The sexy and very talented Colombian artist Shakira capitated the world with her grace and charm. Before becoming a judge on NBC’s “The Voice,” The humble star entertained the world with her voice, presence, and dance. With the release of her self-titled 10th album, she continues to delight her loyal fans as well as newcomers. According to Veronica Little review today, she points out the seasoned musician’s new album is more like the B-Sides from her 2005 album “Oral Fixation, Vol 2.”
The review also points out a track on the album that is pretty good but also seems very out of place.
“A rather shocking collaborator on the album is country heartthrob Blake Shelton. Though their careers have intertwined on the popular NBC show “The Voice” (2011-present), the product of their teamwork — a song called “Medicine” — is a surprising nugget on the album. Unabashedly embracing both country music and sentimentality, “Medicine” is an interesting experiment in the influence of genre over individual style. Though it’s not the best track on the album, the song holds its own, even on an album on where it is seemingly out of place.”
Now before we go on any further about Shakira’s new album, lets go on a brief journey and highlight her previous albums from the past.
Shakira: Through the years 1991
Believe it or not, “Magia” (Magic) was her debut album released by record label Sony Music Colombia. The album is a collection of songs written by the artist between the ages of 8 and 12 years old. The album was released June 24, 1991 and it helped Shakira receive Columbian media’s attention due to live performances from the 13-year-old singer. She performed three songs for executives of the record company and was impressed enough to sign her to a three album deal.
Of course, the low-budget album was not a huge commercial success, with sales totalling only 1,200 copies due to lack of promotion.
Shakira: Through the years ’93
Shakira’s follow-up album “Poligro” (Danger) was released March 25, 1993. The album did fairly better than her debut album but again, it wasn’t a commercial success. Shakira decided to take a break from recording more albums to graduate from high school. Her second album is considered a promotional album instead of an official album.
It was reported by a Sony Music Columbia representative, that the recording process was problematic for Shakira, due to not having the ability to decide on which tracks should be included and no input into the rhythmic structure or artistic production of the songs.
Shakira has refused to allow the re-release of both “Magia” and “Peligro.” Because of their “immaturity.” Neither one of the albums were released in the U.S.
Shakira: Through the years ’95
Shakira decided to make a comeback with her third album “Pies Descalzos” (Bare Feet) that was released on October 6, 1995 in Colombia and February 20, 1996 worldwide. Looking to revive her struggling career after the commercial failures of her first two albums, she assumed a prominent position in its production. Her third album is a charm as it spawned six singles and became a commercial success in the United States.
Music critics gave “Pies Descalzos” generally positive reviews and praised the album as a strong debut for the artist. The album was awarded the “Diamond Prism” in her native Colombia, acknowledging one million copies sold in the nation making it Shakira’s breakthrough album.
Shakira: Through the years ’98
Her fourth album titled “Dónde Están los Ladrones?” (Where Are the Thieves?), was released September 29, 1998 from label Columbia and Sony Latin.
Experimenting with Rock en Español, and with the success of her third album. Shakira had devoted to spend extreme amount of time developing her fourth album. The album sold 100,000 copies on the day of release, and reached one million in sales by the end of the month. The album went on to become one of the highest-selling Spanish-language albums in the United States.
Fun Facts about the album: “The album title was inspired by one of Shakira’s trips to the capital of her native country Colombia, Bogota. In the airport, a thief stole much of her luggage, including a briefcase that contained all the lyrics Shakira had been working on for the album. All was lost. Demoralized, Shakira had to start anew. According to interviews, Shakira claimed she almost gave up, but it was only her dedication to completing the album that inspired her to start working again. Thus, the title track was born.”
Shakira: Through the years ’01
Which now brings us to the album that includes the most popular, memorable lead single “Whenever, Wherever”, her fifth album “Laundry Service (Servicio de Lavandería)” was released globally on November 13, 2001.
The first album to be primarily recorded in English, it was mentioned in an interview that Shakira was encouraged by artist Gloria Estefan to crossover and record songs in English. Estefan believed that Shakira had the potential to be very successful in the English-language pop market. Shakira was quite hesitant at first, but later decided to learn English well enough to be able to write the songs in the language herself. The album received mixed reviews from critics after it was release. Some critics said the album sounded too generic. Others complimented Shakira’s incorporation of different musical styles in the production, and her originality.
Fun Facts about the album: “The title of the album was chosen to reflect Shakira’s views on love and music. Six singles were released from the album. The lead single “Whenever, Wherever” became a huge international success and reached number one on record charts of countries like Australia, Austria, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. Follow-up single “Underneath Your Clothes” repeated its success, topping the charts of Australia, Austria, and Belgium. Both singles charted inside the top ten in the United Kingdom and United States.”
Shakira: Through the years ’05
Shakira’s sixth and seventh album, “Fijación Oral, Vol. 1” (Oral Fixation, Vol. 1) and “Oral Fixation, Vol. 2” were both released in 2005 with label company Epic. Volume one released on June 3, The album debuted at the number four spot on the US Billboard 200 with first week sales. The album sold 157,000 copies. It set the record as the highest debut for a full-length Spanish-language album in the country, a record that still stands to this day. The album also topped the charts internationally in countries like Argentina, Germany, Mexico and Spain.
Shakira: Through the years ’05-2
Volume two was released on November 28, 2005. this would be her second English-Language album. Critics favored the album, stating it was her strongest project to date. The album debuted at the number five spot on the US Billboard 200 with the first week of sales reaching 128,000 copies. Reportedly, the album became certified platinum by Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and sold over 1.7 million in the US and sold approximately 8 million copies worldwide to date.
Shakira: Through the years ’09
On October 9, 2009, Shakira released her eighth studio album titled “She Wolf” (Loba). The album had lyrical themes focused mostly on love and relationships, which were based on conversations the artist had with her friends. Due to her originality and nature of the album, it became an international success. Reaching number one on the charts of Argentina, Ireland, Italy, Mexico and Switzerland. It was also reported that the album charted inside the top five in countries like Spain, Germany and the United Kingdom. Sadly, the album did not perform well in the United States. With only 89,000 copies sold during it’s first-week of release, the album debuted at number fifteen on the Billboard 200 chart.
Making this Shakira’s first studio album to miss peaking the top ten spot on the chart, but all was not lost. The album was certified as a double-platinum album in Colombia and Mexico, platinum in Italy and Spain, and gold in numerous countries including France and the United Kingdom.
Fun Facts about the album: The album has reportedly sold more than two million copies worldwide.
Shakira: Through the years ’10
“Sale el Sol” (The Sun Comes Out) is her ninth album. Upon the album’s release on October 19, 2010, it was critically acclaim by music critics. Many of them specifically enjoyed the merengue-influenced production of the album. In 2011, the album won the award for “Best Female Pop Vocal Album” at the 2011 Latin Grammy Awards. With success throughout Europe and Latin America, the album peaked atop the charts in Belgium, Croatia, France, Mexico, Portugal and Spain. In the United States, “Sale el Sol” debuted at number seven.
Fun Facts about the album: “Following the worldwide success of “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)”, Shakira soon began work on her ninth studio album “Sale el Sol.” She decided to experiment with merengue music on the album, saying ‘I grew up listening to merengue—that was a big part of my life, and I was missing it.’”
In 2010, Shakira showed her comedic side as she appeared on the hit Disney Channel series “Wizards of Waverly Place” in the third season’s episode “Dude Looks Like Shakira.”
Shakira: Through the years 2014
The release of her tenth album marks Shakira’s first English-language album since 2009’s “She Wolf”. Shakira had revealed in November 2011 that she had began work on the album which was set to be released back in 2012. Unfortunately, the album had to be delayed due to her pregnancy, her involvement on NBC’s “The Voice” and final work on the album; the album (Shakira) was released last Tuesday March 21 of this year. The album was mostly written by Shakira along with Nasri and Adam Messinger, with all of the previous predominantly producing the album since 2011.
What’s next for Shakira? She never fail to surprise us all with her grace, charm, and of course, her involvement with charities and causes. Oh, and of course, being an awesome mom to her son Milan Piqué Mebarak.
Fun Facts about the album: “The album’s lyrics explore motherhood, the complexities of romantic relationships, stages of love and the search for personal happiness.”