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For Shakira, music takes backseat to motherhood

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/31/2017 By MESFIN FEKADU, AP Music Writer
In this May 16, 2017 photo, Colombian performer Shakira poses for a portrait in New York to promote her 11th album “El Dorado”. (Photo by Victoria WIll/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press In this May 16, 2017 photo, Colombian performer Shakira poses for a portrait in New York to promote her 11th album “El Dorado”. (Photo by Victoria WIll/Invision/AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — Shakira may be a Grammy-winning, multiplatinum singer, but these days she's calling music a hobby.

In this May 16, 2017 photo, Colombian performer Shakira poses for a portrait in New York to promote her 11th album “El Dorado”. (Photo by Victoria WIll/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press In this May 16, 2017 photo, Colombian performer Shakira poses for a portrait in New York to promote her 11th album “El Dorado”. (Photo by Victoria WIll/Invision/AP)

Singing has taken a backseat to motherhood for the 40-year-old Colombian sensation, who has two sons, ages 4 and 2. Shakira says it was difficult to approach making new music after spending so much time with her family.

In this May 16, 2017 photo, Colombian performer Shakira poses for a portrait in New York to promote her 11th album "El Dorado". (Photo by Victoria WIll/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press In this May 16, 2017 photo, Colombian performer Shakira poses for a portrait in New York to promote her 11th album "El Dorado". (Photo by Victoria WIll/Invision/AP)

When she started working in the recording studio, she says she dealt with writer's block and didn't want to be away from her children. So she decided to release music in her own way and at her own pace.

Instead of putting out a full album, she released songs when she wanted without announcing when an album would finally come.

"El Dorado," a full-length album, was released last week.

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