Dare (La La La) by Shakira
The echo of ‘Empire’ isn’t over, but Shakira felt the need to release a summer hit, ‘Dare (La La La)’, a joyful, dance addictive song. ‘Dare (La La La)’ is the astonishing comeback of Colombian star to dance music, the sensual electro pop rhythm developed for She-Wolf.
Lately, whenever Shakira launched a song during March or April, it was sure that it would become the official song of World Cup or at least would be included in the album that accompanied the competition. ‘Dare (La La La)’ didn’t have the destiny of ‘ Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)’, declared the official song of World Cup in 2010, but was requested to support the album dedicated to 2014 World Cup.
The idea of the song appeared in the period when Shakira met Gerard Piqué, as consequence one of the lyrics can be considered to be a direct question to him: ‘Is it true that you love me?/ I dare you to kiss me’. The chorus is obviously dedicated to Shakira’s fans, a direct invitation to dance and feeling good, an easy mission for a professional dancer as the artist.
Shakira chose for this video a black outfit with metallic studs, reminding viewers of ‘Can’t Remember to Forget You’. There is one detail that amazes in ‘Dare (La La La)’: the focus on the sky. The beginning of the video shows the Latin diva admiring the sky, while in some scenes she is displayed dancing on the top of a building, in connection with the sky.
‘Dare (La La La) is included into the simple, yet suggestive named album ‘Shakira’ released in 2014. As in the case of the majority of the songs recorded by Shakira, she actively got involved into its creation and production, along with Dr. Luke, Max Martin or Jay Singh. Similarly to ‘Can’t Remember to Forget You’, the idea of the song existed before her pregnancy, she even shot few scenes in Barcelona, but she had to postpone the official release of ‘Dare’, named at that time ‘Truth or Dare’.
The video, released on May 7, 2014, was created by Anthony Mandler, one of the favorite directors in Hollywood. Anthony Mandler also directed 50Cent’s ‘Hustler’s Ambition’, Eminem’s ‘When I’m Gone’, Rihanna’s ‘Unfaithful’ or Fergie’s ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’. For Shakira’s video, Anthony Mandler used both old images shot before her pregnancy, as well as new scenes shot in Lisbon this time. The connection between the two moments is represented by the group of fans following her and dancing along with her.