La Popola

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"La Popola"
Single by Glory
from the album Glou
Released 19 March 2005
Format Airplay
Recorded 2004
Genre Reggaeton, merengue
Length 3:13
Label Machete Music
Writer(s) Glorimar Montalvo
Producer(s) Eliel
Glory singles chronology
"La Gata Suelta"
(2003)
"La Popola"
(2004)
"La Traicionera"
(2004)

"La Popola" is a song by Puerto Rican reggaetón recording artist Glory, from her debut studio album, Glou (2005). It was composed by Glory, produced by Eliel and released as the album's lead single. The song originally appeared on Eliel's El Que Habla Con Las Manos in 2004. It was banned in the Dominican Republic for its vulgar lyrical content.

Background[edit]

Before venturing as a solo artist, Glory appeared on several songs by artists including Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, Héctor & Tito and Eddie Dee. She appeared on Yankee's successful "Gasolina" delivering the hook "dame más gasolina",[1] and Omar's "Dale Don Dale" with the hook "suelta como gabete".[2]

Composition and controversy[edit]

An 18-second sample of Glory's "La Popola", which musically combines merengue and reggaeton.

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In the Dominican Republic, the song was banned by the countries' Comisión Nacional de Espectáculos Públicos y Radiofonía, (National Commission of Public Entertainment) in late 2004,[3] due to its vulgar lyrical content.[4] It has also been banned in several Latin American countries for its exceedingly sexual lyrics.[5] The term "popola" is used to refer to the watermelon fruit as well as the female sex organ.[6] It was considered disrespectful to women.[6] The song's musical aesthetics lean heavily toward the Dominican musical genre of merengue.[7] Musically, it features major key tonality, mixed acoustic and electric instrumentation, an accordion playing and prominent percussion according to the Music Genome Project.[8] While reviewing Eliel's El Que Habla Con Las Manos, AllMusic's Evan Gutierrez stated that "La Popola" was one of the album's only highlights along with Don Omar's "Ronca". He continued by stating that "the other 19 tracks tend to run together into a nondescript, formulaic mishmash."[9] It was covered by Reggaetones in 2006 on their second studio album, Fury of Reggaeton Hits.[10] Yahari also performed a cover of the song on his 2005 album Las + Bailables de...Yahari.[11] The song has appeared on several other compilation albums including Reggaeton Hitmakers 2000/2005: The Video (2005),[12] Album of the Year: Las Mas Bailables (2006),[13] Machete World Remixes, Part 1 (2006),[14] and 2007's VI Music 30 Video Collection.[15] A karaoke version of the song was released as a single on 19 March 2013 by Ameritz Spanish Karaoke.[16]

Charts[edit]

The song was released as the album's lead single on 19 March 2005 by Machete Music. It received barely sufficient airplay in Puerto Rico and none in the Dominican Republic.[7] On the Billboard Tropical Songs chart, "La Popola" debuted at number 26 for the week of 26 March 2005.[17] Ten weeks later, the song peaked at number ten for the week of 28 May 2005.[18] In Billboard magazine, the song is credited to Eliel instead of Glory as the performer.[19]

Chart (2005) Peak
Position
US Tropical Songs (Billboard)[9] 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Glory – Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Burr, Ramiro (9 September 2006). "The Class of 2006: Reggaeton's Array of Rising Artists Bodes Well for Genre's Growth". Billboard 118 (36). p. 50. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  3. ^ Ramos, Jorge (5 May 2005). "Rapera puertorriqueña Glory agradece su pegada a "La Popola". Hoy. Periódico Hoy. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  4. ^ Raquel Z. Rivera, Wayne Marshall and Deborah Pacini Hernandez. "Reggaeton". Duke University Press. 2009. pg. 230.
  5. ^ Alayon, Sofia (6 June 2005). "And Glory is her name". PR Web. Vocus PRW Holdings, LLC. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Regresa con "La Popola" a República Dominicana". Primera Hora. 15 October 2008. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Raquel Z. Rivera, Wayne Marshall and Deborah Pacini Hernandez. "Reggaeton". Duke University Press. 2009. pg. 163.
  8. ^ "Extasis Tropical – Vol. 10: La Popola". Pandora Radio. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "Eliel – Eliel El Que Habla Con Las Manos: Allmusic: Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "Reggaetones – Fury of Reggaeton Hits". AllMusic. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  11. ^ "Yahari – Las + Bailables de...Yahari". AllMusic. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  12. ^ "Various Artists – Reggaeton Hitmakers 2000/2005: The Video". AllMusic. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  13. ^ "Various Artists – Album of the Year: Las Mas Bailables". AllMusic. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  14. ^ "Various Artists – Machete World Remixes, Part 1". AllMusic. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  15. ^ "Various Artists – VI Music 30 Video Collection". AllMusic. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  16. ^ "Amazon.com: La Popola (In The Style of Eliel ft. Glory) [Karaoke Version] – Single". Amazon.com. 19 March 2013. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  17. ^ "Latin Tropical Airplay: March 26, 2005 – Billboard Chart Archive". Billboard. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  18. ^ "Latin Tropical Airplay: March 26, 2005 – Billboard Chart Archive". Billboard. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  19. ^ "Latin Billboard: Tropical Airplay". Billboard 117 (22). 28 May 2005. p. 53. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 28 April 2014.