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Music / Ximena Sariñana

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She's from a different world.

"Even though I may not seem Mexican to a lot of people because of the fact that I speak English so well and grew up for part of my life in America, I do think I represent a part of Mexico - I’m just a different face of Mexico. Maybe I’m not your typical ranchero musician living on the border, an image that a lot of Americans may have, but I’m definitely Mexican."

Ximena Sariñana Rivera (born October 29, 1985) is a Mexican singer-songwriter and actress. She started acting in telenovelas at the age of 11. She earned a scholarship for the Five Week Program of the Berklee College of Music at age seventeen. In 2008, she released her debut album, Mediocre, an album entirely in Spanish. She wanted to record a Spanish-language to stick to her roots and improve her knowledge of the language (she learned English first). It was a huge success in Mexico; it was the fastest-selling debut album in Mexican history. She plans to break into the English-speaking market with her next album; only one song ("Tú y Yo") was in Spanish. Only time will tell if she will be successful in another market.


Tropes relating to Ximena Sariñana:

  • Cover Version: On Mediocre, she covered "Sintiendo Rara", originally by Erik Couts, and "Gris", originally by Loop Lascano.
  • Genre Roulette: Mediocre contains songs that are alternative/indie, hip-hop, Latin, and jazz-pop.
  • Housewife: "Mediocre" and the album artwork of its parent album relate to Ximena feeling that the "perfect woman" ideal of the '40s and '50s made them all the same. This blandness and lack of diverse personalities made them "mediocre".
    "We thought it would be a good idea to portray this idea of women in the 1950s because of the contrast in that era when everything women portrayed was perfection: the perfect housewife that knows how to cook and sew and her hair is always in place and she always has the perfect body and is always happy. In reality, so much perfection was actually a promotion of mediocre, of a mediocre life, because nobody would aspire to be something different."
  • New Sound Album: Ximena Sariñana sounded more like Western indie-pop than Mediocre.