Shakira’s vicious new song, in which the Colombian singer, philanthropist, and ardent supporter of the truthfulness of hips mocks her ex-boyfriend Gerard Piqué, has amassed more than 63 million views on YouTube in just 24 hours, making it the most-watched new Latin song in platform history.
After being married for more than ten years and having two children together, Shakira and Piqué, a former football player for Barcelona, Manchester United, and the Spanish national team, split up last year. The 35-year-old ex-center back has since started dating Clara Ch’a, a 23-year-old.
Shakira, 45, sings “I’m worth two 22-year-olds” in the diss track she co-wrote with Argentine producer and DJ Bizarrap. She continues, “You swapped a Ferrari for a [Renault] Twingo/You swapped a Rolex for a Casio.” A she-wolf like me isn’t for beginners, the singer adds. She says, “I was out of your league, which is why you’re with someone just like you,” and advises her fitness-obsessed ex to work on strengthening his brain as well.
Shakira makes witty allusions to Piqué and his new love interest in addition to bringing up her mother-in-law, the media, and her ongoing issues with the Spanish tax authorities, who assert that she owes them €14.5 million in back taxes.
“You left me with my mother-in-law as a neighbour, with the press at my door and a debt to the taxman,” she sings.
Shakira and her family lived in Barcelona between 2012 and 2014, so she was allegedly required to pay Spanish tax on her worldwide earnings during those years. If she is found guilty, they demand an eight-year prison term and a fine of more than €23 million. However, the singer claims she owes nothing to the country’s fiscal authorities and claims they are conducting “a salacious press campaign” against her.
The song had over 63.5 million views on YouTube by Friday morning, making it the most watched new Latin music video ever on the site and garnering international attention.
The Venezuelan singer Briella also noticed it and noted how similar it was to a song she had released in June of last year called Solo T. (Only You).
“Does that Shakira session sound like Solo Tú to you too?” she wrote on Twitter. “I can’t believe it.” Briella said she was a fan of both Shakira and Bizarrap but felt the song had been “inspired” by her earlier composition and that she would like to be given a credit.
She posted clips of the two songs side by side on Twitter and asked her followers: “What do you think?”