Saturday, August 31, 2019

Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello hit #1 with “Señorita”


Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello

Writer(s): Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, Andrew Wotman, Benjamin Levin, Alexandra Tamposi, Charlotte Aitchison, Jack Patterson, Magnus August Høiberg (see lyrics here)

Released: June 21, 2019

First Charted: July 6, 2019

Peak: 11 US, 12 BA, 14 RR, 4 AC, 13 A40, 16 UK, 17 CN, 11 AU (Click for codes to charts.)

Sales (in millions): 5.0 US, 1.8 UK, 16.1 world (includes US + UK)

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, 2010.94 video, 2704.29 streaming


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About the Song:

Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello first collaborated on “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” a song from Mendes’ 2015 debut album Handwritten. They connected and knew they wanted to work together again. SF Their second effort together struck gold – well, multiplatinum in thirteen countries. It also won an American Music Award, two MTV Video Music Awards, and a People’s Choice Award. It also won Best Single of the Year at the Juno Awards.

The song was conceived at a Charli XCX session, but she decided not to release it herself, saying the “Latin pop flair just wasn’t right for who I am because I am not a part of that culture.” SF Andrew Watt, the producer, sent a rough chorus to Shawn Mendes, suggesting it as a duet. Mendes agreed, saying Camila would be the only person with whom he could do it. Mendes and Cabello made some changes to the melody and lyrics, using FaceTime to tweak some lyrics together. Then they met up to record in the studio together. Producer Benny Blanco lauded their chemistry together. WK

In the “smooth Latin love song” SF the pair “croon about their fictious romance,” SF although they would end up an actual couple for more than two years. The Fader’s Shaad D’Souza praised the single as “effortlessly steamy and wonderfully lightweight.” WK Medium’s TJ Lovell called it “a sexy ode to a vacation rendezvous that allows the pair to flex their undeniable chemistry.” WK

The song debuted at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and eventually dethroned Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy” to ascend to the pole position. It reached the peak in more than 30 countries. WK It was the second chart-topper for each of them in the UK. It was his first trip to #1 in the U.S. and her second, following “Havana.”


First posted 4/2/2022; last updated 5/4/2024.

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