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Looking for Paradise

"Looking for Paradise"
Paraíso Express
Released September 23, 2009 (download)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2008–2009
(Barcelona, Spain)
(New York City)
Genre Latin music, R&B
Length 4:41
Label WEA Latina
Writer(s) Alejandro Sanz, Alicia Keys
Producer Alejandro Sanz, Tommy Torres, Bob Clearmountain, Swizz Beatz [1]
Alejandro Sanz singles chronology

"En la Planta de Tus Pies"
"Looking for Paradise"
"Desde Cuándo"

Alicia Keys singles chronology
"Doesn't Mean Anything"
"Looking for Paradise"
"Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart"

"Looking for Paradise" is a 2009 single by singer Alejandro Sanz which features Alicia Keys. It is the first single from Sanz's eighth studio album, Paraíso Express. Released through Warner Music via music download on September 23, 2009. The song used in Ugly Betty's episode "All the World's a Stage".

Music video

The music video was directed by Gil Green, and filmed in Barcelona, Spain during September.


The single was first released to a members-only section of Sanz's fan club website on September 18, 2009, as a preview of the material; being completely released five days before through digital download.

Sanz said Billboard about the record: "I told Tommy Torres that I wanted it to have a very British pop sound with the rock touch that the songs call for,... Tommy did a perfect interpretation in that sense. Everything flowed in a very natural way."[1]

In Brazil, the song was included in the international soundtrack of Tempos Modernos.[2]

Chart performance

The song entered the U.S. Billboard charts on the week of October 10, 2009. It debuted at number 10 on the Latin Pop Songs chart. On the next week, it rise to number 4; at number 21 on the Hot Latin Songs chart and later, the song was the airplay gainer, rising to number 9, on its third week rise again to number 7; and at number number 32 on the Tropical Songs chart. The song, so far, peaked at number 67 on the Billboard Radio Songs chart. On the week of November 14, 2009, the song went to number 1 on the Billboard Latin Pop Songs chart and Tropical Songs chart. A week later, the song finally went to number 1 on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart. This was Keys' first number one on all three charts, which also made her the first African-American of non-Hispanic origin to reach number 1 on the Hot Latin Tracks.


Chart positions

Chart (2009) Peak
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[3] 1
European Hot 100 Singles 80
U.S. Billboard Hot Latin Songs[4] 1
U.S. Billboard Latin Pop Songs[4] 1
U.S. Billboard Tropical Songs[4] 1
U.S. Billboard Heatseekers Songs[4] 8
U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 4
Venezuelan Latin Chart[5] 1

Year-end charts

Chart (2009) Position
Spanish Singles Chart[6] 17

Chart procession and succession

Preceded by
"Kalemba (Wegue-Wegue)" by Buraka Som Sistema
Spanish Singles Charts number-one single
November 23, 2009
Succeeded by
"Kalemba (Wegue-Wegue)" by Buraka Som Sistema
Preceded by
Esclavo de Sus Besos by David Bisbal
U.S. Billboard Latin Pop Airplay number-one single
November 14, 2009 - January 9, 2010
Succeeded by
Se Me Va la Voz by Alejandro Fernández
Preceded by
"Esclavo de Sus Besos" by David Bisbal
U.S. Billboard Hot Latin Songs number-one single
November 21, 2009
December 5, 2009
Succeeded by
"Gracias a Tí by Wisin & Yandel featuring Enrique Iglesias
Preceded by
"Ojos Que No Ven" by Alexis & Fido
Venezuelan Latin Chart number-one single
November 26, 2009
Succeeded by
"Lloro Por Ti (Remix)" by Enrique Iglesias featuring Wisin & Yandel


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