Shakira is back to embarrass your faves with the 5th single from her bilingual album Sale El Sol. So far the opus has sold more than 4 million copies around the world without even being released in major markets like Australia and the UK. To put it into perspective - that's almost double the latest offerings from Beyoncé, Rihanna and Britney. It constantly amazes me that the English-speaking world has effectively turned its back on one of the last remaining global phenomenons. Particularly when she's releasing music as good as "Addicted To You". This glorious concoction effortlessly mixes Latin percussion, brass and merengue rhythms to come up with a simultaneously fresh yet undeniably retro sound.
It reminds me of early Gloria Estefan. The Miami Sound Machine would have turned "Addicted To You" out! Happily, after knocking out a couple of cheap and cheerful videos, Shakira has opened her purse and hired the services of Anthony Mandler to direct her latest visual (below). Anthony is best known for his beautiful photography and atmospheric locations - two characteristics that define this clip. It's absolutely gorgeous and reminds you that 35-year-old superstar is still one of the most beautiful women alive. Interestingly, Shakira also has a new English-language album on the way and she's coming for wigs. So far she's worked with RedOne, Dr Luke, Max Martin, Benny Blanco and Fernando Garibay. 2012 is shaping up to be a huge year for the pride of Colombia. Stay tuned!