Dónde Están los Ladrones?

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¿Dónde Están los Ladrones?
Studio album by Shakira
Released September 29, 1998 (1998-09-29)
Recorded 1997–98
Genre
Length 41:06
Language Spanish
Label
Producer
Shakira chronology
The Remixes
(1997)
Dónde Están los Ladrones?
(1998)
MTV Unplugged
(2000)
Singles from Dónde Están los Ladrones?
  1. "Ciega, Sordomuda"
    Released: July 13, 1998
  2. ""
    Released: November 2, 1998
  3. "Inevitable"
    Released: December 15, 1998
  4. "No Creo"
    Released: February 17, 1999
  5. "Ojos Así"
    Released: July 23, 1999
  6. "Moscas en la Casa"
    Released: August 28, 1999
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Billboard favorable[2]
Sputnikmusic 4.5/5 stars[3]

Dónde Están los Ladrones? (English: Where Are the Thieves?) is the fourth studio album by Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira, released on September 29, 1998, by Columbia Records and Sony Music Latin. After attaining success with her major-label debut Pies Descalzos in 1996, Shakira opted to spend an increased amount of time developing her follow-up record. Its music incorporates Latin pop styles, additionally experimenting with rock en Español elements. As co-producer, Shakira enlisted previous collaborator Luis Fernando Ochoa to work with new partners Emilio Estefan, Pablo Florez, Javier Garza, and Lester Mendez.

The album is one of the highest-selling Spanish-language albums in the United States, and has sold 7 million copies worldwide.[4] Two of the album's songs garnered Shakira the Latin Grammy Awards for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. In addition, it was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1999 for Best Latin Rock Album.

Background[edit]

The album took nine months to produce since many people worked on the album: an increased number of options were given and further demos were released. This extended the production process, making it more complex than the Pies Descalzos album. In addition, Shakira insisted on perfection, mindful of the many critics who would judge her second album, mindful of the label of "musical prodigy" applied to her in Latin America. Consequently, each song comprised three or four demo tracks, made possible by the increased album budget and the hundreds of thousands of dollars available for promotion. As a result, the album sold 100,000 copies on the day of release, and reached one million sales by the end of the month. The album title was inspired by one of Shakira's trips to the capital of her native country Colombia, Bogotá. In the airport, a thief stole much of her luggage, including a briefcase that contained all the lyrics Shakira had been working on for the album. All was lost. Demoralized, Shakira had to start anew. According to interviews, Shakira claimed she almost gave up, but it was only her dedication to completing the album that inspired her to start working again. Thus, the title track was born.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Ciega, Sordomuda"   Shakira Shakira 4:28
2. "Si Te Vas"   Shakira, Ochoa Shakira, Luis F. Ochoa 3:30
3. "Moscas en la Casa"   Shakira Shakira 3:32
4. "No Creo"   Shakira, Luis F. Ochoa Shakira 3:53
5. "Inevitable"   Shakira Shakira 3:13
6. "Octavo Día"   Shakira Shakira, Lester Mendez 4:32
7. "Que Vuelvas"   Shakira Shakira, Lester Mendez 3:51
8. ""   Shakira, O'Brien Shakira, Emilio Estefan Jr. 3:35
9. "Dónde Están Los Ladrones?"   Shakira, Ochoa Shakira, Luis F. Ochoa 3:14
10. "Sombra de Ti"   Shakira Shakira, Luis F. Ochoa 3:35
11. "Ojos Así"   Shakira, Luis F. Ochoa Shakira, Pablo Flores, Javier Garza 3:57
Japanese edition[5]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
12. "Ciega, Sordomuda" (12´full mix) Shakira, Estefano Salgado 10:52
13. "Ciega, Sordomuda" (Radio edit) Shakira, Salgado 4:37
Germany Re-release edition bonus tracks[6][7][8]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
12. "Estoy Aquí"   Luis F. Ochoa, Shakira 3:44
13. "Ojos Así" (Single Version) Shakira, Flores, Garza 3:56
Indonesian Re-release edition bonus tracks[9]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
12. "Estoy Aquí" (Album version) Luis F. Ochoa, Shakira 3:44
13. "Estoy Aquí" (Love + Tears Mix) Luis F. Ochoa, Shakira 5:07
14. "Estoy Aquí" (Club Mix) Luis F. Ochoa, Shakira 9:04

Personnel[edit]

  • Shakira - Producer, Songwriter, vocals, harmonica
  • Emilio Estefan Jr. - Executive producer
  • Javier Garza - Producer, engineer, mixer, programmer
  • Luis Fernando Ochoa - Producer, songwriter, guitar, bass guitar
  • Lester Mendez - Producer, string arrangements, programmer
  • Pablo Florez - Producer, programmer
  • Sebastian Krys - Engineer, mixer
  • Steve Menezes- Assistant engineer
  • Alfred Figueroa - Assistant engineer
  • Kieran Wagner - Assistant engineer
  • Chris Wiggins - Assistant engineer
  • Kevin Dillon - Coordinator
  • Wendy Pedersen - Backing vocals
  • Adam Zimmon - Guitar
  • Marcelo Acevedo - Guitar
  • Randy Barlow - Accordion
  • Teddy Mulet - Trumpet
  • Brendan Buckley - Drums
  • Joseph Quevedo - Drums
  • Edwin Bonilla - Percussion
  • John Falcone - Electric bass guitar

Accolades[edit]

Charts[edit]

Sales and certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Argentina (CAPIF)[20] 4× Platinum 240,000x
Chile (IFPI)[21] 3× Platinum 60,000^
Colombia (ASINCOL)[21] 3× Platinum 180,000x
Mexico (AMPROFON)[22] 2× Platinum 500,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[23] Platinum 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[24] Platinum 912,000[25]
Uruguay (CUD)[26] 2× Platinum 12,000x
Venezuela (APFV)[27] 3× Platinum 159,351[28]
Summaries
Central America[21] 4× Platinum 80,000x

^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Reviews & Previews". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media) 110 (41): 23. October 10, 1998. Retrieved June 16, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Review: Shakira - ¿Dónde Están los Ladrones? | Sputnikmusic". Sputnikmusic. November 28th, 2006. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Shakira Tickets, Wembley Arena". Ticket4-you.com. Retrieved May 6, 2011. 
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  12. ^ Lannert, John (April 24, 1999). "10th Annual Billboard Latin Music Conference". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media) 111 (17): LM-3. Retrieved October 18, 2013. 
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  19. ^ a b "1999: The Year in Music". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media) 111 (52): YE–71,72. December 25, 1999. Retrieved June 17, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Discos de oro y platino" (in Spanish). Cámara Argentina de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas. Archived from the original on July 6, 2011. Retrieved November 4, 2012. 
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  23. ^ "Discos de platino y oro 1999". El Mundo (in Spanish). Archived from the original on March 12, 2005. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
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  27. ^ D'Alessandria, Pedro (February 20, 1999). "Shakira: Una Chica Pop Con Rock en el Corazón". El Universal (in Spanish) (Latin American Newspaper Association). Retrieved June 17, 2013. 
  28. ^ Blanco, Pablo (March 27, 2011). "Las cifras de Shakira". Estampas. El Universal. Retrieved May 25, 2013.