Shakira finds her Voice (Updated May 15, 2013)
The Columbian-born singer/songwriter known only as Shakira is a true renaissance women. A multi-instrumentalist, producer, poet, philanthropist and, lest we forget, dancer, Shakira first gained fame in Latin America selling millions of records before extending her musical reach throughout the globe. One of entertainment's most electrifying performers, Shakira is the definition of a force of nature. After making the decision to produce her own brand of music beginning in 1995, she released two separate albums that were both a critical and commercial success in Latin America and Spain. Her first English single, "Whenever, Wherever" became the best-selling single of 2002, and the release of her album, "Laundry Service" sold over 20 million copies worldwide.
Extensive touring to support "Laundry Service" covered North and South America as well as Europe and Asia. It was at this point that Shakira took a self-imposed break from the road in order to begin the writing process for her next release. Out of the 60 songs she had ready to go, 20 were eventually selected and divided up by language to make two different albums – the Spanish-language "Fijacion Oral, Vol. 1" and the English-language project "Oral Fixation, Vol. 2." When sales slowed and that album was rereleased, it included the bonus track, "Hips Don't Lie," which shot to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and was one of the summer's biggest hits.
Shakira inked a ten-year contract with Live Nation in 2008, becoming one of the top-earning female musicians in history. Her sixth studio album, "She Wolf," was completed in 2009, receiving critical praise and moving roughly 2 million units worldwide. The following year her song "Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)" was chosen as the official song for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and a bi-lingual project called "Sale el Sol" gained back her Latin following.
In 2012 Shakira made Forbes magazine's list of the world's 100 most powerful women, coming in at No. 40. It was the first time into the ranking for the songstress, who is on the verge of singing a $60 million contract for her next three albums and tours. A new single called "I Dare You" hit the web on August 24th when it was leaked by Perez Hilton.
The next month, Shakira made headlines as she was chosen to become one of the four judges on the panel for NBC's smash "The Voice." Alongside Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Usher, she stepped in to fill the void left by Christina Aguilera, who left the show to promote new material.
Shakira, who jets back and forth between LA and Barcelona to be part of the show, took no time off heading into 2013 as she prepared to give birth to her first child. Now, she's learning how to balance her demanding work schedule with being a new mom. She recently made headlines for discussing her post-baby body and wondering, "Will I ever be sexy again?"
As of May, the singer had not announced any plans for upcoming concert dates.
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