Gustavo Arellano of OC Weekly insists that those who brand Shakira a sell-out because she shifted from singing in her native Spanish to cross over into the English speaking big money market are wrong.
“Her former fans don’t care about the facts: she’s now singing in English and therefore must be ignored,” he said. “But to revile her for choosing to sing in another language is jingoistic at best and stupid at worst. Despite a shaky debut, Shakira has limitless talent and will likely be as groundbreaking in English as she was in Spanish. Maybe she didn’t switch to English simply to make more money (her Pepsi sponsorship, on the other hand…). She deserves the benefit of our doubt: that her career can only improve by singing in English.”
Shakira Excited To Kick Off Tour Of The Mongoose
November 8, 2002 – Shakira spoke to MuchMusic about her Tour Of The Mongoose which kicks off Friday in San Diego. “I’m very excited, because I feel that this is exactly what I was needing, what I was feeling an urgency for. Just to go on the road and encounter my fans,” Shakira said. “I think everything is going to change from now on. Even my relationship with my anglo fans which just started a year ago that is just starting to grow and develop. And the tour for sure is really essential for that to happen.”
Shakira Thinks She’s Her Own Thing
October 11, 2002 – Mim Udovitch of Rolling Stone magazine spoke with Shakira for their Women In Rock issue, which the singer also appears on the cover alongside Britney Spears and Mary J. Blige. Asked if there are contemporary artists with whom she felt she should be grouped with, Shakira responded, “There can be things in common that I have with other artists. I can play the guitar like Alanis, and I can have the hair color of Britney and, yeah, I have a Latin butt like J.Lo. But that doesn’t mean that I’m one thing or the other. I think I have my own thing that even I don’t know how to describe.”