Shakira - Oral Fixation Tour
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Shakira - Oral Fixation Tour

Recorded during Shakira’s blockbuster 2006-2007 tour, “Oral Fixation Tour” features live performances of the Colombian singer-songwriter’s greatest multilingual hits, including “La Tortura” with Alejandro Sanz and “Hips Don’t Lie” with Wyclef Jean.

Hips Don’t Lie

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More than a decade ago, Shakira solidified her position as a global icon when she released “Hips Don’t Lie.” Her collaborator, Wyclef Jean, let out the “Shakira, Shakira” heard ‘round the world as the song topped the charts in multiple countries, including the U.S., the U.K. and Australia. That was the perfect launch pad for the Colombian musician into her sold-out Oral Fixation Tour, which was a testament to how masterfully she transformed a “world music” genre into a universal pop language on stage.

Though I was thrilled to first see Shakira on her 2018 El Dorado Tour as an established international star, there’s no period in her career that can compare to the breakthrough she achieved in 2005-2006. What she was able to accomplish in that time frame as a woman, a Latina and an artist who primarily performs in Spanish with her 2005 album “Fijación Oral, Vol. 1” and “Hips Don’t Lie” remains inspiring. That momentum runs through her high-energy performances on the “Oral Fixation Tour.” 

In the late ‘90s, to achieve crossover success, Latin music stars like Puerto Rico’s Ricky Martin and Spain’s Enrique Iglesias were releasing music in English to expand their audiences. At that time, Shakira emerged with her guitar as a fresh female voice in the male-dominated rock en Español movement. By incorporating world and dance music, she refreshed the sound. 

In 1998, Shakira married her Colombian and Lebanese roots in the hypnotic “Ojos Así,” where she first employed her signature belly-dancing moves. After Latinos in South America and the U.S. fell under her spell, she too followed suit with an English-language album.

That Shakira stands on the shoulders of giants like the late Tejana legend Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, salsa music queen Celia Cruz and Miami Sound Machine singer Gloria Estefan can’t be denied. These trailblazers helped popularize Latino culture and Latin music around the world. Shakira extended their reach for new generations of listeners. Estefan had a hand in co-writing “Whenever, Whenever” in 2001 with Shakira and Tim Mitchell, with Shakira translating the poetry of her Spanish lyrics into English with equally captivating flair. As the lead single from her “Laundry Service” album, the song was Shakira’s first taste of global success. 

The song’s video opens with a journalist asking Shakira in English about her crossover success and her playfully answering him in Spanish, much to his dismay.

A second Top 10 hit followed in the form of the sultry “Underneath Your Clothes.” The song’s video opens with a journalist asking Shakira in English about her crossover success and her playfully answering him in Spanish, much to his dismay. With her follow-up album, “Fijación Oral, Vol. 1” (2005), the question loomed if she would be able to keep her newfound audience captivated with her Spanish project. 

Upon release, “Fijación Oral, Vol. 1” set a record on the Billboard pop chart for the highest debut for an all-Spanish album when it hit No. 4. This paved the way for artists today who perform mostly in Spanish, including Puerto Rican superstar Bad Bunny, whose 2020 album “El Último Tour Del Mundo” was a No. 1 hit. 

At a time when Puerto Rican stars like Daddy Yankee, Tego Caulderón and Ivy Queen turned the world on to reggaeton music, Shakira tapped into that sound for the album’s lead single “La Tortura” with Spanish crooner Alejandro Sanz. She wielded a seductive charm over Sanz that similarly won over her global audience. Shakira also became the first artist to perform in Spanish at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards with her live duet of “La Tortura” with Sanz. 

The album’s impact tore down prior barriers: The 2006 Latin Grammy Awards tapped “Fijación Oral, Vol. 1” as Album of the Year, the first time a woman had won the honor. The Oral Fixation Tour provided a victory lap. 

Fittingly, “Hips Don’t Lie,” featuring Jean, caps this film. Through her belly-dancing, Shakira embodied her music in a way few performers could, while her multilingual songs built bridges to a multicontinental audience. In 2020, she would be headlining the Super Bowl halftime show. By then, the entire world was speaking her language.

Lucas Villa is a Mexican-American music journalist who covers pop and Latin music. He’s interviewed pop queens and Latin music superstars for places like Rolling Stone, Billboard, Paper Magazine, W Magazine, VIBE, Allure, MTV News, Grammy.com, and LGBTQ Nation.

Lucas Villa is a Mexican-American music journalist who covers pop and Latin music. He’s interviewed pop queens and Latin music superstars for places like Rolling Stone, Billboard, Paper Magazine, W Magazine, VIBE, Allure, MTV News, Grammy.com, and LGBTQ Nation.

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