Two women who have been celebrity partners have joined forces to settle the score with their ex-partners. They are Colombians Karol G, 32, from Medellín, and Shakira, 46, from Barranquilla, who have released their musical collaboration called TQG. The song combines music, gossip, and new approaches to feminism. The slogan “Te Quedé Grande” (TQG), which Shakira repeated to Gerard Piqué in Bizarrap’s Sessions #53, is the title of the most-listened song in the world during the last month.
Musically, TQG is a smooth and lilting reggaeton, far from the genre’s stronger songs. In the song, the two artists take turns offering a sensual and sophisticated twerking. The collaboration between the two Colombians has been in development for years and is now included in Karol G’s new album, “Mañana será bonito,” which features 17 songs. Since she began her recording career in 2017 with “Unstoppable,” Karol G has become the most popular reggaetone in the world.
Although Karol G has achieved a lot of success, her path in the reggaeton genre has been difficult due to the fact that it is mainly dominated by men. On one occasion, the Colombian explained her first contact with the music industry: a high-ranking record executive summoned her to his office and made sexual advances. Karol G decided that her fight, besides being musical, would also be feminist. In October 2020, she released “Bichota,” a song that has become a movement. “Bichota” is a word used in Puerto Rico to refer to a drug lord, but Karol G turned it around and used it to define a powerful, sexy, and brilliant woman. Since then, her followers call themselves “bichotas.”
Recently, The New York Times published an extensive report on Karol G in which it was assumed that many of the songs on “Mañana será bonito” reflect the aftermath of her breakup with reggaetone Anuel AA. In addition to the collaboration with Shakira, Karol G’s new album features more collaborations, including with two Spanish artists. For her part, Shakira has released several songs in which she expresses details about her breakup with Gerard Piqué, including “Te felicito,” “Monotonía,” Sessions #53 with Bizarrap, and TQG. Soon, she will release another song with Colombian Manuel Turizo that seems to address a similar theme. If Shakira composes more songs about the breakup, she will have an entire concept album about Piqué.
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