From The Vault: Shakira – ‘Whenever, Wherever’

Published: Sunday 26th Aug 2012 by David

This week’s From The Vault serves up yet another classic: Shakira‘s first mainstream effort, ‘Whenever, Wherever’.

Serving as the launch single from her premier English language LP ‘Laundry Service’, the track was the first of many blockbuster hits for the Latin stunner.

‘Whenever’, produced by the singer herself and written by her too (alongside Gloria Estefan and Tim Mitchell), was a global phenomenon; smashing world charts starting Fall 2001 until the middle of the subsequent year. It peaked at #6 on the US Hot 100, #2 in the UK, #4 in Canada and reached the top spot in almost every other market it has been released in including France, Australia and her homeland of Columbia.

Unless one had been living under a rock for the entirety of the last decade, they would obviously be ofey  with the single’s accompanying visual, which would best be described as ‘stellar’. Choreographed by dance legend Tina Landon and directed by video-maven Francis Lawrence, the clip was a more than effective introduction to the singer for the world (bar Latin America that is), showcasing an original, stunning, confident and most-importantly seasoned performer. Whether grooving on top of a rock, walking in the desert or belly-dancing in the mud, the video is a highly entertaining one-woman-show thanks to the ‘Hips Don’t Lie’ singer’s energy and agility.

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Shakira-shakira’s last English album, ‘She Wolf’,’ didn’t exactly set the charts ablaze; yet with another on the horizon (backed by Roc Nation), all eyes will be on the 35 year old to see if she can still deliver the goods. In order to do so, she has collaborated with many a chart topper and it-producer. We firmly hope she keeps somewhat of a Latin/ethnic element to her music though. Because, as evidenced with acts such as Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez as well as her own recent hits ‘Waka Waka’ and ‘Loca’, it is it pays -quite literally- to have flavour-filled point of difference.

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  1. Honestly Speaking August 26, 2012

    This song and the music video was amazing. She was completely deserving of all the success that was given to her and the song and I just like Shakira as an artist in general. I can’t wait for a new album from her.

    • HONESTLY Fake August 26, 2012

      i bet your f***** a** would like this you death by breath b****

      • Honestly Speaking August 26, 2012

        Why are you such a hater? I’m not here for harassment when I’m simply leaving a positive comment on a song that I happen to like. Learn to not be so hateful and I do hope that you get the help that you need. 🙂

        People on this site are literally pressed every day of the week lol.

      • HONESTLY Fake August 26, 2012

        STFU you’er always hateful don’t start preaching that bull s*** cause you the main culprit of spewing hate you F***** you’er the hater the 1# hater on this blog kiss my a** you monkey s***

      • HONESTLY Fake August 26, 2012

        pressed say’s the f***** who always talking s***

      • Honestly Speaking August 26, 2012

        I’m a hater because I speak my mind and give my opinion? First of all, I don’t “hate” on anyone or anything. You’re obviously some pressed Beyonce or Brandy stan who is salty because I don’t kiss their behinds. I find your comments entertaining because you actually took time out of your day and decided to try and attack me. You even went as far as to dedicate your username to yours truly. Your level of pressed is a rarity and I for one am pleased that you find me so relevant to this site and the blogging community. Keep it up, boo. 😉

      • HONESTLY Fake August 26, 2012

        Im not a stan of anyone so you fail…. yes you are the hater you cant give an honest comment without the need to shade or talk s*** about other people faves just to get a reaction out of them yess your a f****** hater and i rarely comment on here so you’re making an ass out of yourself by ASSuming and yet you keep taking the time to reply so STFU and stop trying to justify your b*******

      • HONESTLY Fake August 26, 2012

        *BLOWS KISS* im out oh and yeah deal with it loser

      • Honestly Speaking August 26, 2012

        LOL @ You and your illogical statements. First of all, how can you call me a hater and every comment that you’ve made in this post thus far has been beyond negative? Second of all, you really need to expand your vocabulary; using the words: “hater”, “b****”, and “fake” every other word is not cute. And third, WHO are you to even attempt to come at me sideways?

        I’m going to need you to find your own username and identity and stop trying to use me for some relevancy. You are the definition of a non-factor and I will not lower myself to your level and continue to respond to this childish non-sense. Get a life and some class. Goodbye.

      • Lax August 26, 2012

        Honestly fake is mad again, as usual!
        Shakira will do great she’s on the Roc
        Label and they make bigger and better
        super stars, cough*

    • HONESTLY Fake August 26, 2012

      Becuse the negative was meant towards you expanding my vocabulary? this isn’t English class it is however a blog there is lot people who are a lot worst than me LOL cute you trying to come off as an Intellectual. said the person who got back into a corner not to long ago and start off with every sentences with B**** because you couldn’t take it LOL the ivory when the person said the same thing about your vocabulary and now your using it lol i cant

      • HONESTLY Fake August 26, 2012

        ps your long ass rants are so pointless *tips hat* babye now

      • Lax August 26, 2012

        @HONESTLY FAKE yo ass passed first blood
        you stupid bytch… read yo self and quietly stfu
        are keep trying to Clap Back showing how dam
        big of a idiot u r. The fact of the matter is you replyed
        to a POSITIVE post by the first commenter and went
        in with NEGATIVITY, what’s the matter you did not get
        flipped on yo head oppps i mean yo Bed last Night, meanie.

    • HONESTLY Fake August 26, 2012

      Honestly Speaking and Laxative are the same person right lol @Laxative trying to save a h** you ain’t no superhero n****… lol at say’s im pressed you ‘re the queen of pressed b****** you’re the definition of every sense of the word

      • HONESTLY Fake August 26, 2012

        ps @Laxative lmao at your irrelevant jokes

      • THE LEGENDARY LAX August 26, 2012

        STFU AND GO FIND A CORNER TO J/O JERK

  2. Live ur life August 26, 2012

    Whenever whenever *moves hips* LOVE LOVE this song and the beat >>>>>

  3. Crow LeNz August 26, 2012

    Shakira is like the female version on Ricky martin

    • Crow LeNz August 26, 2012

      of*

  4. DOSSOME August 26, 2012

    Can’t wait 4 her new album,she is truly a global phenomenon,if she incorporates the latin feel into her new music then she’ll definitely SLAAY

  5. mr . m August 26, 2012

    Then Thiefyonce copied her through all her career ..
    YAWN

    • Öz Firdevs August 26, 2012

      Thats right

    • HONESTLY Fake August 26, 2012

      why do you have to bring her into this….. this ain’t about her rolls eyes gurrrrl bye people won’t leave her alone for s*** yeah i see your another troll alright no life having a** sorry a** mouthafucka and i dont ever like beyonce i would never sit here and talk s*** like that

      • Lax August 26, 2012

        Yeaaah beyonce loves copying and getting INSPIRED i guess all is well since SHAKIRA signed to her hubby label.
        I love reading a mad and bitter bum bytch so early in the day
        @HONESTLY FAKE, BUM BYTCH.

      • Lax August 26, 2012

        @HONESTLY FAKE if you want to protect Beyonce from
        being talked about why don’t you move her and her booty pads in with you so you can watch and protect her rich ass.

      • HONESTLY Fake August 26, 2012

        you need meds

  6. JohnVidal(RIP Whitney-truegreat) August 26, 2012

    Shakira is the most successful latin female in music ever at this point. Before you had Gloria Estefan but she has definitely surpassed that. I remember this her first English album was the best seller IN the world that year (2002). I remember cos my girl Celine Dion was the 2nd best seller that year. What other latina has done that? No one.
    Plus she had huge hits in Spanish year after year for like 15 years now
    She is not my style at all but you have to recognize a person´s success specially when they have talent and are unique and original. From what I know she also songwrites

  7. Jay Jay August 26, 2012

    Hips dont lie is still my jam!

    • Lax August 26, 2012

      Mine too!

  8. ASAP (As Sincere As Possible) August 26, 2012

    I love Shakira and I can’t wait for her new album, hoping she brings the heat, because ‘She Wolf’ and ‘Sale El Sol’ didn’t do it for me personally. However, in all fairness, I think it’s wrong to label Shakira as a flop. The only territory where she doesn’t sell well is the States. Just because her most recent albums haven’t down well in the US, doesn’t mean that they didn’t do well in general. She sells a hell of a lot of copies in Latin America and Europe.

    • ASAP (As Sincere As Possible) August 26, 2012

      *haven’t done well

  9. THE GAME August 26, 2012

    i can”t stand that song anymore! OVERPLAYED!

  10. honest August 26, 2012

    Shakira Shakira. I play Hip’s Don’t Lie at least once a week. She is one of the two women with accents that I love. (Sofia Vergara). Colombians sound so beautiful.

  11. DIGGER BEY August 26, 2012

    Shakira! Shakira! This video was the sh*t bac then! The song & video is a ten! Really miss Shakira! She Wolf was good too! I played that song all the time! @LAX…Please go somewhere u mental no life c***! @ Honestly Delusional….Lmaoo So u dont like KING B & Brandy? Mad that they have talent and ur fav dont lmaoooo. Mad because Rihoeanna names them as Icons and people she looks up to. Child carry yourself along rite with @LAX to a mental intitution somewhere. At this point, i think none of Rihoeanna c**** are sane lmaooo

  12. MC August 26, 2012

    If only I could dance……. >_< I love Shakira! This is the first song/ visual that I saw and head from the U.S. back when I was in my country (Ethiopia — Africa). After I moved to the U.S. I tracked this sing and Fallin' by Alicia Keyes because I loved I enjoyed it so much.

    • MC August 26, 2012

      *heard *song

    • JohnVidal(RIP Whitney-truegreat) August 27, 2012

      You are killing me with all those pics of true greats you always use. Love it. You´ve been such a great addition to this blog 🙂

  13. Tbozfan10 August 26, 2012

    The funny thing is I bet If this video came out today most of you would probably be like, “this is cheesy.” and “music just isn’t like it used to be.” I think a lot of us just like the stuff we grew up with.

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