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On an electrifying Tuesday evening, March 26, 2024, the streets of New York City’s Times Square were illuminated not just by its iconic billboards but also by the presence of Shakira. She orchestrated a surprise free concert on the TSX Stage, captivating an unprecedented audience of more than 40,000 fans — a spectacle unseen in the area — and surpassing even the throngs drawn during New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Emerging fresh from the release of her latest album, Las Mujeres Ya No Lloran, Shakira enraptured the audience with a selection of tracks, including Te Felicito, TQG, Cómo Dónde y Cuándo, Puntería, and BZRP Music Sessions #53, seamlessly blending these with her timeless anthem, Hips Don’t Lie.

Accompanied by a troupe of dancers, Shakira not only showcased her trademark electrifying choreography but also demonstrated her musical versatility by playing the electric guitar for one of the songs. Amid the fervor of the performance, she expressed her gratitude to the assembled masses: “Thank you all for being here for me,” she declared. “It means a lot.”

The concert kicked off with a riveting rendition of Hips Don’t Lie, setting the stage ablaze with Shakira’s dynamic energy. The momentum continued unabated as she wove through a sizzling medley of her reggaeton hits, Te Felicito and TQG, before transitioning to a rock-inspired performance on the guitar for Cómo Dónde y Cuándo.

For fans unable to experience the magic of the moment in person, the upcoming special Shakira Desde Times Square promises a glimpse into the spectacle. Set to stream on Vix at midnight PT on Saturday, the special will feature a portion of the performance alongside exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, offering an intimate look at the artist’s preparation and execution of this landmark event.

Las Mujeres Ya No Lloran marks a significant milestone in Shakira’s career, boasting 16 tracks that encapsulate a diverse musical spectrum. The album features an illustrious lineup of collaborations with artists such as Cardi B, Ozuna, Rauw Alejandro, Grupo Frontera, Karol G, and Fuerza Regida. Among these, Shakira’s partnership with Cardi B on the opening track, Punteria, has been heralded as a highlight of the album.

This surprise concert in Times Square and the release of Las Mujeres Ya No Lloran underscore Shakira’s enduring influence in the music industry. Through her innovative artistry and commitment to empowering messages, Shakira continues to forge an indelible legacy that transcends cultural and linguistic boundaries, captivating audiences worldwide.

“What a party last night at Times Square! 40,000 of you! Thanks to my wolfpack for always showing up!” wrote the singer on her Instagram account.