Remember that sultry dance number of Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez? Oh, man! Of course, I’m talking about the movie “Shall We Dance?” a romantic comedy where a bored, overworked Estate Lawyer, upon first sight of a beautiful instructor, signs up for ballroom dancing lessons. I love how Lopez describes to Gere about dancing the rumba:

Paulin (Lopez): “The rumba is the vertical expression of a horizontal wish. You have to hold her, like the skin on her thigh is your reason for living. Let her go, like your heart’s being ripped from your chest. Throw her back, like you’re going to have your way with her right here on the dance floor. And then finish, like she’s ruined you for life.”

This song “Santa Maria (del Buen Ayre)” was performed by the Paris-based music group Gotan Project composed of a French, an Argentine and a Swiss. The song comes from the La Revancha del Tango album was featured as the music for the main dance sequence in the 2004 movie. The name of the trio is a play on the name of a famous tango compilation album, the Tango Project, that featured several American classical musicians who came together to record a tango album. Hence, the word “Tango” became “Gotan.”

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Sources: Wikipedia | IMDB

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This American singer-songwriter isn’t just a pretty face on the music scene, she’s also a very talented artist. “Love Story” was written and performed by Taylor Swift in 2008 as the lead single in her second album, Fearless. The song actually talks about Taylor’s love interest, a man who was never officially her boyfriend and who wasn’t popular with her friends and family members. She used a similar scenario in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet as a source of inspiration to compose the song, but with a happy ending.

“It’s about a love that you’ve got to hide because for whatever reason it wouldn’t go over well. I spun it in the direction of Romeo and Juliet. Our parents are fighting. I relate to it more as a love that you cannot really elaborate on — a love that maybe society wouldn’t accept (or) maybe your friends wouldn’t accept.”

In a little more than a year, the single sold 6.5 million copies becoming the best-selling single of all time. Besides this, the song peaked number four on the Billboard Hot 100, became the best-selling single in the United States, best-selling country single, received a quintuple platinum status by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and also became a number single and certified triple platinum in Australia.

Source: Wikipedia.org

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