Belinda Peregrín Schüll, known mononymously as Belinda (born 15 August 1989) is a Spanish-born Mexican singer-songwriter. She started her career as a child actor at the age of 10 when she was cast as the lead role in the children’s telenovela ¡Amigos X Siempre! (2000). She later appeared in other children’s programs Aventuras en el Tiempo in 2001 and Cómplices al Rescate in 2002 with their subsequent soundtrack releases and international tours.
Her debut self-titled album Belinda (2003) was a commercial success in Latin America, selling over 2.5 million records worldwide. The album spawned number one singles “Ángel” and “Vivir”; the main themed song of Corazones al Límite. Following her departure from Sony BMG and management in 2005, Belinda’s second album Utopía (2006) earned her two Latin Grammy Awards nominations and was certified platinum in Mexico. It contained the top ten singles “Ni Freud Ni Tu Mamá”, “Bella Traición” and “Luz Sin Gravedad”.
Belinda has also appeared in film including the Disney Channel Original Movie, The Cheetah Girls 2 (2006) and has dubbed voice roles for The Tale of Despereaux in 2008 and Las Aventuras de Tadeo Jones in 2012. Following her return to Mexican television in Camaleones (2009) and the series Mujeres asesinas 3 (2010), inspired her subsequent album Carpe Diem which spawned the hit single “Egoísta”. Her fourth studio album Catarsis debuted at number one on the Mexican Chart, and was preceded by the hit singles “En El Amor Hay Que Perdonar” and “En La Obscuridad”.
Belinda has sold over 2 million albums in the US and 16 million albums worldwide, making her the third best-selling female Mexican artist. Billboard named her the “Princess of Latin Pop”
Belinda was born on 15 August 1989 in Madrid, Spain to a French-Spanish mother and Spanish father. She has a younger brother, Ignacio born in Mexico City. Her father owned several factories in Europe. The family moved to Mexico City permanently when Belinda was 4 years old. Her maternal grandfather was the late famous French bullfighter, Pierre Schüll.
2000–02: Telenovela and soundtrack appearances
At a very early age Belinda showed an incredible talent for singing, acting, and writing and shooting home videos. At 10 she was cast in her first telenovela, ¡Amigos x Siempre!, produced by Televisa in Mexico, and she was featured on the soundtrack. Both show and album became huge successes in Latin America. In 2001 she starred in her second telenovela named Aventuras en el Tiempo, also produced by Televisa. The series achieved success in Mexico and many Latin-American countries. She contributed to the series soundtracks. She gained recognition playing twins in Cómplices Al Rescate. She toured with the cast in many Latin-American countries with over 160 live shows. She recorded two soundtracks for the series and received her first Latin Grammy nomination for her work on one of the soundtracks. She didn’t return for the series’ second season.
2003–05: Belinda releases and commercial success
Her international self-titled debut studio album Belinda was released in Mexico by Sony BMG and RCA Records on 5 August 2003. The album became a great success in Mexico and throughout Latin America, selling over 2.5 million copies worldwide. The album was produced by Rudy Pérez, Graeme Pleeth, Mauri Stern and Robin Barter. Six singles were released, including a number of top ten singles: “Lo Siento”, “Boba Niña Nice”, “Ángel” and “Vivir” which was chosen as the main theme song for Corazones al límite, a soap opera in which she briefly appeared. The album itself was re-released several times throughout 2004 and 2005.
In early 2005 she collaborated with Mexican rock band Moderatto on a cover by Timbiriche titled “Muriendo Lento” which peaked at No. 1 in Mexico and was a commercial success.
2006–08: Crossover, The Cheetah Girls 2 and Utopía
In 2006, Belinda debuted in the North American markets in the Disney Channel Original Movie The Cheetah Girls 2 as Marisol. The movie premiered on 25 August 2006 with a total of over 8.1 million viewers, one of the highest rated television films the network has released. Belinda also contributed 4 songs to Soundtrack, which was released on 15 August 2006 and debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 and sold 1.4 million copies to date in the US.
Her second studio album Utopía was released in late 2006 and peaked at No. 3 on the Mexican charts, selling over 1 million records worldwide; and included the hit single “Ni Freud Ni Tu Mamá” (2006). Belinda revealed that her label wanted her to spend a week in Los Angeles for the recording of Utopía 2 an English CD/DVD re-release for European and North American countries. She also guest-starred in Buscando a Timbiriche, La Nueva Banda. On 18 October 2007, Belinda won 2 awards, “Video of the Year” for “Bella Traición”, and “Best Solo Artist” at the MTV Video Music Awards Latinoamerica. She was also nominated in two categories in the 2007 Latin Grammy Awards held on 8 November: “Song of the Year” for “Bella Traición”, and “Best Female Pop Album” for her hit album Utopía.
Belinda provided vocals for the Spanglish remix of “Te Quiero” by DJ Flex and Finley’s 2008 single Your Hero.
2009–10: Return to Mexican television and Carpe Diem
In 2009 she starred alongside Alfonso Herrera and Edith Gonzalez in the action-themed telenovela, Camaleones. On 27 August 2009 EMI Televisa posted a video teaser of her new song “Sal de Mi Piel”, originally announced as the lead single of her yet-untitled third studio album; it was then selected as the main theme of Camaleones. In 2010 she guest-starred on the third season of Mujeres Asesinas, starring in the episode “Anette and Anne, noble”, based on the story of the painter Sofia Bassi, in which she shared credits with Issabella Camil and William Levy. She also recorded the song “Contigo en la distancia” for one of the scenes. The episode and song were praised by critics; the episode was one of the series’ highest rated.
In February and March 2010 she was featured in collaboration with several Latin artists in “Somos el Mundo” and “Ay Haiti“. Both songs were released as charity singles for benefits.
Carpe Diem, Belinda’s third studio album, was released on 23 March 2010. Two days after its release, the album was certified gold in Mexico after 40,000 copies were sold. The lead single of the record Egoísta featuring Pitbull was released to commercial success; A shift from her prominent pop-rock genre to more dance oriented. The album’s second and final single is “Dopamina” was released in 2011 to moderate success. The video for Dopamina was released on 2 February 2011. Belinda also stated on her Facebook that she was putting the final touches on her next two videos for the tracks; Gaia and Amor Transgénico which were never released.
Belinda announced that she would dedicate 2011 and 2012 to writing and recording for her new album. On 5 June 2012, “En El Amor Hay Que Perdonar” was confirmed as the album’s lead single. It was officially released for digital download on 19 June 2012. On 21 July 5 new tracks from the album were leaked online, including next single “I Love You (Te Quiero)” featuring Pitbull alongside “Bailaría Sobre El Fuego”, “Litost”, “Aguardiente”, “Como Si Fuéramos Novios”, “Dame Mas”, and “Con Los Ojos Cerrados”.
“En El Amor Hay Que Perdonar” debuted at number seven on the Mexican Singles Chart and peaked at number one, and stayed for one week. The second single, “Te Voy A Esperar” (which features Juan Magán), for the soundtrack of the film Las aventuras de Tadeo Jones was digitally released in Spain, debuting and staying at number one for ten weeks, receiving the Platinum certification by PROMUSICAE for sales of over 60,000. In Mexico, “Te Voy A Esperar” was only released for airplay and peaked at number seven. Catarsis was originally scheduled to be released on 25 September 2012. However, it was pushed back and was released on 2 July 2013.
“En la Obscuridad” was the third single. It debuted at No. 37 on the Mexican Singles Chart, peaking at number 10, in March 2013. It had an international impact for Belinda’s career, peaking at No. 39 in Spain and at No. 65 in South Korea.
In just two days, the video broke the Latin music record on VEVO, with more than 3 million views.
- Belinda (2003)
- Utopía (2006)
- Carpe Diem (2010)
- Catarsis (2013)
- Fiesta en la Azotea Tour (2004–05)
- Utopía Tour (2007–08)
- Catarsis Tour (2013–14)
|2006||The Cheetah Girls 2||Marisol Duran||Disney Channel Original Movie|
|2007||Barbie as the Island Princess||Hoe Rosella||Direct-to-video
Voice only (Spanish version)
|2008||Despereaux: Un Pequeño Gran Héroe||Pera Fea||Voice only (Spanish version)|
|2012||Las aventuras de Tadeo Jones||Sara Lavrof||Voice only (Spanish version)|
|2000||¡Amigos X Siempre!||Ana Capistrán Vidal||Palme d’Or for Best Child Actress
Eres Awards for Best Singer and Actress
TVyNovelas Award for Best Female Newcomer
|2001||Aventuras en el tiempo||Violeta Flores / Rosenda||Child Protagonist|
|2002||Cómplices al rescate||Mariana Cantú / Silvana Del Valle||Lead role (Later replaced by Daniela Lujan)
Eres Niños Awards for The Mega Actress
Eres Niños Awards for The More Toned
Nominated—Oye Awards for Best Solo Grupero
Nominated—Latin Grammy Award for Best Latin Children’s Album
|2004||Corazones al límite||Elena “Elenita” Arellano Gómez||Recurring role
Nominated—TVyNovelas Award for Best Musical Theme
|2009–10||Camaleones||Valentina Izaguirre / Jaramillo||Lead role
Nominated—Kids Choice Awards México for Favorite Female Character Series
Nominated—People en Español Award for Best Young Actress
Nominated—People en Español Award for Best Couple (with Alfonso Herrera)
Nominated—Premios Juventud for Girl of my Dreams
|2007||Patito Feo||Herself||Guest star|
|2010||Mujeres Asesinas 3||Annette VanDiryk||Season 3, episode 8 (Annette y Ana, Nobles)|
|2011||Belinda, Un Reality Sobre Mi Vida||Herself||13 episodes|
|2013||El Factor X||Herself / Judge||MundoFox|
She dated professional Mexican soccer player Giovani Dos Santos.
Awards and nominations