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"Sola" is a song recorded by Mexican-American singer and actress Becky G. It was released on June 24, 2016 through Kemosabe Records as the lead single from her forthcoming Spanish debut album. "Sola" was written by Gomez alongside Saul Alexander Castillo Vasquez, Steven Dominguez, and Martin Rodriguez Vincente; it is her first song to be recorded entirely in Spanish. The song features elements of reggaeton, urban, and Latin music,[1] and lyrically speaks of gaining freedom after the conclusion of a negative relationship. It was also produced by Saul Alexander Castillo Vasquez, taking the name A.C. Gomez has confirmed that an English version of the song has been recorded, and is set to be released in the future. The song is also featured on the soundtrack to the 2018 video game The Crew 2.

"Sola"
Becky G - Sola.jpg
Single by Becky G
Released June 24, 2016 (2016-06-24)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2016
Genre Tropical house
Length 3:55
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • A.C.
Becky G singles chronology
"Break a Sweat"
(2015)
"Sola"
(2016)
"Take It Off"
(2016)

"Break a Sweat"
(2015)
"Sola"
(2016)
"Take It Off"
(2016)
Music video
"Sola" on YouTube

Contents

ReleaseEdit

The single was released on June 24, to digital platforms. The audio was uploaded onto Gomez's VEVO account on the same day. A lyric video was uploaded on July 18.

ReceptionEdit

Upon its release, "Sola" received a generally positive reception from music critics. Billboard praised the use of Reggaeton elements in the song's production, while PopSugar described the song as her "sexiest" release yet. "Sola" had some success on Billboard subsidiary charts; it reached number 18 on the Hot Latin Songs chart, and number 11 on the Latin Pop Songs chart.

Live performancesEdit

Gomez first performed the song at the 2016 Premios Juventud, paying tribute to Britney Spears' performance of "I'm a Slave 4 U" (2001) at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards.[2] She later performed a short version at La Banda, followed by "Mangú".

Music videoEdit

The accompanying music video, released on August 26, was co-directed by Gomez with Frank Borin. It features Ray Diaz as Gomez's boyfriend and one of her dancers as her ex's new girlfriend. Gomez was inspired to make a "cinematic" music video while on the set of her feature film debut Power Rangers (2017).

The premise opens with Gomez attending her own funeral. The scene is cut with the singer riding in a red car across a desert. The video then shows of what appears to be what she did before "committing suicide" and using a new appearance. Flashes of Gomez and her abusive boyfriend fighting in the car, the latter abusing Gomez by grabbing her cheeks and some verbal abuse in a fast food restaurant are shown. Gomez is later seen arriving at a café where her now-ex boyfriend is abusing his new girlfriend (the same way as he did with Gomez). When she is slashing his car tire, she is taking the dress of a waiter while passing a note to her violent ex-boyfriend's girlfriend. After Gomez's ex-boyfriend gets out the café only to realize that the former busted one of his car tires, she and the girl drive off the road leading to a cliffhanger.[3]

ChartsEdit

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Chile (Monitor Latino)[4] 6
Mexico Espanol Airplay (Billboard)[5] 17
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[6] 83
US Hot Latin Songs (Billboard)[7] 18
US Latin Pop Songs (Billboard)[8] 11
US Twitter Top Tracks (Billboard)[9]
49

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (2016) Position
US Billboard Hot Latin Songs[10] 63

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Becky G Drops First Spanish Single 'Sola': Listen". Retrieved 2016-09-14.
  2. ^ "Watch Becky G Channel Her Inner Britney Spears Performing Sola With A Python At Premios Juventud!". Retrieved 2016-09-14.
  3. ^ Martin, Macy Daniela. "Becky G's Sultry "Sola" Music Video Has a Powerful Message". POPSUGAR Latina. Retrieved 2016-09-14.
  4. ^ "Charts monitorLATINO" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 September 2016. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Chart Search: "Sola" on the Mexico Espanol Airplay chart". Billboard. Retrieved August 12, 2017.
  6. ^ "Top 20 Argentina – Del 27 de Febrero al 5 de Marzo, 2017" (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España. 27 February 2017. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  7. ^ "Becky G Chart History (Hot Latin Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved September 1, 2016.
  8. ^ "Becky G Chart History (Latin Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved September 1, 2016.
  9. ^ "Becky G – Chart History (US Top Trending 140". Billboard. Retrieved August 5, 2017.
  10. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/year-end/2016/hot-latin-songs