SINGER Shakira has defended her sexually explicit music videos, the latest of which sees her writhing around on a bed with fellow pop star Rihanna.

The Colombian musician said she likes to "take advantage of feeling sensual and feeling sexy", adding: "I think that is tremendously empowering and is not diminishing in any way."

The video to Can't Remember To Forget You, featuring Rihanna, has already been viewed more than 193 million times on web service YouTube.