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Shakira

In late 2012, Shakira was confirmed as a judge/coach on NBC's popular singing-competition show The Voice. Along with R&B singer-songwriter Usher, Shakira made her Voice debut on the show's season 4 premiere, which aired on March 25, 2013. Replacing Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green, Shakira and Usher joined returning judges/coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. "Usher and Shakira are coming into it as a big frickin' institution," Levine said in late 2012, according to The Huffington Post. "So it's different, but it still feels good, because they're legitimate artists."

Shakira quickly became popular with TV audiences. Both she and Usher were not part of the show's fifth season, however. Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green returned for that season. She and Usher made their return to the panel in season 6 of The Voice.

Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll (pronounced: [ʃaˈkiɾa isaˈβel meβaˈɾak riˈpol]; born February 2, 1977), (English /ʃəˈkɪərə/)[3] is a Colombian singer, songwriter, dancer, musician, 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. 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 799Million 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 albums and single worldwide. 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. As of July 2014, Shakira has become the first person to reach 100 million followers on Facebook.


She signed with Sony Records when she was 13 years old.
Her hometown is Barranquilla, Colombia, a coastal city of about 1 million people.
She was just 18 when she became Colombia's most popular musician.
Since Colombia is a very Catholic country, Shakira was educated by nuns. But she claims that she always knew she would be a public figure.
Freddy DeMann has helped Shakira make the transition to the English language. He was the one who launched Michael Jackson's solo career, along with Madonna and Alanis Morisette.
Shakira wants one of her not-yet-born children to be like the crocodile hunter on the Discovery Channel.
One of her immediate family members (like her mother, father, or half brother) always accompanies her on tours. Colombians are very family-oriented.
"Shakira" is Arabic for "full of grace."
Her grandparents were from Lebanon, her father was born in New York, and then moved to Colombia when he was little. She has nine half siblings.
Shakira began writing poems when she was four. Her first was called, "La Rosa de Cristal." That's Spanish for "The Crystal Rose."
She got a guitar when she was eight and her first song was "Tus Gafas Oscuras." The translates to "Your Dark Glasses."
When she was ten, she began touring the Colombian equivalent of local fairs. Her act was patterned after pop star Selena.
Her records have been banned in Argentina, because she is dating the son of the former president. That president was forcibly driven out of power, but Shakira still says she loves his son, Antonio de la Rua.
Her full name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll.
She was named Latin Female Artist of the Year at the 1998 World Music Awards.
She has a genius-level IQ of 140.
She's about 4'11".

 

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Can't Remember To Forget You (feat. Rihanna)
Dare (La La La)
Empire
Estoy Aqui
Hips Don't Lie (feat. Wyclef Jean)
La Tortura (Feat. Alejandro Sanz)
Lo Hecho Esta Hecho
Loca
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Suerte
Te Aviso Te Anuncio
Waka Waka (Esto Es Africa)

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