¿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. 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.
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.