It's kind of stupid to talk about Shakira making a comeback. Afterall, 2010's Sale El Sol outsold the latest from Beyoncé, Britney and Rihanna but it's been a while since she's had a big hit in the UK, Australia or America. "Get It Started" is the song that will, most likely, change all that. Produced by RedOne, the furious club-banger is actually the lead single from Pitbull's soon-to-be-released Global Warming album. To be honest, the Colombian goddess makes little more than a cameo on the chorus but this is the perfect vehicle to reintroduce Shakira to English-speaking pop fans. Pitbull's version of the song - there are two - sounds pretty generic but it stays true to his usual formula of inoffensive rapping seasoned with thunderous club beats and a catchy vocal courtesy of a global superstar. It's basically the kind of shit that will be played twice an hour on radio and sound amazing at the club after a couple of drinks.
The real treat, however, is Shakira's solo version. Anyone who has had the misfortune of hearing the Pitbull-free version of J. Lo's "On The Floor" or "Dance Again" will know that dual versions are usually a dicey proposition but "Get It Started" sounds infinitely superior without Mr Worldwide. It's a testament to the Queen of South American pop that she can carry an entire song with two sentences and some of her trademark growling and howling. I love this woman's voice so much. She brings real heart to the trashy floorfiller through sheer force of will - kind of like Sia's contribution to "Wild Ones". This version of the song is clearly unfinished and will probably never be released officially but I'm obsessed. Shakira is going dance on her sure-to-be all-conquering 8th studio album and the game is about the littered with wigless bitches. Bring on another Laundry Service-sized monster hit.