Shakira rocked the stage Monday night at her iHeartRadio Album Release Party presented by Target, live from the iHeartRadio Theater Los Angeles. The international superstar performed music from her new album, Shakira -- out Tuesday -- and talked about the inspiration behind the songs.
Shakira opened the show with the powerful ballad, "Empires," which she released online last month, before host Ryan Seacrest joined her on stage for a live Q&A.
"I’m so involved with every single aspect of the creation of my music, from the arrangements to the writing and the production," Shakira told Ryan. "I just feel like these are my children, each one of these songs. It took me two and a half years to put this body of work together... These were the most eventful two and a half years of my life."
Shakira also performed the album's first single, "Can't Remember To Forget You," in addition to two new songs, "You Don't Care About Me" and "23."
"This is one of the most personal songs I've ever written," Shakira said about "23," which chronicles the beginning of her love story with her boyfriend, professional soccer player Gerard Piqué. She sings, "I knew we had something from the moment I met you/I knew we had something, no one thought it could be true/Do you believe in destiny?/'Cause I do as I did then when you were only 23."
After her performance, Ryan asked Shakira if she was ever hesitant to date a younger man (Piqué is ten years her junior). She responded, "Yes... but I looked into those blue eyes and I was like, 'What the F?'"
Shakira ended the show with her 2006 smash, "Hips Don't Lie," much to the audience's delight. Eight years later, those hips are still telling nothing but the truth.