No (song)

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For other songs of the same name, see No.
"No"
Single by Shakira featuring Gustavo Cerati
from the album Fijación Oral, Vol. 1
Released July 2, 2005
Format
Recorded 2004; New York City, New York, U.S.
Genre
Length 4:45
Label Epic
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Mebarak
  • Cerati
  • Lester Méndez
Shakira featuring Gustavo Cerati singles chronology
"La Tortura"
(2005)
"No"
(2005)
"Don't Bother"
(2005)
Fijación Oral Vol. 1 track listing
"Escondite Ingles"
(6)
"No"
(7)
"Las de la Intuición"
(8)

"No" is a song by Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira, released as the second single from her sixth studio album, Fijación Oral, Vol. 1 (2005). The song features Gustavo Cerati in guitar and backing vocals.

Background[edit]

The lyrics chronicle a woman's effort in trying to tell her boyfriend that she no longer wants to be involved in a relationship and that separating is best for the two of them.

Chart performance[edit]

"No" was released after the worldwide success of Shakira's previous single "La Tortura" (2005). "No" entered the Canadian BDS Airplay Chart and the U.S. Hot 100, but did not receive substantial airplay. The single was certified gold in U.S. for the 100,000 downloads of the song.

Music video[edit]

Shakira making butterfly wings in the music video.

The song's music video was directed by Jaume de Laiguana and was filmed in black-and-white. While the video does not closely follow the theme of the song, in many scenes Shakira is portrayed as sad, with tears rolling down her face. She appears to be located in a defunct ship yard and is surrounded by several rail tracks and cars, some of the latter which are used for her to sit on. Towards the end of the video, one of the small wooden car falls off the track and into water beneath a cliff. Throughout the video, Shakira is engaged in building butterfly wings, seemingly as a metaphor for finding the strength to fly on her own, away from the destructive relationship. At the closing moments of the video, she stands at the waters edge, ready to take flight, but does not go through with it and walks away, smiling slightly. The video reached number-one on most Latin American countdowns and in Spain. The video is featured on Oral Fixation Volumes 1 & 2 Bonus DVD.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
US Hot Latin Songs (Billboard)[1] 11
US Latin Pop Songs (Billboard)[2] 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Shakira – Chart history" Billboard Hot Latin Songs for Shakira. Retrieved 8 August 2010.
  2. ^ "Shakira – Chart history" Billboard Latin Pop Songs for Shakira. Retrieved 8 August 2010.
  • "Billboard". Billboard Hot 100 airplay and sales charts. Retrieved June 18, 2006.
  • "IFop.com". French airplay and sales charts. Retrieved June 18, 2006.
  • "Jam Canoe". Canadian airplay and sales charts. Retrieved June 18, 2006.