"Señorita" is a song by Canadian singer Shawn Mendes and Cuban-American singer Camila Cabello. It was released on June 21, 2019, through Island and Epic Records as the second single (seventh overall) from the deluxe edition of Mendes' self-titled third studio album and later included on Cabello's second studio album Romance (2019). +more The song was written by Mendes, Cabello, Charli XCX, Ali Tamposi, Jack Patterson, and its producers Andrew Watt, Benny Blanco, and Cashmere Cat.

The song marks Mendes and Cabello's second collaboration, following "I Know What You Did Last Summer" from Mendes' debut album, Handwritten (2015). "Señorita" reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100, as well as topping the charts in a record setting 40 countries worldwide. +more It is certified multiplatinum in thirteen countries, including Diamond in France, Mexico, and Poland. "Señorita" received highly positive reviews from music critics. The single has won an American Music Award, two MTV Video Music Awards, a People's Choice Award, and received a nomination for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. The song was the biggest song of 2019 in Malaysia and according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), it was the third best-selling single of 2019 worldwide, with combined sales and track-equivalent streams of 16. 1 million units globally. As of October 2021 it is the 9th most streamed song on Spotify.

Background

The song was originally conceived during a studio session between Charli XCX, Ali Tamposi, Jack Patterson of Clean Bandit, and Andrew Watt, the last of whom produced the song. Watt, prior to the studio session, created a guitar melody that he described as being reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac and José Feliciano. +more He played the guitar melody during the studio session where ideas for melodies and lyrics were created to accompany it. The melody and lyrics for the chorus of the song eventually formed, including what would become the opening line, "I love it when you call me señorita".

Watt sent the rough chorus of the song to Shawn Mendes, suggesting that the song be recorded as a duet, to which Mendes agreed and said that Camila Cabello would be "the only person" with whom he could do the song. Watt then sent the song to producers Benny Blanco and Cashmere Cat who liked it and began to work together on the production of the song, deciding to keep it simple to make room for the vocals.

Mendes and Cabello both made changes to the melody and lyrics to their liking. After the song's key changed and Cabello recorded some vocals, Watt flew to England and planned to record Mendes' vocals on a day off from his tour after his Manchester Arena show. +more However, Watt, to Mendes' amusement, accidentally blew the microphone by forgetting to change the conversion of power to 220V on the power box. This forced Watt to record Mendes' vocals at the Birmingham Arena, angering Mendes throughout the process because he wanted to preserve his voice for his then-upcoming shows at the O2 Arena.

Mendes and Cabello had worked together on writing lyrics through FaceTime until they met up at a studio a mere few weeks before the song was released. Cabello had been tweaking lyrics and recorded vocals multiple times. +more Cabello conceived the lyric, "You say we're just friends but friends don't know the way you taste", as the song was already in the process of being mixed, forcing Mendes to record new vocals and sing new harmonies. Their chemistry in the studio was lauded by producer Benny Blanco, who praised their talent and "energy in the room".

Musical style

"Señorita" is a Latin pop song, written in the key of A minor, with a common time tempo of 117 BPM. The song features vocals from both Cabello and Mendes.

Music video

The song's official video was premiered on YouTube on June 21, 2019. The video, directed by Dave Meyers, filmed in Los Angeles, sees Mendes and Cabello in Miami. +more Cabello portrays a waitress working at a small diner, and Mendes is a newcomer to the city. They meet at the diner, and later see each other at a party. He then takes her on a motorcycle ride and they go to a hotel where they proceed to make love. In the end, however, they are separated, and it ends with Mendes looking out into the ocean and Cabello being consoled by a fellow waitress on their break. As of October 2021, it has reached over 1. 3 billion views.

The video received positive reviews online, Teen Vogue described the music video as "steamy" and "complete with a health dose of romantic salsa dancing and heartbreak" Bustle said the song "keeps things appropriately hot and steamy" and Metro UK called the video "sizzling"

Promotion

Both Mendes and Cabello first hinted at a collaboration in December 2018. They began teasing the project on social media in June 2019, with each sharing a 20-second video teaser. +more They uploaded teasers of the song's music video to their social media accounts on June 19, 2019. The former confirmed it as a single later that day along with its release date and artwork.

Live performances

Mendes and Cabello performed the single at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards on August 26, 2019. On September 5, 2019, Cabello performed an acoustic version of the song on Elles Women in Music Party presented by Spotify in The Shed On September 6, during the Shawn Mendes: The Tour live show in Rogers Centre, Toronto, Mendes and Cabello performed "Señorita". +more Cabello also performed a solo version of the song at the 2019 iHeartRadio Festival, and at a private fan performance hosted by Verizon. On November 24, 2019, Mendes and Cabello performed the song at the American Music Awards. On September 26, 2021, Mendes and Cabello performed the song at the 2021 Global Citizen Live. On May 28, 2022, Cabello performed the song in the 2022 UEFA Champions League Final.

Mendes has added the single to his setlist on his ongoing tour, as a medley with "I Know What You Did Last Summer"-which Cabello also features in-and "Mutual".

Critical reception

Shaad D'Souza from The Fader praised the single for being effortlessly steamy and wonderfully lightweight, concluding that although Cabello is clear MVP, the song would fizzle without Mendes as her foil. TJ Lovell from Medium called the track a sexy ode to a vacation rendezvous that allows the pair to flex their undeniable chemistry on and off the mic. +more Lovell ended by giving the song 4 out of 5 stars, and called it a fun if unremarkable track that'll sound right at home in Mendes' and Cabello's discographies.

Commercial performance

"Señorita" debuted at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 on July 6, 2019. It later peaked at number one on the chart issue dated August 31, 2019 dethroning Billie Eilish's "Bad Guy", becoming Mendes' first US number-one song and Cabello's second after "Havana". +more Cabello became the youngest female artist to achieve a second Hot 100 number one and a fourth Mainstream Top 40 chart-topper since Rihanna (2010). It was replaced by Lizzo's "Truth Hurts" the following week. The single was the most-streamed song on Spotify in 2019 and 9th overall. It charted on the Billboard Hot 100 for 37 weeks. After the introduction of Billboard Global 200 in September 2020, "Señorita" peaked at 67 on the chart.

In the UK "Señorita" debuted at number two on the UK Official Charts and reached number one in its 3rd week on the 18th July 2019, and spent 5 weeks in the top spot, it then charted for a further 40 weeks. It has been certified as 2× Platinum in the UK.

In Canada "Señorita" hit number one on the Canadian Hot 100, Canada AC, Canada CHR/Top 40 and the Canada Hot AC. On the Canadian Hot 100 it hit number one on the 31 August 2019, and charted for 52 weeks.

"Señorita" reached number one in over 30 countries, including Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand. It made several year end charts, hitting number 10 on the UK Singles list, number 8 on ARIA charts, 9 on the New Zealand year end list, 10 on the year end Canadian Hot 100 and 15 on the US Billboard Hot 100 year end list, as well as number 15 on the US Rolling Stone Top 100 year end list.

The song has been certified Platinum in the United States by the Recording Industry Association of America, 2× Platinum in the United Kingdom by the British Phonographic Industry and 6× Platinum in Australia by the Australian Recording Industry Association. It has been certified Platinum in 3 countries, and multi-Platinum in a further 11 countries, and Diamond in Poland, France and Mexico.

As of October 2021, "Señorita" is the 9th most streamed song on Spotify with 1.9 billion streams and is the highest charting collaboration.

In other media

Jennifer Lopez and Jimmy Fallon recreated the choreography of the video of "Señorita" and other videos in a new The Tonight Show segment, "The History of Music Video Dancin". The song is featured in the dance rhythm game, Just Dance 2021. +more The song is featured in the film Sing 2.

Track listing

7-inch vinyl, cassette single, CD single and picture disc # "Señorita" - 3:04 * Digital download and streaming # "Señorita" - 3:04

Credits and personnel

Credits adapted from Tidal. * Shawn Mendes - vocals, songwriting, guitar * Camila Cabello - vocals, songwriting * Andrew Watt - backing vocals, songwriting, production, programming, bass, guitar * Benny Blanco - songwriting, production, programmer, keyboards * Cashmere Cat - songwriting, additional production, programming, keyboards * Ali Tamposi - songwriting * Jack Patterson - songwriting * Charli XCX - songwriting * Paul LaMalfa - engineering, vocal engineering * John Hanes - mixing engineering * Serban Ghenea - mixing * Nathaniel Alford - vocal engineering * Zubin Thakkar - vocal engineering * Pedro Sisco - songwriting, lyrics

Charts

Weekly charts

Chart (2019-2021)Peak position
Argentina (Argentina Hot 100)7
Bolivia (Monitor Latino)3
Brazil (União Brasileira de Compositores)1
Bulgaria (PROPHON)1
Chile (Monitor Latino)2
China Airplay/FL (Billboard)1
Colombia (National-Report)12
Costa Rica (Monitor Latino)1
Croatia (HRT)1
Dominican Republic (Monitor Latino)10
Ecuador (Monitor Latino)3
El Salvador (Monitor Latino)13
Estonia (Eesti Tipp-40)2
Euro Digital Songs (Billboard)1
Greece (IFPI)1
Guatemala (Monitor Latino)10
Honduras (Monitor Latino)11
Iceland (Tonlist)1
India (IMI)14
Japan (Japan Hot 100)38
Latvia (LAIPA)1
Lebanon (OLT20 Combined Chart)1
Lithuania (AGATA)1
Malaysia (RIM)1
Mexico (Monitor Latino)2
Nicaragua (Monitor Latino)1
Panama (Monitor Latino)1
Paraguay (Monitor Latino)10
Paraguay (SGP)32
Peru (Monitor Latino)6
Puerto Rico (Monitor Latino)6
Romania (Airplay 100)1
Serbia (Radiomonitor)1
Singapore (RIAS)1
Slovenia (SloTop50)1
South Korea (Gaon)19
Uruguay (Monitor Latino)3
US Rolling Stone Top 1002
Venezuela (Monitor Latino)13

Monthly charts

Chart (2019)Peak position
Argentina (CAPIF)4
Brazil Streaming (Pro-Música Brasil)7
Slovenia (SloTop50)1
Russia Airplay (Tophit)4

Year-end charts

Chart (2019)Position
Argentina (Monitor Latino)6
Australia (ARIA)8
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)4
Belgium (Ultratop Flanders)5
Belgium (Ultratop Wallonia)7
Bolivia (Monitor Latino)11
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)10
Chile (Monitor Latino)23
Colombia (Monitor Latino)57
Costa Rica (Monitor Latino)16
CIS (Tophit)11
Denmark (Tracklisten)8
Dominican Republic (Monitor Latino)43
Ecuador (Monitor Latino)34
El Salvador (Monitor Latino)49
France (SNEP)18
Germany (Official German Charts)7
Guatemala (Monitor Latino)48
Honduras (Monitor Latino)53
Hungary (Dance Top 40)23
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40)22
Hungary (Single Top 40)3
Hungary (Stream Top 40)3
Iceland (Plötutíðindi)2
Ireland (IRMA)10
Italy (FIMI)20
Latvia (LAIPA)3
Malaysia (RIM)1
Mexico (Monitor Latino)9
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)5
Netherlands (Single Top 100)5
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)9
Nicaragua (Monitor Latino)21
Panama (Monitor Latino)14
Paraguay (Monitor Latino)52
Paraguay (SGP)32
Peru (Monitor Latino)47
Poland (ZPAV)7
Portugal (AFP)7
Puerto Rico (Monitor Latino)31
Romania (Airplay 100)7
Russia Airplay (Tophit)11
Slovenia (SloTop50)6
South Korea (Gaon)68
Spain (PROMUSICAE)16
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)11
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)4
Ukraine Airplay (Tophit)49
UK Singles (OCC)10
Uruguay (Monitor Latino)17
US Billboard Hot 10015
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)27
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)18
US Dance/Mix Show Airplay (Billboard)13
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)11
Venezuela (Monitor Latino)69
US Rolling Stone Top 10015
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Certifications

Release history

RegionDateFormatLabel
VariousJune 21, 2019Island
AustraliaJune 21, 2019Contemporary hit radio
United StatesJune 24, 2019Hot adult contemporary
United StatesJune 25, 2019Contemporary hit radio
United StatesSeptember 25, 2019
CanadaSeptember 25, 2019
United KingdomSeptember 25, 2019
United StatesSeptember 25, 2019