Whenever, Wherever Shakira
Song Title: Whenever, Wherever
Date of release: 27 August 2001
Description: ” Whenever, Wherever ” is by Shakira ( Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll ) the Colombian singer-songwriter. The song was taken from her third Album and first English language offering ” Laundry Service “.
Released on the Epic Records as the leading single from the Album, the song was written and produced by Shakira and Tim Mitchell, Gloria Estefan ( Miami Sound Machine ) wrote additional lyrics.
” Whenever, Wherever ” is a mixture of pop music and contains elements of Andean music including instruments like the Quena Flute, which is a traditional flute of the Andes and panpipes, the panpipes are played on the track by Andy F Dowling from in Scotland.
The song is about fate and how it played a large part in the romance experienced by Shakira. In the song she sings that she’d follow her love to the top of the highest mountain, risking life and limb for him.
Once released, ” Whenever, Wherever ” went down well with music critics, who mainly paid compliments about the production of the song.
As most of Shakira’s previous music wasn’t in English, this song was to be her breakthrough single in the United States and other English-speaking markets.
” Whenever, Wherever ” entered the Billboard Hot 100 Chart at number seventy-six and reached number six, at the time it was to be her biggest success in the US before being eclipsed by ” Hips Don’t Lie ” which reached the top slot in 2006.
Success for Shakira wasn’t limited to just the US and the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, ” Whenever, Wherever ” was to go on and reach Number One in twenty-nine countries, including her home country of Colombia.
Europe saw more success for Shakira, in the United Kingdom ” Whenever, Wherever ” was to be her first Top three hit single. The song reached number two for a two week stay there, spending a total of ten weeks within the Top Ten and nineteen weeks inside the Top 75. With this song, Shakira has the 38th best-selling single between 2000 and 2009 in the UK.
Elsewhere, Europe was to be lucky for Shakira with ” Whenever, Wherever ” reaching Number One in more than fifteen countries, cementing her place within the popular mainstream music culture.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 6
UK Highest Chart Position: 2
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (ARIA) 1, Austria (Austria Top 40) 1, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 1, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia) 1, Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 4, Denmark (Tracklisten) 1, Europe (European Hot 100 Singles) 1, Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 1, France (SNEP) 1, Germany (Official German Charts) 1, Greece (IFPI Greece) 1, Hungary (Rádiós Top 40) 1, Ireland (IRMA) 1, Italy (FIMI) 1, Japan (Japan Hot 100) 8, Netherlands (Single Top 100) 1, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 1, Norway (VG-lista) 1, Poland (Polish Singles Chart) 1, Portugal (Billboard) 1, Romania (Romanian Top 100) 2, Spain (PROMUSICAE) 1, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 1, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 1
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