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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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Pies Descalzos ([Bare Feet] error: {{lang-xx}}: text has italic markup (help)) is the third studio album and major-label debut by Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira, released on February 20, 1996, by Sony Music and Columbia Records. Its music incorporates Latin pop styles, additionally experimenting with pop rock elements. Looking to revive her struggling career after the commercial failures of her first two studio efforts Magia and Peligro, she assumed a prominent position in its production. As executive producer, Luis Fernando Ochoa co-wrote and co-produced each of the eleven tracks on the record with Shakira.

In retrospect, Pies Descalzos received generally favorable reviews from music critics, who complimented it as a strong debut showing. Commercially, the project became Shakira's breakthrough record, with which she established notability throughout Latin America. It was awarded the "Diamond Prism" in her native Colombia, acknowledging one million copies sold in the nation. The album additionally peaked at numbers three and five on the US Billboard Latin Pop Albums and Latin Albums component charts, respectively. It was later certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). To date, the record has sold over five million copies worldwide.



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"Estoy Aquí" (English: "I'm Here") is a song by Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira, taken from her debut studio album Pies Descalzos. It was released in 1996 by Sony Music and Columbia Records as the lead single from the album. The song was written and produced by Shakira and Luis Fernando Ochoa. "Estoy Aquí" is a Latin pop song that lyrically discusses a willingness to correct a failed relationship. Upon its release, "Estoy Aquí" received generally favorable reviews from music critics, who recognized it as a stand-out track from Pies Descalzos. Additionally, it became Shakira's first recording to attain commercial success. Its performance aided its parent album in becoming her breakthrough record, which eventually attained platinum certifications in Brazil, Colombia, and the United States.


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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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