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La Oreja de Van Gogh

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An exceptionally well-regarded Spanish pop/rock band, La Oreja de Van Gogh is also one of the most commercially successful acts in the genre, with each of the band's albums selling approximately a million copies worldwide. Driven by electric guitar and keyboard, the music is easily enjoyable and accessible while, at the same time, smartly crafted and distinct, with lyrics that deal primarily with the complexities of relationships. La Oreja de Van Gogh formed in 1996, after guitarist Pablo Benegas, bassist Álvaro Fuentes, keyboardist Xabi San Martín, and drummer Haritz Garde met at a local university. Vocalist Amaia Montero joined the band subsequently, following an invitation by Benegas, whom she'd met at a dinner party. From the outset, San Martín, Benegas, and Montero have served as the band's primary songwriters. Signed by Sony Discos, La Oreja de Van Gogh debuted in 1998 with Dile al Sol, which spawned several hit singles -- including "El 28" and "Cuentame al Oido" -- and earned the band an Ondas Award for Best New Act. Their second album, 2000's El Viaje de Copperpot (2000), fared similarly; this time, however, singles like "Cuídate" and "La Playa" registered on an international level, charting in Latin America and the United States. Lo Que Te Conté Mientras Te Hacías la Dormida (2003) continued the band's success; eight singles from the album charted in Spain, four of them reaching number one, and the band continued to break into the Latin American markets, including the States. While La Oreja de Van Gogh were no strangers to success by this point, Lo Que Te Conté Mientras Te Hacías la Dormida proved to be their breakout album in many ways. For one, they toured heavily behind it, as documented on the 2004 concert DVD En Directo: Lo Que Te Conté Mientras Te Hacias la Dormida. Secondly, they won several awards in the wake of the album, including an Ondas Award for Best Album and an MTV Latin Award for Best Group. Finally, it was their first album to sell impressively in the Americas, with over 100,000 copies sold in the States alone. La Oreja de Van Gogh commemorated their tenth anniversary with the release of Guapa in 2006. Their most dynamic album yet, with notably surging guitar and a more extensive use of keyboards, Guapa nonetheless measured up to their past successes; its first two singles, "Muñeca de Trapo" and "Dulce Locura," were chart-toppers in Spain, while the album itself reached number five on the Top Latin Albums chart in the States, the band's highest peak yet. Furthermore, Guapa won the band a Latin Grammy for Best Pop Album by a Duo or Group with Vocals. In December 2006, a special double-disc edition of the album, Más Guapa, was released in Spain, containing numerous unreleased tracks and demos. Amaia Montero left the group in 2007, hoping to launch a solo career, and La Oreja de Van Gogh found a replacement vocalist in Leire Martínez. The new lineup returned to the studio and emerged with their fifth album, 2008's A las Cinco en el Astoria, which quickly earned platinum status in Spain. To cement Martínez’s position in the band, 2009 saw the release of Nuestra Casa a la Izquierda del Tiempo, which featured re-recordings of La Oreja de Van Gogh's older material. In 2011, the band re-entered the studio with producer Simon Nordberg to record their sixth studio album, Cometas por la Cielo. While touring in support, the band's label issued the compilation Dos Clásicos in 2012, and followed it with the live album Primera Fila in 2013. The latter was produced by Áureo Baqueiro. La Oreja de Van Gogh booked him again when they re-entered the studio at the beginning of 2016. The pre-release single "Verano" charted in Spain in the fall. The full-length El Planeta Imaginario was issued in November. It placed in the Top Ten on the Hot Latin albums charts internationally, and landed in the top spot on Spain's best-selling albums list. ~ Jason Birchmeier
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Top Tracks

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    Popularity
  2.   Rosas
  3.   Inmortal
  4.   El Último Vals
  5.   Historia de un Sueño
  6.   Cuídate
  7.   La Playa
  8.   Dulce Locura
  9.   Cuéntame Al Oido
  10.   Mi Vida Sin Ti
  11.   Puedes Contar Conmigo
  12.   20 de Enero
  13.   La Visita
  14.   Muñeca de Trapo
  15.   Aquella Ingrata
  16.   Escalera a La Luna
  17.   Bambola Di Pezza
  18.   Escapar
  19.   El 28
  20.   Let the Wind Guide You
  21.   Tan Guapa
  22.   Siempre
  23.   Mi Pequeño Gran Valiente
  24.   Cuando Menos Lo Merezca
  25.   Pálida Luna
  26.   Esa Chica
  27.   Estoy Contigo
  28.   Verano
  29.   Cuando Dices Adiós
  30.   Una Y Otra Vez
  31.   María
  32.   El Primer Día Del Resto De Mi Vida
  33.   Otra Vez Me Has Sacado A Bailar
  34.   Intro / Dia Cero
  35.   La Niña Que Llora en Tus Fiestas
  36.   Día Cero
  37.   Paloma Blanca
  38.   Cometas Por El Cielo
  39.   Las Noches Que No Mueren
  40.   El Tiempo a Solas
  41.   Promesas De Primavera
  42.   Un Minuto Más
  43.   Mi Calle Es Nueva York
  44.   Mientras Quede Por Decir Una Palabra
  45.   Esta Vez No Digas Nada
  46.   Dolce Follia
  47.   La Primera Versión
  48.   Un Cuento Sobre el Agua
  49.   Flores en La Orilla
  50.   Palabras Para Paula
  51.   Europa VII
  52.   Cumplir un Año Menos
  53.   Más
  54.   Jueves
  55.   Paris
  56.   Déjate Llevar
  57.   Despacio
  58.   Nube
  59.   Canción Desesperada
  60.   Amores Dormidos
  61.   Nuestro Mundo
  62.   V.O.S.
  63.   Noche
  64.   Manhattan
  65.   Apareces Tú
  66.   Irreversible
  67.   Perdida
  68.   Bonus Track
  69.   Intro
  70.   Nadie Como Tú
  71.   Adiós
  72.   Vestido Azul
  73.   Esperanza Debida
  74.   Un Mundo Mejor
  75.   Geografia
  76.   Deseos de Cosas Imposibles
  77.   Mariposa
  78.   Dicen que Dicen
  79.   Pop
  80.   París
  81.   Soledad
  82.   Desde el Puerto
  83.   Los Amantes del Circulo Polar
  84.   Tu Pelo
  85.   La Chica del Gorro Azul
  86.   Dile Al Sol
  87.   Que Puedo Pedir
  88.   Dos Cristales
  89.   Viejo Cuento
  90.   Pesadilla
  91.   Puedes Contar Comnigo
  92.   Campana Sobre Campana
  93.   A Tu Lado
  94.   Confía en el Viento
  95.   Intocables
  96.   No Vales Más Que Yo
  97.   Lloran Piedras
  98.   Camino de Tu Corazón
  99.   El Libro
  100.   La Chica del Espejo
  101.   Último Vals
  102.   Loa Loa
  103.   Sola
  104.   El Árbol
  105.   En Mi Lado del Sofá
  106.   A Diez Centimetros de Ti
  107.   Vuelve
  108.   La Paz de Tus Ojos
  109.   Perdóname
  110.   Tú y Yo
  111.   Haizeaz Fidatu
  112.   La Estrella y la Luna
  113.   Soñare
  114.   Coronel
  115.   Diciembre
  116.   La Carta
  117.   Tantas Cosas que Contar
  118.   Cuantos Cuentos Cuento
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