CSPC: Shakira Popularity Analysis


Physical Singles Sales

As a reminder, the weighting is done with a 10 to 3 ratio between one album and one physical single.

Pies Descalzos (1995) – 4,000 equivalent albums

All Singles – 15,000

Dónde Están los Ladrones? (1998) – 35,000 equivalent albums

Ojos Así – 110,000
Remaining Singles – 5,000

Laundry Service (2001) – 1,663,000 equivalent albums

Whenever, Wherever – 3,440,000
Underneath Your Clothes – 1,420,000
Objection (Tango) – 630,000
The One – 50,000
Remaining Singles – 2,000

Fijación Oral, Vol. 1 (2005) – 156,000 equivalent albums

La Tortura – 520,000

Oral Fixation, Vol. 2 (2005) – 363,000 equivalent albums

Don’t Bother – 170,000
Hips Don’t Lie – 970,000
Illegal – 70,000

She Wolf (2009) – 39,000 equivalent albums

She Wolf – 100,000
Did It Again – 10,000
Gispy – 20,000

Sale el Sol (2010) – 27,000 equivalent albums

Loca – 80,000
Rabiosa – 10,000

Shakira. (2014) – 6,000 equivalent albums

Can’t Remember to Forget You – 10,000
Dare (La La La) – 10,000

Orphan Album – 243,000 equivalent albums

Beautiful Liar – 330,000
Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) – 420,000
Je L’Aime A Mourir – 50,000
Get It Started – 10,000

During the 90s, album sales were fairly healthy in Latin America but singles sales were almost non-existent. Most Shakira earlier singles only sold a few units. By the time Whenever, Wherever got issued, the North American market had collapsed too. This being said, she did wonders in Europe, selling almost 1 million units of that song in each France and Germany.

All together, Shakira sold close to 8,5 million physical singles. It surely doesn’t look that impressive. In reality, Whenever, Wherever is one of the very top selling post-2000 songs in this format. What’s more, Hips Don’t Lie is just as well placed among post-2005 songs. It isn’t all as very few songs released since 2010 can challenge Waka Waka in that field. Each of those three singles got historical sales in the format with their figures being limited only due to market constraints. Of course, when making those statements I’m not taking into account Japanese singles from artists like AKB48 which are very specific.

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Shakira sold 80 million records worldwide

Could you do the Shakira update, due to her split with Pique, her streams have increased massively, and could you tell me who between Shakira and Gloria Estefan has sold more, who is the most successful Latin female artist of all time?


Can you please update Shakira? It’s been a while and I think she probably crossed 80M

Last edited 2 months ago by Dan

it’s soo biased. She after the superbowl 2020 sold 80 in total.
You should study every artist being a favorite or not .
“Those two Spanish records have as many 10+ million songs than Madonna‘s first 9 albums combined” you can’t even comparte with madonna , no! just a big no! even when the spanish sales are no accurate.
This is a big joke.

Hello, I discovered your page recently and I am curious what your criteria are or the characteristics for an artist to be in league A or B. With examples it would be fantastic. Thanks in advance. Sorry for my English.

Hello chartmasters, this article is amazing but i dont get why waka waka streams were counted towards sale el sol sales but not its physical and digital singles sales? can you pls answer


Hey MJD! I have a question regarding Laundry Service: Washed and dried (expanded edition). It’s just a collection of old songs with some new/live versions…Why is it included as a new album in her tally? Thx


hello, excellent job, could you study Gloria Estefan, between Gloria and Shakira, who is the best-selling Latin artist of all time.


None, Julio Iglesias outsold both


Between them though it’s likely a close call, but I think I’m betting on Gloria as of now


Her spanish catalogue is waaaaay bigger.

Her first album has an unique certified on her country. And billboard itself said she sold 1,2 milion copies in brazil on her debut album.

I believe in you and in your data, but try a little to look better at south american market. Shakira is a power of nature here

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