Si Tu No Existieras

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"Si Tu No Existieras"
Single by Ricardo Arjona
from the album Independiente
Released 27 November 2012
Format Digital download
Recorded 2011
Genre Latin pop
Length 4:02
Label Metamorfosis, Warner Music
Writer(s) Ricardo Arjona
Producer(s) Ricardo Arjona, Dan Warner, Lee Levin
Ricardo Arjona singles chronology
"Te Quiero"
(2012)
"Si Tu No Existieras"
(2012)
"Apnea"
(2014)

"Si Tu No Existieras" is a Latin pop song by Guatemalan recording artist Ricardo Arjona, released on 27 November 2012 as the fifth single from his thirteenth studio album, Independiente (2011). The song was written by Arjona, who produced it with longtime collaborators Dan Warner and Lee Levin under their production name Los Gringos. Additional recording work was handled by Peter Wallace, Matt Rollings, Carlos "Cabral" Junior and Isaías García, and background vocals were provided by Roger Hudson.

At release, "Si Tu No Existieras" charted at number 14 on the Billboard Mexican Airplay chart. An accompanying music video for the song was released in November 2012. It was directed by Tamir Lotán, was edited by Nicolás Merkin, and is composed of live clips taken during Arjona's performances, as part of his Metamorfosis World Tour. It is the second video by Arjona that consists of live performances while on tour.

Background[edit]

Weeks before the release of Independiente, Arjona issued a letter raising the issue of his past relationships with recording companies. He revealed the circumstances of his first contract: "a producer, friend of mine, told them [the record label] that if they did not sign me in, they won't sign two artists he had [at that time]". Arjona further explained that he received the "minimum royalty percentage" from his most successful albums.[1] Independiente is Arjona's first independent release through his own label, Metamorfosis, a company he created to refocus his career.[2] The company is controlled by Arjona and several friends (including photographer-director Ricardo Calderón, Universal Music México executive Humberto Calderon, and BMG's Miriam Sommerz), and is based in Miami and Mexico City.[3]

Arjona commented that his independence represented compromise more than freedom, stating that "Inside the word 'Independent', even when it sounds like extreme freedom, there's a large amount of compromise and the responsibility of being able to administrate, in the best way possible, such independence".[4] Billboard stated that, although other groups have released independent albums following contracts with major labels, Arjona is the most important Latin pop artist to do so.[3]

Composition[edit]

A 27-second sample of "Si Tu No Existieras", featuring the chorus performed by Arjona, as well as the piano instrumentation played by Matt Rollings.

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"Si Tu No Existieras" is a Latin pop song written and produced by Arjona, alongside longtime collaborators Dan Warner and Lee Levin under their production name Los Gringos.[5] Roger Hudson provided additional background vocals for the song, and Matt Rollings, Carlos "Cabral" Junior and Isaías García served as recording engineers, along with Warner and Levin.[5] Rollings also provided the piano, Levin played the drums, and Warner the bass, with the help of Craig Nelson. A group of nine personnel led by Pamela Sixfin provided the violins; James Grosjean and Monisa Angell played the violas; and Anthony LaMarchina, along with Julia Tanner, the cellos.[5] Xarah handled additional work with Pro Tools.[5]

Promotion[edit]

Music video[edit]

Arjona included scenes from his Metamorfosis World Tour (pictured) in the music video of "Si Tu No Existieras". Although the song was not performed on the tour, he sang it on a program broadcast by Televisa in 2011.

The music video for "Si Tu No Existieras" was released on 27 November 2012. The video is composed of live clips taken during Arjona's performances, as part of his Metamorfosis World Tour. The video was directed by Tamir Lotán and was edited by Nicolás Merkin.[6][7] This was the second time Arjona released a music video recorded from his live performances while on tour, after the music video for "Te Quiero", released in June 2012. The video starts by showing behind-the-scenes shots of Arjona, his team, and his fans while the song begins to play. Then, images from his live performances are interpolated with the face of a woman singing the lyrics, as well as doing several things related to those lyrics.[8]

Live performances[edit]

"Si Tu No Existieras" was in the set list for a televised program in 2011. The special included guest singers such as Gaby Moreno, Ricky Muñoz (from Mexican band Intocable) and Paquita la del Barrio.[9] Broadcast by Televisa, the program was made to showcase the new fourteen songs included on Independiente. Ricky Muñoz commented that he was "happy to do things for Ricardo [Arjona]" and elaborated that they met each other "some time ago" and that it was "a very special situation."[10] The show was later broadcast on 5 November 2011 by Canal de las Estrellas.[11]

Tracklisting[edit]

  • Digital download
  1. "Si Tu No Existieras" — 4:02

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits are taken from Independiente liner notes.[5]

  • Ricardo Arjona – Producer, lyrics, lead vocals
  • Roger Hudson – Background vocals, chorus
  • Dan Warner – Bass, guitars, additional keyboards, programming, recording engineer
  • Lee Levin – Drums, percussion, recording engineer
  • Matt Rollings – Piano, recording engineer
  • Chris McDonald — Chord arrangement, conductor
  • David Thoener – Mixing engineer
  • Dan Rudin — Recording engineer
  • Carlos "Cabral" Junior – Recording engineer
  • Isaías Garcia – Recording engineer
  • Pamela Sixfin — Violin
  • Connie Ellisor — Violin
  • David Angell — Violin
  • Mary Katherine VanOsdale — Violin
  • Karen Winkelmann — Violin
  • Carolyn Bailey — Violin
  • Ern Hall — Violin
  • Zeneba Bowers — Violin
  • Cornelia Heard — Violin
  • James Grosjean — Viola
  • Monisa Angell — Viola
  • Elizabeth Lamb — Viola
  • Anthony LaMarchina — Cello
  • Julia Tanner — Cello
  • Craig Nelson — Bass
  • Xarah - Pro Tools

Charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
Mexico (Billboard International)[12] 14

References[edit]

  1. ^ (26 September 2011). "Arjona desclasifica los episodios menos glamorosos de su paso por las discográficas" [Arjona declassifies the least glamorous chapters of his stay with record companies] (in Spanish). Emol.com. Retrieved 15 October 2011.
  2. ^ (12 October 2011). "Ricardo Arjona, de nuevo en la cima con 'Independiente'" [Ricardo Arjona, again at the top with 'Independiente'] (in Spanish). Univisión Musica. Retrieved 15 October 2011.
  3. ^ a b (7 July 2011). "Ricardo Arjona sacará un nuevo disco bajo su propio sello independiente" [Ricardo Arjona will release his new album under his own independent label] (in Spanish). San Diego Red. Retrieved 30 October 2011.
  4. ^ Gonzalez, Gerardo (4 October 2011). "Ricardo Arjona: ‘Estoy empezando de nuevo y me gusta’" [Ricardo Arjona: I'm starting again and I like it]. La Nación (in Spanish) (Costa Rica: Grupo Nacion GN, S.A.). Archived from the original on 21 October 2012. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Independiente (booklet). Ricardo Arjona. Mexico City: Metamorfosis, a division of Warner Music Mexico S.A. de C.V. 2011. 825646649396.
  6. ^ "Ricardo Arjona estrena videoclip del tema "Si tú no existieras"". La Razón (in Spanish). 29 November 2012. Archived from the original on 29 November 2012. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "Mirá el video de "Si tu no existieras", lo nuevo de Ricardo Arjona" (in Spanish). El Sol Online. 25 November 2012. Archived from the original on 29 November 2012. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  8. ^ "Ricardo Arjona lanza videoclip de "Si tú no existieras"" (in Spanish). Prensa Libre. 29 November 2012. Archived from the original on 29 November 2012. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  9. ^ Morán, Barbara (4 October 2011). "Ricardo Arjona dará un especial de TV sobre su nuevo disco Independiente". Starmedia (in Spanish). Venezuela: Orange Corporation. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  10. ^ "Arjona llega a la TV con un programa especial" (in Spanish). Conexión Total. Retrieved 10 July 2012. [dead link]
  11. ^ "Ricardo Arjona realiza inedito dueto junto a Paquita la del Barrio". La Nación (in Spanish). Chile: Empresa Periodistica La Nación S.A. 3 November 2011. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  12. ^ "Mexico Airplay". Billboard (United States: Nielsen Business Media). 22 December 2012. Archived from the original on 15 December 2012. Retrieved 4 December 2012.