"Don't Bother" is a song performed by Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira, taken from her seventh studio album and second English-language album, Oral Fixation, Vol. 2. The song was released on 4 October 2005, by Epic Records as the lead single from the album. The song was written by Shakira, Lauren Christy, Graham Edwards and Scott Spock, and was produced by Shakira. "Don't Bother" is a rock-influenced song in which Shakira assures her former lover that she does not need his sympathy and can move on without him.

"Don't Bother"
Single by Shakira
from the album Oral Fixation, Vol. 2
Released4 October 2005 (2005-10-04)
Shakira singles chronology
"Don't Bother"
"Día de Enero"

Upon its release, "Don't Bother" received generally mixed reviews from music critics, who praised Shakira's vocals but felt that the lyrics of the song were strange. Commercially, the track fared well on record charts, entering the top ten in twelve countries worldwide. In the United States, the song peaked at number 42 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and at number 25 on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 chart. "Don't Bother" was later certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for digital downloads of 500,000 units. An accompanying music video for the song was directed by Jaume de Laiguana, and features Shakira tormenting her former lover by crushing his car in a wrecking yard. For additional promotion, Shakira performed the song on a number of award and reality shows. It was also included in the setlist of her Oral Fixation Tour.

Background and compositionEdit

"Don't Bother" was written by Shakira and Leisha Hailey and American pop music production trio The Matrix, which is composed of Lauren Christy, Graham Edwards, and Scott Spock.[1][2] Shakira also produced the song.[1] Similar to her seventh studio album Oral Fixation, Vol. 2, (2005), "Don't Bother" musically shifts to a more rock styled composition as compared to Shakira's previous releases.[3][4] According to the sheet music published at Musicnotes.com by Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the song is published in the key of E minor (the relative key G major is in the chorus) and has a moderate rock tempo of 130 beats per minute.[5] Shakira's vocal range on the song spans from the note of E3 to E5.[5] Through the lyrics of the song, Shakira urges her former lover not to "bother" feeling sorry for her after he chose another woman over her.[6] She assures him that he "won’t ever see me [Shakira] cry" and that she will move on in her life without him.[6] The song contains a spoken bridge in which Shakira lists a number of things she could do to make him stay with her, such as "move(ing) to a communist country", but admits that they would not have an effect on him.[6] Pam Avoledo from Blogcritics found the theme of the song similar to the one in Shakira's 2002 single "Objection (Tango)".[6] Shakira described the song as a feminist anthem, saying:

"I think 'Don't Bother' has a lot of pain in it as a song, but also a lot of humour and sarcasm. Yes, it is a way of exorcising all of these feelings, a form of catharsis, getting rid of all of those emotions that torture us women at some point in our lives"[7]

The song was issued by Epic Records as the lead single from Oral Fixation, Vol 2 and was premiered on 9 October 2005, in the United States by AOL Music's First Listen initiative.[8][9] The single saw its worldwide physical release on 4 October 2005.[1] The single was made available for digital download on the iTunes Store on 18 October 2005.[10]

Critical receptionEdit

The song received generally mixed reviews from music critics. Matt Cibula from PopMatters praised its theme and Shakira's "furious and sexual and self-mocking" vocal delivery, but found the song "strange" and "internally inconsistent".[11] Alexis Petridis from The Guardian complimented the unpredictable nature of the song, although he also noted that the lyrics at times suggested a "faltering grasp of English".[12] Edward Oculicz from Stylus Magazine gave it a positive review, calling the song's chorus "bruised" and "anthemic" and the lyrics "impossible for native speakers to emulate".[13] Pam Avoledo from Blogcritics was also positive towards the song, noting improvement in Shakira's vocal delivery and calling them "brassy yet sensitive".[6] Spencer D. from IGN Music felt the highlight to the song was Shakira's spoken bridge, saying that it lets the "light tinges of her accent roll of her tongue and present her as herself rather than the obvious result of previous pop matrons".[14] Stephen Thomas Erlewine from AllMusic picked the song as a highlight from the album.[3]

Chart performanceEdit

In Austria, the song entered the singles chart at number 17 and peaked at number six, spending a total of 24 weeks on the chart.[15] In Finland, the song entered and peaked at number four on the chart, becoming Shakira's highest peaking single in the region since "Whenever, Wherever", (2001).[16] Its stay in the chart, however, was very short and lasted for only a week.[16] "Don't Bother" reached number five on the singles chart in Hungary,[17] and also peaked at number six on the airplay chart.[18] In Italy, the song performed moderately well, entering the chart at number 12 and peaking at number eight; it spent a total of 11 weeks on the chart.[1] In Norway, the song narrowly missed the top five by peaking at number six.[19] In Switzerland, the song entered the chart at number 10 and peaked at number eight; it stayed on the chart for a long period of 31 weeks.[20] In the United Kingdom, the song debuted and peaked at number nine on the singles chart, spending a total of five weeks on the chart.[21][22] It was Shakira's first single since "Objection (Tango)" (2002), to chart in the country.[22]

In the United States, "Don't Bother" narrowly missed charting inside the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart by peaking at number 42.[23] It spent a total of nine weeks on the chart.[23] On the Mainstream Top 40 chart, it peaked at number 25 and spent a total of 10 weeks on the chart.[24] In the US, the song was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipments of 500,000 units.[25]

Resurgence in 2019Edit

After 14 years of release, in the second week of September 2019, the official music video witnessed an unexpected surge in views on YouTube, racking up over 15 million views in 4 days.[26] The video peaked at number 5 on daily most watched videos on September 23, with over 4.1 million views.[27] The video debuted at number 11 on YouTube's weekly most watched music videos with 23 million views on the week ending September 26. With Shakira skyrocketing to number 33 on most watched artists chart without newly released videos.[28]

Music videoEdit

The accompanying music video for "Don't Bother" was directed by Jaume de Laiguana, who had previously collaborated with Shakira on the video for "No",[29][30] and was released on 15 November 2005.[31] The video begins with a man parking his sports car in front of a house and proceeding to enter it.[32] Shakira is seen lying on a bed in the house and the man comes up and lies beside her, indicating that they are a couple.[33] As soon as the man falls asleep, Shakira wakes up and lies atop the man and begins to caress him and bite and whisper in his ear a few times, although he does not wake up.[33] Shakira takes the keys of the man's car and drives it to a wrecking yard.[33] The video then interludes to scenes of Shakira sexually romancing the man in a shower.[33] The scene then changes back to the wrecking yard, where Shakira begins playing a pink guitar. After the spoken bridge of the song, Shakira places her partner's car in a car crusher, which soon commences demolishing it.[33] The man reacts in a similar manner to the car being crushed and begins experiencing continuous body jerks and spasms, indicating a connection between his car and his body.[32][33] After the car is fully destroyed, Shakira leaves the man unconscious on the bed, exits the house, and begins walking on the street triumphantly.[33] Shakira explained the usage of the car symbolism in the video, saying that "A man's car is like an extension of their ego and their manhood. I thought this would be a video that would make women say, 'Yeah, yeah!' and it would make men feel".[34]

Sal Cinquemani from Slant Magazine positively reacted to the video and found it "rich with symbolism".[32] Shakira revealed that a nun from a Catholic high school she had attended was angered by the video by saying that "One of the nuns is looking for me after seeing the "Don't Bother" video".[35]

Live performancesEdit

Shakira performing "Don't Bother" at Rock in Rio in Madrid, Spain

Shakira performed "Don't Bother" live for the first time at the 2005 Nordic Music Awards, held on 29 October 2005.[36] She next went on to perform the song at the 2005 MTV Europe Music Awards ceremony held on 3 November 2005, where she also won the award for "Best Female Artist".[37] In November, the singer gave a surprise concert at Times Square and performed "Don't Bother" along with "La Tortura" and "Hey You".[38] "Don't Bother" was also performed on television show Jensen! along with "La Tortura".[39] It was followed by performances on Good Morning America on 2 December,[40] and The Ellen DeGeneres Show three days later.[41] On 10 December 2005, she performed the song along with "La Tortura" on Saturday Night Live.[42][43] Five days later, Shakira performed the song during an appearance on Late Night with David Letterman.[44] It was also included the song to her set on Z100's Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden in New York which happened the day after.[45] The singer also performed "Don't Bother" live on MTV's New Year of Music at Times Square, on 31 December 2005.[46]

She returned to Europe to another promotional tour for the song, starting on 21 January 2006 at the NRJ Music Awards in France.[47] Shakira later went to the United Kingdom to perform "Don't Bother" on Top of the Pops on 29 January,[48] and CD:UK on 4 February.[49] On March 2, she appeared on GMTV to promote the song,[50] also appearing on Sanremo Music Festival 2006 the same day,[51] and Popworld two days later.[52] She then traveled to Germany to perform the song on 12 March 2006 at the Echo Awards.[53]

Shortly before the start of her tour, Shakira performed the song during the Rock in Rio festival in Lisbon, Portugal, on 26 May 2006.[54] "Don't Bother" was included in the concert setlist of her Oral Fixation Tour, which was launched in 2006 to promote the albums Fijación Oral, Vol. 1 and Oral Fixation, Vol. 2.[55] While headlining at the 2007 Live Earth concert held in Hamburg on 7 July 2007, Germany, Shakira performed "Don't Bother" along with three other songs.[56] She also included the song on the set list for her concert at Rock in Rio held at Madrid, Spain, on 4 July 2008.[57]

Track listingsEdit

  1. "Don't Bother" – 4:17
  2. "No" ft. Gustavo Cerati (Album Version) – 4:45
  3. "Don't Bother" (Jrsnchz Main Mix) – 5:34
  4. "No" ft. Gustavo Cerati (Music video)
  • Digital download[10]
  1. "Don't Bother" – 4:17

Charts and certificationsEdit


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