Hips Don't Lie

"Hips Don't Lie" is a Grammy Award-nominated Latin pop fused with Reggaeton song performed by Colombian singer Shakira and Haitian rapper Wyclef Jean. The song is a remake of Jean's 2004 song "Dance Like This" and takes some of its instrumentation from Jerry Rivera's "Amores Como El Nuestro". Shakira wrote some parts of the new version, and co-produced the song. The song was released as the second single from Shakira's second English album Oral Fixation Vol. 2 in 2006. "Hips Don't Lie" became a global success, topping the charts in many countries. It became Shakira and Wyclef's first (and to date, only) number-one single in the U.S.. The song became one of the world's best-selling singles of all time and one of the hottest songs of summer 2006. In the UK, this was Wyclef's third number-one hit (after The Fugees' "Killing Me Softly" and "Ready Or Not") and Shakira's first. In many other European countries, it became Shakira's second number one, (following the massive success of "Whenever, Wherever").

According to Media Traffic, Hips Don't Lie is the second most successful song since 1999, only behind Cher's 1999 hit "Believe" and also Shakira and Wyclef's most successful single ever, amassing nearly 10 million points. The single made Shakira, the only Colombian and Southamerican artist in history to top the U.S. Hot 100.

"Hips Don't Lie" was reportedly commissioned by Sony Music to revive sales of Shakira's flagging album Oral Fixation Vol. 2, which had come out in late 2005 in time for the lucrative holiday-buying season. Vol. 2 was Shakira's second album of the year, directly following the Spanish-language Fijación Oral Vol. 1 by less than six months. (As part of a small trend in 2005, Shakira joined Sony labelmates System of a Down in releasing two back-to-back albums of new material in a single calendar year.) Ironically, in the crucial U.S. market, Vol. 1 – for which Sony likely had lower expectations given the album's late-spring release and non-English content – actually sold better than Vol. 2, Shakira's first English-language album since her breakthrough Laundry Service four years earlier. Despite its release in a slower sales period of the year, Vol. 1 had bigger first-week sales than Vol. 2 (157,000 copies vs. 128,000), charted higher (#4 – a rare ranking for a Spanish album – vs. #5) and produced a genuine hit single in the #23 hit "La Tortura" with Alejandro Sanz, while Vol. 2's leadoff single "Don't Bother" stalled just outside the Top 40. Vol. 2 was too important a project for Sony Music to accept its weak sales over the holidays, and the label quickly brought in Wyclef, an artist in the Sony stable, around the start of 2006 to remake his own song with Shakira and give the album a crucial radio hit – a tactic that proved a tremendous success: When Vol. 2 was re-released in March 2006 with "Hips Don't Lie" (plus an alternate version of "La Tortura"), the album shot up 92 spots on the Billboard 200, representing a one-week sales increase of 643%; as of October 2006, the album has sold more than 1.5 million copies in the United States, more than half of them the rerelease containing "Hips Don't Lie."

"Hips Don't Lie" debuted on the L.A.-based radio station KIIS-FM (on the Ryan Seacrest Morning Show) on February 14, 2006. Shakira and Wyclef Jean performed the song on the following TV shows: American Idol, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Live With Regis and Kelly, The Today Show and Total Request Live. The song can be heard in the EA Sports video game MVP 06 NCAA Baseball, the film soundtrack to Ice Age: The Meltdown, and on MySpace records.

This is what Shakira says about the song "Hips Don't Lie" on her official website:
"Hello again! I just wanted to let you know that very soon you are going to start hearing my new song, "Hips Don't Lie" on the radio (or as we say in Spanish, "Las Caderas No Mienten").

Wyclef from the Fugees is on the track with me and very soon it will be added to my album Oral Fixation Vol. 2. In reality, it wasn't anything I had planned - but during my vacation at the start of the year Wyclef and I bumped into each other. It was a happy accident."

A Spanish version entitled "Será, Será (Las Caderas No Mienten)" was also released. This version is sung in Spanish, as well as the rap. Shakira also sang another version of "Hips Don't Lie" (called "The Bamboo Version") at the closing ceremony of the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Berlin, Germany.Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, with no Front-Cover Texts, and with no Back-Cover Texts.
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