Shakira: A Different Breed


Shakira in Montreal

If there’s one truth in the realm of mainstream pop music, it’s that Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll is unlike any other singer out there.

Years after breaking into the North American music scene with her 2002 hit single “Whenever, Wherever” and its corresponding album Laundry Service, the Columbian pop princess remains an anomaly. Indeed, to this day, she is unlike anything else in the American music scene, eclipsing contemporaries like Britney Spears and Katy Perry by incorporating elements from Middle Eastern and Latin styles. Her arsenal of music styles is incomparable; whereas other pop stars choose to abstain from straying from their designated genre, Shakira strikes gold by incorporating new sounds, influences, and genres.

By exploring her heritage through exquisitely produced music, Shakira has become a veritable global phenomenon. Not only is she the highest-selling Columbian artist of all time, but the songstress is also inarguably Latin America’s current most popular singer. Today, she is known for smash hit singles such as “Hips Don’t Lie” (which was the best-selling single of the past decade), the FIFA World Cup anthem “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)”, the electronica-tinged “She Wolf”, the infectious “Loca”, and the Rihanna collaboration “Can’t Remember to Forget You”.

Now, the ultra-talented songstress has returned for her eleventh studio effort El Dorado. Released on May 26, El Dorado marks a return to Shakira’s Latin roots. Despite consisting primarily of Spanish songs and minimal promotion, the album has been hugely commercially successful, thereby affirming the concept that anything Shakira touches turns to gold. The smash lead single “Chantaje” topped Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart for eleven weeks and received a diamond certification under the Recording Industry Association of America. As a result of El Dorado’s massive success, Shakira now holds the record for the most chart-topping Latin pop albums among women.

You can join Shakira on the road to El Dorado, as the megastar embarks on her first world tour in six years! The Latin legend will visit venues such as Montreal’s Bell Centre and Toronto’s Air Canada Centre.

It’s time to go “Loca” for Shakira! Get your Shakira tickets before they’re sold out, because this tour promises to be muy caliente!

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