Thrash metal giants Metallica... Pop superstar Shakira... You don't exactly expect much crossover there. But the hips don't lie singer has admitted in a recent interview that she is a "huge fan" of the Bay Area quartet. So much so that, as Blabbermouth reports, the singer has included a cover of the band's "Nothing Else Matters" in her recent tour repertoire. As Shakira notes, the track has been a favourite of hers since her teens:
"I am great fan of bands like [Led] Zeppelin, Nirvana or The Cure," she says. "I used to be a huge Metallica fan when I was 15, 16 years old. I remember I was graduating from high school back then and I used to sing 'Nothing Else Matters' all day long. I am still a very huge Metallica fan, though. [And] I thought it would be kind of surprising to include it in my repertoire for this tour."
"Nothing Else Matters" was the fourth single from Metallica's highly influential self titled fifth album (commonly referred to as "The Black Album"), which was originally released in 1991.That record, which saw a departure from the precision thrash metal style of "Master Of Puppets" and "...And Justice For All" exposed Metallica to a wider audience than they had previously reached. The band will be performing "The Black Album" in its entirety at several European festivals this summer to (belatedly) mark the 20th Anniversary of the release.
Shakira isn't the only contemporary pop musician with a penchant for the group. Rihanna recently sampled the Metallica track "Wherever I May Roam" (also a single release from "The Black Album") on her song "Red Lipstick".
Given the pop-ballad content of the original, "Nothing Else Matters" doesn't seem like such an unlikely cover for Shakira... Whether or not we'll be seeing the singer's interpretation of, say, Damage Inc. Any time soon remains to be seen...
Watch Shakira's "Nothing Else Matters" cover below: