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Shakira

Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll (born February 2, 1977), known professionally as Shakira is a Colombian singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, dancer, and philanthropist who emerged in the music scene of Colombia and Latin America in the early 1990s. Born and raised in Barranquilla, Colombia, Shakira revealed many of her talents in school as a live performer, demonstrating her vocal ability with rock and roll, Latin and Middle Eastern influences with her own original twist on belly dancing. Shakira is a native Spanish speaker and also speaks fluent English and Portuguese as well as some Italian, French and Arabic. After commercial flops with local producers on her first two albums, and being little-known outside Colombia, Shakira decided to produce her own brand of music. In 1995 she released Pies Descalzos, which brought her great fame in Latin America and Spain, and her 1998 album ¿Dónde Están los Ladrones? was a critical success selling over 10 million copies worldwide. In 2001, aided by the worldwide success of her first English single "Whenever, Wherever", she broke through into the English-speaking world with the release of Laundry Service, which sold over 15 million copies worldwide. Four years later, Shakira released two album projects called Fijación Oral Vol. 1 and Oral Fixation Vol. 2. Both reinforced her success, particularly with the best selling song of the 2000s, "Hips Don't Lie".

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Shakira Foundation Shimmies Up $45 Million for Charity

Shakira Foundation
Shimmies Up $45 Million For Charity

Her hips don't lie and neither does her wallet! Shapely Colombian pop singer Shakira dug deep in her foundation's bank account and donated $45 million to charity on Friday. The sexy singer… READ MORE >

Shakira's MySpace Access -- Denied!

Shakira's MySpace Access
Denied!

The "Beautiful Liar" was seen departing Koi in Los Angeles over the weekend, and while most fans were happily shouting and waving to Shaki, one fan was heard yelling, "I requested you on MySpace,… READ MORE >

- 2431 days ago
Penelope and Shakira Out Cruisin'

Penelope and Shakira
Out Cruisin'

It seems that Penelope Cruz is having trouble finding a date since she broke up with Matthew McConaughey -- so she's hitting the hip spots with her hip-shakin' girlfriend, Shakira! // The… READ MORE >

- 2495 days ago
Hollywood Zombies!

Hollywood
Zombies!

They're rich. They're famous. And they're dead! Thanks to our friends at HollywoodZombies.com, death has never been so stimulating. Visit "Cosmo Ghoul" Nicole Retchie, Sanjaya Malacarcass and… READ MORE >

- 2496 days ago
Gere to Indian 'Moral Police' -- Kiss My White A**

Gere to Indian 'Moral Police'
Kiss My White A**

Richard Gere isn't bothered that a warrant's out for his arrest in India, and he's accusing a "very small right-wing, very conservative" faction in the country for coming after him for his public… READ MORE >

- 2547 days ago
Wyclef is NUTS for Shakira

Wyclef
Is NUTS for Shakira

All that booty-shaking was a little too much for Wyclef to handle at last night's Grammy performance. The former Fugee couldn't keep his hands off of himself during the erotic performance --… READ MORE >

- 2621 days ago
Shakira -- Stay Away from My Mouth!

Shakira
Stay Away from My Mouth!

Shakira dashed out of a restaurant yesterday, covering her mouth like a doctor exposed to SARS. TMZ spotted the hip-shaker coming out of Il Cielo in Beverly Hills, using her scarf to hide the… READ MORE >

- 2625 days ago
Shakira: Heavy Metal Goddess

Shakira:
Heavy Metal Goddess

Colombian hip-shaking sensation Shakira was honored by her hometown of Barranquilla yesterday, with the unveiling of a 15-foot, six-ton iron statue of the singer. The statue does not gyrate.… READ MORE >

- 2708 days ago
Shakira Forgets Her Roots

Shakira
Forgets Her Roots

Rump shaking international singing sensation Shakira channeled her inner Marilyn Monroe while filming her upcoming music video for the song, "Illegal."Forgoing her usual popstar-fabulous look,… READ MORE >

- 2737 days ago
Shakira: Diva in the Heart of Texas

Shakira:
Diva in the Heart of Texas

No one is safe from the cold shoulder of Shakira. A source tells TMZ that the pop princess skipped out on meet-and-greets scheduled months ago with fans and local radio personalities on her latest… READ MORE >

- 2760 days ago

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