Monday, June 17, 2024

Hips Don’t Lie: Super Bowl Conquest Sends 2001 Shakira Song to Number 1 on iTunes, Plus 9 More Onto the Top 100


You just think the Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl. The real winner was Shakira.

The hot 43 year old Latinx singer was such a hit at the halftime show that she’s having the biggest run on the charts since Lady Gaga did the Super Bowl a couple of years ago.

Shakira’s “Whenever, Wherever” has hit number 1 on iTunes. It was released on August 27, 2001. There are four more Shakira tracks in the top 10 including her “Hips Don’t Lie” duet with Wyclef Jean. Five more follow from number 11 to 100.

The people want Shakira!

Jennifer Lopez didn’t too badly, either. She has nine tracks on the iTunes top 100, although the highest is number 23, “Waiting for Tonight.”

So forget the “criticism” of their performances. Shakira and JLo rocked that football stadium. I think JLo deserves a lot of credit for having Shakira join her on the show, too. Jennifer Lopez words hard for the money. She is persistent. Diva? Maybe? But you don’t there by being lazy.

On the iTunes album charts, Shakira has five albums in the top 100. Lopez has one. But to be fair, JLo is not an album artist. So we’ll cut her some slack.

Apart from the Super Bowl, CBS This Morning can take credit for two James Taylor collections of hits arriving on the iTunes chart. Jane Pauley interviewed him on Sunday and managed to not once mention his marriage to Carly Simon. I found that pretty funny. JT has an audio biography coming on that takes him conveniently almost up to the day he met his first wife and mother of his oldest two children. Carly Simon and James Taylor were like Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran in their day. They made the cover of Rolling Stone. They were married for 11 years. But hey, CBS Sunday Morning, facts are fungible.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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