What’s with all the weird robots lurking in Shakira’s music videos? (We Finally Know What it meant)
If the weird robots in the thumbnails for several Shakira videos have intentionally been put there, it’s quite the marketing strategy.
Weird robots have been discovered in the thumbnails for several Shakira music videos, and if this is part of some bizarre marketing campaign, you’ve really got to hand it to her.
An eagle-eyed fan shared the strange find on Reddit: the thumbnail for the Colombian singer’s ‘Waka Waka (This Time fr Africa)’ music video seems normal at first, but a closer look reveals a robot hanging out in the background.
That wasn’t the only Shakira thumbnail to feature a robot, with other ones swiftly being spotted in thumbnails for ‘Hips Don’t Lie’, “GIRL LIKE ME’, and more.
Seriously, what is going on? At the time of writing, neither Shakira nor Vevo has publicly commented on the matter, but that hasn’t stopped fans from speculating wildly.
Some think that the mysterious robots signal a potential NFT collaboration from the pop icon; others suggest that it’s proof that Shakira is entering her “electropop” era, and the robots are simply heralding a new chapter of her musical career. Even stranger would be if there’s some form of the “Mandela effect” happening here, and the weird robots have always been in Shakira’s videos.
Other fans expressed concern that the singer’s account had been hacked, which isn’t that outlandish considering artists like Eminem and Drake had their YouTube accounts hacked just last week. The list of those affected was even longer, with Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Lil Nas X, and Harry Styles also subjected to hacking. Although Shakira didn’t confirm if she was hacked at the time, it’s entirely plausible that she was also one of the victims.
We’ve become accustomed as music fans to bizarre marketing strategies in recent times but if the new Shakira strategy to have weird robots lurk in the background of her music video thumbnails is intentional, it’s up there with the most ridiculous.
Well, Shakira fans, it looks like we finally have the answer to one of the fandom’s biggest questions this week: What’s up with the robots? Eagle-eyed Shakira fans noticed the mysterious robots that appeared to be photoshopped into Shakira’s music video thumbnails on her official Youtube Account. And now we know the reason behind it: Shakira has announced her futuristic new single, “Te Felicito,” featuring none other than Rauw Alejandro.
Announcing the collaboration on Twitter, the Colombian singer shared the pre-save link and single artwork, which features her clad in a robotic outfit (almost identical to that of the robots from the thumbnails), posing alongside Rauw, who also wears a robotic harness. The “Todo De Ti” singer also shared the collaboration announcement, retweeting Shakira’s announcement with robot emojis. “Te Felicito” is dropping on April 22.
“Te Felicito” will be Shakira’s latest song since last year’s “Don’t Wait Up” and first Spanish-language song since 2020’s “Me Gusta,” a collaboration with Anuel AA.
The announcement of two titans of the industry collaborating obviously had Twitter up in flames, with Shakira and “Te Felicito” trending on Twitter in multiple countries. One Twitter user shared their (relatable) prediction for the song’s appearance on their Spotify Wrapped.
A user reminded us that Shakira and Rauw are geniuses in their respective musical fields, so their collaboration seems predestined to be a hit.
If you’re a fan of “Chantaje” featuring Maluma and Shakira’s “I Like It” Superbowl Performance, you’ll know that this user is referring to her excellent ability to pick out only the finest talent to collaborate with.
“Te Felicito” has all the makings of 2022’s first song of the summer — we can’t wait to lose our minds dancing to it on April 22.
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