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Shakira performing in Barack Obama's inaugural ceremony in January 2009
Background information
Birth name Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll
Born February 2, 1977 (1977-02-02) (age 44)
Barranquilla, Colombia
Genres Latin pop, rock en español, dance, world
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, record producer, philanthropist, dancer
Instruments Vocals, guitar, harmonica, drums, percussion
Years active 1990–present
Labels Sony Music Latin, Epic, Live Nation

Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll (born 2 February 1977) is a Colombian singer and songwriter. Born and raised in Barranquilla, Shakira has been referred to as the Queen of Latin Music and is noted for her versatility in music. She made her recording debut under Sony Music Colombia at the age of 13. Following the commercial failure of her first two albums, Magia (1991) and Peligro (1993), she rose to prominence in Hispanic countries with her next albums, Pies Descalzos (1995) and Dónde Están los Ladrones? (1998). Shakira entered the English-language market with her fifth album, Laundry Service (2001), which sold over 13 million copies worldwide. Buoyed by the international number-one singles "Whenever, Wherever" and "Underneath Your Clothes", the album propelled her reputation as a leading crossover artist.

Her success was further solidified with the Spanish albums Fijación Oral, Vol. 1 (2005), Sale el Sol (2010), and El Dorado (2017), all of which topped the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart and were certified diamante by the Recording Industry Association of America. Meanwhile, her English albums Oral Fixation, Vol. 2 (2005), She Wolf (2009) and Shakira (2014) were all certified gold, platinum, or multi-platinum in various countries worldwide. Some of her songs have charted at number one in multiple countries, including "La Tortura", "Hips Don't Lie", "Beautiful Liar", "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)", "Loca", and "Chantaje". Shakira served as a coach on two seasons of the American singing competition television series The Voice (2013–2014).

With a catalog of 145 songs, Shakira has sold over 80 million records which have made her the best-selling female Latin artist of all time. Shakira remains one of the world's best-selling music artists. Forbes reported that as of 2018, Shakira has become the female Latin artist who has sold the most albums in history. Shakira has received numerous awards, including three Grammy Awards, twelve Latin Grammy Awards, four MTV Video Music Awards, seven Billboard Music Awards, thirty-nine Billboard Latin Music Awards, six Guinness World Records and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She was named the Top Female Latin Artist of the Decade by Billboard twice (2000s and 2010s). For her philanthropic work with her Barefoot Foundation and her contributions to music she received the Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year and Harvard Foundation Artist of the Year awards in 2011. She was appointed to the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics in the US in 2011, and Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government in 2012.

Career

In 1991 Shakira's first album Magia was released. Her second album Pies Descalzos was released in 1993. In 2001 she released her first English album Laundry Service. The album's first single "Whenever, Wherever" was the best selling single of 2001. In 2005 she released her second English album Oral Fixation, Vol.2. In 2009 She Wolf was released. The first single "She Wolf" reached number four in the UK Singles Chart. On January 14 2014 Shakira released a single with Rihanna, "Can't Remember to Forget You".

Personal life

Shakira's first language is Spanish. She also speaks Portugese and English. As well as this she can speak some Italian, French, Catalan and Arabic.

Shakira entered a relationship with the Spanish football player Gerard Piqué, centre back for FC Barcelona and the Spanish national team in 2011. Piqué, who is exactly ten years her junior, first met Shakira in the spring of 2010, when he appeared in the music video for Shakira's song "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)", the official song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Shakira gave birth to the couple's first son Milan on 22 January 2013 in Barcelona, Spain, where the family had taken up residence. Shakira gave birth to their second son Sasha on 29 January 2015. Forbes listed Shakira and Gerard in their list of "World's Most Powerful Couples".

Discography

  • Magia (1991)
  • Peligro (1993)
  • Pies Descalzos (1995)
  • Dónde Están los Ladrones? (1998)
  • Laundry Service (2001)
  • Fijación Oral, Vol. 1 (2005)
  • Oral Fixation, Vol. 2 (2005)
  • She Wolf (2009)
  • Sale el Sol (2010)
  • Shakira (2014)
  • El Dorado (2017)

Tours

  • Tour Pies Descalzos (1996–1997)
  • Tour Anfibio (2000)
  • Tour of the Mongoose (2002–2003)
  • Oral Fixation Tour (2006–2007)
  • The Sun Comes Out World Tour (2010–2011)
  • El Dorado World Tour (2018)
  • The 2021 World Tour (2021)

Filmography

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1994 El oasis Luisa Maria Rico
2002 Popstars Brazil Mentor assistant Season 1
2002 Taina Herself Episode: "Abuelo Knows Best"
2005 7 vidas Herself Episode: "Todo por las pastis"
2009 Ugly Betty Herself Episode: "The Bahamas Triangle"
2010 Wizards of Waverly Place Herself Episode: "Dude Looks Like Shakira"
2011 Dora and Friends: Into the City Herself Episode: "Dora's Explorer Girls: Our First Concert"
2013–2014 The Voice Coach/Mentor Seasons 4 and 6
2014 Dreamland Herself Episode: "3"
2020 Global Goal: Unite for Our Future Herself Television special
2020 The Disney Family Singalong: Volume II Herself Television special

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2002 Shakira: The Documentary Film Herself Documentary
2007 Pies Descalzos Foundation Herself Documentary
2011 Hagamos que Salga El Sol Herself Documentary
2011 A Day with Shakira Herself Documentary
2016 Zootopia Gazelle Voice role
2020 Miss Americana Herself Documentary

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