El Dorado (English: The Golden One) is the eleventh studio album by Colombian singer Shakira, released on 26 May 2017, by Sony Music Latin.
The album is mainly sung in Spanish, with three songs sung in English. After her self-titled tenth studio album (2014), Shakira had her second child, suffered from writer’s block and was uncertain about the future of her career. However, her collaboration on “La Bicicleta” with Carlos Vives and support from her boyfriend, Gerard Piqué, encouraged Shakira to continue to work on music.
Inspired by her personal life and experiences, El Dorado primarily features songs about the singer’s relationship with Piqué. Shakira enlisted longtime collaborator Luis Fernando Ochoa, as well as new producers Supa Dups, Rude Boyz and The Arcade. Sonically, the album is a mixture of Latin pop and reggaeton, with influences from bachata, vallenato and electronic pop. The album features six vocal collaborations: two with Colombian singer Maluma, and one each with Nicky Jam, Vives, Prince Royce, Black M, and Magic!.
Music critics commended the album’s coherency, and its fun yet mature nature. Other critics felt El Dorado lacked creativity and relied too heavily on previously-released collaborations. The album debuted in the top ten of album charts in Argentina, Austria, France, Spain and Switzerland. It also peaked at number one on the US Top Latin Albums and number fifteen on the Billboard 200 chart. “Chantaje” was the album’s first single. It became a global success, topping Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart for eleven non-consecutive weeks and becoming certified sixteen times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The second and third single, “Me Enamoré” and “Perro Fiel”, both achieved commercial success as well. In early 2018, “Trap” was released as the album’s fourth single. While the album was accompanied by minimal promotion, a concert tour to support it has been confirmed.