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Shakira Biography

Shakira (born 2.2.1977)

Shakira is a Columbian singer, songwriter, dancer and musician.

Shakira: Childhood

Shakira was born and raised in Barranquilla, Columbia, to Nidya del Carmen Ripoll Torrado and William Mebarak Chadid. Shakira has eight half-brothers and sisters from her father's previous marriage.

As a child, Shakira wrote her first poem at the age of four. It was called 'La Rosa De Cristal' ('The Crystal Rose'). At the age of seven, she was given a typewriter as a Christmas gift and her poems soon evolved into songs. When one of her half-brothers was killed in a motorcycle accident, Shakira's father wore shades to hide his emotions and Shakira's first song was entitled 'Tus Gafas Oscuras' ('Your Dark Glasses').

Shakira's love of dancing and performing started when her father took her to a Middle Eastern restaurant and she joined in with the belly dancing. She was four at the time and decided then that she wanted to be a performer. When auditioning for the school choir, though, she was told that she sounded like a goat, as her vibrato was too strong.

Shakira would perform at local events in Barranquilla and it was here that she met Monica Ariz, a theatre producer. Ariz organised an audition with Sony Columbia executive Ciro Vargas. Eventually, she was signed for a three album deal.

Shakira: Music Career

Shakira's debut album, Magia, was recorded in 1990. She was 13 years old at the time. The album was a collection of songs that she had written since the age of 8. Magia was released in 1991 and did well on Columbian radio, though only 1200 copies were sold.

In 1993, a 20-year old Ricky Martin voted for Shakira in Chile's Vina del Mar International Song Festival.

Peligro was Shakira's second studio album, released in 1993. She was unhappy with the production of the album and refused to promote it. That same year, Shakira appeared in the Columbian TV series 'The Oasis'. She then took a break from her music career in order to graduate from high school.

In 1995, Shakira returned to recording, after her recording of '¿Dónde Estás Corazón?' was the only hit on a Columbian compilation album, Nuestro Rock. Her third album was entitled Pies Descalzos (Bare Feet). She was given $100,000 to record the album, as they were not expecting sales of the album to exceed 100,000 units. Shakira began producing her own music and developed her singing technique. At the time, she was influenced by American and British bands such as Pretenders. Upon its release in 1996, the album reached number one in eight countries, though it only hit number 180 in the main US album chart. When she toured the album, a number of fans died in her home town of Baranquilla, because of a lack of control in the 50,000-strong crowd. The album sold over 5 million copies.

Shakira's fourth studio album, Dónde Están los Ladrones? (Where Are the Thieves?), was released in 1998, to huge success. Eleven of the tracks were released as singles, including 'Ciega, Sordomuda' and 'Moscas En La Casa'. It earned her a Grammy Awards nomination for Best Latin Rock / Alternative Album. The following year, she also recorded a session for MTV Unplugged in New York City, hailed by many as her finest live performance.

Following in the footsteps of Enrique Iglesias and Ricky Martin, who had both had success as English Language pop artists, Shakira began working on a crossover album. The debut single from the new album was 'Whenever, Wherever', which became a huge success. The album, Laundry Service, was released in 2001, debuting at number three in the US charts. Among the seven tracks released as a single, 'Underneath Your Clothes' was probably the most popular.

In 2002, Shakira joined forces with Whitney Houston, Mary J Blige and Cher, among others, for the VH1 Divas Live Las Vegas series.

For her next album, Shakira worked with producer Rick Rubin, who has also worked with Johnny Cash and Beastie Boys. The album was called Fijacion Oral Vol. 1 (Oral Fixation Vol. 1) and was released in 2005. The lead single from the album, 'La Tortura', featured the Spanish singer Alajandro Sanz.

February 2006 saw Shakira win her second Grammy Award and five more Latin Grammy Awards. Shakira performed 'Don't Bother' at the 2005 Europe Music Awards, shortly before releasing Fijacion Oral Vol.2. the tracks 'How Do You Do?' and 'Timor' were controversial at the time, in Muslim countries, as was the cover art for the album, which depicted her as Eve.

In 2006, Shakira recorded 'Hips Don't Lie' with Wyclef Jean. The tracks became her first number one in the US. The final single from the album was 'Illegal', featuring Carlos Santana.

In 2009, it was announced that Shakira's next album, entitled She Wolf would be released in October 2009 and features a song co-written by Sam Endicott of The Bravery.

Shakira: Personal Life

Shakira is engaged to Antonia de la Rúa, the son of the ex-Argentinian president, though in June 2007, it was speculated that they had split up. They denied the rumours.

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18th April 2014

Stars including Forest Whitaker, Lena Dunham, Shakira and Eva Longoria have paid tribute to beloved Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez...

Shakira: 'i Was Joking About Boyfriend's Video Ban'

7th April 2014

Shakira is backtracking on remarks she made about her "territorial" boyfriend Gerard Pique, insisting she was only joking about her...

Shakira Defends 'territorial' Gerard Pique Comments

6th April 2014

Shakira has a ''beautiful relationship'' with Gerard Pique.The 'Can't Remember to Forget You' hitmaker - who has a 14-month-old son,...

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5th April 2014

Adam Levine can't wait for Pharrell Williams to join 'The Voice' USA.The Maroon 5 frontman thinks the 'Happy' hitmaker, who...

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3rd April 2014

The soundtrack for Disney's smash-hit movie Frozen has continued its strong run at the top of the Billboard 200 album...

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2nd April 2014

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27th March 2014

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23rd January 2014

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vincotex

aunty shakira infact you are too much. i love you

7 years 5 months ago
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HAVE A NICE DAY SHAKIRAPLS. SEND TO ME YOUR COMMENT REGARDING TO MY OFFER . WE LIKE TO INVITE YOU TO SINGING IN NIHAL CULTURE CENTER IN WASHINGTON .THANKSDR. NIHAL KAMEL

7 years 1 month ago
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GREETINGS FROM PHILIPPINES!SHAKIRA WE LOVE U! You are a great performer! You can dance and sing! Your sensual moves...we love it! We are hoping you can have a concert here in our country...God Bless! Take care alwaysehlsa m.

6 years 8 months ago
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HAVE A NICE DAY SHAKIRAIAM NIHAL KAMEL THE EDITOR OF THE POLITICAL DEP. IN USA NEWS AGENCY , HOW ARE YOU SHAKIRA ? I HOP YOU DID'NT FORGET ME . LONG TIME I DID'NT MEET YOU SINCE MY LAST VISIT TO LONDON . ANY WAY , SHAKIRA , I REALLY WONT YOU TO DO SOME THING IMPORTANT NOW FOR HUMANITY , I WANT YOU TO SINGING FOR PEACE , FOR HUMANITY , EVRY FAMOUS SINGER MUST SHARING , THANKS NIHAL KAMELUSA NEWS AGENCYEDITOR . POLITICAL DEP. nihal_kamel2000@yahoo.com

8 years 2 months ago
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Surabhi gitika

ur "hips don`t lie` album is mindblowing.

7 years 11 months ago
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HAVE A NICE DAY SHAKIRA , I MISS YOU SO MUCH , PLS . DO'NT FORGET TO FOLLOW UP MY NEW NEWS ON LINE www.nihalkamelnews.comthanks shakira , your new album is great , editor nihal kamelAMERICAN ARABIC NEWS

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HAVE A NICE DAY SHAKIRA , I MISS YOU SO MUCH , PLS . DO'NT FORGET TO FOLLOW UP MY NEW NEWS ON LINE www.nihalkamelnews.comthanks shakira , your new album is great , editor nihal kamelAMERICAN ARABIC NEWSE.MAIL editor@nihalkamelnews.comamerica@nihalkamelnews.com

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meenakshi

hey ShakiraU r a perfect combination of eastern and western mix. I just love the ways u danced in ur album Hip's don't lie. it was simply mind blowing.

7 years 7 months ago
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Ignacio Gil

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5 years 11 months ago
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Borry

HI shakira..!!You juss doin a great work and kind of supporting your music in my shows on the radio holla at me in case of anything regarding to your concertborry peace..!!

7 years 2 weeks ago
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