4.29.2010

Exclusive: Shakira Returns to Studio for Edgy, Dance Album

Less than six months after releasing her English album She Wolf, Shakira is back at work on her next project, Rap-Up.com has exclusively learned.

Producer Jim Jonsin (T.I., Beyoncé) and songwriter Rico Love (Usher, Diddy) were in the studio with the Colombian bombshell earlier this month. “I worked with Shakira a few weeks ago in Miami. We did two sessions together,” Rico told Rap-Up TV. “She’s working on another album.”

Fans of the “Gypsy” can expect to see her shake her famous hips once again with the new music, which Rico described as having a “more pop, edgy” sound. “She wanted to really dance on this record and do what made her famous in America, a ‘Whenever, Wherever’-type vibe,” he revealed.

Despite her global superstar status, there were no diva antics in the lab. “She’s really a sweetheart. We got along really good,” said Rico. “She understands what she wants, she knows her strong points, and she demands that.”

On July 11, Shakira will perform “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa),” the official song of 2010 FIFA World Cup, at the closing ceremony before the FIFA World Cup Final at Johannesburg Soccer City Stadium in South Africa.