On Welcome Back Wednesday we celebrate the return of a beloved pop culture player who’s been off the radar for a while. Where’d they go? It doesn’t matter! We’re just glad they’re back.
In the summer of 2001, a then-unknown Colombian singer’s infectious single was thrust upon unsuspecting ears. With its thumping beat and sexy lyrics, “Whenever, Wherever” quickly became a career-defining breakout hit. Written and produced, of course, by Shakira—with a little help from Gloria Estefan—the song peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot 100. The music video, wherein the artist shimmies in front of a green-screen backdrop of mountains and crawls through mud, was so successful, it was forced to retire on MTV’s Total Request Live.
Now, Shakira is back with a brand-new album, El Dorado (translation: golden), written mostly in Spanish—her first release since her 2014 self-titled album, which, ICYMI, featured the singles, “Can’t Remember to Forget You,” “Empire,” and “Dare (La La La).” According to her Instagram, the 13-track LP has already reached number one in 34 countries, proving that Shakira’s star hasn’t faded even a little bit over the years. Welcome back, Shakira! (Or should we say, “Bienvenido de nuevo”?).