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Song Of The Month #1 January 2023 – SHAKIRA || BZRP Music Sessions #53

Hello hello, party people, to my new column “Song Of The Month” in which I present you the song I celebrated the most this month. It may not be to everyone’s taste, but as always – hear me out – I have my reasons why I love so many different songs and genres. Speaking of love…

I’ve loved Shakira for years, though I admit I completely misjudged her at the beginning of her career and thought the next bubblegum pop princess in the form of a blonde dyed Latina was going to be dumped on the market. Oh Dear, how wrong I was. Shakira has so many incredibly good songs, keeps reinventing herself and what I personally appreciate, sings more and more often in Spanish. Her lyrics are usually very clever and profound, especially when she expresses herself in her native language. In fact, so many of her great new songs are completely overlooked in Europe, altough they are breaking record after record in all Latin American and Spanish-speaking countries. Who of you knows “Te Felicito” or “Monotonia”, for example? Even their melancholic, English dance-pop song “Don’t Wait Up” from last summer is almost unknown in my country. But don’t worry, mommy is there to force her excellent taste on you.

My song of the month this time is “SHAKIRA || BZRP Music Sessions #53”. Absolutely weird, unwieldy title and I have no idea how the rest of the world calls this song. I simply call it the Shakira diss track for short. After “Te Felicito” already indicated that things weren’t going so well with Shakira and her life partner, she followed it up with “Monotonía”, a very nice bachata heartbreak song in which she processed the breakup. The whole world suffered with Shakira when her heart was shot out by a bazooka in the accompanying video and she preferred to lock it away safely at the end. One thought that this was now the great breakup processing song and that’s it.

Probably no one had expected that only a short time later she released this catchy, but classy diss track. Just google the meaning of the lyrics and you’ll find all the references to the ex and his new one through clear Spanish puns (“salPIQUE” , “CLARAmente”…). One of my favorite lines is where she recommends him to train his brain more often instead of running to the gym all the time. Love it!

So if you weren’t convinced by the song so far and didn’t understand the hype around it, I hope this background information changes your view. For me, the diss track, along with “Te Felicito” and “Monotonía” is a perfect ending to what I call her “heartbreak trilogy”. Breakup songs don’t always have to be cheesy, over-dramatic ballads and even if you care zero about all the drama, please listen to this song a few times. It’s a real catchy tune and all the kiddies are already dancing their own choreography to it on TikTok and Instagram. So it’s only a matter of time before I use the song as my new sports warm-up dance…

As every month from now on: Thank me later and you’re welcome!

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SHAKIRA || BZRP Music Sessions #53

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