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"Señorita" is a song by Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello. It was released on June 21, 2019, through Island Records. The song is featured on Mendes' self-titled third album and Cabello's second album Romance. This is the second time Cabello has collaborated with Mendes after I Know What You Did Last Summer.

Background Edit

The song was written in January of 2018 by Charli XCX, Ali Tamposi & Andrew Wattman.

Charli talked about the writing process of the song in a 2019 interview with Ew.com, stating she had been writing “White Mercedes,” one of the songs on her own album with Andrew Watt and Alexandra Tamposi, when the idea for “Señorita” came to them. She knew immediately that it wasn’t for her. When Mendes and Cabello heard it, it just clicked. “The first time I heard it, [“Señorita”] got played over the phone. Obviously I’m very famous for my leaks. I was like, ‘Don’t send me anything. Don’t send me two of the biggest artists’ new singles!’”

Both Mendes and Cabello first hinted at a collaboration in December 2018.[1] They began teasing the project on social media in June 2019,[2] with each sharing a 20-second video teaser.[3] They uploaded teasers of the song's music video to their social media accounts on June 19, 2019.[4][5] The former confirmed it as a single later that day along with its release date and artwork.[6]

The song is available to pre-order on multiple physical formats, such as: 7' Vinyl, CD and CD with special packaging. They are all sold on Mendes official merch store in the United Kingdom, America, Canada and Australia.

On the 15th of August, a limited edition, signed picture disc (7') was released on Mendes website for a limited time only. It was exclusive to America and was only signed by Cabello.

The song has been performed by both Mendes and Cabello at the MTV VMA'S and American Music Awards.

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. 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".

Music VideoEdit

The song's official video was premiered on YouTube on June 21, 2019. The video is directed by Dave Meyers and it is filmed in Los Angeles, it sees Mendes and Cabello going around the city. The video includes clips of the duo in a hotel room, at a diner where Cabello's character in the video works, riding a motorcycle, and dancing at a party.

The music video gained 26 million views in its first 24 hours on YouTube.

As of April 2020, it has reached over 1 billion views.

Promotion Edit

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. 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 Edit

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 Elle's 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". 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.

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".

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Lyrics Edit

[Chorus: Camila Cabello]
I love it when you call me señorita
I wish I could pretend I didn't need ya
But every touch is ooh-la-la-la
It's true, la-la-la
Ooh, I should be runnin'
Ooh, you keep me coming for ya

[Verse 1: Shawn Mendes]
Land in Miami
The air was hot from summer rain
Sweat drippin' off me
Before I even knew her name, la-la-la
It felt like ooh-la-la-la, yeah no
Sapphire moonlight, we danced for hours in the sand
Tequila sunrise, her body fit right in my hands, la-la-la
It felt like ooh-la-la-la, yeah

[Chorus: Camila Cabello & Shawn Mendes]
I love it when you call me señorita
I wish I could pretend I didn't need ya
But every touch is ooh-la-la-la
It's true, la-la-la
Ooh, I should be runnin'
Ooh, you know I love it when you call me señorita
I wish it wasn't so damn hard to leave ya
But every touch is ooh-la-la-la
It's true, la-la-la
Ooh, I should be runnin'
Ooh, you keep me coming for ya

[Verse 2: Camila Cabello & Shawn Mendes]
Locked in the hotel, there's just some things that never change
You say we're just friends
But friends don't know the way you taste, la-la-la
'Cause you know it's been a long time coming, don't ya let me fall, ooh
Ooh, when your lips undress me
Hooked on your tongue
Ooh, love your kiss is deadly, don't stop

[Chorus: Camila Cabello & Shawn Mendes]
I love it when you call me señorita
I wish I could pretend I didn't need ya
But every touch is ooh-la-la-la
It's true, la-la-la
Ooh, I should be runnin'
Ooh, you know I love it when you call me señorita
I wish it wasn't so damn hard to leave ya
But every touch is ooh-la-la-la
It's true, la-la-la
Ooh, I should be runnin'
Ooh, you keep me coming for ya

[Outro: Camila Cabello & Shawn Mendes, Shawn Mendes]
All along I've been coming for ya (For you)
And I hope it means something to you
Call my name, I'll be coming for ya
Coming for ya
For ya
For ya (Oh, she loves it when I come)
For ya
Ooh, I should be runnin'
Ooh, you keep me coming for ya

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