Échame La Culpa
by Luis Fonsi (featuring Demi Lovato)

Album: Vida (2017)
Charted: 46 47
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  • Luis Fonsi's follow-up to his international smash hit "Despacito" is a Spanish-English duet with American singer Demi Lovato. The two superstars team up as lovers ready to make amends by taking the blame for the relationship going sour.

    I don't really, really wanna fight anymore
    I don't really, really want to fake it no more
    Play me like The Beatles, baby, just let it be
    So come on, put the blame on me


    "Echame La Culpa" translates into English as "Put the Blame on Me."
  • Speaking to Viva Latino about the song's meaning, Fonsi said. "The lyrics are very joyful. It's that play on words, that famous cliché of 'It's not you, it's me' that many of us have used."
  • Lovato sings in both Spanish and English on the upbeat, vibrant tune. Though the songstress is partly of Mexican descent, she doesn't speak fluent Spanish. However, she has recorded Latin versions of her English hit tunes before, including a Spanish interpretation of her song "Skyscraper" titled "Rascacielo."
  • The song's music video shows Fonsi and Lovato throwing a lively, colorful warehouse dance party. The clip broke the Latin 24-hour record by garnering over 17 million views on YouTube in one day.
  • The song debuted at #47 on the Hot 100 dated December 9, 2011, 28 places below "Despacito." The only previous Latin artists to achieve two charted titles in the top 50 of the Hot 100 in the same week were Daddy Yankee and Los Del Rio.
  • Luis Fonsi and Demi Lovato released an English version of the track on March 2, 2018, titled "Not On You."
  • Luis Fonsi explained to Billboard why he recruited Lovato for the song: "'Échame la Culpa' is sort of celebrating a breakup, poking fun at the cliché 'It's not you, it's me.' So I thought it would be cool to have a female perspective [with] a strong female vocalist on it."
  • Fonsi was very impressed with Lovato's singing in Spanish. He said: "These uptempo songs with a lot of lyrics get tricky, even for us fluent Spanish speakers. She was almost perfect in the first take!"
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