Love (Thalía album)

Love is the third studio album by Mexican singer Thalía, released on 7 October 1992, by the previously owned Televisa record label, Melody/Fonovisa, which now belongs to Univision Music Group.[2] It was produced by the Spanish songwriter and producer Luis Carlos Esteban. The album was released in Mexico, some Central-American countries, the United States (with an alternative cover artwork), Spain, Greece and Turkey. In Mexico, two different versions of Love were released and later it would sell over 500,000 there, becoming her most succsessful album till the release of Primera Fila which sold over 600,000.

Love
Thalia Love Cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released7 October 1992 (1992-10-07)[1]
Recorded1992
Genre
Length57:38
LabelMelody/Fonovisa
ProducerLuis Carlos Esteban
Thalía chronology
Mundo de Cristal
(1991)
Love
(1992)
En éxtasis
(1995)
Alternative cover
U.S. edition cover artwork
U.S. edition cover artwork
Singles from Love
  1. "Sangre"
    Released: 1992
  2. "Maria Mercedes"
    Released: 1992
  3. "Love"
    Released: 1993
  4. "La Vie en rose (La Vida en Rosa)"
    Released: 1993

To celebrate Thalía's 25th anniversary as a solo artist, as for December 2014, this album is available in the digital platforms iTunes and Spotify.

Background and productionEdit

After releasing her second studio album Mundo de Cristal, Thalía went to present the TV show VIP Noche in Spain, where she met the Spanish composer and music producer Luiz Carlos Esteban, whom she asked for help to finalize the compositions of what would become her third solo album.[3] To this album, songs with many different music genres were selected, like a cover of "Cien Años" which is a bolero song composed by Pedro Infante and "Love", a contemporary song in the dance music style of the 1990s.[3] It also includes another three covers: "A la Orilla del Mar" ("At the Seashore"), "La Vie en rose" ("Life in pink") and "Nunca Sabrás" ("You'll Never Know").[4] Photography was in charge of the well-known photographer Adolfo Pérez Butron.

The first edition of Love included only 12 songs. However, as Thalía's soap opera, María Mercedes, was turning into a big success, a second version of the album was issued featuring the telenovela's theme song as a bonus track.[5]

PromotionEdit

Thalía presented Love for the first time on the Mexican television show Siempre en Domingo, hosted by Raúl Velasco, where she performed the first single, "Sangre", dedicated to her ex-boyfriend and manager Alfredo Díaz Ordaz who died in 1993. Shortly after the release of the album, Thalía appeared on the talk show Y Vero America Va, hosted by Verónica Castro, where she performed live numerous songs from the album. A special show named Love and her fantasies (from Spanish: Love y otras fantasías) was exhibited in Mexico and included seven music videos of the album's songs: "La Vie en rose", "El Día del Amor", "El Bronceador", "Love", "No trates de Engañarme", "Sangre" and "Déjame Escapar". After the success of the telenovela María Mercedes, it was re-released for the United States as Love and Other Fantasies, the show was broadcast by Univision and were produced by Televisa in 1993, it included the music video for Maria Mercedes and four live performances of Thalía's singles: "En La Intimidad", "Pienso en Ti", "Sudor" and "Amarillo Azul". Later Thalía's songs "Sangre", "Love" and "Flor de Juventud" received another music videos. They were made and shown exclusively on Siempre en Domingo TV show.

Commercial receptionEdit

The album sold 200,000 copies in Mexico in the first month of release and later was certified Platinum + Gold (equivalent of 350,000 copies sold at the time).[6][7] Eventually, Love sold 500,000 copies there.[8] The album's lead single peaked at number two in her native country.[9] The album was certified Gold in Philippines and Thalía received both En éxtasis and Love certifications in her second visit to the country.[10]

SinglesEdit

  • "Sangre": The lead single from Love, it was released in 1992 and was written by Thalía herself. She dedicated it to her then future husband, which died before the marriage. The song reached the number five position in Mexico City.[11]
  • "María Mercedes": The second single, included in the re-released edition of Love, it also appears as the theme song of Thalía's soap opera María Mercedes. It peaked #10 in Mexico City.[12] A remixed version was included in the tracklist of the digital download and streaming versions.
  • "Love": The third single from the album, it was released in 1993. In the TV special "Love Thalía y otras fantasias" a video with Thalía and two dancers dressed in black dancing the song was included. The song reached position number three in Mexico City.[12] Two remixed versions were included in the single: "Club Remix" (7:31) and "Nights Club Mix" (6:52).
  • "La Vie en rose (La Vida en Rosa)": The fourth and final single from the album, it is a cover of Édith Piaf's song, the arrangement of the song resembles the same used by Grace Jones in her 1977 album, Portfolio. An edited version was included in the tracklists of the digital download and streaming version.

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."A la Orilla del Mar"Manuel Esperón, Ernesto Cortazar3:45
2."Sangre"Thalía Sodi3:36
3."La Vie en rose" (La Vida en Rosa)Édith Piaf, Mack David, Louiguy, Luis Carlos Esteban5:11
4."Love"Luis Carlos Esteban4:20
5."El Bronceador"Luis Carlos Esteban3:25
6."Flor de Juventud"Thalía Sodi, Luis Carlos Esteban4:09
7."No es el Momento"Aureo Baqueiro3:47
8."Cien Años"Ruben Fuentes, Alberto Cervantes2:53
9."El Día del Amor"Luis Carlos Esteban3:57
10."Flores Secas en la Piel"Luis Carlos Esteban5:39
11."No Trates de Engañarme"Alex de la Nuez3:55
12."Déjame Escapar"Aureo Baqueiro4:53
Mexican Edition Bonus Tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
13."Nunca Sabrás" (How Much, How Much I Love You)Alec R. Costandinos, Luis Carlos Esteban5:40
14."María Mercedes"Viviana Pímstein, Paco Navarrete2:51
iTunes/Spotify Edition Bonus Tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
15."La Vie en rose (La Vida en Rosa)" (Radio Edit)Édith Piaf, Mack David, Louiguy3:45
16."María Mercedes" (Pista)Viviana Pímstein, Paco Navarrete2:51

ChartsEdit

Chart (1993) Peak
position
US Billboard Latin Pop Albums[13] 15

Certifications and salesEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Guatemala[14] Platinum+Gold 15,000
Mexico (AMPROFON)[7] Platinum+Gold 500,000[8]
Philippines (PARI)[15] Gold 20,000*

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

ReferencesEdit

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  5. ^ Thalia (1 November 2011). Cada día más fuerte. Penguin Publishing Group. pp. 58–. ISBN 978-1-101-54457-0.
  6. ^ "1971: Ve la primera luz Thalía, exitosa cantante y actriz mexican". El Siglo de Torreón (in Spanish). 26 August 2014. Retrieved 21 February 2020.
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  9. ^ "Los discos más populares". Notitas Musicales (in Spanish). 1 December 1992. Archived from the original on 20 September 2020. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  10. ^ Halig, Lester Gopela (16 March 1997). "Thalía". The Philippine Star. Philippines: Philippine Star Printing Co., Inc.
  11. ^ "El Elepé de Vilo". El Siglo de Torreón. 13 January 1993. Archived from the original on 9 February 2016. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  12. ^ a b "Discos más populares". El Siglo de Torreón. 16 April 1993. Archived from the original on 9 February 2016. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  13. ^ "Billboard: Thalía -Love Charts". Billboard. Retrieved 7 February 2018.
  14. ^ "Thalía y su trayectoria como solista" (in Spanish). Mexico: Terra Networks. Archived from the original on 19 February 2013. Retrieved 24 November 2012.
  15. ^ "Thalia – Part I - Second Visit to Manila, Philippines - 1996/1997". RPN. Nine Media Corporation. 1997. Retrieved 28 June 2019. Gold record showed at 2:20