Follow the Leader (Wisin & Yandel song)

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"Follow the Leader"
Follow the Leader (Wisin & Yandel song).jpg
Single by Wisin & Yandel featuring Jennifer Lopez
from the album Líderes
Released April 10, 2012
Format Digital download
Genre Latin Dance Reggaeton
Length 4:00
Label WY, Machete
Producer(s) Jonas Saeed and Niclas Kings for Cave Music
Wisin & Yandel singles chronology
"Tu Olor"
"Follow the Leader"
"Algo Me Gusta de Ti"
"Tu Olor"
"Follow the Leader"
"Algo Me Gusta de Ti"
Jennifer Lopez singles chronology
"Dance Again"
(2012) Dance Again2012
"Follow the Leader"
(2012) Follow the Leader2012
"Goin' In"
(2012) Goin' In2012

"Follow the Leader" is a song by Puerto Rican duo Wisin & Yandel featuring American singer Jennifer Lopez. Wisin & Yandel and Jennifer Lopez performed the song during the American Idol season eleven finale.

Background and composition[edit]

On January 24, 2012, Lopez teased a collaboration between her and Wisin and Yandel by posting a picture online.[1] "Follow the Leader" contains South American rhythms. "'Wisin sings in the style of Yandel and Yandel in that of Wisin', referring to the more powerful tone of the former and the lighter vocal touch of the latter."[2] The song was produced by Jonas Saeed and Niclas Kings for Cave Music, a Swedish company of producers, and written by the Jamaican writing team Bloodline (Nyanda, Nailah, Tasha and Candace Thorbourne).

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Follow the Leader" was shot in Acapulco, Mexico by director Jessy Terrero and Lopez's partner Casper Smart.[2][3] For the first shot, Lopez wore a pair of tight latex leggings with a silver and black long-sleeved shirt with tornado sirens blaring in the background. The singer paired the look with metallic makeup, nude lips and a "funky" hairstyle, which included cornrows. For the second shoot in Mexico, Lopez wore a sparkly silver vest and tight white jeans.[4] During the shooting of the video, the Government of Acapulco gave additional police cars, ambulance and helicopter services to the team working with the duo and López, with the goal to promote the city among "all the young people who will watch the clip".[5]

The Tourism secretary, Graciela Báez Ricardez, commented that the clip "will help reshape the image of the port city". She also said that "the music video will be watched in many countries, millions of times mainly by young people who will soon choose their vacation destination". The video premiered on Thursday May 3 on both Twitter and official VEVO channel of Wisin & Yandel.[6] Jordan Zakarin from The Hollywood Reporter described the video's plot:

"Set in Mexico, the video features Lopez dancing on a rooftop with the reggaeton stars, shaking her hips and writhing with alluring fervor and seductive purpose; traipsing through the city while being chased by her friends (and crashing through windows and making massive jumps all the while); and bare-skinned, with the word "lidere," [sic] Spanish for leader, tattooed to her chest and a giant ink spot on her back."[7]

Sarah Anne Hughes of The Washington Post noted the product placement in the video, including a Dodge truck and BlackBerry phones.[8] It was further nominated for Video of the Year at the Premio Lo Nuestro 2013.[9]


Chart (2012) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[10] 74
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[11] 36
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[12] 22
Colombia (National-Report)[13] 7
France (SNEP)[14] 177
Honduras (Honduras Top 50)[15] 9
Mexico (Billboard)[16] 19
Mexico Español (Billboard)[17] 9
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[18] 45
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[19] 26
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles[20] 5
US Hot Latin Songs (Billboard)[21] 1
US Latin Pop Songs (Billboard)[22] 3
US Tropical Airplay (Billboard)[23] 2


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[24] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United States[25] April 10, 2012 Digital download Machete Music


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  2. ^ a b "Reggaeton duo include JLo in upcoming album". The Times Of India. March 8, 2012. 
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  5. ^ "Usan vehículos de emergencia para grabación de J.Lo". Informador. Retrieved on April 10, 2012.
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  7. ^ Zakarin, Jordan (May 4, 2012). "Jennifer Lopez's 'Follow the Leader' Video Features Massive Tattoos and Product Placement (Video)". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  8. ^ "Jennifer Lopez sizzles in 'Follow the Leader' video directed by boyfriend Casper Smart". The Washington Post. May 4, 2012. 
  9. ^ "List of Nominees - Premio Lo Nuestro Latin Music Award 2013" (PDF). Univision (in Spanish). Univision Communications. 2013. Retrieved April 16, 2014. 
  10. ^ " – Wisin & Yandel feat. Jennifer Lopez – {{{song}}}" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved February 11, 2014.
  11. ^ " – Wisin & Yandel feat. Jennifer Lopez – {{{song}}}" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved February 11, 2014.
  12. ^ " – Wisin & Yandel feat. Jennifer Lopez – {{{song}}}" (in French). Ultratip. Retrieved February 11, 2014.
  13. ^ "National Report — Top Nacional". National Report. 2012-07-22. Archived from the original on 2012-07-24. 
  14. ^ " – Wisin & Yandel – Follow The Leader" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved February 11, 2014.
  15. ^ "Top 100". Fuzion. El Tiempo. 2012-08-09. Archived from the original on 2012-10-01. 
  16. ^ "Mexico Airplay". Billboard. June 30, 2012. Archived from the original on June 22, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Jennifer Lopez + Wisin & Yandel  – Follow The Leader – Mexico Espanol". Archived from the original on 11 October 2012. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  18. ^ "SNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert {{{year}}}{{{week}}} into search. Retrieved February 11, 2014.
  19. ^ " – Wisin y Yandel feat. Jennifer Lopez – Follow The Leader" Canciones Top 50. Retrieved February 11, 2014.
  20. ^ "Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles — Week of June 16, 2012". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 124 (24). 2012-06-16. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  21. ^ "Wisin & Yandel – Chart history" Billboard Hot Latin Songs for Wisin & Yandel. Retrieved February 11, 2014.
  22. ^ "Wisin & Yandel – Chart history" Billboard Latin Pop Songs for Wisin & Yandel. Retrieved February 11, 2014.
  23. ^ "Wisin & Yandel – Chart history" Billboard Tropical Airplay for Wisin & Yandel. Retrieved February 11, 2014.
  24. ^ "American single certifications – WISIN Y YANDEL – FOLLOW THE LEADER". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
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