"Beautiful Liar" is an R&B-pop song, recorded by American singer Beyoncé and Colombian singer Shakira. The song was written by Amanda Ghost, Ian Dench, and Norwegian songwriters Mikkel S. Eriksen and Tor Erik Hermansen, and was the first single from the deluxe rerelease of Beyoncé's second studio album B’Day, making it the fifth song (fourth internationally) released from B'Day overall. The song was produced by production team Stargate and Beyoncé. It has versions in Spanish and English.
Beyoncé has stated that the song is about female empowerment, keeping with the theme of the album. The protagonists sing about being charmed by the same man. Instead of fighting over him, they decide not to start a drama or waste their time.
The original Spanglish version featured Beyoncé singing solo, and this leaked onto the internet in late 2006. However the duet version was recorded (in separate languages for the two different language versions) on January 23 2007 in Miami. By February 27, 2007 it had leaked on to the Internet. The single started playing on the radio just after the video was premiered on MTV's Total Request Live & BET's 106 and Park on Wednesday, February 28, 2007. It premiered on the same day as Beyoncé's other single, Upgrade U.
The duet had been confirmed by Beyoncé in an interview with Univision in December 2006. In an MTV interview she described how she had met Shakira several times at various awards shows over recent years and had often planned to perform a duet. After recording the latin-themed song solo, she approached Shakira to appear on it. Shakira willingly accepted, citing mutual respect for Beyoncé.
The video was directed by Jake Nava, who directed several other Beyoncé videos such as Crazy in Love, Baby Boy, Naughty Girl, and Destiny's Child's Cater 2 U.
At the start of the video the women's faces are masked behind smoke. As the video progresses they are featured aginst several different backgrounds, including: a sunrise (Beyoncé) and sunset (Shakira); sheets blown in the wind; cages covered in wild flowers; a black room with blue neon lighting; and finally a lake in stormy weather. Slow dance moves and belly dancing are featured heavily throughout the video, with a breakdown containing Arabic-style dance moves after the bridge. The women wear matching hairstyles and black dresses for the entirety of video.
The video premiered on February 28, 2007 (the same day as the video for Upgrade U) on 106 & Park and on TRL. The music video for the song will be released on Beyoncé's B’Day Anthology Video Album.