Dónde Están los Ladrones?

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¿Dónde Están los Ladrones?
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Studio album by Shakira
Released 29 September 1998 (1998-09-29)
Recorded 1998;
at Crescent Moon Studios and Criteria Recording Studios, Miami
Genre
Length 41:06
Language Spanish
Label
Producer
Shakira chronology
The Remixes
(1997)The Remixes1997
¿Dónde están los ladrones?
(1998)
MTV Unplugged
(2000)MTV Unplugged2000
Singles from ¿Dónde están los ladrones?
  1. "Ciega, Sordomuda"
    Released: 13 July 1998
  2. "¿Donde están los ladrones?"
    Released: 16 October 1998
  3. ""
    Released: 2 November 1998
  4. "Inevitable"
    Released: 18 December 1998
  5. "No Creo"
    Released: 7 February 1999
  6. "Ojos Así"
    Released: 23 July 1999
  7. "Moscas en la Casa"
    Released: 10 December 1999
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Billboard favorable[2]
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars[3]
The New Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[4]

¿Dónde Están los Ladrones? (English: Where Are the Thieves?), is the fourth studio album by Colombian singer Shakira, released on 29 September 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. 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 her previous album Pies Descalzos.[5] 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.

The album's title was inspired by one of Shakira's trips to the capital of her native country Colombia. At the El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá, part of her luggage was stolen, including a briefcase that contained all the lyrics Shakira had been working on for the album. Shakira commented, "The worst part about the whole thing was that I couldn't remember them because of the mental block that can be caused by such a traumatic experience as the robbery of such a personal item".[5] Feelings of impotence and emptiness overcame Shakira with such violence that for a couple of days and nights she thought of nothing but the people who had taken her material. She could not stop thinking about them: "Who are they? What are they looking for? Where are they?". Thus, the album's title and track were born.[5] The album's title also evolves into a sly reference to the political corruption and general social mistrust pervading contemporary Colombian society. It is a corruption in which Shakira regonizes her own complicity – the album cover features a photo of her, soot-covered palms up, caught with her hands dirty.[6]

Commercial reception[edit]

Dónde Están los Ladrones? sold 300,000 copies at the day of its release, and over one million copies by the end of the month.[6]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Producer(s) Length
1. "Ciega, Sordomuda" Shakira Mebarak R.
4:28
2. "Si Te Vas" Mebarak
  • Mebarak
  • Luis Fernando Ochoa
  • Mebarak
  • Ochoa
3:30
3. "Moscas en la Casa" Mebarak Mebarak
  • Mebarak
  • Mendez
3:32
4. "No Creo" Mebarak
  • Mebarak
  • Ochoa
  • Mebarak
  • Ochoa
3:53
5. "Inevitable" Mebarak
  • Mebarak
  • Ochoa
  • Mebarak
  • Ochoa
3:13
6. "Octavo Día" Mebarak
  • Mebarak
  • Mendez
  • Mebarak
  • Mendez
4:32
7. "Que Vuelvas" Mebarak Mebarak
  • Mebarak
  • Mendez
3:51
8. "" Mebarak
  • Mebarak
  • Mebarak
  • Mendez
3:35
9. "¿Dónde Están los Ladrones?" Mebarak
  • Mebarak
  • Ochoa
  • Mebarak
  • Ochoa
3:14
10. "Sombra de Ti" Mebarak
  • Mebarak
  • Ochoa
  • Mebarak
  • Ochoa
3:35
11. "Ojos Así" Mebarak
  • Mebarak
  • Flores
  • Garza
3:57
Japanese edition[7]
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
12. "Ciega, Sordomuda" (12´full mix) Mebarak
  • Mebarak
  • Salgado
10:52
13. "Ciega, Sordomuda" (Radio edit) Mebarak
  • Mebarak
  • Salgado
4:37
German re-release edition bonus tracks[8][9][10]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
12. "Estoy Aquí"
  • Mebarak
  • Ochoa
3:44
13. "Ojos Así" (Single Version)
  • Mebarak
  • Flores
  • Garza
3:56
Indonesian cassette bonus tracks[11]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
12. "Estoy Aquí" (Album version)
  • Mebarak
  • Ochoa
3:44
13. "Estoy Aquí" (Love + Tears Mix)
  • Mebarak
  • Ochoa
5:07
14. "Estoy Aquí" (Club Mix)
  • Mebarak
  • Ochoa
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 Certified units/Sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[24] 4× Platinum 240,000^
Chile (IFPI)[25] 3× Platinum 60,000^
Colombia (ASINCOL)[25] 3× Platinum 180,000[26]
Mexico (AMPROFON)[27] 2× Platinum 500,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[28] Platinum 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[29] Platinum 912,000[30]
Uruguay (CUD)[31] 2× Platinum 12,000^
Venezuela (APFV)[32] 3× Platinum 159,351[33]
Summaries
Central America[25] 4× Platinum 80,000x

^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Reviews & Previews". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 110 (41): 23. 10 October 1998. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Review: Shakira - ¿Dónde están los Ladrones? | Sputnikmusic". Sputnikmusic. 28 November 2006. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Shakira Reviews". The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. 28 November 2004. Retrieved 13 December 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c https://books.google.com/books?id=5MK7XpItx-wC&pg=PA85
  6. ^ a b https://books.google.com/books?id=lRSM7MZndKoC&pg=PT289
  7. ^ Sale el Sol, Shakira. "Album "¿Dónde están los ladrones?" (Japan Edition)". Retrieved 18 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "Donde Estan Los Ladrones :: Shakira :: MTV3 Store Download". Download.mtv3.fi. 17 August 1999. Archived from the original on 9 March 2012. Retrieved 14 February 2012. 
  9. ^ "iTunes - Música - Donde Estan los Ladrones de Shakira". Itunes.apple.com. 30 March 1999. Retrieved 14 February 2012. 
  10. ^ "Shakira - Dónde Están Los Ladrones? (CD, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 14 February 2012. 
  11. ^ "Shakira - Dónde Están Los Ladrones? (Cassette, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 14 February 2012. 
  12. ^ "List of Grammy Nominations". The Washington Post. Nash Holdings LLC. 5 January 1999. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  13. ^ "Lo Nuestro 1999 – Historia". Univision (in Spanish). Univision Communications, Inc. 1999. Archived from the original on 23 June 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  14. ^ Lannert, John (24 April 1999). "10th Annual Billboard Latin Music Conference". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 111 (17): LM-3. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  15. ^ Lannert, John (30 October 1999). "Ritmo Winners Chosen Martin, Gabriel, Shakira Are Tops". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 25 August 2013. 
  16. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
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  18. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Shakira – Dónde Están los Ladrones?". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  19. ^ "Shakira – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Shakira. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  20. ^ a b c "Dónde Están los Ladrones? - Shakira". Billboard. Retrieved 4 December 2009. 
  21. ^ "Allmusic - Shakira's Albums Chart". AllMusic. Retrieved 4 December 2009. 
  22. ^ a b "1998: The Year in Music". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 110 (52): YE–66,70. 26 December 1998. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  23. ^ a b "1999: The Year in Music". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 111 (52): YE–71,72. 25 December 1999. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  24. ^ "Discos de oro y platino" (in Spanish). Cámara Argentina de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  25. ^ a b c "Shakira en 'Servicio de Lavandería'". El Diario de Hoy (in Spanish). Editorial Altamirano Madriz, S.A. 8 December 2001. Archived from the original on 19 October 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  26. ^ http://shakira.elheraldo.co/discografia/donde-estan-los-ladrones
  27. ^ "Certificaciones – Shakira" (in Spanish). Asociación Mexicana de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas. 
  28. ^ "Discos de platino y oro 1999". El Mundo (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 12 March 2005. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  29. ^ "American album certifications – Shakira – Donde Estan los Ladrones". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  30. ^ Gary Trust (7 March 2014). "Ask Billboard: Shakira's Biggest Hot 100 Hits". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 31 March 2014. 
  31. ^ "Priemos – 1999" (in Spanish). Cámara Uruguaya del Disco. 
  32. ^ D'Alessandria, Pedro (20 February 1999). "Shakira: Una Chica Pop Con Rock en el Corazón". El Universal (in Spanish). Latin American Newspaper Association. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  33. ^ Blanco, Pablo (27 March 2011). "Las cifras de Shakira". Estampas. El Universal. Retrieved 25 May 2013.