After ‘Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)’ provided a memorable sound-track for the 2010 World Cup, Shakira released the largely forgettable ‘Get it Started’ featuring Pitbull (it reached Number 64 in the UK charts), and promptly disappeared from public consciousness.
But the original hip-swiveller is back after giving birth to Milan, her first child with footballer Gerard Pique, and this time she’s roped in Rhianna to duet on her new single ‘Can’t Remember To Forget You’, taken from her forthcoming album.
Lyrically, it’s about how easy it is to forget how bad someone is for you when you still love them. Musically, Shakira has reverted back to the guitar-tinged new wave pop of her last English-language album, ‘She Wolf’.
The video has already racked up around eighty million views.
Elsewhere, One Direction’s ‘Midnight Memories’ album continues to smash records after it achieved the biggest pre-order in iTunes history, and sold 237,000 copies in its first seven days on sale. The band are the first ever to have their first three albums debut at No.1 in the US Billboard chart.
‘Midnight Memories’ is the album’s title track, and offers and insight into the band’s looming maturity. Not only are there open references to sex for the first time, but the 20-nothing pop powerhouses have also left their doe-eyed balladry for something a little rockier.
One Direction are nominated for Best British Group and Best British Single at the 2014 Brit Awards and will be touring the UK and Ireland in May and June.