Las de la Intuición

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"Las de la Intuición"
Single by Shakira
from the album Fijación Oral Vol. 1
Released May 13, 2007 (Digital download)
Recorded April 2005
Genre Dance-pop, new wave
Length 3:39
Label Epic
Writer(s)
  • Shakira
  • Luis Fernando Ochoa
Producer(s)
  • Shakira
  • Luis Fernando Ochoa
Shakira singles chronology
"Te lo Agradezco, Pero No"
(2006)
"Las de la Intuición" / "Pure Intuition"
(2007)
"Beautiful Liar"
(2007)
Alternative cover
English version cover
Fijación Oral Vol. 1 track listing
"No"
(7)
"Las de la Intuición"
(8)
"Dia de Enero"
(9)

"Las de la Intuición" (English: "The Ones with the Intuition") is a pop song written by Shakira and Luis Fernando Ochoa for Shakira's 2005 album Fijación Oral Vol. 1. An English version titled "Pure Intuition" did not appear on the album, but it became famous because it was the main theme of the SEAT's campaign "Catch The Fever". It is the fifth and last promotional single from Fijación Oral Vol. 1. The song was recorded and mixed by Gustavo Celis.

Music video[edit]

The music video was filmed in Miami, U.S. under the direction of Shakira and Jaume de Laiguana. The video depicts Shakira wearing a purple wig, a black corset and high heels. Along with four dancers, Shakira holds a purple guitar, and she appears standing next to a car in another scene. The familiar Shakira choreographic motifs of jerky, stylised body movements appear here again.

Shakira has a history of using quirky, sometimes surreal imagery, often with sexual overtones, especially in her Spanish-language releases. This is seen for example in the videos for "La Tortura" and "Te Aviso, Te Anuncio." However this video is much less direct in its sexual focus than "La Tortura" and instead, Shakira teases the viewer with suggestion. It is naughty rather than overtly provocative; for example, in this video she deliberately flashes her frilly white panties, and then shoots the viewer a "look but don't touch" glance. This is a long way from the much more graphic sexual statements in the video for "La Tortura."

Where "La Tortura" describes the bitterness, anger and loss of the end of a relationship, the lyrics of "Las De La Intuición" describe a woman about to successfully, and on her own terms, consummate a romance, and it may be that Shakira is mocking the lengths women go to in order to achieve this end; she is certainly commenting on them. Her repeated, complicitous glances, shrugs and knowing smiles to camera, all devices she has used before, indicate that she is involving the viewer and sharing the joke, which is perhaps that women, the "intuitive ones" of the song, know exactly how to appeal to the male fantasy in order to achieve their desires, and yet remain in control; the lyrics of the song, in which she describes her target as "the perfect victim," make it very clear that Shakira is calling the shots.

The "War of the Sexes" has long been a recurring theme in Shakira's work, visited as early as "Si Te Vas," which appeared on the album "Dónde Están los Ladrones?" in 1998, yet a great change is apparent: whereas in "Si Te Vas" (If You Go) Shakira is passive, the abandoned lover, powerless except to vent her rage on her betrayer, in recent work Shakira is completely in control, either contemptuously rejecting the former lover who betrayed her and showing him what he has lost, as in "La Tortura," or letting it be known from the start that the woman is in charge, as here. This probably reflects the writer's greater maturity, confidence and power.

A director's cut is out on the internet with more scenes, rearranged scenes, and more silhouette scenes. This video can be seen on Oral Fixation Tour. There is also a remix video called Jonathan Peters Club Mix The video may have been influenced by the work of photographer Helmut Newton. However Newton's work is very pervasive and has influenced photographers, video producers and advertisers for over twenty years, and it seems more likely that Shakira is commenting on the use of Newton's motifs and imagery by the advertising industry in general, so while his influence may be present here, it is not necessarily direct. "¿Pelirroja o morada?". Univision. Retrieved May 4, 2007. It was released May 7, 2007.

Chart performance[edit]

"Las de la Intuición" has become another hit for Shakira in Latin America. After the release of Fijación Oral Vol. 1 in 2005, the song made its debut at number forty on Billboard Latin Pop chart, coincidentally right after "Hips Don't Lie" became number two on the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks. Even though the song wasn't released as of 2007 in the United States, it managed to enter the Hot Latin Tracks, peaking at number thirty-one. "Pure Intuition" debuted at number twenty-six on the Dutch Top 40 and reached number eighteen the next week, to peak at number nine in its fourth week.[1][2]

In Europe, the song was translated and re-recorded in English as "Pure Intuition" and released to promote both Shakira's Oral Fixation Tour and was the official song for the campaign "Catch the Fever" by SEAT, due to the sponsorship the tour received by the automobile manufacturer. The song also received some airplay, and it managed to peak inside the top ten in Netherlands Top 40 and Top 50. It also charted in Romania, Slovak Republic and other Eastern Europe countries. This version was also mixed by Gustavo Celis.

Promotional Car for the SEAT commercial.

In Spain, "Las de la Intuición" has been an enormous success thanks to the SEAT campaign. The digital single sold more than 200,000 copies and received the 7xPlatinum certification.[3] The song has such a big success in this country.

Official versions[edit]

  1. "Las De La Intuición" (Album Version)
  2. "Las De La Intuición" (Jim "Shaft" Ryan: Zoned Out Spanish Pacha Red Mix)
  3. "Las De La Intuición" (Jim "Shaft" Ryan: Zoned Out Spanish Radio Pacha Red Mix)
  4. "Las De La Intuición" (RLS: Pacha Red Mix)
  5. "Las De La Intuición" (RLS: Glamour Radio Pacha Mix)
  6. "Las De La Intuición" (Jason Herd: Spanish Radio Pacha Red Mix)
  7. "Las De La Intuición" (John Jacobsen: Epic Space Pacha Red Mix)
  8. "Las De La Intuición" (Richard Grey: Peak Hour Pacha Red Mix)
  9. "Las De La Intuición" (Dazzla: Late Night 'After Hours' Pacha Red Mix)
  10. "Las De La Intuición" (Rox & Taylor: Pacha Red Mix)
  11. "Las De La Intuición" (Femi B & Leggz: Pacha Cool Chill Blue Mix)
  12. "Las De La Intuición" (Nacho Marco: Terrace Pacha Blue Mix)
  13. "Las De La Intuición" (Jonathan Peters Club Mix)
  14. "Pure Intuition" (Las De La Intuición - English Version)
  15. "Pure Intuition" (Jim "Shaft" Ryan: Zoned Out English Pacha Red Mix)
  16. "Pure Intuition" (Jim "Shaft" Ryan: Zoned Out English Radio Pacha Red Mix)
  17. "Pure Intuition" (Jason Herd: English Radio Pacha Red Mix)
  18. "Pure Intuition" (Beatchuggers: Pacha Blue Out Of Sight Mix)

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Shakira - Pure Intuition: Charts". MusicSquare. Retrieved February 19, 2007.
  2. ^ "Radio 538". Dutch Top 40. Retrieved February 22, 2007.
  3. ^ http://www.promusicae.es/EditorRamon/imagenes/file/TOP20ANO2007DESCARGASCANCIONESYTONOS.PDF
  4. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Shakira – Pure Intuition" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  5. ^ "SNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 200736 into search.
  6. ^ "Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Latin Pop Songs for Shakira.
  7. ^ "Shakira Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Latin Songs for Shakira.
  8. ^ "Pop Rock" (in Spanish). Record Report. 2007-09-22. Archived from the original on 2007-07-02. 
  9. ^ a b "Promusicae: del año 2007 (In Spanish)" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-11-11.