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"Hips Don't Lie" is a Latin pop song based in a salsa and Cumbia mix and fused with reggaeton beat (reggaeton pop) performed by Colombianmarker singer Shakira and Haitianmarker rapper Wyclef Jean. The song is a remake of Jean's 2004 song "Dance Like This" (which featured Claudette Ortiz and appeared on the soundtrack to "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights") and takes some of its instrumentation from Jerry Rivera's "Amores Como El Nuestro" (which was also used for Lord Tariq and Peter Gunz's hit single "Déjà Vu (Uptown Baby)") and lyrics from Dominican composer Luis Dias' "Carnaval (Baila en la Calle)". 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 at least 55 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 countries, it became Shakira's second number one, (following the massive success of "Whenever, Wherever") and her third number-one single in other countries such as Australia and Netherlands (after "Underneath Your Clothes"). An international remix was released indigitally and produced by Boston's DJ Niso International on April 21, 2006.

There is also a lesser known Spanish version of the song called "Será, Será (Las Caderas No Mienten)" which can be translated to "Will Be, Will Be (Hips Don't Lie)". It was released in Latin America, although some radios preferred to play the original version. This version has different verses and a different chorus, whilst the rap by Wyclef Jean is kept in English. The Fray has covered this song in Jo Whiley's live lounge.


"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 label mates 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 Epic, so around the start of 2006 they asked Wyclef Jean 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 November 2007, the album has sold close to 2 million copies in the United States, more than half of them the re-release containing "Hips Don't Lie."

"Hips Don't Lie" debuted on the L.A.marker-based radio station KIIS-FMmarker (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, Total Request Live, and the 2007 Grammy Awards. 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. soundtrack on 27 Dresses.

This is what Shakira says about the song "Hips Don't Lie" on her official website:

Controversially, salsa singer Jerry Rivera was not informed that the opening trumpets of the song was used without his permission and accused her of plagiarism. Despite this, he decided to not press charges against her.

Less than two weeks after its debut on KIISmarker, Z100marker added the track, and less than a week after it was added to the playlist, it was the most requested song on the station as it hit #1 on the "Interactive 9@9". It stayed on top for about a month. In December 2006 it was announced that "Hips Don't Lie" was the #1 song of the year. A first for both Shakira and Wyclef Jean.

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 (produced by RedOne) called "Hips Don't Lie/Bamboo" at the closing ceremony of the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Berlin, Germany.


  • The lyrics "En Barranquillamarker se baila así" ("In Barranquillamarker we dance like this") are a reference to the city of Barranquilla, Colombia, which is Shakira's hometown. The skirts used in the video to dance this part resemble the cumbia skirts which are typical Colombian folk dress.
  • The lyrics "Baila en la calle de noche, baila en la calle de día" ("Dance in the street at night, dance in the street by day") are a reference to "Carnaval (Baila en la Calle)", a merengue song written by Dominican musician Luis "Terror" Díaz and the unofficial theme song of the Dominican Republic's Carnival, but frequently used in Barranquilla too. (Dominican merengue star Fernando Villalona's version is the song's best known version, it was a hit in the early '80s.)
  • In the video, the masks and costumes in the background are "marimondas" which are mythological creatures represented in Barranquilla Carnival.

Music video

The music video was directed by British director Sophie Muller and filmed in Los Angelesmarker, Californiamarker, United States. While plotless, the video presents Shakira and Wyclef Jean enjoying themselves as they dance in an arena-like environment. The majority of the costumes and outfits featured in the video belong to the Carnaval de Barranquilla, some of which include the white dress Shakira dances in, and the colorful flags. Shakira was given dancing lessons for the music video by the Indian choreographer Farah Khan.

"Hips Don't Lie" has proved successful on LAUNCHcast's top-hundred most-watched videos of the week, where it has spent an impressive four months at number one. Yahoo! had fans submit videos of themselves dancing to the song, which were edited into a "fans only" version which has also proved to be one of the most popular videos on LAUNCH. The video for "Hips Don't Lie" ran in the #1 spot on iTunes (along with the single) for several weeks. It was the most-watched video of 2006, and has drawn close to two million streamed performances. The video won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Choreography on August 31, 2006 and the MTV Latin Award for Song Of The Year on October 19, 2006. The video also placed #2 on VH1's "Top 40 Videos of 2006".

Chart performance

In February 2006, "Hips Don't Lie" debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at #84. Four weeks later, it entered the U.S. Billboard Hot 100's top-forty on the chart and received the "greatest airplay gainer" title on the Hot 100 for three weeks in a row. The song achieved a peak position of #13 until it was released digitally on May 27, 2006. Shakira's record label Epic Records originally held back the release of the song's digital downloads to boost sales of Oral Fixation Vol. 2. When Epic finally released it digitally the track hit #1, the single jumped from number nine to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending June 17, 2006, helped by the song's strong number-one status on the Hot 100 Airplay chart and nearly 267,000 downloads in its first week (the accomplishment broke D4L's record with "Laffy Taffy" of 179,000 paid downloads). On the iTunes download chart, the song bumped Nelly Furtado's "Promiscuous" to #2 less than 24 hours after it was digitally released. Within 3 weeks the single managed to move over 670,000 paid digital downloads. Since it has been digitally available in June 2006, the song has sold more than 2,000,000 downloads. "Hips Don't Lie" also set a record for the fastest selling record to reach the one million digital download mark. It sold its millionth digital download after 9 short weeks in the U.S., beating the previous record held by Daniel Powter's "Bad Day" which took 16 weeks. The song ended 2006 at #46 on the iTunes top 100, jumping up twenty-six spots from #72 on New Year's Eve. On January 1, 2007, AOL revealed a list of the Top 100 Songs and Top 100 Videos of 2006, "Hips Don't Lie" was the #6 song and unsurprisingly the #1 video.

According to Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems, "Hips Don't Lie" was the most-played pop song in a single week in American radio history. It was played 9,637 times in one week, breaking Gwen Stefani's previous record with 9,582 plays in a week for her #1 hit single "Hollaback Girl" in 2005. Shakira also became the first artist ever to top the Billboard's Hot 100 chart and the Latin Singles chart simultaneously. The single held the top spot in the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks in a row, being dethroned on July 1 by "Do I Make You Proud" from American Idol Season 5 winner Taylor Hicks.

In the UK it spent a total of 5 weeks at number one. After its initial one-week reign at number one, it returned to the top in its 8th week preventing Christina Aguilera's "Ain't No Other Man", Rihanna's "Unfaithful", as well as Cascada's "Everytime We Touch" and Chamillionaire's "Ridin'" from going to #1 until it was replaced by Beyoncé Knowles' "Déjà Vu". "Hips Don't Lie" broke the record for the most weeks for a song in a second run, staying four weeks during its second reign at number-one. The song remained in the top 10 for 16 weeks, and then stayed within the top 75 for an additional 38 weeks. "Hips Don't Lie" is currently the 11th best selling single by a female artist in the 21st century in the UK, and also the 10th best selling collaboration.

In Ireland, the single remained at the number 1 spot for a total of nine weeks throughout the summer.

"Hips Don't Lie" was the most successful song of 2006 worldwide and it is one of a few songs in history to reach #1 in almost every charting country and territory around the world. It reached number one on the USA Hot 100, Pop 100 and Hot Latin Tracks, in Australia, Belgiummarker, Boliviamarker, Canadamarker (on the Digital Chart), Czech Republicmarker, Europe, Francemarker, Germanymarker, Greecemarker, Guatemalamarker, Hong Kongmarker, Hungarymarker, Irelandmarker, Israelmarker, Italymarker, Latin America, Lebanonmarker, Netherlandsmarker, New Zealandmarker, Romaniamarker, Serbiamarker, Singaporemarker, Slovakiamarker, Sloveniamarker, Switzerlandmarker, Turkeymarker, Ukrainemarker, , and other countries to date; the only countries where the song didn't reach the top position, but reached the top ten are Austria, Canada (on the Canadian Airplay Chart), China, Finland, Norway and Russia peaking at number two and in Denmark peaking at number six. In Taiwanmarker, the song peaked at number eleven, while it reached the top position on the Japan International Singles. The only nation worldwide where the song didn't reach a Top 20 position was in Sweden, where it peaked at number forty-five due to its late October release on the charts.

"Hips Don't Lie" was the number-two year-end song in the Netherlands; it also finished number three in Germany and the UK, while in Perumarker it was number four and in USA it was number five.On July 9, 2006 Shakira performed Hips don't Lie at the World Cup Final in Berlin, Germany to a worldwide audience of one billion people.


Track listings

CD single:
  1. "Hips Don't Lie" (featuring Wyclef Jean) [Jean, Duplessis, Shakira, Parker, Alfanno] - 3:41
  2. "Dreams for Plans" [Shakira, Buckley] - 4:02
  3. "Hips Don't Lie" (featuring Wyclef Jean) (Wyclef's Mixshow Mix) - 4:09

Maxi CD single:
  1. "Hips Don't Lie" (featuring Wyclef Jean) - 3:41
  2. "Hips Don't Lie" (Wyclef Remix) (featuring Wyclef Jean) - 3:59
  3. "Hips Don't Lie" (Wyclef Mix Show Mix) (featuring Wyclef Jean) - 4:09
  4. "Hips Don't Lie" (Wyclef Remix Instrumental) (featuring Wyclef Jean) - 3:57
  5. "Hips Don't Lie" (Bamboo 2006 FIFA World Cup Version) - 3:24
  6. "Será Será" (Hips Don't Lie Spanish Album Version) - 3:35

Japanese release:
  1. "Hips Don't Lie" (featuring Wyclef Jean) - 3:41
  2. "Hips Don't Lie" (Bamboo - 2006 FIFA World Cup Mix) (featuring Wyclef Jean)
  3. "Hips Don't Lie" (Spanish Version) (featuring Wyclef Jean) - 3:41
  4. "Hips Don't Lie" (DJ Kazzanova Remix) (featuring Wyclef Jean)

  1. "Hips Don't Lie" (featuring Wyclef Jean) - 3:41
  2. "Hips Don't Lie" (featuring Wyclef Jean) (Wyclef's Show Mix) - 4:09
  3. "Hips Don't Lie" (featuring Wyclef Jean) (En Español) - 3:41
(This CD comes with a code for the free downloadable ringtone)


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The master ringtone of "Hips Don't Lie" (English, Spanish and Bamboo version) has sold nearly 100,000 units in Mexico.


Year-end chart

Notes and references

  1. Farah Khan bonds big time with Shakira
  2. Shakira Recording With Pharrell, Wyclef
  3. Quizzes & Trivia: Year End 2006
  4. Hips Don't Lie makes US history
  6. - Shakira feat. Wyclef Jean - Hips Don't Lie
  7. The Official UK Singles Chart of the year: 2006
  9. Australia Certification
  10. Austria Certification
  11. Belgium Certification
  12. Canada Cerfitication
  13. France Certification
  14. Germany Certification
  15. New Zealand Certification
  16. Switzerland Certification
  17. UK certification
  18. Certification
  20. Asociación Mexicana de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas, A.C.
  21. [1]
  22. [2]
  23. Billboard
  24. Billboard
  25. Romanian Top 100
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  28. 2006 French Singles Chart Retrieved July 29, 2009
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  31. [5]

4x Platinum
New Zealand
United States
2x Platinum
2x Platinum
2x Gold
100,000+ units
Chart (2006)
Australian ARIA Singles Chart
Austrian Singles Chart
Belgian Singles Chart
Canadian Singles Chart
Danish Singles Chart
Dutch Top 40
Eurochart Hot 100 Singles
Finnish Singles Chart
French SNEP Singles Chart
German Singles Chart
Irish Singles Chart
Italian FIMI Singles Chart
Japanese Oricon International Singles
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart
Norwegian Singles Chart
Portugal Singles Chart
Romanian Singles Chart
Russian Airplay Chart
Swedish Singles Chart
Swiss Singles Chart
UK Singles Chart
U.S. Billboard Hot 100
U.S. Billboard Pop 100
U.S. Billboard Hot Latin Tracks
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Airplay
U.S. ARC Weekly Top 40
Chart (2006)

French Singles Chart
UK Singles Chart
U.S. Billboard Hot 100
U.S. Billboard Hot Latin Songs

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