Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll on February 2, 1977, in Barranquilla,
Colombia, Shakira moved to Bogotá with her family at the
age of thirteen. Her mother was a native Columbian, but her father
- of Lebanese descent - would be the influence on her famous hip-shaking
belly dance moves.
her first song at the age of eight, Shakira's dream of entering
show business began with early notoriety at talent competitions
in her hometown. Later moving to Bogota, her talent was brought
to the attention of Sony Records, with whom she signed a record
deal at age 13.
result was her debut album, Magia (Magic) with all songs
written entirely by the artist, followed by her second album Peligro
singer next turned her attention to acting and won a role in a
popular Columbian soap opera, El Oasis before returning
to full-time to music in 1995, when Shakira's breakthrough album
came with the release of Pies Descalzos (Bare Feet) which
featured an international hit, Estory Aqui.
Shakira's signature dance style
is a mix of Colombian rhythms and
Mideastern belly dancing.
fame caught the attention of Emilio
Estefan, Jr. (husband of singer Gloria Estafan), who produced
her next album, ¿Dónde Están Los Ladrones?
(Where are the Thieves?), a huge hit that spun off such mega-hit
singles as Inevitable and Ojos Así.
to go but up, Shakira began planning her cross-over to the English
speaking world, resulting with a performance on MTV Unplugged,
the channel's first Spanish-language broadcast. Her much-heralded
performance was released as an album in early 2000, going on to
win a Grammy
Award for Best Latin Pop Album.
year, her first English language album, Laundry Service,
brought almost instant pop stardom in both North American and
the UK, where the album became one of the top selling in 2002,
helped along by Shakira's own live performances, and a video in
which the singer's provocative rock style was combined with never
before seen or heard (in the world of rock, at least) hypnotic
Arabic rhythms and belly dancing.
A 2002 -2003
world tour, "Tour of the Mongoose" soon followed, resulting
in a live performance album in 2004.
two albums in 2006, the Spanish-language Fijación Oral
Volumen 1, which came out in June and the English-language
Oral Fixation Volume 2, in November. She later led the
led the nominees at the MTV
Latin America awards with a total of six nominations, and
was also a front runner at the MTV
Video Music Awards that same year.
Shakira and her partner, Spanish soccer star Gerard Pique.
Shakira's next album, She Wolf, was released in late 2009 spinning off
the title track as a hit single. Yet another hit, "Gypsy"
was accompanied by a music video in which she appeared with tennis
In 2010, Shakira notably 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)". In October, she followed up with her seventh studio album, "Sale el Sol", from which several hits emerged including the lead single "Loca".
the singer has been romantically linked to Antonio
de la Rúa, son of Argentine president Fernando de la
Rúa. They split in 2011. Shakira's most recent love interest is Spanish footballer Gerard Pique, with whom she announced the birth of their first child, a baby boy, in spring 2013.
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