Release date: September 1998
Dónde están los ladrones? (English translation: Where Are the Thieves?) is the second official studio album by Shakira, released in 1998. Dónde Están los Ladrones? sold ten million copies worldwide and is one of the highest selling Spanish-language albums in the United States. Two of the album's songs garnered Shakira the Latin Grammy Awards for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. In addition, it was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1999 for Best Latin Rock Alternative Album. The album was re-issued in 2005, to promote the sales of Oral Fixation Vol. 2. The album also contains two bonus tracks in certain countries.
The album took 9 months to produce since many people worked on the album: an increased number of options were given and further demos were released. This extended the production process, making it more complex than the Pies Descalzos album. In addition, Shakira insisted on perfection, mindful of the many critics who would judge her second album, mindful of the label of "musical prodigy" applied to her in Latin America. Consequently, each song comprised three or four demo tracks, made possible by the increased album budget and the hundreds of thousands of dollars available for promotion. As a result, the album sold 100,000 copies on the day of release, and reached one million sales by the end of the month.
The album title for Dónde Están Los Ladrones?, which translates to Where Are The Thieves? was conceived by an unpleasant event experienced by Shakira. While waiting in an airport in Bogota, a thief stole Shakira's bag which held all of the lyrics and partitures of the songs for her new album. All was lost. Demoralized, Shakira had to start anew. According to interviews, Shakira claimed she almost gave up, but it was only her dedication to completing the album that inspired her to start working again. Thus, the title track was born. (Source: from the book Shakira: Woman Full of Grace by Ximena Diego).