Hips Don't Lie

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"Hips Don't Lie"
Single by Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean
from the album Oral Fixation, Vol. 2
Released February 28, 2006 (2006-02-28)
Format
Genre
Length 3:38
Label Epic
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Shakira
  • Wyclef Jean
  • Jerry 'Wonder' Duplessis
Shakira chronology
  • "Hips Don't Lie"
  • (2006)
Wyclef Jean chronology
  • "President"
  • (2004)
  • "Hips Don't Lie"
  • (2006)

"Hips Don't Lie" is a song by Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira featuring Haitian rapper Wyclef Jean for the reissue of Shakira's seventh studio album, Oral Fixation, Vol. 2. It was released on February 28, 2006, by Epic Records as the third single from the album. The song was written and produced by Shakira, Jean, Jerry 'Wonder' Duplessis and LaTravia Parker. "Hips Don't Lie" is a salsa and reggaeton song, which heavily incorporates samples from Jean's earlier single "Dance Like This" and "Amores Como el Nuestro" written by Omar Alfanno.

Upon its release, "Hips Don't Lie" received generally favorable reviews from music critics. It received several accolades, including a People's Choice Award, an MTV Latin America Video Music Award, and an MTV Video Music Award. "Hips Don't Lie" reached the number one spot on charts in at least 55 countries[2] including the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, becoming her first number one single in the country. It also broke the record for the most radio plays in a single week in the United States. The song was eventually certified double-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), where it has sold over three million copies. It additionally topped charts in nations including Australia, Italy, and the United Kingdom. Having sold over ten million copies by the turn of the decade, the track became the best-selling single of the 21st century[3] in physical singles and digital downloads combined. It is widely recognized as one of Shakira's signature songs.

Background and composition[edit]

A sample of "Hips Don't Lie" by Shakira

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In June 2005, Shakira released her sixth studio album, the Spanish-language Fijación Oral, Vol. 1. It debuted at number four on the U.S. Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 157,000 copies. In doing so, it broke the record for the highest-debut for a full-length Spanish-language album in the country, an honor which it currently holds. Its lead single "La Tortura" peaked at number 23 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, and with sales exceeding five million copies, is one of the best-selling singles of all time.

That November, Shakira released her seventh record, the English-language Oral Fixation, Vol. 2. It peaked at number five on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 128,000 copies. Its lead single "Don't Bother" reached number 42 on the Billboard Hot 100. In early 2006, her label Epic Records asked Wyclef Jean to remake his song with Shakira, attempting to revive sales of the album. Consequentially, Oral Fixation, Vol. 2 was reissued with "Hips Don't Lie" that March. It jumped 92 positions on the Billboard 200 and enjoyed a one-week sales increase of 643%. As of November 2007, the album has sold nearly two million copies in the country, over half of which are the reissue.

"Hips Don't Lie" debuted on the Los Angeles-based radio station KIIS-FM (on the Ryan Seacrest Morning Show) on February 14, 2006. Shakira and Wyclef Jean performed the song on the following TV shows: American Idol, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Live With Regis and Kelly, The Today Show, Total Request Live, and the 2007 Grammy Awards. The song can be heard in the EA Sports video game MVP 06 NCAA Baseball, the films Ice Age: The Meltdown and 27 Dresses as well as the season one finale of Silicon Valley.

The trumpets in the record are sampled from the song "Amores Como el Nuestro" which was written by Omar Alfanno and performed by Jerry Rivera for his album Cuenta Conmigo (1992). The use of the opening trumpets caused a small controversy, when Rivera openly accused Shakira of plagiarizing the opening trumpets without his knowing, unaware that rights had already been obtained from his former label Sony Discos.[4][5][6]

Less than two weeks after its debut on KIIS, Z100 added the track, and less than a week after it was added to the playlist, it was the most requested song on the station as it hit #1 on the "Interactive 9@9". It stayed on top for about a month. In December 2006 it was announced that "Hips Don't Lie" was the #1 song of the year, a first for both Shakira and Wyclef Jean.

A Spanish version, titled "Será, Será (Las Caderas No Mienten)", was also released. Shakira also sang another version (produced by RedOne) called "Hips Don't Lie/Bamboo" at the closing ceremony of the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Berlin, Germany.

Commercial performance[edit]

Shakira performing during her Oral Fixation Tour

In February 2006, "Hips Don't Lie" debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at #84. Four weeks later, it entered the U.S. Billboard Hot 100's top-forty on the chart and received the "greatest airplay gainer" title on the Hot 100 for three weeks in a row. The song achieved a peak position of #13 until it was released digitally on May 27, 2006. Shakira's record label Epic Records originally held back the release of the song's digital downloads to boost sales of Oral Fixation Vol. 2. When Epic finally released it digitally the track hit number one, the single jumped from number nine to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending June 17, 2006, helped by the song's strong number-one status on the Hot 100 Airplay chart and nearly 267,000 downloads in its first week (the accomplishment broke D4L's record with "Laffy Taffy" of 179,000 paid downloads.) On the iTunes download chart, the song bumped Nelly Furtado's "Promiscuous" to number two less than 24 hours after it was digitally released. Within three weeks the single managed to move over 670,000 paid digital downloads. Since it has been digitally available in June 2006, the song has sold 3,553,000 downloads and two million ringtones in the U.S. alone.[7]

"Hips Don't Lie" also set a record for the fastest selling record to reach the one million digital download mark. It sold its millionth digital download after 9 short weeks in the U.S., beating the previous record held by Daniel Powter's "Bad Day", which took 16 weeks. The song ended 2006 at #46 on the iTunes top 100, jumping up twenty-six spots from #72 on New Year's Eve. On January 1, 2007, AOL revealed a list of the Top 100 Songs and Top 100 Videos of 2006, "Hips Don't Lie" was the #6 song and the #1 video.[8]

According to Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems, "Hips Don't Lie" was the most-played pop song in a single week in American radio history. It was played 9,637 times in one week, breaking Gwen Stefani's previous record with 9,582 plays in a week for her #1 hit single "Hollaback Girl" in 2005.[9] Shakira also became the second female artist, the first being Cuban-American singer Gloria Estefan in 1989 with "Don't Wanna Lose You", ever to top the Billboard's Hot 100 chart and the Latin Singles chart simultaneously. The single held the top spot in the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks in a row, being dethroned on July 1 by "Do I Make You Proud" from American Idol Season 5 winner Taylor Hicks.

In the UK it spent a total of five weeks at number one. After its initial one-week reign at number one, it returned to the top in its 8th week preventing Christina Aguilera's "Ain't No Other Man", Rihanna's "Unfaithful", as well as Cascada's "Everytime We Touch" and Chamillionaire's "Ridin'" from going to #1 until it was replaced by Beyoncé Knowles' "Déjà Vu". "Hips Don't Lie" broke the record for the most weeks for a song in a second run, staying four weeks during its second reign at number-one, a record it now shares with "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Belgian-Australian singer Gotye. The song remained in the top 10 for 16 weeks, and then stayed within the top 75 for an additional 38 weeks. "Hips Don't Lie" is currently the 11th best selling single by a female artist in the 21st century in the UK, and also the 10th best selling collaboration.[10] It is also the 46th best-selling single of the 2000 decade in UK.[11]

In Ireland, the single remained at the number one spot for a total of nine weeks throughout the summer.

"Hips Don't Lie" was the most successful song of 2006 worldwide and it reached #1 in the majority of charting countries and territories around the world. It reached number one on the USA Hot 100, Pop 100 and Hot Latin Tracks charts, in Australia, Belgium, Canada (on the Digital Chart), Colombia, Czech Republic, Europe, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latin America, Lebanon, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, and other countries. The song peaked below number one but inside the top ten in Austria, Canada (on the Canadian Airplay Chart), China, Finland, Norway and Russia peaking at number two and in Denmark peaking at number six. In Taiwan, the song peaked at number eleven, while it reached the top position on the Japan International Singles. The only nation, where the song was released and did not reach a Top 20 position, was in Sweden, where it peaked at number forty-five due to its late October release on the charts.[12]

"Hips Don't Lie" was the number-two year-end song in the Netherlands; it also finished number three in Germany and the UK,[13] while in Spain it was number four and in USA it was number five.[14] In Germany, it's the fourth best-selling pop duet ever.[15]

On June 9, 2006, Shakira and Wyclef Jean performed "Hips Don't Lie" at the opening ceremony of the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Munich, and also a month later at the short ceremony preceding the Final game in Berlin, to worldwide TV audiences of over 500 million and 700 million people, respectively.

Worldwide, it was the biggest-selling single of the 2000s.[16][17]

Having sold over ten million copies, the track has become one of the biggest-selling single of the twenty-first century, and is widely recognized as one of Shakira's signature songs.[2]

Music video[edit]

Shakira in the music video

The music video was directed by British director Sophie Muller and filmed in Los Angeles, California, United States. The video begins with Shakira against a black background dancing while Wyclef and a couple other men are watching her. When Wyclef raps his first rap verse, it shows him following Shakira with pink curtains everywhere. It also shows them on the street along with different people. When the second verse begins, she is seen sitting in a chair while singing. It then cuts to an arena-like environment, where Shakira is dancing with other people. It ends with Shakira against the black background. The majority of the costumes and outfits featured in the video belong to the Carnaval de Barranquilla, some of which include the white dress Shakira dances in, and the colorful flags. Shakira was given dancing lessons for the performance of the song at the MTV Awards by the Indian choreographer Farah Khan.[18]

"Hips Don't Lie" proved successful on LAUNCHcast's top-hundred most-watched videos of the week, where it spent four months at number one. Yahoo! had fans submit videos of themselves dancing to the song, which were edited into a "fans only" version, which has also proved to be one of the most popular videos on LAUNCH. The video for "Hips Don't Lie" ran in the number-one spot on iTunes (along with the single) for several weeks. It was the most-watched video of 2006, and has drawn 156 million views on YouTube.[19] The video won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Choreography on August 31, 2006 and the MTV Latin Award for Song Of The Year on October 19, 2006. The video also placed at number two on VH1's "Top 40 Videos of 2006".

Track listings[edit]

CD single:

  1. "Hips Don't Lie" (featuring Wyclef Jean) [Jean, Duplessis, Shakira, Parker, Alfanno] – 3:41
  2. "Dreams for Plans" [Shakira, Buckley] – 4:02
  3. "Hips Don't Lie" (featuring Wyclef Jean) (Wyclef's Mixshow Mix) – 4:09

Maxi CD single:

  1. "Hips Don't Lie" (featuring Wyclef Jean) – 3:41
  2. "Hips Don't Lie" (Wyclef Remix) (featuring Wyclef Jean) – 3:59
  3. "Hips Don't Lie" (Wyclef Mix Show Mix) (featuring Wyclef Jean) – 4:09
  4. "Hips Don't Lie" (Wyclef Remix Instrumental) (featuring Wyclef Jean) – 3:57
  5. "Hips Don't Lie/Bamboo" (2006 FIFA World Cup Version) – 3:24
  6. "Será Será (Las Caderas No Mienten)" (Spanish version) – 3:35

2-tracks Maxi single:[20]

  1. "Hips Don't Lie"
  2. "Dreams for Plans"

Japanese release:

  1. "Hips Don't Lie" (featuring Wyclef Jean) – 3:41
  2. "Hips Don't Lie/Bamboo" (2006 FIFA World Cup Mix) (featuring Wyclef Jean)
  3. "Será Será (Las Caderas No Mienten)" (Spanish version) (featuring Wyclef Jean) – 3:41
  4. "Hips Don't Lie" (DJ Kazzanova Remix) (featuring Wyclef Jean)

Ringle:

  1. "Hips Don't Lie" (featuring Wyclef Jean) – 3:41
  2. "Hips Don't Lie" (featuring Wyclef Jean) (Wyclef's Show Mix) – 4:09
  3. "Será Será (Las Caderas No Mienten)" (Spanish Version)[featuring Wyclef Jean] – 3:41

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
2006 Billboard Music Awards Pop Single Of The Year Nominated
Top Pop 100 Airplay Track Won
Top Hot 100 Single Nominated
BMI Awards BMI Urban Award - Billboard No. 1s Won
Echo Awards Best International Single Nominated
Grammy Awards Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals Nominated
Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica Song of the Year Won
Latin Billboard Music Awards Hot Latin Song of the Year-Vocal Duet or Collaboration Won
Latin Pop Airplay Song of the Year - Duo or Group Nominated
Hot Latin Songs of the Year Nominated
MTV Europe Music Awards Best Song Nominated
MTV Video Music Awards Best Female Video Nominated
MTV Video Music Awards Best Pop Video Nominated
Best Dance Video Nominated
Video of the Year Nominated
Viewer's Choice Awards Nominated
Best Choreography in a Video Won
Best Art Direction in a Video Nominated
2007 International Dance Music Awards Best Latin/Reggaeton Track[21] Won

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Single
Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[70] Platinum 70,000*
Austria (IFPI Austria)[71] Gold 15,000x
Belgium (BEA)[72] Platinum 50,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[73] 2× Platinum 40,000*
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[74] 2× Platinum 45,000*
France (SNEP)[75] Gold 213,600[76]
Germany (BVMI)[77] Platinum 300,000*
Greece (IFPI Greece)[78] Gold 7,500*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[79] Gold 7,500*
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[80] Platinum 30,000x
United Kingdom 669,000[81]
United States (RIAA)[82] 3× Platinum 3,553,000[7]

*sales figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

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