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O Tú o Ninguna

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"O Tú o Ninguna"
the Golden Gate Bridge with a sapient background
Single by Luis Miguel
from the album Amarte Es un Placer
Released 6 September 1999 (1999-09-06)
Format CD single
Studio A&M Studios
Cello Studios
Ocean Way Recording
Record Plant
(Hollywood, California)
Genre Bolero
Length 3:16
Label WEA Latina
Songwriter(s) Juan Carlos Calderón
Producer(s) Luis Miguel
Luis Miguel singles chronology
"Sol, Arena y Mar"
"O Tú o Ninguna"
"Dormir Contigo"
"Sol, Arena y Mar"
"O Tú o Ninguna"
"Dormir Contigo"

"O Tú o Ninguna" (English: "Or You or Nobody")[1] is a song written by Juan Carlos Calderón and produced and performed by Mexican singer Luis Miguel. The song is a bolero in which the protagonist cannot envision his life without anyone else besides his love interest. It was released as the second single from the album Amarte Es un Placer on 6 September 1999. The track reached the top of the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart in the United States and peaked at number seven on the Brazilian Singles Chart.

"O Tú o Ninguna" received positive reviews from music critics who praised Miguel's delivery. It received a Latin Grammy nomination for Song of the Year in 2000. Calderón received a ASCAP Latin Award for the song in the same year. A music video for the track was filmed in San Francisco, California and directed by Rebecca Blake. In the video, Miguel searches for his love interest amidst a large crowd in the city.

Background and composition[edit]

In 1997, Luis Miguel released his twelfth studio album Romances, the third record in his Romance series on which he covers classic Latin American boleros.[2] It sold over 4.5 million copies and won the Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Performance in 1998.[1][3] To promote Romances, he embarked on a tour of the United States, Latin America, and Spain lasting over a year.[4] By 1998, Miguel was considered the most popular Latin artist internationally and his albums had sold over 35 million copies worldwide.[5] Miguel began a relationship with American singer Mariah Carey the following year.[6] After an absence of two years on the music scene, Miguel announced on 19 July 1999 that he would release a new album by September. He said the upcoming album would be a return to pop recordings as opposed to the bolero cover versions he had recorded on the Romance series. He denied rumors that he was planning to record a duet with Carey.[7] The album's final title, Amarte Es un Placer was announced on 17 August 1999.[8]

Miguel confirmed that it was the first album where he was more involved in the tracks' composition. In addition to Miguel co-writing several of the record's tracks, he was assisted by other composers including Armando Manzanero, Juan Carlos Calderón, and Arturo Perez.[7][9] Recording took place at the A&M Studios, Cello Studios, Ocean Way Recording, Watersound, and the Record Plant in Hollywood, California with Miguel handling the productions himself.[10][11]

"O Tú o Ninguna" is a bolero composed by Calderón.[12] In the lyrics, the protagonist cannot imagine being with anyone else besides his love interest.[10] It was released as the second single from Amarte Es un Placer on 6 September 1999.[1] A live version was included on the album Vivo (2000), and the original recording was included on the compilation album Grandes Éxitos (2005).[13][14]


Fred Shuster of the Los Angeles Daily News called "O Tú o Ninguna" a "radio staple".[9] The Orange County Register editor Daniel Chang regarded the song as a "tender bolero that defines Miguel's signature style of heart-melting charm and warmth."[12] The Houston Chronicle critic Joey Guerra regarded the track as an "effective love ballad".[11] At the inaugural Latin Grammy Awards ceremony in 2000, "O Tú o Ninguna" received a nomination for Song of the Year,[15] but lost to "Dímelo" by Marc Anthony.[16] The track was recognized as one of the best performing Latin songs of 1999 at the ASCAP Latin awards in 2000.[17]

In the United States, "O Tú o Ninguna" debuted at number 13 on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart on the week of 9 October 1999.[18] It reached the top of the chart four weeks later replacing "Dímelo" by Marc Anthony. It was succeeded by Jaci Velasquez's song "Llegar a Ti" the following week.[19] The track also reached the top of the Latin Pop Songs chart where it spent two weeks in this position.[20] The song peaked at number seven on the Brazilian Singles Chart.[21]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "O Tú o Ninguna" was filmed at San Francisco, California and directed by Rebecca Blake. Filming took place at the end of August 1999 and was released on 13 September 1999 to coincide with the launch of the album.[22] In the video, Miguel reads a letter left behind by his love interest and goes on to search for her among the large crowd in the city.[23]


Chart (1999) Peak
Brazilian Singles Chart (ABPD)[21] 7
US Hot Latin Songs (Billboard)[24] 1
US Latin Pop Songs (Billboard)[25] 1


Credits adapted from the Amarte Es un Placer liner notes.[10]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Morales, Ed (2003). The Latin Beat: The Rhythms And Roots Of Latin Music From Bossa Nova To Salsa And Beyond. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Da Capo Press. p. 155. ISBN 0306810182. Retrieved 17 February 2017. 
  3. ^ "The 1998 Grammy Award Winners". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. 26 February 1998. Retrieved 19 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "Biografía de Luis Miguel". Terra Networks (in Spanish). Telefónica. 5 October 2010. Retrieved 19 April 2011. 
  5. ^ Cobo, Leila (24 September 1999). "Darkness Falls Once Again for Reznor". Miami Herald. The McClatchy Company. (Subscription required (help)). 
  6. ^ "Lanzan 'Sol, arena y mar'". (in Spanish). 20 July 1999. Retrieved 17 February 2017. 
  7. ^ a b "Luis Miguel de regreso". El Informador (in Spanish). 21 July 1999. p. 3-G. 
  8. ^ "Lo último de Luis Miguel". El Tiempo (in Spanish). 17 August 1999. Retrieved 17 February 2017. 
  9. ^ a b Shuster, Fred (15 October 1999). "Sound Check". Los Angeles Daily News. Digital First Media. Retrieved 8 February 2017. 
  10. ^ a b c Miguel, Luis (1999). Amarte Es un Placer (Album liner notes). United States: WEA Latina, a division of Warner Music Group. pp. 1, 8. 3984 29288-2. 
  11. ^ a b Guerra, Joey (27 September 1999). "Universal Appeal – 3 new CDs capitalize on fascination with Latin music sounds". Houston Chronicle. Hearst Corporation. (Subscription required (help)). 
  12. ^ a b c Chang, Daniel (17 September 1999). "Sound Check: Miguel delivers songs of romance". Orange County Register. Digital Media First. (Subscription required (help)). 
  13. ^ "Vivo – Luis Miguel". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 11 August 2011. 
  14. ^ "Grandes Exitos – Luis Miguel". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 11 August 2011. 
  15. ^ "The Full List of Nominations". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. 8 July 2000. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 
  16. ^ Basham, David (14 September 2000). "Santana, Luis Miguel, Maná Lead Latin Grammy Winners". MTV. Viacom Media Networks. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 
  17. ^ "Congratulations Our 2000 El Premio Winners". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 112 (21): 17. 20 May 2000. Retrieved 27 September 2013. 
  18. ^ "Hot Latin Songs: The Week of October 9, 1999". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 21 August 1999. Retrieved 7 April 2017. 
  19. ^ "Hot Latin Songs - 1999 Archive". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 7 April 2017. 
  20. ^ "Latin Pop Songs - 1999 Archive". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 7 April 2017. 
  21. ^ a b "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. 23 October 1999. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  22. ^ "El 'Placer' de estar 'Vivo'". Terra Networks (in Spanish). Telefónica. Retrieved 7 March 2017. 
  23. ^ Blake, Rebecca (director) (1999). Luis Miguel – O Tú o Ninguna (Music video) (in Spanish). WEA Latina. Retrieved 7 April 2017. 
  24. ^ "Luis Miguel Chart History (Hot Latin Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 8 January 2011.
  25. ^ "Luis Miguel Chart History (Latin Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 7 April 2017.