The 44-year-old superstar dropped her new English-language single “Don’t Wait Up” on Friday (July 16).
Following the song’s release, Shakira spoke with Zane Lowe on New Music Daily on Apple Music 1 about the new tune
“This song is a song that I’ve been waiting to write and have for a long time. So this is actually heaven sent, I think, because really, it has been in my mind and it has already existed for a while inside of me,” she said.
“I feel that this, it was meant to be and when it happened, when it came to us, Ian Kirkpatrick and Emily Warren who were the co-writers and Ian, the producer and me, when we were at the studio, we were just feeling the instant chemistry and the magic happening. And we were looking at each other saying, ‘Oh my God, this is something really, really special.’”
“It has been living inside of me in some sort of metaphysical way, and it just sort of materialized. But it’s been there for a while. I’ve been looking for the song. I wanted a house song, a house sounding song, and this song has taken me through so many roads and it has taken me on an adventure, unexpected places,” she ontinued.
“Like from the dance that I had to develop, the choreography that I put together for the song, I learned a complete new language for my body, learning how to dance to house music, to exploring so many different roads also while making the video, it has been a super creative journey that has, I think, made me grow professionally and creatively and artistically.
“I have to say, I’m very nervous because it’s my first English song in a long time because I’ve been focusing on Spanish songs only lately, but this song came about and I’m like, yeah, it’s time. It’s time to do this again and I’m happy, and I’m so inspired right now.”
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