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Shakira

After achieving superstardom throughout Latin America, Colombian-born Shakira became Latin pop's biggest female crossover artist since Jennifer Lopez. Noted for her aggressive, rock-influenced approach, Shakira maintained an extraordinary degree of creative control over her music, especially for a female artist; she wrote or co-wrote nearly all of her own material, and in the process gained a reputation as one of Latin music's most ambitiously poetic lyricists. When she released her first English material in late 2001, she became an instant pop sensation, thanks to her quirky poetic sense and a sexy video image built on her hip-shaking belly dance moves.

Shakira Mebarak (full name: Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll) was born February 2, 1977, in Barranquilla, Colombia, into a poor family. Her mother was a native Colombian and her father was of Lebanese descent, and so as a child Shakira soaked up music from both cultures; she also listened heavily to English-language rock & roll, listing her favorite bands in later interviews as Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, the Police, the Cure, and Nirvana. Shakira wrote her first song at age eight, began entering (and winning) talent competitions at age ten, and started learning the guitar at age 11 (one story runs that around this age, she was kicked out of her school choir for singing too forcefully). In 1990, at age 13, Shakira moved to Bogotá in hopes of pursuing a modeling career, but wound up signing a record deal with Sony's Colombian division instead. Her 1991 debut album, Magia, was comprised of songs she'd written over the past five or six years, including some of her earliest efforts. Although it didn't break internationally, the record started to make a name for her in her home country. Dissatisfied with the pop inclinations of the follow-up, 1993's Peligro, Shakira changed direction for a time, joining the cast of the Colombian soap opera El Oasis in 1994.

When Shakira returned to recording in 1995, she asserted more control over the direction of her music and worked more rock & roll rhythms -- as well as occasional Arabic tinges -- into her Latin pop material. The first results were Pies Descalzos, which was initially released in 1995; a slow seller at first, the album gradually caught on thanks to "Estoy Aqui," which became a hit all over Latin America, as well as Spain. After that breakthrough, Pies Descalzos just kept spinning off singles: "Dónde Estás Corazón?," "Antología," "Pienso en Ti," "Un Poco de Amor," "Se Quiere, Se Mata." The album hit number one in eight different countries and eventually went platinum in the U.S. as well; Shakira toured for nearly two years promoting it (she finally left El Oasis in 1997).

Seeking to build on her success, Shakira signed Emilio Estefan -- Gloria's husband and a highly successful music-biz insider -- as her manager and producer. The move paid off when her follow-up album, 1998's Dónde Están los Ladrones? (Where Are the Thieves?), became an even bigger worldwide hit than its predecessor. What was more, it cracked the lucrative U.S. market wide open, spending 11 weeks at number one on Billboard's Latin album chart and producing two U.S. number ones (on the Latin chart) with "Ciega, Sordomuda" and "Tu." The album's signature track, however, was the worldwide hit "Ojos Así," her most explicit nod yet to the Arabic music she'd picked up from her father (not to mention its latent belly dancing connotations). Dónde Están los Ladrones? was also the most effective presentation yet of Shakira's strong-willed persona; her self-analysis made her even more popular among female fans, while her anger over love gone wrong drew comparisons to Alanis Morissette.

When Gloria Estefan offered to translate "Ojos Así" into English, the prospect of a crossover suddenly seemed tangible, and Shakira decided that the most effective way to maintain control over her material was to learn English well enough to write in it herself. In the meantime, she set the stage for her crossover bid with a performance on MTV Unplugged, the channel's first Spanish-language broadcast. MTV Unplugged was released as an album in early 2000, and topped the Latin charts for two weeks on its way to becoming her third straight platinum album; it also won a Grammy for Best Latin Pop Album. At the inaugural Latin Grammy Awards ceremony in 2000, Shakira delivered a much-discussed, show-stopping performance of "Ojos Así" and took home Unplugged-related trophies for Best Female Pop Vocal ("Ojos Así") and Best Female Rock Vocal ("Octavo Dia").

Mainstream pop stardom beckoned. Shakira dyed her long brown hair blonde, romanced Antonio de la Rua (son of the former president of Argentina), and went to work on her first (mostly) English-language album, Laundry Service. The single/video "Whenever, Wherever" was released in advance of the album in late 2001, and made her a star in the English-speaking world almost overnight. Laundry Service entered the American pop charts at number three, and "Whenever, Wherever" climbed into the Top Ten of the singles chart, peaking at number six. The follow-up, "Underneath Your Clothes," also hit the Top Ten, halting at number nine; less than a year after its release, Laundry Service had gone triple platinum. Reviews of Laundry Service were divided as to the effectiveness of Shakira's English lyrics, but nearly all agreed on her unique poetic imagery.

Extensive touring to support Laundry Service led to a long break for the singer, so a remix collection (2002's Laundry Service: Washed and Dried) and a live album (2004's Live & Off the Record) appeared in lieu of a new album. Revitalized, Shakira began the writing process for her next release and soon had 60 songs ready to go, some in English, some in Spanish; 20 of those songs were selected and divided up by language to make two different albums. Both appeared in 2005 and both hit the Top Ten, with the Spanish-language album Fijacion Oral, Vol. 1 leading the way in June with a number four placing and the English-language album, Oral Fixation, Vol. 2, following in November at number five. As sales of Oral Fixation began to slow in early 2006, Epic reissued the album in March with a bonus track, "Hip Don't Lie." The newly recorded song went on to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart in June, becoming one of the summer's biggest hits and reviving sales of Oral Fixation, as well as Shakira's entire back catalog.

Shakira signed a ten-year contract with Live Nation in 2008, prompting Forbes to deem her the fourth top-earning female musician in history. She also worked heavily on another album, traveling to multiple cities while collaborating with such producers as RedOne, Wyclef Jean, and Luis F. Ochoa. She Wolf was completed in 2009 and readied for release in October, marking her third English-language album. The electro-disco heavy She Wolf didn't make many commercial waves, performing well in Europe, Colombia and Mexico but not in the US, yet Shakira quickly bounced back in 2010 with "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)," the official song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup that became an international smash hit. On the heels of its success came Sale el Sol in the fall of 2010, an album largely recorded in Spanish that continued her remarkable worldwide success. A live album from Sale el Sol's supporting tour, Shakira: Live from Paris, appeared in time for the 2011 Christmas season.

In 2012, Shakira replaced Christina Aguilera as a coach on the American hit musical talent show The Voice. She initially served for only one season, leaving in 2013, and after her departure she finalized her tenth album. Called Shakira, the record saw release in March 2014, preceded by the Rihanna duet hit "Can't Remember to Forget You." Shakira also served on The Voice again for season six of the series. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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Track List: Nunca Me Acuerdo De Olvidarte (Single)

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Track List: Waka Waka (Esto Es Africa) (Radio Single)

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Track List: Waka Waka (Radio Single)

Comments

#thevoicewem i s s #follow4foll o w
That's so Cold Blooded those some Harsh words if you don't cry for a loved then Your Soul feels nothing but Despair sorry I wasn't the one to enlighten his world. ..OMG....
Love your album
Hgxhelelsuge j w k j e y e f y e k d o d i y e h e i d h e j e l p d k d u e l e j j d y h e j u h s j s i x u e h j e o d u y s g s j k w o u s i s o w o s i i s u s i s i s j s j s s g h w h s i s i o u w i o w o w i w o w o w i w p
Lo q hace un poco d AMOR...
YOU ARE THE BEST
I luv u sooooooooo much! I'm partly Hispanic so u are a great role model! Luv all of your songs and like waka waka maybe the most!
spychasey
Say I phone 5 times
Pick a color
Post on 2 other videos
Lock under your pillow
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yvette_2181
Love your song Waka waka
I love this song ^^
Shakira is so damn hot������
I expect the whole kiss your hand and all that on facebook but finding it here is dumb
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works!
Kiss your left hand
Say your crushes name
Close your hand
Say a school day
Say your name
Open your hand post this in 15 other songs and your crush will ask you out.
Uwwyfsiwuwie o w u w t e i o w u s t w f e y e i f s s o d o w u w y s g s i h s y o j x u x g s y d f e d u o d o d y s f w s y i e o e j e i o s h c t e i o e i e h d f d s i s o o w s h s u w i o s i s o s o o w o w p w
Also im colombian too
Im one of your fans love You Shakira
Love your Songs viva Colombia����
Your my favorite singer and I am so pumped for your next song too come out
I like it
I love waka waka
I am 8 years old and I am a fan of you
You are so good I love you��I want want to meet you so much
somar4512
Chakira ol�
You are the best singer ever shakira
I am inlove with your music shakira and you are so beautiful please call me. (504)9822616 please read this coment. I am your biggest fan I am 8 years old��������
stephaniehol l y w o o d b l u e
le lo le lo la lay
I do not like her.
I live shakira she is like the best person in the world
Igieudishdyd u w i s y s h s u h i s h s y s g s y i s s i s h u s s t g s i s k x y w y s u s g s y s h w u s o o s u x w g h s s k s j w y i h s y s y d u u d d y t e t e i w i e d h f s t s t w g w j w o s o d d j u w o w p
i love u
Love this song��������
francoliset
Bigest fan
Shakira is a great dancer and singer
hollylewis69 1
Ur so awsome i wish i had moves like u lol
Shakira is a great singer
catinhat.cd
I want shakeup like that
Y le dice a Messi que le digo hola ok ❤️
Mi deseo de todos de mi otros deseos es verte ese es mi sueño. Aver si puede hacer ese sueño venir en vida real
Soy tu número uno fan
Te Amo Shakira con todo mi corazon!!! Nunca pares de hacer musica bonita
Love this song I mostly like the Spanish version
shakirra u al right
Wwwwwwwwwwww w w w w w w w w
You are so amzing my dad jaime is in love with you his number is (863)-231-24 7 9 . And i think you are the most beautiful woman. In the world and my name is elisa and i am 10i think i was at the world cup when you sang waka.waka and that is my fave
Pero que hermosura de mujer
My sister wants a She Wolf by Shakira
I love your song names loco that is my faviort song fron your shakira love uuuuuuuuuu sooooo muchhh i like uour movies to love it
You are the best singer you are so fames
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