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Billboard: Thalia, Paulina Rubio, Christina Aguilera Open Up About Landmark 2000 Albums

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The year 2000 was truly one of the best years in music that I remember, not only because of Oops!... I Did It Again, the best album ever ;) but really, overall we had a lot of great artists releasing great albums and singles. And it wasn't just for music in English, but in Latin America we also had amazing songs. I'll always say it, something magical happened that year.

Billboard interviewed Thalia, Paulina Rubio and Christina Aguilera about their respective albums released 20 years ago. Both Thalia and Paulina's albums hit the #1 at the Top Latin Pop Albums, but on the overall Top Latin Albums chart, Paulina's was the one that topped the chart at #1, while Thalia's only peaked at #4.

Paulina Rubio's album went on to become the best-selling Latin album of 2001 in the U.S. To this day they're still the most important albums for both artists.


THALIA - Arrasando (April 25, 2000) 



The cover of Thalia's Arrasando featured a rosy close-up shot of the singer sweetly biting her nail. "'Arrasando' was the name of the one of the songs I wrote at the time," Thalía says today. "The chorus was super powerful. It was like, 'Let's just be positive. Let's take advantage of everything. Let's arrasar con la vida. Let's take it all in.' I knew immediately that would be the name of the album."



PAULINA RUBIO - Paulina (May 23, 2000)




The black and white cover of Rubio's self-titled Paulina featured the singer with her golden tresses flowing down her back. After breaking away from her longtime label EMI, the album was her first release with Universal Music Latin.

"Recording Paulina was a long process of two years," Rubio says. "I felt very safe and supported by my label at the time. The album definitely marks a before and after in my career."




CHRISTINA AGUILERA - Mi Reflejo (Sept. 12, 2000) 




 Mi Reflejo was Aguilera's first, and only, Spanish language album. 

"I remember when I was first coming up, there was a big debate around me on changing my last name because all the businessmen around me thought it was too long, too complicated, and too ethnic," she says. "'Christina Agee' was an option, but that clearly wasn’t going to fly. I was dead set against the idea and I wanted to represent who I really was. Being Latina, it is a part of my heritage and who I am."







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