"No" was released after the worldwide success of Shakira's previous single "La Tortura" (2005). "No" entered the Canadian BDS Airplay Chart and the U.S. Hot 100, but did not receive substantial airplay. The single was certified gold in U.S. for the 100,000 downloads of the song.
Shakira making butterfly wings in the music video.
The song's music video was directed by Jaume de Laiguana and was filmed in black-and-white. While the video does not closely follow the theme of the song, in many scenes Shakira is portrayed as sad, with tears roll down her face. She appears to be located at a defunct ship yard and is surrounded by several rail tracks and pulleys, some of the latter which are used for her to sit in. Towards the end of the video, one of the small wooden pulleys falls off the track and into water beneath a cliff. Throughout the video, Shakira is engaged in building butterfly wings, seemingly as a metaphor for finding the strength to fly on her own, away from the destructive relationship, etc. At the closing moments of the video, she stands at the waters edge, ready to take flight, but does not go through with it and walks away, smiling slightly. The video reached number-one on most Latin American countdowns and in Spain. The video is featured on Oral Fixation Volumes 1 & 2 Bonus DVD.