Shakira's 'Empire' Released As Follow-up To Rihanna Duet Ahead Of Album Release Date [AUDIO]

Shakira's new single Empire is quite different than what fans are used to hearing from the Colombian singer.

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Released as the follow-up to her upbeat duet with Rihanna, Can't Remember to Forget You, the new track infuses rock with some quirky lyrics, including, "Take off all of your skin and brave when you are free."

Empire is the second single off Shakira's upcoming self-titled album coming March 25.

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The 36-year-old previously revealed that the album took her two years to put together and it was created during "the happiest period" in her life, including the birth of her son Milan.

"In the end, what I realized is that throughout the course of creating this body of work, I learned a lot about myself. Though I didn't realize it at the time, all the directions I began exploring in the initial phases of recording were helping to pave a path for me of rediscovery," she wrote on Facebook about the record.

A press release also revealed that the star collaborated with some big names including John Hill (Santigold, Jay Z, The Vaccines), Kid Harpoon (Florence + The Machine, Calvin Harris), Steve Mac (Kelly Clarkson, One Direction), Mark Bright (Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts), Busbee (P!nk, Lady Antebellum, Katy Perry), The Messengers (Pitbull, Chris Brown, Christina Aguilera) and Greg Kurstin (Kelly Clarkson, Pink).

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