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Shakira

Shakira

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Shakira
Biography
in full Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll(1977–)Singer, songwriter. Born Shakira Isabel MebarakRipoll on February 2, 1977, in Barranquilla,Colombia. With a Lebanese father and Colombianmother, Shakira honors her Latino and Arabicheritage in her music. She wrote her first song atthe age of 8 and signed her first record deal at13.After her first two albums flopped, Shakira tookthe reins of her third album, becoming involved inevery aspect of its production. Released in 1996, Pies Descalzos, meaning"bare feet," sold more than three million copies. The album featured hertrademark sound, a blending of Latin, rock, and Arabic musical styles. It soldmore than three million copies and the follow-up record, Dónde Están LosLadrones? (1998), which translates as "Where are the thieves?," reached thetop of Billboard's Latin charts. Based on the success of her albums, Shakirabecame a music superstar in the Spanish-language markets, known for herstrong vocals and incredible hip-shaking belly dance moves.While hugely popular in much of the rest of the world, Shakira had not yetachieved a major record on the U.S. pop charts. She moved to Miami withher family to further her goal and taught herself to write songs in English.She enlisted Emilio Estefan, of Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machinefame, to act as her manager and producer. Her first English-language album,Laundry Service (2001), provided Shakira with the success in the UnitedStates that she longed for — the album was number three on the charts,selling more than 200,000 copies in the first week. The songs "Whenever,Wherever" and "Underneath Your Clothes" were both big hits.Shakira returned to the top 10 of the albums chart in 2005 twice. She firstreleased the Spanish-language Fijación Oral, Vol. 1 in June, which wasfollowed in November by English-language Oral Fixation, Vol. 2. She receivedthe Grammy Award for Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album for Fijación Oral,Vol. 1, her second time winning such an honor. Previously, she had won aGrammy for Best Latin Pop Album for 2000's Shakira: MTV Unplugged. Touring extensively, Shakira released two concert albums: 2007's Live and2008's Oral Fixation Tour. She has also found time to record. In July 2009,Shakira released the new single, "She Wolf," from her upcoming new studio
 
album.Besides her busy career, Shakira created the Pies Descalzos Foundation tohelp children in her native Colombia in 1997.
Fun Facts about Shakira
Her name is Arabic for "woman full of grace".
Sony/Colombia signed her to a record deal at age 13, recorded"Magia".
Released her 2nd album "Peligro" at age 15.
"Donde Estan Los Ladrones" reached Platinum in the following:
8x U.S. - 5x Argentina - 4x Central America - 3x Columbia/Chile - 2xMexico & 1x Spain.
Had an acting gig on the novela El Oasis, played Luisa Mariacute.
 The song "Ojos asi" has a verse in Arabic.
Shakira Doesn't eat candy
Shakira doesn't drink alcohol or drink coffee
Shakira doesn't smoke
Shakira's favorite thing to paint is "fried eggs".
Shakira's father is originally from Lebanon
Has an IQ of 140!
Fluent in Portuguese, Italian, and English, in addition to Spanish andArabic.
Hates to wear jewelry.
(May 2002) Was attacked by a crazed man in Australia with a bag of cement. She was unharmed when he threw the bag at her.
Shakira's Lebanese grandmother taught her the art of Arabian BellyDancing so she can stay true to her middle eastern roots.
Quotes by Shakira
“I am a person who has many dreams. But as soon as I accomplish one Imove on to the next. That's my fatal, absurd nature. Human beings areslaves to our dreams and I am, too.”“I thank God.. that I'm a product of my parents. That they infected me withtheir intelligence and energy for life, with their thirst for knowledge and theirlove. I'm grateful that I know where I come from.”“The calling I have is the same reason why a dog barks. I always knew Iwould be a big performer and a public figure.”

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