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Lo Mejor de Mí (song)

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"Lo Mejor de Mi"
Single by Cristian Castro
from the album Lo Mejor de Mí
Released 1997
Format Promo single
Recorded 1997
Genre Latin pop, Bolero
Length 3:54
Label BMG U.S. Latin
Writer(s) Rudy Pérez
Producer(s) Rudy Pérez
Cristian Castro singles chronology
"Una y Mil Veces"
(1997)
"Lo Mejor de Mí"
(1997)
"Si Tú Me Amaras"
(1997)
Music video
"Lo Mejor de Mí" on YouTube
Music sample
A 23 second sample of Cristian Castro's cover of "Lo Mejor de Mí".

"Lo Mejor de Mí" ("All My Best") is a song written and produced by Rudy Pérez and first recorded by Spanish singer Juan Ramon for his second studio album Por Haberte Amado Tanto (1990). In the song, the protagonist tells his lover how he gave his best despite not meeting his lover's expectation. In 1997, Mexican recording artist Cristian Castro covered the song for his fifth studio album Lo Mejor de Mí which Pérez also produced and arranged. Castro's version peaked at number-one on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs and the Billboard Latin Pop Songs charts in the United States. The song received a Billboard Latin Music Awards and a Lo Nuestro nomination for Pop Song of the Year. Pérez earned the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers award in the Pop/Ballad field.

Background[edit]

In 1990, Spanish recording artist Juan Ramon released his second studio album Por Haberte Amado Tanto which was arranged and produced by Cuban-American musician Rudy Pérez.[1] Pérez composed three songs for the album including the track "Lo Mejor de Mí".[2] The song speaks of a failed relationship between the protagonist and the lover where the protagonist gave the best they could despite not meeting the lover's expectation.[3] One year later, Argentine musician María Martha Serra Lima covered the song on her studio album of the same name which was also arranged and produced by Pérez.[4]

In 1997, Mexican recording artist Cristian Castro covered the song for his Grammy-nominated album of the same name with Pérez's involvement with the production and arrangement.[5] It was released as the lead single from the album and the first single under his new record label BMG U.S. Latin following his departure from Fonovisa Records a year earlier.[6] The song is performed in the bolero style.[7]

Promotion[edit]

Castro performed the song live in Mexico City, Mexico on October 28, 1997 as part of the promotion for the album.[8] In addition, a music video was released 1998 which was directed by Willie Souza and was filmed in a near Cuernavaca.[9] The song was remixed by DJ Sugar Kid which was included in Castro's album Remixes (2000).[10] It also has been featured in his compilations album Grandes Hits (2002) and Nunca Voy a Olvidarte...Los Exitos (2005).[11][12]

Reception[edit]

"Lo Mejor de Mí" debuted on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart at number 24 on the week of September 13, 1997, climbing to the top ten one week later.[13][14] The song peaked atop of the chart on the week of November 22, 1997 succeeding "Si Tu Supieras" by Alejandro Fernández and was replaced by "Y Hubo Alguien" by Marc Anthony a week later.[15][16] On the Billboard Latin Pop Songs chart, the song debuted at number ten on the chart.[17] It reached number one on the chart on the week of October 4, 1997 where it spent a total a five nonconsecutive weeks on top.[18] It was second best-performing Latin pop song of 1998 after "Vuelve" by Ricky Martin.[19]

On the review of the album, an editor for Billboard felt that the song "highlights the much-anticipated label by this Mexican singing star".[20] "Lo Mejor de Mí" was awarded Pop Song of the Year at the 1998 Billboard Latin Music Awards and was nominated at the same category the following year.[21][22] It was also nominated Pop Song of the Year at the 9th Lo Nuestro Awards but lost to "Si Tu Supieras" by Alejandro Fernández.[23] Pérez earned the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers award for Pop/Balld Song of 1998 for the song and was awarded 1999 in the same category.[24][25]

Charts[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Por Haber Amado Tanto — Juan Ramon: Credits". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  2. ^ "Por Haber Amado Tanto — Juan Ramon: Overview". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  3. ^ "Lo Mejor De Mi Lyrics". MetroLyrics. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  4. ^ "Lo Mejor de Mí — María Martha Serra Lima: Overview". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  5. ^ "Lo Mejor de Mí — Cristian Castro: Overiew". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  6. ^ Lannert, John (1997-11-22). "Latin Notas" 109 (47). p. 61. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  7. ^ Díaz, Carlos (1998). Siempre Julio: La otra cara de un idolo (in Spanish). Dino Producciones. p. 221. 
  8. ^ Lannert, John (1997-11-15). "Latin Notas". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media) 109 (46): 39. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  9. ^ "Cristian graba video de "Lo mejor de mi"". El Siglo de Torreón (in Spanish). 1998-01-15. p. 40. 
  10. ^ "Remixes — Cristian Castro: Overiew". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  11. ^ "Grandes Hits — Cristian Castro: Overiew". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  12. ^ "Nunca Voy a Olvidarte...Los Exitos — Cristian Castro: Overiew". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  13. ^ "Lo Mejor de Mí — Week of September 13, 1997". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1997-09-13. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  14. ^ "Lo Mejor de Mí — Week of September 20, 1997". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1997-09-20. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  15. ^ "Lo Mejor de Mí — Week of November 22, 1997". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1997-11-22. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  16. ^ "Y Hubo Alguien — Week of November 29, 1997". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1997-11-29. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  17. ^ "Lo Mejor de Mí — Week of September 13, 1998". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1998-09-13. Retrieved 2013-06-11. 
  18. ^ "Latin Pop Songs — Week of October 4, 1997". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1997-10-04. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  19. ^ a b c "1998: The Year in Music". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media) 110 (52): YE-66, 70. 1998-12-26. Retrieved 2012-08-09. 
  20. ^ "Reviews & Previews". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media): 89. 1997-10-04. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  21. ^ Lannert, John (1998-04-11). "Latin Music Award Winners, Include First-Timers, Familiar Faces". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.): LM-66. Retrieved 2010-06-04. 
  22. ^ Lannert, John (1999-04-26). "10th Annual Billboard Latin Music Conference". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.) 111 (17): LM-3. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  23. ^ Barquero, Christopher (1998-04-03). "Premios Lo Nuestro: Los galardones a la música latina serán entregados en mayo próximo". La Nación (in Spanish) (Grupo Nación GN, S.A.). Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  24. ^ "The Sixth Annual El Premio ASCAP". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media) 110 (36): 18. 1998-09-05. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  25. ^ "Congratulations to the 1999 El Premio ASCAP Award Winners". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media) 111 (26): 55. 1999-06-26. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  26. ^ a b "Cristian Castro — Awards". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-06-11. 
  27. ^ a b "1997: The Year in Music". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media) 109 (52): YE-57, 59. 1997-12-27. Retrieved 2012-08-09.