Her paternal grandparents emigrated from Lebanon to New York City, where her father was born. From her mother, she has Spanish Catalan and Castilian   and Italian  ancestry. She was raised Catholic and attended Catholic schools. As she was growing up, she was fascinated watching her father writing stories on a typewriter , and asked for one as a Christmas gift. She got that typewriter at the age of seven, and has continued writing poetry since then. These poems eventually evolved into songs.
She enjoyed singing for schoolmates and teachers and even the nuns at her Catholic school, but in second grade, she was rejected for the school choir because her vibrato was too strong. The music teacher told her that she sounded "like a goat". The images stayed with her, and she said to herself: Vargas held Shakira in high regard and, returning to the Sony office, gave the cassette to a song and artist director.
However, the director was not overly excited and thought Shakira was something of "a lost cause". He arranged for Sony Colombia executives to arrive at the audition, with the idea of surprising them with Shakira's performance. She performed three songs for the executives and impressed them enough for her to be signed to record three albums.
Magia and Peligro Shakira's debut album, Magia , was recorded with Sony Music Colombia in when she was only 13 years old. The album was released in June and featured "Magia" and three other singles.
Though it fared well on Colombian radio and gave the young Shakira much exposure, the album did not fare well commercially as only 1, copies were sold worldwide. The festival gave aspiring Latin American singers a chance to perform their songs, and the winner was then chosen by a panel of judges.
Shakira performed the ballad "Eres" "You Are" and won the trophy for third place. One of the judges who voted for her to win was the then 20 year old Ricky Martin ,  whose initial prominence had come from his membership in Menudo. Shakira's second studio album, titled Peligro , was released in March, but Shakira was not pleased with the final result, mainly taking issue with the production.
The album was better received than Magia had been, though it was also considered a commercial failure due to Shakira's refusal to advertise or promote it. Shakira then decided to take a hiatus from recording so that she could graduate from high school.
Latin breakthrough Main articles: Ochoa, using musical influences from a number of countries and an Alanis Morissette -oriented persona which affected two of her next albums. The album, Pies Descalzos , was released in February It debuted at number one in eight different countries.
Billboard but reached number five on the U. Billboard Top Latin Albums chart. Latin chart, " Un Poco de Amor " which reached number six on the U. Latin chart, and " Se quiere, Se Mata " which reached number eight on the U. The tour consisted of 20 shows and ended in The Remixes also included Portuguese versions of some of her well-known songs, which were recorded as a result of her success in the Brazilian market, where Pies Descalzos sold nearly one million copies. This, produced entirely by Shakira herself and Emilio Estefan, Jr.
The album, inspired by an incident in an airport in which a suitcase filled with her written lyrics was stolen, became a bigger hit than Pies Descalzos. The album has reached a peak position of number on the U. Billboard and held the top spot on the U. Latin Albums chart for 11 weeks. It has since sold over 10 million copies worldwide  and 1.
The latter two songs won Shakira one Latin Grammy each, with six of the eight singles reaching the top 40 on the U. Highly acclaimed by American critics, it is rated as one of her best-ever live performances. English transition with Laundry Service Main articles: The song took heavy influence from Andean music , including the charango and panpipes in its instrumentation.
It became an international success by reaching number one in most countries. It was also her first success in the U. The album debuted at number three on the U. Billboard chart, selling over , records in its first week. Because the album was created for the English-language market, the rock and Spanish dance-influenced album gained mild critical success, with some critics claiming that her English skills were too weak for her to write songs for it; Rolling Stone , for one, stated that "she sounds downright silly" or "Shakira's magic is lost in translation".
The album earned her the title as the biggest Latin female crossover artist in the world. In November, she embarked on the Tour of the Mongoose with 61 shows occurring by May The lead single from the album, " La Tortura ", reached the top 40 on the Hot The song also featured the Spanish balladeer Alejandro Sanz.
Contrary to low expectations,[ citation needed ] the album was extremely well received. It debuted at number four on the Billboard chart, selling , copies in its first week.
It has since sold over two million copies in the U. Due to its first week sales, the album became the highest debut ever for a Spanish language album. After only a day of release in Latin America, the album earned certifications. In Venezuela, it earned a Platinum certification, in Colombia, a triple Platinum certification, while in Mexico demand exceeded shipments and the album was unavailable after only one day of release.
The album sold over one million copies in three days worldwide. Four other singles were also released from the album. It did, however, reach the top 20 in most countries worldwide. Shakira's second English studio album and seventh studio album, Oral Fixation, Vol. The album debuted at number five on the Billboard , selling , copies in its first week. The album has gone on to sell 1. The song went on to become the highest selling single of the 21st century   and became Shakira's first number one single on the Billboard Hot , in addition to reaching number one in over 55 countries.
Shakira later released the third and final single from the album, " Illegal ", which featured Carlos Santana , in November She then embarked on the Oral Fixation Tour , which began in June The tour consisted of shows between June and July and visited six continents. In April , the single jumped 91 positions, from 94 to three, on the Billboard Hot chart, setting the record for the largest upward movement in the history of the chart at the time.
It was also number one on the official UK Singles Chart. Shakira was also featured on Annie Lennox 's song " Sing ", from the album Songs of Mass Destruction , which also features other 23 other female singers. The song was featured on Wyclef Jean's album Carnival Vol. Memoirs of an Immigrant. She Wolf Shakira at the Rock in Rio festival in In early , Forbes named Shakira the fourth top-earning female artist in music industry.
It also charted inside the top five in Spain, Germany and the United Kingdom. It debuted at number fifteen on the Billboard She Wolf was certified double-platinum in Colombia and Mexico, platinum in Italy and Spain, and gold in numerous countries including France and the United Kingdom.
It became the biggest-selling World Cup song of all time. The album received critical acclaim and was included in AllMusic's "Favorite Albums of " and "Favorite Latin Albums of " year-end lists. In the United States, it debuted at number seven on the US Billboard chart marking the highest debut for a Latin album for the year  and was Shakira's fifth album to peak at number one. The lead single, " Loca ", was number one in many countries.
The album had sold over 1 million copies worldwide in 6 weeks,  and over 4 million since its release. The tour was met with positive reactions from critics, who praised Shakira's stage presence and energy during her performances. The single was released on 28 June Shakira announced that she would focus on her new album in the fall and eventually returned for the show's sixth season in February Shakira at a press conference for the FIFA World Cup closing ceremony Shakira originally planned to release her new album in , but due to her pregnancy, plans to release the single and video were postponed.
Commercially the album debuted at number two on the US Billboard chart with first week sales of 85, copies. By doing so, Shakira became the singer's highest-charting album on the chart, although it also achieved her lowest first-week sales figure for an English-language album.
The album spawned three singles. El Dorado Shakira began work on her eleventh studio album in the beginning of On 28 October , Shakira released the single " Chantaje " with Colombian singer Maluma ; though the song was a track from Shakira's upcoming eleventh studio album, it was not intended to be the lead single.
Shakira also released the song "Perro Fiel" as a promotional single for the album on 25 May The Latin American dates are expected to be announced later on. Artistry Shakira in On her music, Shakira has said that, "my music, I think, is a fusion of many different elements. And I'm always experimenting. So I try not to limit myself, or put myself in a category, or Her cross-over English album, Laundry Service and later albums were influenced by pop rock and pop Latino.
I'm a fusion between black and white, between pop and rock, between cultures — between my Lebanese father and my mother's Spanish blood, the Colombian folklore and Arab dance I love and American music.
Tango , a style of fast-paced ballroom dance that originated in Argentina , is evident on "Objection Tango ", which also combines elements of rock and roll. Problems playing this file?