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“Empire” by Shakira

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“Empire” by Shakira

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    “Empire” by Shakira (official video) is a pop rock song.

    Song Title: Empire (official video)
    Artist: Shakira
    Album: Shakira
    Genre: pop rock
    Composer: Copyright © 2012 Steve Mac, Ina Wroldsen
    Lead Vocals: Shakira
    Director: Darren Craig, Jonathan Craven, and Jeff Nicholas from the Uprising Creative
    Producer: Shakira, Steve Mac
    Recorded: 2013
    Released: 22 April 2014
    Label: RCA
    Number of listens: 2367
    Current rank: 2746 (updated weekly)
    Highest rank: 2746 (play the video all the way through to register a vote for this song)

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    Summary quotation from Wikipedia:

    “Empire” is a song recorded by Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira from her self-titled tenth studio album Shakira (2014). The song was released as the album’s first promotional single on February 24, 2014, and is scheduled to be the album’s official second single. “Empire” was written by Steve Mac and Ina Wroldsen, whilst production was handled by Shakira and Mac. “Empire” is a downtempo rock ballad about finding a love so powerful their empire could make “the world unite.”
    Upon its release, “Empire” was acclaimed by music critics, who commended the singer for getting back to her rock roots. Some even called it a gorgeous ballad and compared her voice to those of Tori Amos, Jewel, Joni Mitchell and Alanis Morissette. The song charted moderately in countries like France, South Korea and Spain.
    The songs accompanying video was released on March 25, 2014. Darren Craig, Jonathan Craven and Jeff Nicholas directed the song’s music video, which portrays Shakira playing a runaway bride unharmed by fire and on the side of a cliff.

Background and release
    After the success of her ninth studio album, Sale el Sol, in 2010, Shakira revealed in November 2011, “I’ve begun to explore in the recording studio whenever I have time in Barcelona and here in Miami. I’m working with different producers and DJs, and I try to feed off from that and find new sources of inspiration and new musical motivation. I’m anxious to return to the studio. My body is asking for it.” In 2012, it was reported that Shakira was shooting the video for the tentative-first single “Truth or Dare” in Lisboa, Portugal. However, due to Shakira’s pregnancy, the song was not released. Later, in March 2014, Shakira explained to Billboard that, “It’s been two-and-a-half years of making songs, trashing them, doing them again, doing eight versions of each song, having a baby, doing “The Voice,” coming back to the studio, reconnecting with my songs.”
    In December 2013, Sony Music Entertainment reported that Shakira’s new single would be released in January 2014, and that it was supposed to be a duet with Barbadian recording artist Rihanna. In January 13, 2014, “Can’t Remember to Forget You” was released and indeed features Rihanna. On February 24, 2014, Popjustice announced that “Empire” would be the album’s second single. The cover art is simple, with Shakira in a white strapless dress and hair pulled back. Shakira also premiered the track on VEVO on the same day and it was offered as a free download with a pre-order of the album, “Shakira.”. Shakira’s official Facebook page announced it as the second single from the album.

    “Empire” was written by British songwriter Steve Mac and Norwegian Ina Wroldsen, while Mac produced the song. “Empire” is a rock song, beginning in acoustic mode with a sparse intro before Shakira unleashes her “inner head-banger” and “howls her way” through the chorus, according to Idolator’s Mike Wass. Lyrically, “Empire” talks about a bursting passion that the singer simply cannot express in words. “The empires of the world unite / we are alive,” she belts out on the track. “And the stars make love to the universe / You’re my wildfire every single night / We are alive.”
    Billboard’s Leila Cobo points out that “Empire” sounds a little like a Tori Amos song, writing that, “the fragility in Shakira’s voice, the background strings and captivating hook are all eerily reminiscent of Amos’s ‘Little Earthquakes’.” PopCrush’s Michelle McGahan compared Shakira’s strong voice to “a combination of Jewel and The Cranberries in the ’90s.” Maggie Pannacione of ArtistDirect compared the song to the works of Joni Mitchell and Alanis Morissette, but “in the Shakira Latina way.”

Critical reception
    “Empire” was critically acclaimed, with most critics praising the singer for getting back to her rock roots. Leila Cobo of Billboard called the track “a gorgeous rock ballad that harks back to Shakira’s earliest work.” Jason Lipshut also of Billboard called it a “ downtempo, downright emo track.” Jazz Tangcay of So So Gay named it a “thumping ballad” that “takes a few listens but it seems rock guitar and a thumping sound is the direction Shakira is going with her forthcoming self-titled album.” Mike Wass of Idolator wrote that ‘Empire’ “is her rowdiest rock adventure by far.”
    Emily Mackay of Digital Spy described the track as “a more mature, classic, piano-led sort of pop with a star-gazing, philosophical rush”, with “a cosmic-orgasmic chorus.” Maggie Pannacione of ArtistDirect simply called it “flawless and unique,” while Jamieson Cox of Time magazine complimented the track for having “Bond-theme grandeur and a spotlight on Shakira’s rich, soaring vocals,” noting that, “If you’re going to give your single an imperial moniker, it’d better come with tons of space and an explosive climax; Shakira delivers on both counts.”

Commercial performance
    In Spain, “Empire” debuted at number 29 on the PROMUSICAE chart, while in France, the song managed to debut at number 82. The song debuted 58 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US.

Music video
    On March 10, Shakira posted to her social media pictures of herself shooting the video for “Empire”. The pictures find the singer wearing a white wedding dress. On March 13, 2014, a lyric video was uploaded to her YouTube account. Mike Wass of Idolator called it “a beautifully shot nature documentary with a rather incredible soundtrack.” He went to described the lyric video, stating that, “The visual feast features slow motion photography of seeds sprouting and flowers blooming — an exceedingly good fit for the Colombian’s kooky lyrics about stars making love to the universe.”
    The official music video was released on March 25, 2014, directed by Darren Craig, Jonathan Craven and Jeff Nicholas from the Uprising Creative. In the video, Shakira emerges as a beautiful bride in white about to walk down the aisle in a flower-decked church. But in a dreamy twist, Shakira has a change of heart and is seen picking up her skirts and running away across a green sunlit field. Later, she’s seen standing on the church steps with her ruffled train catching fire.
    The Empire music video filmed in the city of Esparreguera (Spain), near a abandoned suburb.

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