“Chantaje” (Spanish pronunciation: [ʧanˈtaxe]; English: “Blackmail”) is a song by Colombian singer and songwriter Shakira, featuring vocals by fellow Colombian singer Maluma. The song was released as the lead single from Shakira’s upcoming eleventh studio album on October 28, 2016 by Ace Entertainment. The song was written by Shakira, Maluma, Joel Antonio López Castro, Kevin Mauricio Jiménez Londoño and Bryan Snaider Lezcano Chaverra. It was produced by Shakira, Maluma, Chan “El Genio” (Rude Boyz) and Kevin Jiménez ADG. Maluma and Shakira previously collaborated on a remix of Carlos Vives’ single “La Bicicleta”.
“Chantaje” is a Latin pop and reggaeton song. Lyrically, the song was considered a “battle of the sexes”, where the male protagonist is not sure where he stands with his lover, and the female protagonist does not exactly clear things up. Critics commended the track for the chemistry between Shakira and Maluma.