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"No Podrás"
No Podras.jpg
Single by Cristian Castro
from the album Agua Nueva
Released1992
Recorded1992
GenreLatin pop
Length4:02
LabelMelody, Fonovisa
Songwriter(s)Alejandro Zepeda, Peter Skrabak
Producer(s)Alejandro Zepeda
Cristian Castro singles chronology
"No Podrás"
(1992)
"Solo Dame una Noche"
(1993)
Audio sample
A 24 second sample of No Podrás by Cristian Castro.

"No Podrás" (English: "You Can't") is a song written and composed by Alejandro Zepeda and Peter Skrabak, originally recorded by Mexican recording artist Cristian Castro. Lyrically, the song describes the end of a relationship between two lovers where the protagonist tells the lover that she will not forget how much he loved her. The song was released by Fonovisa Records as the lead single from Castro's debut studio album Agua Nueva (1992). It peaked at number three on the US Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart. It was well received by music critics, despite negative reception of its parent album.

In 1993, Dominican merengue musician Fernando Villalona covered the song on his album El Niño Mimado. His version of the song peaked at number thirty-two on the US Billboard Hot Latin Songs.

Background[edit]

Cristian Castro rose to fame at age five when he began his acting career with his mother, famous actress and singer, Verónica Castro. His first role was on the telenovela El Derecho de Nacer (1981).[1] At age seven, he became the lead singer of his band Cristian y los Pollitos (Cristian and the Little Roosters) and performed live on the TV show Siempre en Domingo. At age fourteen, he formed rock band Los Demonios Deliciosos (The Delicious Demons) whom he performed with for two years. After his departure from the band, Castro became a presenter at the annual OTI Festival where he performed the song "16 Diciembres" ("16 Decembers").[1]

Castro could not afford to record a studio album with his own finances. His friend, Alejandro Zepeda, resolved this problem by selling Castro's personal belongings, including his car.[2] As a result, Castro recorded his first album, Agua Nueva, produced by Zepeda and released by Fonovisa Records.[2] In 2012, Castro recorded a live version of "No Podrás" with new arrangements by Matt Rolling and produced Aureo Baqueiro and features fellow Mexican singer Benny Ibarra. This version was included on his second live album En Primera Fila: Día 2 in 2014.[3]

Music and lyrics[edit]

"No Podrás" was written and composed by Alejandro Zepeda and Peter Skrabak.[4] Lyrically, the song describes the end of a relationship between two lovers where the protagonist tells the lover that she will not forget how much he loved her.[5] As with the other songs in the album, "No Podrás" was recorded and produced in California and promoted by Televisa.[6]

Release and reception[edit]

"No Podrás" debuted at number 39 on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart on the week of 25 July 1992.[7] The song climbed to the top ten on the week of 29 August 1992 and peaked at number three two weeks later.[8][8] To promote the song, a music video was made for "No Podrás" which shows Castro performing the song for a live audience, inserting some sequences of a female dancer and different backgrounds.[9] The video ends in a freeze frame of Castro embracing a female teenage fan on stage, after his performance. Another music video features Castro performing this song while he is walking at the sea shore. The song also reached number one on the hit parade chart in Mexico City.[10]

An editor of Caretas magazine, while giving Agua Nueva a negative review, felt that "No Podrás" was "excellent work" and remarked that the other songs in the album did not come close to its quality.[6] An editor of Cromos magazine praised the lyrics of the song and said "it was the most beautiful song I have heard".[11] On the review of the Castro's compilation album Esenciales: The Ultimate Collection, Heather Phares of Allmusic commented that "No Podrás" had a "slinky" feel.[12] "No Podrás" was recognized as one of the award-winning songs at the first BMI Latin Awards in 1994.[13]

Formats and track listings[edit]

7" promo[14]
No.TitleLength
1."No Podrás"4:02
No Podras Remixes[15]
No.TitleLength
1."No Podrás (Radio Mix)" 
2."No Podrás (Club Mix)" 

Charts[edit]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the Allmusic.[18]

  • Cristian Castro – vocals
  • Alejandro "Alex" Zepeda – producer, arranger, songwriting, vocals
  • Kiko Cibrian – Arranger, Chorus, Production Coordination,
  • Peter Skrabak - Composer

Fernando Villalona version[edit]

"No Podrás"
Single by Fernando Villalona
from the album El Nino Mimado
Released1993
GenreMerengue
Length5:04
LabelCamino
Songwriter(s)Alejandro Zepeda, Peter Skrabak
Producer(s)Fernando Villalona
Fernando Villalona singles chronology
"No Podrás"
(1993)
"Corazón Salvaje"
(1994)

In 1993, Dominican merengue musician Fernando Villalona covered the song on his album, El Nino Mimado and released it as the album's first single.[19] His version peaked at number 32 on the Hot Latin Songs chart.[20] In 1997, it appeared on his compilation album Historias de Una Vida. Stephen Erlewine of Allmusic considered the song to be "one of his finest" in his career.[21]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
position
US Hot Latin Songs (Billboard)[20] 32

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Allmusic.[22]

  • Fernando Villalona – Arranger, Composer, Executive Producer, Mixing, Primary Artist, Producer, Vocals, Vocals (Background)
  • Angel Cornielle – Bass
  • Pavin Cornielle – Bass
  • Arturo Sanquintin – Congas
  • Jose Contreras – Guira, Tamboura
  • Martin Villalona – Mixing, Producer, Trombone, Vocals (Background)
  • Papo Cadena – Saxophone
  • Aramis Villalona – Vocals (Background)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Biografía de Cristian Castro" (in Spanish). CMTV Argentina. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Biografía de Cristian Castro". Itematika. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
  3. ^ "ristian Castro lanza nuevo álbum 'En primera fila día 2'". l Informador (in Spanish). 4 April 2014. Retrieved 23 September 2014.
  4. ^ "Agua Nueva – Cristian Castro: Overview". Allmusic. Rovi. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
  5. ^ "Letra de No Podrás – Cristian Castro" (in Spanish). Coveralia. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
  6. ^ a b "Cristian – Agua Nueva". Caretas: ilustración peruana. Empresa Editora Caretas S. A (1218–1225): 92. 1992.
  7. ^ "No Podrás — Week of July 25, 1992". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 25 July 1992.
  8. ^ a b "No Podrás — Week of August 29, 1992". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 29 August 1992.
  9. ^ "Nunca Voy a Olvidarte... los Exitos (DVD) — Cristian Castro: Overview". Allmusic. Rovi. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
  10. ^ "Las 20 más populares". El Siglo de Torreón (in Spanish). 12 September 1992. p. 48.
  11. ^ "Un compact dic" (3922–3926). Cromos. 1993.
  12. ^ Phares, Heather. "Esenciales: The Ultimate Collection — Cristian Castro: Overview". Allmusic. Rovi. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
  13. ^ "Los Premios Latinos de BMI". Billboard. Nielsen Media. 106 (12): 5. 19 March 1994.
  14. ^ No Podras – Cristian (Mexico CD single liner notes). Cristian Castro. Fonovisa. 1992. PE-4990.CS1 maint: others (link)
  15. ^ No Podras Remixes – Cristian (Colombia CD single liner notes). Cristian Castro. Fonovisa. 1993. RH-0030.CS1 maint: others (link)
  16. ^ "Cristian Castro Chart History (Hot Latin Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
  17. ^ "The Year in Music: 1992 - Top Hot Latin Tracks". Billboard: YE-54. 26 December 1992. ISSN 0006-2510.
  18. ^ "Agua Nueva — Cristian Castro: Credits". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 30 December 2012.
  19. ^ "El Nino Mimado — Fernando Vilalona: Overview". Allmusic. Rovi. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
  20. ^ a b "Fernando Villalona Chart History (Hot Latin Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
  21. ^ Erlwine, Stephen. "Historia de Una Vida — Fernando Vilalona: Overview". Allmusic. Rovi. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
  22. ^ "El Nino Mimado — Fernando Villalona: Credits". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 30 December 2012.