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Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll (pronounced [ʃaˈkiɾa isaˈβel meβa'ɾak riˈpol]; born February 2, 1977), known professionally as Shakira (English: /ʃəˈkɪərə/, Spanish: [ʃaˈkiɾa]), is a Colombian singer-songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer, and model. Born and raised in Barranquilla, she began performing in school, demonstrating Latin, Arabic, and rock and roll influences and belly dancing abilities. Shakira released her first studio albums, Magia and Peligro, in the early 1990s, failing to attain commercial success; 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).

Shakira entered the English-language market with her fifth album, Laundry Service (2001), which has sold over 13 million copies worldwide. Its lead single, "Whenever, Wherever", topped the singles charts of various countries across the globe. Her success was solidified with her sixth and seventh albums Fijación Oral, Vol. 1 and Oral Fixation, Vol. 2 (2005), the latter of which spawned the massive-hit, "Hips Don't Lie". Shakira's eighth studio effort She Wolf (2009) deviated from the Latin pop and pop rock musical styles that had dominated her previous work and instead explored genres like electropop and world. Although successful in numerous European and Latin American countries, it performed poorly in the United States. She returned to commercial prominence with the release of "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)", the official anthem of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which became a worldwide hit and the biggest-selling World Cup song of all time. With over 500 million views, its music video is the sixth most-watched video on YouTube. Shakira's global success continued with the release of her ninth album Sale el Sol; it garnered critical acclaim and peaked atop multiple record charts. Since 2013, Shakira has served as a coach on the American version of The Voice, although she temporarily left the series during the fifth season.

Shakira has won many awards including five MTV Video Music Awards, two Grammy Awards, ten Latin Grammy Awards, seven Billboard Music Awards, twenty-eight Billboard Latin Music Awards, and has also been nominated for a Golden Globe. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and she is the highest-selling Colombian artist of all time, having sold over seventy million albums and fifty million singles. Her US album sales stand at 9.9 million. Outside of her work in the music industry, Shakira is also involved in philanthropic activities through charity work and benefit concerts, notably her Pies Descalzos Foundation, her performance at the "Clinton Global Initiative" created by former US President Bill Clinton, and her invitation to the Oval Office by US President Barack Obama in February 2010 to discuss early childhood development.


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Sale el sol ([The Sun Comes Out] error: {{lang-xx}}: text has italic markup (help)) is the ninth studio album by Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira, released on October 19, 2010, by Epic Records. Released following the worldwide success of "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)", the official anthem song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Sale el Sol is Shakira's return to her "roots" after the electropop record She Wolf (2009). According to Shakira, the album is split into three "directions": a romantic side, a "rock and roll" side, and a "Latino, tropical" side. The latter two "directions" experiment with rock and merengue music, respectively. As co-producer, Shakira enlisted collaborators including Josh Abraham, El Cata, Gustavo Cerati, John Hill, Lester Mendez, and Residente Calle 13.

Upon its release, Sale el Sol was met with critical acclaim by music critics, many of whom specifically enjoyed the merengue-influenced production of the album. At the 2011 Latin Grammy Awards ceremony, Sale el Sol won the award for "Best Female Pop Vocal Album". The album was a worldwide commercial success and peaked atop the charts of various countries including Belgium, Croatia, France, Mexico, Portugal and Spain. Sale el Sol attained numerous record certifications in several regions, including diamond certifications in France and Colombia.



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"She Wolf" is a song by Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira, taken from her sixth studio album She Wolf (2009). It was released on July 10, 2009, by Epic Records as the lead single from the album. The song was written by Shakira, John Hill, and Sam Endicott. Shakira and Hill also served as the producers for the song. A Spanish-language translation of the song titled "Loba", which features additional lyrical contributions by Jorge Drexler, was also released earlier on July 6. Musically, "She Wolf" is a disco and hi-NRG-inspired electropop track that details Shakira's boredom due to her uncaring partner, and how she looks for others to please her. In addition to favourable reviews from critics, the single was a commercial success, going platinum in Italy and the United States, and double-platinum in Spain.


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Elixir is a women's fragrance by Colombian singer songwriter Shakira, developed in a collaboration with international fashion company Puig. After the release of her first two fragrances, Puig enlisted several perfumers to work on Shakira's third fragrance, which she claimed would capture her "most sensual and exotic side." The final product was Elixir, an oriental perfume based on various spicy and woody sources. The flacon of the perfume is inspired by apothecary bottles and is made to resemble a magical potion, featuring a light golden colour scheme.

Shakira launched the fragrance at a press release in São Paulo, Brazil, in July 2012. Additionally, Jaume de Laiguana directed a commercial for the fragrance, which was filmed in the Sahara desert in Morocco. In August 2013, Wild Elixir was released as a flanker fragrance to Elixir. The floral oriental perfume is similar to the original one in appearance but features a variation in the colour scheme. It was promoted through a commercial which features Shakira encountering two cheetahs in an arid landscape.



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