If you’re wondering why Shakira decided to push her album back from October 12 to November 23, blame Timbaland. The producer’s last-minute contribution “Give It Up to Me” caused the project to be delayed in the U.S.
According to Rolling Stone, Shakira first heard Timbo’s production while on her way to the MTV Video Music Awards in September. It was then that she decided to postpone her album’s release in order to include it as the second U.S. single.
Timbaland was originally supposed to rap on the track until Flo Rida replaced him. Then Lil Wayne came into the picture. “Everyone’s breath was taken away when Lil Wayne said he wanted to jump on the record,” said Amanda Ghost, the head of Shakira’s label Epic Records.
The rapper and Colombian bombshell only met once before briefly when they landed at an airport in the Bahamas at the same time. “This is the modern approach to things, with so little time and so much going on,” Shakira told the magazine. “I guess I’ll see him when we shoot the video.”