Shakira is the most successful Latin American female pop artist in the music history. She is often called Latin Madonna for her impressive record sales in Central and South America. However, the beginning of her music career was not smooth, which she mentions very rarely and prefers not to talk about it. Her international success starts from her third album Pies Descalzos, which was a breakthrough in 1996 in the Americas.

Full name: Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll
Date of birth: February 2, 1977
Place of birth: Barranquilla, Colombia
Parents: William Mebarak and Nidia Ripoll
Citizenship: Colombia
Social status: Single (fiancé – Antonio De La Rua, son of ex-president of Argentina, 2000-2010;
Gerard Pique, FC Barcelona player, officially since 2011)
Place of residence: Spain, Bahamas, USA, Dominican Republic, Colombia and Uruguay
Occupation: Singer-songwriter
Music style: Pop-rock, Latin
Studio albums: Magia (1991)
Peligro (1993)
Pies Descalzos (1995)
Dónde Están Los Ladrones? (1998)
Laundry Service (2001)
Fijación Oral, Vol. 1 (2005)
Oral Fixation, Vol. 2 (2005)
She Wolf (2009)
Sale El Sol (2010)
Shakira. (2014)
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First song: Gafas Oscuras (1985)
Worldwide record sales: Over 70 million copies
Duets with other singers: Joe Arroyo
Melissa Etheridge
Mary J. Blige
Alejandro Sanz
Gustavo Cerati
Wyclef Jean
Miguel Bosé
Annie Lennox
Dizzee Rascal
El Cata
Ivete Sangalo

Worlwide travel: Over 50 countries
Acting: Main act in Colombian telenovella “El Oasis” (1994) (as Luisa-Maria)
Charity: Pies Descalzos Foundation (established in 1997) to aid Colombian children suffering from civil was violence. UNICEF Good Will Ambassador since 2003. Foundation ALAS (Artistas Latinos in Acción Solidaria) since 2006