Shakira might have hooked up with Rihanna for her new single, "Can't Remember To Forget You," but the singer's March 25 album release is all about her. She took to Facebook on Wednesday (January 22) to announce why her next album will be self-titled.
"When the time came to put a name to this album, I realized that it's not exactly a thematic album, though love is and always has been one of my main subjects and sources for inspiration. It's also not necessarily conceptual, as some of my albums have been in the past," she wrote about naming the album after herself.
"In the end, what I realized is that throughout the course of creating this body of work, I learned a lot about myself. Though I didn't realize it at the time, all the directions I began exploring in the initial phases of recording were helping to pave a path for me of rediscovery. In the end I realized that I will always be a little bit of everything and I don't have to choose," she added. "I am sometimes extremely sensitive, sometimes upbeat, others dreamy and romantic, and even at times a little melodramatic. (Call it the Caribbean blood.) But always authentic and always sincere.
"Most importantly, I am enough," she continued. "Imperfections and all. So what I am offering you now is just that."
In the lengthy open letter to her fans, Shakira, who will return to "The Voice" next month, noted that the album came during a very happy time in her personal life.
"The work on this album has spanned a very eventful time, with many ups and downs but ultimately, the happiest period in my life thus far, including the birth of my son," she wrote. Her son, Milan, turns 1 today. "I've explored many different directions, worked with many different people, and written many, many demos before arriving at the finished product I will soon be presenting to you."
So, what sound should fans expect?
"Shakira. Nothing more. A little bit of rock, a little bit of folk, a little reggae and naturally some dance--but as always, and above all, a lot of heart," she shared.