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Shakira New Album 2014 Release Date: Latest Record Will Be Self-Titled -- But Why? [WATCH]

First Posted: Jan 25, 2014 11:51 AM EST
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Shakira recently wrote to her fans a well-thought-out letter on Facebook, revealing that her upcoming album will be self-titled, as well as sharing her musical inspirations for her latest project.

The Columbian singer first expressed her excitement of the new album release and what it took for her to put together Shakira.

"I'm so happy that I will soon be sharing my latest album with you all, something I've been working on for over two years now," she said. "The work on this album has spanned a very eventful time, with many ups and downs but ultimately, the happiest period in my life thus far, including the birth of my son. I've explored many different directions, worked with many different people, and written many, many demos before arriving at the finished product I will soon be presenting to you."

Shakira also elaborated on her musical inspirations for the forthcoming album and how it reflects the way she has opened up about herself throughout the recording process.

"When the time came to put a name to this album ... I realized that it's not exactly a thematic album, though love is and always has been one of my main subjects and sources for inspiration. It's also not necessarily conceptual, as some of my albums have been in the past," she said.

"In the end, what I realized is that throughout the course of creating this body of work, I learned a lot about myself," she continued. "Though I didn't realize it at the time, all the directions I began exploring in the initial phases of recording were helping to pave a path for me of rediscovery."

Lastly, the Latina singer explained that Shakira became a hybrid of everything that makes up her own personality.

"In the end I realized that I will always be a little bit of everything and I don't have to choose," she said. "I am sometimes extremely sensitive, sometimes upbeat, others dreamy and romantic, and even at times a little melodramatic. (Call it the Caribbean blood.) But always authentic and always sincere."

"Most importantly, I am enough. Imperfections and all. So what I am offering you now is just that," she added. "Shakira. Nothing more. A little bit of rock, a little bit of fold, a little reggae and naturally some dance -- but as always, and above all, a lot of heart."

Shakira's self-titled 10th studio album, which features her amazing collaboration with Rihanna, "Can't Remember To Forget You," is scheduled for  release on Mar. 25.

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