STORY OF SONG
“Bailando” is a track released by Spanish artist Enrique Iglesias for his tenth studio album: “Sex and Love”, released in 2014. The original Spanish version of the track features Cuban artists Descemer Bueno and Gente de Zona, while the English/Spanglish version features Jamaican singer Sean Paul.
“Bailando” was finished in 2013 by Descemer Bueno and Gente de Zona without Iglesias’ vocals, and was not released as a single. In a backstage interview with Univision Musica at the Premios lo Nuestro in 2014, Iglesias stated that when Bueno presented the song to him, he did not like it and want to record it, however loved it after recording, and now considers the track one of his favourites from the album. The song title translates as “Dancing”, and is about the fun of dance, as well as a woman.
The English version of the music video was released on the 13th June 2014 and was directed by Cuban producer Alejandro Perez. Iglesias’ long-time collaborators creative producer Yasha Malekzad and executive producer Kasra Pezeshki also worked on the video as well. The video shows flamenco dancers dancing in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, as well as Sean Paul and Gente de Zona and Descemer Bueno. All artists are singing along to the song and dancing with the flamenco dancers which are from Havana’s Ballet Lizt Alfonso, and the female lead dancer is Ana Karla Suarez. As of October 2019, the English version of the music video has almost 333 million views.
Release Date: 28th April 2014
Songwriter/s: Enrique Igkesias, Descemer Bueno, Alexander Delgado, Randy Malcom Martinez & Sean Paul
Producer: Carlos Paucar
Label: Universal Republic Records
Music Video Release Date: 13th June 2014
Music Video Director: Alejandro Perez
Chart Rankings, Certifications & Awards: While the Spanish version of the track charted highly globally in its year of release, with the English version charting in the countries: #13 in the Czech Republic, #4 in Poland, #38 on the US Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, #28 on the US Billboard Adult Top 40 chart, #10 on the US Billboard Mainstream Top 40, #1 on the US Billboard Dance Club Songs, #30 on the US Billboard Rhythmic Chart, and lastly charting at #8 in Slovakia. The original version of “Bailando” won 24 awards in its year of release, as well receiving extremely high certifications in Mexico, Spain and Italy.
For the full lyrics to the track, click here.