Shakira Goes Bilingual On Two New Albums
Latin superstar Shakira will release two new albums this year via Epic. First up is "Fijacion Oral 1," a Spanish-language set that will arrive June 7, while the all-English "Oral Fixation 2" will hitLatin superstar Shakira will release two new albums this year via Epic. First up is "Fijacion Oral 1," a Spanish-language set that will arrive June 7, while the all-English "Oral Fixation 2" will hit stores in November. The first single from the projects is "La Tortura" featuring Alejandro Sanz, which will hit U.S. radio outlets later this month.
"I did not set out to make two albums when I began the writing process but suddenly I realized I had written 60 songs, some in English and some in Spanish," Shakira says. "Twenty of these songs were selected and divided up by language to make two different albums."
Shakira co-wrote or wrote every song on both discs, and also handled some production duties in tandem with longtime collaborators Luis Ochoa, Tim Mitchell and Lester Mendez. Rick Rubin served as the executive producer.
"The stage at which human beings are the most orally fixated is the first stage of our lives, which is the most elementary, the most instinctive, and the most primitive," the artist says of the album names. "I think I am still in that stage, especially at this moment because I feel the most in touch with that animalistic aspect within me."
The new releases will be the follow-up to Shakira's 2001 album "Laundry Service," which debuted at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 3.3 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.