Shakira Reveals Blake Shelton Duet, Talks Sexy Video With Rihanna
Shakira stopped by On Air with Ryan Seacrest to talk about her new, sexy video with Rihanna for their collaboration, “Can’t Remember to Forget You,” and revealed that she’s collaborating with Blake Shelton on her upcoming album. The songstress also played a fun game of “Marry, Kiss, Kill” with The Voice judges Adam Levine, Usher, and Blake.
The Colombian singer recently released her video with RiRi for “Can’t Remember to Forget You” and it’s already received over 100 million views.
Shakira admits that the video — which features her and the “Diamonds” singer in black sexy swimsuits lounging on a day bed thisclose together — “was going to be a little controversial … I knew … people would be interested especially because Rihanna is so big, but these numbers are unbelievable.”
The duo shot the video in December and Shakira reveals they’ve grown closer since working together. ”We knew each other, but we weren’t close,” Shakira says of their relationship. “But [now], we text once in a while and we comment on things. She’s very nice, very sweet.”
So did Shakira tell her boyfriend (who is also the father of her 1-year-old son Milan) Gerard Pique about the risqué video concept before filming it?
“I told him,” she laughs. “I asked him if he agreed with everything and he agreed … I wanted to make sure because he’s super jealous. He’s territorial. He wants to know everything is under control.”
The track is just one of the songs on Shakira’s 10th studio album, which she’s dropping on March 25. As for why it’s self-titled, she explains: “Because this album is not really a conceptual album. I don’t think there’s a common thread from top to bottom and there were many stops and gos throughout the creative process and many things happened, among those delivering a child … so I didn’t think this album deserved to have a word as a title that encompassed the whole concept of this body of work … I thought that my name was sufficient.”
Featured on the album in addition to Rihanna is … Blake Shelton!
“That was awesome,” Shakira says of collaborating with her The Voice pal. “We just [recorded it] – it’s a country, folk song … I kind of directed him. I wrote the song with some people from Nashville and I sent it to him and I was super-nervous. I was like, ‘Oh my god. What’s he going to think?’ And he loved it. He said, ‘Wow! This is exactly what you were talking about. I love this song.’”
Speaking of Blake and The Voice, he and Shakira join fellow judges Usher and Adam Levine for a new season on February 24.
“I think the chemistry is better than ever,” she says of the group. “I’m having fun … [although] Adam [gets on my nerves the most] because he’s so competitive! And Usher is like Switzerland, he’s a little more neutral. And Blake can get on my nerves too, but he’s too funny.”
So who would she marry, kiss, and kill of the three guys?
As for who she would marry, Shakira says: “Carson [Daly]. Can I marry Carson please?” And to kill, Shakira opted to instead “push” the Maroon 5 singer. “But I would make sure there is a trampoline at the bottom.” That leaves her to give “air kisses to Blake” because “[his wife] Miranda [Lambert] will kill me!”
Aside from wrapping up the final touches on her album and gearing up for the hit NBC singing competition, Shakira is building schools in Colombia and other parts of the world with her charity, the Barefoot Foundation.
“We’re opening a school [in Colombia] February 24 and it’s going to be for 1,700 students. This is a project of my life – advocating for universal education and early childhood development … and to make sure there are bigger investments on education today … around the world.”
Download “Can’t Remember to Forget You” on iTunes here … and Shakira drops March 25!