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SHAKIRA
Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll (born February 2, 1977), known professionally as Shakira . She is a Colombian singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, dancer, and philanthropist whoemerged in the music scene of Colombia and Latin America in the early 1990s. She was Born and raised in Barranquilla, Colombia, Shakira revealed many of her talents in school as a live performer,demonstrating her vocal ability with rock and roll, Latin and Middle Eastern influences with her own original twist on belly dancing. Shakira is a native Spanish speaker and also speaks fluent English andPortuguese as well as some Italian, French and Arabic.[4]
After commercial flops with local producers on her first two albums, and being little-known outside Colombia, Shakira decided to produce her ownbrand of music. In 1995 she released Pies Descalzos, which brought her great fame in Latin America and Spain, and her 1998 album ¿Dónde Están los Ladrones? was a critical success selling over 10million copies worldwide.[5] In 2001, aided by the worldwide success of her first English single "Whenever, Wherever", she broke through into the English-speaking world with the release of LaundryService, which sold over 15 million copies worldwide.[6][7] Four years later, Shakira released two album projects called Fijación Oral Vol. 1 and Oral Fixation Vol. 2. Both reinforced her success,particularly with the best selling song of the 2000s, "Hips Don't Lie".[8]
She has won two Grammy Awards,[6] seven Latin Grammy Awards,[6] twelve Billboard Latin Music Awards[6] and has been GoldenGlobe-nominated.[6] She is also the highest-selling Colombian artist of all time, and the second most successful female Latin singer after Gloria Estefan, having sold over 60 million albums worldwide accordingto Sony Music.[9] Her U.S. album sales stand at 9.6 million.[10]
Additionally, she is the only artist from South America to reach the number-one spot on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, the Australian...
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