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"Así Fue"
Asifuepantoja.jpg
Single by Isabel Pantoja
from the album Desde Andalucía
LanguageSpanish
English title"That's How it Went"
B-side"Ojos Azules Como el Mar"[1]
Released1988
Length5:25
LabelRCA
Songwriter(s)Juan Gabriel
Producer(s)Juan Gabriel
Isabel Pantoja singles chronology
"Hazme Tuya una Vez Más"
(1988)
"Así Fue"
(1988)
"Cuántos Días Más"
(1989)

"Así Fue" is a song written and produced by Mexican singer-songwriter Juan Gabriel and performed by Spanish singer Isabel Pantoja. It was released in 1988 as the second single from her studio album Desde Andalucía. The song tells of the singer dealing with her ex-lover after she has a new fiancé. It reached number two on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart in the United States and was the fifth best-performing Latin single of 1989 in the country. Nine years later, Juan Gabriel performed a live cover version of the song at the Palacio de Bellas Artes which was recorded and released as a live album titled Celebrando 25 Años de Juan Gabriel: En Concierto en el Palacio de Bellas Artes (1998).

Juan Gabriel's cover was released as a single from the record and reached number three on the Hot Latin Songs. It was the best-performing Latin single of 1998 in the US and won the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Latin Award for "Super Song of the Year" in 1999. The track was well-received by music critics who called it one of Juan Gabriel's best compositions. "Así Fue" was recorded by other artists including Toño Rosario, Playa Limbo, and Jenni Rivera. Rosario and Playa Limbo's version led to Juan Gabriel winning an ASCAP Latin Award for their renditions while Playa Limbo received a nomination for Pop Song of the Year at the 22th Annual Lo Nuestro Awards in 2010.

Background and release[edit]

A man with a blue jacket holding a microphone.
"Así Fue" was composed by Mexican singer-songwriter Juan Gabriel who produced Pantoja's album Desde Andalucía. He would later perform a live version of the song in 1997.

In 1985, Isabel Pantoja released Marinero de Luces, an album written and produced by José Luis Perales with the music tracks written by Perales. This was her first album in three years following the death of her husband, Spanish bullfighter Paquirri. The album was a success in Spain and brought her back in the spotlight.[2] Two years later, Pantoja released "Tú Serás Mi Navidad" ("You Will Be My Christmas"), a song composed by singer-songwriter Juan Gabriel. According to Juan Gabriel, he was sought by Pantoja in Ciudad Juárez where the duo recorded the song. Juan Gabriel also mentioned that he was composing and producing her next studio album which would be titled Desde Andalucía.[3] The record was released in 1988 and reached the top of the Billboard Latin Pop Albums chart in the United States.[4][5] Unlike her previous records, which she performed under the Spanish copla genre, the music of Desde Andalucía featured a balada romántica form of Latin music.[6]

"Así Fue" was released as the second single from the album in 1988 and peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs in the US on the week of 18 February 1989.[1][7] The song deals with the singer telling her ex-lover that she has no feelings for him anymore and is happy with her new fiancé.[8] The track ended 1989 as the fifth-best performing Latin single of the year in the country.[9] A music video for "Así Fue" was filmed at a venue where Pantoja receives roses and a letter from her ex-lover. She then performs the song at the venue where her former boyfriend is attending.[10] In 2013, Pantoja performed the song live at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City during Juan Gabriel's concert where he was celebrating his 40th anniversary of his music career.[11] Juan Gabriel's presentation was later released as a live album titled Mis 40 en Bellas Artes (2014).[12]

Juan Gabriel version[edit]

"Así Fue"
Single by Juan Gabriel
from the album Celebrando 25 Años de Juan Gabriel: En Concierto en el Palacio de Bellas Artes
B-side"Ya No Vuelvo a Molestarte"[13]
Released1998
Recorded22 August 1997
Length5:50
LabelBMG
Songwriter(s)Juan Gabriel
Producer(s)Juan Gabriel
Juan Gabriel singles chronology
"Te Sigo Amando"
(1997)
"Así Fue"
(1998)
"Querida"
(1998)

On 22 August 1997, Juan Gabriel held a concert at the Palacio de Bellas Artes to commemorate the 25th anniversary of his music career. During the show, Juan Gabriel performed a live rendition of "Así Fue".[14] The concert was recorded and later released as a live album titled Celebrando 25 Años de Juan Gabriel: En Concierto en el Palacio de Bellas Artes (1998).[15] "Así Fue" was released as the record's lead single and peaked at number three on the Hot Latin Songs chart in the US.[13][16] The track ended 1998 as the best-performing Latin single of the year in the US.[17] It also peaked at number four on the Billboard Latin Pop Songs and number two on the Regional Mexican Songs charts respectively.[18][19]

Juan Gabriel's performance of the track during his presentation at the Palacio de Bellas Artes was released as a music video.[20] Griselda Flores of Billboard magazine named "Así Fue" one of his most memorable performances following his death in 2016 while an editor for TVyNovelas ranked it number five as his best song.[21][22] It was recognized as "Super Song of the Year" and "Pop/Ballad Song of the Year" at the 1999 American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Latin Awards.[23] In 2015, Juan Gabriel and Pantoja recorded the song together on his duet album Los Dúo.[24]


Charts[edit]


Other cover versions[edit]

In 1998, Dominican Republic merengue singer Toño Rosario covered "Así Fue" on his studio album Exclusivo.[28] Rosario's version peaked at number 22 on the Hot Latin Songs and number eight on the Tropical Songs charts in the US respectively and led to Juan Gabriel receiving an ASCAP Latin award in the merengue category.[23][29][30] In 2008, Sony Music Mexico released a tribute album to Juan Gabriel titled Amo al Divo de Juárez: Tributo al Juan Gabriel which features various rock musicians performing his songs.[31] Mexican band Playa Limbo was one of artists listed in the album where they covered "Así Fue".[32] Their rendition reached number 26 on the Hot Latin Songs and number 13 on the Latin Pop Songs charts.[33][34] It received a nomination for Pop Song of the Year at the 22th Annual Lo Nuestro Awards in 2010 while Juan Gabriel earned an ASCAP Latin Award in the Pop/Ballad field for their cover in the same year.[35][36]

In 2011, American singer Jenni Rivera recorded two versions of "Así Fue" for her studio albums Joyas Prestadas: Pop and Joyas Prestadas: Banda. The discs features cover versions of songs Rivera listened to when she was working as a record store cashier.[37] Following her death in 2012, her rendition of the track received airplay and peaked at number 33 on the Hot Latin Songs chart.[38] It was one of the two songs Rivera sung live along with "Como Tu Mujer" during the 19th Billboard Latin Awards ceremony.[39] A live version of "Así Fue" was also included on her album 1969 – Siempre, En Vivo Desde Monterrey, Parte 1 (2013) which features the performance of her final concert.[40]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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