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    I've been here all night, I've been here all day
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    Chrysanthemum by Shakira Japanese Deluxe Cover: Release Date: September 3rd, 2016 Genre: Latin pop, RnB, Electropop, Dancehall, Pop Producers: Fernando Garibay, Shakira, Greg Kurstin, StarGate Writers: Shakira, Rick Rubin, Nicki Minaj, Christina Milian, Ryan Tedder, Lorde, Celine Dion Backing Vocalist: Shakira, Diana Vickers, Jennifer Lawrence CD Covers: Album Background: “I can't believe that it is finally out my loves” comments Shakira on her new album release. Over two years since she's put out her last record have gone by and the time is finally here! Shakira has shared that the sensation of this album being released is unbelievably great. She's already commented the it is some of her most honest work she's done in a while. “When my label forced me to switch to English music to gain more sales they wanted to transfer to more commercial and bubblegum music” Shakira as told the media. Titled Chrysanthemum, Shakira's newly released album is her latest her since self titled smash hit which spawned successful singles like Dare (La La La), Can't Remember To Forget You ft Rihanna, and Empire. Following her last album the singer took a small break to focus on Disney’s Zootopia as she plays a character in the movie and also released a highly successful single titled Try Everything which is featured in the movie. As she regroups her music career Shakira is now prepares to push herself out of the box when it comes to her English based music. Genre-wise the singer explored a very mixing sound with her new record. The singer blended her typical Latin pop sound into her RnB style from tracks like Hips Don't Lie with several types of dance music. The singer has tied her sound into more modern electro pop takes on dancehall to present a change in her sound. The music is however, very different from current industry standards as she brings the hypnotic sound by Selena Gomez and Lorde into more energetic songs which leaves fans dancing like wild. The album was produced by long term friend of Shakira’s Fernando Garibay who's worked on several hits of her. Garibay has worked on songs such as Lady Gaga’s Dance in the Dark, Whitney Houston’s Nothin’ but Love, Natalia Kill’s Cold, Kylie Minogue's Your Body, and even a few songs for Sugababes. Shakira also was an executive producer I her album which she's admitted in interviews to have slowed down the process while allowing the album to be her best yet. Greg Kurstin was also recruited and produced much of the album to give a more acoustic and mid tempo feeling to it that Shakia wanted. The final person working as a producer is StarGate who's produced several hits with the likes of Selena Gomez, Rihanna, and Katy Perry. While Shakira didn't bring aboard a huge list of popular producers her close and intamimafe team allowed the songs to carry a stronger depth and personal feeling to them. In the production Shakira along wit Diana Vickers and Jennifer Lawrence recorded backing vocal parts to make the songs sound more smooth and strength the vocals. When writing the album Shakira also stuck to a small team consisting of Rick Rubin, Nicki Minaj, Christina Milian, Ryan Tedder, Lorde, Celine Dion and of course herself. Together they wrote the very well perfected and minimalistic songs on Chrysanthemum. Hitmaker and songwriter Lorde for example worked with Shakira in creating her lead single Utopia. In the end, Chrysanthemum is unlike no other Shakira album ever. Tracklist: 1)Intro 2)Au Natural 3)Innocent 4)Utopia 5)Wonderland 6)Lost In My Bedroom 7)On My Way 8)Blindfold 9)Educe (Interlude) 10)Aphelion (feat. Nicki Minaj) 11)Confessions 12)Savor 13)Outro Japanese Deluxe: 14)Utopia The Chainsmokers Remix Track by Track Descriptions: 1)Intro Producer: Greg Kurstin, Shakira Writer: Shakira The very first track off Chrysanthemum is the intro. While Shakira sings a short verse completely written by her, the self produced beat with Greg Kurstin moves along. The instrumental is an orchestral piece in a mid-tempo ballad like rhythm. A bass guitar is also mixed in to give it a more dancehall vibe as it carries a repetitive riff. Vocally the singer is very quiet but her voice grows towards the end, leading into the second track: Au Natural. 2)Au Natural Producer: Shakira Writer: Shakira; Ryan Tedder Following the intro, Au Natural is Shakira’s more down to earth ballad. With influence from traditional songs by stars like Mariah Carey, this first full track off Chrysanthemum is produced completely by the star and written with only a bit of help from Ryan Tedder. Because of that the singer has named it her most honest song yet as the flowing lyrics match perfectly with her perfect raw vocals. Lyrically she talks about living a very natural and bare life as she talks about living in the woods. The star also discusses the topic of youth in the lyrics which she has stated is a reoccurring theme to the record in previous interviews. The instrumental is a upbeat guitar beat recorded by the singer herself. It carries a very natural sound in it which contributes to the overall nature of the song. (To CAL Players: The song sounds like Send My Love To Your New Lover by Adele). 3)Innocent Writers: Shakira, Rick Rubin Producers: StarGate, Shakira A dark nature of music is something we've very rarely seen in Shakira’s discography. However her new song Innocent, which is the third track off Chrysanthemum, explores a dark pop side of the singer. Shakira alongside Rick Rubin wrote this hypnotizing song to the beat she made with StarGate. Lyrically she talks about a sexual nature of her as well as about being cheated on by her ex manager and lover. Antonio, the man she talks about, was her previous lover who signed her to his label while dating and later dropped her after she had been married to another man and then failed to score a #1 debut with her album. “Why'd they believe your innocent” is one of the recurring lines in the track that is surely memorable to fans as she sings it, and the rest of the song, in an aggressive raspy voice. Overall, Innocent is a very unusual yet well done track for Shakira. 4)Utopia Producer: Fernando Garibay Writers: Lorde, Shakira Backing Vocalist: Shakira, Jennifer Lawrence The lyrics of the new song speak about being content with life despite your situations. She criticizes the popularized songs that talk about the bad parts of society and rather shares about all the good things in her life she as her children and success. In the track she uses simple vocal techniques to give a very strong feel to the song which leave fans exhilarated. Backing vocals also include Jennifer Lawrence who gives a soft echo-ish sound making the song very large feeling. The instrumental to the song carries a great amount of simplicity as its a simple snap beat with a bit of synths. Shakira went for this style to keep the song not mediocre and be able to fare well on the end of the summer radio which currently has other similar hits like Lorde’s Summer of ‘82 and Emma Robert’s Golden Girls. It is completely produced by Fernando Garibay who layers in a very minuscule amount of disco influence so listeners can recognize that it is his work. 5)Wonderland Producers: StarGate, Shakira Writers: Shakira, Rick Rubin While having time off after her tour Shakira has had a wide amount of social freedom when outside of the public eye. One of the more mediocre tracks of the record is Wonderland, an euphoric electropop song about doing drugs and feeling misplaced when using them. Being a women who never smoked and did even drink much, Shakira’s experiences with drugs while taking a career break are a bit unexpected. The very diva-ish dark pop style to the beat keeps the song going while she uses very edited vocals to give her an unusual sound to her voice; a drunk and insane feeling to it which adds to the style of the song. Wonderland, unlike the rest of the album, is one that not every fan will love but the level of artistry she's put into it to give the feeling it's supposed to have is very respectable. Overall the cohesive work on it is something we can't wait to see performed live. 6)Lost In My Bedroom Producer: Fernando Garibay, StarGate Writer: Shakira One of Shakira’s most recognizable hits to date is her late Rihanna collaboration Can't Remember to Forget You. After three years from her collaborative hits release she releases the so called sequel to it, Lost In My Bedroom. Written completely by Shakira, with the production complete by Fernando Garibay and StarGate the songs harmonizing beat flows perfectly. With resemblance to songs by arises like Alessia Cara, Troye Sivan, and Coldplay the light alternative take on the dance pop genre is clearly displayed on this song. Similar to the style of her hit lead single Utopia, Lost In the Bedroom contains a mid tempo instrumental with more powerful vocals to give it a sensational feeling. 7)On My Way Producer: StarGate Writer: Shakira, Christina Milian, Celine Dion As Shakira moves into the more electronically inspired part of her album she has a new take on the song On My Way. Lyrically the singer talks about a struggling relationship that she doesn't know if it will last. She goes into detail with the song as she talks about the man's soft skin and curly hair and how much she will miss that if they break up. The instrumental of the song is a most soft combinations of snaps, claps and space like percussion a with gives it a moderate moving pace. The song keeps her vocals to a minimum as she focuses more on making the song a very general her well written soft dance track. The track as originally planned for Christina Milian and Celine Dion’s XXXO collaborative mixtape however the song was scrapped and refurbished for Shakira’s usage. 8)Blindfold Writer: Shakira, Rick Rubin Producer: Fernando Garibay, StarGate With Blindfold comes a more unusual take on Shakira's music. The dancehall take on her Latin pop/RnB style carries enfasis on her experimental style in the record. The lyrics, which are written by Rick Rubin Shakira, carry a more sexual style to them which gives the song some influences from early Rihanna albums like Talk that Talk, Rated R and Good Girl Gone Bad. The beat is a simplistic one consisting of tropical percussion and a slow melody line that allows the vocals to take over the song. This song is certainly one that will be picked up by clubs and is a possible future single because of that nature. 9)Educe (Interlude) Producer: Fernando Garibay Writer: Shakira As the record transitions from a more natural sound to its tracks to a more commercial dance pop sound, which can clearly be seen in songs like Lost in the Bedroom, the ninth track is Educe. Being an interlude the song is much is shorter than others on the record however it helps the album transition properly and coherently. Produced by Fernando Garibay, the track contains a light disco beat blended with a more modern sound similar to the one used in Lady Gaga’s cover of I Want Your Love. The track is completely written by Shakira who sings the well polished track. Due to creative reasons it is not separated into choruses and verses and is organized much like the intro track. 10)Aphelion (feat. Nicki Minaj) Writers: Shakira & Onika Maraj Producer: Fernando Garibay Following her Educe Interlude the singer takes the album into the more throwback style songs on the later half. Aphelion is a classic Britney Spears or Usher style turn of the millennium hit. The beat is a simple 90s inspired instrumental containing various instruments that have been heavily edited to give they sound they do. Both Nicki and Shakira use very commercial edited voices to give the song a greater chance at radio support. Lyrically the singer talks about being in a sexual relationship while living in the city. Altogether the song is the perfect future hit for the star and is surly going to be released as a single some time during this era. 11)Confessions Writers: Shakira Producers: StarGate A club banger in deed, Shakira’s track Confessions is surely one that is a major highlight off the record. Completely self written the singers Broadway inspired lyrics uses the technique of sounding like a conversation, one many artists have successfully used in their debut records. The StarGate produced beat mixes hip hop and RnB into an electronic sound which combines with her sassy vocals. Overall the track carries a memorable sound that is sure to be a future hit single off the record. 12)Savor Writers: Ryan Tedder, Shakira Producer: Greg Kurstin Being the final full track off Chrysanthemum, Savor is a soft yet powerful ballad. Made have compared it to being her Beyonce “Halo” moment in the record due to the chill beat while she projects her voice very powerfully. Talking about being abandon by a man Shakira doesn't hide her emotions as she sings powerfully. Fans have speculated who it is about and many wonder if she's currently divorcing her husband or if this is about some past relationship that she wanted to get off her lungs however the majority agree it is not about a real life experience. Written by Ryan and Shakira while produced by Greg, Savor is her most heart touching soon off the record. 13)Outro Writers: Shakira Producers: Greg Kurstin, Shakira Following their work together on the Intro, Greg and Shakira wrap up the album with the closer track. The tracks very soft a Capella nature contains soft oo’s and ah’s by the singer in the background of the show lyrics. It opens up with a chorus, which is actually just several parts by Shakira, singing in Latin before she starts the short verse of the track. The simplicity of the song is meant to put a proper closing to this album. Her voice is very soft yet powerful during the track to accompany the overall feeling of it. Japanese Deluxe: 14)Utopia The Chainsmokers Remix On the special Japanese deluxe edition, limited to the country, fans get a special remix of her hit lead single Utopia. The singers hit has been turned into a new exciting electronic song by the Chainsmokers who've created amazing music with artists such as Halsey. The new version also features a guest male vocalist by the group which adds to the song. [To CAL Players: Sounds like Closer by Halsey and the Chainsmokers] Following the album release this remix was sent to radio stations worldwide to boost the single in this charting weeks. Release Details: Utopia The Chainsmokers Remix has been sent to worldwide radio stations. Educe (Interlude) has been uploaded to Shakira’s YouTube as a lyric video. The Target edition includes an extended version of the Outro as well as a bonus track, which is a cover of Gwen Stefani’s Used To Love You. The album is discounted to $4.99 on Amazon and Walmart's websites.
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    goodnight flops! <3 popfection.wordpress.com
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    I'm an Onika in a world full of Toms.
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    Honestly I love Marina but it's her own fault God knows I love ha to death but she's so pretentious and won't do promo or anything to advance her career. If she did promo and put herself out there more she would be more successful. Also the Marina and Lana comparisons are so old They're like in completely different leagues genre wise
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    @Sylk I have a bone to pick with you http://www.fromtexttospeech.com/output/0222672001472937559/15669451.mp3
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    Omg I was in a record store today and look what they fucking had hanging up on the wall it's signed by ha my fave britney album
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    I love how the News section is becoming softcore HOW
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    Stemming from the fact that each of her albums have debuted higher than the last, she is far from over She hasn't even peaked yet
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    Tune in tomorrow for the first week of The Quest. Teaser of what's yet to come:
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    Here's to a new era of positivity and love #PerfectIllusion
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    It's that new style with that fresh type of flow Wrist icicle ride NICK SANDELL'S BICYCLE TILL IT BREAKS AND I HAVE TO GLUE IT BACK WITH HIS CUM
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    She never really got a chance to appeal to the GP and that's one of the reasons why the Lana comparison is so odd. Lana received an incredibly push from Interscope when she debuted, Marina didn't have much until her second album, but she still kinda blew it.
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    How about we hear it first when Gaga tweets the iTunes link at 12:00am on September 9th bitch.
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