Song Title: Chiquitita
Date of release: 16th of January 1979
Description: ” Chiquitita ” is by ABBA, the Swedish pop group. The song was written and produced by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus.
The song was released on the 16th of January 1979 by record labels Polar (Sweden), Epic (UK) and Atlantic (US) and taken as the first single from the group’s sixth Album Voulez-Vous.
” Chiquitita ” means ” Little one ” in Spanish and is used as a term of endearment for a woman in that country. There are different versions of the song in existence. Originally the song had various working titles including ” Kålsupare “, ” 3 Wise Guys “, ” Chiquitita Angelina ” and “In the arms of Rozellita “.
” If it wasn’t for the nights ” was intended to be the lead single from the Album Voulez-Vous, the group had already finished the track ” Chiquitita “, so they went with that. ” If it wasn’t for the nights ” still made the Album, but plans were dropped to use it as a lead single.
After the success of the English version of the song, ABBA made another recording in Spanish of ” Chiquitita ” using phonetics ( A way to pronounce languages using the International Phonetic Alphabet ) and included it on their Spanish-language release Gracias Por La Música ( thanks for the music ).
Although the members of the group could not speak Spanish, using phonetics the group made a breakthrough in South America and gained popularity there.
The accompanying video for the song was not custom-made, very few singles that ABBA released were without tailor-made videos. Since the song was released, a tv performance of the song has been used by ABBA for videos to promote the song. The most widely known video for the song, used by the group on their official YouTube channel, shows them performing on a mountainside in Switzerland with a snowman featured in the background.
Throughout the video Anni-Frid Lyngstad is plagued by her hair continually flying into her face and has to keep removing it from her eyes, this was not due to wind on the mountainside by a problem with a fan off camera.
” Chiquitita ” was a commercial success for ABBA in both English and Spanish-speaking countries. The Spanish version of the song had sold somewhere in the region of 2.5 Million copies and topped the charts in Spain, Argentina, Peru, Panama, Columbia, Chile, Venezuela, Ecuador and El Salvador.
The English version did equally well. In the United States, the song peaked at number 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and spent a total of 12 weeks on the chart.
In the United Kingdom the song entered the UK chart on the 3rd of February 1979 and reached number two, it couldn’t knock Blondie’s ” Heart of glass ” from the top. The song spent six weeks in the top ten and a total of 9 weeks on the chart.
The song reached Number One in Belgium, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland, Mexico, South Africa and Rhodesia. In ABBA’s native Sweden the song peaked at number 2 and spent a total of 12 weeks on the chart there.
” Chiquitita ” featured in a charity event for UNICEF in 1979 called ” The Music for UNICEF Concert “. The event was videotaped and broadcast in the US by NBC and across the World. The event was in recognition of the “International Year of the Child” and artists donated their performance royalties and royalties from one song to the cause.
Half of all royalties for “Chiquitita” are donated by ABBA to the appeal, even today the song generates substantial income for UNICEF.
You can help the World’s children by visiting unicef.org. Today royalties from the song are used for programs supporting young girls the World over.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 29
UK Highest Chart Position: 2
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Argentinian Singles Chart 7, Australian Kent Music Report 4, Austrian Singles Chart 6, Belgian Singles Chart 1, Canadian Singles Chart 17, Costa Rica Singles Chart 1, Dutch Singles Chart 1, Finnish Singles Chart 1, French Singles Chart 13, German Singles Chart 3, Irish Singles Chart 1, Italian Singles Chart 48, Japanese Singles Chart 19, Mexican Singles Chart 1, New Zealand Singles Chart 1, Norwegian Singles Chart 4, Rhodesian Singles Chart 1, South African Singles Chart 1, Spanish Singles Chart 1, Swedish Singles Chart 2, Swiss Singles Chart 1
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