MTV Unplugged (Shakira album)

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MTV Unplugged
Shakira MTV Unplugged.jpg
Live album by
Released29 February 2000 (2000-02-29)
Recorded12 August 1999; Grand Ballroom, Manhattan Center Studios (New York City)
VenueManhattan Center Studios, Manhattan, New York City, United States
Genre
Length50:33
LanguageSpanish
Label
Producer
Shakira chronology
Dónde Están los Ladrones?
(1998)
MTV Unplugged
(2000)
Laundry Service
(2001)
Shakira video chronology
MTV Unplugged
(2002)
Live & off the Record
(2004)
Singles from MTV Unplugged
  1. "No Creo"
    Released: 4 January 2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]

MTV Unplugged is the first live album by Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira, released on 29 February 2000, by Columbia Records and Sony Latin. It was recorded on 12 August 1999, during her MTV Unplugged performance at the Grand Ballroom in New York City.

The performance was released in 2000 as a live album, and again in 2002 as a DVD. It was critically acclaimed by American critics and earned Shakira the Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Album.

Track listing[edit]

MTV Unplugged – CD (2000)
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Octavo Día"
  • Lester Mendez
  • Shakira
6:21
2."Si Te Vas"
  • Luis Fernando Ochoa
  • Shakira
3:40
3."Dónde Están Los Ladrones?"
  • Ochoa
  • Shakira
3:32
4."Moscas En La Casa"Shakira3:52
5."Ciega, Sordomuda"
  • Estefano Salgado
  • Shakira
4:09
6."Inevitable"
  • Ochoa
  • Shakira
3:39
7."Estoy Aquí"
  • Ochoa
  • Shakira
4:58
8.""
  • Dillon O'Brien
  • Shakira
5:22
9."Sombra De Ti"
  • Ochoa
  • Shakira
4:07
10."No Creo"
  • Ochoa
  • Shakira
4:08
11."Ojos Así"
  • Javier Garza
  • Pedro Flores
  • Shakira
6:50
Total length:50:33
MTV Unplugged – DVD (2002)
No.TitleLength
1."Octavo Día"5:35
2."Si Te Vas"4:00
3."Dónde Están Los Ladrones?"3:29
4."Ciega, Sordomuda"4:14
5."Inevitable"3:52
6."Moscas En La Casa"3:55
7."Estoy Aquí"4:56
8."Tú"5:05
9."Sombra De Ti"4:07
10."No Creo"4:05
11."Ojos Así"6:40
Total length:49:58

Bonus features

  1. Timeline
  2. Albums
  3. Photo Gallery
  4. Making Of (½ hour program)

Impact[edit]

The Unplugged concert was the program's first episode to be broadcast entirely in Spanish and served as her major breakthrough in the U.S. market. [2]The concert is noted to be the "first time a Latin pop act attempted an Unplugged, the first Latina solo act to do so, and the first time a Latino act didn’t tape their performance at MTV’s studios in Miami."[3] The album has sold over 5 million copies worldwide. [4] The concert has received critical acclaim, and is included on lists of best unplugged performances.

  • The performance is listed on Vulture Magazine’s “7 Really Good MTV Unplugged Performances” list.[5]
  • Nylon (magazine) has included “Sombra De Ti” on the list “10 Of The Best ‘MTV Unplugged’ Performances.” .[6]
  • Yardbarker ranked the album at number 4 on their list of“20 greatest MTV 'Unplugged' albums.” .[7]
  • ”Remezcla” includes the performance on “The 10 Most Iconic Latin American ‘MTV Unplugged’ Performances.” "[8]

Personnel[edit]

  • Shakira - Producer, songwriter, arranger, lead vocals, harmonica, guitar.
  • Emilio Estefan Jr. - Executive producer
  • Tim Mitchell - Producer, arranger, guitar
  • Sean Murphy - Producer
  • Marcello Anez - Engineer
  • Adam Blackburn - Engineer
  • Scott Canto - Engineer
  • Sebastian Krys - Engineer
  • Mauricio Guerrero - Mixer
  • Eric Schilling - Mixer
  • Tony Blanc - Mixing assistant
  • Steve Penny - Mixing assistant
  • Maurizio Teilla - Mixing assistant
  • Bob Ludwig - Mastering
  • George Noreiga - Guitar, backing vocals
  • Donna Allen - Backing vocals
  • Rita Quintero - Backing vocals
  • Luis Fernando Ochoa - Guitar, arranger
  • Ben Peeler - Lap steel guitar, mandolin, dobro, bazouki
  • Pedro Alfonso - Violin
  • Albert Menendez - Piano
  • Ricardo Suarez - Bass guitar
  • Brendan Buckley - Drums, percussion
  • Ebenezer da Silva - percussions
  • Myriam Eli - percussions
  • Los Mora Arriaga - Mariachi Band on "Ciega, Sordomuda"

Charts[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
position[9]
Austria Top 75[10] 55
Netherlands Top 100[11] 81
Germany Top 100 9
Mexico Top 100 1
U.S. Billboard 200[12] 124

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[13] Platinum 60,000^
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[14] Gold 100,000*
Germany (BVMI)[15] Gold 150,000^
Mexico (AMPROFON)[16] Platinum 150,000^
United States (RIAA)[17] 4× Platinum (Latin) 400,000^
United States (RIAA)[18]
Video Longform
Gold 50,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Accolades[edit]

Year Category Title Result
2000 Latin Grammy Award for Album of the Year MTV Unplugged Nominated
Latin Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album Nominated
2001 Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Album MTV Unplugged Won
2001 Lo Nuestro Award for Rock Album of the Year MTV Unplugged Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Tim McPhate. "Remember When? Shakira Unplugs For MTV, Wins Latin GRAMMY". Grammys. Retrieved July 5, 2019.
  3. ^ Marcos Hassan. "Revisiting the 10 Most Iconic Latin American 'MTV Unplugged' Performances". Remezcla. Retrieved July 10, 2019.
  4. ^ Marti Preciado. "Before "Whenever, Wherever," we had Shakira's incredible "MTV Unplugged" album". HelloGiggles. Retrieved July 5, 2019.
  5. ^ Lindsey Weber. "7 Really Good MTV Unplugged Performances". Vulture Magazine. Retrieved July 5, 2019.
  6. ^ Taylor Bryant. "10 Of The Best 'MTV Unplugged' Performances". Nylon (magazine). Retrieved July 9, 2019. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  7. ^ Jeremy Smith. "20 greatest MTV 'Unplugged' albums". Yardbarker. Retrieved July 9, 2019.
  8. ^ Marcos Hassan. "Revisiting the 10 Most Iconic Latin American 'MTV Unplugged' Performances". Remezcla. Retrieved July 10, 2019.
  9. ^ "Maria-Charts"
  10. ^ "Austria Top 75 Albums"
  11. ^ "Dutch Top 100 Albums"
  12. ^ "U.S. Chart Positions"
  13. ^ "Argentinian album certifications – Shakira – MTV Unplugged". Argentine Chamber of Phonograms and Videograms Producers.
  14. ^ "Brazilian album certifications – Shakira – MTV Unplugged" (in Portuguese). Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Discos.
  15. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Shakira; 'Shakira MTV Unplugged')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie.
  16. ^ "Certificaciones" (in Spanish). Asociación Mexicana de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas. Type Shakira in the box under the ARTISTA column heading and Shakira MTV Unplugged in the box under TÍTULO
  17. ^ "American album certifications – Shakira – MTV Unplugged". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click Type, then select Latin, then click SEARCH. 
  18. ^ "American video certifications – Shakira – MTV Unplugged". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Video Longform, then click SEARCH.