Birth Date:
Barranquilla, Colombia
Birth Place:
February 2, 1977
4' 11
La Ensenanza School in Barranquilla
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Hips Don't Lie


“My brain, I believe, is the most beautiful part of my body.” Shakira

Grammy-winning and multi-platinum star Shakira received critical acclaimed for her work in the best selling album “Dónde están los ladrones?” (1998). It spawned the mega-hit single “Ojos Así” and the U.S chart topping singles like “Tu” and “Ciega, Sordomuda.” The album sold over four million copies worldwide. In 1998, Shakira was name Latin Female Artist of the Year.

The Colombian native artist garnered even more recognition with the 2000’s “MTV Unplugged album,” a live version based on the acclaimed album “Dónde están los ladrones?,” which brought the singer her first Grammy Award in 2000. The same year, she earned Latin Grammy Awards for her bright work in “Ojos Así” and “Octavo Dia.”

In 2001, Shakira drew accolades with the release of her English-Language debut album, “Laundry Service.” Its first single “Whenever, Wherever” became the best selling single of 2002. Shakira cemented her success with the albums “Fijación Oral, Vol. 1” and “Oral Fixation, Vol. 2” (both 2005), the latter of which produced the best selling song of the 21st century, “Hips Don't Lie.”Her follow up albums, “She Wolf” (2009) and “Sale el Sol” (2010), earned favorable reviews from music critics but suffered restricted promotion because of her strained relationship with label Epic Records. “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa),” Shakira's official song for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, became the biggest selling World Cup song of all time. Her new single, “Can't Remember to Forget You,” was released on January 13, 2014. Her tenth studio album “Shakira” is scheduled to be launched in March 2014. Shakira has served as a coach on the American version of “The Voice” since 2013.

Off screen, Shakira is a philanthropist. She formed the charitable children’s organization Pies Descalzos, which was named after her third album. With her foundation, Shakira has donated 10,000 pairs of tennis shoes to her hometown of Barranquilla to impecunious children. As for her private life, the Latin pop sensation was linked to actor Osvaldo Rios, but became headlines for her long term romance with Argentinian lawyer Antonio de la Rua, the son of former President of Argentina. The couple began dating in 2000 but separated later in August 2010. The split resulting in de la Rua filing a lawsuit in California in April 2013, asking for $100 million he believes he is owed after her former girlfriend abruptly terminated her business partnership with him in October 2011. Currently, Shakira is in a relationship with the FC Barcelona player Gerard Piqué, whom she met while Piqué appeared in the music video for her song “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa).” The couple have one son together ( Milan Piqué Mebarak, born in 2013).They currently reside in Barcelona, Spain.       

Childhood and Family:

“I was born and raised in Colombia, but I listened to bands like Led Zeppelin, the Cure, the Police, the Beatles and Nirvana.” Shakira

In Barranquilla, Colombia, Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, who would later be popular as Shakira, was born on February 2, 1977. She is the daughter of William Mebarak (jeweler and clock salesman) and Nidia del Carmen Ripoll Torrado. As the youngest of the family, Shakira, whose name means “woman full of grace” in Arabic, has seven older siblings: four brothers, Tonino (road manager), Alberto (lawyer), Moises and Edward, and three sisters, Lucy (neurosurgeon), Robin and Patricia.

A mix of Lebanese and native Colombian origin, Shakira, whose nickname is Shaki, showed her musical affection from an early age. As a child, she listened a lot to English-language rock & roll, and she wrote her own songs beginning from age 8. At age 10,  she was recognized at the local and national talent contests and even became the winner of shows. She started learning the guitar at 11.

Shakira’s fondness of music blossomed when she decided to move to Bogotá for a modeling career. Instead of doing modeling gigs, she signed a record contract with Sony's Colombian when she turned 13.      

On January 22, 2013, Shakira gave birth to her first child, a son Milan Piqué Mebarak. The child's father is Spanish football player Gerard Piqué.

Waka Waka       


Displaying her love for music early in her youth, Shakira, who was once written out of her school choir due to her too powerful voice while singing, began her music career in 1991 with the release of her debut album “Magia” (Magic), which contained a collection of songs she wrote since the age of eight. The album did well in her native country though it didn’t break internationally. With her second studio album “Peligro” (Danger) that hit the music shelves in 1993, Shakira received no better success with her previous.

Disappointed with the moderate success of her albums, Shakira tried her hand in acting by joining the cast of the Colombian soap opera “Oasis, El” in 1994, where she played the series regular role of Luisa Maria. However, she soon realized her true calling was being a singer and decided to go back to the music industry.

In 1995, Shakira made her return to recording by blending pop, rock and traditional Latin rhythms in her third album “Pies Descalzos” (Barefeet). The result of her work was astonishing when the album hit No. 1 in eight different countries, was certified platinum in the U.S and sold over four million copies worldwide. Its lead single “Estoy Aqui” became a hit all over Latin America and in Spain, and was recognized internationally.  The album also spawned shit singles such as “Donde Estas Corazon,” “Antología,” “Pienso en Ti,” “Un Poco de Amors” and “Se Quiere, Se Mata.”

The great success of “Pies Descalzos” (Barefeet) gave opportunity for Shakira to embark on her first world tour for nearly two years. She also launched Portuguese remixes of her songs for her Brazilian fans.  

Shakira’s big breakthrough arrived with the release of her big budget album, “Dónde están los ladrones?” (Where are the thieves?) in 1998. Working with über-producer Emilio Estefan, she produced a perfect mix of gritty, provocative lyrics and rock-laden tracks in the album. As a result, the album received rave reviews and quickly skyrocketed to No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin album chart for 11 consecutive weeks. It spawned the worldwide mega-hit “Ojos así,” and two chart topping singles in the U.S with “Ciega, Sordomuda” and “Tu.” Dónde están los ladrones? eventually went to multi-platinum certifications in countries like the U.S., Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Central America, Mexico, and gained a platinum certification in Spain. Through the huge success of her fourth album, Shakira was named the Latin Female Artist of the Year at the 1998 World Music Awards.     

Following this, Shakira launched the 2000’s “MTV Unplugged” album, a live version based on her best selling album Dónde están los ladrones?. Just like its predecessor, the album also tore up the charts, landing at No. 1 at the Latin charts. It gained even more acclaim when Shakira took home her first Grammy for Best Latin Pop Performance in 2000. Additionally, she won Unplugged-related trophies for Best Female Pop Vocal for “Ojos Así” and Best Female Rock Vocal for “Octavo Dia” at the 2000 Latin Grammy. Shakira again drew the attention of public with her first English recording album, “Laundry Service” (2001). The first single “Whenever, Wherever” became her breakthrough hit in the United States when it peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It sold over 8.5 million copies worldwide. The follow-up single “Underneath Your Clothes” also was a hit. Thanks to the two singles, “Laundry Service” debuted at No. 3 in the American pop chart and was certified triple platinum. The album also became a big hit and was one of the top albums of 2002. To promote “Laundry Service,” Shakira staged her second world tour that led to a long break for her.

The singer launched her Spanish language album titled “Fijacion Oral, Vol. 1” in June 2005. It spawned the lead single “La Tortura” (The Torture), in which she collaborated with Spanish pop-star Alejandro Sanz. The video of the single entered on Total Request Live (TRL), peaking at No.9. While the album itself reached No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and became the best-selling Spanish first-week sales album. It also well received in non-Spanish speaking countries including Canada and German.

Shakira released the English language album “Oral Fixation, Vol. 2” on November 28, 2005 through Epic Records. The album earned mostly positive reviews from music critics and debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200. The lead single “Don't Bother” reached No. 42 on the Billboard Hot 100, while the second single “Hips Don't Lie” peaked at No. 1 in both the Billboard Hot 100, becoming her first single to do so,  and the Hot Latin Songs chart. The song also became a chart topper in many other countries such as Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland and the UK. “Hips Don't Lie” was eventually certified double platinum by the RIAA. The third and last single form the album, “Illegal” (featuring Carlos Santana), peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs component chart.     

On February 8, 2006, Shakira won her second Grammy Award with the win of Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album for “Fijación Oral, Vol. 1.” She picked up four Latin Grammy Awards in November 2006, for Record of the Year, Song of the Year for “La Tortura,” Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for “Fijación Oral, Vol. 1.” In February, 2007, she received a Grammy nomination in the category of  Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for “Hips Don't Lie,” which she shared with Wyclef Jean.

From June 14, 2006 to July 9, 2007, Shakira embarked on the Oral Fixation Tour in support of her albums “Fijación Oral Vol. 1” and “Oral Fixation Vol. 2.” It was the 9th most successful tour of 2006 by grossing over $100 million.

In 2007, Shakira collaborated with Beyoncé for the song “Beautiful Liar,” which was released as the second single from the deluxe edition of the American R&B singer's album “B'Day.” Released on February 12, 2007, the track reached No. 1 in France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland and the UK, and peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. It  earned the two a Grammy nomination in the category of Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.  

On October 9, 2009, Shakira launched the eighth studio album “She Wolf” through Epic Records and Sony Music Latin, which was met with generally favorable reviews from music critics upon its release. It debuted and peaked at No. 15 on the Billboard 200  by selling about 89,000 copies. The title track reached No. 1 on the US Latin chart and peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. It went platinum in the United States. The album spawned three more singles: “Did It Again,” “Give It Up to Me” and “Gypsy.”

In May 2010, Shakira worked with the South African group Freshlyground to make the official song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa),” which is based on a traditional Cameroonian soldiers' Fang song named “Zangalewa” by the group Zangalewa or Golden Sounds, became a worldwide hit,  reaching No. 1 in at over 20 countries, including Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Paraguay, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, and the World Cup's host country, South Africa. In the United States, the song peaked at No. 38 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 2 on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs. It was certified platinum by the RIAA. “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” became the biggest-selling World Cup song of all time.   

The ninth studio album “Sale el Sol” (English: The Sun Comes Out) was released on October 19, 2010 by Epic Records. The album was a commercial success worldwide, and  peaked atop the charts of countries France, Belgium, Croatia,, Mexico Portugal and Spain. In the U.S., the album debuted at No. 7 on the US Billboard 200 chart and at No. 1  on both the Top Latin Albums and Latin Pop Albums charts. At the 2011 Latin Grammy Awards ceremony, the album won the award for Best Female Pop Vocal Album. “Sale el Sol”produced five singles with “Loca,” which was a worldwide success and topped the charts of many countries including Italy, Spain, and Switzerland, “Sale el Sol,” “Rabiosa,” “Antes de las Seis” and “Addicted to You.”

In November 2011, Shakira released a bilingual Spanish and French cover version of “Je l'aime à mourir.” The song  debuted at No. 56 on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100, becoming one of the singer's highest debut on the survey. It debuted at No. 1 on the French singles chart and remained on the position for seven weeks.  

In 2013, Shakira joined original coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton and fellow new coach Usher, who replaced Cee Lo Green, for the fourth season of “The Voice.”  She replaced Christina Aguilera. Shakira did not return for the fifth season, which lasted from September 23, 2013 to December 18, 2013. She was replaced by Aguilera. Shakira will replace Aguilera again for the sixth season, which is scheduled to begin on February 24, 2014.

The eponymous tenth studio album “Shakira” will be released on March 25, 2014 by RCA Records. It marks her first English-language record since2009's “She Wolf.” The lead single from the album, “Can't Remember to Forget You” (featuring Rihanna), was released on January 13, 2014. The song debuted at No. 28 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and No. 25 on Latin Pop Songs chart.  


Latin Grammy:  Best Female Pop Vocal Album, “Sale el Sol,”  2011
Latin Grammy: Best Pop Vocal Album for “Fijación Oral, Vol. 1,” 2006
Latin Grammy: Album of the Year,  “Fijación Oral, Vol. 1,” 2006
Latin Grammy: Song of the Year, “La Tortura,” 2006
Latin Grammy: Record of the Year, 2006
Grammy:  Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album, “Fijación Oral, Vol. 1,” 2006
MTV Video Music (Latin America): Video of the year, 2002
Grammy: Best Latin Pop Performance, “Shakira: MTV Unplugged,” 2000
Latin Grammy: Best Female Pop Vocal, “Ojos Así,” 2000
Latin Grammy: Best Female Rock Vocal, “Octavo Dia,” 2000
World Music: Latin Female Artist of the Year, 1998     Show Less
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