Born as Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoli on February 2, 1977 in Barranquilla, Colombia, Shakira is a world famous Colombian pop icon renowned for hits like ‘Whenever, Wherever’ and ‘Hips Don’t Lie.’ Her father was Lebanese and her mother is a Colombian, thus, Shakira creates an eclectic mix of her Latino and Arabic roots in her music. She wrote her first song when she was 8 and signed her first record deal at the age of 13.
After the failure of her first two albums, Shakira took charge of her third album and was involved with every element of its production. The album titled Pies Descalzos meaning ‘bare feet’ came out in 1996 and sold over 3 million copies. The album had her signature sound which is a hybrid of Latin, rock and Arabic influences. She followed it up with Donde Estan Los Ladrones? (1998), which means in English, “Where are the thieves?” and it reached the top of Billboard’s Latin charts. It was not long before Shakira won her first Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Album for her 2000 album Shakira: MTV Unplugged.
Shakira’s debut English language album was Laundry Service that came out in 2001. The album brought her the success she had been waiting for in the United States. The album reached a best of number 3 on the charts and sold over 200,000 copies within the first week of its release. Laundry Service had some of her biggest hits like ‘Whenever Wherever’ and “Underneath Your Clothes.”
Shakira is a multiple Grammy, Latin Grammy and American Music Awards winner. She is most famous for her hits like “Whenever, Wherever” and “Hips Don’t Lie.” Shakira is the best selling Colombian artist in the history and it is estimated that she has sold over 70 million albums globally. Further, she has also appeared as a judge on the famous singing competition show The Voice.