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July 2, 2008: "Shakira To Sign Multi-Million Dollar Deal With Live Nation"

Shakira is set to sign a $70 million contract with Live Nation.

The 'Hips Don't Lie' singer is following in the footsteps of Madonna and Jay-Z by handing over management of recording, merchandising, ticket sales and other services usually handled by separate companies.

The deal is expected to be finalised by the end of the year.

However, the 31-year-old chart-topper's recording rights currently belong to Sony BMG's Epic Records and she still has two more studio albums to deliver - one in English and one in Spanish - as well as a greatest hits collection.

Talks have been ongoing for 10 months, sparking speculation the deal could actually be worth much more.


April 4, 2008: "Shakira Sex Tape On The Way!"

Rumor has it that Shakira Has A Sex Tape. The video was reportedly shot in a yacht featuring Shakira with her boyfriend Antonio de la Rua and singer-songwriter Alejandro Sanz.

In a recent interview, Javier Ceriani, host of the radio show �Zona Cero�, said �there�s word of a private video taped in a yacht, which could involve Alejandro Sanz, Shakira and Antonio de la R�a, but this material is in the prosecutors� hands�.

The singers� representatives denies the rumor saying : �This is a false rumour. This is totally absurd any way you look at it. There is no possibility that such a video exists. It is a baseless and malicious rumour.� More details as they come.


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Birth name: Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll.
Born: Feburary 02, 1977 in Barranquilla, Colombia.

Shakira biography (bio):
Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll known simply as Shakira , is a Colombian singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, record producer, dancer and occasional actress who has been a major figure in the pop music scene of Latin America since the mid-1990s. In 2001, she broke through into the English-speaking market with the release of her first album there, Laundry Service, which sold over fifteen million copies worldwide. A two-time Grammy Award-winning and eight-time Latin Grammy Award-winning artist, Shakira is the highest-selling Colombian artist of all time, having sold around fifty million albums worldwide or more. She is also the only artist from South America to reach the number-one spot on the Billboard Hot 100, the Australian ARIA chart, the United World Chart and the UK Singles Chart. Shakira is also known for having an IQ of 140.
According to the United World Chart, Shakira is as of 2007 the fourth most successful artist so far from the 2000s.
Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll was born on February 2, 1977 in Barranquilla, Colombia. She is the only child of Nidia del Carmen Ripoll Torrado, a Colombian of Catalan-Italian descent, and William Mebarak Chadid, an American of Lebanese-Catholic extraction. Her father also had eight children with his former wife.
Shakira means "grateful" or "thankful" (شاكِرة) in Arabic. Her second name, Isabel, is also that of her paternal grandmother. She spent much of her youth in Barranquilla, a city located in northern Colombia.
Shakira wrote her first poem, entitled "La Rosa De Cristal" ("The Glass Rose") when she was only four years old. After receiving a typewriter as a gift, she began to write poems constantly. Her poems eventually evolved into songs. At the age of eight, after an older brother was killed in a motorcycle accident, Shakira became inspired to write her first song, which is entitled "Tus Gafas Oscuras" ("Your Dark Glasses") and documents her father's grief.
At a young age, her father took her to a local Middle Eastern restaurant, where Shakira first heard the doumbek, a traditional drum used in Arabic music and which typically accompanied belly dancing. Before she knew it, Shakira was dancing barefoot on the table, as restaurant patrons responded by clapping enthusiastically. It was then that Shakira said she knew she wanted to be a performer. She enjoyed singing for schoolmates and teachers (and even the nuns) at her Catholic school but in the second grade was rejected for the school choir because her vibrato was too strong. The music teacher told her that she sounded "like a goat". At school, she says she had been known as "the belly dancer girl", as she would demonstrate a number she learned every Friday at school. "That's how I discovered my passion for live performance," she says.
Between the ages of ten and thirteen Shakira was invited to various events in Barranquilla and gained some recognition in the area. It was at about this time that she met local theater producer Monica Ariza, who was impressed with her and as a result tried to help her career. During a flight from Barranquilla to Bogot�, Ariza convinced Sony Colombia executive Ciro Vargas to hold an audition for Shakira in a motel lobby. Vargas held Shakira in high regard and, returning to the Sony office, gave the cassette to a song and artist director. However, the director was not overly excited and thought Shakira was something of "a lost cause". Vargas, not daunted, was still convinced that Shakira had talent, and set up an audition in Bogot�. He arranged for Sony Colombia executives to arrive at the audition, with the idea of surprising them with Shakira's performance. She performed three songs for the executives and impressed them enough for her to be signed to record three albums.
Shakira's debut album, Magia, was recorded with Sony Music in 1991, when she was only fourteen years old. The album did not fare well commercially, selling less than one thousand copies. After the poor acclaim of Magia, Shakira's label urged her back into the studio to release a follow up with more hit songs, to give the album potential. The album Peligro was released in 1993, but Shakira was not pleased with the final result. The album was better received than Magia, though it was also considered a commercial failure, due to Shakira's refusal to advertise it. Although little known outside of her native Colombia, Shakira was invited to perform at Chile's Vi�a del Mar International Song Festival in February 1993. The festival gave aspiring Latin American singers a chance to perform their songs, and the winner was then chosen by a panel of judges. Shakira performed the ballad "Eres" ("You Are") and won the trophy for third place. One of the judges who voted for her to win was then 20-year-old Ricky Martin, who was left impressed with Shakira's voice and presence. Shakira then decided to take a hiatus from recording so that she could graduate from high school.

1995-2000: Success in Latin America and Spain:
Shakira returned to recording in 1995, using musical influences from a number of countries and an Alanis Morissette-oriented persona which affected some of her next albums, and made her third studio one, Pies Descalzos, which brought her great fame in Latin America. The singles "Estoy Aqu�", "Pies Descalzos, Sue�os Blancos", and "�D�nde Est�s Coraz�n?", which was included in the compilation album Nuestro Rock, became pop culture icons. Pies Descalzos sold over five million copies, prompting the release of a remix album, titled simply The Remixes, which sold more than a million copies. The Remixes also included Portuguese versions of some of her best-known songs, which were recorded as a result of her success in the Brazilian market, where Pies Descalzos sold nearly one million copies.
Her fourth album, �D�nde Est�n Los Ladrones?, was released in 1998. It was produced by Emilio Estefan, reportedly cost US$3 million, and had more of a polished sound than Pies Descalzos. It was even more successful and solidified her as one of the major Latin artists of the 1990s. She began to gain more fans in non-Spanish-speaking countries like Turkey, France, Switzerland, Canada, and especially the United States. Eight of the album's eleven tracks became singles, including "Ciega, Sordomuda", "Moscas En La Casa", "No Creo", "Inevitable", "T�", "Si Te Vas", "Octavo D�a", and the world-famous "Ojos As�". Shakira's first live album, MTV Unplugged, was composed of "Estoy Aqu�" and all the songs from �D�nde Est�n Los Ladrones? except Que Vuelvas.
In March 2000, Shakira embarked on her Tour Anfibio, a two-month tour of Latin America and the United States. In August 2000, she won an MTV Video Music Award in the now-defunct category of People's Choice - Favorite International Artist.

2001-2004: Worldwide Success:
In 2001, upon the success of �D�nde Est�n Los Ladrones?, Shakira began working on a crossover album to English. Collaborating with Gloria Estefan, she wrote and recorded English versions of the tracks from �D�nde Est�n Los Ladrones?. However, she later decided against using translations of older songs for the album and worked for over a year on new material for the album. The result was Laundry Service. Although it was created with the intent of selling to an English language market, the rock and Spanish dance-influenced album also featured four Spanish songs, including "Que Me Quedes T�" (As Long as You Stay with Me). Some critics claimed that Shakira's English skills were too weak for her to write in it, but Laundry Service was a success, with more than 15 million sales worldwide, yielding the worldwide hit "Whenever, Wherever" and singles "Underneath Your Clothes" (a Canadian number-one), "Te Dejo Madrid" (I Leave You Madrid), "Objection (Tango)", and "The One". The album and its singles helped to establish Shakira's musical presence in the mainstream North American market.

In 2002, Shakira also released her Spanish greatest hits volume Grandes �xitos. A DVD and ten-track compilation album, called Live & Off the Record, was also released in 2004, reaching sales of 3 million CDs worldwide, and commemorating Shakira's world tour, the Tour of the Mongoose.
In September 2002, Shakira won the now-defunct International Viewer's Choice Award at the MTV Video Music Awards with "Suerte". In October of that year, she won 5 MTV Video Music Awards Latin America for Best Female Artist, Best Pop Artist, Best Artist�North (Region), Video of the Year (for Suerte), and Artist of the Year. At Aerosmith's MTV Icon in 2002, Shakira performed "Dude (Looks Like A Lady)". Also in 2002, Shakira joined the likes of Celine Dion, Anastacia, Cher and the Dixie Chicks for VH1 Divas Live Las Vegas.

2005-present: Oral Fixation Era:
Fijaci�n Oral:
Shakira stayed out of the spotlight for over two years. She announced the Oral Fixation project in early 2005. Fijaci�n Oral Vol. 1, the first album of the project, was released on June 3, 2005 in Ireland on June 6, 2005 in Europe and on June 7, 2005 in North and Latin Americas and Australia. The lead single from the album, "La Tortura", which features Alejandro Sanz, was released as a single in April and achieved large-scale success on different radio and chart formats. It spent a record of twenty-five weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks chart.
Fijaci�n Oral Vol. 1 was very well-received by the public. It debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 chart on the week of June 15. According to that publication, the album sold 157,000 copies in its first week of release in the U.S., becoming the highest debut ever for a Spanish language album. In Latin America, on the day of its official release in Venezuela, it went Platinum; in Colombia, triple Platinum and in Mexico, it was sold-out. The album sold over one million copies in three days.
The second single from the album, "No", was released in September 2005, and peaked at number one in Spain and Colombia, here for fourteen non-consecutive weeks. The third single from the album, "D�a De Enero", is dedicated to Shakira's fianc�, Antonio de la R�a. This single was number one in several countries in Latin America, but it did not have the same success of the previous two singles in the United States.
On February 8, 2006, Shakira won her second Grammy Award. She was awarded in the category of Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album.
On April 27, 2006, Shakira received six Billboard Latin Music Awards for Fijacion Oral Vol. 1. She was also honored with the Spirit of Hope Award for the Fundaci�n Pies Descalzos.
In late 2006, Shakira released "La Pared" as the fourth single from Fijaci�n Oral Vol. 1. The song reached number one on Spain.
Later in 2006, "Las de la Intuici�n" was released as single in Spain. It became an instantaneous success, topping the radio chart Los 40 Principales for seven non consecutive weeks. In mid April, Shakira filmed a video for the song in Miami, which was then premiered via the internet on May 7th. The video features Shakira with a bright purple wig, alternating between wearing a tight black corset and a striped shirt with a tie. According to Mexican media, "Las de la Intuici�n" is to be the fifth and final single from Fijaci�n Oral Vol. 1.
So far, Fijaci�n Oral Vol. 1 has sold over 7 million copies worldwide.
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