Te Lo Agradezco, Pero No

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"Te Lo Agradezco, Pero No"
Single by Alejandro Sanz featuring Shakira
from the album El Tren de los Momentos
Released December 30, 2006
Format
Recorded 2004-2006
Genre Tropical music
Length 4:33
Label Warner Music Latina
Writer(s) Alejandro Sanz
Producer(s)
  • Sanz
  • Lulo Pérez
Alejandro Sanz chronology
"A la Primera Persona"
(2006)
"Te Lo Agradezco, Pero No"
(2006)
"Enséñame Tus Manos"
(2007)
Shakira chronology
"Illegal"
(2006)
"Te Lo Agradezco, Pero No"
(2006)
"Las de la Intuición" / "Pure Intuition"
(2007)

"Te Lo Agradezco, Pero No" (English: Thank you, but no) is a song recorded by Alejandro Sanz and Shakira, for the former artist's eighth studio album El Tren de los Momentos (2006). It was released as the second single from the album in December 2006 through Warner Music Latina. It was written by Sanz who also produced it along with Lulo Pérez. "Te Lo Agradezco, Pero No" is the second duet recorded by the two singers following "La Tortura" for Shakira's album Fijación Oral Vol. 1 (2005). The song came about after Shakira approached Sanz telling him that she wanted to collaborate on something different from her own material.

Upon its release, "Te Lo Agradezco, Pero No" was perceived as an album highlight by several music critics. It earned the duo several awards and nominations including Song of the Year at the 2007 Premios Oye!. The single was successful in Venezuela and on the US Latin music charts, where it topped the Billboard Hot Latin Songs and Latin Pop Airplay charts. A music video for the song, directed by Jaume de Laiguana was filmed in Brooklyn and released on January 11, 2007. It is a continuation of the clip for Sanz's "A la Primera Persona" and it features the duo dancing together towards the end. Sanz performed the song live during his El Tren De Los Momentos Tour (2007-08).

Background and release[edit]

"Te Lo Agradezco, Pero No" was written by Alejandro Sanz for his album El Tren de los Momentos (2006). He also handled the song's production together with Lulo Pérez.[1] Shakira, a close friend of Sanz was the one who approached him in order to sing on his album "sounding nothing like she does on her own".[2] During an interview with Billboard, Sanz talked about the second time he collaborated with Shakira which was on "Te Lo Agradezco, Pero No", following the worldwide success of "La Tortura" from the former's album Fijación Oral, Vol. 1 (2005). He stated, "I hadn't dared ask her if she wanted to do something with me, because it was a little like, 'I sing with you, now sing with me'. Plus, we didn't want it to be 'La Tortura 2' because we're very considerate of each other. She's the one who came and said, 'Hey, I want to sing'."[3] He concluded the interview by saying that with the collaborations, he managed to do new things musically.[3] An extended play (EP) of the song featuring several remixes was released on March 6, 2007.[4] Two remixes of the song were featured on the re-release of the album in 2007, El Tren de los Momentos: Edición Especial - one by Luny Tunes and Tainy and the other is dubbed "Benztown Mixdown".[1] "Te Lo Agradezco, Pero No" was included on Sanz's compilation album Colección Definitiva (2011).[5]

Reception[edit]

In a review of El Tren de los Momentos, Jason Birchmeier of the website AllMusic pointed out "Te Lo Agradezco, Pero No" as a highlight on the album.[6] In another review, he described the song as a "passionate duet".[7] Chuck Arnold, Ralph Novak and Monique Jessen writing for People magazine also highlighted the song as one of the best on the album, adding that the duo managed to "again bring the tropical heat" with the song.[8] A writer of Billboard noted that instead of only trading vocals on the song, the singers delivered "full duet lines".[3] David Saavedra, a critic of the Spanish newspaper El Mundo, found elements of Latin flamenco in the song and noted how it was a proof of Sanz's departure from his early-career material.[9] The single won an Oye! award in Mexico for Song of the Year in 2007.[10] It was also nominated in the category The Perfect Combo during the 2007 Premios Juventud.[11] At the 16th Annual ASCAP Latin Music Awards held on May 16, 2008, "Te Lo Agradezco Pero No" was recognized as a Pop/Ballad of the Year.[12] It was nominated in the category for Best Vocal Duet or Collaboration at the 2008 Latin Billboard Music Awards, but lost to "Pegao" (2006) by Wisin & Yandel.[13]

On the US Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart, "Te Lo Agradezco, Pero No" debuted at number 22 for the chart issue dated February 10, 2007.[14] It entered the top ten of the chart two weeks later and in its fifth charting week, on March 10, 2007, it ascended to the top.[15] The single eventually spent a total of 14 weeks on the Hot Latin Songs chart before dropping out.[16] It further managed to top the Latin Pop Airplay and peak at the fourth position on the Tropical Songs.[17][18] At the end of 2007, it ranked as the 36th best-selling Latin song in the US.[19] "Te Lo Agradezco, Pero No" attained similar success on the Record Report charts in Venezuela, where it topped the Top Latino and climbed to the fourth position on the Pop Rock chart.[20][21] In 2007, the single was certified platinum by Productores de Música de España (PROMUSICAE) for shipment of 40,000 copies in Spain. Its ringtone was also certified gold.[22]

Music video[edit]

A music video for "Te Lo Agradezco, Pero No" directed by Jaume de Laiguana was filmed in Brooklyn in 2006. It was released on January 11, 2007. The clip for the song is a continuation of the one for Sanz's previous single "A la Primera Persona". However, in "Te Lo Agradezco, Pero No" the roles of Sanz and his love interest change and he clarifies that "there are no promises that are worthy after everything is finished".[23] By Shakira's request, this was the first video where Alejandro Sanz dances. A making-of clip about the music video was included on the DVD of El Tren de los Momentos: Edición Especial (2007).[1] The music video for "Te Lo Agradezco, Pero No" was included on Sanz's compilation album Colección Definitiva (2011).[5] The music video for the song received a nomination in the category for Video of the Year at the Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica 2007 held on October 18, 2007.[24]

Live performances[edit]

"Te Lo Agradezco, Pero No" was part of the set list during Sanz's seventh El Tren De Los Momentos Tour (2007-08) which visited countries in North and South America and Europe.[25] A live performance of the song, filmed on March 23, 2007 in Argentina, was included on his third live album El Tren de los Momentos: En Vivo Desde Buenos Aires (2007).[26] The video was also uploaded to Sanz's official YouTube account on February 15, 2010.[27] The song was performed live by the duo during the Premios Oye! 2007 held on August 24 in Veracruz, Mexico.[28] They performed it again at a humanitarian concert organized by the ALAS Foundation in May 2008.[29]

Track listing and formats[edit]

Charts[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c El Tren de los Momentos: Edición Especial (Compact Disc liner notes). Alejandro Sanz. WEA Latina. 2007. 
  2. ^ Cobo, Leila (November 11, 2006). "Heat of the Moments". Billboard. Vol. 118 no. 45. p. 74. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  3. ^ a b c "Last 'Train' Out". Billboard. Vol. 118 no. 39. Prometheus Global Media. September 30, 2006. p. 70. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  4. ^ "Te Lo Agradezco, Pero No - EP (feat. Shakira)". iTunes Store. (Spain) Apple Music. Retrieved May 11, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Colección Definitiva (Super Deluxe) by Alejandro Sanz" (in Spanish). iTunes Store (Spain). Retrieved June 16, 2016. 
  6. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. "El Tren de los Momentos - Alejandro Sanz". AllMusic. Retrieved May 11, 2016. 
  7. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. "Alejandro Sanz - Biography and History". AllMusic. Retrieved May 11, 2016. 
  8. ^ Arnold, Chuck; Novak, Ralph; Jessen, Monique (November 20, 2006). "Picks and Pans Review: Alejandro Sanz". People. 66 (21). Time Inc. ISSN 0093-7673. Retrieved May 11, 2016. 
  9. ^ Saavedra, David (November 10, 2006). "Los discos de la semana". El Mundo (in Spanish). Retrieved June 16, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Entregan Premios 'Oye!' a lo mejor de la música" (in Spanish). Diario La Estrella. August 24, 2007. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  11. ^ Mercedes, Rosemary (May 3, 2007). "Hispanic Youth Nominate Artists For Univision's "Premios Juventud"". Univision. Retrieved June 16, 2016. 
  12. ^ "16th Annual Latin Music Awards: Pop/Balada" (in Spanish). American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Retrieved June 16, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Lista completa de nominados a los Latin Billboard 2008" (in Spanish). Associated Press via Daily News. February 7, 2008. Retrieved June 16, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Latin Music: Top Latin Songs". Billboard. February 2, 2007. Retrieved June 16, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Latin Music: Top Latin Songs". Billboard. March 10, 2007. Retrieved June 16, 2016. 
  16. ^ a b "Alejandro Sanz – Chart history" Billboard Hot Latin Songs for Alejandro Sanz. Retrieved June 15, 2016.
  17. ^ a b "Alejandro Sanz – Chart history" Billboard Latin Pop Songs for Alejandro Sanz. Retrieved June 15, 2016.
  18. ^ a b "Alejandro Sanz – Chart history" Billboard Tropical Airplay for Alejandro Sanz. Retrieved June 15, 2016.
  19. ^ a b "Year-end 2007: Latin Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved June 15, 2016. 
  20. ^ a b "Pop Rock" (in Spanish). Record Report. March 17, 2007. Archived from the original on November 25, 2006. 
  21. ^ a b "Top Latino" (in Spanish). March 31, 2007. Archived from the original on April 6, 2007. 
  22. ^ "Bisbal, Dover, Paulina Rubio y Ricky Martin, los más descargados de internet". 20 minutos (in Spanish). March 14, 2007. Retrieved June 15, 2016. 
  23. ^ "Video de 'Te lo agradezco, pero no', de Alejandro Sanz y Shakira, se estrena la próxima semana". El Tiempo (in Spanish). January 5, 2007. Retrieved May 11, 2016. 
  24. ^ "Belinda tops MTV Latin award nominations". The Associated Press via USA Today. Gannett Company. October 18, 2007. Retrieved May 11, 2016. 
  25. ^ Figueiras, Sergio (March 26, 2007). "Alejandro Sanz triunfa en la gira latinoamericana de El tren de los momentos" (in Spanish). Los 40. Retrieved June 16, 2016. 
  26. ^ C. Gutierrez, Evan. "El Tren de los Momentos: En Vivo Desde Buenos Aires by Alejandro Sanz". AllMusic. Retrieved June 15, 2016. 
  27. ^ Te lo agradezco, pero no (en vivo desde Buenos Aires) (in Spanish). YouTube. February 15, 2010. Retrieved June 15, 2016. 
  28. ^ "Alejandro Sanz y La 5ª Estación triunfan en los premios Oye". Los 40 Mexico. August 24, 2007. Retrieved June 16, 2016. 
  29. ^ "Más de 100 mil personas presenciaron el recital de la fundación Alas". La Razón (in Spanish). May 17, 2008. Retrieved June 15, 2016. 
  30. ^ "Te Lo Agradezco, Pero No" (CD single liner notes). Alejandro Sanz and Shakira. Warner Music Benelux. 2007. 
  31. ^ "Te Lo Agradezco, Pero No" (CD single liner notes). Alejandro Sanz and Shakira. Warner Music Mexico. 2007. 50985731412. 
  32. ^ "Te Lo Agradezco, Pero No" (CD single liner notes). Alejandro Sanz and Shakira. Warner Music Latina. 2007. Prom#1900. 
  33. ^ "Te Lo Agradezco, Pero No" (CD single liner notes). Alejandro Sanz and Shakira. Warner Music Benelux BV. 2007. SPN417W. 
  34. ^ "Te Lo Agradezco, Pero No" (CD single liner notes). Alejandro Sanz and Shakira. Warner Chappell Music Ltd. 2007. 0825646981212. 
  35. ^ "Year-end 2007: Latin Pop Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved June 15, 2016. 

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