Por Favor (song)

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"Por Favor"
Single by Pitbull and Fifth Harmony
from the album Fifth Harmony
Released October 26, 2017 (2017-10-26)
Format Digital download
Genre Latin pop[1]
Length 3:19
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Pitbull singles chronology
"Options"
(2017)
"Por Favor"
(2017)
"Jungle"
(2017)

"Options"
(2017)
"Por Favor"
(2017)
"Jungle"
(2017)
Fifth Harmony singles chronology
"He Like That"
(2017) He Like That2017
"Por Favor"
(2017) Por Favor2017
Music video
"Por Favor" on YouTube

"Por Favor" is a song by American rapper Pitbull and American girl group Fifth Harmony for the group's self-titled third studio album, and was released as its third and final single.[2] The song was written by Pitbull, Madison Love, Sermstyle and Philip Kembo, and produced by the latter two. Additional writing credits were also given to Usher, Alicia Keys, Jermaine Dupri, Adonis Shropshire and Manuel Seal, as it contains a sample from the 2004 single "My Boo" by Usher and Keys, as well as Barry White where the latter song incorporated a melody from the 1977 song "He's All I've Got" by American female vocal trio Love Unlimited. The song was released on October 27, 2017, in two versions; a Spanish version, in which Lauren Jauregui and Ally Brooke are the main two contributors from the group heard on the song, and a Spanglish version, where all four members can be heard. The Spanglish version has been performed at the 2017 Latin American Music Awards, on the finale of Dancing with the Stars and on Showtime at the Apollo. Shortly after the single's release the Spanglish version was included on the Spotify re-release of the album, thus becoming its third official single.

Background and composition[edit]

"Por Favor" is a latin pop song[3] that has elements of hip hop, reggaeton and urban contemporary. It runs for three minutes and nineteen seconds.[4][5][6] Lyrically, it discusses self empowerment and your love for someone. It has had a Spanish version and a Spanglish version that have the same lyrical meaning but in different languages.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

Ross McNeilage from MTV said that the song is a "summer hit anthem during the winter time", similar to the time when the 2013 hit "Timber" was released.[8] Mike Wass from Idolator said that "Mr. Worldwide shows his swagger" on the track and how "Fifth Harmony sing the killer vocal hooks and chorus on the track."[9] Perri Konecky from PopSugar said that the track is a "banger", while calling it a "sexy song" and a "spanglish love letter", and that "it's a perfect jam for as to put on and dance to all weekend."[10]

Live performances[edit]

Pitbull and Fifth Harmony performed the song on the finale of the 25th season of Dancing With The Stars,[11] and at the 2017 Latin American Music Awards, at the beginning of Pitbull's medley performance before accepting the Dick Clark Award for Excellence. On February 22nd, 2018, Pitbull performed 'Por Favor' among a medley of hits at the Premio Los Nuestro's 2018.[12] The artists also performed the song on the first episode of the reboot of Showtime at the Apollo (first shown on 1 March 2018), as a remix featuring new English lyrics during the chorus.[13]

Music video[edit]

Background and reception[edit]

The music video for "Por Favor" was released on November 27, Mike Wass from Idolator said that, "It has been a busy year for both artists. Pit dropped his 10th LP, Climate Change, and is gearing up to release a greatest hits on December 1 — complete with a new single called 'Jungle'. As for Fifth Harmony, they released their self-titled third LP (their first as a quartet)."[14]

Synopsis[edit]

Jeff Benjamin from FUSE represents the synopsis. "The video begins in a traditional Asian temple garden which then Pitbull wanders around, following a mysterious beauty in a red dress who ultimately has a surprise for him at their sensual dinner together. Meanwhile, the four ladies Lauren Jauregui, Ally Brooke, Dinah Jane and Normani Kordei deliver their verses in a red room, looking all sorts of fabulous." It then shows scenes where Pitbull is dancing with his date in a Washitsu where as still showing scenes at the dinner table. His date pulls out a note which shows the word "Dale!" which then leads into the conclusion of the night."[15]

Track listing[edit]

Streaming – Spanglish version[16]

No.TitleLength
1."Por Favor" (Spanglish Version)3:19

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Mexico Espanol Airplay (Billboard)[17] 33
US Hot Latin Songs (Billboard)[18] 15
Venezuela (National-Report)[19] 39

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New Song: Pitbull & Fifth Harmony – 'Por Favor'". That Grape Juice. October 27, 2017. Retrieved December 22, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Fifth Harmony by Fifth Harmony on Spotify". Spotify. Retrieved October 29, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Pitbull & Fifth Harmony – Por Favor Lyrics | Genius Lyrics". Genius. October 27, 2017. Retrieved December 22, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Por Favor - Single". iTunes (US). 
  5. ^ "Pitbull & Fifth Harmony: Por Favor - Music on Google Play". Google Play. Retrieved December 22, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Pitbull Ft. Fifth Harmony - Por Favor". SoundCloud. Retrieved December 22, 2017. 
  7. ^ "FIFTH HARMONY – Por Favor lyrics". Explained Lyrics. Retrieved December 22, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Fifth Harmony and Pitbull Announce 'Por Favor', The Spanglish Banger We Deserve". MTV. October 5, 2017. Retrieved December 22, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Pitbull Joins Forces With Fifth Harmony For Latin Bop "Por Favor"". Idolator. October 27, 2017. Retrieved December 22, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Your Hips Won't Be Able to Resist Grooving to Pitbull and Fifth Harmony's New Song "Por Favor"". PopSugar. October 29, 2017. Retrieved December 22, 2017. 
  11. ^ "'Dancing with the Stars': Fifth Harmony & Pitbull performed their new single 'Por Favor' [WATCH]". Gold Derby. November 21, 2017. Retrieved December 22, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Pitbull & Fifth Harmony, Camila Cabello Perform At Latin AMAs; Telemundo Shares Photos". Headline Planet. October 26, 2017. Retrieved December 22, 2017. 
  13. ^ "First Look: Fifth Harmony & Pitbull Perform on 'Showtime at the Apollo' Premiere". Headline Planet. Retrieved 18 March 2018. 
  14. ^ "Pitbull & Fifth Harmony's "Por Favor" Video Has An Asian Twist". Idolator. November 27, 2017. Retrieved December 22, 2017. 
  15. ^ "FIFTH HARMONY AND PITBULL DROP RED-HOT 'POR FAVOR' VIDEO: WATCH". Fuse. November 28, 2017. Retrieved December 22, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Por Favor (Spanglish Version) by Fifth Harmony on Spotify". Spotify. 2017-10-26. Retrieved 2017-12-22. 
  17. ^ "Por Favor Pitbull X Fifth Harmony". Billboard. Retrieved 5 January 2018. 
  18. ^ "Fifth Harmony Chart History (Hot Latin Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  19. ^ "Top 100 Venezuela" (in Spanish). National-Report. Archived from the original on May 25, 2018. Retrieved May 25, 2018.