Nobody Wants to Be Lonely

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"Nobody Wants to Be Lonely" is the second single released January 9, 2001, from Ricky Martin's second English album, Sound Loaded (album released by Columbia Records on November 14, 2000). Martin also recorded a Spanish version of this single, entitled "Sólo Quiero Amarte" ("I Only Want to Love You"). A duet version of the song was also recorded, featuring Christina Aguilera alongside Martin. This version was later included in four of Martin's compilations: The Best of Ricky Martin, 17, 17: Greatest Hits and Greatest Hits: Souvenir Edition. It was also included in the international version of Aguilera's greatest hits album Keeps Gettin' Better: A Decade of Hits.

"Nobody Wants to Be Lonely"
Nobody Wants to be Lonely cover.png
Single by Ricky Martin with Christina Aguilera
from the album Sound Loaded
ReleasedJanuary 9, 2001 (2001-01-09)
FormatCD single, cassette
Recorded
  • June 2000 (album version)
  • December 6, 2000 (duet version)[1]
Genre
Length
  • 5:05 (album version)
  • 4:11 (duet version)
  • 3:59 (radio edit)
LabelColumbia
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Walter Afanasieff
Ricky Martin singles chronology
"She Bangs"
(2000)
"Nobody Wants to Be Lonely"
(2001)
"Loaded"
(2001)
Christina Aguilera singles chronology
"Pero Me Acuerdo de Ti"
(2000)
"Nobody Wants to Be Lonely"
(2001)
"Lady Marmalade"
(2001)
Music video
"Nobody Wants to Be Lonely" on YouTube

Upon its release, the duet version of "Nobody Wants to Be Lonely" became a major worldwide hit. It reached number one in Hungary, New Zealand and Romania while topping the airplay charts of Finland and Poland. In Europe the song reached the top 10 in more than 10 countries, peaking within the top three in Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland and charting at number four on the UK Singles Chart. In North America the single peaked at number six on the Canadian Singles Chart and number 13 on the US Billboard Hot 100, topping three genre-specific Billboard charts in the process. The song was listed as the 65th greatest love song of all time by VH1.[2]

Music videosEdit

Two music videos were directed by Wayne Isham[3] in Coral Gables, Florida, which first aired on January 15, 2001. One music video is set to the English-language duet 'Nobody Wants to Be Lonely', while the other is set to the Spanish-language solo 'Sólo Quiero Amarte'. The video to 'Nobody Wants to Be Lonely' features Christina Aguilera while 'Sólo Quiero Amarte' shows her in a cameo appearance.

Chart performanceEdit

"Nobody Wants to Be Lonely" is one of the first major single releases to not have a commercial CD single in the United States. Songs have been allowed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 without single releases since late 1998 but most major singles were released on physical media at the time.[citation needed]

Soon after being released, "Nobody Wants to Be Lonely" made the biggest jump on the Hot 100 Airplay (66-34) and was the Greatest Gainer/Airplay winner with an audience jump of 13 million.[4] It peaked at number thirteen on the US Billboard Hot 100, thanks to its top-ten peak on the Hot 100 Airplay.[5] The Spanish-language version of the song, entitled "Solo Quiero Amarte", reached number one on the Hot Latin Songs chart (four weeks) and the Tropical Songs chart (two weeks).[6][7]

The single became a top-ten hit in many countries, peaking at number one in Hungary, New Zealand and Romania,[8][9][10] number two in Greece, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland,[11][9] number three in Sweden,[9] number four in the United Kingdom,[12] number five in Norway,[9] number six in Canada,[13] and number eight in Australia.[9] It was certified Gold in Australia, Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Switzerland.[14][15][16][17][18]

AwardsEdit

The song was nominated at the 44th Grammy Awards in the category of Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals but lost out to "Lady Marmalade" by Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mýa and Pink. "Nobody Wants to Be Lonely" won an ALMA Award for Outstanding Music Video.[19]

Formats and track listingsEdit

ChartsEdit

Certifications and salesEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[14] Gold 35,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[15] Gold 4,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[16] Gold 40,000^
Sweden (GLF)[17] Gold 15,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[18] Gold 20,000^
United Kingdom 186,000[60]

^shipments figures based on certification alone

See alsoEdit

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