Sobrevivir (English: Survive) is the eighth studio album by Puerto Rican recording artist Olga Tañón, released on 19 November 2002 by Warner Music Latina. The album was produced by Humberto Gatica, Kike Santander, and Manuel Tejada. Sobrevivir includes a collection of songs from different genres such as pop music, merengue, ballads, flamenco and tango. The album lead single, "Asi es La Vida", became Tañón's third number-one single in the Billboard Top Latin Songs and the seventh best-performing Latin single of the year in the United States.
Tañón was awarded the Latin Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Album for this release, which peaked within the Top 20 in the Billboard Top Latin Albums on its debut week.
Olga Tañón, the first female Hispanic performer to receive two consecutive Grammy Awards, for the albums Olga Viva, Viva Olga and Yo Por Ti, recorded Sobrevivir under the guidance of Humberto Gatica, Kike Santander, and Manuel Tejada. About the album, Tañón said: "I loved doing this album, I loved working with people who I worked. Every album I record is more mature, musically speaking." Sobrevivir continued with the crossover from tropical music to pop music that began with Nuevos Senderos, Te Acordarás de Mí and Yo Por Tí, being her first full length pop music album.
Sobrevivir includes several ballads, which reminds Tañón's previous work on the album Nuevos Senderos produced by Marco Antonio Solís. "Mentiras", a ballad, tells the story of a woman who finishes a tormentous relationship. "A Partir de Hoy" is described as an "ode to positivism," while "Angel de Mi Corazon" is a tribute to Tañón's daughter. The track "Quien Diria" features co-lead vocals by fellow Puerto-Rican American singer Luis Fonsi. The album also features "Beso a Beso", a modern tango mixed with R&B, giving it a sound similar to some of Marc Anthony’s work. The singer declared about the musical content of Sobrevivir: "The album is balanced, have sentimental ballads, the kind you hear as a masochist when you finish a relationship with your boyfriend, and on the other hand, the happiness and cheerful feeling of people who are in love."
The album lead single "Asi es La Vida" was released in early November, 2002, and debuted at number 43 in the Billboard Top Latin Songs chart in the week of December 2, 2002. The song peaked at number-one in the chart eight weeks later. "Asi es La Vida" also reached number two in the Latin Pop Songs chart and ended 2003 as the seventh best performing Latin single of the year in the United States. A merengue version was released in the radio station and reached number-two on the Tropical Songs chart.
"No Podrás", written and produced by Kike Santander, was released as the second and last single from the album. It peaked at number ten in the Top Latin Songs and at 16 in the Latin Pop Songs chart. Santander received a nomination for a Billboard Award for Producer of the Year for his work on the track.
The critical reception for the album has been mixed. Jason Birchmeier of AllMusic declared that Tañón "missed her mark" angering her longtime fans, who wanted more merengue, not more pop. Nevertheless, Birchmeier also named Sobrevivir "a fine album," and "about as good as any adult-leaning Latin pop release of its time." He also praised the tracks "Caramelo", "Así es La Vida", "Mentiras", "No Podrás", and especially "Quien Diria," a duet with Luis Fonsi. Leila Cobo of Billboard magazine in a mixed review of Sobrevivir, named the album "well executed", but "fails to fully define its singer: Is she a pop balladeer? A dance queen?", concluding that Tañón "sounds as if she's still searching for something else." The album was awarded the Latin Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Album. After receiving the award, Tañón said: "I swear I was surprised. Anything could have happened. The competition was very strong but I always had faith. I'm super happy."
Credits adapted from Allmusic.
Sobrevivir debuted and peaked at number 11 in the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart, being the second highest debut of the week, after Acústico Vol. II by Puerto Rican singer Ednita Nazario which bowed at number two. The album debuted and peaked at number ten in the Latin Pop Albums chart. The album became Tañón's lowest charting album, since Mujer de Fuego in 1994. Sobrevivir received a Platinum album in the Latin field certification in the United States and sold 64,000 units (as of 2005).