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Shakira performing on stage in Toronto, Canada in 2018 for her El Dorado World Tour.

Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll (/ʃəˈkɪərə/; Spanish: [ʃaˈkiɾa]; born 2 February 1977), better known professionally as Shakira, is a Colombian singer, songwriter, dancer, businesswoman, and philanthropist. Born and raised in Barranquilla, she began performing in school, demonstrating Latin American, Arabic, and rock and roll influences and belly dancing abilities. Shakira's first studio albums, Magia and Peligro, failed to attain commercial success in the 1990s; however, she rose to prominence in Latin America with her major-label debut, Pies Descalzos (1996), and her fourth album, Dónde Están los Ladrones? (1998). As of 2001, she had sold over 10 million albums alone in Latin America.

Shakira entered the English-language market with her fifth album, Laundry Service in 2001. Its lead single, "Whenever, Wherever", became one of the most successful singles of 2002. Her success was solidified with her sixth and seventh albums Fijación Oral, Volumen Uno and Oral Fixation, Volume Two (2005), the latter of which spawned the best selling single of the 2000s, "Hips Don't Lie". Shakira's eighth and ninth albums, She Wolf (2009) and Sale el Sol (2010), received critical praise. Her official song for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)", became the biggest-selling World Cup song of all time with 10 million downloads. With over 2 billion views, it is one of the most viewed music videos on YouTube. She has four of the twenty top-selling hits of the 2000s, more than any other artist. Shakira served as a coach on the fourth and sixth seasons of the American version of The Voice in 2013 and 2014, respectively. Her tenth album, Shakira (2014), was preceded by its lead single, "Can't Remember to Forget You". Her eleventh album El Dorado is one of the most streamed albums of all time with over 7 billion streams on YouTube and Spotify combined, making her the most streamed female in 2017 across the globe.

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Laundry Service (Spanish: Servicio de Lavandería) is the fifth studio album by Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira and is her first studio album to be primarily recorded in English. After the release of her fourth studio album Dónde Están los Ladrones?, which became a huge success in Latin America, Shakira was encouraged by American singer Gloria Estefan to record songs in English as she believed the singer had the potential to crossover into the English-language pop market. Shakira was initially hesitant to undertake the project, but later decided to learn English well enough to be able to write songs in the language herself. The album was entitled Laundry Service to reflect Shakira's views on love and music and was globally released on 13 November 2001 by Epic Records. It was also released as Servicio de Lavandería in Latin American regions like Mexico and Spain. Laundry Service is primarily a pop rock record but also experiments with a variety of musical styles including Andean music, dance-pop, Middle Eastern music, rock and roll and tango. The lyrical theme of the album is mostly based around love and romance. Every song on the album was written and produced by Shakira.

Upon its release, Laundry Service received favourable to mixed reviews from music critics. Many critics complimented Shakira's incorporation of different musical styles in the production and her originality, while some critics argued that the album sounded too generic. A few critics also praised Shakira's vocal talent. Commercially, Laundry Service became a massive international success. The album peaked atop the charts of countries including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada and Switzerland, while reaching the top five in other countries like Argentina, France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom. In the United States, Laundry Service peaked at number three on the Billboard 200 chart. The album received numerous record certifications in various countries, including quintuple-platinum certifications in Australia, Canada, Spain and Switzerland. It has also been certified multi-platinum in the United Kingdom and the United States. The album also spawned the highly successful singles "Whenever, Wherever" and "Underneath Your Clothes", both of which have been identified as one of Shakira's signature songs. With worldwide sales exceeding 13 million, Laundry Service is Shakira's highest selling album as of today and led to the singer being deemed one of the most successful crossover artists of all times.

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"Loca" (English: "Crazy") is a song by Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira, taken from her seventh studio album Sale el Sol (2010). It was released by Epic Records as the lead single from the album. The Spanish-language version features Dominican rapper El Cata, and was released on September 10, 2010, while the English-language version features British rapper Dizzee Rascal, and was released on September 13, 2010. It was written and produced by Shakira, with additional songwriting from Edward Bello, Armando Pérez, and Dylan Mills. The song is a Latin pop and merengue track that lyrically describes Shakira's eccentric infatuation with a man. "Loca" received positive reviews from music critics, who complimented the inclusion of merengue music on the recording. The single attained worldwide commercial success, eventually receiving a diamond certification in Colombia, and double-platinum certifications in Mexico and Spain.

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The Sun Comes Out World Tour (also known as the Sale el Sol World Tour) was the fifth concert tour by Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira, launched in support of her eighth and ninth studio albums, She Wolf (2009) and Sale El Sol (2010). The tour was divided into three legs: a North American leg, a European leg, and a Latin American leg. The North American leg visited cities such as New York, Houston, and Los Angeles. The European leg appeared in cities such as Lyon, London, and Paris. It also visited countries such as Croatia, Russia, Spain and Switzerland. The Latin American leg of the tour was a part of the Pop Festival, which was heralded as an initiative to bring international music stars to Latin America. Venues at countries like Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico were decided for the Latin American leg to visit. The setlist of the tour was composed of songs taken primarily from Shakira's ninth studio album Sale el Sol and She Wolf (2009); the other songs were taken from her previous studio efforts. The stage was shaped like the letter "T" to enable a maximum number of viewers to see Shakira easily. A large screen was set behind the stage, on which various visuals, designed by entertainment branding agency Loyalkaspar, were projected. For the performances, Shakira mainly wore a mesh gold crop top coupled with skin-tight leather pants. Other attires Shakira wore during the concert shows included a hooded pink gown, a flamenco-skirt, and a feathery blue dress.

The concert shows were well received by critics, many of whom praised the charisma Shakira displayed during the performances. Commercially, the tour was a success. It ranked at number 40 on Pollstar's 2010 year-end "Top 50 North American Tours" list as it grossed a total of $16.9 million in the continent, with total ticket sales amounting up to 524,723. The tour was a bigger success worldwide, ranking at number 20 on Pollstar's 2011 "Top 25 Worldwide Tours" with a total gross of $53.2 million and ticket sales amounting up to 692,064. A live album of the show held at the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy in Paris, France, was released as Shakira: Live from Paris, on December 5, 2011.

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