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She Wolf
Shakira
Writer(s) Shakira, John Hill, Sam Endicott and Jorge Drexler
Producer(s) Shakira, John Hill
Length 3:08
From    SWLogo
Singles "She Wolf"
"Did It Again"
"Give It Up to Me"
"Gypsy"
She Wolf track listing
"Did It Again"
Shakira singles chronology
 
"Illegal" "She Wolf" "Did It Again"

She-Wolf is a song by Colombian singer-songwriter, Shakira taken from her third English-language studio album of the same name. Shakira wrote and produced the track with John Hill, and Sam Endicott (lead singer and songwriter of The Bravery). The song was released as the lead single worldwide and is being distributed with a Spanish version, Loba, which is being used to promote the album in Spanish-speaking countries.

"Loba" premiered on June 29, 2009, and was played on various radio stations. Shakira premiered "She Wolf" on Z100 and KIIS-FM on July 13, 2009, and the single was available to download from the following day. The song hit U.S. radio on July 21, 2009.

BackgroundEdit

Shakira talked to Rolling Stone about the song: "'She Wolf' came to me very mysteriously, I was in the studio in a bad mood that day, then I got inspired and went to a corner and I wrote the lyrics and the melody in 10 minutes. The image of the she wolf just came to my head, and when I least expected it I was howling and panting". Shakira talked further about the song to Access Hollywood: "I think 'She Wolf' has a lot to do with the moment in which I feel I am. I feel much freer now as a woman, a little more in touch with my own desires, and I tend to listen to myself a little more. ‘What does Shakira want?’. Not what everybody else wants, but what do I really want? And I think that the song deep inside is about that. [It’s] like a more animalistic side of you, a more primitive side ... an animal person in a way, So when you understand these things you forgive yourself every time you screw up, you say, It wasn’t me, that was the she wolf ... that was the animal in me, that wasn’t me, I have nothing to do with that".

Music videoEdit

Shakira - She Wolf music video

Shakira's anti-gravity lean in the music video,with a black body-pops.

The music video was directed by Jake Nava. It was shot in June 2009 in Los Angeles, California. It premiered on MTV on July 30 at 8 pm and features a live wolf. A video for the Spanish version was also released. Shakira's official website described the video as "An inventively sexy video directed by Jake Nava and featuring the metamorphosis of a woman told through her unique dance techniques". It begins with Shakira walking into a walk-in wardrobe (leaving her lover asleep) where she body-pops and dances by herself, also paying tribute to Michael Jackson's famous anti-gravity lean on "Smooth Criminal", "He was the king of artistic magic," Shakira said on an interview from Good Morning America. Then, the wardrobe transforms into a glittery cave-like structure with her dancing. Next, the cave turns into a club with her dancing with five backup dancers. After that, it shows her in a gold cage making seductive poses, with a sign over the cage reading "Do Not Feed the Animal." The scene switches back and forth. Next, a wolf is walking and then transforms into a girl at the club. In the final scene it shows Shakira dancing on top of a high building in San Francisco and dancing with a ladder. The final scene switches back and forth to every scene in the video.

The video premiered as expected to a positive review from MTV. James Montgomery for MTV praised Shakira's dancing skills stating "Shakira has taken the art of body-contorting to new (somewhat unsettling) highs in "She Wolf". She herks and jerks, folds herself in half, torques vertebrae, lifts legs over her head, pops her shoulders in and out of their sockets, hangs upside down, nearly topples over ... the list goes on and on. She out-dances everyone in the business, and even manages to out-Beyoncé". Andrew Bast from Newsweek gave a negative review stating that, "Of course, sex appeal is an essential element of successful musicians, but for someone as talented as Shakira to resort to trashiness on par with Britney’s most bothersome buffoonery is, to put it mildly, a letdown." According to Metro.uk, the music video became an internet sensation with over 35 million views since July 2009.

ChartsEdit

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA) 18
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 3
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 16
Belgium (Ultratop 40 Wallonia) 5
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 5
Czech Republic (IFPI) 12
Denmark (Tracklisten) 16
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 22
European Hot 100 Singles 4
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 6
France (SNEP) Download Chart 4
Germany (Media Control AG) 2
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40) 5
Ireland (IRMA) 2
Israel (Media Forest) 2
Italy (FIMI) 3
Japan (Japan Hot 100) 9
Mexico (Monitor Latino) 1
Norway (VG-lista) 11
New Zealand (RIANZ) 36
Scotland (Official Charts Company) 4
Slovakia (IFPI) 13
Spain (PROMUSICAE) 2
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 17
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 3
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 4
US Billboard Hot 100 11
US Pop Songs (Billboard) 11
US Hot Dance Club Songs (Billboard) 1
US Latin Songs (Billboard)Spanish version:"Loba" 1

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Official versions
  • "She Wolf" – 3:08
  • "She Wolf" (Moto Blanco Radio Edit) – 3:40
  • "She Wolf" (Moto Blanco Club Mix) – 7:08
  • "She Wolf" (Moto Blanco Dub Mix) – 7:07
  • "She Wolf" (Villains Remix) – 4:10
  • "She Wolf" (Villains Dub) – 4:06
  • "She Wolf" (Deeplick Night club Mix) – 7:04
  • "She Wolf" (Deeplick Radio Edit) – 3:26
  • "She Wolf" (Calvin Harris Remix) – 4:47
  • "She Wolf" (Said Mrad Club Remix) – 5:42
  • "She Wolf" (Said Mrad Remix – Radio Edit) – 3:43
  • "She Wolf" (Fahmy & Samba's SphinxMix – Club Mix) – 3:56
  • "She Wolf" (Fahmy & Samba's SphinxMix – Radio Edit) – 2:53
  • "She Wolf" (Mindloop Collective Lounge Mix) – 3:44
  • "She Wolf" (Beirutbiloma Mix) – 3:43
  • "She Wolf" (Official Remix featuring T-Pain) - 3:18
  • "Loba" – 3:08
  • "Loba" (Poncho Club Mix) – 3:56
  • "Loba" (Poncho Radio Mix) – 3:41
  • "Loba" (Deep Mariano Club Mix) – 5:06
  • "Loba" (Deep Mariano Radio Mix) – 4:34
  • "Loba" (Salsa version) – 3:53

Formats and track listingsEdit

Australian Maxi CD
  1. "She Wolf" – 3:08
  2. "She Wolf" (Moto Blanco Radio Edit) – 3:40
  3. "She Wolf" (Moto Blanco Club Mix) – 7:07
Mexico Maxi CD
  1. "Loba" – 3:08
  2. "Loba" (Pocho Club Mix) – 3:49
  3. "Loba" (Pocho Radio Mix) – 3:41
  4. "Loba" (Deep Mariano Club Mix) – 5:04
  5. "Loba" (Deep Mariano Radio Mix) – 4:31
Middle Eastern Maxi CD
  1. "She Wolf" (Said Mrad Club Remix) - 5:42
  2. "She Wolf" (Said Mrad Remix – Radio Edit) – 3:43
  3. "She Wolf" (Fahmy & Samba's SphinxMix – Club Mix) – 3:56
  4. "She Wolf" (Fahmy & Samba's SphinxMix – Radio Edit) – 2:53
  5. "She Wolf" (Mindloop Collective Lounge Mix) – 3:44
  6. "She Wolf" (Beirutbiloma Mix) – 3:43
International 2-Track CD
  1. "She Wolf" – 3:08
  2. "Loba" – 3:08

Lyrics and videoEdit

Shakira - She Wolf03:49

Shakira - She Wolf

S.O.S she is in disguise
S.O.S she is in disguise
There's a she wolf in disguise,
Coming out, coming out, coming out

A domesticated girl that's all you ask of me,
Darling it is no joke, this is lycanthropy
Moon's awake now, with eyes wide open
My body is craving, so feed the hungry

I've been devoting myself to you
Monday to Monday
And Friday to Friday
Not getting enough retribution or decent incentives to keep me at it
Starting to feel just a little abused
Like a coffee machine in an office (aaa)
So I'm gonna go somewhere closer
To get me a lover and tell you about it

There's a she wolf in the closet,
Open up and set it free [wolf sound]
There's a she wolf in the closet,
Let it out so it can breathe (inhales, exhales)

Sitting across the bar, staring right at her prey,
It's going well so far, she's gonna get her way.
Nocturnal creatures are not so prudent,
The moon's my teacher, and I'm her student.

To look at the single man I've got on me a special radar,
And the fire department's hotline in case i get in trouble later
Not looking for cute little divas or rich city guys that just want to enjoy
I'm having a very good time and behave very bad in the arms of a boy

There's a she wolf in the closet,
Open up and set it free [wolf sound]
There's a she wolf in the closet,
Let it out so it can breathe (inhales, exhales)

S.O.S she is in disguise
S.O.S she is in disguise, breathes heavily
There's a she wolf in disguise,
Coming out, coming out, coming out

S.O.S she is in disguise
S.O.S she is in disguise
There's a she wolf in disguise,
Coming out, coming out, coming out

There's a she wolf in the closet,
Let it out so it can breathe (inhales, exhales)

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