Tú (song)

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"Tú"
Single by Shakira
from the album Dónde están los ladrones?
Released November 2, 1998
Format Airplay, digital download
Recorded Miami, Florida
Genre Latin pop, soft rock
Length 3:37
Label Sony Latin
Writer(s)
  • Shakira
  • Dylan O'Brien[1]
Producer(s)
  • Shakira
  • Lester Méndez
Shakira singles chronology
"Ciega, Sordomuda"
(1998)
""
(1998)
"Inevitable"
(1998)
Dónde Están los Ladrones? track listing
MTV Unplugged track listing

"" (English: You) is a song written and performed by the Colombian-born musician Shakira. It is found on her fourth studio album, ¿Dónde están los ladrones? (1998). "Tú" was released as the second single of the album, and just like its predecessor, "Ciega, Sordomuda", it reached #1 at the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks chart. "Tú" also crossed over into the Hot 100, peaking at #89 and becoming Shakira's first single to appear on that chart. Many fans regard this song as Shakira's most touching and inspirational song.

Background[edit]

Since Shakira's MTV Unplugged performance in 1999, Shakira has altered this song into a Piano Mix, where extraordinary vocal ability is portrayed at the end of the song. Shakira has shown incredible ability of melisma and vocal glottis singing. Shakira, who had not sung this song ever since the Tour of the Mongoose, took this song on account for her performance at the "Rock In Rio" Festival in Spain.

Music video[edit]

Directed by Emilio Estefan, Jr., the video of "Tú" is shot in black-and-white and features Shakira in a room full of things. At the start she is seen facing the right, where she starts singing. Throughout the song, she moves around the room, to the refrigerator, to sit, etc. while a string trio comes in, Soon Hee Newbold on violin, Jason Bendler on violin, and Erin Michael Rettig on cello, and begins playing to her song. At the end, the camera faces outside and to the ground. The coloured version of the video has also been on the internet.

Remixes[edit]

Although there are several official remixes of "Tú", none of them have been commercially available. There can be found on a promotional Mexican remix CD single.

  1. "Tú" (Dance Radio Edit) - 3:43
  2. "Tú" (Dance Cool Radio Edit) - 3:45
  3. "Tú" (Hip Club Version) - 7:00
  4. "Tú" (Smog Underground Trip) - 6:54
  5. "Tú" (Extended Cool Dance) - 5:04
  6. "Tú" (Main 12") - 10:35
  7. "Tú" (7") - 4:51

Charts[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
position
US Hot Latin Songs (Billboard)[2] 1
US Latin Pop Songs (Billboard)[3] 1
Preceded by
"Ese" by Jerry Rivera
U.S. Billboard Hot Latin Tracks number-one single
February 20, 1999
Succeeded by
"Ese" by Jerry Rivera
Preceded by
"Dejaría Todo" by Chayanne
"Nunca Te Olvidaré" by Enrique Iglesias
U.S. Billboard Latin Pop Songs number-one single
January 30, 1999
February 13, 1999 - March 6, 1999
Succeeded by
"Nunca Te Olvidaré" by Enrique Iglesias
"No Puedo Olvidar" by MDO

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Shakira Songs - Tú". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 2009-11-19. 
  2. ^ "Shakira Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Latin Songs for Shakira. Retrieved 8 August 2010.
  3. ^ "Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Latin Pop Songs for Shakira. Retrieved 8 August 2010.