Ariadna Thalía Sodi Miranda, (born August 26, 1971) known mononymously as Thalía, is a Mexican singer, songwriter, published author, actress and businesswoman, who has sung in Spanish, English, Portuguese, French and Tagalog. She is recognized as the most successful female solo Mexican artist internationally by media conglomerates such as Univision Communications, Grupo Televisa and TV Azteca.
She has sold over 40 million albums worldwide so far, becoming one of the best-selling Latin musicians of all time. In 2013, she will receive her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, as a recognition for her successful career in music. Big part of the media refer to her as the "Queen of Latin pop", because of her numerous Latin pop hit singles. In 2009, Thalía signed a contract with Sony Music after 14 successful years with EMI Music and released her first live album Primera fila, which was certified diamond by AMPROFON for selling over half a million copies only in Mexico. Some of Thalia's most notable album releases are En éxtasis, Amor a la mexicana, Arrasando, Thalía and Primera fila. These albums spawned various hit singles and sold millions of copies worldwide.
Thalía has also had a successful career in acting, as her soap operas have been watched by over two billion people in more than 180 countries. Thalía obtained so high levels of popularity because of her telenovelas, that she was converted into a huge television icon in many countries around the world, especially in the decade of the 1990s. Thalía's success in television ratings leaded to her being labeled and recognized as the "Queen of telenovelas" by the mass media and Televisa, the largest mass media company in the Spanish-speaking world.
In 2008, the British tabloid The Sun, named her as one of "the 50 female singers who will never be forgotten" while in 2011, Terra Networks included her in their list of "the most powerful and iconic women in music". Thalía has also been nominated for various Latin Grammy, Latin Billboard and many other awards throughout her career. This has helped her to maintain her autonomy and her status as a powerful woman within the recording industry. She is also an occasional author, model, fashion designer, and record producer. With her productions, Thalía has received several gold and platinum sales certifications in most American, European, and Asian countries, establishing herself as the ultimate Spanish-language crossover artist.