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"Chantaje" is a song by Colombian singer Shakira, featuring vocals by fellow Colombian singer Maluma. The song was released as a single to anticipate Shakira's eleventh studio album El Dorado (2017) on 28 October 2016 by Ace Entertainment. The song was written by Shakira, Maluma, Joel Antonio López Castro, Kevin Mauricio Jiménez Londoño and Bryan Snaider Lezcano Chaverra. The music video was shot in Barcelona, on 13 and 14 October 2016, and it was directed by Spanish director and photographer Jaume de Laiguana, who has already directed various Shakira's music videos.

The song was produced by Shakira, Maluma, Chan "El Genio" (Rude Boyz) and Kevin Jiménez ADG.

Maluma and Shakira previously collaborated on a remix of Carlos Vives' single "La Bicicleta".

Lyrically, the song was considered a "battle of the sexes", where the male protagonist is not sure where he stands with his lover, and the female protagonist does not exactly clear things up.

The song topped the Spain, Chile, Mexico and US Billboard Latin Songs charts.

The song reached the top ten in Colombia, Argentina, Portugal and Switzerland.

The song was nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Urban Fusion Performance at the 18th Latin Grammy Awards.

Mike Wass of Idolator opined that the song "is instantly hummable regardless of your Spanish language skills and will have you moving before the end of the first verse. It's a winner and has the potential to be a 'La Tortura'-sized crossover hit."

Lucas Villa of AXS said that the song "plays to Shakira's strengths as a global seductress with a banger that's ready to make club-goers bend to its will."

Jon Pareles of The New York Times was positive, noting that "Shakira gets even more intense when she sings in Spanish, nervier and more committed," and calling the song "a sparse, insinuatingly catchy reggaetón battle of the sexes."

In Spain, "Chantaje" entered the Promusicae chart at number eight and reached number-one the following week, becoming Shakira's eighth number-one single.

In the United States, the song debuted at number-one on the Hot Latin Songs chart, "becoming only the 14th track to debut atop the chart in its 30-year history".

With its first-week sales of 13,000 digital downloads, 1.6 million streams and 13.8 million audience impressions in the US, the song became the second highest sales week for a Spanish-language track in 2016.

"Chantaje" debuted at number 96 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming Shakira's 19th entry there and Maluma's first. In its eighth charting week, the song managed to jump from number 65 to number 51, becoming her highest Hot 100 Spanish-language single after "La Tortura" (2005).

The song has been certified 16× Platinum by the RIAA's Latin certifications program, denoting sales of over 960,000 units.

In France, the song debuted at number 36 on the week of November 11, 2016. Five weeks later, the song managed to climb from number 22 to number 14.

In Italy, "Chantaje" debuted at number 15 and peaked at number 11 for two weeks.

In Netherlands, "Chantaje" managed to peak at number 18, becoming her highest charting single since "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)" (2010).

In Switzerland, the song peaked at number 10, becoming Shakira's fifteenth top-ten single.

The song earned 100 million views in just 19 days, breaking the previous 21 days record, and becoming the fastest Spanish video ever to do so.

On 2 February, Shakira celebrated her birthday with a salsa version of "Chantaje" with Chelito de Castro.

Credited cast:
Maluma Maluma - Maluma
Shakira Shakira - Shakira
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