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Shakira

Shakira

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birthday
2nd
February, 1977
Birth Place
Barranquilla, Colombia
Birth Sign
aquarius
Biography

Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll is a singer and songwriter from Barranquilla, Colombia. She was born to a Lebanese father and a Colombian mother. Known simply as Shakira, the artist was born on February 2, 1977, which makes her 44 years old as of 2021. 

She started out her career with her debut album, Magia, in June 1991, which was released under Sony Music Colombia when she was just 13 years old. She followed up Magia with Peligro in 1993 and Pies Descalzos in 1995. In 1998, she released her last Spanish-only record, Dónde Están Los Ladrones?, before moving into the English-language market with 2001’s Laundry Service.

Colombian musician Shakira’s musical style is characterized by a blend of pop, rock, and Latin music, with elements of electro-pop and R&B thrown in. The pop star is known just as much for her dance moves as for her hit songs – at concerts, she can be seen belly dancing while giving a flawless vocal performance.

Since the 2000s, Shakira has stayed in the spotlight as one of the most successful international artists of all time. 

She has released over 145 songs, sold over 75 million records, received three Grammy Awards and 12 Latin Grammys, gotten a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and even been appointed to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. At one point in December 2006, she even received the key to Miami. She’s a Latin pop legend, and there’s plenty to know about her.

instruments played
drums
Guitar
Harmonica
keyboards
Vocals
Children

2

Genres

Pop rock Latin

Labels

Columbia Epic RCA Sony Music Latin

Occupation

Singer songwriter record producer director dancer actress philanthropist

Organization

Barefoot Foundation

Other Names

La Shak, Shaki

Partners

Antonio de la R a (2000 2010) Gerard Piqu (C) (2011 present)

Website
Years Active

1990 present

Name

Shakira

Nationality

Colombia

Shakira's Career Takes Off

In the late 1990s, Shakira started gaining recognition outside of Latin America. She was nominated for her first Grammy Award nomination in 1999 for Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album, and her 1999 MTV Unplugged Album also became a hit in America. The live record took home a host of Latin Grammys. After a string of successful Spanish-language albums, Shakira rose to international fame when her November 2001 fifth album, Laundry Service, came out.  The record features several hit singles, including "Whenever, Wherever," "Objection (Tango)," and more. The record sold over 13 million copies and became one of the best-selling albums of the 21st Century. It performed exceptionally well in the United States, making it to number three on the Billboard 200. After Laundry Service, a Spanish-language greatest hits album, and a live record, Shakira released Fijación Oral, Vol. 1 and 2 (The English-language Oral Fixation albums were their companions), a two-part album series. The albums feature hit singles like "Hips Don't Lie," featuring Wyclef Jean, "La Tortura," "Don't Bother," and more.

She Wolf and Sale el Sol

On October 9, 2009, Shakira released She Wolf, her third English-language album. The record's titular single became a massive worldwide hit, going double-Platinum in Spain and Platinum in Mexico, Italy, and The United States. She Wolf was followed by the 2010 monster hit "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)," which became the official song for that year's FIFA World Cup, which took place in South Africa. The track became a top 40 hit in the US and the best-selling world cup song ever. In October 2010, Shakira released Sale el Sol (English: The Sun Comes Out), her ninth studio album, via Epic Records. The album's deluxe edition features the hit track "Give It Up to Me," a collaboration between Shakira, Lil Wayne, and Timbaland.  Sale el Sol went Platinum in Mexico and won the Latin Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Album. It was also nominated for Album of the Year.

Self-Titled and El Dorado 

On March 21, 2014, Shakira released her self-titled fourth English-language studio album. The record features the hits "Can't Remember to Forget You," "Empire," "Dare (La La La)," and "Medicine," and it made it to number two on the Billboard 200. The singer's next album, El Dorado, followed on May 26, 2017. Another Spanish-language release, this was Shakira's eleventh album. In 2018, the record earned Shakira a Grammy for Best Latin Pop Album, and its single "Chantaje" became a huge hit worldwide. That track was certified six-times-Platinum in the US.  Another huge hit from the album was "Perro Fiel," a track that features Nicky Jam and had a Barcelona-based music video to accompany it. Following the release of El Dorado, the singer embarked on the wildly successful El Dorado World Tour. She also performed at the Super Bowl in 2019 alongside Jennifer Lopez.

Shakira's Personal Life

Shakira is the founder of the Pies Descalzos Foundation, a charity focused on building schools for the poor. She is also a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. In 2000, Shakira began dating Antonio de la Rua, an Argentinian Lawyer. However, the couple separated in August 2010, and the singer described the breakup as mutual. In 2013, the singer was sued by Antonio for $100 million, but the case was dismissed in court.  Since 2011, Shakira has been in a relationship with Gerard Piqué, a Spanish football player. The couple first met while Shakira was filming the music video for "Waka Waka." Piqué and Shakira have two sons, Milan and Sasha. Their first son, Milan, was born on January 22, 2013, and their second, Sasha, was born on January 29, 2015.  In 2021, Shakira stood trial for possible tax evasion, for which she faced possible jail time. At this point, she maintained an official residence in Panama but was spending most of her time in Spain. She denied any wrongdoing in court.  However, Judge Marco Juberías, the trial judge who oversaw the case, said that his three-year probe presented "sufficient evidence of criminality." As of October 2021, Shakira has won the tax dispute and stands to be reimbursed several million euros.

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