Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll (born February 2, 1977), known simply as Shakira, is a two-time Grammy Award-winning and eight-time Latin Grammy Award-winning Colombian singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, record producer, dancer and occasional actress who has been a major figure in the pop music scene of Latin America since the mid-1990s. In 2001, she broke through into the English-speaking market with the release of her first album in that language, Laundry Service, which has sold over fifteen million copies worldwide.Shakira is the highest-selling Colombian artist of all time, having sold around fifty million albums worldwide.She is also the only artist from South America to reach the number-one spot on the Billboard Hot 100, the Australian ARIA chart and the UK Singles Chart. Shakira is also known for her intelligence, having an IQ of 140;and her ability to speak five languages. Although she's written lyrics in German and French, she's admitted in documentaries and interviews(e.g. a VH1 profile) that she can't speak either of those languages.