Mónica Naranjo Carrasco is a Spanish singer who was born in Figueres, a village in Catalonia near Cadaqués, to Andalusian parents on May 23rd, 1974. She recorded her debut album, Mónica Naranjo, in 1994. The album resulted in the hit songs Sola, Solo Se Vive Una Vez, El Amor Coloca, Oyeme, Supernatural, Fuego de pasión and Llorando bajo la lluvia.
In 1997 Mónica Naranjo released her second album, Palabra de Mujer. The album was a hit, managing to sell more than 2 million copies in the United States, Latin America and Spain, thanks to songs such as Desátame, Tú y Yo Volvemos al Amor, Pantera en Libertad, Entender el Amor, and Empiezo a Recordarte. In 2000, Naranjo released her third album, Minage, a tribute to the Italian singer Mina. In an interview that year, she mentioned that the album was like nothing her producers expected: “They were expecting another Palabra de Mujer album, but more than just a hit, I wanted something to let the world know that I am also a fanatic, and that there are many great artists/singers out there who deserve more recognition. An example of such an artist is Mina Mazzini”.
In 2001, Naranjo released Chicas Malas, a commercial dance album featuring several notable collaborations. With such worldwide-known influences, the album sales were disappointing. It sold only 120,000 copies in its first year and is the lowest-selling studio album in her Spanish singing career. In 2002 she decided to make a big leap into the International market by recording the English version of Chicas Malas, Bad Girls. Selling only 5,000 copies online, the album was a flop, although the single I Ain’t Gonna Cry did get Naranjo some recognition in continental Europe. In 2005, after a long musical rest, Mónica returned with a greatest hits album, Colección Privada. With this album, Mónica closed a stage in her life and career.
In 2008 and new and re-energized Mónica Naranjo emerged. The single Europa was officially launched on February 29, 2008, and it climbed to number 1 in the Spanish Single Charts. The album Tarántula, marked a new dawn for Naranjo and also went to number 1 in the Spanish album charts. The songs sounded like nothing else before them and showed off a new freedom and creativity that her fans instantly fell in love with. The second single off the album was Amor y lujo and this also hit number 1 in the charts. Mónica Naranjo became Spain’s great modern diva.
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