Shakira dispels film debut
News that the popular Colombian singer Shakira was going to enter the film industry, acting in the movie "Dare to Love Me," which tells the story of Argentine tango singer Carlos Gardel's life, is still circulating. However, the Colombian star's public relations office denied this information in an exclusive with portal Peopleenespanol.com.
|"That is totally untrue," public relations agency Rogers and Cowan, who manage popular Shakira's press relations, told Peopleenespanol.com. The film in which the Colombian was supposedly going to act is about the life of popular tango singer Carlos Gardel and its cast includes Paz Vega and the Brazilian Rodrigo Santoro.|
According to rumors this week, Shakira was going to play one of Carlos Gardel's lovers and filming would take place in France and Romania. The movie will be directed by Alfonso Arau, responsible for "Como agua para chocolate" and "Zapata."
These rumors were spread by the Colombian radio station Caracol, who said last Sunday that Shakira "will share the screen with Brazilian actor Rodrigo Santoro and the Spaniard Paz Vega." "Santoro will play Gardel, while Shakira will play one of the mythic tango singer's lovers," said the report.
"With a 10 million dollar budget, 'El dia que me quieras' will be directed by the Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Arau and will be filmed mainly in Paris and Bucarest," it added. "Cinematography will be done by Vittorio Storaro (The Last Emperor,) the editor will be Luis Enriquez Bacalov (The Mailman,) and the film will be financed by Chelsea Films, an independent production company based in Miami."
"The film is currently in the pre-production phase and filming will begin in March 2007, to release the film at the end of that year," said the Colombian radio station Caracol. The information was later reported by various other media and press agencies around the world.
VOY / Agencies
Monday, November 13, 2006
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Fijacion Oral Vol.1 was released on June 6, 2005 in Europe and on June 7, 2005 in North America and Australia. The lead single "LA Tortura" (English: The Torture, featuring Alejandro Sanz) eventually reached number one in Spain and number twenty-three on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. In Canada, "La Tortura" also became the highest-charting Spanish song when it debuted and peaked at number twenty-one. Its success across the rest of the world was widespread and it managed to peak within the top ten of the majority of the charts it entered. In the U.S., "La Tortura" spent a record twenty-five weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot LAtin Tracks chart.
Fijación Oral Vol. 1 was simultaneously released in Latin America. It debuted at number one in Spain and at number four on the U.S. Billboard 200. It was also well-received in non-Spanish speaking countries such as Italy and Germany, where it reached number one, Austria, where it reached number three, and Canada and Hungary, where it reached number seven. The second single from Fijación Oral Vol. 1, "No" (English: No), was released in September 2005, and peaked at number one in Spain and Colombia, for fourteen non-consecutive weeks. So far, Fijación Oral Vol. 1 has sold five million copies worldwide. Her third single from "Fijación Oral vol. 1" is Dia de Enero is dedicated to her fiance, Antonio de la Rua. This single was number one in some countries in Latin America, but it hadn't got success like "La Tortura" and "No". The 4th single could be Las de la Intuicion.
Before the release of Shakira's second English album Oral Fixation Vol. 2, she appeared at the 2005 MTV Europe Music Awards in Lisbon, Portugal and she was nominated in the category of "Best Female", which she won to great shock since she had outmatched the international popularity of other artists such as Gwen Stefani. Shakira performed Oral Fixation Vol. 2's lead single "Don't Bother" with a car on stage following her win.
Shakira's second English album Oral Fixation Vol. 2 was released on November 29, 2005 in North America and Australia, and also at this time in Continental Europe. While "Don't Bother" was warmly received by music critics as the album's lead single, it failed to peak within the U.S. top forty. The second single "Hips Don't Lie" (featuring Wyclef Jean) became her first single to reach number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and UK Singles Chart. On March 28, 2006, she re-released Oral Fixation Vol. 2 in the U.S. and released it June 19, 2006.
On April 3, 2006, Shakira was honored at an United Nations ceremony because she created the Pies Descalzos Foundation, a charity that helps to protect children from violence in Colombia. At the event she said: "Let's not forget that at the end of this day when we all go home, 960 children will have died in Latin America."
On April 27, 2006 she received 6 Latin Billboard Awards. The awards included Female Latin Pop Album of the Year for Fijacion Oral Vol. 1 and Hot Latin Song of the Year for La Tortura. She was also honored with the Spirit of Hope Award for her foundation Pies Descalzos.
In June Shakira started her biggest tour ever, called the Oral Fixation Tour, which will last until the summer of 2007.
On July 30th 2006 Hips Don't Lie was the last ever number one, and consequently, the last ever song played on the legendary British programme Top of the Pops, seeing the track jump back from number three to the number one spot again, after spending seven weeks on the chart.
Shakira's hit "Hips Don't Lie" made history in the first week of June 2006 as the most played song in the history of the radio, according to Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems.
Shakira is the most nominated artist of the year for this year's MTV Video Music Awards '06. Her seven nominations are for "Hips Don't Lie", including Video of the Year and Best Female Video. Shakira is set to perform "Hips Don't Lie" to the dance moves of popular Indian Choreographer Farah Khan. The award show will be held on August 31st 2006 in Radio City Music Hall.
Beyonce has said that she would like to work with Shakira for more than a year. "I'm a big fan. Hopefully we can make it happen this year. I think her videos are really sexy and always sound so good."
Monday, November 06, 2006
part two - the crossover
Oral Fixation Volume 2 / 2005
01. How Do You Do?
02. Illegal (Featuring Carlos Santana)
03. Hips Don't Lie (Featuring Wyclef Jean)
04. Animal City
05. Don't Bother
06. The Day and the Time (Featuring Gustavo Cerati)
07. Dreams for Plans
08. Hey You
09. Your Embrace
10. Costume Makes the Clown
13. La Tortura (Alt Version)
Fijacion Oral Volumen1 / 2005
01. En Tus Pupilas
02. La Pared
03. La Tortura (Artista Invitado Alejandro Sanz)
04. Obtener Un Si
05. Dia Especial (Artista Invitado Gustavo Cerati)
06. Escondite Ingles
07. No (Artista Invitado Gustavo Cerati)
08. Las de la Intuicion
09. Dia de Enero
10. Lo Imprescindible
11. La Pered (Version Acustica)
12. La Tortura (Artista Invitado Alejandro Sanz - Shaketon Remix)
Live And Off The Record / 2004
01. Ojos Asi
02. Si Te Vas
03. Underneath Your Clothes
04. Ciega, Sordomuda
05. The One
06. Back in Black
08. Poem to a Horse
09. Objection (Tango)
10. Whenever, Wherever
Grandes Exitos / 2002
01. Estoy Aqui
03. Un Poco de Amor
04. Donde Estas Corazon
05. Que Me Quedes Tu
06. Ciega, Sordomuda
07. Si Te Vas
08. No Creo [Live]
10. Ojos Asi
11. Suerte (Whenever, Wherever)
12. Te Aviso, Te Anuncio [Tango]
13. Tu [Live]
14. Donde Estan los Ladrones [Live]
15. Moscas en la Casa
Laundry Service / 2001
01. Objection (Tango)
02. Underneath Your Clothes
03. Whenever, Wherever
05. The One
06. Ready for the Good Times
08. Te Dejo Madrid
09. Poem to a Horse
10. Que Me Quedes Tu
11. Eyes Like Yours (Ojos Asi)
12. Suerte (Whenever, Wherever)
13. Te Aviso, Te Anuncio (Tango)
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
2001-2004: English market crossover
In 2001, upon the success of ¿Dónde Están Los Ladrones?, Shakira began working on a crossover album to the English language. Collaborating with Gloria Estefan, Shakira wrote and recorded English versions of the tracks from ¿Dónde Están Los Ladrones?. However, Shakira later decided against using translations of older songs for the album and worked for over a year on new material for the album. The result was Laundry service. Although it was created for the intent of selling to an English language market, the rock and Spanish dance-influenced album also featured four Spanish songs, including "Que Me Quedes Tu" (That You Love Me). Some critics claimed that Shakira's English skills were too weak for her to write in it, but Laundry Service was a success, with more than 13 million sales worldwide, yielding the worldwide hit "Whenever, Wherever" and singles "Underneath Your Clothes" (a Canadian number-one), "Te Dejo Madrid" (I Leave You Madrid), "Objection (Tango)", and "The One". The album and its singles helped to establish Shakira's musical presence in the mainstream North American market.
In 2002, Shakira also released her Spanish greatest hits volume Grandes éxitos. A DVD and ten-track compilation album called Live & Off the Record, was also released in 2004 reaching sales of 3 million CDs worldwide, commemorating Shakira's 2002-2003 world tour, the Tour Of The Mongoose.
In September 2002, Shakira won the now-defunct International Viewer's Choice Award at the MTV Video Music Awards with "Suerte". In October of that year, she won 5 MTV Video Awards Latin America for Best Female Artist, Best Pop Artist, Best Artist—North (Region), Video of the Year (for Suerte), and Artist of the Year. At Aerosmith's MTV Icon in 2002, Shakira performed "Dude (Looks Like A Lady)". Also in 2002, Shakira joined the likes of Celine Dion, Anastacia, Cher and The Dixie Chicks for VH1 Divas Live Las Vegas.
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
part one - the beginnigs
Shakira: MTV Unplugged [Live] / 1999
01. Octavo Dia
02. Si Te Vas
03. Donde Estan los Ladrones?
04. Moscas en la Casa
05. Ciega, Sordomuda
07. Eztoy Aqui
09. Sombra de Ti
10. No Creo
11. Ojos Asi
Donde Estan Los Ladrones? / 1998
01. Ciega, Sordomuda
02. Si Te Vas
03. Moscas en la Casa
04. No Creo
06. Octavo Dia
07. Que Vuelvas
09. Donde Estan los Ladrones?
10. Sombra de Ti
11. Ojos Asi
The Remixes / 1997
01. Shakira Dj Memegamix
02. Estoy Aqui (Extended Remix)
03. Estoy Aqui (Portuguese)
04. Donde Estas Corazon (Dance Remix)
05. Un Poco de Amor (Extended Dancehall Mix)
06. Un Poco de Amor (Portuguese)
07. Pies Descalzos, Suenos Blancos (Meme's Super Club Mix)
08. Pies Descalzos, Suenos Blancos (Portuguese)
09. Estoy Aqui (Timbalero Dub)
10. Donde Estas Corazon (Dub a Pella Mix)
11. Un Poco de Amor (Meme's Jazz Experience)
12. Pies Descalzos, Suenos Blancos (The Timbalero Dub Mix)
Pies Descalzos / 1996
01. Estoy Aqui
03. Un Poco de Amor
05. Te Necesito
07. Te Espero Sentada
08. Pies Descalzos, Suenos Blancos
09. Pienso en Ti
10. Donde Estas Corazon
11. Se Quiere... Se Mata
Sunday, October 29, 2006
1995-2000: Success in Latin America and Spain
Shakira returned to recording in 1995, supported by a new confessional and Alanis Morissette-oriented persona that affected some of her next albums, and made her third studio one, Pies Descalzos (Bare Feet), bring her great fame in Latin America. The singles "Estoy Aquí" (I'm Here), "Pies Descalzos, Sueños Blancos" (Bare Feet, White Dreams), and "Dónde Estás Corazón?" (Where Are You, My Heart?) became pop culture icons. Pies Descalzos sold more than 4 million copies, which prompted the release of a remix album, titled simply The Remixes, which sold more than a million copies. The Remixes also included Portuguese versions of some of her best-known songs, which were recorded because of her success in the Brazilian market.
Her fourth album, ¿Dónde Están Los Ladrones? (Where Are The Thieves?), was released in 1998. It was produced by Emilio Estefan, reportedly cost US$3 million, and had more of a polished sound than Pies Descalzos. It was even more successful and sold almost 7 million. She began to gain more fans in non-Spanish-speaking countries like France, Switzerland, Canada, and especially the United States. Eight of the album's eleven tracks became singles, including "Ciega, Sordomuda"(Blind, Deaf, and Mute), "Moscas En La Casa" (Flies in the House), "No Creo" (I Don't Believe), "Inevitable", "Tú" (You), "Si Te Vas" (If You Leave), "Octavo Día" (Eighth Day), and the world-famous "Ojos Así"(Eyes Like Yours). Shakira's first live album, MTV Unplugged, was composed of "Estoy Aquí" and the songs from ¿Dónde Están Los Ladrones?
In March of 2000 Shakira embarked on Tour Anfibio, a three-month tour of Latin America and the United States. In August of 2000 she won an MTV Video Music Award in the now-defunct category of People's Choice - Favorite International Artist.
Saturday, October 28, 2006
4 - Guatemala City, Estadio Nacional Mateo Flores, Guatemala
6 - San Salvador, Estadio Jorge "Mágico" González, El Salvador
8 - Nicaragua
9 - Hipódromo Presidente Remón, Panama
11 - Caracas, Base Áerea La Carlota, Venezuela
15 - Barranquilla, Estadio Metropolitano, Colombia
17 - Bogota, Parque Simon Bolivar, Colombia
19 - Cali, Estadio Pascual Guerrero, Colombia
22 - Santiago, Estadio Nacional, Chile
24 - Buenos Aires, Estadio Velez Sársfield, Argentina
25 - Buenos Aires, Estadio Velez Sársfield, Argentina
28 - Lima, Jockey Club, Perú
2 - Guayaquil, Estadio Modelo, Ecuador
6 - Miami, American Airlines Arena, USA
7 - Miami, American Airlines Arena, USA
9 - Miami, American Airlines Arena, USA
13 - Coliseo José Miguel Agrelot, Puerto Rico
15 - Coliseo José Miguel Agrelot, Puerto Rico