Shakira has announced her new studio album will be self-titled and says she decided on the name following a period of self-reflection while recording her new music.
Shakira has announced her upcoming album will be self-titled.
The 'Can't Remember to Forget You' hitmaker has confirmed her 10th studio record - which is due for release on March 24 in the UK and March 25 in the US - will be called 'Shakira'.
In an open letter to her fans posted on Facebook, the Columbian singer explained the title is the result of self-reflection and ''rediscovery'' while recording the album.
She wrote: ''When the time came to put a name to this album, I realised that it's not exactly a thematic album, though love is, and always has been, one of my main subjects and sources for inspiration. It's also not necessarily conceptual, as some of my albums have been in the past.
''In the end, what I realised is that, throughout the course of creating this body of work, I learned a lot about myself. Though I didn't realise it at the time, all the directions I began exploring in the initial phases of recording were helping to pave a path for me of rediscovery.''
Shakira - who welcomed her first child, son Milan, with soccer star Gerard Pique in January 2013 - says her new record is a mixture of different genres and she doesn't feel she had to ''choose'' a specific musical style to adhere to.
She continued: ''The work on this album has spanned a very eventful time, with many ups and downs but ultimately, the happiest period in my life thus far, including the birth of my son.
''In the end I realised that I will always be a little bit of everything and I don't have to choose. I am sometimes extremely sensitive, sometimes upbeat, others dreamy and romantic, and even at times a little melodramatic. (Call it the Caribbean blood.) But always authentic and always sincere. (sic)''
'Shakira' is preceded by the enchanting 'Can't Remember to Forget You', which features pop star Rihanna.