Me Gusta
by Anitta (featuring Cardi B)

Album: Girl from Rio (2020)
Charted: 91

Songfacts®:

  • American rapper Cardi B and Puerto Rican Latin trap star Myke Towers join Anitta on this provocatively rhythmical single. The song title translates to "I Like You."
  • Anitta and Cardi B switch between English and Spanish in their verses. Cardi portrays her alter-ego "La Caldi" and says she moves her waist like Shakira. There's a second link to the Colombian superstar as she also released a song titled "Me Gusta" in 2020.
  • Anitta revealed to NME that it was her manager who secured the Cardi B feature and it was a total surprise for her.

    "I didn't know about anything - not even the possibility," she recalled. "He called me by Zoom and said: 'Oh, let's approve the mix of the song.' He played it for me and I was listening, and then [Cardi's] voice dropped. And I was like: 'Aaaagh, what?!' It was amazing!"

    "I've been in the studio with her but we hadn't had the chance to record together," Anitta added. "I love her on this track so much."
  • Cardi B admitted that as soon as she heard the track she jumped at the chance to feature on it. Cardi tweeted: "I don't get on a song the same day I hear it. Like, I gotta listen to it a couple of times. But as soon as I heard the song, at the end of the night, while I was going to sleep, I kept repeating the hook in my head," Cardi said. "You guys know how I love Spanish music, you guys know how I love."
  • Anitta has form for working with big name New York artists. She previously collaborated with Madonna on the 2019 track "Faz Gostoso."
  • Anitta originally planned on releasing the song in spring 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic caused it to be postponed. The Brazilian pop singer eventually dropped the single on September 18, 2020 and it entered the Hot 100 the following week, becoming both her and Myke Towers' first entry on the chart.
  • Ryan Tedder co-wrote and co-produced the track. The OneRepublic frontman has also penned tunes for the likes of Beyoncé ("Halo"), Adele ("Rumour Has It"), Leona Lewis ("Bleeding Love") and Ellie Goulding ("Burn").
  • Daniel Russel filmed the music video in the Historic Center of the Brazilian city Salvador. The clip shows scenes at a carnival-like street party and is intended to show all types of women having fun.

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