Shakira debuts at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart

Multi-platinum, two time Grammy Award-winning, eight time Latin Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and global recording artist Shakira‘s self-titled tenth album debuts at #2 on Billboard’s Top 200 Chart, marking the highest album debut and chart rank of her career and her first album release for RCA/Sony Latin Iberia. The album also held #1 position on the iTunes Chart release week in 69 countries, including the U.S. Shakira was released as a deluxe edition CD exclusively at Target which includes three exclusive bonus tracks, and also as a 12 track standard album at digital and physical retailers.

The video for Shakira’s new single “Empire” premiered on VEVO (watch below) on album release day and has already racked up over 13 million views. She premiered her live performance of “Empire” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on album release day and performed “Empire” Wednesday morning, March 26th on the Today Show Concert Series outside at Rockefeller Plaza. Shakira continued her global takeover during album release week in Berlin at the 2014 Echo Awards performing the album’s debut single “Can’t Remember To Forget You,” as well performing “Empire” in Paris on Le Grand Journal and in London on The Voice UK. The video for “Can’t Remember to Forget You” featuring Rihanna has already enjoyed a record-breaking 228 million views plus.

On her new self-titled album, Shakira worked with a who’s who list of collaborators including John Hill (Santigold, Jay Z, The Vaccines), Kid Harpoon (Florence + The Machine, Calvin Harris), Greg Kurstin (P!nk, Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry), Steve Mac (Kelly Clarkson, One Direction), Mark Bright (Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts), Busbee (P!nk, Lady Antebellum, Katy Perry), and The Messengers (Pitbull, Chris Brown, Christina Aguilera).

Shakira will appear on the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards Sunday, April 6th to perform her duet with Blake Shelton on the country driven “Medicine,” which appears on Shakira. The show airs live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena from 8-11 pm ET/PT on CBS.

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Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.