Shakira Shakira
Colombian singer
Shakira Shakira
Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, known mononymously as Shakira, is a Colombian singer-songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer and model who emerged in the music scene of Colombia and Latin America in the early 1990s. Born and raised in Barranquilla, Shakira began performing in school, demonstrating her vocal ability with rock and roll, Latin and Arabic influences with her own original twist on belly dancing.
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7 Astonishing Facts About YouTube That You've Never Heard
Huffington Post - 17 days
YouTube is huge and immensely popular among global viewers. You definitely don't have any idea that the video content uploaded to YouTube every two months or 60 days is more content than the three U.S. major television networks created in 60 years. Well, we bet you didn't know about this. There are tons of such astounding facts that you don't know. Today it has grown into such a vast dimension that YouTube now has tutorials, reviews, videos, music videos, skits, etc. It has content so massive that it is enough to satiate the entertainment needs of anyone. The average YouTuber spends 15 to 25 minutes a day on the site, but this is not the only surprising thing you will learn today. We have researched some very interesting facts and figures that will make you say, "Wow... I didn't know that!" Let's enhance your general knowledge about YouTube so that you can tell it to others and surprise them: 1. YouTube Was the Idea of Former PayPal Employees Well, if PayPal had any idea ...
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A Touch Unfair
Huffington Post - about 1 month
I'm pissed off. Shock! I don't think I can make it through the day without something getting on my (lack of) tits. It's barely a quarter of the way through today and I'm already riled up, I'm attributing this to some sort of battle taking place in my uterus at present. Goddamn the perils of being a woman eh? Anyway, it's not just my monthly womanly reminder that's sparked off some sort of aggression within, it's an article I had the displeasure of perusing this morning. Little Mix, arguably the best girl band in the world at present (I said arguably before you get your knickers twisted), have just dropped (I sound like SUCH a cool music journo don't I?!) a new video for single; Touch. I really rate Little Mix, they can sing, they can dance and they seem like really nice girls. Down to earth, friendly, funny and supportive of one another, I'll happily read an interview with them or listen to their music (they've released some absolute corkers over the years). I saw them ...
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16 Feminist Songs To Get You Hyped For The Women's March
Huffington Post - about 1 month
The Women’s March is almost here. Whether you’re road-tripping to Washington, D.C., or joining one of the other 370 (!!) “sister marches” planned for the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration, you’re going to need a killer playlist to get you there. Here are some rousing lady anthems to blast while you’re en route to fight for women’s rights. 1. Grimes, “Kill V. Maim” For when you’re weighing your options on how to take down the patriarchy. 2. M.I.A, “Bad Girls” Perfect for a road trip when you’re, “lookin’ in the rear view, swaggin’ goin’ swell / Leavin’ boys behind ‘cause it’s illegal just to kill.” 3. 4 Non Blondes, “What’s Up” Because “what’s going on” is particularly apropos at the moment. 4. Beyoncé ft. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, “***Flawless” Name a more iconic duo. We’ll wait. 5. Lily Allen, “F**k You” Presented without comment. 6. Rihanna ft. Drake, “ ...
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'Today's babies will solve tomorrow's problems' – Shakira
Reuters.com - about 1 month
Pop-music superstar and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador says 250 million children are vulnerable and need critical care in their early years.
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The Latest: Shakira Calls for More Early Childhood Education
ABC News - about 1 month
The Latest: Shakira is suggesting an antidote for violent conflict and divisive populism: Get more kids in pre-school
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Grammy Nominations 2017 Include Beyoncé And Adele
Huffington Post - 3 months
Awards season is about to begin and music’s biggest night will be here before you know it. On Tuesday morning, the Recording Academy announced the nominees for the 59th annual Grammy Awards.  Last year’s Best New Artist, Meghan Trainor, got things rolling by revealing the general field awards on “CBS This Morning,” and more nominations were announced throughout the day.  Beyoncé leads with nine nominations, while Drake and Rihanna follow close behind with eight each. Meanwhile, Chance the Rapper is nominated for seven awards and Adele earned herself five noms.  Head over to Grammy.com for a full list of all the nominations for 2017: Album Of The Year: 25 — Adele Lemonade — Beyoncé Purpose — Justin Bieber Views — Drake A Sailor’s Guide To Earth — Sturgill Simpson   Song Of The Year: “Formation”— Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles, Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyoncé) “Hello” — Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele) “I Took A Pill In I ...
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Shakira Explains Cancellations Due to Son's Illness
ABC News - 3 months
"Everything is under control now," she said of son Sasha.
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World leaders must show us the money to hit goals on poverty, inequality: U.N. adviser
Yahoo News - 5 months
By Belinda Goldsmith LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - World leaders need to ramp up investment to achieve a set of global goals agreed a year ago to combat poverty, inequality, and make the world a safer place by 2030, according to a key adviser on the United Nation's blueprint for the future. Jeffrey Sachs, a Columbia University economist, is special adviser to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) signed by the U.N.'s 193 member states in a blaze of publicity with backing from the Pope to Shakira.
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Watch Nicole Scherzinger Totally Nail Her Britney Spears Impression
Huffington Post - 6 months
Nicole Scherzinger does one helluva awesome impression of Britney Spears. The former Pussycat Doll channeled the pop queen while judging auditions for the United Kingdom version of “The X Factor,” in footage broadcast Saturday night. She busted out a few bars of Spears’ 2000 smash hit “Oops! ... I Did It Again” — leaving the usually snarky head judge Simon Cowell amazed. Scherzinger then did equally impressive impersonations of Rihanna, Shakira and Kermit the Frog singing Adele’s “Hello.” Check out all the fun in the clip above. type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related Coverage + articlesList=57bf65c6e4b02673444f57ef,571e654be4b0f309baee2104,565f270ae4b079b2818cc814 -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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19 Songs That Beautifully Capture Motherhood
Huffington Post - 10 months
Countless musicians have paid tribute to their moms with gorgeous, heartwarming and fun songs. But many artists who have their own kids also celebrate motherhood with lyrics from the parent's perspective.  In honor of Mother's Day, we put together a list of beautiful songs about motherhood, from famous musician moms. 1. "Sweetest Devotion" by Adele "The song is all about my kid," Adele told USA Today in an interview last year. "The way I've described it is that something much bigger has happened in my life. I love that my life is now about someone else." 2. "Speechless" by Alicia Keys (featuring Eve) Alicia Keys wrote "Speechless" after giving birth to her first child, a son named Egypt, in 2010. A tribute to her baby, the song's lyrics include, "When I wake up in the morning babe / Can't believe my eyes / Sweetest little part of destiny." 3. "I Hope You Dance" by Lee Ann Womack This early-2000s chart topper was ...
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33 rescued lions flown from Peru to S. Africa
Yahoo News - 10 months
More than 30 lions rescued from abuse in Peruvian and Colombian circuses were flown Friday to South Africa, in what campaigners called the largest-ever airlift of big cats. The 33 lions, with names such as Zeus and Shakira, were freed after the use of wild animals in circuses was outlawed in Peru in 2011 and Colombia in 2013. Saved from the lion tamer's whip, they have been rounded up with the help of authorities by Animal Defenders International (ADI), an animal rights charity.
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In Science, as in Life, Beyoncé's Pretty Fly
Wall Street Journal - 10 months
In Science, as in Life, Beyoncé’s Pretty Fly Bored biologists name new species after celebrities; a Lady Gaga fern When University of Wyoming entomologist Scott R. Shaw discovered a brand-new species of wasp, the find came with one of the juicier plums in the scientific world: naming rights. He dubbed it Aleiodes shakirae—for the “Hips Don’t Lie” singer Shakira.
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What Shakira Has in Common With Her 'Zootopia' Character
ABC News - 12 months
The music superstar gives voice to Gazelle in the animated movie.
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The Side Of Shakira Not Everyone Knows
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Shakira has won hearts around the world ever since, well, this happened: But the Colombian superstar had a huge career in Latin America before she crossed over to the English-language market and promised fans they'd be together "Whenever, Wherever." At the beginning of her career, Shak's natural jet black hair curled in the heat of her native Barranquilla. Colombians and Spanish-speakers worldwide knew her as a Latin rock star with an edgy look and powerful lyrics.  Shakira may now be forever synonymous with honest hips, but in the hearts of thousands of Latin American fans there will always be a nostalgia for the rocker Shak that gave them "Pies Descalzos," "Inevitable" and more. Take a look at a side of Shakira not everyone might know:  And THAT is how it's done. Also on HuffPost:  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Shakira
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 39
    Billboard announced in May, 2016 that Carlos Vives would be collaborating on a new track with Shakira, named "La Bicicleta".
    More Details Hide Details This marks the first time ever that Shakira has recorded with another Colombian star. Shakira is known to have adopted many genres, including folk, mainstream pop and rock. In an interview with Rolling Stone she said: "My music, I think, is a fusion of many different elements. And I'm always experimenting. So I try not to limit myself, or put myself in a category, or... be the architect of my own jail". Her earlier Spanish albums, including Pies Descalzos and Dónde Están los Ladrones? were a mix of folk music and Latin rock.
    Shakira began work on her eleventh studio album in the beginning of 2016.
    More Details Hide Details She posted various images on her Instagram account of her writing songs and drumming for the new album.
  • 2015
    Age 38
    In October 15, 2015, Love Rocks starring Shakira was the first video game that features the pop star.
    More Details Hide Details In 1997, Shakira founded the Pies Descalzos Foundation. It is a Colombian charity with special schools for poor children all around Colombia. It was funded by Shakira and other international groups and individuals. The name of the foundation is taken from Shakira's third studio album called Pies Descalzos, released in 1995.
    In September 17, 2015, she was featured as a playable bird in the game Angry Birds POP! for a limited time, and also in a special tournament in the game Angry Birds Friends after few weeks.
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    On August 14, 2015, at Disney's D23 Expo, it was announced that Shakira would play a character in the Disney animated movie Zootopia, voicing Gazelle, the biggest pop star in Zootopia.
    More Details Hide Details Shakira also contributed an original song to the film, titled "Try Everything", which was written by Sia and Stargate.
    Shakira gave birth to their second son, Sasha Piqué Mebarak, on January 29, 2015.
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  • 2014
    Age 37
    On July 13, 2014, Shakira performed "La La La (Brazil 2014)" with Brazilian musician Carlinhos Brown at the 2014 FIFA World Cup closing ceremony at the Maracanã Stadium.
    More Details Hide Details This performance became her third consecutive appearance at the FIFA World Cup.
  • 2013
    Age 36
    Shakira gave birth to the couple's first son, Milan Piqué Mebarak, on January 22, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain, where the family resides.
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  • 2012
    Age 35
    In September 2012, Shakira confirmed that she and Piqué were expecting their first child together.
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    In September 2012, it was reported that de la Rúa planned to sue Shakira for $250 million, seeking monetary compensation for his work as her business manager as well as ownership of properties jointly held by the former couple.
    More Details Hide Details De la Rúa eventually filed a lawsuit in California in April 2013, asking for $100 million he believes he is owed after Shakira suddenly terminated her business partnership with him in October 2011, ten months after they announced the end of their romantic relationship. Shakira is currently in a relationship with the Spanish football player Gerard Piqué, centre back for FC Barcelona and the Spanish national team. They met in spring 2010 when Piqué appeared in the music video for Shakira's song "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)", the official song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
  • 2011
    Age 34
    Shakira was honored at the Latin Grammys as the Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year on November 9, 2011, for her philanthropy and contributions to Latin Music.
    More Details Hide Details She has worked for efforts to increase literacy and promote early child development.
    On January 10, 2011, Shakira announced on her website that after 11 years together, she and de la Rúa had separated in August 2010 after making "a mutual decision to take time apart from our romantic relationship."
    More Details Hide Details She wrote that the couple "view this period of separation as temporary and as a time of individual growth as we continue to be partners in our business and professional lives", with de la Rúa overseeing Shakira's "business and career interests as he has always done."
    In 2011, Shakira was honored at the Latin Grammys as 2011's Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year.
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  • 2010
    Age 33
    Her 2010 album, Sale el Sol, is a return to her beginnings containing ballads such as "Lo Que Más" and "Antes de las Seis", rock songs like "Tu Boca" and "Devoción", and Latin dance songs like "Loca".
    More Details Hide Details Shakira possesses a contralto vocal range.
    In 2010 Shakira collaborated with rapper Pitbull for the song "Get It Started" which is the lead single from Pitbull's upcoming album Global Warming.
    More Details Hide Details The single was released on June 28, 2012. She was also signed to Roc Nation under management purposes for her upcoming studio album. In November 2011 Shakira said about her tenth album: "I already started to write new material. I've begun to explore in the recording studio whenever I have time in Barcelona and here in Miami. I'm working with different producers and DJs, and I try to feed off from that and find new sources of inspiration and new musical motivation. I'm anxious to return to the studio. My body is asking for it". She worked with producers such as Benny Blanco, Tiësto, RedOne, Max Martin, Dr. Luke, LMFAO, Akon, Fernando Garibay, Sia, Ester Dean, Skrillex, The Runners, The-Dream, Tricky Stewart, Shea Taylor and Billboard. Originally, the first single from her new album was expected to be a song named "Truth or Dare". The music video was filmed in Lisbon on June 29, 2012. But due to her unexpected pregnancy, plans to release the single and video were postponed.
    In October 2010, Shakira released her ninth studio album, Sale el Sol.
    More Details Hide Details The album debuted at number-seven on Billboard 200 in its first week, and at the top spot on the Billboard Top Latin Albums. The lead single "Loca" was number one in many countries. The album had sold over 1 million copies worldwide in 6 weeks, and over 4 million since its release. In September, Shakira embarked on The Sun Comes Out World Tour, in support of her two most recent albums. The tour visited countries in North America, Europe, South America, Asia, and Africa with 107 shows in total. The tour was met with positive reactions from critics, who praised Shakira's stage presence and energy during her performances. On November 9, 2011, Shakira was honored as Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year and performed a cover of Joe Arroyo's song "En Barranquilla Me Quedo" at the Mandalay Bay Events Center as a tribute to the singer who died earlier that year.
    In March 2010, she was awarded a medal by the UN International Labour Organization in recognition of being, as UN Labour Chief Juan Somavia put it, a "true ambassador for children and young people, for quality education and social justice."
    More Details Hide Details In November 2010, after performing as the opening act of the MTV European Music Awards, the Colombian singer also received the MTV Free Your Mind award for her continuing dedication to improve access to education for all children around the world. In February 2011, the FC Barcelona Foundation and Pies descalzos reached an agreement for children's education through sport.
    Shakira began her own beauty line, "S by Shakira", with parent company Puig, in 2010.
    More Details Hide Details Among the first perfumes released include "S by Shakira" and "S by Shakira Eau Florale," along with lotions and body sprays. She made her first terminal tattoo, which she dedicated to Pique, to promote a healthy way of making tattoos. At a release event for the first fragrance, Shakira stated: "The type of women who feel a connection with this fragrance would be independent and strong, but also a woman with a great capacity to love and a strong sense of who they are. It's for a woman who believes in herself." In 2012, she released a new fragrance "Elixir by Shakira", which was also available in the forms of "Paradise Elixir" and "wild Elixir". In 2014, she released a new perfume "Rock by Shakira".
    Shakira became the 2010 celebrity spokesperson for the Freixenet traditional Christmas TV commercial, who tap into worldwide celebrities to be the face of its much-annual holiday TV spot.
    More Details Hide Details Advertising the Cava, she stated "Education is a birthright and a quality education is the only tool that a child has to turn dreams into reality. Since I was a girl I have been aware of the tough reality faced by many children". Shakira also took the opportunity to announce that she used the 500,000 EUR (662,085 USD) which she received for the commercial to finance two schools run by her foundation, Pies Descalzos. The partnership between Shakira and Freixenet also includes a Pies Descalzos Foundation promotional video, directed by longtime Shakira collaborator and fellow Catalan Jaume Delaiguana, as well as the music video for her single "Sale el Sol".
    In 2010, Shakira appeared as a fictional version of herself in an episode of Wizards of Waverly Place.
    More Details Hide Details She was invited personally by Gabriel Garcia Marquez to play a role in Love in the Time of Cholera, but declined due to the nudity involved.
    In 2010, she was ranked number five on the 'Online Video's Most Viral Artists of 2010' with 404,118,932 views.
    More Details Hide Details She has become a YouTube sensation having surpassed 1 billion views on the website with "Waka Waka" accounting for over 550 million views. She is the third person ever to have done this, after Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber.
    According to Nokia in 2010, there were more Shakira music downloads in the prior year than for any other Latino artist in the last five years, and She Wolf topped the Top 10 Latino downloads.
    More Details Hide Details Additionally, she is the only artist from South America to reach the number-one spot on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, the Australian ARIA chart, and the UK Singles Chart.
    In her 2010–2011 tour called The Sun Comes Out World Tour, she sings "Nothing Else Matters" by the heavy metal band Metallica in an oriental style.
    More Details Hide Details She is also strongly influenced by Andean music and South American folk music, using her native instrumentation for the Latin dance-pop "Whenever, Wherever" and "Despedida". Shakira recently performed two songs for two separate Haiti benefit events: "I'll Stand By You", by The Pretenders, and "Sólo le pido a Dios" by León Gieco. Shakira is well known for her dancing in various music videos and in concert. Her moves are based on the art of belly dancing, a part of her Lebanese heritage. She often performs barefoot. Shakira says she learned this form of dance as a young teen to overcome her shyness. She also mentioned in a MTV interview that she learned how to belly dance by trying to flip a coin with her belly. The intense training has afforded her a fluidity in her body movement most seen in the videos to her hits "Ojos Así", "La Tortura", "Hips Don't Lie", "Whenever, Wherever / Suerte", "Beautiful Liar" and "She Wolf / Loba". She has had several belly dance choreographers, including award-winning Bellydance Superstar Boženka. As the MTV Making the Video for "La Tortura" reveals, she worked with Jamie King on the choreography, but ended up creating most of it herself.
    In May, Shakira collaborated with the South African group Freshlyground to create the official song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)", which is based on a traditional Cameroonian soldiers' Fang song named "Zangalewa" by the group Zangalewa or Golden Sounds.
    More Details Hide Details The single later reached the top 20 in Europe, South America and Africa and the top 40 in the U.S. and was performed by Shakira at the World Cup kick-off and closing. It became the biggest-selling World Cup song of all time.
  • 2009
    Age 32
    In a 2009 interview, Shakira stated their relationship already worked as a married couple, and that "they don't need papers for that."
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    The album, She Wolf, was released in October 2009 internationally and on November 23, 2009 in the U.S. The album received mainly positive reviews from critics, but only managed to sell 89,000 copies in its first week in the U.S., earning the number fifteen spot on the Billboard 200.
    More Details Hide Details It has gone on to sell only 300,000 records in the U.S., becoming her least successful album there. However, the album has been moderately successful worldwide, having been certified Gold in Russia, Ireland, Switzerland, Poland, France, Argentina, Greece, and Hungary, Platinum in Spain, the United Kingdom, and the Middle East, 2x Platinum in Colombia and Mexico, and 3x Platinum in Taiwan. To date the album has sold 2 million copies worldwide, becoming Shakira's least successful studio album to date in terms of sales. The album's second single, "Did It Again", was released in October 2009 and was originally due for a U.S. release, though this was later canceled. The single reached the top 40 in most countries worldwide. "Give It Up to Me", which featured Lil Wayne was released as the album's second U.S. single in November 2009 and reached the top 40 in Canada and in the U.S. The album's U.S. release was delayed in order for Shakira to record the song, which was originally due to be featured on its producer Timbaland's album, Timbaland Presents Shock Value II and would have featured Shakira. However, she chose to record it for her album with Timbaland's rap verse being scrapped in favor of a verse from Flo Rida. Plans for the single changed again when Lil Wayne requested to be featured on the song, with this later happening.
    "She Wolf", the lead single from Shakira's eighth studio album, premiered on July 13, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Shakira wrote and produced the song with John Hill, and Sam Endicott (lead singer and songwriter of The Bravery). The Spanish version, titled "Loba", premiered on the same day as well. "She Wolf" and "Loba" then became available for digital download the following day. The video for "She Wolf" premiered on MTV on July 30, 2009. The single was successful worldwide, reaching number one in Latin America, number two in Germany, Ireland, Italy, Estonia and Spain, number three in Switzerland and Austria, number four in the UK, France and Greece, number five in Canada and Belgium, number six in Finland, number nine in Japan, and number eleven in the US.
    In January 2009, Shakira performed at the Lincoln Memorial "We Are One" festivities in honor of the inauguration of President Barack Obama.
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  • 2008
    Age 31
    In March, Shakira appeared on the album Cantora 1 by the Argentine folk singer Mercedes Sosa on the song "La Maza", which both singers sang at the ALAS concert in Buenos Aires in May 2008.
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    In early 2008, Forbes named Shakira the fourth top-earning female artist in music industry.
    More Details Hide Details Then, in July, Shakira signed a $300 million contract with Live Nation, an international touring giant, for ten years. The touring group also doubles as a record label which promotes but does not control the music their artists release. Shakira's contract with Epic Records called for three more albums as well – one in English, one in Spanish, and a compilation, but the touring and other rights of the Live Nation deal were confirmed to begin immediately.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2007
    Age 30
    In late 2007, Shakira and Wyclef Jean recorded their second duet "King and Queen".
    More Details Hide Details The song was featured on Wyclef Jean's 2007 album Carnival Vol. II: Memoirs of an Immigrant. Shakira wrote the lyrics and co-wrote the music for two new songs that are featured in the movie Love in the Time of Cholera, based on the acclaimed novel by Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez. García Marquez himself asked Shakira to write the songs. The songs that Shakira lent to the soundtrack were "Pienso en ti", a song from Shakira's breakthrough album Pies Descalzos, "Hay Amores" and "Despedida". "Despedida" was nominated for Best Original Song at the 65th Golden Globe Awards.
    In early 2007, Shakira worked with American R&B singer Beyoncé for the track "Beautiful Liar", which was released as the second single from the deluxe edition of Beyoncé's album B'Day.
    More Details Hide Details In April 2007, the single jumped 91 positions, from 94 to three, on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, setting the record for the largest upward movement in the history of the chart at the time. It was also number one on the official UK Singles Chart. The song earned them a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. Shakira was also featured on Annie Lennox's song "Sing", from the album Songs of Mass Destruction, which also features other 23 other female singers.
    In February 2007, Shakira performed for the first time at the 49th Grammy Awards and earned the nomination for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for "Hips Don't Lie" with Wyclef Jean.
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  • 2006
    Age 29
    In late 2006, Shakira and Alejandro Sanz collaborated for the duet Te lo Agradezco, Pero No, which is featured on Sanz' album El Tren de los Momentos.
    More Details Hide Details The song was a top ten hit in Latin America, and topped the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks chart. Shakira also collaborated with Miguel Bosé on the duet "Si Tú No Vuelves", which was released in Bosé's album Papito.
    She then embarked on the Oral Fixation Tour, in June 2006.
    More Details Hide Details The tour consisted of 125 shows between June 2006 and July 2007 and visited six continents.
    Shakira later released the third and final single from the album, "Illegal", which featured Carlos Santana, in November 2006.
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    Shakira and Wyclef Jean also recorded a Bamboo version of the song to serve as the official theme of the FIFA World Cup 2006.
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    Shakira is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and is one of their global representatives. On April 3, 2006, Shakira was honored at a UN ceremony for creating the Pies Descalzos Foundation.
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    On February 8, 2006, Shakira won her second Grammy Award with the win of Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album for Fijación Oral, Vol. 1.
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  • 2005
    Age 28
    Shakira's second English studio album and seventh studio album, Oral Fixation, Vol. 2 was released on November 29, 2005.
    More Details Hide Details The album debuted at number five on the Billboard 200, selling 128,000 copies in its first week. The album has gone on to sell 1.8 million records in the U.S., and over eight million copies worldwide. Despite the commercial failure of the album's lead single in the U.S., it went on to spawn two more singles. "Hips Don't Lie", which featured Wyclef Jean, was released as the album's second single in February 2006. The song went on to become the highest selling single of the 21st century and became Shakira's first number one single on the Billboard Hot 100, in addition to reaching number one in over 55 countries.
    Shakira became the first artist to perform a Spanish language song at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2005.
    More Details Hide Details Contrary to low expectations, the album was extremely well received. It debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 157,000 copies in its first week. It has since sold over two million copies in the U.S., earning an 11× Platinum (Latin field) certification from the RIAA. Due to its first week sales, the album became the highest debut ever for a Spanish language album. After only a day of release in Latin America, the album earned certifications. In Venezuela, it earned a Platinum certification, in Colombia, a triple Platinum certification, while in Mexico demand exceeded shipments and the album was unavailable after only one day of release. The album sold over one million copies in three days worldwide. Four other singles were also released from the album. "No", "Día de Enero", "La Pared" and "Las de la Intuiciónwith each single reaching number one in countries worldwide. Fijación Oral, Vol. 1 has since sold over four million copies worldwide.
    Shakira's sixth studio album, Fijación Oral, Vol. 1, was released in June 2005.
    More Details Hide Details The lead single from the album, "La Tortura" reached the top 40 of on the Hot 100. The song featured the Spanish balladeer Alejandro Sanz.
  • 2003
    Age 26
    In November, she embarked on the Tour of the Mongoose with 61 shows occurring by May 2003.
    More Details Hide Details The tour was also her first worldwide tour, as legs were played in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Shakira's label Sony BMG also released her Spanish greatest hits compilation Grandes Éxitos. A DVD and 10-track live album, called Live & Off the Record, was also released in 2004, reaching sales of three million worldwide, and commemorating the Tour of the Mongoose.
  • 2002
    Age 25
    In 2002, at Aerosmith's MTV Icon in April 2002, Shakira performed "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)".
    More Details Hide Details She also joined Cher, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Mary J. Blige, Anastacia, and the Dixie Chicks for VH1 Divas Live Las Vegas. In September, she won the International Viewer's Choice Award at the MTV Video Music Awards with "Whenever, Wherever". She also won the Latin Grammy Award for the category of Best Short Form Music Video for the Spanish version of the video. In October, she won five MTV Video Music Awards Latin America for Best Female Artist, Best Pop Artist, Best Artist – North (Region), Video of the Year (for "Suerte"), and Artist of the Year.
  • 2001
    Age 24
    Shakira's fifth studio album and first English language album Laundry Service (Servicio De Lavanderia in Latin America and Spain) was released on November 13, 2001.
    More Details Hide Details The album debuted at number three on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart selling over 200,000 records in its first week. The album was later certified triple platinum by the RIAA in June 2004 as well. It helped to establish Shakira's musical presence in the mainstream North American market. Seven singles were taken from the album such as "Whenever, Wherever" / "Suerte", "Underneath Your Clothes", "Objection (Tango)" / "Te Aviso, Te Anuncio (Tango)", "The One", "Te Dejo Madrid", "Que Me Quedes Tú" and "Poem to a Horse". Because the album was created for the English language market, the rock and Spanish dance-influenced album gained mild critical success with some critics claimed that her English skills were too weak for her to write songs for it with Rolling Stone stating "she sounds downright silly" or "Shakira's magic is lost in translation." Shakira also was criticized by her Latin fans for seemingly abandoning her folk and rock roots in favor of contemporary American pop music. Despite this fact, the album became the best selling album of 2002, selling more than 20 million copies worldwide. and became the most successful album of her career to date. Around this time, Shakira also released four songs for Pepsi for her promotion in the English markets: "Ask for More", "Pide Más", "Knock on My Door" and "Pídeme el Sol".
    Upon the success of Dónde Están los Ladrones? and MTV Unplugged, Shakira began working on an English crossover album. She worked for over a year on new material for the album. "Whenever, Wherever" ("Suerte" in Spanish countries) was released as the first and lead single from her first English album and fifth studio album throughout the period of August 2001 and February 2002.
    More Details Hide Details The song took heavy influence from Andean music, including the charango and panpipes in its instrumentation. It became an international success by reaching number one in most countries. It was also her first success in the U.S., by reaching number six on the Hot 100. In 2003, Shakira wrote a song called "Come Down Love" with Tim Mitchell for the Hollywood movie The Italian Job starring South African actress Charlize Theron and Mark Wahlberg, but the song was not included on the soundtrack of the movie.
  • 2000
    Age 23
    Shakira began a relationship with Argentine lawyer Antonio de la Rúa in 2000.
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    In September 2000, Shakira performed "Ojos Así" at the inaugural ceremony of the Latin Grammy Awards, where she was nominated in five categories: Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for MTV Unplugged, Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for "Octavo Día", Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best Short Form Music Video for the video for "Ojos Así".
    More Details Hide Details She won two Grammy Awards.
    In August 2000, she won an MTV Video Music Award in the category of People's Choice — Favorite International Artist for "Ojos Así".
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    In March 2000, Shakira embarked on her Tour Anfibio, a two-month tour of Latin America and the United States.
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  • 1999
    Age 22
    Shakira's first live album, MTV Unplugged was recorded in New York City on August 12, 1999. Highly acclaimed by American critics, it is rated as one of her best-ever live performances. The live album earned the Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Album in 2001 and gained sales of five million worldwide.
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    Shakira also received her first Grammy Award nomination in 1999 for Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album.
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  • 1998
    Age 21
    Her fourth studio album, Dónde Están los Ladrones?, produced entirely by Shakira herself and Emilio Estefan, Jr. as the executive producer, was released in September 1998.
    More Details Hide Details The album, inspired by an incident in an airport in which a suitcase full of her written lyrics was stolen, became a bigger hit than Pies Descalzos. The album has reached a peak position of number 131 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and held the top spot on the U.S. Latin Albums chart for 11 weeks. It has since sold over seven million copies worldwide and 1.5 million copies in the U.S. alone, making it one of the best selling Spanish albums in the U.S. Eight singles were taken from the album including "Ciega, Sordomuda", "Moscas En La Casa", "No Creo" which became her first single to chart on the U.S. Billboard Billboard Hot 100, "Inevitable", "Tú", "Si Te Vas", "Octavo día", and the "Ojos Así". The latter two songs won Shakira one Latin Grammy each with six of the eight singles reaching the top 40 on the U.S. Latin chart.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1996
    Age 19
    In March 1996, Shakira went on to her first international tour named simply the Tour Pies Descalzos.
    More Details Hide Details The tour consisted of 20 shows and ended in 1997. Also in that year, Shakira received three Billboard Latin Music Awards for Album of the Year for Pies Descalzos, Video of the Year for "Estoy Aqui" and Best New Artist. Pies Descalzos later sold over 5 million copies, prompting the release of a remix album, simply titled The Remixes. The Remixes also included Portuguese versions of some of her well known songs, which were recorded as a result of her success in the Brazilian market, where Pies Descalzos sold nearly one million copies.
  • 1995
    Age 18
    Recording for the album began in February 1995, after the success of her single "¿Dónde Estás Corazón?".
    More Details Hide Details Sony gave Shakira $100,000 to produce the album since they predicted that the album would not sell past 100,000 copies. The album, Pies Descalzos, was released in February 1996. It debuted at number one in eight different countries. However, it only managed to reach number one-hundred-eighty on the U.S. Billboard 200 but reached number five on the U.S. Billboard Top Latin Albums chart. The album spawned six hit singles, "Estoy Aquí" which reached number two on the U.S. Latin chart, "¿Dónde Estás Corazón? " which reached number five on the U.S. Latin chart, "Pies Descalzos, Sueños Blancos" which reached number 11 on the U.S. Latin chart, "Un Poco de Amor" which reached number six on the U.S. Latin chart, "Antología" which reached number 15 on the U.S. Latin Pop Songs chart and "Se quiere, Se Mata" which reached number eight on the U.S. Latin chart. In August 1996, RIAA certified the album platinum status.
    Shakira returned to recording music under Sony Music along with Columbia in 1995 with Luis F. Ochoa, using musical influences from a number of countries and an Alanis Morissette-oriented persona which affected two of her next albums.
    More Details Hide Details These recordings spawned her third studio album and major-label debut Pies Descalzos.
    " (later released on her album Pies Descalzos) for the compilation album Nuestro Rock in 1995, released exclusively in Colombia.
    More Details Hide Details The album Pies Descalzos brought her great popularity in Latin America by the hit singles "Estoy Aquí," "Pies Descalzos, Sueños Blancos" and "Dónde Estás Corazón." Shakira also recorded three tracks in Portuguese titled "Estou Aqui", "Um Pouco de Amor", and "Pés Descalços".
  • 1993
    Age 16
    Although little known outside of her native Colombia, Shakira was invited to perform at Chile's Viña del Mar International Song Festival in February 1993.
    More Details Hide Details The festival gave aspiring Latin American singers a chance to perform their songs, and the winner was then chosen by a panel of judges. Shakira performed the ballad "Eres" ("You Are") and won the trophy for third place. One of the judges who voted for her to win was then 20 year old Ricky Martin. Shakira's second studio album Peligro was released in March, but Shakira was not pleased with the final result, mainly taking issue with the production. The album was better received than Magia, though it was also considered a commercial failure due to Shakira's refusal to advertise it. Shakira then decided to take a hiatus from recording so that she could graduate from high school. In the same year, Shakira starred in the Colombian TV series The Oasis, loosely based on the Armero tragedy in 1985. Since then, the albums have been pulled from release and are not considered official Shakira albums but rather promotional albums. Shakira originally recorded the song "¿Dónde Estás Corazón?
  • 1990
    Age 13
    Shakira's debut album, Magia, was recorded with Sony Music Colombia in 1990 when she was only 13 years old.
    More Details Hide Details The songs are a collection made by her since she was eight, mixed pop-rock ballads and disco uptempo songs with electronic accompaniment, however it was hampered by a lack of recording and production cohesion. The album was released in June 1991 and featured "Magia" and three other singles. Though it fared well on Colombian radio and gave the young Shakira much exposure, the album did not fare well commercially as only 1,200 copies were sold worldwide. After the poor performance of Magia, Shakira's label urged her to return to the studio to release a follow-up record.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1977
    Age 0
    Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll was born on February 2, 1977 in Barranquilla, Colombia.
    More Details Hide Details She is the only child of Nidia Ripoll Torrado and William Mebarak Chadid. Her paternal grandparents emigrated from Lebanon to New York City, where her father was born. Her father then emigrated to Colombia at age 5. The name Shakira is Arabic, meaning "grateful". It is the feminine form of the name Shakir. From her mother, she has Spanish (Catalan and Castilian) and, reportedly Italian ancestry, although both of her mother's surnames are Spanish. She was raised Roman Catholic and attended Catholic schools. She has eight older half-siblings from her father's previous marriage. Shakira spent much of her youth in Barranquilla, a city located on the northern Caribbean coast of Colombia. Shakira wrote her first poem, titled "La Rosa De Cristal" ("The Crystal Rose") when she was only four years old. As she was growing up, she was fascinated watching her father writing stories on a typewriter, and asked for one as a Christmas gift. She got a typewriter at the age of seven and has continued writing poetry since then. These poems eventually evolved into songs. When Shakira was two years old, an older half-brother was killed in a motorcycle accident and at the age of eight, Shakira wrote her first song, titled "Tus gafas oscuras" ("Your dark glasses"), which was inspired by her father, who for years wore dark glasses to hide his grief.
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