Amarte Es un Placer
|Amarte Es un Placer|
|Studio album by Luis Miguel|
|Released||13 September 1999|
Ocean Way Recording
|Luis Miguel chronology|
|Singles from Amarte Es un Placer|
Amarte Es un Placer (English: Loving You Is a Pleasure) is the thirteenth studio album by Mexican singer Luis Miguel. It was released by WEA Latina on 13 September 1999. Produced by Miguel, it is a pop album which contains R&B, pop ballads, and jazz-influenced music. Miguel was more involved with the songwriting in the record and was assisted by other composers such as Arturo Perez, Armando Manzanero, and Juan Carlos Calderón on the compositions. Despite the popularity of crossover Latin artists such as Ricky Martin and Enrique Iglesias at the time, he chose not to record an English-language album due to his preference of singing in Spanish.
Four singles were released to promote the album: "Sol, Arena y Mar", "O Tú o Ninguna" (which reached number one on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart in the United States), "Dormir Contigo", and the title track. To further promote the record, he launched the Amarte Es Un Placer Tour which lasted from 1999–2000. Miguel toured in Spain, South America, Mexico, and the United States. It was the highest-grossing tour by a Spanish-speaking artist. He also broke the record for the most consecutive performances at the National Auditorium in Mexico City with 21 shows.
Amarte Es un Placer debuted at number one in Spain and on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart in the United States. It was certified gold in the United States and achieved multi-platinum status in Argentina, Chile, Mexico, and Spain. The album has sold over three million copies as of 2007. Upon its release, the record received mixed reviews from music critics; several critics praised the production of the disc as well as Miguel's vocals and the compositions while others felt it did not differ from his previous recordings and found the music to be outdated. Miguel received several accolades, including a Grammy nomination for Best Latin Pop Performance and the Latin Grammy Awards for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album.
In 1997, Luis Miguel released his twelfth studio album Romances, the third record in the Romance series where Miguel covers classic boleros from Latin America. The record sold over 4.5 million copies and won the Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Performance in 1998. To promote Romances, he embarked on a tour in the United States, Latin America, and Spain and lasted over a year. By 1998, Miguel was considered to be the most popular Latin artist internationally and his albums have sold over 35 million copies worldwide. Miguel had also begun a relationship with American singer Mariah Carey the following year. After two years of absence in the music scene, Miguel announced on 19 July 1999 that a new record would be released on September in the same year. Miguel stated the upcoming album would be a return to his pop recordings as opposed to the bolero cover versions he had performed on the Romance series. He also denied rumors that he was planning to record a duet with Carey. The album's final title, Amarte Es un Placer was announced on 17 August 1999.
Miguel held a press conference at the Las Ventas building in Madrid, Spain on the album's launch date on 13 September 1999. Miguel confirmed that it would be the first album where he was more involved in the composition of the tracks. "Here something special was done, probably because I had more time to write a few things", he added. When asked why he opted not to record an English-language album as other Latin acts such as Enrique Iglesias and Ricky Martin had successfully done, Miguel replied: "I think that Spanish is a good language. I like my language and I really feel proud of it. I'm not saying that I won't do it in the future, sing in English, I mean. But it's just that it's not the right time for me. Why should I do it, just because everybody else is doing it?" He was also inquired about the lack of a duet with Carey to which he responded that he does not like to get his personal life involved with his professional career. However, Miguel noted that the music he performs is based on what he is feeling at the time and hinted the album's title was influenced by his relationship with Carey.
In an interview with Billboard magazine, Miguel admitted that his parent record label Warner Music International offered him to record an English-language album but reaffirmed that he was not ready to do so and turned it down. "I am doing a good thing by giving more Spanish to the world", he responded. In addition to Miguel co-writing several of the record's tracks, he received assistance from other composers including Armando Manzanero, Juan Carlos Calderón, and Arturo Perez. Recording took place at the A&M Studios, Cello Studios, Ocean Way Recording, Watersound, and Record Plant in Hollywood, California with Miguel handling the productions himself.
A 19 second sample of Miguel's "O Tú o Ninguna", which was composed by Juan Carlos Calderón. The Orange County Register editor Daniel Chang describes it as a "tender bolero that defines Miguel's signature style of heart-melting charm and warmth."
A 30 second sample of Miguel's "Te Propongo Esta Noche", an uptempo song recorded for the album. Ramiro Burr of the San Antonio Express-News writes that it "brims with marvelous horns and sweeping vocal harmonies".
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Amarte Es un Placer is a pop album composed of twelve love songs, mainly consisting of orchestrated romantic ballads and several uptempo numbers. Unlike his previous pop record Nada Es Igual... (1996), which featured dance music and hip-hop influences, Amarte Es un Placer is more emphasized on adult contemporary music. The opening track, "Tu Mirada" is a rock ballad with a guitar solo. Manzanero composed three ballads for the album: "Soy Yo", "Dormir Contigo", and "Ese Momento". "Ese Momento" deals with a "narrative account of the instance when two bodies merge in fiery passion." On "Dormir Contigo", the protagonist talks about the joy of sleeping with his love interest. "Sol, Arena y Mar" is a horn-driven uptempo track with jazz influence which describes the "pain of separation" of a love that "disappeared as quickly as the foam at the seashore".
"Quiero" is a R&B "groove" track which incorporates strings on its crescendo, a saxophone solo, and brass instruments. "Tú Sólo Tú" is a disco-influenced mid-tempo "groove" song. "Dímelo en un Beso" is a pop ballad which also incorporates disco music. "O Tú o Ninguna" is a bolero composed by Calderón while "No Me Fío" is reminiscent of a 1980s power ballad. On "Te Propongo Esta Noche", the album's only dance number, begins as a "smooth" R&B track until it changes to a percussion-driven club music halfway into the song. The album closes with the title track which features "dramatic orchestral sweeps" on the tune. The song caused a controversy when Mexican composer Marcos Lifshitz accused Calderón and Miguel for plagiarizing his composition "Siento nuestro aliento" which he wrote in 1997.The court ruled in favor of Lifshitz and ordered Miguel and his record label to pay 40% of royalties as compensation.
"Sol, Arena y Mar" was released as the first single from Amarte Es un Placer on 19 July 1999. It peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs in the United States. A remix of the song by Danny Saber was also released as a single; it peaked at number two in Spain. "O Tú o Ninguna" was released as the second single from the album on 6 September 1999, it reached on top of the Hot Latin Songs chart in the US. A music video for the track was filmed in Los Angeles and directed by Rebecca Blake. The third single, "Dormir Contigo" was released in January 2000 and peaked at number 11 on the Hot Latin Songs chart. In the same month, the music video for the fourth single, "Amarte Es un Placer", was filmed in Bel-Air, California and directed by Alberto Tolot. The title track peaked at number six on the Hot Latin Songs chart.
To promote Amarte Es un Placer, Luis Miguel began his Amarte Es Un Placer Tour on 9 September 1999 at the Palacio de Deportes de Gijón in Gijón, Spain. In Madrid, he performed three sold-out shows at the Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas. He spent one month touring in Spain where his performances in Barcelona, Marbella, and Tenerife were among the highest grossing shows of 1999 in the country. Following his presentations in Spain, Miguel toured in South America where he performed in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Venezuela. In Argentina, drew over 50,000 attendances at his concerts at the Estadio Veléz Sarsfield. Over 101,800 spectators attended his eight shows in Chile, the most concert attendances of the year by an artist. The first leg of the tour ended on 15 December 1999 in Maracaibo, Venezuela. A planned concert was to be held at the San Jose Arena in California on New Year's Eve, but was canceled because the gross income would not meet Miguel's expectation.
Miguel commenced his second leg of the tour at the Centennial Garden in Bakersfield, California on 1 February 2000. Two days later, he performed at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, California for five consecutive nights which drew over 24,000 spectators. In the same month, he sang four shows at Radio City Music Hall in New York City and grossed over $1.4 million. He also presented at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis on 12 February and at the Patriot Center in Fairfax on 14 February. Following his concerts at Radio City Music, Miguel performed 21 consecutive shows at the National Auditorium in Mexico City beginning on 24 February, the most performances at the venue by an artist in a short period of time (the previous record was held by Mexican group Timbiriche with 20 consecutive shows). The concerts drew over 255,000 attendances in total, another record by the artist. Miguel was acknowledged for these achievements by both Showtime and the executive coordinator of National Auditorium.
After his presentations at the National Auditorium, Miguel returned to touring in the United States 24 March 2000 where he entertained in several cities in the country including Miami, Chicago, Atlantic City, and Houston. He later presented five shows at the Auditorio Coca-Cola in Monterrey, Mexico from 13 to 17 April 2000. He later performed a few more times in the US and concluded the tour at the Coors Amphitheatre in San Diego on 6 May 2000. Miguel had the 23rd highest-grossing tour in the country with over $15.7 million from his 44 shows in the US. The tour was recognized by the William Morris Agency as the highest-grossing tour by a Spanish-speaking artist. Miguel's concerts in the US were promoted by House of Blues Concerts and sponsored by Corona Express.
Miguel was accompanied by a 13-piece band during his tour which included horns, keyboards, guitars and three female backup singers. The shows lasted for an hour-and-a-half. His set list consisted mainly of pop songs and ballads from Amarte Es un Placer and his earlier career, as well as medleys of boleros from the Romance-themed albums. During his concerts in Monterrey, Miguel was joined by Cutbert Pérez's band Mariachi 2000 and performed live covers of "Y" and "La Bikina". The presentations had a large live-screen behind the stage and featured fireworks and confetti. Miguel wore a black Italian suit and tie at the beginning of his shows before changing to a two-buttoned jacket and collared shirt an hour into the concert.
On Miguel's performances at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles, The Orange County Register editor Daniel Chang commented that he "delivered a classy show that was as much fun to watch as it was to hear". Chang noted that Miguel "emotes a contagious energy through dramatic facial expressions, fetal-position-like contortions and physical outbursts in time with the music" and complimented his dance moves and the visual sets. Regarding his concert at the Compaq Center in Houston, Michael D. Clark of the Houston Chronicle said that Miguel "proved, once again, that it isn't necessary to change languages to reach U.S. audiences." Clark observed that Miguel seemed "determined to balance the upbeat with the overwrought" in contrast to his previous concerts which were dominated by ballads. On the other hand, Clark expressed disappointment that the boleros were sung in medleys which didn't allow any of them to stand out.
Jon Bream wrote for the Star Tribune that Miguel's presentation at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis calling it "one of the most ambitious concert spectacles ever presented at the theater" and commented that the singer had a "captivating presence". However, Bream stated that Miguel's music to be "not particularly distinctive": he likened Miguel's uptempo songs to Earth, Wind & Fire albeit without the "rhythmic and jazzy sophistication", considered his ballads to be "conservative pop, bathed in synthesized strings with Chicago-like horn filigree", and felt down by Miguel's choice to perform his boleros in medleys. On 24 October 2000 WEA released the Vivo live album and video, from Miguel's final concert in Monterrey. AllMusic editor Perry Seibert gave the video album two out of five stars and criticized its lack of subtitles, closed captions, and supplemental materials, but stated that it should not "dissuade fans of Latino music from checking out this entertaining DVD from Warner Bros".
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On its release, Amarte Es un Placer was met with mixed reviews from music critics. AllMusic editor Jose F. Promis gave the it two-and-a-half out of five stars, noting that from the title "one can deduce that the material consists of romantic music, mostly in the form of ballads." He felt that the horn sections on "Sol, Arena y Mar" and "Quiero" gave the songs a "jazzy, sophisticated, adult-leaning feel" and called "Te Propongo Esta Noche" "one of the album's most interesting song". However, he criticized the inclusion of "overblown ballads", citing "No Me Fío" as an example. Promis concluded that ballads are "what the fans have come to expect from this artist, who is also responsible for the album's flawless production." John Lannert of Billboard magazine was not impressed with the record; he panned "Sol, Arena y Mar" as a "vapid, uptempo dance number". While Lannert regarded "Soy Yo" and "Dormir Contigo" as a "pair of moving romantic ballads" that could help the disc stay on top of the Billboard Latin charts, he opined that it was time for Miguel to record an English-language disc and to have with Mariah Carey and her producers assist with the album. Roger Catlin wrote for the Hartford Courant felt that when the ballads "pile on", he likened it to a "Telemundo soap-opera overkill". Nonetheless, Catlin praised Miguel's "timing" on the uptempo songs and that his vocals makes the dance tunes more "exciting".
Houston Chronicle critic Joey Guerra gave the album two-and-a-half out of four stars and was underwhelmed with the production for sounding similar to his previous recordings. He recognized that Miguel was capable of handling love songs because of his "rich, deep voice" highlighting "Tu Mirada", "Soy Yo", and "O Tú o Ninguna" as examples. However it is on the dance tracks where Guerra felt that Miguel "runs into trouble" just as his does on his prior albums. He chided "Sol, Arena y Mar" for its "tepid mix of blaring horns and uninspired lyrics" and deems that the other uptempo songs "don't fare any better"; he criticized the over usage of horn instruments on every fast paced track and makes them feel "dated" and "repetitive". Mario Tarradell of The Dallas Morning News wrote a more positive review of the album. He complimented "Te Propongo Esta Noche" and lauded the ballads such as "Dormir Contigo" and "Ese Momento" as "sensual and solemn". Tarradell closed the review by calling Amartes Es un Placer an "enjoyable balance between high-brow ballads and hardwood workouts". The Miami Herald editor Leila Cobo was disappointed with the record. Cobo noted that while Miguel's vocals are still "dazzling", she noted the production sounds "dated". She found "Tú Sólo Tú" and "Dímelo en un Beso" to be "discoish duds that lack the oomph to get you on the dance floor". Cobo also commented the tracks suffers from a lack of "strong hooks or melodies" despite Miguel having the ability to "elevate pretty much any style". Even so, Cobo praised "Dormir Contigo" for its "few memorable lyrics" and "No Me Fío" for its arrangements.
Fred Shuster of the Los Angeles Daily News rated the record three out of the four stars and complimented the arrangements which he found to be "gorgeous". He felt the best tracks were the ones which Miguel co-wrote and highlighted "Sol Arena y Mar" and "O Tú o Ninguna" as standouts. The Los Angeles Times critic Ernesto Lechner gave the album two-and-a-half out of four stars lamenting that it "continues Latin pop's disheartening search for the glossiest production imaginable". He found the ballads to be "drenched in orchestral accompaniment", although he commended Manzanero's compositions. Regardless, Lechner opined that the uptempo tracks "lack the sophistication that defines most pop today." Richard Torres, who wrote a more favorable review of the album on Newsday, stated that Amarte Es un Placer continues Miguel's talent of infusing "lushly orchestrated torch songs with genuine passion". He praised Miguel's vocables for being to able to convey the "giddy rush of romance followed by the ache of love lost". He also admired the dance tunes for their musical styles and proclaimed the songs penned by Manaznero to be the best tracks.
Daniel Chang of the Orange County Register rated the album three-and-a-half out of five stars and touted the delivery of Miguel's voice as well as the songs which help him convey his message. Chang stated that "Even on weaker numbers, Miguel makes it work.". The San Diego Union-Tribune editor Ernesto Portillo, Jr. gave the disc three out of four stars; while he regarded "Sol, Arena y Mar" as a "jaunty pop tune that sounds vaguely like previous Miguel horn-driven numbers", he felt that Miguel excelled best on the ballads citing "Soy Yo" as precedent. He called the record the best outside of the Romance series. Eliseo Cardona wrote for El Nuevo Herald noted that even though Miguel does not evolve with his musical style, he still retains the finesse of producing an album and expressed that the jazz elements and symphony compliments the album well.
At the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards in 2000, Amarte Es un Placer received a nomination for Best Latin Pop Performance, which went to Tiempos by Rubén Blades. At the inaugural Latin Grammy Awards in the same year, Miguel won the Latin Grammy Awards for Album of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album, and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance (for "Tu Mirada"). Leila Cobo was surprised at the wins given that Miguel did not show up at the award ceremony and declined the invitation to perform as well as the fact that she found the record to be "unremarkable". At the 12th Annual Lo Nuestro Awards, it was nominated Pop Album of the Year, but lost to Supernatural by Santana.
At the 2000 Billboard Latin Music Awards, Amarte Es un Placer won the award for Pop Album of the Year by a Male Artist. The record led to Miguel receiving two nominations at the 2000 El Premio de la Gente in the categories of Male Pop Artist or Group and Album of the Year; he lost both awards to MTV Unplugged by Maná. In Argentina, he was nominated for Best Male Latin Artist and Best Latin Album for Amarte Es un Placer at the 2000 Premios Gardel and awarded Best Latin Album at the 1999 Premios Amigo in Spain.
Amarte Es un Placer was commercially released on 13 September 1999. In the United States, The record debuted on top of the Billboard Top Latin Albums on the week of 2 October 1999 succeeding Bailamos Greatest Hits by Enrique Iglesias. The disc spent nine weeks in this position and was later replaced by Desde un Principio: From the Beginning by Marc Anthony. It peaked at number 36 on the Billboard 200 chart, his highest debut position outside of the Romance albums, and sold over 35,000 copies within its first week. It ended 1999 as the fifteenth bestselling Latin album in the US and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipping 500,000 copies.
In Spain, the disc debuted on top of the Spanish albums chart and was certified 6× platinum by the Productores de Música de España for shipping 600,000 copies. In Argentina, Amarte Es un Placer peaked at number six on the Argentina albums chart and was certified 5× platinum for shipping 300,000 copies. In Chile, it was certified double platinum and was the second bestselling album of the year in the country. In Mexico, it was certified 5× platinum by the Asociación Mexicana de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas. Amarte Es un Placer has sold over three million copies worldwide as of 2007.
All tracks produced by Luis Miguel.
|1.||"Tu Mirada"||Alejandro Asensi||
|2.||"Soy Yo"||Armando Manzanero||Manzanero||3:55|
|3.||"Sol, Arena y Mar"||
|4.||"O Tú o Ninguna"||Juan Carlos Calderón||Calderón||3:16|
|7.||"Dímelo en un Beso"||
|8.||"No Me Fío"||Calderón||Calderón||3:45|
|9.||"Te Propongo Esta Noche"||
|10.||"Tú Sólo Tú"||
|12.||"Amarte Es un Placer"||Calderón||Calderón||3:31|
- Jerry Hey
- Gary Grant
- Dan Higgins
- Bill Reichenbach
- Chuck Findley
- Carlos Murguia
- Natisse Jones
- Kenny O'Brien-Paez
- Giselda Vatcky
- Will Wheaton
- Terry Wood
- Maria del Rey
- Bruce Dukov
- Ralph Morrison
- Vinnie Colaiuta ("Quiero", "Tú Sólo Tú, "No Me Fío")
- Victor Loyo ("Dímelo en un Beso", "Ese Momento", "Sol, Arena y Mar", "Te Propongo Esta Noche", "Tu Mirada", "Dormir Contigo", "O Tú o Ninguna", "Soy Yo")
- Paul Jackson, Jr. ("Quiero", "Tú Sólo Tú", "Dímelo en un Beso", "Sol Arena y Mar", "Te Propongo Esta Noche")
- Michael Landau ("Tu Mirada", "Dormir Contigo", No Me Fío", "O Tú o Ninguna")
- Robbie Buchanan ("Dormir Contigo", "Soy Yo", No Me Fío", "O Tú o Ninguna", "Amarte Es un Placer")
- Michael Colombier ("Ese Momento")
- Francisco Loyo ("Quiero", Tú Sólo Tú", "Dímelo en un Beso", "Sol, Arena y Mar", "Te Propongo Esta Noche", "Tu Mirada")
- Pablo Aguirre ("No Me Fío" "O Tú o Ninguna")
- Michel Colombier ("Ese Momento", "Amarte Es un Placer")
- Larry Rench
- Bill Ross ("Dormir Contigo" "Soy Yo")
- Tom Aros ("Tú Sólo Tú", "Dímelo en un Beso", "Te Propongo Esta Noche")
- Luis Conte ("Quiero", "Sol Arena y Mar")
- Bob Becker
- Denyse Buffum
- Carole Castillo
- Brian Dembow
- Suzanna Giordano
- Mimi Granat
- John Hayhurst
- Carrie Holzman
- Richard Altenbach
- Jenny Bellusci
- Becky Bunnell
- Darius Campo
- Mario DeLeon
- Joel Deroiuin
- Bruce Dukov
- Dave Ewart
- Mike Ferrill
- Kirstin Fife
- Berj Garabedian
- armen Garabedian
- Pam Gates
- Julie Gigante
- Endre Granat
- Alan Grunfeld
- Clayton Haslop
- Gwenn Heller
- Lilly Ho Chen
- Pat Johnson
- Karen Jones
- Peter Kent
- Ezra Kliger
- Razdan Kuyumjian
- Natalie Leggett
- Brian Leonard
- Constance Meyer
- Horia Moroaica
- Sid Page
- Katia Popov
- Barbra Porter
- Debbie Price
- Rachel Purkin
- Kathleen Robertson
- Gil Romero
- Jay Rosen
- Marc Sazer
- Kwihee Shamban
- Daniel Shindaryov
- Leonardo Suarz-Paz
- Lesa Terry
- Olivia Tsui
- Mari Tsumura
- Margaret Wooten
- Ken Yereke
- Tiffany Yi Hu
- Alejandro Asensi – executive producer
- Carlos Castro – additional recording
- Jeri and John Heiden – graphic design
- Francisco Loyo – production assistant
- Luis Miguel – producer
- Armando Manzanero – music assistance
- Rafa Sardina – audio engineer and mixing
- Al Schmitt – string recordings
- John Sorenson – audio engineer and mixing ("Dímelo en un Beso", "Tú Sólo Tú")
- Shair Sutcliffe – production coordinator
- Alberto Tolot – photography
|Argentina (CAPIF)||5× Platinum||300,000*|
|Chile (IFPI)||2× Platinum||73,911|
|Mexico (AMPROFON)||5× Platinum||750,000^|
|Spain (PROMUSICAE)||6× Platinum||600,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||500,000^|
^shipments figures based on certification alone
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