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23 Things That Make Shakira The Reina Of It All 

It is hard to imagine that Shakira started her music career 28 years ago, in 1990, when she was barely 13 years old. In the almost three decades that followed, Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll has built a name for herself as an entertainment powerhouse. She first gained fame in her native Colombia and in the Spanish-speaking world in the mid 1990s, and then expanded her brand to the rest of the world. She has a huge global following in countries as diverse as Germany and Indonesia. This woman born in 1977 in Barranquilla has changed the shape of pop culture and smashed the glass-ceiling of Latina women in the global music market.

These are some of the reasons why Shakira keeps reigning supreme. Long live, nuestra reina.

1. She is not afraid of change: she morphs but keeps her essence

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Shakira doesn’t allow anyone to lock her into real or metaphorical cages. She started her career as an Alanis Morrissette look-alike and has developed into a fierce representative of female sensuality and Latino talent.

2. She supports young talent, mostly Latino

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One of the reasons for her success is how she finds and supports talent. For example, she got little known designer Angel Treviño to design the posters of her most recent tour.

3. And she supports indigenous causes

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She supports all sorts of causes that defend those who are most vulnerable. For example, she has advocated for the rights of the forgotten Wayuu people.

4. Her hips definitely don’t lie. She honors her heritage through dance

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She is proud of her Latin American and Lebanese heritage, and she incorporates ancient moves into her modern choreographies.

5. She is not afraid of being silly (me parece que vi a una Shakira gatita)

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Laughing is one of the best medicines in the world, and Shakira laughs and makes us laugh through videos posted on her Insta, such as her silly cat moves for Halloween.

6. She gets politically involved when it matters

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Shakira knows that her voice can literally move oceans and she urges her fans to be politically active. The recent mid-term elections in the United States was a good example.

7. She is both romantic and a true gourmand (Pique is one lucky guy)

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Oh la la! We can see her here with hubby Pique, a world-famous soccer player, picking a coveted white truffle. Yum on all accounts.

8. She loves children and wants to see them get an education. A estudiar!

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As part of her work with UNICEF she encourages children of all nationalities, and particularly little girls, to get an education. She knows that the world is a tough place and education is the only true path to development.

9. She is a cool AF working mamita 

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Moms can work and play and be awesome moms. Shakira often shares super cute family moments such as this awesome tennis lesson. It is possible to have it all, after all.

10. She is a true rockstar. Just look at her.

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She is perhaps one of the last heirs to the likes of Nina Simone and Janis Joplin. She is an amazing musician. Let’s remember her first few albums and the way she struck those chords. She is absolutely hypnotic on stage and there is not an ounce of prefabricated BS when she slays in a concert.

11. She collaborates with the best Colombian talent

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One of the ways in which she keeps current is working with fellow Colombians such as Maluma, who has taken the lead of Colombian musicians in the world.

13. She is a musical prodigy… she really, really is

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She plays numerous instruments and is just an amazing musician in her own right. She is not a plastic, mass-produced brand: she is a true artist. I mean, look at her owning those drums.

14. Hard work, dedication.

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Shakira knows that the only way to achieve success is hard work. She trains hard and her hips always tell the truth… Being a pop star requires discipline.

15. She stands up for women rights

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She supports multiple causes through her foundation Pies Descalzos. Being there for vulnerable young women is one of her priorities.

16. She has reigned supreme for more than two decades

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Just like Madonna, Shakira has remained viable as a business and current as an artist for many, many years. Very few artists, male or female, can say that. In the 1990s she sold millions of CDs and today she is one of the most successful artist on streaming platforms. Technology changes but Shakira’s popularity just keeps growing.

17. She hangs with world leaders

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She has liaised with world leaders such as Canadian hottie Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to fight for human rights across the world. They would make beautiful babies in a parallel universe eh? She is a businesswoman and professional advocate who is heard wherever she goes.

18. And she was BFF with Gabo

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Her friendship with late Gabriel Garcia Marquez is famous. The two most famous Colombians in the world found in each other inspiration and camaraderie. She must miss him. One can only imagine the amazing conversations these two must have had.

19. She loves her fans and lets them know it

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Can you imagine the joy of this fan who sent Shakira this cartoonish artwork only to see the artist share it on her Insta? Shakira knows that she would be no one without her fans, and she lets them know how thankful she is to them.

20. She is the definition of mainstream, in and out of Latino markets

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Shakira not only caters for the Latino market, but has become a celebrity in every corner of the planet with projects such as Disney’s blockbuster Zootopia, where she gave voice to Gazelle, a sexy pop star. Besides being a great musician, Shakira is a savvy businesswoman who seems to take all the right decisions even if they seem risky at first.

21. She has a pet piggy

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Look at that cute little porcine friend. The piggy appeared in the video for “Chantaje” and Shakira organized an online poll to find it a name. Cosita hermosa!

22. Family comes first. Primero los suyos.

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Shakira is not shy to share cute moments with her parents, who have supported her music career right from the beginning. True to Latino family values, Shakira loves her family and lets the world know it.

23. She puts actions where her words are. Eso, reina!

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Many celebrities go blah blah blah when it comes to causes that require their social clout. But Shakira is not someone who habla de dientes pa fuera: she has built an ample network among non-for-profit organizations. She is one of the faces for UNICEF, the United Nations body in charge of advocating for children.

21 Facts You Didn't Know About Reggaeton Legend Ozuna

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21 Facts You Didn’t Know About Reggaeton Legend Ozuna

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Ozuna is one of the biggest up-and-coming performers on the music scene today. He’s had tons of hit songs across multiple genres, and has collaborated with artists like Bad Bunny, Daddy Yankee, Natti Natasha, and Cardi B. This multi-talented artist has already won two Billboard Music Awards and three Latin American Music Awards. His YouTube videos, which have billions of views, all speak to his pride in his home country of Puerto Rico. He’s so talented that it’s sometimes hard to see the man behind the song. Today, we’re going to explore some little-known facts about this young legend.

1. His full name is Juan Carlos Ozuna Rosado 

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His original stage name was J Oz, and he only started going by Ozuna when his videos started attracting attention on YouTube.

2. He’s 26 years old 

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The singer’s birthday is March 13, 1992. He first started composing songs and writing lyrics when he was 12 years old.

3. Ozuna was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico 

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Even though he was born in Puerto Rico, he claims Dominican heritage through his father. His dad was a backup dancer for reggaetón rapper Vico C, but died when Ozuna was only 3 years old.

4. He was raised by his abuela

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After his dad passed away, his mom wasn’t able to raise young Juan Carlos on her own, so he moved in with his paternal grandmother. He lived with her in Puerto Rico until 2010.

5. His first big move was to NYC in 2010 

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Ozuna moved to NYC in 2010, when he was only 18 years old. He spent three years there, debuting with his song “Imaginando” while he was still living on the mainland. He signed a recording contract with Golden Family Records in 2014, immediately after he left NYC. He started posting music online immediately.

6. His first big hit was “Si No Te Quiere”

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The song featured rapper D.OZi, and it was Ozuna’s first real hit. It was a popular radio jam, and peaked at No. 19 on the Billboard Latin charts in late 2016. Right now, it has over 250 million views on YouTube and it’s still climbing.

7. His next hit was “La Ocasión,” which was released in early 2016

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This trap rap track featured a ton of well-known artists including Arcangel, De La Ghetto, DJ Luian, and Mambo Kingz. He followed it up with a cover of his lesser-known single “No Quiere Enamorarse”, which he re-released with Daddy Yankee.

8. After “La Ocasión” dropped, he released four more singles

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His singles “No Quiere Enamorarse”, “Dile Que Tu Me Quieres”, “Si Tu Marido No Te Quieres (Remix)” and “En La Intimidad” all reached the top 30 on the Billboard Latin charts. Some of the artists he collaborated with on those singles include Arcangel, Farruko, and Daddy Yankee.

9. After those successful singles were released in 2016, there was a switch-up with his management, and he was signed to Sony Music Latin. 

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At the time, all of the artists repped by Vincente Saavedra moved to Sony Music Latin. This affected the production of Ozuna’s debut album “Odisea.”

10. His first studio album, “Odisea,” dropped on August 25, 2017

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The album features 16 tracks, nine of which were released as singles. There are a ton of featured artists on the album, including De La Ghetto, Anuel AA, and J Balvin. “Odisea” peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Latin charts, and hit No. 22 on the Billboard 200 album ranking. “Odisea” broke the record for the longest time at the top of the Billboard Latin charts, topping Luis Miguel’s 29-week record for “Segundo Romance” by one week.

11. “Odisea” went 11x platinum 

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This means that the record has sold at least 660,000 copies within the United States alone. Ozuna started touring to promote the album 3 months before it actually came out, starting in Atlanta and hitting major American cities like Miami, Houston, and Los Angeles before moving to South America and Europe.

12. He has two kids with wife Taina Melendez

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His wife Taina is an active promoter of her husband’s career. She’s also a full-time mother to their children. Sofía Valentina was born in 2014, and Jacob Andrés was born in 2016. The couple tries to maintain a normal family life for their two children, rarely posting photos of them on social media.

13. He tries to avoid disrespecting women on his tracks 

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Although he does sing about sex, drugs, and other adult subjects, Ozuna has said that he tries to avoid objectifying women on his tracks out of respect for his young daughter. During an interview with Argentinian newspaper Clarin, he said “I do not want to offend anyone with my music, I just want to convey a message of joy, but everyone is free to choose what they want to hear.”

14. He’s proficient in English, but isn’t fluent yet 

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He’s said that he’s practicing with the intention of being able to rap and record songs in English. He’s also stated that his goal is to become a multi-talented artist like Drake or Rihanna one day. However, even if he says his English isn’t great, he’s still fluent enough to be interviewed, in English, by the New York Times- which is pretty damn good.

15. The video for his 2017 single “La Modelo” was shot on location in Jamaica 

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The track, which is a collaboration with Cardi B, features shots of the two dancing under Rastafarian colors. It also marked the first time that we’ve heard Cardi sing on a track, and she knocked her verses out of the park. The video is split between shots of the duo in a massive oceanfront mansion, and on the dance floor of a Jamaican club.

16. He got in some trouble for hitting a security guard during a show in 2017 

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Apparently the guard stepped too close to the stage, and Ozuna, who had been suffering stress from the long tour, hit him in the head with a microphone. The New York Police Department declined to press charges.

17. His second album, “Aura,” was released in August 2018. 

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It debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard Latin charts. The Aura tour started one month earlier in Madrid.

18. His success is super meaningful for the Latin music genre 

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The New York Times’ pop music critic wrote in September 2017 that the fact that Ozuna “can work across all these genres at the same time is a testament to the current fluidity of Latin pop.” His success mirrors the rise of reggaetón and Latin trap across North America.

19. He started a charity called Odisea Children in 2017 

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The foundation exists so that he can use his resources to help others. He’s currently helping people in Puerto Rico who were affected by Hurricane Maria.

20. He thinks of himself as a pretty normal guy. 

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In the past, he’s described himself as a ” típico boricua con sangre dominicana.” He loves extreme sports, spending time with his family, and making people laugh.

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21. He doesn’t want to remain in the spotlight for long 

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He’s said that he wants to save his money, and in a few years, return to living a more normal life with his family. He has several investments in Puerto Rico, but unlike many other famous artists, his are smaller, family businesses rather than luxuries like champagne or sports cars.

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