Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)

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"Tonight (I'm Fuckin' You)"
Single by Enrique Iglesias featuring Ludacris and DJ Frank E
from the album Euphoria
Released 22 November 2010 (2010-11-22)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2009
Length 3:51
Label Universal Republic, Universal Music Latino
Writer(s) Enrique Iglesias, Jacob Luttrell, Lauren Christy, Christopher Bridges
Producer(s) DJ Frank E
Enrique Iglesias singles chronology
"No Me Digas Que No"
(2010)
"Tonight (I'm Lovin You)"
(2010)
"Dirty Dancer"
(2011)
Ludacris singles chronology
"Saturday Night"
(2010)
"Tonight (I'm Fuckin' You)"
(2010)
"Little Bad Girl"
(2011)
DJ Frank E singles chronology
"Tonight (I'm lovin' You)"
(2010)

"Tonight (I'm Fuckin' You)" (stylized as "Tonight (I'm F**kin' You)"), also known as "Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)" or simply "Tonight" in clean versions, is a song by Spanish singer Enrique Iglesias. It features American rapper Ludacris and producer DJ Frank E. The song was released to the US radio on 1 November 2010, as the album's second U.S single.[1] and it was released digitally on 22 November 2010.[2] The song was included on the French Limited Edition of Euphoria.[3] The official remix features American rapper Pitbull. The single has sold over 5 million copies worldwide to date.

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Matthew Wilkening from AOL Radio Blog said that the song "aims directly for the dance floor with a galloping, club-ready dance beat, along with an insistent, heavily synthesized keyboard zipping all over the place. [...] Enrique's slightly processed vocals drip with confidence, and depending on which version you hear, a healthy dose of profanity as he demands some loving".[4] Erica Y. Lopez from Fox News Latino said "With the star power Iglesias brings to the table and a very danceable beat accompanying the track, it is conceivable that the clean version would be a hit in its own right -- but add one of the heaviest cuss words in the English language [...] it is basically club ready".[5]

Lyrical content[edit]

A 23-second sample of the clean version, Tonight (I'm Lovin' You).

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The song was criticized for the "raunchiness" of the content and of the lyrics, and when MTV News caught up with Iglesias at a rehearsal for the AMAs, he maintained that "isn't meant to twist up any knickers, but rather is just good, kind-of clean fun. [...] I thought it was a strong statement ... to say in a song, but it's fun," [...] "It's probably what a lot of guys and girls think about at times, but they don't have the guts to say. It's pretty straightforward. Music has become so direct and you can say whatever you want, which is cool. At the end of the day, it's just a song — you don't have to take it seriously. You can have fun with it".[6] A clean version of the song, retitled "Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)," is also available and is the more common version of the song.[citation needed]

Other versions[edit]

In December 2010, a version of "Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)" with the Latin rapper, Pitbull, was released. At the end of February 2011, a new version of "Tonight (I'm Fuckin' You)" was released, with the singer Luciana featured in the beginning and the bridge.

Pop duo Karmin have also unofficially covered the song,[7] as did UK based singer Rob Eagle

Chart performance[edit]

On the week of 4 December 2010, the song debuted at number 35 on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40, and at number 19 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100.[8] On the week of 11 December 2010, the song debuted at number 13 on the Digital Songs chart, with 97,000 digital downloads in the first week in the United States, according to Nielsen Soundscan.[9] It also debuted at number 18 on the Billboard Hot 100.[10] Soon after, it broke into the top 10 on the Hot 100 and peaked at number 4, following Iglesias' first top 10 hit in nine years, "I Like It".[11] As of September 2013, the single had sold 3,204,000 digital downloads in the United States.[12]

The song entered the charts at #4 in New Zealand on 17 January. The song has reached number 1 on the Hot Dance Club Songs Chart, making it his 8th number one song on that chart, beating Michael Jackson and Prince.[13] In Australia the song has sold over 500,000 copies.[14] The song has become Iglesias' biggest airplay hit of his career in the U.S., becoming his first number one on both Top 40 radio (the Pop Songs chart), as well as all U.S. radio formats combined (the Radio Songs chart).

Music video[edit]

Iglesias on the bed with several women behind him.

A music video for the song was filmed early December 2010. The video was shot over four days in Los Cabos, Mexico and Los Angeles featured rapper Ludacris, it was directed by BBGun (Alex Bergman, Maxim Bohichik) and Parris.[15] Iglesias explains that it's "a little more cinematic, a little more of a long story."[16] Before the video premiere, two snippets of the music video were offered as teasers through his official website.[17][18] The video for the clean version was premiered on 22 December 2010.

In the video, Iglesias visits a strip club and an attractive woman (Kristen Carpenter) catches his eye. The pair are then shown kissing in the toilets of the venue between scenes of clubbers dancing. Ludacris raps his verse in the back of a taxi, flanked by four ladies. Iglesias then arranges to meet a different woman (Natalia Obradovicova) in Mexico and the pair have sex in a hotel room. Then the girl from the strip club and Iglesias' new lover meet and realize that he's been two-timing. The next scene shows several women writhing provocatively on a bed, all attracted to Enrique (this does not happen in the clean version). Iglesias sails off on a boat with the two women while the last scene shows the two women look into each other's eyes and the video ends as they share a lesbian kiss.

The entertainment portal DesiHits said that "all of Enrique's videos have been hot, but "Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)" takes the crown as it is quite a provocative clip."[19] Jocelyn Vena from MTV said "Iglesias has noted that when he sat down to record the song about being straightforward with a lady about his intentions to bed her, he didn't want to sound "arrogant." It seems that while this video will never be "Hero", we're excited to see what Enrique has up his sleeve for the clip for this very, very special track."[20] In France, the Conseil Supérieur de l'Audiovisuel decided to censor the video and that of Rihanna's "S&M" which can only be broadcast by TV channels after 10 p.m.[21] The video was ranked at No#4 at the Best Videos of 2011 by MTV.The video has been viewed 104 million times.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Ceremony Date of ceremony Award Result
2011 MTV Video Music Awards 28 August 2011 Best Latino Artist Nominated
Ev.Gerard Music Video Awards 14 November 2011 Best Latin Video Nominated

Track listing[edit]

U.S. digital download
  1. "Tonight (I'm Fuckin' You)" – 3:52
  2. "Tonight (I'm Fuckin' You)" (Music Video)
German and UK CD single[22][23]
  1. "Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)" – 3:54
  2. "Tonight (I'm Fuckin' You)" – 3:54
UK digital single[24]
  1. "Tonight (I'm Fuckin' You)" – 3:54
  2. "Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)" – 3:54

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United States 1 November 2010[1] Radio premiere Universal Republic, Universal Music Latino
22 November 2010[2] Digital download
United Kingdom 30 January 2011[77] Digital download Polydor
Germany 1 April 2011[78] CD single

See also[edit]

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