“International Love,” a song by Pitbull ft. Chris Brown, was initially released on June 21, 2011 and can be found on Pitbull’s sixth album, “Planet Pitt.” The video was directed by David Rousseau, who said that it represents Pitbull’s transition from “Mr. 305” to “Mr. Worldwide.” Although the theme of the video is “international” and concerned with worldwide love, Pitbull wanted to shoot it in Miami, a city of localized love and of personal importance to him because of the support he has received there throughout his career. Pitbull describes Miami as “the city that made me.” As a gesture of respect for Miami and for the close relationships he has developed there, Pitbull also chose to hire local film crews with whom he has worked for almost a decade.
The video itself lives up to its international theme not by filming Pitbull and Chris Brown in various locations around the world, but by showing them dancing on a stage. Behind the stage is a backdrop on which images of different cities from different parts of the world, including Asia and the Middle East, are displayed. These scenes are interspersed with images of Pitbull concert footage, as well as clips of him and Chris Brown dancing in space. Female backup dancers in revealing black outfits frequently join the men.
Lyrically, the song focuses on the positive attributes of women of various nationalities. For example, while Colombian women are beautiful and Brazilian women are “freaky with big ol’ booties,” Grecian women are sweet and Romanian women are praised for their promiscuity. Of course, Pitbull also gives shout outs to New York, Los Angeles, and his beloved Miami, declaring that however wonderful international women may be, “There’s nothing like Miami’s heat.” Although the lyrics clearly display sexual interest in women from all over the world, Pitbull is on record in a behind-the-scenes video as explaining that “International Love” is “about the music being global [and] music being the universal language, and it goes to show you no matter what language you may speak or not speak, you speak music.”