SHAKIRA

Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll (/ʃəˈkɪərə/; Spanish: [ʃaˈkiɾa]; born 2 February 1977),[6] known mononymously as Shakira, is a Colombian singer-songwriter, dancer, record producer, and actress. Born and raised in Barranquilla, she made her recording debut under Sony Music Colombia at the age of 13. Following the commercial failure of her first two Colombian albums, Magia (1991) and Peligro (1993), she rose to prominence in Spanish-speaking countries with her next albums, Pies Descalzos (1995) and Dónde Están los Ladrones?(1998). Shakira entered the English-language market with her fifth album, Laundry Service (2001). It sold over 13 million copies and spawned the international number-one singles “Whenever, Wherever” and “Underneath Your Clothes“.

Her success was further solidified with the Spanish albums Fijación Oral, Vol. 1 (2005), Sale el Sol (2010), and El Dorado (2017), all of which topped the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart and were certified diamante by the Recording Industry Association of America. Meanwhile, her English albums Oral Fixation, Vol. 2 (2005), She Wolf (2009) and Shakira (2014) were all certified gold, platinum, or multi-platinum in various countries worldwide. Some of her songs have charted at number one in multiple countries, including “La Tortura“, “Hips Don’t Lie“, “Beautiful Liar“, “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)“, “Loca“, and “Chantaje“. Shakira served as a coach on two seasons of the American singing competition television series The Voice (2013–2014).