Shakira (Colombian pop vocalist)

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Legal name: Shakira Mebarak Ripoll


Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll (pronounced: [ʃaˈkiɾa isaˈβel meβaˈɾak riˈpol]; born February 2, 1977), (English /ʃəˈkɪərə/) is a Colombian singer, songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer, and model. Born and raised in Barranquilla, she began performing in school, demonstrating Latin, Arabic, and rock and roll influences and belly dancing abilities. Shakira released her first studio albums, Magia and Peligro, in the early 1990s, failing to attain commercial success; however, she rose to prominence in Latin America with her major-label debut, Pies Descalzos (1996), and her fourth album, Dónde Están los Ladrones? (1998).

Shakira entered the English-language market with her fifth album, Laundry Service (2001) (23 million copies). Its lead single, "Whenever, Wherever", became the best-selling single of 2002. Her success was solidified with her sixth and seventh albums Fijación Oral, Vol. 1 and Oral Fixation, Vol. 2 (2005), the latter of which spawned the best-selling song of the 21st century, "Hips Don't Lie". Shakira's eighth and ninth albums, She Wolf (2009) and Sale el Sol (2010), received critical praise but suffered from limited promotion due to her strained relationship with label Epic Records. Her official song for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)", became the biggest-selling World Cup song of all time. With over 793 million views, its music video is the sixth most-watched video on YouTube. Since 2013, Shakira has served as a coach on the American version of The Voice, having appeared in two of its seven seasons—fourth and sixth. Her tenth album, Shakira (2014), is preceded by its lead single, "Can't Remember to Forget You".

Shakira has won many awards, including five MTV Video Music Awards, two Grammy Awards, eight Latin Grammy Awards, seven Billboard Music Awards, 28 Billboard Latin Music Awards and has been Golden Globe-nominated. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and she is one of the best-selling artists of all time, having sold more than 60 million records worldwide between albums and singles. She is the third best selling Latin artist of all time, . Outside of her work in the music industry, Shakira is also involved in philanthropic activities through charity work and benefit concerts, notably her Pies Descalzos Foundation, her performance at the "Clinton Global Initiative" created by former U.S. President Bill Clinton, and her invitation to the Oval Office by President Barack Obama in February 2010 to discuss early childhood development. As of 2014, she is listed as the 58th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 Magia Shakira 1
1993 Peligro Shakira 1
1995 Pies descalzos Shakira 3 7
1998 Dónde están los ladrones? Shakira 4.5 3
2001 Laundry Service Shakira 4 9
2005 Fijación oral, Volume 1 Shakira 5 6
2005 Oral Fixation, Volume 2 Shakira 5 12
2009 She Wolf Shakira 4.35 8
2010 Sale el sol Shakira 3 10
2014 Shakira. Shakira 5 10

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2002 Grandes éxitos Shakira 5 4
2006 Oral Fixation, Volumes 1 & 2 Shakira 1
2007 Illegal Shakira 1
Mis mejores éxitos Shakira 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 MTV Unplugged Shakira 3
2004 Live & Off the Record (aka "En Vivo y en Privado") Shakira 8
2007 Oral Fixation Tour / Tour Fijación Oral Shakira 3
2011 Live From Paris Shakira 2

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 The Remixes Shakira 2
2006 Shakira Remixed Shakira 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 Ojos Así Shakira 1
2001 Whenever, Wherever Shakira 8
2002 Objection (Tango) Shakira 3
2002 Underneath Your Clothes Shakira 4
2003 Ojos Así / The One Shakira 1
2005 La tortura Shakira & Alejandro Sanz 2
2005 Don't Bother Shakira 2
2006 Hips Don’t Lie Shakira feat. Wyclef Jean 6
2006 Illegal Shakira 2
2007 Beautiful Liar Beyoncé & Shakira 7
2009 She Wolf Shakira 4 3
2009 Give It Up to Me Shakira 1
2010 Mon amour Shakira 1
2010 Waka Waka: This Time for Africa Shakira feat. Freshlyground 1
2010 Loca Shakira 2
2010 Gypsy Shakira 1
2011 Rabiosa Shakira 1
2011 Je l'aime à mourir Shakira 1
2012 Get It Started Pitbull feat. Shakira 2
2014 Can't Remember to Forget You Shakira feat. Rihanna 2
2014 Empire Shakira 1
2014 Dare (La La La) Shakira 2
The One Shakira 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2007 Love in the Time of Cholera EP Shakira 1
Hips Don't Lie Shakira 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Los Mas Grandes Exitos De La Colombiana; Cover Version Shakira 1

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