Yuri was born January 6, 1964, is a famous Mexican singer, actress, and TV host.
She has maintained a significant presence in the entertainment business in Mexico for the last three decades.
Born and raised in Veracruz, Mexico, she moved to Mexico City in 1977, for a career in entertainment.
In 1979 Yuri represented Mexico in Festival OTI, she was disqualified because she sang the song "Siempre Hay un Mañana" by Irasema, which was presumed plagiarism of the song "McArthur Park" sung by Donna Summer. During the competition, the judge panel decided, unanimously, that she be awarded the "Award for the Best New Female Artist". The new award convinced the executive producer, Julio Jaramillo, to a record a second album titled "Yuri". The new album gave Yuri her first hit, "Esperanzas" and helped her to start in a couple of Mexican Soap Operas like "Colorina" and "Veronica". Shortly after recording her second album, Yuri embarked on an international concert tour that took place in Central America, South America, The Caribbean and the United States; "Primer Amor", "Goma de Mascar", and "Regresarás" are the most popular songs in Latin America. In 1981, she sang the song "Deja" by José María Napoleón in the Festival OTI, this time placing third in the category of "The Best Female Singer".
In 1982, Yuri recorded her third album and her first gold record in Latin America and Spain, "Llena de Dulzura", due to the hits "Mi Timidez", "Llena de Dulzura", "Tú y Yo", "Este Amor Ya No Se Toca" y "Maldita Primavera" (The Spanish Version of the song: Maledetta Primavera by the Italian singer Loretta Goggi). That same year she recorded a single, "El Pequeño Panda De Chapultepec"; it was dedicated to Tohui, one of the first pandas born in captivity in Mexico. It went on to sell a million copies in the first year.
She was later invited to the Festival Internacional de la Canción de Viña del Mar (Chile). She won the award "Antorcha de plata"; she was the first female Mexican singer to receive this award. In 1983, Yuri continued to prevail in the Latin entertainment industry with a popular fourth album, "Yuri, Te Amo, Te Amo" and her second movie, "Rapto en Acapulco".
1984 was a particularly successful year for Yuri; her fifth album, "Karma Kamaleón" was a hit that dominated the music charts in Latin America. That same year, Yuri decided to participate in Festival OTI for a third time; she sang "Tiempos Mejores" by Sergio Andrade. She won the national competition to represent Mexico at the International Festival OTI, but she came in third place in the category of "Best Female Singer".
In 1985 Yuri signed a contract with EMI to record the album, "Yo Te Pido Amor", which was nominated for a Grammy with the two hits "Dejala" and "Dame un Beso". During the Grammy Award ceremony she fled with Fernando Iriarte, the son of television personality Maxine Woodside. Yuri married Fernando that year, and she held a press conference afterward where she revealed the internal conflicts of her family and her wishes for independence. She replaced her longtime manager, her mother, with Fernando. Fernando Iriarte despite being a novice proved to be quite efficient, giving Yuri a more sophisticated sound and image. A Few months afterward, Yuri appeared in Playboy, but she did not pose nude. In 1986 "L.P. Yuri" was released; "¿Es ella más que yo?" and "Un Corazon Herido" are the two major hits that made it another great year for Yuri.
In 1987, Yuri participated in the Festival OTI one last time, and she was disqualified. She sang "La Locura de Vivir" and it was considered a major mistake in her career. Shortly after she was baptized in the Catholic Church so that she could get married through the church with Fernando. That same year she recorded her most successful record, "Aire", with the hits "¿Qué Te Pasa?" and "Cuando Baja La Marea"; the album was a super hit in all of Latin America and the United States. One of Yuri's biggest hit songs from this era, heard widely on Spanish radio and in dance clubs, was the uptempo "Que Te Pasa?" written by José Ramón Florez. This single is the second longest running female single of all time in the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart (second to Shakira with "La Tortura"), spending 16 weeks at number-one in 1988 and the fourth one in general.
"Aire" dominated the music charts which helped Yuri get a record deal with Sony Music to produce the album "Isla Del Sol". "Isla Del Sol" was her most diverse record yet, which included remnants of dance, rap, pop y balads; the songs: "Hombres al Borde De un Ataque de Celos", "Imposible Amarte como te Amo Yo", "No puedo mas", and "Hola". "Hola" was the last song that she recorded that would be nominated for a Grammy. The same year, Yuri received the award Lo Nuestro a la Música Latina. Later that year, an American actor, Don Johnson, asked Yuri to record a duet called "A better place", which is the only English musical recording to this date. In September 1989, Yuri recorded her tenth album, "Sui generisque"; unfortunately the album did not sell as well as her previous albums. Yuri's 1980s albums and singles often reached the top of the charts, earning her several gold albums in Mexico alone.
At the end of 1989, Yuri revealed that she was separating from her husband, Fernando Iriarte. After her divorce, Yuri released her new album Soy Libre; three months after the release date the album sold more than half a million copies. Five singles dominated the Latin charts: "El Apagon", "Todo Mi Corazon", "Quien Eres Tu", and "Sabes lo Que Pasa". Yuri broke another sales record when the new edition of Playboy titled Sin Límites was published; she received admiration and criticism from her fans. At the same time her fans were comparing her to Madonna, American celebrity journalist were speaking of a possible rivalry between the two stars like on the program Hard Copy. In late 1990, Yuri and Ricky Martin filmed a risque music video from Yuri's hit single Todo mi corazón.
In 1991 Yuri starred in her first female lead in the movie Soy Libre along with Omar Fierro. That same year the album Isla del Sol is edited in Brazil in which Yuri recorded four songs in Portuguese. One year later Yuri had a makeover by dying her hair red in effort to help promote her new album Obsesiones. Her new appearance and album were not readily accepted among her fans. Despite her previous record, in 1993 Yuri released her album Nueva Era which was a success with the tracks "Detrás de Mi Ventana", by Ricardo Arjona and "Amiga Mía". The album dominated Latin music charts once again. In 1994, Yuri and fellow pop star Chayanne were the stars of Volver a Empezar, a telenovela that was panned by critics but earned big ratings for Televisa, and Univision in the United States.
June 22, 2010 marked the release of Yuri’s ‘Inusual’ album. The 23rd record in her 30-year career. The album was produced by Scott Erickson, and features a collection of 8 new songs and 5 covers. The album made it to number one in Mexico in the first week after its release. In less than a month it became a gold album in Mexico. As a result of the success of the album, Yuri was asked to record a theme song "Con las manos atadas" for the hit Latin series ‘Mujeres Asesinas, and, on 2011, the theme song "Por el amor de un hombre" for the TV series "Infiltradas" by Chilevision. The Song 'Ya Para Que' was adapted from the song "Palaanadhu Palaanadhu" from a Tamil film's (Kuruvi) music album composed by Vidyasagar which was released in early 2008.
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