Antes de las Seis

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"Antes de las Seis"
Single by Shakira
from the album Sale el Sol
Released 21 October 2011 (2011-10-21)
Format Digital download
Genre Latin pop
Length 2:55
Label Epic
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Shakira
  • Lester Mendez
Shakira singles chronology
"Rabiosa"
(2011)
"Antes de las Seis"
(2011)
"Je l'aime à mourir"
(2011)

"Antes de las Seis" (English: "Before Six O'Clock") is a song recorded by Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira for her ninth studio album Sale el Sol (2010). Written and produced by the singer and her frequent collaborator Lester Mendez, "Antes de las Seis" is one of the "romantic" songs from the album and is musically a Latin pop ballad.[1] It features a simple piano and acoustic guitar-supplemented beat over which Shakira delivers sad and emotional vocals. Epic Records released the song as the fourth single from Sale el Sol on 21 October 2011.

Critics gave positive reviews to "Antes de las Seis", complimenting its lyrical content. The song performed poorly on singles charts, but was moderately successful on airplay charts. It reached number 1 on the Spanish Airplay Chart and peaked at number 14 on the Monitor Latino chart in Mexico. In the United States, it peaked at numbers 21 and 4 on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs and Latin Pop Airplay charts, respectively. In 2013, "Antes de las Seis" was certified gold in Mexico.

The song was performed during the encore segment of the concert shows of Shakira's The Sun Comes Out World Tour in 2010 and 2011. A recording of its performance at the show in Paris, France, served as the promotional music video of the song. It was also used to promote Shakira's fourth live album Live from Paris.

Background and composition[edit]

15 second sample of the chorus of "Antes de las Seis", in which Shakira delivers sad and emotional vocals over a piano and acoustic guitar beat.

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In October 2009, Shakira released her eighth studio album, She Wolf. The composition of the record shifted from her more traditional Latin pop and pop rock styles, and was primarily an electropop album with combined elements of world and folk music.[2][3][4] The album was positively received by most music critics and was praised for its distinguished nature and Shakira's experimentation with electropop.[5] Commercially, She Wolf was a success, topping charts and attaining gold and platinum certifications in several South American and European territories. However, it performed poorly in the United States and became Shakira's first studio album since Dónde Están los Ladrones? (1998) to miss charting inside the top 10 after it peaked at number 15 on the US Billboard Hot 200 chart.[6] In May 2010, she wrote and recorded "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)", the official song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which became a worldwide hit.[7]

Following the global success of the song, Shakira began work on her ninth studio album Sale el Sol. She split the album into three "directions," one of which she described as "romantic" in nature.[1] Shakira felt it was something she had not "tapped into for the past three years," and its inclusion in the album resulted in "very intense, very romantic" songs.[1] "Antes de las Seis" is one such song from the album.[8] The Latin pop ballad was written and produced by Shakira and her frequent collaborator Lester Mendez, who had previously worked with her on songs including "Underneath Your Clothes" (2002) and "La Tortura" (2005).[9][10] The musical instrumentation of the song is simple and consists of a piano and acoustic guitar.[11] According to Jennifer Schaffer from the The Stanford Daily, its "softer" production helps in putting the focus on Shakira's voice, which she opined had been "stripped to its sensitive core."[11] The singer delivers sad and emotional vocals that address issues of "longing, regrets and loneliness."[9][12] Shakira talked about the deep meaning behind the balladry of the album and expressed difficulty in explaining it, saying: "We all go through hard moments. Whatever happened, it's right there in the songs. I've decided that I'm not going to explain every song this time. It's hard to explain a song. These songs explain me better than I can explain them."[12]

Release and reception[edit]

"Antes de las Seis" was chosen as the fourth single from Sale el Sol and was made available to digitally download from the iTunes Store on 21 October 2011.[13] An announcement confirming its release as a single appeared on Shakira's official website on 24 October.[10] Although the announcement mentioned that the single would be released to the iTunes Store on 31 October,[10] it had already appeared on there ten days before.[13]

Shakira performing "Antes de las Seis" during The Sun Comes Out World Tour in Paris, France

Critical reception[edit]

"Antes de las Seis" received generally positive reviews from music critics. Stephen Thomas Erlewine from AllMusic highlighted it as an example of Shakira's versatility and commented that the album "catches its breath on the ballad."[14] Mikael Wood from Entertainment Weekly termed the song a "gorgeous ballad" and encouraged readers to download it.[15] Jesus Yanez-Reyes from Northern Arizona News gave "Antes de las Seis" a very positive review and praised its lyrics and Shakira's "heartfelt" vocal delivery as having the ability "to overcome whatever language barriers may exist between the artist and the listener, truly making it a song of note within the release."[9] Jennifer Schaffer from the Stanford Daily complimented the sensitivity of the song and commented that "Shakira offers her listeners a far more vulnerable persona" through it.[11] Carlos Macias from Terra Music picked "Antes de las Seis" as his favourite track from the album and commended its lyrics, calling them "classic Shakira" and concluding that "It'd been a while since the Colombian superstar offered us an insight into her heart."[16] At the Premios Nuestra Tierra awards ceremony in 2012, "Antes de las Seis" was nominated for "Mejor Interpretación Pop Del Año" ("Best Pop Performance of the Year").[17]

Chart performance[edit]

Commercially, the song was moderately successful in Hispanic regions. In Mexico, "Antes de las Seis" peaked at number 14 on the Monitor Latino airplay chart.[18] In Spain, it topped the PROMUSICAE airplay chart,[19] although it failed to chart on the main singles chart. Similarly, the song was successful on the Billboard Latin Pop Airplay chart in the United States, on which it peaked at number 4,[20] but performed poorly on the main Hot Latin Songs chart, reaching only number 21.[21] "Antes de las Seis" is the only single from Sale el Sol to not chart inside the top ten of the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart.[21] In 2013, the Mexican Association of Phonograph Producers (AMPROFON) certified "Antes de las Seis" gold for selling 30,000 units in Mexico.[22]

Promotion[edit]

The song was included on the set list of Shakira's The Sun Comes Out World Tour in 2010 and 2011, and was performed as the opening song of the encore segment of the concert shows.[23] She sang it dressed in a large "feathery" royal blue dress,[24] and towards the end of the performance artificial snow flakes started falling from the sky.[25] A recording of the performance during the concert held at the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy arena in Paris, France, served as the music video of "Antes de las Seis".[26] The video was also used to promote Shakira's fourth live album Live from Paris.[27]

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

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  9. ^ a b c Yanez-Reyes, Jesus (28 October 2010). "SoundCheck: Shakira's Sale el Sol". Northern Arizona News. Retrieved 25 August 2013. 
  10. ^ a b c "Antes de las Seis to be Shakira's next single". Shakira.com (Archive). 24 October 2011. Archived from the original on 18 November 2012. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  11. ^ a b c Schaffer, Jennifer (29 October 2010). "Review: Shakira’s ‘Sale el Sol’". The Stanford Daily. The Stanford Daily Publishing Corporation. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  12. ^ a b Parales, Jon (14 October 2010). "Shakira Conquers New Arenas on 'Sale el Sol'". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 25 August 2013. 
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  14. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Sale el Sol – Shakira". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Archived from the original on 23 October 2010. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
  15. ^ Wood, Mikael (25 October 2010). "Sale el Sol (2010)". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  16. ^ Macias, Carlos (19 October 2010). "Sale El Sol Review: Shakira's New Album Delivers Half The Goods". Terra Networks. Telefónica. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  17. ^ "Nominados Premios Nuestra Tierra 2012" (in Spanish). WSKQ-FM. Spanish Broadcasting System. 13 March 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
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  19. ^ a b "Top 20 - Lista de Radio" (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España. 2011. Archived from the original on 1 June 2012. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
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  21. ^ a b c "Shakira – Chart History (Hot Latin Songs)". BIllboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  22. ^ a b "Certificaciones 2013". AMPROFON. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  23. ^ Stingley, Mick (22 September 2010). "Shakira – Concert Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  24. ^ Simpson, Dave (15 December 2010). "Shakira – review". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  25. ^ Mathews, Terry (1 November 2010). "Shakira lights up American Airlines Center with Sale El Sol tour". The Sulphur Springs News-Telegram. Echo Publishing Company. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  26. ^ "Antes De Las Seis video". Shakira.com (Archive). 3 November 2011. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  27. ^ "Shakira romantique en bleu royal pour son nouveau clip live "Antes de las seis"" (in French). Pure Charts. PureMédias. 3 November 2011. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 

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