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She Wolf is the third English studio album by Colombianmarker Latin-pop singer-songwriter Shakira, first released on October 9, 2009, in Europe through Sony Music, October 12 in the UK with RCA Records and November 23 in the US with Epic Records.

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 except for one song, The Timbaland produced US-only second single "Give It Up to Me". Pharrell Williams was her main co-writer and the rest of the album was co-produced by Shakira and William's production outfit The Neptunes or duo John Hill and Sam Endicott.

The lead single is also called "She Wolf" in English-speaking territories and reached top 10 worldwide. In Latin America and Spainmarker the Spanish language version of the song "Loba" was released alongside. "Did It Again" is scheduled to be the next European single whereas "Give It Up to Me" will be released in the US.

Background and production

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 Roma-like clarinet 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," says the two-time Grammy and seven-time Latin Grammy Award winner. "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 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 Colombianmarker, Middle Eastern influences, but always with the synthesizers as a dominant element...The worst that can happen to me is repeat myself and repeat 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 Spanish song "Devoción" featuring Gustavo Cerati. For undisclosed reasons these are not included on the international version of the album, however this is not unusual as many album recording sessions produce songs which are not later used.


Shakira's official website announced that "The 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 will be released in 2010. Shakira premiered "She Wolf" on Z100 and KIIS-FMmarker on July 13, 2009. Shakira stated in an interview that the album will have 3 Spanish songs. It was since revealed on her official website that the album would be released November 23rd in the USA with exclusive bonus content that would not be available elsewhere.


  • The lead single from the album is "She Wolf / Loba", written by Shakira and John Hill. In June 2009, several music journalists and reviewers got an advance listen of the track. The reviews were positive. The Spanish version titled, "Loba", premiered on June 29, 2009. "She Wolf" has peaked at number 1 in Latin America, number 2 in Spain and Germany and 3 in Italy and Switzerland.

  • "Did It Again" will be released as the official second single worldwide. Although the song will not be the second single in the US, Shakira taped a performance of the song on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on September 15 for an episode that aired on September 18, 2009. Shakira also performed it on Dancing with the Stars on October 13, 2009, and on Saturday Night Live on October 17, 2009. A 30 second preview of the video was released in mid-October and the video was released on October 30.



David Balls of Digital Spy gave the album 4 out of 5 stars and said "At just over 30 minutes in length, this is a bantamweight boxer of a pop album – a bit on the slight side, but there's barely an ounce of fat on it. With its vampish beats, infectious "awhoo!"s and '70s disco guitars, lead single 'She Wolf' sets the pace, positioning Shakira at the quirky end of the dance-pop spectrum. The one caveat? Some fans may be disappointed that She Wolf downplays Shakira's Latin-pop routes in favour of a sound that will appeal to radio playlisters the world over. However, her ability to mix this album's eclectic range of influences into a listenable, cohesive collection of songs should be ample compensation. Holding it all together, of course, is that distinctive voice. Who knew sounding a bit like a goat could be a good thing?" Niel McCormick from The Telegraph agreed saying "In her quest to extend her appeal from her Spanish language base to global superstardom, there is a sense that Shakira is genuinely trying to invent something original. The 32-year-old’s Latin rhythms, vocal tricks and ear for eccentric hooklines have lifted her out of pop rock homogeneity." He went on to approve of the selection of producers by saying "She has recruited some of clubland’s most dynamic producers. The result is a groovier, more modern and electro-flavoured collection, yet it is Shakira’s weird mash of melodies, multiplicitous vocals and man-eating lyrics that define its character. Shakira seems to have at least four different voices (from back-of-the-throat ululation to girlish falsetto) and tracks them against each other then overlays them with percussive interjections. When it comes together, the result can be so inventive and surprising you can hardly believe your ears."

Dan Cairns of Times Online said "In a world not short of female singers who foreground their sexuality while in the process obscuring their identity, Shakira stands out. She defines the terms of her sexuality, she’s also defending her inalienable right to be, well, a bit silly. She remains poised on the brink of perpetual laughter, it shouldn’t detract from the meticulous attention to detail that distinguishes this as a superior pop album."

Johnny Davis from The Guardian also commended the album by saying "Sure, a combination of Latin licentiousness and English self-taught via Bob Dylan lyrics and a thesaurus means you're never quite sure the Colombian singer knows what she's saying, but third English language album proves she does. The music's Pharrell Williams-assisted dancefloor pop; the words entirely Shakira's. Preposterously brilliant." Mike Diver from BBC Music echoed previous reviews stating that "the darkness that creeps in from the edges of this record is always kept at bay by playful and inventive instrumentation and quirky wordplay from the singer, at her best when making like Mariah Carey after a quarter-bottle of tequila and a weekend lost in the rainforest: you sense she could hit the highest of notes if she wanted, but a deliberate weariness keeps her histrionics in check. One can conclude She Wolf is perhaps the most enjoyably varied pop album of 2009."

Tamara Palmer from Metromix said "it’s all about those snappy and nimble Neptunes tracks, which refreshingly don’t sound like the predictable Pharrell-and-Chad beats from years past." Andy Gill from The Independent also commented on the style of the album "There's also a significant sea-change in Shakira's sound, mostly courtesy of The Neptunes, which brings her more in line with the contemporary generic dancefloor electro employed by less distinctive pop divas." Johnny Dee from Virgin Media said "With 'She Wolf', Shakira has made one of the most ridiculously catchy and properly bonkers pop singles of the decade. Shakira’s talent is she turning these soap opera lyrics into excellent pop songs."

On the Allmusic review, the album received 4.5 out of 5 stars. It was said that:"This time, she focuses on one sound only: a pulsating electro-disco that crosses all boundaries and welcomes all nationalities. Such concentration behooves Shakira, freeing her to release her inner She Wolf, a wild wacko who's as coo coo as she is carnal. And for as sexy as Shakira is — crucially, her music is sexy too — what really gives She Wolf its bite is her inspired nuttiness, how she laments that Matt Damon’s not meant for her, and wishes her ex-lover and his new girl a horrible vacation where the room smells and the toilet doesn’t flush. "Darling, it is no joke, this is lycanthropy," she sings on the title track with no small trace of humor, and this blend of cheerful weirdness and sick beats — often supplied by the Neptunes, delivering tough, sensual rhythms in a way they haven’t in a long time, but also John Hill and Wyclef Jean — is giddily addicting, a celebration of all the strange sensuality that comes out at night".

Jim Cantiello from MTV News called the album "jaw-droppingly wild and deliciously unpredictable" and even went as far as saying "is one of my favorite pop albums of the year (if not the decade — yes, I said decade)"

Track listing

Charts, sales and procession

Chart performance

Chart (2009) Peak

Argentina Albums Chart 1
Austria Albums Chart 4
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders) 12
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia) 11
Danish Albums Chart 31
Dutch Albums Chart 5
European Top 100 Albums 2
Finnish Albums Chart 21
French Albums Chart 7
German Albums Chart 3
Irish Albums Chart 1
Italian Albums Chart 5
Japanese Albums Chart 26
Mexican Albums Chart 1
Norwegian Albums Chart 24
Spanish Albums Chart 2
Swedish Albums Chart 23
Swiss Albums Chart 1
UK Albums Chart 4

Sales and certifications

Country (2009) Provider Certification

(sales thresholds)

Argentina CAPIF Gold 20,000+
Colombia ASINCOL 2xPlatinum 40,000+
Greece IFPI Gold 3,000+
Mexico AMPROFON Platinum 80,000+
Poland [Związek Producentów Audio-Video|ZPAV Gold 10,000+
Spain PROMUSICAE Gold 40,000+

Chart procession and succession

Release history


  1. Allmusic review for She Wolf
  3. Amazon DE "She Wolf" release date, 7 September 2009
  4. "She Wolf" release date, 12 September 2009
  5. Amazon FR release date, September 11, 2009
  6. HMV JP "She Wolf" release date, 7 September 2009
  7. Brazilian "She Wolf" release date, 2 October 2009

External links

October 9, 2009
CD, Digital download
Sony Music Entertainment
October 10, 2009
CD, Digital download
October 12, 2009
CD, Digital download
Jive Epic, Sony Music
United Kingdom
RCA Records
Sony Music Entertainment
South America
Digital download
October 13, 2009
CD, Digital download
October 14, 2009
Sony Music Japan
October 15, 2009
Sony Music Entertainment
Middle East
October 16, 2009
October 22, 2009
November 6, 2009
CD, Digital download
November 23, 2009
United States
Epic Records
New Zealand
November 2009
Sony Music Entertainment

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