Fruta Fresca

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"Fruta Fresca"
Single by Carlos Vives
from the album El Amor de Mi Tierra
Released August 23, 1999 (1999-08-23)
Format
Genre Latin pop, vallenato
Length 3:52
Label EMI Latin
Writer(s) Carlos Vives
Producer(s)
Carlos Vives singles chronology
"Caballito"
(1998)
"Fruta Fresca"
(1999)
"Tu Amor Eterno"
(2000)

"Fruta Fresca" ("Fresh Fruit") is a vallenato song written and performed by Colombian recording artist Carlos Vives and produced by Emilio Estefan and Juan Vicente Zambrano as the lead single from his studio album El Amor de Mi Tierra in 1999. The song incorporates the sound of Latin pop and Colombian vallenato music. In the song, he compares his lover's kisses to fresh fruit. The track was well received by critics who praised the production of the record. "Fruta Fresca" became Vives' first number-one hit on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart.

It received three Latin Grammy nominations for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Tropical Song and a Lo Nuestro nomination for Tropical Song of the Year. Vives received an American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers award for Pop/Contemporary Song in 2001 for his composition of the song. In 2003, Brazilian boy band Br'oZ covered the song in the Portuguese language under the title "Prometida" for their album Popstars which peaked at number two on the Brazilian Airplay Chart.

Background and music[edit]

A 21 second sample of the song, "Fruta Fresca". The sound incorporates the sounds of Latin pop and vallenato music.

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El Amor de Mi Tierra is Carlos Vives's ninth studio album released by EMI Latin on September 21, 1999.[1] The album was produced by Juan Vicente Zambrano and Emilio Estefan.

It contains twelve tracks, ten of which were composed by Vives including "Fruta Fresca".[2] "Fruta Fresca" fuses the sounds of Latin pop and Colombian vallenato music.[3] In the song, he compares his lover's kisses to fresh fruit "which escaped from your mouth and went up to my head".[4]

Promotion[edit]

An accompanying music video for the song was released in 1999 which features Vives and a band performing song with various background montages.[5] Vives performed the song at the 12th Lo Nuestro Awards which Magaly Morales of the Sun-Sentinel noted that his performance "sent everybody up on their feet, swinging their hips".[6] The song was included on his El Amor de Mi Tour track listing.[7] He also performed the song at the 1st Latin Grammy Awards ceremony where Joan Anderman of The Boston Globe said that Vives "brought the performances to an upbeat close".[8] He was originally not going to perform at the Latin Grammy Awards due to his illness with pneumonia, but decided to go as he wanted to show "something that was mine and that was my country's".[9]

Commercial performance[edit]

"Fruta Fresca" was originally scheduled to be released to radio stations on August 17, 1999, but it was released later in the month because the music video was not finished.[2] The song debuted on the Billboard Top Latin Songs chart (formerly Hot Latin Tracks) chart at number 21 for the week of November 21, 1999, climbing to the top ten two weeks later.[10][11] "Fruta Fresca" peaked at number-one on January 8, 2000,[12] replacing "Ritmo Total" by Spanish performer Enrique Iglesias and being succeeded by "Te Quiero Mucho" by Mexican band Los Rieleros del Norte, the following week.[13] The song returned to the top of the chart on January 22, 2000 for another two weeks, before being succeeded by Guatemalan singer-songwriter Ricardo Arjona with "Desnuda".[14] By March 11, 2000, "Fruta Fresca" was replaced at the number-one position by "Que Alguien Me Diga" by Gilberto Santa Rosa.[15] "Fruta Fresca" also peaked at number-one on the Billboard Latin Tropical Airplay chart. The song ended 2000 as the third best performing Latin single of the year in the United States.[16][17] In Spain, the song peaked at number two on the PROMUSICAE singles chart.[18]

Reception and accolades[edit]

"Fruta Fresca" was named a "highlight" by Steve Huey of Allmusic on the review of the parent album, and was also described as a "bridge" between tropical and pop music, by Leila Cobo of Billboard magazine, while reviewing the nominees for the Latin Grammy Awards.[19][20] While reviewing songs that were nominated for Record of the Year at the first Latin Grammy Awards, an editor for the Los Angeles Times declared that "Vives demonstrated to the world that it was possible, after all, to make commercial music without sacrificing the roots of Latin America".[3] On the review of the compilation album The Rhythm, Rosa Yi of the Orlando Sentinel declares that "If there's any rhythm in your body, you will get up and bust a move."[21]

At the 1st Latin Grammy Awards it received nominations for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Tropical Song, while Vives was a candidate for Male Pop Vocal Performance.[22] The song was also nominated for "Tropical Song of the Year" at the 13th Lo Nuestro Awards.[23] Vives earned the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers award for Pop/Contemporary Song in 2001 for "Fruta Fresca".[24] In 2003, Brazilian boy band Br'oZ recorded a cover version of the song in the Portuguese language under the title "Prometida" for their album Popstars.[25] The track peaked at number 2 on the Brazilian Airplay Chart.[26]

Track listing[edit]

Fruta Fresca + Remixes' CD Maxi Single[27]
No. Title Length
1. "Fruta Fresca"   3:52
2. "Fruta Fresca" (Pablo Flores Club Mix) 9:51
3. "Fruta Fresca" (Pablo Flores Mix - Radio Edit) 4:30
4. "Fruta Fresca" (Pablo Flores Dub Mix) 8:15

Charts[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Carlos Vives - El Amor de Mi Tierra: Releases". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved July 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Lannert, John (August 14, 1999). "Fresh Vives". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media) 111 (33): 72. Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Record of the Year". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). September 12, 2000. Retrieved July 3, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Pet Shop Boys Go Deep This Time". Miami Herald (The McClatchy Company). October 29, 1999. Retrieved July 30, 2013.  (subscription required)
  5. ^ Vives, Carlos (performer) (1999). Fruta Fresca (Television). Colombia: EMI International. 
  6. ^ Morales, Magaly (May 10, 2000). "Networks' Awards Flop As Entertainment". Sun-Sentinel (Tribune Company). Retrieved July 31, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Carlos Vives y "El amor de mi tierra", en gira española". Tropicana FM (in Spanish). Grupo PRISA. July 13, 2000. Retrieved July 31, 2013. 
  8. ^ Anderman, Joan (September 14, 2000). "At Last, The Grammys Latin Style". The Boston Globe (The New York Times Company). Retrieved July 31, 2013.  (subscription required)
  9. ^ Cobo, Leila (September 30, 2000). "Touring Revives A Grammyless Vives". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media) 112 (40): 43. Retrieved July 31, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Fruta Fresca — Week of November 21, 1999". Billboard. Prometheus Global Mdeia. November 21, 1999. Retrieved May 26, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Fruta Fresca — Week of December 11, 1999". Billboard. Prometheus. December 11, 1999. Retrieved May 26, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Fruta Fresca — Week of January 8, 2000". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. January 8, 2000. Retrieved May 26, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Te Quiero Mucho — Week of January 15, 2000". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. January 15, 2000. Retrieved May 26, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Desnuda — Week of February 5, 2000". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. February 5, 2000. Retrieved May 26, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Que Alguien Me Diga — Week of March 11, 2000". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. March 11, 2000. Retrieved May 26, 2011. 
  16. ^ a b c d "2000 The Year In Music: Hot Latin Tracks". Billboard (Promtheus Global Media) 112 (53): YE-72, 74, 78. 2000-12-30. Retrieved 2011-05-26. 
  17. ^ a b "Carlos Vives — Charts & Awards — Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved May 26, 2011. 
  18. ^ a b "Spanishcharts.com – Carlos Vives – Fruta Fresca" Canciones Top 50. Retrieved October 20, 2013.
  19. ^ "El Amor de Mi Tierra – Carlos Vives". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved May 26, 2011. 
  20. ^ Cobo, Leila (2000-07-22). "Latin Notas". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media) 112 (30): 67. Retrieved 2011-05-26. 
  21. ^ Yi, Rosa (August 11, 200). "Various Artists The Rhythm". Orlando Sentinel (Tribune Company). Retrieved July 3, 2013.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  22. ^ "Complete List Of Nominations For First-ever Latin Grammy Awards". AllBusiness.com. July 29, 2000. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  23. ^ "Seis nominaciones para Son by Four". IMAGEN (in Spanish) (Grupo Editorial Zacatecas). January 9, 2001. Retrieved May 1, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Congratulation 2001 El Premio ASCAP Awards Winners". Billboard 107 (38) (Nielsen Business Media). May 26, 2001. p. 16. Retrieved July 3, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Popstars - Br'oZ". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved July 31, 2013. 
  26. ^ Gomes, Tom (January 17, 2004). "Acts Surmount Brazil's Language Barrier". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media) 116 (3): 25. Retrieved May 26, 2011. 
  27. ^ "US Fruta Fresca + Remixes". Discogs. Retrieved May 26, 2011. 
  28. ^ "Carlos Vives Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 for Carlos Vives. Retrieved July 2, 2013.
  29. ^ "Carlos Vives Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Latin Songs for Carlos Vives. Retrieved July 2, 2013.
  30. ^ "Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Latin Pop Songs for Carlos Vives. Retrieved July 2, 2013.

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