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Fijación Oral Vol. 1 ( ) is the eighth album by Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira. It is also the first Spanish language album released by the multilingual songwriter since 1998. The album has won numerous awards worldwide, including five Latin Grammy Awards and a Grammy Award. The album has sold more than 4 million copies worldwide and holds the record for highest debut ever for a Spanish language album in the United Statesmarker.

Album information

The album was first released on June 3, 2005 in Irelandmarker. It was then released on June 6 in the rest of the European Union and on June 7 on the North America (see 2005 in music).

This is Shakira's first studio album since Laundry Service, released in 2001. It is also her first full Spanish language album since 1998's ¿Dónde Están los Ladrones?. The album yielded 5 number one singles: The first single "La Tortura" was #1 in more than 19 countries and held the top spot on the U.S. Billboard Hot Latin tracks for an impressive 25 weeks (The song broke the record on the Billboard's Hot Latin Tracks chart, appearing at #1 more than any other single) , the second single "No" was #1 in 6 countries , the third single "Día de Enero" was #1 in 6 countries and held the top position in Mexico for 8 weeks, the fourth single "La Pared" was #1 in Spain and Argentina, and the final promotional single "Las De La Intuición" was #1 in 9 countries most notably holding the top position in Spain for 8 weeks.

An English language album, titled Oral Fixation Vol. 2, was released on November 29, 2005. According to Shakira, the two fixations, Spanish version and English one as well, were her "grade thesis". The decision of selling two separated albums in the same year was not premeditated but, although, the quantity of composed material made the singer to choose that "strategy", which now is a new tendency in music industry.

In December 2005, Shakira won a Grammy Award in the category of Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album, beating hip-hop group Orishas and reggaeton artist Vico C.

"The title comes from the fact that I have always lived through my mouth", explains the singer. "It is my biggest source of pleasure and my most accessible vehicle to discover and enjoy the world. I am fixated on chocolate! I am fixated on the spoken word, the written word, the things I have said and the things I should never have said. This is the reason why I decided on this names for the albums (Fijación Oral Vol. 1 / Oral Fixation Vol. 2)".

The album artwork is significant as well. Shakira called upon Renaissance icons to explain the significance of Oral Fixation. In Fijación Oral Vol. 1 Shakira holds a baby in her arms. "Vol. 1 is more of a Freudian image: it represents the psychoanalytical perspective".

Track listing

Chart performance

Fijación Oral Vol. 1 entered the Billboard 200 chart at number 4 on June 15, 2005. It is the highest debut ever for a Spanish language album, selling 157,000 copies in its first week and was also the first to sell more than 100,000 copies in the first week. As of June 1st 2009, Fijacion Oral Vol.1 has sold over 2.2 million copies in the U.S. earning a 2x Platinum / 11x Platino certification from the RIAA. The albums spent 17 weeks at top of the U.S. Billboard Top Latin Albums Chart, the 8th longest stay at #1 on that chart.Only a few hours after the album was released in Venezuelamarker it went Platinum, in Colombiamarker triple Platinum and in Mexicomarker the album was sold-out in one day.Fijación Oral Vol. 1 also became the first Spanish language album to top the German Album Chart ever. According to the biography in the official web of Shakira, Fijación Oral Vol. 1 has sold 5 million albums to date.

Critical and commercial reception

From Rolling Stone Magazine

Longtime fans know Shakira as a singer-songwriter of more depth and breadth than her 2001 English-language breakthrough, Laundry Service, revealed. For her first album of new Spanish-language material since 1998's ¿Dónde Están los Ladrones?, the Colombian songstress flaunts sides to her musical personality repressed by the hip-swiveling babe who stormed American radio with "Whenever, Wherever" and "Underneath Your Clothes." Fijación Oral, Vol. 1 begins by referencing the same French 1960s pop a la Beck and Stereolab, then moves on to show some love to early Eurythmics, breezy bossa nova, vintage Elvis Costello, classic Depeche Mode and the Argentinian rock of Soda Stereo, whose former frontman Gustavo Cerati collaborates on "Día Especial" and "No." Executive producer Rick Rubin helps restore Shakira's artistic integrity by keeping the industry at bay: There's a light touch to ballads like "En Tus Pupilas" that's a world away from the Ricky Martinizing of Latin pop.

English version

  • "En Tus Pupilas" Spanish version of "Something" from Oral Fixation Vol. 2
  • "Día Especial" Spanish version of "The Day and The Time" from Oral Fixation Vol. 2
  • "Las de la Intuición" Spanish version of "Pure Intuition" which is not included in any album


Charts

Country Peak position Certification Sales/shipments
Europe 1 Platinum 1,000,000+
U.S. Billboard 200 4 Platinum 2,200,000
U.S. Billboard Top Latin Albums 1 11x Platinum
Argentina 1 3x Platinum 120,000
Austria 4 Platinum 20,000
Colombia 1 15x Platinum 300,000
Greece 1 Gold 20,000
France 6 Gold 100,000
Germany 1 Platinum 200,000
Hungary 6 Platinum 15,000
Italy 2 Gold 40,000
Mexico 1 3x Platinum 300,000
Netherlands 6 Platinum 60,000
Portugal 1 Platinum 20,000+
Russia 4 Gold 35,000
Spain 1 3x Platinum 240,000
Switzerland 3 Platinum 50,000
Venezuela 1 6x Platinum 60,000


Awards

2006 ALMA Awards

  • Best Spanish language Album
  • Outstanding Female Musical Performer


2006 Billboard Latin Music Awards

  • Latin Pop Album of the Year, Female
  • Hot Latin Song of the Year — "La Tortura"
  • Hot Latin Song of the Year, Vocal Duet — "La Tortura"
  • Latin Pop Airplay Song of the Year, Duo or Group — "La Tortura"
  • Latin Ringtone of the Year — "La Tortura"


2006 Grammy Awards



2006 Latin Grammy Awards



2006 Premio Lo Nuestro

  • Album del Año
  • Canción del Año – "La Tortura"
  • Grupo o Dueto del Año – "La Tortura"


NRJ Music Awards

•International Song Of The Year (La Tortura)(2006)

BMI Latin Music Awards

  • Song of the Year for "La Tortura"
  • Ringtone of the Year for "La Tortura"


International Dance Music Awards

  • Best Latin Dance Track for "La Tortura"


Terra.com Awards

  • Better album of the year with the album " Oral Fijacion volumen 1" (2005)
  • -Best the " musical" couples; (duet): Shakira and Alejandro Sanz (for " Tortura")(2005)
  • The Latin artist of largest the " projection internationale" (2005)
  • The artist most asked by his fans on " Terra" (the site of the awards) (2005)
  • The best at the hour to dance (2005)
  • Those which resounded the most (2005)
  • Best the " chisme" of Shakira and Alejandro Sanz (2005)


Release details

Country Date Label Format Catalog
2005 Sony International CD 93700


See also



References

  1. http://www.shakira.com/music/
  2. [1] Ifpi.
  3. [2] RIAA.
  4. [3] Ifpi Austria.
  5. Bundesverband Musikindustrie: Gold/Platin-Datenbank
  6. [4] Portale Giovani.
  7. [5]Amprofon.
  8. [6] Nvpi/Ifpi Netherland.
  9. [7] Hqnq.
  10. [8] Promusicae.
  11. [9] The Official Swiss Chart.



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