Released September 29, 1998
Length 41:06
Producers Shakira, Emilio Estefan Jr., Pablo Florez, Javier Garza, Lester Mendez, Luis Fernando Ochoa
Label SML
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From Dónde Están los ladrones?
  1. "Ciega, Sordomuda"
    Released: July 13, 1998
  2. ""
    Released: November 2, 1998
  3. "Inevitable"
    Released: December 15, 1998
  4. "No Creo"
    Released: February 17, 1999
  5. "Ojos Así"
    Released: July 23, 1999
  6. "Moscas en la Casa"
    Released: August 28, 1999

Dónde Están los ladrones? (English: Where Are the Thieves?) is the second official studio album by Shakira, released in 1998. Dónde Están los Ladrones? sold 7 million copies worldwide. The album is one of the highest selling Spanish-language albums in the United States. Two of the album's songs garnered Shakira the Latin Grammy Awards for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. In addition, it was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1999 for Best Latin Rock Album.

Album informationEdit

The album took 9 months to produce since many people worked on the album: an increased number of options were given and further demos were released. This extended the production process, making it more complex than the Pies Descalzos album. In addition, Shakira insisted on perfection, mindful of the many critics who would judge her second album, mindful of the label of "musical prodigy" applied to her in Latin America. Consequently, each song comprised three or four demo tracks, made possible by the increased album budget and the hundreds of thousands of dollars available for promotion. As a result, the album sold 100,000 copies on the day of release, and reached one million sales by the end of the month. The album title was inspired by one of Shakira's trips to the capital of her native country Colombia, Bogotá. 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.

Track listing Edit

No. TitleWriter(s)Producer(s) Length
1. "Ciega, Sordomuda"  Shakira, SalgadoShakira, Lester Mendez 4:28
2. "Si te vas"  Shakira, OchoaShakira, Luis F. Ochoa 3:30
3. "Moscas en la Casa"  ShakiraShakira, Lester Mendez 3:32
4. "No Creo"  Shakira, OchoaShakira, Luis F. Ochoa 3:53
5. "Inevitable"  Shakira, OchoaShakira, Luis F. Ochoa 3:13
6. "Octavo día"  Shakira, MendezShakira, Lester Mendez 4:32
7. "Que vuelvas"  ShakiraShakira, Lester Mendez 3:51
8. ""  Shakira, O'BrienShakira, Lester Mendez 3:35
9. "¿Dónde están los ladrones?"  Shakira, OchoaShakira, Luis F. Ochoa 3:14
10. "Sombra de ti"  Shakira, OchoaShakira, Luis F. Ochoa 3:35
11. "Ojos Así"  Shakira, Flores, GarzaShakira, Pablo Flores, Javier Garza 3:57


  • Shakira - Producer, Songwriter, vocals, harmonica
  • Emilio Estefan Jr. - Executive producer
  • Javier Garza - Producer, engineer, mixer, programmer
  • Luis Fernando Ochoa - Producer, songwriter, guitar, bass guitar
  • Lester Mendez - Producer, string arrangements, programmer
  • Pablo Florez - Producer, programmer
  • Sebastian Krys - Engineer, mixer
  • Alfred Figueroa - Assistant engineer
  • Kieran Wagner - Assistant engineer
  • Chris Wiggins - Assistant engineer
  • Kevin Dillon - Coordinator
  • Wendy Pedersen - Backing vocals
  • Adam Zimmon - Guitar
  • Marcelo Acevedo - Guitar
  • Randy Barlow - Accordion
  • Teddy Mulet - Trumpet
  • Brendan Buckley - Drums
  • Joseph Quevedo - Drums
  • Edwin Bonilla - Percussion
  • John Falcone - Electric bass guitar


Chart (1998) Peak
Dutch Albums Charts 7
German Albums Chart 79
Swiss Albums Chart 7
U.S. Billboard 200 131
U.S. Billboard Catalog Albums 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Heatseekers Albums 2
U.S. Billboard Top Latin Albums 1
U.S. Billboard Top Latin Pop Albums 1


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