Shakira is a well-known, multi-talented celebrity from Colombia. You’ve had the chance of seeing her everywhere, either singing or dancing, but usually both! Her song was “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” – an official song for the FIFA World Cup in 2010. You might remember the tune even today because it’s the biggest-selling World Cup song of all time. Her career is still on the rise, despite having a happy family life with her husband, Gerard Pique, and two children. Shakira has received five MTV Video Music Awards, three Grammy, and twelve Latin Grammy Award and sold millions of records in the United States alone.
|Full Name||Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll|
|Profession||Dancer, Singer, Songwriter, Model, Record Producer|
|Net Worth||2015 – $220 Million|
|Build||Athletic / Slim|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
|Hair Color||Dyed Blonde (Natural Color – Brown)|
|Date of Birth||February 02, 1977|
|Birth Place||Barranquilla, Colombia|
|Marital Status||Not Married|
|Fan Mail Address||Shakira|
New York, NY 10018-3410
|School||La Ensenanza School|
|College||University of California|
|Educational Qualification||High School|
|Best Friends||Gordon Brown, Rihanna, Blake Shelton, Carson Daly|
|Social Media Profiles||Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube VEVO, Tumblr, Pinterest, Google+ VEVO, iTunes|
|Debut Album||Magia in 1991|
|Famous For||Hip and Belly Dancing, “Hips Don’t Lie” song|
|Salary||She received around $2,500,000 a month in 2016|
|Father||William Mebarak Chadid|
|Siblings||None (8 half-siblings)|
|Children||Milan Pique Mebarak, Sasha Pique Mebarak|
|Hobbies||Painting, Horse Riding, Reading|
|Brand Endorsements||Panasonic, Reebok, Crest, Oral B|
|Likes and Dislikes|
|Cars||BMW X6, Mercedes Benz S600, Mercedes Benz SL550, Mercedes Benz SLK 250|
It all started way back in 1977 in Colombia when she was an only child to her parents. Shakira’s name in Arabic means grateful, and she certainly lives up to her name. Despite having millions of fans all over the social media, and a big presence, she has remained humble, and takes part in charities, and ever started her own. Her love for music started when her father bought a typewriter, and she started writing poetry on her own. The poetry evolved into songs gradually, as Shakira was able to express how she feels.
Her fame started when she was 10, and continued up to the age of 13 when she was introduced to a local theater producer, Monica Ariza. Monica played a key part in her career after setting her up with Sony Colombia executives, which signed Shakira to record three albums. Her first album was Magia and was recorded when she was 13, like we previously mentioned, and was a collection of songs she wrote herself, in pop-rock ballad genre. However, only 1200 copies were sold, and she decided to go for a second a little later, called Peligro. Controversy followed, as Shaki had issues with the production, and refused to advertise and promote it, and it was considered a commercial failure.
She decided to take a hiatus from music, and graduate from high school while taking a role in TV series called The Oasis. Shakira couldn’t stay away from music for a long time, and in 1995 she came back to record a debut album under a major recording company, Sony Music. It was called Pies Descalzos, and released in 1996, reaching the fifth place on U.S. Billboard Top Latin Albums, but 186th on U.S. Billboard 200 list. However, that started Shakira’s international tours and brought her to where she is today. All the years after 2005 were a huge success for her, both on a professional and a personal level. In 2005 she released her sixth album, and we know a song called La Tortura from there.
The album was well received and brought Shakira four Latin Grammy Awards. The year 2008 was extremely important, as she became fourth top-earning music industry female artist, which lead her to sing a $300 million a year contract with Live Nation, for her to tour around the world for the next ten years. In 2013 and 2014 she was a coach in The Voice, and her music career plans were delayed by her first son’s pregnancy. However, Shakira continued her success by teaming up with Rihanna to record a single called “Can’t Remember to Forget You”, which was a big success, and performed at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
|1991||Cazador de Amor|
|1991||Esta Noche Voy Contigo|
|1991||Lejos de tu Amor|
|1991||Necesito de Ti|
|1993||Controlas Mi Destino|
|1993||Este Amor Es Lo Más Bello del Mundo|
|1993||Tú Serás la Historia de Mi Vida|
|1996||Amor (Celos de ti)|
|1996||Dónde Estás Corazón?|
|1996||Estou Aqui (Brazilian Edition)|
|1996||Pienso en Ti|
|1996||Pies Descalzos, Sueños Blancos|
|1996||Se Quiere, Se Mata|
|1996||Te Espero Sentada|
|1996||Um Pouco De Amor|
|1996||Un Poco de Amor|
|1998||Dónde Están los Ladrones?|
|1998||Moscas en la Casa|
|1998||Si Te Vas|
|1998||Sombra de Ti|
|2001||El Último Adiós (The Last Goodbye)|
|2001||Eyes Like Yours (Ojos Así)|
|2001||Poem to a Horse|
|2001||Que Me Quedes Tú|
|2001||Ready for the Good Times|
|2001||Te Aviso, Te Anuncio (Tango)|
|2001||Te Dejo Madrid|
|2001||Underneath Your Clothes|
|2002||Always on My Mind|
|2003||Ask for More|
|2003||Knock on My Door|
|2003||Pídeme el Sol|
|2003||Todo Para Ti|
|2003||What More Can I Give|
|2004||Back in Black|
|2005||Costumes Makes the Clown|
|2005||Dia de Enero|
|2005||Dreams for Plans|
|2005||En Tus Pupilas|
|2005||How Do You Do|
|2005||Las de la Intuición|
|2005||Obtener un Sí|
|2005||The Day and the Time|
|2006||Hips Don’t Lie|
|2006||Será, Será (Las Caderas no Mienten)|
|2007||Intro / El Nay A’atini Nay|
|2007||King and Queen|
|2007||Si Tú No Vuelves|
|2007||Te Lo Agradezco, Pero No|
|2009||Did It Again|
|2009||Did It Again (Remix)|
|2009||Give It Up to Me|
|2009||Lo Hecho Está Hecho|
|2009||Lo Hecho Está Hecho (Pitbull)|
|2009||Men in This Town|
|2010||Addicted to You (Shakira song)|
|2010||Antes de las Seis|
|2010||Gracias a la Vida|
|2010||I’ll Stand by You|
|2010||Lo Que Más|
|2010||Loca (Dizzee Rascal)|
|2010||Loca (El Cata)|
|2010||Rabiosa (El Cata)|
|2010||Sale el Sol|
|2010||Somos El Mundo 25 Por Haiti|
|2010||Waka Waka (Esto Es África)|
|2010||Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)|
|2010||Waka Waka (Esto Es África) (K-Mix)|
|2010||Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) (K-Mix)|
|2011||Je L’aime à Mourir|
|2011||Nothing Else Matters/Despedida|
|2014||Boig per Tu|
|2014||Can’t Remember to Forget You (Rihanna)|
|2014||Cut Me Deep|
|2014||Dare (La La La)|
|2014||La La La|
|2014||La La La (Brasil 2014)|
|2014||La La La (Brasil 2014) (Spanish Version)|
|2014||Loca por Ti|
|2014||Nunca Me Acuerdo de Olvidarte|
|2014||The One Thing|
Like any other popular singers including Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, Beyonce, Shakira also have numerous albums and songs written and sang by her. The popular songs like the 2010 FIFA World cum theme song, Waka Waka, made her the favorite singer of many music lovers. Her contributions to the music industry shine even after years of releasing those amazing songs.
Fast forward to 2016 and Shakira was preparing her eleventh studio album, later called El Dorado, with Colombian singers Carlos Vives and Malume. In 2017 she released “Me Enamoré” and “Perro Fiel”. She announced a World Tour in June of 2017, too, sponsored by Rakuten. Even though it began, she had voice strain problems and had to postpone it. Later that year she announced she had a vocal cold hemorrhage and had to rest her voice until 2018. Today, it’s still not known when exactly the tour starts, but we’re happy for Shakira taking care of herself and her voice. She had a second son with Gerard Pique, called Sasha Pique Mebarak, and family should come first. Whenever it happens, fans are waiting with open arms for her comeback.
- She likes to watch horror movies and likes to paint in her free time.
- Doesn’t like alcohol, jewelry, coffee, or candy.
- Shakira likes history, and attended UCLA world history classes in 2007. She even masked herself as a boy to enjoy anonymity, to rest from a big tour.
- John Lennon influenced her music early on.
- Big lover of animals, rides horses, has rabbits and three dogs – Coquito, Chan, Gordita.
- Humble and a big philanthropist, founded “Pies Descalzos Foundation” (has an album with that name). The charity is mainly intended towards children that are poor and living in Colombia.
- Shakira has her own beauty line “S by Shakira”. It started in 2010 as a collaboration with a company called Puig.
- Shaki was a model herself, but her cousin, Valerie Dominguez, was Miss Colombia from 2005 to 2006.