Yes, better known to the world by her one name moniker: SHAKIRA.
And lemme tells ya, this bitch, is on fire. There is no stopping our sensual hip shaking Latin/Arab goddess at this point. She's got the charisma, the dance moves, and the rhythm in her songs to continue her incredible success not just in Latin America, but now in the United States and the rest of the world.
I personally had heard of Shakira a lot back in the late nineties when she was still putting out Spanish language albums only, but it was when she decided to crossover into the English speaking market back in 2001 with her huge hit album Laundry Service, that I finally took notice and started to care. At first, I (like many), found her English to be kinda poor, her lyrics to be cheesy, and her voice akin to a goat. But there's no denying the album's catchy beats, nor Shakira's sheer determination to risk it all in order to capture the American/world market, which she effectively achieved. Bravo to her! That album sold a whooping three million copies in the United States alone. It established her as a world superstar indeed.
And of all places, she's from Colombia, which has already produced some remarkable talent such as Carlos Vives, Aterciopelados, and Juanes--names known all too well to lovers of Latin music. For a country so torn by drug cartels and endless political corruption and poverty, it is truly a breath of fresh air and an inspiration to have these artists producing quality music, with Shakira being at the forefront of a new wave of awesome modern Colombian music.
Other Latin artists that have achieved remarkable success crossing over after having a considerable Spanish speaking fanbase are: Gloria Estefan (from Cuba), Enrique Iglesias (from Spain), and of course our hot gay boy extraordinaire, Ricky Martin (from Puerto Rico). Less successful, and quite embarrassing and annoying due to their horrific English skills and true lack of talent: Thalía and Paulina Rubio (both from Mexico). UGH.
I admire, respect, and am now a huge fan of Shakira. Her last two albums, (in both languages) are quite good, catchy, and continue to sell well. And her English is much stronger and much more confident. The woman is sexy, charismatic, and a wonderful humanitarian.
Keep those hips a'shakin' girl, 'cause the sky's the limit...