“Shakira” review


After a series of great albums, Colombian superstar Shakira managed to put together a new album from scratch on March 21. It peaked at number 15 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and was within the top 10 of Spain, France, Germany and Switzerland.

“Empire” was released as the album’s second single in some countries, followed by a US-only country radio single, the Blake Shelton-assisted “Medicine” and a mainstream single for Europe, “Dare (La La La).”

Shakira has been a worldwide sensation since her debut album “Magia” which was released in 1990 when she was only 13. Shakira has won many awards including five MTV Video Music Awards, two Grammy Awards, eight Latin Grammy Awards, seven Billboard Music Awards, 28 Billboard Latin Music Awards and has been Golden Globe-nominated. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and she is one of the best-selling artists of all time, having sold more than 125 milion records including 70 million albums worldwide.

In May, Shakira collaborated with the South African group Freshlyground to create the official song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa).” Her sound has always been heard all around the world as one of the most unique and most talented. Her style of music could go along with all generations, both young and old.

Her latest album “Shakira” is nothing different from her original sound. A pop album, “Shakira” has a diverse musical style with a range of genres such as reggae and rock, as well as dance and country elements. Lead single “Can’t Remember to Forget You” featuring Rihanna has made Billboard’s top 100 in the US and countries like Spain and France.

“Shakira” is built on lean, tender verses and muscular, ecstatic choruses incorporating swirling, crashing sounds, as noted on Spotlight. Her album can motivate anyone and influence those who are in need of guidance. She did it again as she promised she would; with her new album, she impacted the world. After all, “Hips don’t lie.”