It’s been 25 years since Shakira first rose to fame in her native Colombia. Ever since she launched Pies Descalzos again in 1995, the Barranquillera artist has climbed to even increased heights, proving to be one of the vital influential artists of the twenty first century.

Of course, as anybody who witnessed her 2020 Super Bowl efficiency alongside Jennifer Lopez is aware of, there’s no signal of Shakira stopping any time quickly. To give the groundbreaking Colombian singer her due, we’re wanting again on the key moments which have marked her quarter century of hits.

Early Breakthrough

Shakira launched her very first album, 1991’s Magia, when she was simply 14 years outdated. The proficient singer and songwriter had slowly been constructing a platform for herself round her native metropolis of Barranquilla. And whereas Magia promised to be a break for the younger black-haired teen, the Sony Colombia document was a business failure, as was its follow-up, 1993’s Peligro.

It wouldn’t be till she launched “¿Dónde estás corazón?” as a part of the Nuestro rock compilation album, that her profession would start taking off in Colombia. That single, which went on to be a part of her wildly profitable third album, Pies Descalzos, made her a family identify — not simply in Colombia, however throughout Latin America.

The rock-infused album went platinum in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela and even within the U.S., the place “Estoy Aqui” grew to become her first single to prime Billboard’s Latin Pop Songs (aka Latin Pop Airplay) chart, a feat the singer has since achieved on that chart 18 extra instances with songs like “Suerte,” “Loca” and “Gitana.”

Expectations for Shakira’s follow-up album have been sky excessive. But, in a accident that will go on to start the title of her subsequent album, Shakira’s work on a brand new batch of songs hit a snag when her baggage, alongside along with her compositions, was stolen in Bogotá. Starting nearly from scratch, the self-proclaimed perfectionist delivered ¿Dónde están los Ladrones? (actually, “Where are the thieves?”) within the fall of 1998 to ecstatic critiques.

The album, which incorporates such hits as “Ciega sordomuda,” “No Creo” and “Inevitable” stays her highest-selling Spanish language effort thus far: it has offered over 7 million copies world wide. The MTV Unplugged live performance and album that adopted two years later additional solidified her as one of the vital profitable feminine Latin American artists of her technology. With a GRAMMY below her belt (for MTV Unplugged) and a brand new working relationship with Emilio Estefan, who produced that dwell album, the Colombian singer set her eyes on that rarest of feats: crossover into the English language market within the U.S.

U.S. Crossover

If Shaki’s early hits advised she was a comfortable rocker chick usually favorably in comparison with Alanis Morissette, her first English-language effort included a sound she’d already been toying with in songs like “Ojos Así,” the place she’d tapped into her Lebanese roots for that track’s percussion-heavy beat. The musical panorama she provided with 2001’s Laundry Service (launched as Servicio de lavandería in 2002) was rather more world in scope than the guitar-strung ballads and rock anthems that had first catapulted her to fame.

With a bolder — and blonder — look, Shakira launched herself to the English-language U.S. market with “Whenever Wherever.” Co-written by Shakira with Tim Mitchell and Gloria Estefan (Emilio served as an govt producer for the general album), the lead single featured what would change into signature Shakira thrives: idiosyncratic lyrics blended with an eclectic, grab-bag of worldwide sounds. Who else, in spite of everything, would pair a line like “Lucky that my breasts are small and humble, so you don’t confuse them with mountains” with an Andean drum beat?

A worldwide hit, the one made Shakira a celebrity within the U.S., a part of the so-called “Latin boom” that swept the music trade on the flip of the millennium (see additionally: Ricky Martin’s “Livin’ la Vida Loca” and J.Lo’s “If You Had My Love”). With over 15 hundreds of thousands copies offered worldwide, Laundry Service stays Shakira’s best-selling album. It carried out even higher in Europe and overseas, setting the stage for the artist’s subsequent objective: to be recognized all around the total world.

Global Superstar

Few artists can boast having hits as profitable as “Hips Don’t Lie.” The 2006 track, one of many best-selling singles of all time, reached No. 1 in over 55 international locations together with the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, making it one of the vital heard songs of that decade. What makes its success all of the extra outstanding is that it wasn’t initially recorded for Shakira’s double album Fijación oral vol. 1 and Oral Fixation Vol. 2. The Wyclef Jean collaboration was initially each a Fugees reunion single (“Lips Don’t Lie”) in addition to a track on the Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights soundtrack (“Dance Like This”).

Once it grew to become a Shakira track, with samples from Jerry Rivera’s “Amores Como el Nuestro” and Grupo Niche’s “Ana Mile,” the upbeat single additional cemented Shakira as a world celebrity whose dance strikes would change into as iconic as her phrasing and lyrics.

Later hits like “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” and “Dare (La La La)” equally elevated her world enchantment, turning her into the type of artist who might command crowds for occasions just like the World Cup. That’s why it wasn’t stunning when she signed a $300 million contract in July 2008 with Live Nation: there was loads of demand for dwell performances of the Colombian artist all around the world.

Another means Shakira consolidated herself as an artist who might cross language and cultural obstacles (she’s launched songs in Spanish, English, Portuguese and French) was by the artists she’s collaborated with through the years.

As a lot as she stands on her personal, Shakira has made a profession of uplifting and honoring fellow artists. She’s labored with everybody from Beyoncé, Carlos Vives, Rihanna and Alejandro Sanz to Maná, Freshlyground, Prince Royce, Anuel AA and Maluma in genres as various as these very names counsel.

Shakira additional established herself as a family identify along with her appearances on TV reveals like The Voice and movies like Disney’s Zootopia, in addition to lending her skills to writing songs not just for Zootopia however dramas like Love within the Time of Cholera.

Super Bowl LIV

Despite a well being scare that compelled the “Empire” singer to postpone her El Dorado tour for a yr again in 2017, the previous couple of years have discovered Shakira each wanting again at her music profession in addition to propelling it ahead.

There’s no clearer instance of this creative resurgence than her 2020 Super Bowl halftime present alongside Jennifer Lopez.

The much-buzzed-about efficiency discovered the Colombian artist revisiting such hits as “She Wolf,” “Whenever Wherever,” “Chantaje” and “Hips Don’t Lie.”

With choreography by Liz Dany Campo Diaz that highlighted Colombian dance strikes like champeta, the present was an opportunity for Shakira to honor her roots and her profession.

Worldwide Philanthropy

In addition to her creative output, Shakira has lengthy been a staunch advocate for numerous charitable efforts. In Colombia, she’s the founding father of the Pies Descalzos basis. Established in 1997, the group strives to supply training for youngsters affected by the violence in Colombia.

In 2011, she was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, dedicated to utilizing her platform for good.


Like everybody else, the Colombian celebrity has needed to regulate to the brand new regular that 2020 has wrought. But that hasn’t stopped her from persevering with her philanthropic work. Over the previous few months, she’s participated in live shows uplifting well being employees, has spoken overtly concerning the disaster on the border, lent her voice to the aid efforts in Beirut following the explosion again in August, urged her U.S. followers to vote within the 2020 election and even partnered with Prince William within the Earthshot Prize, a brand new environmental initiative.

That she’s additionally discovered time to skateboard, surf and even end a philosophy course is a testomony to her indefatigable spirit, proving why she stays an unstoppable power within the music trade 25 years after she first broke out.


Jennifer Lopez, Shakira and More Make Facebook’s Top 10 Pop Culture Moments of 2020

Shakira Shows Off Workout Moves in Jane Fonda-Inspired New Music Video

Shakira Pens Op-Ed About Children Separated From Families at Border

Shakira and Prince William Talk About Their Kids and the Environment