Belanova is a Mexican pop Grammy award-winning band that formed in the city of Guadalajara, Jalisco, in 2000. The group consists of Denisse Guerrero (lead vocals), Edgar Huerta (keyboards, programming) and Ricardo "Richie" Arreola (bass, guitar). Although these are the only three official members, several other musicians perform in the band's live lineup, Ivette Gomez (drums) and Mn Franco (vocal). The band was signed by Universal Music, in 2002.
Early years & Cocktail (2000–2004)
All three members of the band had a passion for music since childhood. Richie, from Guadalajara, developed his interest in music out of an admiration for The Beatles member Mc Cartney as a child. Edgar, also from Guadalajara, first became interested in music when his brother received a little kerboard as a Christmas present, showing little interest in it, and so Edgar simply began playing it one day. Denisse, originally from, Los Mochis, Sinaloa enjoyed singing since she was a child, and was previously a member of the band, 40 Grados literally "40 Degrees." The trio met in Guadalajara at a bar where both Edgar and Denisse were working.
Their first album was titled Cocktail and was released in 2003. The first single off the album was "Tus Ojos", which gained popularity due to its inclusion in a Mitsubishi publicity campaign, just after the Japanese car maker's arrival in Mexico. The song reached number one on the Mexican Top 100 and stayed there for 3 consecutive weeks. The album reached number five on the Mexican Albums Chart and was certified Gold; consequently, the album was named one of the Top Five albums of 2003 by Rolling Stone Mexico.
Apart from "Tus Ojos", the album also spawned two more top-twenty hits, “Suele Pasar” and " “Aún Así Te Vas”.
The band spent 2003 and 2004 on a 100-Concert Tour around Mexico promoting the album. Following Cocktail's success, management at Universal Music Mexico company encouraged the band to adopt a more commercial sound.
Dulce Beat & commercial success (2005–2007)
In 2005, Belanova released their second album, Dulce Beat. The album was released on June 21, 2005 in Mexico, reaching the number one spot and holding the spot for four non-consecutive weeks. The album went on to sell over 200,000 copies in Mexico alone. The first single was, “Me Pregunto” The single was followed soon after by , “Por Ti”, Both songs reached number one in Mexico. “Rosa Pastel” was released in July 2006 as the third single. The fourth single, “Niño”, The huge success of the album prompted Disney´s Latin American branch to ask the band to record a Spanish version of the song “What I´ve been Looking For” (“Eres tu”) for the Latin American release of the High School Musical Soundtrack.
The album was very successful in Latin America, with sales of over 500,000. This led to the release of the band's first live album, “Dulce Beat Live”, which went Gold in Mexico only few hours after it was released. The album includes a set of 16 songs performed live at the Foro Expo in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico on March 10, 2006. Belanova's video "Por Ti" broke the record for the most weeks on MTV Mexico's Top 20, peaking at number one for twenty-nine weeks.When the album was released in the United States in the spring of 2006, it hit number fifty-nine on Billboard's Top Latin Albums Chart and reached the top ten on the Top Electronic Albums Chart. The band earned a Grammy Nomination for "Mejor Álbum Vocal Pop Dúo o Grupo" ("Best Pop Vocal Album by a Group or Duo") Belanova became the most nominated Mexican Act on the 2006's MTV Video Music Award Latin America, despite only winning "Mejor Artista Norte" ("Best Northern Artist").
Fantasía Pop & venture into foreign markets (2007–2009)
Belanova's third album, Fantasía Pop, The album was released on September 10, 2007 in Mexico and Latin America, The first single, “Baila Mi Corazón”,premiered on July 2 on the Mexican radio station Los 40 Principales. On September 12, 2007, it was reported that the album had sold over 50,000 copies in just three days in Mexico, which earned it Gold certification from AMPROFON.Promotion for the third single, “One, Two, Three, Go! (1,2,3, Go!)”, began in summer 2008. The music video was released on July 10, premiering on MTV. The band was named the most played act in Mexico of 2008 with the single "Cada Que..." topping the Year-End Charts. The album brought the group bigger success in foreign markets. They toured Mexico, Ibero-America and the United States. Belanova was named 'Best New Band' by Yahoo! Spain, following the release of the album in early 2008. "Baila Mi Corazón" reached the top of Spain's airplay charts, The album was certified Oro (Latin Gold) in the United States after selling over 100,000 copies and the band announced their first headlining tour across the United States with 20 dates. "One, Two, Three, Go! (1, 2, 3, Go!)" was featured as a free "Single of the Week" on the Apple iTunes music store in the United States. In November 23 they won a Latin Grammy 2008 for their Album "Fantasía Pop"
In September 2008, the nominees for the 2008 Los Premios MTV Latiomerica were announced, Belanova receiving the second highest amount of nominations, Belanova was the most nominated Mexican act.The band was also nominated at the Lunas del Auditorio Nacional and the Latin Grammys.
Sueño Electro project (2010–2012)
Belanova's fourth and fifth studio albums were recorded simultaneously but released separately as Sueño Electro I in 2010 and Sueño Electro II in 2011.
Sueño Electro II is the band's fifth studio album. It features similar musical styles as its predecessor, also experimenting with traditional Mexican Ranchera Music. The album was released on September 6, 2011 throughout Mexico, the United States, and Latin America.
Two successful singles were released from Sueño Electro I. The first, “Nada Me Das”, The music video premiered on television on September 27, 2010. “No Me Voy a Morir” went on to become the second single from Sueño Electro I in late 2010, and the music video premiered early the following year. In May 2011, the band announced “Mariposas” as the first single from Sueño Electro II. The second single from Sueño Electro II released in late 2011 was "Hasta El Final", a song inspired by Mariachi Music.
The band spent the final months of 2010 playing a short tour in various cities in the United States in support of Sueño Electro I. In early 2011, they toured shortly in Mexico and Latin America, most notably as part of Shakiras´s The Pop Festival Tour in Colombia and Mexico. The band also expressed interest in branching out into Europe and Asia. A tour entitled "Belanova Sessions" began in June 2010 to promote both Sueño Electro albums throughout Mexico, South America, and the United States. In April 2012, “Tour Sueño Electro II” began in the USA. In late 2012, the band was part of a short tour in the United States with Moderatto.
Canciones Para La Luna - Sinfónico En Vivo (2012)
For the first time in its history, the band worked with other musicians in writing songs for the album, including Jay de la Cueva of the Mexican band Moderatto.
Canciones Para La Luna, The live album was released digitally on October 8, 2013 for free download in Mexico in partnership with Pepsi Mexico. The album is a compilation of hits from past albums that with new arrangements and performed along a symphony and guest musicians. It also features two new songs, also performed live: "Juegos De Amor" and "Sólo Dos."
Casáte Conmigo (2016-2017)
In 2016 Casate conmigo was the first single the new album,
Belanova released a new single unpublished titled "Casáte Conmigo" on Marh 11 , 2016, a fun song and different from what Belanova had previously performed, this year Belanova celebrates 16 years of musical career and celebrates an extensive tour of Mexico and USA.
In 2017, Belanova will premiere a new single and will release his new album that includes songs composed with other composers, this year will continue the tour of Mexico, USA and Latin America.
With sixteen years of experience on the live circuit, Mexican pop outfit Belanova commit to a certain level of perfection when it comes to the live performance. They truly believe in the insistence of theatrics during the gig so Denisse Guerrero is often illuminated by singular spotlight as smoke billows around her figure. The crowd instantly cheers her on as she pauses between songs and simply holds herself in the moment with eyes sealed shut.
The Grammy award winning band really do have a lot of skill in the crafting of upbeat and catchy melodies so the majority of the setlist tonight is sang back at anthemic force by the audience. They seem genuinely thrilled by this reaction and thank the gathered revellers continuously for the huge support they have always given the band.
April 29-May 1, 2017 The Rose Bud, 798 Arts Zone, Yugong Yishan