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25 Things You Didn't Know About Shakira

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    Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll is an only child with eight older half-siblings from her father's previous marriage.

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    She was born on February 2, 1977 in Barranquilla, Colombia.

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    Shakira attended a Catholic school, and in the second grade she was rejected for the school choir because her vibrato was too strong.

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    Shakira has been influenced by her Arab heritage, which was a major inspiration for her breakthrough world hit "Ojos Así". She told Portuguese TV "Many of my movements belong to Arab culture."

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    At school she was known as "the belly dancer girl", as she would demonstrate every Friday at school a number she had learned.

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    Shakira's debut studio album Magia, was recorded with Sony Music Colombia in 1990 when she was only 13 years old.

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    Shakira's second studio album, Peligro was released in March 1993. Shakira was not pleased with the final result, mainly taking issue with the production. The album was better received than Magia, though it was also considered a commercial failure due to Shakira's refusal to advertise it. She took break after this album to graduate form high school.
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    Shakira starred in the Colombian TV Series "The Oasis".

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    Her fourth studio album, Dónde Están los Ladrones?, produced entirely by Shakira herself and Emilio Estefan, Jr. as the executive producer, was released in September 1998. The album was inspired by an incident in an airport in which a suitcase full of her written lyrics was stolen.
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    In early 2008, Forbes named Shakira the fourth top-earning female artist in music industry.

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    In May, Shakira collaborated with the South African group Freshlyground to create the official song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)".

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    On September 17, 2012, it was announced that Shakira would replace Christina Aguilera as one of the coaches on The Voice for its fourth season. She joined Adam Levine,Blake Shelton and fellow new coach Usher, who replaced Cee Lo Green.

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    Shakira made several covers of prominent artists such AC/DC and Aerosmith, using them to sing in her tours.

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    Shakira is strongly influenced by Andean music and South American folk music, using her native instrumentation for the Latin dance-pop "Whenever, Wherever" and "Despedida"
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    "Hips Don't Lie" was the most-played pop song in a single week in American radio history.

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    According to Sony, Shakira is the highest-selling Colombian artist of all time 50 to 60 million albums.

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    Shakira is a cousin of model and 2005-2006 Miss Colombia, Valerie Domínguez.

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    In December 2009, Shakira appeared as herself in the Ugly Betty episode.

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    Shakira attended a summer school class in Los Angeles at UCLA Extensions, where she took courses in History of Western Civilization. She used her middle and last names, Isabel Mebarak, and told the professor she was visiting from Colombia so as to avoid being recognized as a celebrity.
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    In childhood, Shakira preferred rock and roll music, listening heavily to her favorite rock bands like Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Nirvana,The Police and U2. She lists John Lennon as her No.1 musical influence.

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    Shakira is currently in a relationship with the Spanish football player Gerard Piqué, center back for FC Barcelona and the Spanish national team.

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    Shakira officially confirmed their relationship on March 29, 2011 via Twitter and Facebook, posting a picture of the two with a caption reading, "I present to you my sunshine.”

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    Shakira gave birth to the couple's son, Milan Piqué Mebarak, on January 22, 2013.

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    The family resides in Barcelona, Spain.

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    Shakira collaborated with Rihanna for "Can't Remember to Forget You", a single off her self titled album, which is her first album in four years.

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