Born in Colombia on February 2, 1977 and raised in Barranquilla, Colombia, Shakira is a hugely popular Colombian pop singer who is known for the hits "Whenever, Wherever" and "Hips Don't Lie."
Shakira has won two Grammy Awards, seven Latin Grammy Awards and 12 Billboard Latin Music Awards, and has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award. Known for hits like "Whenever, Wherever" and "Hips Don't Lie," Shakira is the highest-selling Colombian artist of all time, and the second most successful female Latin singer after Gloria Estefan. By 2012, her U.S. album sales had reached nearly 10 million.
- She wrote her first song at the age of 8 and signed her first record deal at 13
- The pop star deferred her music career to take a History of Western Civilisation course two summers ago at the University of California
- er debut album ‘Magia’ was released in 1991. It included songs she had written since she was eight. The album did not do well commercially.
- Her second album ‘Peligro’ was out in 1993. Even though this album performed better than its predecessor, still it was a commercial failure. After releasing this album, she took a break to attend classes and graduate from high school.
- She was back to the music scenario in 1996 with her third album ‘Pies Descalzos’. The album spawned six hit singles and received favourable reviews from critics. She went on the Tour Pies Descalzos to promote her album.
- Her next album ‘Donde Estan los Ladrones?’ was out in 1998. It featured Latin Pop style music with elements of rock en Espanol. The album became of the highest selling Spanish language albums in the U.S. with sales of over 7 million copies worldwide.
- She made her foray into the English language market with the album ‘Laundry Service’ in 2001. The album was characterized by Latin rock and Latin pop styles and its lead single ‘Whenever, Wherever’ topped the U.S. Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart.
- Her Spanish album ‘Fijacion Oral, Vol. 1’ was released in June 2005. It was followed by the release of the English album ‘Oral Fixation, Vol. 2’ in November the same year. The single ‘Hips Don’t Lie’ from the latter peaked at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and became her signature song.
- Her album ‘She Wolf’ was out in 2009. It featured a sound different from her previous work with elements of electropop, dancehall and world styles. It was appreciated for its different appeal.
- In 2010, she sang ‘Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)’, the official song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup with the South African band Freshlyground. The song was a super hit.
- ‘Sale el Sol’, her most recent album was released in 2010 in the wake of the success of the song ‘Waka Waka’. The album was critically acclaimed and was a worldwide commercial success.
- Personal Life & Legacy
- She was in a long term relationship with lawyer Antonio de la Rua for several years before calling it quits in 2011.
- She is currently in a relationship with Spanish football player Gerard Pique with whom she also has a son.
- She is well-known for her philanthropy and charitable works. She founded the Pies Descalzos Foundation in 1997 which funds special schools all over Columbia for poor children