Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll known professionally as Shakira is a Lebanese-Colombian singer, songwriter, musician, record producer philanthropist and a dancer who emerged in the music scene of Colombia and Latin America in the early 1990s. Shakira revealed many of her talents in school as a live performer, demonstrating her vocal ability with rock & roll, Latin and Middle Eastern influences with her own original twist on belly dancing. She is the only child of Nidya del Carmen Ripoll Torrado and William Mebarak Chadid.
Shakira has told many interviewers that she has grown fond of listening to oriental music, which influenced many of her earlier works. For example, She has also been influenced by her Arab heritage, which was a major inspiration for her breakthrough world hit "Ojos Asi". As Many of my movements belong to Arab culture. She also cites her parents as major contributors to her musical style.
According to Sony, Shakira is the highest-selling artist of all time in Columbia, having sold more than 60 million albums worldwide. According to Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems, Hips Don\'t Lie was the most-played pop song in a single week in American radio history. It was played 9,637 times in one week. Shakira became the first artist in the history of the Billboard charts to earn the coveted number one spots on both the Top 40 Mainstream and Latin Chart in the same week doing so with "Hips Don\'t Lie".
\"La Tortura\" broke the record on the Billboard\'s Hot Latin Tracks chart, appearing at number 1 more than any other single (a total of 25 non-consecutive weeks). According to Yahoo, "Hips Don\'t Lie" is the Best-Selling Single of the Last 10 Years, which is apparently the best-selling single since 2000. According to Forbes Magazine, Shakira was the fourth highest-earning woman in music for 2008 behind Madonna, Barbra Streis and and Celine Dion. According to Nokia, Shakira has topped more music downloads in the last year than any other Latino artist, and She Wolf topped the Top 10 Latino downloads. In 2010, Shakira was ranked number five on the \'Online Video\'s Most Viral Artists of 2010\ with 404,118,932 views.
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