In July 2001, [artist id="504144"]Shakira[/artist] hadn't yet become the global sensation that she is today — she was still working to hit the mainstream in the U.S. Nearly a decade later, Shakira has released her latest effort, She Wolf, and she's officially become a superstar in the States. But back then there seemed to be a new Latin artist hitting the American music market causing a stir and then fading out.
"I just don't wanna be put in the same category of the Latin boom," she said in 2001, in one of her first interviews with MTV News. "Because a boom, what is a boom? An explosion. And, what's after an explosion: the ashes. So I don't want to be a part of the ashes."
At the time, the singer was 24 years old and on the brink of releasing her English-language debut, Laundry Service, which spawned hits like "Whenever, Wherever," "Underneath Your Clothes" and "Objection (Tango)." And even then, her cross-genre goals were clear. "I think I'm a pop artist," she said. "I always say I have a rock and roll heart."
In the interview, Shakira also recalled her early days as an entertainer. "I was a 13-year-old girl singing her own songs a capella and crossing her finger and praying to get a contract," she said.