Shakira, the talented and fierce Aquarius artist from Barranquilla, turns 46 on February 2nd, celebrating with her loved ones. Shakira is renowned for her exceptional cross-over skills in music, with seven Spanish albums and four English albums under her belt. Her contribution to the music industry has made her a trailblazer. Shakira’s success story began at the age of 13, when she started recording with Sony Music Colombia. In addition to her musical achievements, Shakira is also a successful entrepreneur and devoted mother. As she reaches this significant birthday milestone, we take a moment to recognize some of the incredible things she accomplished before turning 46. From her early days as a little she-wolf pup to becoming a fierce “Loba,” Shakira has undoubtedly made an indelible mark on the world.
Shakira, the talented artist, first gained popularity in Hispanic countries with her third and fourth albums, Pies Descalzos (1995) and Dónde Están los Ladrones? (1998). But it was her fifth album, Laundry Service (2001), that helped her break into the English-language market and sell over 13 million copies worldwide. Her hit songs “Whenever, Wherever” and “Underneath Your Clothes” solidified Shakira’s position as a top crossover artist and opened doors for other Latino singers to follow in her footsteps.
For years now, Shakira has been a dominant figure in the music industry with her impressive collection of albums. Her Spanish-language albums like Fijación Oral, Vol. 1 (2005), Sale el Sol (2010), and El Dorado (2017) have achieved immense success, topping the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart and receiving certification from the Recording Industry Association of America. On the other hand, her English-language albums like Oral Fixation, Vol. 2 (2005), She Wolf (2009), and Shakira (2014) have received accolades too, being certified gold, platinum, or multi-platinum. Her songs such as “La Tortura,” “Hips Don’t Lie,” “Beautiful Liar,” “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa),” “Loca,” “Chantaje,” and “Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 53” have also topped the charts, making her a household name in the music industry.
Shakira has an impressive music catalog with over 145 songs credited to her name. Her albums have exceeded sales of 80 million records, placing her among the highest-selling music artists in the world. Recognized for her musical talent, she has been presented with various awards, which include three Grammy Awards, twelve Latin Grammy Awards, four MTV Video Music Awards, seven Billboard Music Awards, and thirty-nine Billboard Latin Music Awards. Shakira also holds six Guinness World Records and was bestowed with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Shakira, the renowned musician from Colombia, has made significant strides in the music world. Her impressive talent has earned her numerous accolades, including being the most-watched Latin female artist and one of the top 10 artists on YouTube with a staggering 20 billion views. Additionally, Shakira has become the most-streamed female Latin artist on Spotify, and in 2018, she was named the highest-streamed Latin artist on the platform.
Shakira’s success didn’t slow down in 2020, as she became the first female artist to have four songs from different decades with over 100 million streams on Spotify. One of her most popular tracks, “Shakira: Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 53,” featuring Bizarrap, also made headlines by topping the Spotify Top 50 Global chart.
Moreover, Shakira’s collaboration broke records by becoming the Latin song with the most streams in a single day and breaking the record for the most streams by a track on a given day in Spain and Colombia. In conclusion, Shakira is an exceptional artist who has accomplished many remarkable feats in the music industry.
Shakira, a renowned musician, served as a mentor on two seasons of The Voice, a widely popular American singing competition. Her aim was to impart her knowledge to budding performers and aid them in achieving success in the competitive music business.
Shakira has been actively involved in philanthropic pursuits via her Barefoot Foundation, which endaors to enhance the education and social welfare of children in Colombia. Her initiatives are in sync with the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals, and she has achieved remarkable progress in providing top-quality education to disadvantaged children in her native land for two decades.
The Halftime Show during the 2020 Super Bowl LIV was a huge success, largely due to the phenomenal performances of Shakira and Jennifer Lopez. These dynamic Latina singers brought their A-game to Miami Gardens, Florida, bringing with them an unparalleled energy, cultural diversity, and mesmerizing moves. It’s no wonder that their amazing show has become the most-watched Super Bowl video ever, racking up more than 260 million views. In fact, their performance makes up over 25% of the total 971 million views of the top 10 most viewed Super Bowl videos.
Great news for Shakira enthusiasts! The GRAMMY Museum is putting up an exhibition named Shakira, Shakira: The GRAMMY Museum Experience to celebrate the renowned singer’s remarkable career. This exhibit, commencing on March 4th, will showcase Shakira’s incredible talent as a singer, songwriter, producer, dancer, visual artist, and philanthropist. Guests will have the opportunity to delve into her musical journey, which began in Barranquilla, Colombia, as a Latin rock vocalist and later developed into a global icon who experimented with various genres such as bhangra, bachata, rock, and reggaeton. The exhibit will emphasize how Shakira integrated cultural elements into all facets of her work, from music videos to live shows and world tours. If you are an admirer of this amazing artist, this exhibit is guaranteed to be a captivating experience!