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"Beautiful Liar"
Single by Beyoncé & Shakira
from the album B'Day (Deluxe Edition)
Released 28 April 2007 (UK)
May 15, 2007 (U.S.)
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded Sony Music Studios
(New York City, New York)
Battery Studios
(New York City, New York)
La Marimonda
(Nassau, Bahamas)
Futura Productions
(Roslindale, Boston, Massachusetts)
The Hit Factory
(Miami, Florida)
Genre R&B, latin pop
Length 3:19 (Album Version)
3:28 (Video Edit)
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Amanda Ghost, Ian Dench, Beyoncé Knowles
Producer Stargate, Beyoncé Knowles
Certification Platinum (ARIA, RIAA)
Silver (BPI),Gold (IFPI)[1]
Beyoncé chronology
"Hollywood"
(2007)
"Beautiful Liar"
(2007)
"Get Me Bodied"
(2007)
Shakira chronology
"Las de la Intuición"/"Pure Intuition"
(2007)
"Beautiful Liar"
(2007)
"Si Tu No Vuelves"
(2007)

"Beautiful Liar" (Spanish: "Bello Embustero") is a song by American R&B singer Beyoncé and Colombian Latin pop singer Shakira. The song was written by Knowles, Amanda Ghost, Ian Dench, and Stargate members Mikkel S. Eriksen and Tor Erik Hermansen and produced by Stargate and Knowles for the re-release of her second solo album, B'Day. A Spanish and English mixed version of the song was produced called "Bello Embustero".

The song was the first single released from the deluxe edition. It held the distinction of having the largest upward movement on the US Billboard Hot 100 until in 2008. The track won at the 2007 MTV Video Music Award for Most Earth-Shattering Collaboration. In 2008, the song was awarded an Ivor Novello Awards for Best-Selling British Song.

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Background

Knowles confirmed her duet with Shakira in an interview with Univision in December 2006.[2] In an MTV interview, she described how she had met Shakira several times at various awards shows over the recent years, and how they desired to collaborate on a song.[3][4] When Knowles invited her to record a song for the re-release of her second album, B'Day, Shakira was busy on tour and had difficulties matching their schedules. Despite this, "we did it 'cause we're both fans of each other and respect each other's work".[3] Knowles and Shakira recorded their respective parts in separate studios.[4]

Composition

"Beautiful Liar" is a contemporary R&B song written in the key of G minor. The music's time signature is set in common time, with a tempo at a moderate 96 beats per minute. Knowles' vocal range spans from G3 to B♭5.[5]

Knowles has stated that "Beautiful Liar" is about female empowerment, in keeping with the theme of the album. The protagonists sing about being charmed by the same man; instead of fighting over him, they both agree and realize he is not worth their time: "... it's about a guy who's kind of playing both of us, and instead of us arguing over the guy we say, 'Forget him. Let's stick together. He's a beautiful liar."[3]

Release

"Beautiful Liar" had leaked onto the internet and was one of the songs with unpaid download.[6] The single was released on April 28, 2007 in the United Kingdom[7] and on May 15, 2007 in the United States.

The song has been produced to different versions. Puerto Rican reggaeton artist Don Omar has recorded verses for one of the song's remixes,[8] but has not been released. In the UK, majority of the radio stations such as Radio 1 played a more up-beat, dance remix of "Beautiful Liar" by the Freemasons, instead of the original mix. A Spanish version was produced, which appeared on some regional releases of the B'Day Deluxe Edition.

"Beautiful Liar" was nominated for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards.[9] The Spanish version of the song was nominated at the 8th Annual Latin Grammy Award for Record of the Year.[10] In Europe, the single won the Best-Selling British Song at the 2008 Ivor Novello Awards. Chiefly an American song, "Beautiful Liar" was deemed eligible for the award since it includes British songwriters Amanda Ghost Ian Dench.[11][12]

Chart performance

Knowles performing "Beautiful Liar" in Barcelona, Spain, during the 2007 The Beyoncé Experience tour

"Beautiful Liar" debuted at number 94 on the Billboard Hot 100 mainly due to digital download. In the following week, the single jumped 91 positions to number three with a massive digital sales of 150,000 copies, setting a record for the largest upward movement in the history of the Hot 100, until it was surpassed by Britney Spears.[13] On the Billboard Pop 100, the single jumped 74 places, from number 77 to number three. "Beautiful Liar" also became one of a few singles to debut at number one on both the Billboard Hot Digital Tracks and Hot Digital Songs charts.[14] In mid-May, the single climbed to number one on the Billboard Hot Singles Sales, the fifth from B'Day to do so. In February 2009, "Beautiful Liar" was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales over 1,000,000.[15]

The single performed better in international music markets, reaching number one across 32 countries. It became another worldwide hit for Shakira and Knowles,[16] who both have released number-one singles before "Beautiful Liar": Knowles with "Déjà Vu"‎ and Shakira with "Hips Don't Lie". In the United Kingdom, the Freemasons remixed version of the song was widely promoted by radio stations including BBC Radio 1,[17] where it was put on the A-List. It made its debut, two weeks prior to the CD release, on the UK Singles Chart at number ten, making it both Knowles' and Shakira's highest debut on the UK Singles Chart on digital downloads alone. The single had sold 37,500 units in its first week.[7] After the physical release exactly two weeks later, the single reached number one,[18] making it Knowles' third number-one single there and Shakira's second; it maintained the position for three weeks.[7] On June 20, 2007, the single was certified silver in the United Kingdom selling 200,000+ copies.[19] Sales-wise, the song was 2007's 12th biggest-selling single in the United Kingdom.[20]

In Australia, the single has reached number five, and was the country's 51st best-performing single in 2007.[21] The Australian Recording Industry Association has certified "Beautiful Liar" gold for having sold over 35,000 units.[22] The single debuted at number one on the New Zealand Singles Chart.[23]

Music video

Shakira (left) and Knowles (right) in the music video for "Beautiful Liar"

The music video for "Beautiful Liar" was helmed by English director Jake Nava, who has directed several of Knowles' other videos. It was shot in only two days, during the two-week production of B'Day Anthology Video Album. Since the schedule was hectic, the production team did not have an ample time in the choreography.[24] It was done spontaneously, rehearsing the routines in forty minutes. Knowles learned some of the choreography from Shakira, who created most, and taught her a few belly dancing moves.[25] The idea of playing look alike came from Knowles, who once saw a boy dancing, like performing before a mirror, until she realized he was dancing with another person.[4]

The first half of the video features Knowles and Shakira in separate cuts. It begins with the women's faces masked by smoke. As the video progresses they are featured against several different backgrounds, including: dawn (Knowles) and dusk (Shakira); sheets blown in the wind; bamboo covered in yellow orchids; a room with blue neon lighting and Avestan writing on the walls; and finally a background of stormy weather. Slow dance moves and belly dancing, during a breakdown after the bridge, are featured heavily throughout the video. The women wear matching hairstyles and black outfits for the entirety of video.

"Beautiful Liar" was nominated for Video Of The Year at the 2007 BET Awards but lost to another Knowles video, "Irreplaceable".[26][27] At the 2007 MTV Video Music Award, it won the Most Earthshattering Collaboration, which was a new category included in the awards show.[28] During the event, Knowles received the award alone because Shakira reportedly was in Canada during the ceremonies.[29]

Track listing

US Single[30]
  1. "Beautiful Liar" (featuring Shakira) – 3:21
  2. "Beautiful Liar (Bello Embustero)" (Spanish Version) - 3:22
  3. "Beautiful Liar (Spanglish Version)" (featuring Sasha Fierce a.k.a. Beyoncé) - 3:21
  4. "Beautiful Liar (Instrumental)" - 3:19
Australian Single[31]
  1. "Beautiful Liar" (featuring Shakira) – 3:19
  2. "Beautiful Liar (Freemasons Remix Edit)" (featuring Shakira) - 3:27
UK Single[32]
  1. "Beautiful Liar" (featuring Shakira) – 3:19
  2. "Beautiful Liar (Freemasons Remix Edit)" (featuring Shakira) - 3:27
  3. "Irreplaceable (Maurice Joshua Remix Edit)" - 4:03
  4. "Déjà Vu (Freemasons Radio Mix)" - 3:15
  5. "Beautiful Liar" (Video) - 3:34

Remixes

  • Radio Mix/Radio Version
  • Freemasons Radio Vox
  • Freemasons Club Vox
  • Freemasons Dub Vox
  • Freemasons Club Edit
  • Maurice Joshua New Main
  • Maurice Joshua New Instrumental
  • Karmatronic Remix
  • Karmatronic Radio

Charts

Chart (2007)[33] Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 5
Austrian Singles Chart 2
Belgian (Flanders) Ultratop 50 Singles Chart 2
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart 5
Canadian Hot 100 2
Danish Singles Chart 4
Dutch Top 40 1
Eurochart Hot 100 Singles 1
Finnish Singles Chart 2
French SNEP Singles Chart 1
German Singles Chart 1
Irish Singles Chart 1
Chart (2007)[33] Peak
position
Italian FIMI Singles Chart 1
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart 1
Norwegian VG-lista Singles Chart 2
Romanian Singles Chart[34] 2
Spanish Singles Chart 1
Swedish Singles Chart 6
Swiss Singles Chart 1
UK Singles Chart 1
US Billboard Hot 100 3
US Billboard Pop 100 3
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 1
US Billboard Hot Latin Songs 10
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 70
Preceded by
"Girlfriend" by Avril Lavigne
Irish Singles Chart number-one single (first run)
April 19, 2007
Succeeded by
"Like Only a Woman Can" by Brian McFadden
Preceded by
"Give It to Me"
by Timbaland featuring Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake
UK Singles Chart number-one single
April 22, 2007 - May 6, 2007
Succeeded by
"Baby's Coming Back/Transylvania"
by McFly
Preceded by
"Crawl" by Atlas
New Zealand RIANZ singles chart number-one single
April 23, 2007 - April 29, 2007
Succeeded by
"Crawl" by Atlas
Preceded by
"Et S'il N'en Restait Qu'une (Je Serais Celle-là)"
by Céline Dion
French SNEP number-one single (first run)
April 28, 2007
Succeeded by
"Balance-toi" by Tony Parker
Preceded by
"Girlfriend" by Avril Lavigne
Italian Singles Chart number-one single
April 29, 2007 - May 12, 2007
Succeeded by
"Extended Play" by Vasco Rossi
Preceded by
"Like Only a Woman Can" by Brian McFadden
Irish Singles Chart number-one single (second run)
May 3, 2007
Succeeded by
"Girlfriend" by Avril Lavigne
Preceded by
"Give It to Me" by Timbaland featuring Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake
Billboard Eurochart Hot 100 number-one single
May 4, 2007 - June 15, 2007
Succeeded by
"Umbrella" by Rihanna featuring Jay-Z
Preceded by
"Tranen Gelachen" by Guus Meeuwis
Dutch Top 40 number-one single
May 5, 2007 - May 19, 2007
Succeeded by
"Blijf Bij Mij" by Andre Hazes and Gerard Joling
Preceded by
"Balance-toi" by Tony Parker
French SNEP number-one single (second run)
May 12, 2007
Succeeded by
"On s'attache" by Christophe Maé
Preceded by
"Ein Stern (...der deinen Namen trägt)" by DJ Ötzi
German Singles Chart number-one single
May 11, 2007 - May 17, 2007
Succeeded by
"Ein Stern (...der deinen Namen trägt)" by DJ Ötzi

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Simple English

"Beautiful Liar" is a song recorded by American R&B singer Beyoncé and Colombian singer Shakira.

Track listing

UK CD-single 1

  1. Beautiful Liar (Album version) - 3:19
  2. Beautiful Liar (Freemasons Remix Edit) - 3:27

UK CD-single 2

  1. Beautiful Liar (Album version)
  2. Beautiful Liar (Freemasons Remix Edit)
  3. Irreplaceable (Maurice Joshua Remix)
  4. Deja Vu (Freemasons Remix)
  5. Beautiful Liar (Video)

Charts

Chart (2007)[1] Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart 5
Austrian Singles Chart 2
Belgian Singles Chart 2
Brazilian Singles Chart[2] 1
Canadian Hot 100 2
Dutch Top 40 1
European Singles Chart[3] 1
French Singles Chart 1
German Singles Chart 1
Greek Singles Chart 1
Ibero-America Top 100[4] 1
Irish Singles Chart 1
Italian Singles Chart 1 1
Latin American Top 40 Airplay[5] 1
Mexican Top 100[6] 2
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart 1
Norwegian Singles Chart 2
Peruvian Top 100[7] 2
Russian Airplay Chart[8] 7
Swedish Singles Chart 6
Swiss Singles Chart 1
UK Singles Chart 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 3
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 3
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 1
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 70
U.S. Billboard Hot Latin Tracks 10
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 17
United World Chart 2

References

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