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Shakira: Biography

Here's the Shakira's bio from CDNOW!

BORN: February 9, 1977

Latin-pop superstar Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll was born on February 9, 1977, in the Colombian city of Barranquilla. Leaving her poverty-stricken family at the age of 13, Shakira moved to Bogota to become a model and instead emerged with a recording contract for Sony. Her debut album Magia, released in 1991 when she was just 14, consisted entirely of self-written songs. Like its successor Peligro, the album wasn't very successful, so Shakira turned instead to acting; she appeared on the Colombian soap-opera El Oasis beginning in 1994, but returned to music the following year.

Shakira recorded Pies Descalzos in 1995, and its initial popularity appeared quite fleeting. Several months after the album's release, however, the single "Estoy Aqui" gained airplay around Latin America. It eventually hit number one on the Latin Music charts, as did its follow-up, "Donde Estas Corazon?" Three additional singles -- "Antologia," "Pienso en Ti," "Un Poco de Amor" "Se Quiere, Se Mata" -- reached the Top Ten and Pies Descalzos hit the top spot in eight different countries, selling over four million copies. Los Donde Estan Ladrones? followed in 1998. ~ John Bush, All-Music Guide

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