March 29 2013, 08:00 AM
Shakira: Babe of the Week #14 (March 2013)
("The Voice" season 4 coach, two-time Grammy winner, highest selling Colombian artist of all time)
Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll was born in Barranquilla, Colombia. With a Lebanese father and Colombian mother, Shakira honors her Latino and Arabic heritage in her music. She wrote her first song at the age of 8 and signed her first record deal at 13. After her first two albums flopped, Shakira took the reins of her third album, becoming involved in every aspect of its production. Released in 1996, Pies Descalzos, meaning "bare feet," sold more than three million copies. The album featured her trademark sound, a blending of Latin, rock, and Arabic musical styles.
While hugely popular in much of the rest of the world, Shakira had not yet achieved a major record on the U.S. pop charts. She moved to Miami with her family to further her goal, and taught herself to write songs in English. She enlisted Emilio Estefan, of Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine fame, to act as her manager and producer. Her first English-language album, Laundry Service (2001), provided Shakira with the success in the United States that she longed for -- the album was No. 3 on the charts, selling more than 200,000 copies in the first week. The songs "Whenever, Wherever" and "Underneath Your Clothes" were both big hits.
Week #1 (Jan.): Kelly Monaco
Week #2 (Jan.): Alexandra Daddario
Week #3 (Jan.): Leslie Mann
Week #4 (Jan.): Jessica Chastain
Week #5 (Jan.): Natalie Zea
Week #6 (Feb.): Teresa Palmer
Week #7 (Feb.): Lexa Doig
Week #8 (Feb.): Julianne Hough
Week #9 (Feb.): Keri Russell
Week #10 (Mar.): Olivia Culpo
Week #11 (Mar.): Katheryn Winnick
Week #12 (Mar.): Camilla Luddington
Week #13 (Mar.): Vera Farmiga
"The Voice" returns with the strongest vocalists from across the country invited to compete in the blockbuster vocal competition show's fourth season. Celebrity musician coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton return along with new coaches, Usher and Shakira, while Carson Daly continues to serve as host and Christina Milian as social media correspondent. The show's innovative format features four stages of competition: The first begins with the blind auditions, then the battle rounds, the knockouts and finally, the live performance shows.
During the blind auditions, the decisions from the musician coaches are based solely on voice and not on looks. The coaches hear the artists perform, but they don't get to see them - thanks to rotating chairs. If a coach is impressed by the artist's voice, he/she pushes a button to select the artist for his/her team. At this point, the coach's chair will swivel so that he/she can face the artist he/she has selected. If more than one coach pushes his/her button, the power then shifts to the artists to choose which coach they want to work with. If no coach pushes his/her button, the artist is eliminated from the competition.