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Born and raised in Barranquilla, Colombia, Shakira is a hugely popular Colombian pop singer who is known for the hits "Whenever, Wherever" and "Hips Don't Lie."
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International pop singer Shakira won several several Latin music awards and brought her superstar success overseas with songs like "Hips Don't Lie." She continued to expand her celebrity status as a judge on the show "The Voice."
As a young girl, singer Shakira dreamed of the day when she would perform in front of millions of fans.
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Shortly thereafter, the now-global superstar headed on tour to promote her album.
By 2012, Shakira's U.S. album sales had reached nearly 10 million and her worldwide album sales had reached more than 70 million. She is the highest-selling Colombian artist of all time, and the second most successful female Latin singer after Gloria Estefan.
In late 2012, Shakira was confirmed as one of the newest judges/coaches of NBC's popular singing-competition show The Voice. Along with R&B singer-songwriter Usher, Shakira made her Voice debut on the show's season 4 premiere, which aired on March 25, 2013. Replacing Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green, Shakira and Usher joined returning judges/coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. "Usher and Shakira are coming into it as a big frickin' institution," Levine said in late 2012, according to The Huffington Post. "So it's different, but it still feels good, because they're legitimate artists."
Shakira quickly became popular with TV audiences. Both she and Usher will not be part of the show's fifth season, however. Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green will back for that season. But Shakira and Usher are expected to return for the following round of The Voice. This way Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green will be able to take another break from the show for their musical careers.
Outside of her busy career, Shakira created the Pies Descalzos Foundation to help children in her native Colombia. She is also a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and was honored by the United Nations' International Labor Organization for her philanthrophic efforts in 2010.
Shakira is in a relationship with Spanish soccer player Gerard Piqué. The couple welcomed their first child together on January 22, 2013. They named their son Milan, which means "dear, loving and gracious" in Slavic; "eager and laborious" in Ancient Roman; and "unification" in Sanskrit, according to a statement on Shakira's website.
Shakira previously dated Antonio de la Rua, son of former Argentine President Fernando de la Rua. In April 2013, de la Rua made headlines when he sued the Latin songstress for $250 million, charging that he had helped create some of his ex's hit songs as well as the "Shakira brand."
Shakira lives with her husband and son in Barcelona, Spain.
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