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RBD
was a two-time Latin-Grammy nominated Mexican pop group that gained popularity from Televisa's teen drama series Rebelde. RBD sold over 17 million digital downloads[1] and over 20 million albums worldwide in four years since their formation, according to EMI.[2] The band was officially formed on October 4, 2004, and announced their separation on August 15, 2008.

BiographyEdit

2004-2005: RebeldeEdit

Their first album Rebelde, was released on November 30, 2004 by EMI. The main writers and producers for the project were Carlos Lara (aka D.J. Kafka) and Max di Carlo. The first three singles ("Rebelde", "Sólo Quédate En Silencio" and "Sálvame") were all number one hits in Mexico, with the fourth single, "Un Poco De Tu Amor" reaching number two.



Rebelde sold well in the United States, reaching #95 on the Billboard 200 and reaching number two on the Latin Albums chart. In July 2005 a live CD/DVD, Tour Generación RBD En Vivo was released documenting their tour around Mexico (45 sold-out concerts across the country, including sixteen in Mexico City alone). Rebelde sold over 700,000 copies in the U.S. and was certified diamond in both Mexico and Brazil, selling at least 5 million copies between the two of them.

2005-2006: Nuestro AmorEdit

They released their second studio album, Nuestro Amor in 2005. This album set new record sales in Mexico, selling 127,000 copies on its release day, and 200,000 copies within its first week. In the U.S., the album topped the Latin Albums Chart for 3 weeks and peaked at #88 on the Billboard 200. The first four singles reached number one in Mexico. In the United States "Nuestro Amor", "Aún Hay Algo" and "Este Corazón" charted on the Hot Latin chart at #6, #24 and #10 respectively.



With the success of Rebelde, the group used the hiatus between the first and second season to release Nuestro Amor, which included twelve brand-new songs plus "Una Canción" (a live recording), and "Liso, Sensual" (a studio version of the song previously performed on their last tour).

2006 also brought RBD a nomination for the Latin Grammy Awards in the category "Best Pop Album by a Group or Duo" for Nuestro Amor. They performed a new version of "Tras de Mí" at the ceremony.

2006-2007: Celestial, Celestial (versão Brasil) and Rebels

In November 2006, they released their third studio album Celestial produced and directed by Carlos Lara which debuted at number 15 in the Billboard 200, marking first-week sales of over 137,000 copies in the U.S. The album however did not have a full week of album sales, due to its Friday release. Despite this, it became their first album to peak or chart within the top 20 of the Billboard 200. Celestial is the 3rd album in Spanish of the Mexican group RBD, and also the first to be launched simultaneously in all the countries in which the group is known. Three singles were released: "Ser o Parecer", "Celestial" and "Bésame Sin Miedo"

From their tour of Brazil, RBD released a DVD entitled Live in Rio. They were also honored for selling over 2.5 million copies of their albums and DVDs in Brazil. Meanwhile, in Spain, Rebelde spent 5 weeks on the top of the charts going 3× Platinum for sales over 240,000, Nuestro Amor sold enough to be certified 2× Platinum, while Celestial, has been certified Platinum.[4]

One month later, in December 2006 a Portuguese language edition of the album was released for the Brazilian market called Celestial (Versão Brasil).This 3rd album in Portuguese was the first to be recorded in Brazil.

On March 2, 2007, Christian Chavez revealed that he is homosexual after pictures of him getting married to another man in Canada surfaced on the Internet. In a letter on the group's website, he asked fans for understanding and acceptance.[5] After this the group worked two side-projects; Sálvame, an organization that helps homeless youth get an education and shelter, and RBD: La Familia, their new sitcom. RBD was also nominated four times in three categories for the 2007 Billboard Latin Music Awards.

In December 2006, they released their first English album, Rebels which debuted at number 40 on the Billboard 200 album chart with first-week sales of 94,000 copies. They were nominated twice in the category for "Latin Pop Album of the Year By a Duo or Group", with Celestial and Live in Hollywood, which were both released in 2006. They also received a nomination for "Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year" and "Latin Tour of the Year" for Tour Generación 2006.[6] The show was held on April 26 in Miami. They won in all categories they were nominated in; Celestial was the one for which they won the "Latin Pop Album of the Year By a Duo or Group" award.[7] The group also prepared their 2007 world tour called Tour Celestial 2007, starting inEcuador on April 20. They were invited by Donald Trump to perform 3 songs at the 2007 Miss Universe final in Mexico City, on May 28, 2007. The group performed a medley of "Wanna Play", "Cariño Mio" and "Money Money" in the event. In June 2007, RBD recorded the video for "Bésame Sin Miedo" in Transylvania, while touring in Romania, where Celestial was also released. It was the same year they were chosen to headline, along with The Black Eyed Peas, a series of Pepsicommercials to air on South America and Spanish-speaking countries. On July 19, 2007, RBD performed their single "Bésame Sin Miedo" at Premios Juventud 2007, and also won 7 awards that night, including "Voice of the Moment" and "Favorite Concert". They had won a total of 24 Premios Juventud awards by then. RBD broke the record for most albums in the top 20 in Brazil, being with three different albums in the top 20 for the week ending January 20, 2007. The group has become such a phenomenon they have been nominated as best international song of "Tu Amor" in France proving their huge success. In a recent interview with Christopher in Mexico he stated that it has always been an honor to be compared to Menudo and Timbiriche but mentioned that RBD over passed those 2 groups accomplishing a lot more in only 5 years, being the only Mexican group ever to expand through out the world.(RBD: World Wide Phenomenon)


2007–08: Empezar Desde CeroEdit

On August 14, 2008, RBD announced through a press release that they would disband in 2009.[11] The group's manager, Pedro Damian, explained that, although there weren't any fights among the members, it was decided to be the best that they should disband, for the members were already planning different solo activities.

Alfonso and Maite were occupied with their television projects (Maite as the protagonist of Cuidado con el ángel and Alfonso with TV Series Terminales). Christian was in the middle of a tour with the musical Avenue Q's Mexican stage production. Anahí managed her own clothing store in Mexico City and began an organization to help those with eating disorders. Dulce was involved with the shooting of a movie and a variety of projects, such as dubbing a cartoon character in a Mexican motion picture, while Christopher said he planned to build a career as a drummer and musical producer.

On November 25, RBD released Best Of RBD (in Brazil: Hits Em Português; in U.S.: Greatest Hits), a CD/DVD featuring their singles and a DVD with music videos, as part of their goodbye.[12] A Portuguese version of the album was also released.[citation needed]

Para Olvidarte De Mí was the last RBD album to be released. It was released March 10, 2009. The album is preceded by the first single "Para Olvidarte De Mí". Though the album had no other form of promotion, since the group had already split up, to date, the album has sold 150,000 copies worldwide.

Tournée do Adeus

On December 2, the live concert DVD, Tournée do Adeus, was released, containing the group's last show in Brazil. The DVD was recorded in Sao Paulo.

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