Shakira, the “Queen of Latin Music,” published her breakup song “BZRP Music Sessions #53” on January 11th in conjunction with the Argentine DJ Bizarrap, which received 52 million views in its first 24 hours. This is a new YouTube record for the most day views for a Latin song. It surpassed Despacito’s previous record of 25 million views.
“What for me was a catharsis and a discharge. I never thought I would get straight to number one in the world at 45 years old and in Spanish. I want to embrace the millions of women who rise up to the ones who make us feel insignificant,” said Shakira.
On the set of her music video for the 2010 FIFA World Cup song Waka Waka, Shakira met Gerard Piqué, a former professional soccer player, for the first time (This Time For Africa). They began an official relationship the next year, and Milan was born three years later, followed by Sasha two years later. The pair appeared to be the finest famous couple with everything, but it would soon become a distant memory.
They announced their divorce in June 2022, which was followed by a story claiming that Piqué was now seeing Clara Chia Mart, a 23-year-old Public Relations student in Barcelona. She works with Kosmos, which is Pique’s entertainment production firm. “It was an immediate crush,” Vanitatis recalled of Piqué’s meeting with Chia Mart as a server in one of the clubs where he went to a party with Riqui Puig and other colleagues.
Christian Garcia, a sophomore studying in Cinema Studies at Queens College, agrees with Shakira’s method of commemorating a certain lyric in her song that states, ‘Women no longer cry, women get paid’ as he states, “I do agree with Shakira’s revenge because music is a way to express how you feel. She probably felt Piqué didn’t understand how he did her wrong, so she made a song about it.”
Although this is not her first break-up song this year, it is the first one that not only refers to, but explicitly mentions Gerard Piqué and Clara Chia Za. Sadly, it only makes sense in Spanish, but it is a clever wordplay that the media will not soon forget. Shakira says ‘I only make music, sorry if it taints you’ which does not seem to mention Piqué, but the original song in Spanish says ‘Yo solo hago música. Perdón que te salpique‘.’ If you separate the last word ‘sal-Pique’ as she does while singing it, you indirectly get his name.
This break-up song is especially notable in comparison to the other two she has previously published because it has received 319 million views in only one month. Yet, the song is not only smashing records across various digital platforms, but it is also wrecking people’s lives by ridiculing, defaming, and mortifying others.
As many people have discovered, happiness does not endure forever. Gerard Piqué apparently cheated on Chia Mart with lawyer Julia Puig lately. But, it might not be enough for Shakira to settle down, as many of her admirers are sifting the rumors of a new song coming out in a duet with Karol G; a Colombian artist who has gone through the same circumstances as Shakira.