Suavemente (song)

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"Suavemente"
Single by Elvis Crespo
from the album Suavemente
Released April 4, 1998
Format CD Single, Maxi single, 12"
Recorded AQ-30 Studio De Ricardo Marti, Bayamon, Puerto Rico.
Genre Merengue
Length 4:27
Label Sony Discos
Writer(s) Elvis Crespo
Producer(s) Roberto Cora
Elvis Crespo singles chronology
"Suavemente"
(1998)
"Tu Sonrisa"
(1998)

"Suavemente" (English: Smoothly) is a song recorded and composed by Puerto Rican-American Elvis Crespo on his first solo album, Suavemente, which followed his departure from Grupo Manía. Released as the lead single, Suavemente reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks on May 16, 1998 and remained atop the chart for six weeks. Crespo re-recorded it with Spanglish lyrics.[1] The song also hit the Billboard Hot 100 as well as received a Premios Lo Nuestro award and two Latin Billboard Music Awards the following year.[2][3] "Suavemente" was the tenth best-performing Latin single of 1998. The song has been covered by several artists some of who also charted.

Background[edit]

Elvis Crespo started his singing career as a backup vocalist for merengue singers Willie Berrios, Lenny Perez, and Toño Rosario. In 1995, he joined Puerto-Rican merengue band, Grupo Manía as lead vocalist. He composed "Linda Eh'" for the group which reached number-eight on Hot Latin Tracks in 1996.[4] In 1997, he left the band to pursue a solo career and recorded his first album, Suavemente, on the Sony Discos label. Crespo credited his son for the success of the song stating that his son spent the entire afternoon singing it and told his father that the song would be a hit.[5] The Spanglish version was featured in the 1998 film, Dance with Me. Two music videos were made: the original version with various background montages,[6] the other one a remix with Spanglish lyrics.[7] In 2008, the song served as the intro and outro for the live album, Elvis Crespo Lives: Live at Las Vegas and the title reappeared in the title for his tenth anniversary compilation album, Suavemente... Los Éxitos.[8]

Track listings[edit]

CD, Maxi [9]
  • Side A
  1. "Suavemente" [Spanglish Dance Mix] (4:19)
  2. "Suavemente" [Spanglish Edit] (4:27)
  • Side B
  1. "Suavemente" [The Factory Dance Mix] (6:40)
  2. "Suavemente" [Dance Radio Edit] (4:19)
12"[10]
  1. "Suavemente" [Cibola Mix] (3:30)
  2. "Suavemente" [Hot Head Mix] (3:17)
  3. "Suavemente" [Cibola Extended Club] (5:35)
  4. "Suavemente" [Dance Sugar Mix] (4:19)

Chart performance[edit]

Suavamente debuted at #15 on the Hot Latin Tracks in April 1998 and jumped to #6 a week later. On May 16, 1998, the song peaked at #1 for six consecutive weeks.[1] The song reached number-ten on the Billboard Top Latin Songs Year-End Chart of 1998. It became the second merengue song to reach number-one on Hot Latin Tracks after Juan Luis Guerra's El Costo de la Vida.[11]

Chart (1998/1999) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 [12] 84
U.S. Billboard Hot Latin Tracks [12] 1
U.S. Billboard Latin Tropical/Salsa Airplay [12] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales [12] 7
U.S. Billboard Dance Music/Club Play Singles [12] 46

Reception[edit]

Suavemente received generally positive reviews from critics. Terry Jenkins of Allmusic notes it as one of the highlights of the album of "wonderfully seductive" songs.[13] An "editorial review" of the album, Ramiro Burr of Amazon.com praised Suavemente as of one the two songs along with Tu Sonrisa alone worth the cost of the album.[14] In 1999 Suavamente received Lo Nuestro award for "Tropical Song of the Year" and two Billboard Latin Music awards for "Tropical/Salsa Hot Latin Track of the Year" and "Latin Dance Max-Single of the Year".[2][3] Crespo responded to the success by stating that "It took me by surprise, although I had many years of experience, first in the chorus and then as a singer in Grupomanía. I believe that it's a challenge because I have to take on the responsibility to be consistent in my future projects." [5]

Scooter version[edit]

"Suavemente"
Single by Scooter
from the album Mind The Gap
Released 7 March 2005 (Germany)
Format CD single, 12", Digital download
Recorded 2004
Genre Hard Trance
Length 3:35
Label Sheffield Tunes
Writer(s) Elvis Crespo
H. P. Baxxter
Rick J. Jordan
Jay Frog
Jens Thele
Producer(s) Rick J. Jordan
Jay Frog
H.P. Baxxter
Scooter singles chronology
"One (Always Hardcore)"
(2004)
"Suavemente"
(2005)
"Hello! (Good To Be Back)"
(2005)

In 2005, German group Scooter covered the song on their album Mind The Gap. It was released as the fourth and final single from the album. The music video for Suavemente features a tropical scene, with the three band members at the time (H. P. Baxxter, Rick J. Jordan, and Jay Frog) celebrating.

Track listings[edit]

CD Single[15] & Download[16]
  1. "Suavemente" [Radio Edit] (3:35)
  2. "Suavemente" [Extended] (5:42)
  3. "Suavemente" [Club Mix] (6:48)
  4. "Suavemente" [Original Club] (3:30)
  5. "Trance Atlantic" [Club Mix] (4:05)
12"[17]
  1. "Suavemente" [Extended] (5:42)
  2. "Suavemente" [Club Mix] (6:48)

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[18] 27
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[19] 25
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[20] 7
Denmark (Tracklisten)[21] 10
Europe (European Hot 100 Singles)[22] 79
Germany (Media Control Charts)[23] 22
Hungary (Single Top 20)[24] 4
Hungary (Dance Top 40)[25] 9
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[26] 18
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[27] 17
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[28] 58
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[29] 39

Other covers[edit]

The song has been covered by Super Bandido, Breky, Brixx featuring Paul Cless, Cuba Club, Danio Crespo, Israel Palma, Johnny Quintana, Ritmo Bros, Toño Rosario, and Los Temibles del Norte. Banda Superbandido's version reached #29 on Latin Regional Mexican Airplay.[30] Brixx's version of the song features German singer Paul Cless reached #28 the European Hot 100 singles chart.[31] Angie Martinez's song, "Coast 2 Coast", features Wyclef Jean singing excerpts from Suavemente. It has also been sampled in the 2011 song Suave (Kiss Me) by Nayer featuring Pitbull & Mohombi.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Suavemente - Elvis Crespo". Billboard. Retrieved January 22, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Lo Nuestro - 1999 - Univision". Univision (in Spanish). Retrieved January 26, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Billboard Salutes 1998 Latin Music Artists.". PR Newswire. Cengage Learning. April 23, 1999. Retrieved May 20, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Grupo Manía". Allmusic. Retrieved February 7, 2010.. 
  5. ^ a b "Elvis Crespo Biography". MusicianGuide.com. Retrieved May 16, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Suavemente by Elvis Crespo". Yahoo!. Retrieved May 16, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Suavemente Remix by Elvis Crespo". Yahoo!. Retrieved May 16, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Noticias de Elvis Crespo". CMTV.com.ar (in Spanish). Retrieved May 17, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Elvis Crespo - Suavmeente (Remixes)". Discogs. Retrieved April 14, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Elvis Crespo - Suavemente". Discogs. Retrieved April 14, 2010. 
  11. ^ Lannert, John (May 16, 1998). "Latin Notas: Elvis Crespo Has His Own Shakin' Goin' On". AllBusiness.com. Billboard. Retrieved May 17, 2010. 
  12. ^ a b c d e "Suavemente > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved January 20, 2010. 
  13. ^ Terry, Jenkins. "Suavemente > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved May 16, 2010. 
  14. ^ Burr, Ramiro. "Amazon.com Suavemente: Elvis Crespo: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved May 16, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Suavemente:Scooter". Amazon.de. Retrieved September 24, 2009. 
  16. ^ "Scooter - Suavemente". MusicLoad.de. Retrieved October 1, 2009. 
  17. ^ "Scooter - Suavemente (12")". Discogs.com. Retrieved October 1, 2009. 
  18. ^ "Scooter – Suavemente – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  19. ^ "Ultratop.be – Scooter – Suavemente" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  20. ^ "Ultratop.be – Scooter – Suavemente" (in French). Ultratip.
  21. ^ "Danishcharts.com – Scooter – Suavemente". Tracklisten.
  22. ^ "Scooter Album & Song Chart History" European Hot 100 for Scooter.
  23. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  24. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ – Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége" (in Hungarian). Single (track) Top 10 lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége.
  25. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ – Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége" (in Hungarian). Dance Top 40 lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége.
  26. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Scooter – Suavemente" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  27. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Scooter – Suavemente" Canciones Top 50.
  28. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Scooter – Suavemente". Singles Top 60.
  29. ^ "Scooter – Suavemente – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart.
  30. ^ "Banda Superbandido > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved May 17, 2010. 
  31. ^ "Brixx Album & Song Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved January 20, 2010.