Shakira’s New Single: Is She Auditioning For ‘New Moon’?

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Shakira, the platinum-selling superstar from Colombia whose chart smashes include “Hips Don’t Lie” and “Underneath Your Clothes.” But she’s back with a new single called “She-Wolf” that will premiere this weekend as a free download. The Spanish-language version “Loba” is already out, and it sounds like an excellent little slice of electro-disco.

The concept is intriguing, though: Shakira casts herself as the titular wolf, saying in the chorus, “There’s a wolf in the closet/ Open up and set her free.” The song even uses the world “lycanthropy,” which has to be a first for a pop song of this size. Could Shakira be paying tribute to everybody’s favorite werewolf Jacob from “Twilight”? Or is “She-Wolf” a well-timed tribute to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video? Does she hope to supplant Sam on “True Blood”?

What do you think? Are werewolves the new vampires?