Shakira is a Colombian singer and dancer. She has been named the Queen of Latin Music and is one of the best-selling music artists in the world.
Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll has Lebanese roots. Her name is derived from Shakir, which means grateful in Arabic. She has two children. Shakira was involved with Antonio de la Rúa, a lawyer, and is currently in a relationship with football player Gerard Piqué.
Shakira signed up with Sony Music Colombia when she was just 13. Her first album was Magia in 1991, followed by Peligro in 1993, which were not commercially successful. However, the third and fourth albums, Pies Descalzos from 1995 and Dónde Están Los Ladrones? from 1998, helped her become very popular in Latin America. In 2001, she released Laundry Service, which became a huge seller worldwide, with over 13 million copies sold. Songs like Whenever, Wherever, and Underneath Your Clothes became worldwide hits, and Shakira successfully entered the English-language music industry. Shakira started working in both Spanish and English, releasing both versions of her popular songs and albums.
Her next albums were hugely successful. Fijacion Oral, Vol. 1 and 2 from 2005, She Wolf from 2009, Sale el Sol from 2010, Shakira from 2014, and El Dorado from 2017 all reached the top of the charts for Latin music and for English music as well. Her albums in Spanish received diamond certification, and the English ones had gold, platinum, and multi-platinum. In addition, she had huge hits like La Tortura, Hips Don’t Lie, Beautiful Liar, Waka Waka, Loca, and Chantaje.
Shakira voiced Gazelle in Disney’s Zootopia and contributed a song to the film’s soundtrack, Try Everything. She was also part of the coaching team for The Voice U.S.
Her latest release is the Don’t Wait Up single, which came out in July 2021.
Shakira has sold over 75 million records. She is the best-selling female Latin artist of all time.
Shakira has won three Grammy Awards, twelve Latin Grammy Awards, four MTV VMA awards, seven Billboard Music Awards, thirty-nine Billboard Music Awards, six Guinness World Records, and more. In addition, she has been named the Top Female Latin Artist of the Decade twice for the 2000s and the 2010s.
Her music and dancing style draws from multiple influences, including her Arabian heritage, which is reflected in the instruments and sounds in her songs and also in her signature belly dancing that she combines with Latin dancing styles.
Shakira started writing poetry from an early age, with her first poem being created when she was just four years old.
Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) was the 2010 World Cup anthem and the most commercially successful anthem.
Nobel prize winner, novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez, has written an essay about Shakira, praising many elements of her style, singing, and sensuality.
Barranquilla, Shakira’s hometown, has a statue of the singer in her honor, placed where she performed.
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