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How did Shakira get started in the music industry?

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Shakira was 13 when she signed her first record contract in her native Columbia. When her first two albums failed, she became more involved in every aspect of her music production. Her third album “Pies Desclzos” featured her trademark blend of Latin and Arabic styles and sold more than 3 million copies. In 2000, Shakira won a Grammy Award for best Latin pop album for “Shakira: MTV Unplugged.”

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How did Shakira get started in the music industry?
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Shakira was born in Barranquilla, Colombia, in 1977 to a Lebanese father and Colombian mother. She wrote her first song when she was 8 years old, and after the success of her third album in 1996, she became a superstar in Latin America and Spain with her strong vocals and distinctive belly dancing.

In 1997 Shakira moved to Miami and learned to write songs in English. She hired famous producer Emilio Estafan as her manager and producer. In 2001, her first English-language album “Laundry Service” sold more than 200,000 copies in the first week and reached number three on the charts. The album contained her first two big hits, including “Whenever, Wherever” and “Underneath Your Clothes.”

Shakira's international fame grew when the 2010 FIFA World Cup chose her hit "Waka Waka" as its theme song. In 2012 Shakira became the best-selling Colombian artist of all time with nearly 10 million album sales in the United States and nearly 70 million worldwide. Shakira also served as a judge on NBC’s popular singing competition “The Voice.”

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