Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Shakira Strikes Back
A couple of days ago I was ready to get a pretentious haircut and start writing an indie music blog. Pop, I ranted, had jumped the shark. Since then we've had era-defining new tunes from Ke$ha, Christina Aguilera and Shakira. So excuse me while I wipe the egg off my face. I love all three ladies for different reasons but I'm particularly excited about the Colombian diva's comeback. She is the biggest star on the planet in South America and much of Europe but her fortunes in the English speaking world have taken a dive. "Truth Or Dare" could be the song to change all that.
Produced by Fernando Garibay (the man behind Lady Gaga's "Edge Of Glory" and Britney's best bonus track "Amnesia"), the bangin' electro-anthem repositions Shakira as the thinking man's dance diva. It's a bold move but Beyoncé's one-time duet partner has already conquered pop, rock, reggaeton, tango and merengue - so this is essentially a no brainer. The lovely Latina has also signed on to judge the next season of The Voice, which will raise her profile enormously in America. While we wait for a HQ version of "Truth Or Dare" to leak, check out the (alleged) cover art (above). Does it remind anyone else of her iconic "Don't Bother" artwork?