Shakira is a Colombian singer, songwriter, dancer, and record producer. Born and raised in Barranquilla, she began performing in school, demonstrating Latin American, Arabic, and rock and roll influences and belly dancing abilities. Shakira entered the English-language market with her fifth album, Laundry Service. Its lead single, "Whenever, Wherever", became one of the most successful singles of 2002. Her official song for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)", became the biggest-selling World Cup song of all time.
With over 1.3 billion views, it is one of the most-watched music videos on YouTube. She has won many awards, including five MTV Video Music Awards, two Grammy Awards, eight Latin Grammy Awards, seven Billboard Music Awards, 28 Billboard Latin Music Awards and has been Golden Globe-nominated. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and has sold between 70 and 125 million records worldwide (depending on the source) making her the bestselling South American singer and one of the bestselling Latin artists of all time.
Shakira's 11th studio album, El Dorado, is a proud return to her Colombian routes having explored her most generic pop sound on 2014's eponymous release. Predominantly sung in Spanish, the album does play with language fusion but should not be written off by any listeners perturbed by not understanding the lyrics, as Shakira's flawless delivery and a visit to Google Translate will no doubt resolve any issues. El Dorado is an album that shows exactly why Shakira is such a huge international name.