Shakira Biography

Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll (born February 2, 1977), is a Colombian singer-songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer, and model. Born and raised in Barranquilla, she began performing in school, demonstrating Latin, Arabic, and rock and roll influences and belly dancing abilities. Shakira released her first studio albums, Magia and Peligro, in the early 1990s, failing to attain commercial success; however, she rose to prominence in Latin America with her major-label debut, Pies Descalzos (1996), and her fourth album, Donde Estan los Ladrones? (1998).

Shakira entered the English-language market with her fifth album, Laundry Service (2001). Its lead single, "Whenever, Wherever", became the best-selling single of 2002. Her success was solidified with her sixth and seventh albums Fijacion Oral, Vol. 1 and Oral Fixation, Vol. 2 (2005), the latter of which spawned the best-selling song of the 21st century, "Hips Don't Lie". Shakira's eighth and ninth albums, She Wolf (2009) and Sale el Sol (2010), received critical praise but suffered from limited promotion due to her strained relationship with label Epic Records. Her official song for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)", became the biggest-selling World Cup song of all time. With over 700 million views, its music video is the eighth most-watched video on YouTube. Since 2013, Shakira has served as a coach on the American version of The Voice, having appeared in two (season 4 and 6) of its six seasons. Her tenth album Shakira (2014) is preceded by its lead single "Can't Remember to Forget You".

Shakira has won many awards including five MTV Video Music Awards, two Grammy Awards, eight Latin Grammy Awards, seven Billboard Music Awards, twenty-eight Billboard Latin Music Awards and has been Golden Globe-nominated. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and she is one of the best-selling artists of all time, having sold more than 60 million records worldwide. Outside of her work in the music industry, Shakira is also involved in philanthropic activities through charity work and benefit concerts, notably her Pies Descalzos Foundation, her performance at the "Clinton Global Initiative" created by former U.S. President Bill Clinton, and her invitation to the Oval Office by President Barack Obama in February 2010 to discuss early childhood development. As of 2014, she is listed as the 58th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.

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Shakira and Rihanna reveal new song 'Can't Remember To Forget You' – listen

Pop stars team up for first track from Shakira's new album

  • Jan 13, 2014

Shakira and Rihanna to release duet

Two titans of pop will unite for 'Can't Remember To Forget You'

  • Jan 7, 2014

Shakira sued for £65m damages by ex-boyfriend

Antonio de la Rua claims he talked the singer to recording her hit 'Hips Don't Lie'

  • Apr 16, 2013

Shakira reveals she was attacked by a sea lion

Singer says animal 'roared in fury' and tried to steal her BlackBerry

  • Feb 14, 2012

Shakira covers The xx at Glastonbury festival

Singer makes new friends playing Pyramid Stage

  • Jun 26, 2010

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