La Modelo (Ozuna song)

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"La Modelo"
La Modelo (Official Single Cover) by Ozuna.png
Single by Ozuna featuring Cardi B
from the album Aura
  • Spanish
  • English
English title "The Model"
Released December 22, 2017 (2017-12-22)
Length 4:16
Label VP
Ozuna singles chronology
"Síguelo Bailando"
"La Modelo"
Cardi B singles chronology
"La Modelo"
"Bartier Cardi"
Music video
"La Modelo" on YouTube

"La Modelo" (English: "The Model") is a song by Puerto Rican singer Ozuna and American rapper Cardi B. It was released by VP Records on December 22, 2017.[1] The track was written by Ozuna, Cardi B, José Aponte, Vincente Saavedra and its producers Yampi, Hi Flow, Gaby Music and Chris Jeday.[2][3] It is the first single from Ozuna's second album Aura, released in August 2018.

Background and composition[edit]

Ozuna told Billboard in an interview:

I've done a lot of collabs, but most of the time, it's me on someone else's track. I'd never brought someone like Cardi B into my own music. When you hear, you'll say: 'Wow, that woman is amazing, in English and in Spanish. That to me is the real crossover: a mainstream artist singing in Spanish.[4]

The song comprises a dancehall-infused beat with a "reggaetón soul."[5] Ozuna described the song as "Jamaican dancehall, brought to the club." Cardi B performs in Spanish and English.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

In Pitchfork, Matthew Ismael Ruiz opined "Cardi's versatility is on full display... The tender [Ozuna]'s smoothed out alto suits Cardi's grittier voice, and they manage to capture the bubbly giddiness of fresh love with a casual swagger. Her bars in English are merely serviceable, but she sounds at home crooning in Spanish alongside Ozuna." He concluded saying "the song highlights why Cardi is so important to pop this year: Her bilingual, pan-Caribbean aesthetic represents a modern depiction of Latinidad, and proves its mainstream appeal."[5]

Music video[edit]

Directed by Nuno Gomes and filmed in Jamaica, the music video was released on December 19, 2017.[6]


Chart (2018) Peak
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[7] 84
Dominican Republic (Monitor Latino)[8] 1
Honduras (Monitor Latino)[9] 9
Panama (Monitor Latino)[10] 5
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[11] 50
US Billboard Hot 100[12] 52
US Hot Latin Songs (Billboard)[13] 3


  1. ^ "La Modelo (feat. Cardi B) - Single by Ozuna". iTunes Store (CA). Retrieved May 13, 2018.
  2. ^ "Baño Repertoire". Broadcast Music, Inc. Retrieved May 13, 2018.
  3. ^ Pauta, Miller (December 17, 2017). "Enterate! ¡La Modelo de Ozuna y Cardi B ya tiene fecha de estreno!" (in Spanish). Retrieved May 13, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Cobo, Leila (December 18, 2017). "Ozuna Talks Cardi B Collab 'La Modelo': Exclusive Interview and Behind-the-Scenes Photos". Billboard. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Ruiz, Matthew Ismael (December 21, 2017). "Ozuna "La Modelo" [ft. Cardi B]". Pitchfork. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  6. ^ Rodriguez, Laura (December 20, 2017). "Ozuna and Cardi B collab is 'killing it'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  7. ^ "Ozuna Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved January 17, 2018.
  8. ^ "Top 20 Dominican Republic – Del 12 al 18 de Febrero, 2018" (in Spanish). Monitor Latino. January 29, 2018. Archived from the original on May 10, 2018. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  9. ^ "Honduras General" (in Spanish). Monitor Latino. Archived from the original on May 9, 2018. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  10. ^ "Panama General" (in Spanish). Monitor Latino. Archived from the original on May 13, 2018. Retrieved May 13, 2018.
  11. ^ "Top 100 Canciones – Semana 3: 12.1.2018 al 18.1.2018" (PDF) (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  12. ^ "Ozuna Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved January 4, 2018.
  13. ^ "Ozuna Chart History (Hot Latin Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved January 4, 2018.