"Before assuming this big challenge of writing for the first time in English and making my first English album and presenting it to the world... of course I was feeling ready for it, a little bit scared… actually a lot scared. But I knew I could do it and my instincts always told me to go ahead and jump in the water." - Shakira
"They wanted her just to throw a couple of songs in English on a Latin record, and I fought hard. I said, 'Listen. This is her shot. You can't do it halfway, you know? An American audience is not gonna get a record that's mostly Spanish because there's a couple of English cuts on it. They're gonna want to hear the whole thing. This is gonna work. I fought hard for her. And she sold like 13 million of that album." - Gloria Estefan
"To me it was very important to understand the nature of the language and how it works in literature. I wanted to know how the English grammar works... I had to read Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass in English just to understand the language a little more. It was too important to me to write my own material like I always did." - Shakira
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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