El Anillo

Album: Por Primera Vez (2018)
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Songfacts®:

  • The title of this Spanish-language song means "The Ring" and many fans have interpreted this song as Jennifer Lopez urging her boyfriend to propose. Some of the lyrics translate as:

    I have never felt anything this grand
    And your wild side drives me crazy
    You've given me so much that I've been thinking
    I already have it all, but
    When will I get the ring?


    The three-time wed singer started dating retired baseball ace Alex Rodriguez in March, 2017 and it seems Lopez wants her boyfriend to hurry up and put a ring on her finger.
  • Speaking with Ebro Darden on Beats 1, Lopez admitted she had some concerns the song would lead to gossip about her relationship with A-Rod: "I thought about changing (the lyrics to El Anillo) and making it more generic, and then I was like, 'You know, all my music has always been super personal'."

    She added that Rodriguez didn't initially realize the song was about them, "He goes, 'Grand slam, home run, three on base!' He's like, 'This almost sounds like it's us!' I said, 'Baby, it is about us. They wrote it for me to sing!'"

    "(He said), 'Yeah, baby, do it - that'll be fun."
  • The song was penned for Lopez by Edgar Barrera, Andrés Castro, Oscar Hernánde and Jesús Herrera. The Latin superstar recalled on breakfast show Today that one of the songwriters had warned her about its content before handing over the track.

    "It's funny, the songwriter, this young guy, Oscar Hernánde, who wrote a lot of my Spanish stuff, said, 'I have an idea for a song, but I don't know if you're gonna like it,'" she said. "I was like, 'What do you mean?' (He said), 'It's just a little (bold)... people are gonna talk.' I was like, 'Yeah, whatever, write it... Let's see!'"
  • The music video was directed by Santiago Salviche and shot in Los Angeles. In the clip, Lopez plays a literal Queen whose love and devotion must be won by a potential suitor played by Spanish actor Miguel Ángel Silvestre.

    "It was just symbolic of how we should look at ourselves, that we're not just queens, we're goddesses and people have to fight to be in your life. And you have to understand your worth and value," Lopez explained to The Hollywood Reporter. "I'm all about women speaking up and demanding what they want. I feel like that's where the world is at right now. It's like we don't have to mince words anymore. We found our voice, we're being strong, we're standing up for ourselves."

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