The She Wolf Meets The Bad Gal: Breaking Down ‘Can’t Remember to Forget You’


After weeks of rumors, a confirmation from Pitbull, and about 7 days of teasers, Shakira and Rihanna have unveiled their collaboration to the world today.

‘Can’t Remember to Forget You’ is the first single from Shakira’s upcoming album and her first english single since ‘Waka Waka’.

Any time two major artists collaborate, the hype generally exceeds the final product. With two pop stars of this caliber the expectations were pretty high to say the least.

So how did the girls fare?


The want-to-but-can’t-breakup song is made up of a little bit of Ska, an earworm hook, Shakira’s distinct vocals, and Rihanna’s enunciations topped with a yodel or two.

I immediately was reminded of ‘Locked Out of Heaven’ after hearing the background coos in the chorus, and after doing my daily coast of blogs it seems like I’m not alone.

That being said, the song is different from what’s playing on the radio, Bruno aside, and I appreciate that.

I’m glad it’s not an EDM dance anthem –

especially an EDM Country anthem. ‘Wake Me Up’ was fine, but ‘Timber’ – LOL WUT?

It’s definitely more Shakira than it is Rihanna, which is fine, but after struggling to impact with her last album, is this the hit that will bring her back to the top?


It’s going to be a hit .

And by hit I mean it’s going to chart in the Top 10 simply because of the names attached to the song.

However, we’re not talking about a ‘Hips Don’t Lie’ type of thing.

It could hit Top 3 because the video will have millions of views the first week and you already know that The Voice performance is being prepped as we speak.

Why else would Shakira return to the show?

The interesting thing will be the longevity of the song.

Honestly, I think it’s going to be a flash in the pan. Nothing about the song screams classic to me. I just thought that as long as it was better than ‘Beautiful Liar’ they could have an actual hit on their hands, but I’m not convinced right now.

In fact, ‘Beautiful Liar’ might actually be better.

Still premature to say, but it’s not a good sign when I flip to other songs on my ipod after 3 listens.


Here’s some Non-Shade:

The verses are the best part of the song.

The accents slay.

The yodeling is cool – if you’re into that kind of thing.

And overall the song is not bad, it’s just a let down.

They could have gone a much better route. They could have blended their Columbian and Bajan influences into the Columajan sound of our dreams.

But they opted to play it “Shakira” safe – which isn’t all that safe if you look at her track record.

Like I said, I’m more interested to see how the song will do on the radio.

If you’re a stan, you should probably start requesting it to surprise me.




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