Usher, Shakira Sign On as Coaches for ‘The Voice’
: September 18, 2012
With confirmation of the next “American Idol” judges panel over the weekend, it looks like “The Voice” didn’t want to be left out as it announced its own panel shake up, ...
Shakira to Unleash ‘She Wolf’ on Upcoming Tour
: May 10, 2010
Initial dates have been announced for Shakira’s 2010 world tour to support “She Wolf,” her latest album released last year. The outing will be the singer’s first return to ...
The singer Shakira was born on February 2 1977 in Barranquilla, Columbia. During the early 1990s she emerged onto Latin America and Columbia's music scene. Shakira's first two albums with local producers were commercial flops. She then made the decision to producer her unique brand of music. Shakira released “Pies Descalzos” in 1995, which made her famous in Spain and Latin America. “Donde Estan los Ladrones,” her 1998 album, sold more than 10 million worldwide copies and was a critical success. “Whenever, Whenever,” Shakira's first English single, was released in 2001, followed by the album “Laundry Service.” The set sold more than 15 million worldwide copies. Two albums were released by Shakira in 2005: “Oral Fixation” Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, which included her top selling song “Hips Don't Lie.”
Shakira established Pies Descalzos Foundation in 1995. The Columbia charity helps special schools for children in poverty all across Columbia. Shakira over the course of her career has performed at many benefit concerts, including the 2005 Live 8 Benefit Concert, Hamburg's Concert of Live Earth, and at Bill Clinton's “Clinton Global Initiative.”
Shakira has won numerous awards, including two Grammys, seven Latin Grammys, twelve Billboard Latin Music honors and been nominated for a Golden Globe award. She is the all-time best selling artist from Columbia and second highest female Latin singer, trailing only Gloria Estefan. Over the course of her career she has sold more than 70 million worldwide albums and 10 million U.S. album sales.
Shakira released “She Wolf,” her sixth album, in 2009. Her song “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” became the 2010 FIFA World Cup's official song. “Sale el Sol,” Shakira's seventh album, was released in October 2010. It has sold more than 4 million worldwide copies.