Fijación Oral, Vol. 1
Fijación Oral, Vol. 1 is the sixth studio album by Colombian singer and songwriter Shakira. It was released on 3 June 2005 by Epic Records. The album debuted at number four on the US Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 157,000 copies. It became the highest selling Latin pop album of the decade in the United States. Four singles were released to promote the album.
About Fijación Oral, Vol. 1 in brief
Fijación Oral, Vol. 1 is the sixth studio album by Colombian singer and songwriter Shakira. It was released on 3 June 2005 by Epic Records. The album debuted at number four on the US Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 157,000 copies. It became the highest selling Latin pop album of the decade in the United States. As of May 2013, over four million copies of the album were sold worldwide and it is the eighth best-selling Latin albums in the U.S. Four singles were released to promote the album. In November 2005 Shakira supplemented the album with her second English-language record, Oral Fixation, Vol 2. The two were packaged together as a box set and released in January 2007. The artwork for both albums was inspired by Eve, the first woman to bite into an oral fixation and be forbidden to do it again. Shakira said she wanted to attribute the artwork to Eve, who was forbidden to bite and be oral fixation, and that she would be the one to bite the fruit and go on to oral fixation. She said: “There is a long way to go to go with the oral fixation” The album was the Best Latin RockAlternative Album at the 2006 Grammy Awards, and the Album of the Year and the Best Female Pop Vocal Album in Latin at the Latin Grammy Awards. It also topped the charts in Argentina, Germany, Mexico and Spain. The lead single, “Hips Don’t Lie”, was the only track to reach the US billboard Hot 100, but the follow-up singles “No” and “Las de la Intuición” enjoyed moderate success on the Hot Latin Songs, Tropical Songs and Latin Pop Airplay charts.
The second volume of the albums included two English translations of songs from the first record. The albums were promoted with the Oral fixation Tour in 2006 and 2007, which visited the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe. The project was painful at times to come up with two albums, to write more than 60 songs and to fight my own insecurities and doubts. Shakira: “I will not lie to you; it was not a path of roses. I am still not good enough as I was 10 years ago, and I am not good as half as good as I am today, and I still don’t do it in a different way in perhaps an English-speaking country” She said that the difference about expressing herself in Spanish and English is that she finds elements that help her express herself in both languages in different ways. She has co-written nearly sixty songs for the project, and put herself on the mission of selecting favorite ones to record. She decided to divide the release into two volumes. The first volume contains all Spanish-language songs and the second volume features all English- language tracks. The songs were recorded over a two-year period between 2005 and 2007. It has been released in two different versions, one in Spanish, the other in English, and one in English.