After achieving superstardom throughout Latin America, Colombian-born Shakira became Latin pop's biggest female crossover artist since Jennifer Lopez. Noted for her aggressive, rock-influenced approach, Shakira maintained an extraordinary degree of creative control over her music; she wrote or co-wrote nearly all of her own material, and in the process gained a reputation as one of Latin music's most ambitiously poetic lyricists. When she released her first English material in late , she became an instant pop sensation, thanks to her quirky poetic sense and a sexy video image built on her hip-shaking belly dance moves. Shakira wrote her first song at age eight, began entering and winning talent competitions at age ten, and started learning the guitar at age 11 one story runs that around this age, she was kicked out of her school choir for singing too forcefully.
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Shakira entered the English-language market with her fifth album, Laundry Service It sold over 13 million copies, spawned the international number-one singles " Whenever, Wherever " and " Underneath Your Clothes ", and propelled her reputation as a leading crossover artist. Meanwhile, her English albums Oral Fixation, Vol. Shakira served as a coach on two seasons of the American singing competition television series The Voice — For her philanthropic work with her Barefoot Foundation and her contributions to music she received the Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year and Harvard Foundation Artist of the Year awards in Forbes ranked her among the top-earning women in music in and Her paternal grandparents emigrated from Lebanon to New York City , where her father was born.
Who Is Shakira?
Shakira is a Columbian singer-songwriter, dancer and entrepreneur. One of the best-selling musicians of all time according to trade experts, Shakira has sold more than million records across the world. Shakira started her professional music career at age thirteen. The album, which shaped her signature blend of Latin, Arabic and rock influences, sold more than three million copies worldwide.
Grammy-winning pop singer Shakira was born in Barranquilla, Colombia, on February 2, She is of Lebanese, Spanish and Italian descent. Shakira began her musical career at the age of 12 and quickly captured fans around the world. Sign In. Edit Shakira. Showing all items. Named her album "Laundry Service" because when she is in love she feels "clean and fresh". Fluent in English and Portuguese, in addition to her native Spanish. She also speaks some Italian and French. Portuguese was the first language she learned after Spanish.