Lindo Pero Bruto

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"Lindo Pero Bruto"
Thalia Lali Lindo Pero Bruto.jpg
Single by Thalía and Lali
from the album Valiente
LanguageSpanish
English title"cute but dumb"
ReleasedJanuary 25, 2019 (2019-01-25)
Format
Genre
Length2:57
LabelSony Latin
Songwriter(s)
  • Andrés Castro
  • Edgar Barrera
  • Jesús Herrera
  • Oscar Hernández
  • Patrick Ingunza
Producer(s)
Thalía singles chronology
"Lento"
(2018)
"Lindo Pero Bruto"
(2019)
"Qué Ironía"
(2019)
Lali singles chronology
"Caliente"
(2018)
"Lindo Pero Bruto"
(2019)
"Somos Amantes"
(2019)
Music video
"Lindo Pero Bruto" on YouTube

"Lindo Pero Bruto" (English: "Cute But Dumb"[1]) is a song by Mexican singer Thalía and Argentine singer Lali, from Thalía's fourteenth studio album, Valiente (2018). Written and produced by Andrés Castro, Edgar Barrera, DalePlay, Oscarcito and Patrick Romantik, it was released by Sony Music Latin as the album's fourth single on January 25, 2019.

Background[edit]

Rumors of a collaboration between the two singers started in March 2018, while Lali was promoting her single "100 Grados" in Mexico. There, she posted a video to her Instagram Stories in which she acknowledged Thalía, saying: "This story is particularly for Thalía, who followed me some time ago and got me so excited. So, while I am in Mexico, I want to send you a huge kiss and to tell you that you are the best."[2] In October, 2018, previous to the release of Valiente, the song got leaked, which made Lali confirm the rumors, saying: "After what happened, I can confirm that I'm singing a song with Thalía!", adding that "[it] is the greatest honor in the world and I'm just telling you one thing: #LPB, Lindo Pero Bruto. A worldwide hit with queen Thalía is coming!"[3] Thalía admitted that while was gossiping on Instagram, she came across a photo of Lali in Mexico and sent her a direct message, saying: "Let's do a worldwide hit!"[4][5]

"Lindo Pero Bruto" is a song dedicated to those men who talk the talk but don’t walk the walk, don’t offer much, or are only good for one thing.[1] The song has been described as "reggaeton meets pop music, very dance-ready and surely something that Latin radios and Latin clubs will love equally to play."[6] Jeff Benjamin of Forbes magazine described the song as "a playful-yet-powerful reggaeton throbber."[7]

Music video[edit]

Directed by Daniel Duran, the music video made its official premiere on American television show ¡Despierta América! on the morning of January 29, 2019.[8] In the "candy-colored" music video for "Lindo Pero Bruto", both singers give life to a Barbie-inspired world filled with many neon colors, sweet treats, and dolls.[1] Thalía and Lali play two female thinkers who are in a laboratory creating a futuristic machine to build a male prototype — in other words, the perfect man. However, they are the ones who become dolls.[9] Described as "colorful, light-hearted and fun,"[6] the music video was inspired by the 1985 film Weird Science.[10][11]

Thalía and Lali celebrated the success of the music video on YouTube through a Facebook live stream, which debuted at no. 2 on the January issue of the Billboard Top Facebook Live Videos Chart with 368 thousand views. It was also the most commented live stream of the month, with 14 thousand comments.[12]

Background[edit]

The shooting took around 15 hours and it took place in New York City. According to the singers, it was freezing in the city and Lali had to film in shorts and a tee.[5] In an interview with Forbes magazine, Thalía said: "I had [the idea] for a long time and I always wanted to do a video inspired by the '80s movie Weird Science and I always wanted to create my own doll and bring it to a plastic-fantastic, neon-pink-blue-world candyland. When I heard this song, I thought "boom!" the idea for so many years has landed! And I asked Lali, she said yes, and that completed the circle.[7] the video has about 60 millón views on YouTube and 20 millón streams on spotify

Live performances[edit]

Thalía and Lali performed the song together for the first time at the 31st edition of Premios Lo Nuestro, where Natti Natasha joined them to perform "No me acuerdo".[13][14][15] Alejandra Torres of Hola! magazine chose the "explosive" performance as one of the most memorable moments of the night.[16]

Controversy[edit]

As the title suggests ("pretty, but dumb"), the song's feminist lyrics defy the machismo culture that still thrives in many countries, causing a bit of controversy in those places.[17] Some people have interpreted the single as containing an anti-male message. However, Thalía admitted it's really a song about empowering anyone who listens to it – especially women. In an interview with ¡Despierta America!, when asked what would happen if a man told a woman she was "cute but dumb", the Mexican singer responded: "How many centuries, how many years have gone by for a song like this to exist. We've truly, as women, lived so many decades in which the roles have been the complete opposite, and it's now a time in which things are said as they are, there's no filter. I think women today, we're more united, more solid than ever in all aspects: political, artistic, religious, social. And I think it's time to have fun – to speak our minds."[11]

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[18]

  • Thalía Sodi – vocals, executive producer
  • Lali Espósito – vocals
  • Edgar Barrera – producer, songwriting
  • Andrés Castro – producer, songwriting
  • Oscarcito – producer, songwriting
  • DalePlay – producer, songwriting
  • Patrick Romantik – producer, songwriting
  • Armando Ávila – executive producer, engineer, recording engineer
  • Tommy Mottola – executive producer
  • Karina Pagán – A&R coordinator
  • Alex Gallardo – A&R director
  • Isabel De Jesús – A&R Director
  • Adriana Muñoz – assistant producer
  • Pablo Arraya – engineer
  • Emilio Ávila – executive director
  • Felipe Tichauer – mastering engineer, recording engineer
  • Luis Barrera – mixing engineer

Charts and certifications[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Argentina (Argentina Hot 100)[19] 21
Argentina Airplay (Monitor Latino)[20] 12
Bolivia (Monitor Latino)[21] 10
Ecuador (National-Report)[22] 64
El Salvador Pop (Monitor Latino)[23] 13
Honduras Pop (Monitor Latino)[24] 5
Mexico Espanol Airplay (Billboard)[25] 14
Mexico Pop (Monitor Latino)[26] 15
Puerto Rico Pop (Monitor Latino)[27] 16
US Latin Pop Songs (Billboard)[28] 32
Venezuela Pop (Monitor Latino)[29] 18

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[30] Gold (Latin) 30,000double-dagger

double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Lali Espósito estrenó tema a dueto con Thalía". Al Día (in Spanish). November 11, 2018. Retrieved January 26, 2019.
  3. ^ "Se filtró la nueva canción de Lali Espósito y Thalía: ¡Escuchá el adelanto!". El Intransigente (in Spanish). October 31, 2018. Retrieved January 26, 2019.
  4. ^ ""Lindo pero bruto", la polémica canción que lanzaron Thalía y Lali Espósito". La Raza (in Spanish). January 27, 2019. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
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  7. ^ a b Benjamin, Jeff (March 6, 2019). "Thalía & Lali Discuss How Collaboration 'Lindo Pero Bruto' Spotlights A 'Feminine World Taking Over'". Forbes. Retrieved March 7, 2019.
  8. ^ "Thalía compartirá junto a Lali Espósito una noche muy especial (entérate qué están planeando)". Univision (in Spanish). January 29, 2019. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  9. ^ Raygoza, Isabela (February 21, 2019). "Thalía on Embracing Girl Power, Turning the Tables in Latin Pop". Rolling Stone. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  10. ^ Villa, Lucas (January 30, 2019). "Thalía & Lali play Barbies in 'Lindo Pero Bruto' music video". axs.com. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  11. ^ a b "Thalía Responds to Claims She Has Offended Her Male Followers". ¡Hola!. January 30, 2019. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  12. ^ Rutherford, Kevin (February 21, 2019). "Brian McKnight's James Ingram Tribute Leads Top Facebook Live Videos Chart For January 2019". Billboard. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  13. ^ Fernandez, Suzette (January 23, 2019). "Marc Anthony, Thalia and Daddy Yankee to Perform at Premio Lo Nuestro 2019". Billboard. Retrieved January 25, 2019.
  14. ^ Fernandez, Suzette (January 31, 2019). "Pedro Capó, Silvestre Dangond & More Added as 2019 Premio Lo Nuestro Performers". Billboard. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  15. ^ Drysdale, Jennifer (February 21, 2019). "Natti Natasha on the 'Big Responsibility' of Her 15 Premio Lo Nuestro Nominations (Exclusive)". Yahoo! News. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  16. ^ Torres, Alejandra. "The Most Memorable Moments of the 2019 Premio Lo Nuestro". Hola!. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  17. ^ Diaz, Thatiana (March 8, 2019). "Meet Lali, The Argentinian Music Star With Feminist Flair". Refinery29. Retrieved March 9, 2019.
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  20. ^ "Top 20 Argentina – Del 8 al 14 de Abril, 2019" (in Spanish). Monitor Latino. Retrieved April 15, 2019.
  21. ^ "Top 20 Bolivia – Del 4 al 10 de Marzo, 2019" (in Spanish). Monitor Latino. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  22. ^ "Top 100 Ecuador – Semana 11 del 2019 – Del 08/03/2019 al 08/03/2019". National-Report. Archived from the original on March 17, 2019. Retrieved March 17, 2019.
  23. ^ "Top 20 El Salvador Pop – Del 18 al 24 de Febrero, 2019" (in Spanish). Monitor Latino. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
  24. ^ "Top 20 Pop Honduras – Del 18 al 24 de Marzo, 2019" (in Spanish). Monitor Latino. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  25. ^ "Thalía Chart History (Mexico Pop Espanol Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved August 10, 2019.
  26. ^ "Top 20 Mexico Pop – Del 18 al 24 de Febrero, 2019" (in Spanish). Monitor Latino. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
  27. ^ "Top 20 Puerto Rico Pop – Del 11 al 17 de Febrero, 2019" (in Spanish). Monitor Latino. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
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  29. ^ "Top 20 Pop Venezuela – Del 4 al 10 de Marzo, 2019" (in Spanish). Monitor Latino. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  30. ^ "American single certifications – Thalia & Lali – Lindo Pero Bruto". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved July 17, 2019. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click Type, then select Latin, then click SEARCH.