Shakira’s new album is back after a personal rollercoaster

Md. Abdus Salam

Colombian singer Shakira has released her long-awaited new album, “Women Don’t Cry Anymore,” a declaration of resilience in Spain following a public split from her longtime partner and a tax dispute.

The title quotes one of her greatest hits, included on the album and recorded with Argentinian producer Bizerrap, a pun-filled lampoon directed at her ex-partner, Spanish former soccer player Gerard Pique, in which she sings “Women don’t cry anymore; they cash in.”

The track, “Shakira: Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol 53,” earned the 47-year-old pop star and 25-year-old producer two Latin Grammys last year. It took the No. 1 spot on the Billboard chart while breaking four Guinness World Records for views on YouTube and streams on Spotify.

The two collaborated on another techno dance track “The Strong One” on the 17-song album which features fellow Colombians Carol G and Manuel Turijo as well as mixes with Mexican and Puerto Rican musicians and a track with US rapper Cardi. b.

The 14-time Latin Grammy winner, whose full name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripol, shared moments from a launch party on social media late Thursday night. On Instagram, she said that the album represents her “struggle, but triumph,” and that even in the hardest moments of life, you can “turn pain into resilience and strength and power.”

Following her split with Pique, Barranquilla-born Shakira, father of her two children, faces a second Spanish tax investigation after reaching a $15 million settlement in November to avoid trial in an earlier case. Shakira has vowed to fight tax fraud allegations, which she says are false.

Forbes estimated in early 2023 that Shakira, who has homes in Nassau and Miami, had a net worth of $400 million.