La Vida... Es Un Ratico

La Vida... es un Ratico (English: Life... Is a Moment) is the fourth studio album recorded by Colombian singer-songwriter Juanes, which was released by Universal Music Latino on October 23, 2007 (see 2007 in music).

La Vida... Es Un Ratico
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 23, 2007 (2007-10-23)
StudioEstudio ION
(Buenos Aires, Argentina)
La Casa y Henson Studios
(Hollywood, California)
Track Record
(North Hollywood, California)
GenreLatin Pop
LabelUniversal Music Columbia · Universal Music Latino
ProducerGustavo Santaolalla · Juanes
Juanes chronology
Mi Sangre
La Vida... Es Un Ratico
La Vida... Es Un Ratico: En Vivo
Singles from La Vida... Es Un Ratico
  1. "La Vida... Es Un Ratico"
    Released: August 13, 2007 (2007-08-13)
  2. "Me Enamora"
    Released: September 3, 2007 (2007-09-03)
  3. "Gotas de Agua Dulce"
    Released: December 3, 2007 (2007-12-03)
  4. "Tres"
    Released: May 5, 2008 (2008-05-05)
  5. "Odio por Amor"
    Released: September 8, 2008 (2008-09-08)
  6. "Hoy Me Voy"
    Released: December 15, 2008 (2008-12-15)
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Album history

Juanes has stated that the album is to be completed in Spanish and has a "very Colombian" sound to it. Juanes co-produced this record, working with a two-time Academy Award-winning producer, Gustavo Santaolalla. It has been said that the album has typical Colombian sounds, such as the "guasca," "vallenato," and "cumbia."

When choosing the name for this record, Juanes was inspired by a conversation he had with his mother, who told him to "Not worry, because life is just a moment." Following what that phrase means, Juanes thought of creating an album remembering that life passes you by in a blink of an eye and concentrating more on his family and beloved beings.[1]

The first single "Me Enamora" was released on September 3, 2007 to the media and online stores, such as iTunes and reached number one in 19 countries. The second single is "Gotas de Agua Dulce".

This album won the Latin Grammy Award for Album of the Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Album; and the lead single "Me Enamora" also received three awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Short Form Music Video in the 9th Annual Latin Grammy Awards.[2] At the 51st Annual Grammy Awards this album won for Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Album.[3]

This album was reissued on September 15, 2008 with three new songs and eight tracks recorded live on his tour in the United States and Europe. The special edition will include also a DVD with new footage from Juanes' tour and the music videos the three singles released already. The confirmed new tracks for this re-edition are: "Falsas Palabras" (recorded with Gustavo Santaolalla in late 2007) and "Odio Por Amor" (the first single from this revamped edition).[4]

Track listing

Standard Edition

  1. No Creo en el Jamás – 3:32
  2. Clase de Amor – 3:53
  3. Me Enamora – 3:14
  4. Hoy Me Voy – 3:23
  5. La Vida es un Ratico – 4:05
  6. Gotas de Agua Dulce – 3:11
  7. La Mejor Parte de Mí – 3:42
  8. Minas Piedras – 4:05
  9. Tú y Yo – 4:26
  10. Báilala – 3:31
  11. Difícil – 4:01
  12. Tres – 3:25
  13. Bandera de Manos – 4:06

Bonus tracks

14. "Bandera de Manos"
15. "La Camisa Negra" (Australian Edition)
16. "Falsas Palabras" (iTunes Pre-Order)
17. "Dove Le Pietre Sono Mine (Minas Piedras)" (featuring Negrita) Italian Re-Release
18. "Me Enamora" (Full Phatt Remix) Japan Re-Release
19. "Tres" (Full Phatt Remix) Japan Re-Release

2008 re-release

  1. "Odio Por Amor"
  2. "Falsas Palabras"
  3. "No Creo en el Jamás"
  4. "Clase de Amor"
  5. "Me Enamora"
  6. "Hoy Me Voy"
  7. "La Vida es un Ratico"
  8. "Gotas de Agua Dulce"
  9. "La Mejor Parte de Mí"
  10. "Minas Piedras" (featuring Andrés Calamaro)
  11. "Tú y Yo"
  12. "Báilala"
  13. "Difícil"
  14. "Tres"
  15. "Bandera de Manos" (featuring Campino)
  16. "Bandera de Manos"
  17. "Hoy Me Voy" (featuring Colbie Caillat)
  18. "Bailala (Remix Dance)

DVD track listing

  1. Juanes: A musical journey (Director's Cut)
  2. Behind the cameras of "Me Enamora"
  3. La Vida... Es Un Ratico (interview with Juanes)


  • Guitar/Voice/Keyboards: Juanes
  • Drums: Victor Indrizzo
  • Bass: Fernando "Toby" Tobón
  • Drums and Accordion: Chelito de Castro
  • Percussion: Felipe Alzate


  • Produced by: Gustavo Santaolalla and Juanes
  • Associate producer: Anibal Kerpel
  • Executive producer: Adrian Sosa
  • Recorded at: Las Montañas de Medellín, Colombia, La Casa and Henson Studios
  • Engineer at "Las Montañas de Medellín": Juanes
  • Engineer at "La Casa": Anibal Kerpel
  • Engineer at "Henson": Thom Russo
  • Engineer for Andrés Calamaro vocals: Jorge Da Silva at Ion Studios.
  • Strings recorded at: Track Record, North Hollywood by Steve Churchyard
  • Strings arranged, orchestrated and conducted by David Campbell
  • Mixing at: Hit Factory by Thom Russo
  • Mastering: Tom Baker at Prevision Mastering
  • Design: Eduardo Chavarín and Luis Díaz
  • Graphic production: Carolina Larrea and Eduardi Chavarín
  • Photography:
  • Cover: René Shenduda

Chart performance

In the United States, the album debuted at number 13 on the Billboard 200 album chart, selling about 47,000 copies in its first week.[5] It had sold over 112,000 copies as of December 5, 2007.

Charts and certifications

See also


  1. Juanes, La vida... es un ratico
  2. Ayala Ben-Yehuda (November 14, 2008). "Juanes Wins Big At Latin Grammy Awards". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved November 14, 2008.
  3. "Grammy Nominations". Grammy. The Recording Academy. December 3, 2008. Archived from the original on August 5, 2009. Retrieved December 10, 2008.
  4. Universal Music Colombia (September 8, 2008). "Otro Ratico para Juanes"(In Spanish)". Univision Online. Retrieved September 21, 2008.
  5. Katie Hasty, "Underwood Leads Three Country Debuts Onto Chart",, October 31, 2007.
  6. "Juanes - La vida es un ratico". Retrieved April 11, 2011.
  7. "Argentinian album certifications – Juanes – La Vida Es Un Ratico". Argentine Chamber of Phonograms and Videograms Producers.
  8. "Juanes, El Barrio y Banghra, disco de Platino con más 80.000 copias vendidas". Archived from the original on April 18, 2008.
  9. "Certificaciones" (in Spanish). Asociación Mexicana de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas. Type Juanes in the box under the ARTISTA column heading and La Vida Es Un Ratico in the box under TÍTULO
  10. "Juanes, disc de platina si disc de aur" [Juanes, Gold and Platinum awards] (in Romanian). Archived from the original on June 27, 2016. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
  11. "Juanes, nebunie latino la Sala Polivalentă" [Juanes, Latin craziness at Sala Polivalentă]. Adevărul (in Romanian). September 4, 2008. Archived from the original on July 5, 2015. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
  12. "Spanish album certifications" (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España. Select Albums under "Chart", enter 2009 in the field "Year". Select 12 in the field "Semana". Click on "Search Charts".
  13. "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Juanes; 'La Vida Es Un Ratico')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien.

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