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RBD is a Mexican musical Pop group that gained popularity from Televisa's teenage-oriented telenovela Rebelde. To date, RBD has achieved commercial success with cross-over appeal in non-Spanish speaking countries, most notably in Brazil. RBD has sold over 9.5 million albums worldwide.

RBD debuted in December 2004 with the album Rebelde, released by EMI. The main writers for the project were DJ Kafka and Max di Carlo, and their songs proved nearly as popular as the show. The first three singles ("Rebelde", "Solo quédate en silencio" and "Sálvame") were all number one hits in Mexico, with the fourth single, "Un póco de tu amor" reaching number two. A Portuguese language edition of the album was released for the Brazilian market, in 2005, called Rebelde (Edição Brasil).And though no English language edition was released, Rebelde sold well in the States, breaking into the Top 100 of the album chart (#95) and reaching number two on the Top American Albums chart. The releases continued, In July came a live CD/DVD, Tour Generación RBD en Vivo, including the group's sold-out tour of Mexico (35 sold-out concerts across the country, including six in Mexico City alone). And in October came their second studio album, Nuestro Amor, which set new sales records in Mexico, selling 160,000 copies in its first week alone. In the U.S., the album topped the Latin Albums chart and again broke into the overall Top 100 (#88). The first four singles were not number ones, but they went top 10: "Nuestro amor", "Aún hay algo", "Tras de mí" and "Este corazón". These singles were hits in the U.S., but only "Aún hay algo" (peaked at 24)," Este corazón"(peaked at 10), and "Nuestro Amor" (peaked at 6) did any chart-topping.

The following year, 2006, brought no rest for RBD. Tragedy struck early, when a 38-year-old woman and her children, ages 11 and 13, were trampled during an autograph rush in the parking lot of a shopping mall in São Paulo, Brazil on February 4. The three died and another 42 were injured in the incident, which involved the breach of a security fence holding back an estimated 15,000 rabid fans.

Early in 2006, they RBD released a Portuguese version of Nuestro Amor, entitled Nosso Amor Rebelde. Not long after, RBD toured the United States for the first time, in April issuing a sophomore CD/DVD, Live in Hollywood. Several months later, the telenovela (Rebelde) came to an end with the finale of its third season on June 2. With the finale came promising news for fans; this being the fact the group announced that they would begin filming a movie and recording an English language album comprised of songs from their first two albums.

RBD also received a nomination for the 2006 Latin Grammy Awards in the category "Best Pop Album by a Group or Duo" for their second studio album Nuestro Amor. However, they lost to La Oreja de Van Gogh, but made a performance, singing a new version of Tras de mí.

The group is a huge phemonenum all over Latin America. In Colombia, they sold more than huge local acts Juanes and in Chile they sold over 5,000 tickets in a few hours. In Brazil, after the tragedy, they came back in October to a 12-city stadium tour, including a concert on the world's biggest-stadium Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro, selling over 50,000 of the 78,000 seats in just 2 hours. The historical concert will come out on DVD, to be called RBD Live from Rio. They also received a certification for 2.5 million copies of their albums and DVDs sold in Brazil. In Spain, Rebelde spent 5 weeks on the top of the charts and has gone double platinum for sales over 160,000, while Nuestro Amor is still in the charts and has already sold 80,000 copies, enough to be certified platinum.

The group is currently promoting all over the US for their Rebels album, appearing on TV morning talk shows (such as the "Megan Mullay Show") and radio stations (most notably in 102.7 KISS-FM with host Ryan Seacrest of American Idol). They have also performed on Disney's Christmas Parade and Dick Clark's "New Year's Rockin' Eve."

Celestial debuted at number 15 in the Billboard 200, marking sales over 117,000 copies in the U.S. The album however did not have a full week of album sales, due to its release being on Friday. However both facts, it's their first album to peak or chart within the top 20 of the Billboard 200.[3] Rebels debuted at number 40 on the Billboard 200 album chart with first-week sales of 94,000 copies. On the day of release, the cover of the album was altered by the changing of the group's logo from white to pink. Ironically, the band's third Spanish album Celestial sold 123,000 copies more than the English Rebels in its first week.

The group is also currently working on two other projects; Sálvame, an organization that helps children from the streets get an education and shelter, and RBD: La Familia, their new sitcom, due out on March 14 2007.



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