Shakira Gets Ready To Pounce On The Global Dance Floor

ARTIST: Shakira
TITLE: “Loba”
WEB DEBUT: June 29, 2009

ONE-LISTEN VERDICT: Shakira’s first single since her 2007 ringtone-ready Beyonce collab “Beautiful Liar” sounds at first like a straight-up disco jam, with an aggressively thumpy bass and string flourishes. But the way the singer’s normally husky vocals are tweaked on the chorus sound like she’s beamed in a backup singer from Planet J-Pop in order to complete her task of reinventing herself. The English-language version of the track–called “She Wolf–is set to debut sometime within the next 36 hours, and a few preliminary reports on that version hint at the reason behind the stylistic shift: the lyrics on the song’s chorus are about the wolf inside a woman needing to be let out. (So it’s a cloaking device?) The track is actually surprisingly hot, perhaps because of all these collisions, although I’m wondering if its straight-up disco revivalism will result in it being exiled from pop radio.

WHERE TO HEAR IT: Give it a spin on YouTube before it gets taken down:

Shakira – Loba **nueva cancion** [YouTube]

  • Kate Richardson

    Ooohh I like it, even though the voice thing is a little weird. However let’s not forget Shakira’s end all, be all of songs:

  • Rockabye

    Maura: Does her voice sound a little Jewel-ish to you?

    I like the song (it’s so far away from the bitter synthetics of the Peas that I don’t mind that it’s vacant), but the voice sounds strange on first listen.


    I want to retire!! I’ve been used and abused by people and I’m tired of working! By the way- even though you say “no to nudity”, you look pretty sexy nude, besides being so smart there with those hips!!

  • the machine

    I’m looking for a rich woman to take care of me while I find a job. I have several disabilities. I like Shakira! You’re a smart cookie!! This is probably far fetched; nevertheless, you’ve got to try things in life because you never know!!