The Way She Moves

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"The Way She Moves"
Single by Zion featuring Akon
from the album The Perfect Melody
Released April 21, 2007
Format Digital download, CD single
Recorded 2007
Genre Pop, R&B
Length 3:54
Label Motown Records, Baby Records
Writer(s) Aliaune Thiam, Felix Ortiz
Producer(s) Akon
Zion chronology
"Veo"
(2007)
"The Way She Moves"
(2007)
"Zun Da Da"
(2007)
Akon chronology
"Bartender"
(2007)
"The Way She Moves"
(2007)
"9mm"
(2007)

"The Way She Moves" is a song by Puerto Rican singer Zion. It features guest vocals and production from R&B singer Akon.[1] The song was released as the lead single from Zion's debut solo studio album The Perfect Melody (2007).[2] After temporarily separating from the duo Zion & Lennox, Zion began recording material for his debut solo album. The song was released to radio stations on April 21, 2007 and released as a digital download on April 9, 2008.[3]

Background and composition[edit]

A 24-second sample of the lead single from the album, "The Way She Moves", where Zion mentions that his lover is "like Shakira belly dancing at the Grammy Awards, like Beyoncé clapping her booty at the MTV show".[4]

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Zion became known in the duo Zion & Lennox.[2] As a duo, they released one studio album, Motivando a la Yal (2004). The album peaked at number thirty-two and number thirteen on the Billboard Latin Albums and Billboard Latin Pop Albums, respectively.[5] The special edition re-release performed better, reaching number ten on the Billboard Latin Albums chart.[5] The album was well received by critics, with Evan Gutierrez of Allmusic calling it a "landmark album" and "one of the albums that artists will refer to in years to come as one of the records that shaped reggaeton and its future".[6] In 2006, the duo separated, allowing Zion to focus on his solo career.[7] He began working on The Perfect Melody in October 2007.[2] Originally, the album was to be a compilation album of various artist, though after "bad experiences with new talent", Zion decided to work the project alone.[2] According to an editor for Allmusic, the song is a "beat—driven" pop song and "a smooth, catchy collaboration with Akon".[8]

Release and chart performance[edit]

"The Way She Moves" was released as the lead single from the album to radio stations on April 21, 2007. It was released as digital download on April 9, 2008,[9] along with the second single "Zun Da Da".[10] The music video, which features Akon was released for purchase on June 28, 2007.[11] It was posted to the video-sharing website YouTube on November 22, 2009 and has generated over nine million views.[12] On Billboard Latin Songs chart, the song debuted at number forty-six for the week of May 5, 2007 and peaked at number eleven the week of June 16, 2007.[13][14] On the Billboard Tropical Songs chart, the song debuted at number thirty-three the issue dated May 12, 2007 and peaked at number thirteen the week of June 16, 2007.[15][16] On the Billboard Latin Rhythm Songs chart, the song debuted at number twenty-four for the week of April 28, 2007 and peaked at number three on the week of June 16, 2007.[17][18] On the Billboard Latin Pop Songs chart, "The Way She Moves" debuted and peaked at number thirty-four for the week of August 11, 2007 and spent an additional six weeks on the chart before exiting it at number thirty-five for the week of September 15, 2007.[19][20] The song also managed one week at number twenty-one on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart for the week dated June 2, 2007.[21]

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Zion - The Way She Moves: Latina Magazine". Latina 11 (6—10). Latina Publications. 2007. p. 48. ISSN 1099-890X. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Zion esparce su melodiá". Reggaetonline (in Spanish). Pokus Web Solutions. May 19, 2007. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  3. ^ "The Way She Moves - Zion: Release Information, Reviews, and Credits". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Zion ft. Akon - The Way She Moves Lyrics". MetroLyrics. CBS Interactive. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Motivando a la Yal - Zion & Lennox: Awards: Allmusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  6. ^ Gutierrez, Evan. "Motivando a la Yal - Zion & Lennox: Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards: Allmusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  7. ^ Davila, José. "Zion: The Next Step in Reggaeton". Vibe 15 (8). Vibe Media Group. p. 68. ISSN 1070-4701. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  8. ^ "The Perfect Melody — Zion: Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards: Allmusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  9. ^ "iTunes — Music — The Way She Moves — Single by Zion & Akon". iTunes Store. Apple, Inc. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  10. ^ "iTunes — Music — Zun Da Da — Single by Zion". iTunes Store. Apple, Inc. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  11. ^ "iTunes — Music Videos — The Way She Moves — Single by Zion & Akon". iTunes Store. Apple, Inc. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Zion - The Way She Moves ft. Akon - YouTube". YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Hot Latin Songs: May 05, 2007 — Billboard Chart Archive". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Hot Latin Songs: June 16, 2007 — Billboard Chart Archive". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Tropical Airplay: May 12, 2007 — Billboard Chart Archive". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Tropical Airplay: June 16, 2007 — Billboard Chart Archive". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Latin Rhythm Airplay: April 28, 2007 — Billboard Chart Archive". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Latin Rhythm Airplay: June 16, 2007 — Billboard Chart Archive". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Latin Pop Airplay: August 11, 2007 — Billboard Chart Archive". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Latin Pop Airplay: September 15, 2007 — Billboard Chart Archive". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  21. ^ a b "Bubbling Under Hot 100: June 02, 2007". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Zion Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Latin Songs for Zion. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  23. ^ a b "The Perfect Melody - Zion: Awards: Allmusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Zion - Chart History: Latin Rhythm Airplay". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Latin Rhythm Songs: December 31, 2007 - Billboard Chart Archive". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 5, 2013.