award
1999 Alma Awards Outstanding Music Video, "Heaven's What I Feel"
1999 Alma Awards Outstanding Host in a Variety/Music/Comedy Special or Series, "The World Music Awards"
1999 Alma Awards Ricardo Montalban Achievement Award
1999 Amigo Music Award (Spain) Best Latin Female Artist
2000 Billboard Latin Music Awards Best Latin Dance Club Play Track of the Year, "Oye!"
2000 American Music Award Award Of Merit

Release historyEdit

Region Date
U.S. June 2, 1998 (1998-06-02)
International June 1, 1998 (1998-06-01)
Australia June 19, 1998 (1998-06-19)
Japan May 30, 1998 (1998-05-30)


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