Sale el sol (English: The Sun Comes Out) is the seventh studio album by Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira, released on October 19, 2010. The album cover was released on August 31, 2010. In a promotion strategy, Los 40 Principales in Spain premiered the album on streaming on October 12, one week before the album release.
The album debuted at number seven on the Billboard 200 becoming her fourth-highest peak on the chart. It also debuted at number one on the Billboard Top Latin Albums Chart and stayed there for over 12 consecutive weeks.
The album has sold over 500,000 copies in the US,another 500,000 copies in France and over 4 million copies worldwide. The album received three Latin Grammy Award nominations including Album of the Year and won the award for Best Female Pop Vocal Album.
The album was recorded in the Bahamas, London, Barcelona, and the Dominican Republic. Shakira describes the album musically as having "a strong rock side" along with "romantic" and "Latino" songs. Shakira told MTV that the album was "very personal" and would deal with the issues of heartbreak. Dizzee Rascal is one of several collaborators to appear on the album, featuring on the first single "Loca". Of the collaboration he said it was proof of his willingness to experiment "I know it sounds a bit mad now, but you'll see it and see what's going on. It's me doing something different man, on a merengue tip."
El Cata, one of the collaborators on the album, said "If I was thinking that this little studio was going to be in the world’s vision at this time, I wouldn’t believe it." He added "She told me, ‘You have something that makes me move.’ I told her it was the percussion, and I said, ‘Those sounds that you want, I have them in my studio." Other collaborations are said to include songs with rappers Calle 13 and Pitbull. Aside from calling it "the best album of her career (sic)", Shakira said "I'm very excited about the new album, because it reminds me of different eras and stages of my career. It's like a synthesis of all these 20 years... It's been quite interesting to make this album, I've been reconnecting to myself." On her official website it was confirmed that Shakira's 2010 FIFA World Cup anthem, "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)" will also appear on the album in a rockier remix.
In an interview with The New York Times, Shakira explained: "We all go through hard moments. Whatever happened, it’s right there in the songs. I’ve decided that I’m not going to explain every song this time. It’s hard to explain a song. These songs explain me better than I can explain them."
"Loca" was released as the first official single and had its premiere on radio September 1, 2010. It is, according to Shakira, an interpretation of El Cata's song "Loca Con Su Tigre" and mainly samples the chorus but has different lyrics. The single topped the most of European countries like Spain, Italy, France and Switzerland and also topped US Latin Song Charts.
"Sale el sol", was released on January 4, 2011 to digital marketplaces as the second single. The single debuted and peaked at no. 8 in Spain, 10 on the US Latin Songs Chart and 2 on the US Latin Pop Songs Chart.
"Rabiosa" was released on 8 April 2011, as the third single from the album. The song features rappers Pitbull and El Cata on the English and Spanish version, respectively. The music video for the song was shot on April 26–27, 2011 and was released on June 7, 2011.