Belinda Peregrin

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Early Life

Belinda was born in Madrid, Spain on August 15, 1989 to a Spanish father, Ignacio Peregrin and a French mother, Belinda Schull. She has a younger brother named Ignacio. She studied in a Mexican school called Francés Hidalgo. Peregrin and her family moved to Mexico City, Mexico when she was four years old and have lived there ever since. [1]

Television career

At a very early age Belinda showed an incredible talent for singing, acting and making home videos that she wrote and filmed herself. When she was 10, she starred in her first TV series entitled ¡Amigos X Siempre!, produced by Televisa in Mexico and contributed to a soundtrack for the program. Her second role was playing Violeta in the telenovela Aventuras En El Tiempo, that also starred Christopher Uckermann. Following the success of ¡Amigos X Siempre! and Aventuras En El Tiempo, Belinda starred in the dual role playing identical twins, Mariana Cantú and Silvana Del Valle, who were separated at birth in the popular children’s telenovela, Cómplices Al Rescate. She recorded a soundtrack for the show, and received her first Latin Grammy nomination for her work on the soundtrack. Before the second season started, Belinda dropped out of the show in order to pursue other projects. For the remainder of the series, her role was played by Mexican actress and singer, Daniela Lujan.

In 2006 Belinda returned to the small screen in the Disney Channel Original Movie The Cheetah Girls 2 playing the role of Marisol. The movie premiered on August 25, 2006 and it received a total of over 8.1 million viewers [2]. Belinda also contributed a total of 4 songs to Soundtrack, the album was released on August 15, 2006 and debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200 and it has sold 1.4 million copies[3] to date in the US.

Camaleones

On May 12, 2009, Rosy Ocampo and Ignacio Peregrin , Belinda’s father, confirmed Belinda’s participation in Camaleones. Belinda will be playing the lead role of Angelica, a 20 year old girl that will have to pretend to be something she’s not to just to survive in the everyday world. A determined girl that will do whatever it takes to get into the school of her dreams, even if it includes stealing a famous piece of artwork. Camaleones is set to take over Verano de Amor’s time slot on July 19th. Filming will start in locations such as Mexico City and Xochitepec, Morelos later on this month and will last approximately 7 months. Belinda will change both her hair and makeup for this role. [4]

Albums

Her international self-titled album Belinda as released in Mexico by BMG and RCA Records on August 5, 2003 and became as great a success in many different countries, as it was in Mexico. The album was produced by Graeme Pleeth and it included singles such as Lo Siento, Boba Niña Nice, Angel, and Vivir, which was also chosen as the main theme song for Corazones al límite, another soap opera she briefly appeared in. There were 4 different versions of the album released: the original version “Belinda”, Belinda (Repackage) which featured 1 extra track: No Entiendo featuring Andy & Lucas, Belinda (Enchanced) which featured 2 Remixes and 2 Multimedia Tracks, and Belinda: Edicion Especial which included a CD with 18 tracks and a DVD that contained five videos. The albums titled “Belinda” and “Belinda (Enhanced)” are the only albums that are being sold today. The rest were limited edition. In 2005, she collaborated with the Mexican rock band Moderatto on their single Muriendo Lento which is a cover of one of Timbiriche’s songs, a Mexican pop group from the 1980s.

Utopía

Belinda released her second album entitled “Utopía” on October 3, 2006. Greg Wells produced and mixed the first single from her new album, “Ni Freud Ni Tu Mamá”. Peregrin co-wrote on every track on the album. Recorded in Los Angeles, Utopia contained 13 pop songs produced and composed by some of the producers and writers in the industry including Greg Wells (Pink, Katy Perry, Mika), Kara DioGuardi (Kelly Clarkson and Gwen Stefani), Jimmy Harry (Kylie Minogue and Britney Spears), Doc McKeeny (RES), Greg Kursten (Lily Allen and Pink), and Lester Méndez (Santana and Shakira).

Belinda revealed in a program aired by Televisa, “Bailando por un Sueño” and “Bailando por la Boda de Tus Sueño”, that EMI wanted her to spend one week in Los Angeles recording “Utopía 2” her newest album in English which will be released in Europe and North America by EMI International on September 25, 2007. She also appeared as a guest star in Buscando Timbiriche la nueva banda. This new CD included tracks in English and a DVD. Her second album “Utopía” reached #3 on the Mexican Charts and has sold over 180,000 copies.

Belinda was nominated in two categories in the 2007 Latin Grammy Awards which were held on November 8th. Her nominations include ‘Song of the Year’ for “Bella Tracion” and ‘Best Female Pop Album’ for her hit album, “Utopía.” On October 18, 2007, Belinda won two awards, Video of the Year for “Bella Traicion” and Best Solo Artist at the MTV Video Music Awards Latinoamerica. Belinda also provided vocals for the remix of “Te Quiero” by DJ Flex.

New Album

In May 2008, Peregrin confirmed that she was in the studio writing and recording for her new album, which is currently set to be released on July 27, 2009 [5]. Spanish producer, Carlos Jean is currently producing Belinda’s album.220px-Belinda

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