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Shakira - She Wolf (album cover)
Released October 9, 2009
Length 40:53
Producers Shakira, Amanda Ghost, Lukas Burton, Future Cut, Jerry Duplessis, John Hill, Wyclef Jean, The Neptunes, Timbaland
Label Epic
SML
Discography
D7 D8 D9
From She-Wolf
  1. "She Wolf"
    Released: July 13, 2009
  2. "Did It Again"
    Released: October 16, 2009
  3. "Give It Up to Me"
    Released: November 10, 2009
  4. "Gypsy"
    Released: February 19, 2010

She-Wolf (Spanish: Loba) is the sixth studio album by Colombian singer-songwriter, Shakira, first released on October 9, 2009 through Epic Records and Sony Music Latin. The album sees Shakira shift from Latin pop and pop rock to electropop while also exploring dancehall. She co-wrote and co-produced all of the album, apart from her second US single, which was produced by Pharrell Williams and his production outfit. The album was preceded by the title single "She Wolf" ("Loba", in Spanish-speaking countries) which reached top 10 worldwide. "Did It Again" ("Lo Hecho Está Hecho" for Latin America) was released internationally as the second single whilst the US and Canada received the Timbaland-produced "Give It Up to Me". According to Nielsen Soundscan, She Wolf had sold 410,000 copies in the United States and over 2 million worldwide.

Background and productionEdit

When speaking about the album Shakira said "I felt very curious and intrigued about the electro-pop world and everything it has to offer, I wanted to make sure that this album was very bassy and that the kicks hit really hard, and I wanted to concentrate on the beat. But my music, to a certain extent, is very complex -- because I always try to experiment with sounds from other parts of the world." In addition to the disco-influenced title track, there's "Good Stuff", a synthed-out snake-charmer punctuated by ululating and staccato beats; "Long Time", a percussive midtempo groove with a Colombian Gaita bridge; and "Why Wait", a dancefloor scorcher by way of Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir". (Shakira worked on the arrangement with Hossam Ramzy, who had worked on "Kashmir" with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.) "It's an electronic album generally speaking, but it does have different organic instruments that, combined with the synthesizers, create a different sort of ambience," Shakira said. "You've got to put together a nice meal and make sure the spices don't take over the main ingredient. And at the end of the day, it gives a nice flavor in your mouth." Shakira told Rolling Stone magazine that the album was recorded by Gustavo Celis during a series of 12-hour-a-day sessions mostly in the Bahamas with John Hill, Pharrell and other collaborators. The hard work helped transform her sound from the slithery Latin-tinged pop of “Hips Don’t Lie” to something more glitchy, buzzing and fiercely danceable. "It's very electronic and dance-oriented, club-oriented. It’s designed for people to have fun and enjoy themselves and forget about their troubles and the crisis,” says Shakira. She also says that she always wanted to do a bass-heavy record without losing “the fusion, which is something I’m always very interested in—bringing in elements from different cultures. So you’re going to find Colombian, Middle Eastern influences, but always with the synthesizers as a dominant element...The worst that can happen to me is repeating myself and repeating the same old formula,” Shakira tells Rolling Stone, adding that she takes a long time between records “because I really want to be sure every detail makes me happy". Shakira also said that she was very pleased to work once again with Wyclef Jean. She attributes some of their creative synergy to the fact that they "both come from the developing world and we have been close to extreme poverty.” Pharrell forced her to step outside of her box and learn to work more quickly, while Hill introduced her to electro acts like Crystal Castles: “They’re a good example of how electronica can take you to different places". Shakira worked with Timbaland to produce her second US single "Give It Up To Me" which was originally recorded for his own album Timbaland Presents Shock Value 2. Rolling Stone magazine confirmed that the song initially featured Timbaland rapping but his verse was replaced with Flo Rida and then later Lil Wayne. President of Epic Records Amanda Ghost, said of the recording "everyone’s breath was taken away when Lil Wayne said he wanted to jump on the record." The decision for Shakira to record the song is responsible for the delay of the album's release in the US. In an interview with El Universal Shakira went on to speak about the album. She mentioned 9 of the 12 songs which appear on the track-listing as well as two others an English song titled "Send Me an Angel" and a Spanish song "Devoción" featuring Gustavo Cerati. For undisclosed reasons these two song are not included in the album. "Devocion" was later included in her next studio album, Sale El Sol.

Shakira's official website announced that "[t]he full album is due out in October 2009 from Epic" and it "features a predominantly English track list". The site also announced that a Spanish album would be released in 2010. Shakira premiered "She Wolf" on Z100 and KIIS-FM on July 13, 2009. Shakira stated in an interview that the album will have three Spanish songs. It was since revealed on her official website that the album would be released November 23 in the USA with exclusive bonus content that would not be available elsewhere. In Argentina and Colombia (and possibly other Spanish-speaking countries), Loba was re-released on March 22, 2010 with extra features like the Spanish version of the single "Gypsy" ("Gitana") and remixes.

ReleaseEdit

Shakira's official website announced that "[t]he full album is due out in October 2009 from Epic" and it "features a predominantly English track list". The site also announced that a Spanish album would be released in 2010. and KIIS-FM on July 13, 2009. Shakira stated in an interview that the album will have three Spanish songs. It was since revealed on her official website that the album would be released November 23 in the USA with exclusive bonus content that would not be available elsewhere. In Argentina and Colombia (and possibly other Spanish-speaking countries), Loba was re-released on March 22, 2010 with extra features like the Spanish version of the single "Gypsy" ("Gitana") and remixes.

SinglesEdit

  • "Loba" was released as the lead single from the album on July 6 and "She Wolf" on July 13. Written by Shakira and John Hill, the song was well received by critics. The single reached the top-ten worldwide.
  • "Did It Again" was released as the official second single internationally on October 16, 2009. It was released with a Spanish counterpart title "Lo Hecho Está Hecho" and has reached the top 40 in most countries including #17 in Ireland, #26 in Switzerland, #29 in the UK and #34 in Germany and Austria.
  • "Give It Up to Me" was released as the second single from the album (third overall) in Canada and the US on November 10, 2009 and features rapper Lil Wayne. It was produced by in-demand hip-hop producer Timbaland and had originally been recorded for his album Shock Value II. It reached 29 and 31 in the US and Canada respectively. The song doesn't appear on any version released in Spanish speaking territories.
  • "Gypsy" is the fourth and final single from the album, although it is the third single in each country, it is being serviced with Spanish version "Gitana" which is included on the latin American version of the album. "Gypsy" and "Gitana" were sent to radio stations around the world on February 22, 2010 and the song's video features tennis star Rafael Nadal.

Track listingEdit

No. TitleWriter(s)Producer(s) Length
1. "She Wolf"  Shakira, John Hill, Sam EndicottShakira, Hill 3:10
2. "Did It Again"  Shakira, Pharrell WilliamsShakira, The Neptunes 3:13
3. "Long Time"  Shakira, WilliamsShakira, The Neptunes, Hill (add.) 2:56
4. "Why Wait"  Shakira, WilliamsShakira, The Neptunes, Hill (add.) 3:43
5. "Good Stuff"  Shakira, WilliamsShakira, The Neptunes, Hill (add.) 3:18
6. "Men in This Town"  Shakira, Hill, EndicottShakira, Hill 3:36
7. "Gypsy"  Shakira, Amanda Ghost, Ian Dench, Carl Sturken, Evan RogersShakira, Ghost, Lukas Burton, Future Cut 3:18
8. "Spy" (featuring Wyclef Jean)Shakira, JeanShakira, Jean, Jerry Duplessis 3:27
9. "Mon amour"  Shakira, Albert MenéndezShakira, Hill 4:06
10. "Lo hecho está hecho" (bonus track)Shakira, Jorge Drexler, WilliamsShakira, The Neptunes 3:13
11. "Años luz" (bonus track)Shakira, Drexler, WilliamsShakira, The Neptunes 3:44
12. "Loba"  Shakira, Drexler, Hill, EndicottShakira, Hill 3:09

Charts and salesEdit

ChartsEdit

Chart (2009/2010) Peak
position
Argentina Albums Chart 1
Austria Albums Chart 4
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders) 12
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia) 11
Canadian Albums Chart 18
Croatian International Albums Chart 3
Danish Albums Chart 31
Dutch Albums Chart 5
European Top 100 Albums 2
Finnish Albums Chart 21
French Albums Chart 7
French Top 50 Digital Chart 1
German Albums Chart 3
Greek Albums Chart 22
Hungarian Albums Chart 23
Irish Albums Chart 1
Italian Albums Chart 1
Japanese Albums Chart 26
Mexican Albums Chart 1
Norwegian Albums Chart 24
Polish Albums Charts 17
Portuguese Albums Chart 5
Spanish Albums Chart 2
Swedish Albums Chart 23
Swiss Albums Chart 1
UK Albums Chart 4
US Billboard 200 15

Release historyEdit

English releaseEdit

Region Date Format Label Catalog
Austria[9] October 9, 2009 Standard edition (CD, digital download) Sony Music Entertainment 88697595872
Belgium[9]
Germany[10] 88697381882
Italy[9] 88697595872
Ireland[9] 88697591412
Netherlands[9] 88697381882
Switzerland[11]
New Zealand[12] 88697595872
France[13] October 12, 2009 Jive Epic, Sony Music 88697381882
United Kingdom
[14][15]
RCA Records 88697591412
Extended edition (CD, digital download) 88697595872
Denmark[16] Standard edition (CD, digital download) Sony Music Entertainment 88697381882
Finland[17]
Greece[18]
Philippines[19] October 14, 2009
Sweden[20]
Norway[9]
Japan[21] Sony Music Japan EICP1273
Brazil[22] October 15, 2009 Sony Music Entertainment 886973818824
Turkey[23] October 22, 2009 88697381882
Australia[24] November 6, 2009 886975914128
Canada[25] November 23, 2009 88697381882
United States[26] Special edition (CD, digital download) Epic Records 886976169527

Spanish releaseEdit

Region Date Format Label Catalog
Colombia[27] October 10, 2009 Standard edition (CD, digital download) Sony Music Entertainment 886975991228
Mexico[28] October 12, 2009 88697599122
South America[9]
Portugal[9] 88697599122
Spain[9] October 13, 2009
Argentina March 22, 2010 Special edition (CD, digital download)

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