Rhythm Divine

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"Rhythm Divine"
Rhythm Divine 1.jpg
Single by Enrique Iglesias
from the album Enrique
Released 9 October 1999 (1999-10-09)
Format CD single
Recorded August – September 1999
Length 3:30
Label Interscope
Enrique Iglesias singles chronology
"Rhythm Divine"
"Be with You"
Alternative covers
Single Pt. 2 cover
Single Pt. 2 cover

"Rhythm Divine" is a song by Spanish recording artist Enrique Iglesias, taken from his fourth studio album and debut English-language record Enrique (1999). It was released on 9 October 1999, by Interscope Records as the second single from the project. The song was written by Paul Barry and Mark Taylor, while production was handled by Taylor and Brian Rawling. An accompanying music video was directed by Francis Lawrence. The single sold over 3 million copies in 2000.

Critical reception[edit]

According to Billboard in the single review, Enrique Iglesias delivers this "savvy follow-up bid for top 40 longevity",[1] this single is "precisely the kind of song that should ensure this crossover artist's chance to dance up the ladder of success".[2] Also makes a comparison with fellow Latin performer Ricky Martin: "Unlike peer Ricky Martin, Iglesias is far from overexposed, leaving plenty of room for listeners to be surprised by his potential as a singer, performer, and presence to grow comfortable with on the top 40 airwaves".[3] About the song structure: "Masterfully produced, passionately sung, and ready for the kind of video exploration that will further reveal this gorgeous young artist as one of the blossoming solo sex symbols of the new millennium, this song-written by "Bailamos" scribes Mark Taylor and Paul Barry-is a solid sell for fans of the new sound of the Latin nation, replete with Spanish guitars, a gutsy vocal, and rhythms that will move the masses in a single spin. Oh, so solid, "Rhythm Divine" will propel another new hero to the upper reaches of the charts in just a few short weeks. A sure sell-through from his upcoming English-language debut, the songs deserves a big bravo for sheer pop merit".[4]

Music video[edit]

The video starts in a hotel, when a girl (Claudia Mason) gets out of a room and Enrique starts to follow her. He follows her across the whole city of Kuala Lumpur, until she gets to the beach and disappears in the sea with the shoes in her hand. It was released the same video for the Spanish version.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Rhythm Divine" – 3:29
  2. "Bailamos" (Eric Morillo Main Vocal Mix) – 6:30
  3. "Rhythm Divine" (video) – 3:29
  1. "Rhythm Divine" (Morales Radio Mix) – 3:13
  2. "Rhythm Divine" (Fernando G Club Mix) – 5:37
  3. "Rhythm Divine" (Mijango's Extended Mix) – 6:57


The track was not as successful as "Bailamos", however peaked inside the Top 50 in United States, UK, France, Germany, Australia and Netherlands. The Spanish version of the single, titled "Ritmo Total", hit the number 1 spot in the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks (for four weeks) and Spain. The single went platinum in Russia with 200,000 copies sold.[5]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1999–2000) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[6] 36
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[7] 26
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[8] 31
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[9] 17
Brazilian Singles Chart (ABPD)[10] 78
Canada (RPM)[11] 7
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[12] 8
France (SNEP)[13] 27
Italy (FIMI)[14] 7
Germany (Official German Charts)[15] 36
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[16] 25
Norway (VG-lista)[17] 3
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[18] 2
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[19] 1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[20] 18
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[21] 11
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[22] 45
US Billboard Hot 100[23] 32
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[24] 15
US Hot Latin Songs (Billboard)[25]
Spanish version: "Ritmo Total"
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[26] 4


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
New Zealand (RMNZ)[27] Gold 0*
Russia (NFPF)[28] platinum 200,000*

See also[edit]


  1. ^ ""Rhythm Divine review" on Billboard.com". 23 October 1999. [dead link]
  2. ^ ""Rhythm Divine review" on Billboard.com". 23 October 1999. [dead link]
  3. ^ ""Rhythm Divine review" on Billboard.com". 23 October 1999. [dead link]
  4. ^ ""Rhythm Divine review" on Billboard.com". 23 October 1999. [dead link]
  5. ^ http://2m-online.ru/news/detail.php?ID=5658
  6. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Enrique Iglesias – Rhythm Divine". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  7. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Enrique Iglesias – Rhythm Divine" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – Enrique Iglesias – Rhythm Divine" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – Enrique Iglesias – Rhythm Divine" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  10. ^ "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. October 6, 2001. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  11. ^ "RPM - Library and Archives Canada - Top Singles - Volume 70, No. 13, January 31 2000". RPM. Retrieved 28 January 2012. 
  12. ^ "Enrique Iglesias: Rhythm Divine" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  13. ^ "Lescharts.com – Enrique Iglesias – Rhythm Divine" (in French). Les classement single.
  14. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Enrique Iglesias – Rhythm Divine". Top Digital Download.
  15. ^ "Musicline.de – Enrique Iglesias Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  16. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Enrique Iglesias – Rhythm Divine" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  17. ^ "Topp 20 Single uke 02, 2000 – VG-lista. Offisielle hitlister fra og med 1958" (in Norwegian). VG-lista.
  18. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Enrique Iglesias – Rhythm Divine". Top 40 Singles.
  19. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Enrique Iglesias – Rhythm Divine" Canciones Top 50.
  20. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Enrique Iglesias – Rhythm Divine". Singles Top 100.
  21. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Enrique Iglesias – Rhythm Divine". Swiss Singles Chart.
  22. ^ "Archive Chart: 18/12/1999" UK Singles Chart.
  23. ^ "Enrique Iglesias – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Enrique Iglesias.
  24. ^ "Enrique Iglesias – Chart history" Billboard Pop Songs for Enrique Iglesias.
  25. ^ "Enrique Iglesias – Chart history" Billboard Hot Latin Songs for Enrique Iglesias.
  26. ^ "Enrique Iglesias – Chart history" Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs for Enrique Iglesias.
  27. ^ "New Zealand single certifications – Enrique Iglesias – Rhythm Divinely". Recorded Music NZ. 
  28. ^ "Russian single certifications – Enrique Iglesias – Rhythm Divine" (in Russian). National Federation of Phonogram Producers (NFPF). 

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