Real name: - Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll
Born: - February 2, 1977
Genres: - Latin pop, pop rock, dance, electronic
Occupations: - Singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, dancer
Years active: - 1990–present
Today we gonna talk about Shakira-Biography. Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll is a Colombian singer. Her father is originally from the US, born in New York, at 5 years old his family moved to Sincelejo from New York then relocated to Barranquilla. She is the only child of Nidia Ripoll and William Mebarak Chadid and is of Lebanese, Spanish and Italian descent. She has eight older half siblings from her father's previous marriage. Shakira emerged in the music scene of Colombia and Latin America in the early 1990s. Born and raised in Colombia, Shakira revealed many of her talents in school as a live performer, demonstrating her vocal ability with Latin and Middle Eastern influences with her own original twist on belly dancing. Shakira is a native Spanish speaker and also speaks fluent English and Portuguese as well as some Italian, French and Arabic.After global flops with local music producers on her first two albums, and being little known outside Colombia, She decided to produce her own brand of music. In 1995 she released “Pies Descalzos”, which brought her great fame in Spain, and her 1998 album “Dónde Están los Ladrones” Was a critical success selling over 7 million copies worldwide. In 2001, aided by the worldwide success of her first English single "Whenever, Wherever" that became the best selling single of 2002, she broke through into the English speaking world with the release of “Laundry Service”, which sold over 13 million copies worldwide. Four years later, she released two album projects called “Fijación Oral Vol. 1”and “Oral Fixation Vol. 2”. Both reinforced her success, particularly with the best selling song of the 2000s, "Hips Don't Lie".
She has won two Grammy Awards and twelve Billboard Latin Music Awards and has been Golden Globe nominated. She is also the highest selling Colombian artist of all time, and the second most successful female Latin singer after Gloria Estefan, having sold over 50 million albums worldwide according to Sony Music Entertainment. Her U.S. album sales stand at 9.6 million. In the fall of 2009, Shakira released her 6th album She Wolf. Shakira's "Waka Waka", was chosen as the official song for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The song has received generally positive critical reception, and has become a worldwide smash hit and the biggest selling World Cup song of all time. On YouTube, the English version of the music video is the third most watched music video of all time with over 300 million views. Her 7th studio album, the bilingual “Sale el Sol”, was released October 2010 and has shipped over 4 million copies worldwide.She was engaged to the son of the President of Argentina, Antonio de la Rúa. Their relationship lasted almost 11 years and ended in August 2010. She is now dating Spanish football player Gerard Piqué and confirmed their relationship in March 2011.