International Love

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"International Love"
Single by Pitbull featuring Chris Brown
from the album Planet Pit
Released May 27, 2011 (2011-05-27)
Format Digital download
Recorded SoulPower Studios,
(Los Angeles, California);
Al Burna Studios and Hit Factory Criteria,
(Miami, Florida)
Genre Dance-pop
Length 3:47
Label Polo Grounds, J, Mr. 305
Writer(s) Armando C. Perez, Carsten Shack, Peter Biker, Sean Hurley, Claude Kelly
Producer(s) Soulshock & Biker, Sean Hurley
Pitbull singles chronology
"Bailando Por El Mundo"
"International Love"
"U Know It Ain't Love"
Chris Brown singles chronology
"Wet the Bed"
"International Love"
"Another Round"
Planet Pit track listing
Music video
"International Love" on YouTube

"International Love" is a song by Cuban-American rapper Pitbull from his sixth studio album, Planet Pit (2011). The song features vocals from American R&B singer Chris Brown. It was written by Pitbull, Soulshock, Peter Biker, Sean Hurley and Claude Kelly, and it was produced by Soulshock, Biker and Hurley. The song was first released on May 27, 2011 as the first promotional single from the album. However, on October 11, 2011 the single started airing on rhythmic radio in the United States, and was finally released as the fourth and final official single on November 1, 2011 when it impacted US mainstream radio. It has so far peaked at number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. The song was included at #39 on Tr3s' Top 100 of 2012.

Background and composition[edit]

A 24-second sample of part of the chorus of "International Love", which features vocals from Chris Brown, comparing women to from New York City, Los Angeles, and Miami.

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"International Love" was first released as a promotional single on May 29, 2011.[citation needed] Later, the song was released as the fourth official single from the album on November 1, 2011.[1]

The song was written by Pitbull, Soulshock, Peter Biker, Sean Hurley and Claude Kelly, and it was produced by Soulshock, Biker and Hurley.[2][3] American R&B recording artist Chris Brown provides guest vocals on the hook and bridge.[2][4] The song is a dance-pop song, following the strong world dance music feel of the other singles of the album.[5] Lyrically, Pitbull talks about girls' stereotypes all over the globe, ranging from Romania to Lebanon to Greece to Brazil to other Latin countries.

Critical reception[edit]

Brown (pictured) appears on the song.

Robbie Daw of Idolator wrote: "It is an energetic floorfiller not unlike Breezy’s current hit 'Yeah 3x', and it finds the two praising women. Of course, there are no women like the ones in Miami for Pitbull. We can totally hear this finding a home on the radio."[4] Bill Lamb of praised Brown's vocal performance, writing: "Chris Brown delivers a beautiful vocal on the choruses."[5] Josh Langhoff of PopMatters commented: "So in the interest of increasing his market share and his genetic footprint, Pitbull has decided to grow his brand and sink it deep into virgin territory. He positions himself for action, feels out the strategic gaps, and fills them with his acumen, forever keeping his eye on the back end."[6] Richard of "DJ Booth" stated: "The Claude Kelly-penned smash is a Pit single par excellence, with all the dancefloor-scorching synth grooves and brilliantly mindless rhymes that entails. In between the headliner’s globally-conscious expressions of horniness, R&B heavyweight Chris Brown takes the reins, adding a dose of star power on the hook and bridge."[2] Jesse Cataldo of Slant Magazine wrote: "The track might have felt convincing. As delivered by Pitbull and Chris Brown, it feels juvenile and boastful, a puerile fantasy with zero appeal."[7]

Chart performance[edit]

"International Love" entered the ARIA Singles Charts in Australia at number 48 on November 27, 2011 due to strong digital sales from the album. Following the single's official release, the song re-entered the chart at number 34 on January 15, 2012, and has since peaked at number 27.[8] It has been certified gold by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) for sales of 35,000 digital downloads. In the United Kingdom, "International Love" debuted at number 142 on the UK Singles Chart on the issue dated December 14, 2011. The following week the song rose to number 99, before dropping to number 94 the week after. In its fourth week on the chart rose to number 44. The following week it moved to number 23 after selling 12,639 units.[9] In its sixth week on the chart, the song peaked at number thirteen with sales of 18,620 copies.[10] It peaked at #1 on US Hot Dance Club Songs, and also reached #1 in Slovakia.

Music video[edit]

The music video was first released onto Pitbull's official VEVO channel on December 8, 2011. The video shows the duo traveling the world by CGI and green screen effects. The various cityscapes are projected behind the sharply dressed guys as they rap and sing about living it up and loving the many ladies around the world. The video has received over 300 million views.[11]

In the song Pitbull rapped 2 verses but in the video he rapped 3 verses, a new verse in the beginning.[12] Erin Strecker of Entertainment Weekly '​s Music Mix, described the video, writing: "The extra-planetary party is a greenscreen orgy in the sky, complete with women, dance moves, and some oddly placed all-American body paint (at 3:20)."[13]

Live performances[edit]

The duo performed the song on February 16, 2012 at the Premio Lo Nuestro 2012. Brown's performance was criticized because of his bad lip-synching.[14] On February 26, 2012 the song was performed by both singers in a medley during the halftime of 2012 NBA All-Star Game in Orlando.[15]

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download[16]
  1. "International Love" – 3:49
  1. "International Love" (Album version) – 3:49
  2. "International Love" (Jump Smokers! Radio Mix) – 4:27
  3. "International Love" (Kaskade Edit) - 5:26

Credits and personnel[edit]

  • Pitbull – songwriter
  • Soulshock – songwriter, producer, arranger, instrumentation, recording and mixing
  • Peter Biker – songwriter, producer, arranger and instrumentation
  • Sean Hurley – songwriter, keyboards and additional production
  • Claude Kelly – songwriter and backing vocals
  • Al Burna – Pitbull vocal recording
  • Brian Springer – Chris Brown vocal recording
  • Manny Marroquin – mixing
  • Erik Madrid – assistant mixing
  • Chris Galland – assistant mixing

Credits adapted from Planet Pit album liner notes.[18]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format
United States[16] May 27, 2011 Digital download - Promo Single
October 11, 2011 Rhythmic radio[69]
November 1, 2011 Mainstream radio[70]
Australia[71] November 7, 2011 Contemporary Hit Radio, Nights
United Kingdom [72] November 14, 2011 Digital download
Germany[17] February 10, 2012 CD single

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