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Eat atop Times Square with Marcus Samuelsson and raise money for charity? Sounds like a good deal!

Savvy New York food lovers know that Times Square eats are to be avoided at (mostly) all costs, but what about dining atop a Times Square billboard? Lucky diners will be able to buy tickets for $50 each starting July 7 for the Mastercard dinner series atop the H&M billboard in Times Square this summer, which will feature a specialty menu prepared by chef Marcus Samuelsson (of Red Rooster fame) for nightly dinners between July 16 and August 2. All of the proceeds from the ticket sales will go to Stand Up 2 Cancer, and the goal is to raise $4 million for the charity organization.

“I've had several people in my life diagnosed with cancer in the last few years so this issue really hits home,” chef Samuelsson told The Daily Meal. “I thought it was a pretty clever idea to dine 25 feet above Times Square in the name of cancer research, and I'm looking forward to making a flavorful meal featuring the freshest and healthiest of ingredients.”

The sky-high menu will feature fresh and seasonal dishes, including smoked salmon summer roll and cornbread, tomato watermelon gazpacho, miso-grilled sea bass with mushroom and corn dumplings, lime coconut curried chicken, and waffles with ice cream and strawberry jam for dessert.

Get your tickets starting July 7th here.

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Joanna Fantozzi is an Associate Editor with The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter@JoannaFantozzi


LG Electronics unveils Good News billboard in Times Square

LG Electronics LG Electronics has built the largest full LED screen in New York City's Times Square which will display nothing but good news.

Nothing is more cheerful than waking up to a cup of coffee and the morning paper, right?

With news headlines like "Early morning fire displaces 5," "Priest convicted of sex assault faces more charges," and "4 bodies found near New York beach," one has a better chance of starting each day on a positive note by reading books called "Reasons to be Unsatisfied with Your Life" or "Your Parents' Divorce Was Really Your Fault."

To counter all the bad news in the world, LG Electronics created a five-story billboard in Times Square, New York City, which will display only good news.

According to a recent study conducted by LG Electronics, 83% of Americans agree that our country is suffering from a good news deficit and 47% claim they can't remember the last piece of good news they've heard. LG, whose motto is "Life is Good," decided to show everyone that good things do happen in the world with their new Good News billboard.

LG spokesman Ralph Jodice said people will be able to interact with the billboard, which will be the largest full LED screen in Times Square, by texting or tweeting in their own good news.

The billboard was unveiled today at 10:00 a.m. Today only, happiness expert and life coach Sophie Keller will be present at Times Square to talk about the importance of being happy as well as the positive effect good news can have on people's lives. Keller will be available from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. today.

The billboard is located at 45th Street and 7th Avenue. Those who want to send good news in to the board can text 708-515-4079.

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Contents

Shakira was born on February 2, 1977 in Barranquilla, Colombia. She is the only child of William Mebarak Chadid and Nidia Ripoll Torrado. [15] [16] Her father William was born in New York City to a family from Lebanon. When he was 5, his family moved to Colombia. [17] [18] [19] [20] Her Colombian mother side has two Spanish surnames, Ripoll and Torrado, the former of which is Catalan and originates from four brothers who immigrated from Catalonia to coastal Colombia in the 19th century. [21] [22] [23] She has also claimed to have distant Italian roots through an ancestor with the surname "Pisciotti". [24] The name Shakira (Arabic: شاكرة ‎) is Arabic for "grateful", the feminine form of the name Shakir (Arabic: شاكر ‎). She was raised Catholic and attended Catholic schools. [25] She has eight older half-siblings from her father's previous marriage. [26] Shakira spent much of her youth in Barranquilla, a city located on the northern Caribbean coast of Colombia. Shakira's business acumen is often attributed to a high IQ, which is reported in the entertainment press to be 140. [27]

Shakira wrote her first poem, titled "La rosa de cristal" ('The Crystal Rose'), when she was only four years old. [28] As she was growing up, she was fascinated watching her father writing stories on a typewriter, [28] and asked for one as a Christmas gift. She got that typewriter at the age of seven, [28] and has continued writing poetry since then. These poems eventually evolved into songs. When Shakira was two years old, an older half-brother was killed in a motorcycle accident six years later, at the age of eight, Shakira wrote her first song, titled "Tus gafas oscuras" ('Your dark glasses'), which was inspired by her father, who for years wore dark glasses to hide his grief. [29]

When Shakira was four, her father took her to a local Middle Eastern restaurant, where Shakira first heard the doumbek, a traditional drum used in Arabic music and which typically accompanied belly dancing. [30] She started dancing on the table, and the experience made her realize that she wanted to be a performer. She enjoyed singing for schoolmates and teachers (and even the nuns) at her Catholic school, but in second grade, she was rejected for the school choir because her vibrato was too strong. The music teacher told her that she sounded "like a goat". [30] [31] At school, she was often sent out of the class because of her hyperactivity (ADHD). [32] She says she had also been known as "the belly dancer girl", as she would demonstrate every Friday at school a number she had learned. [30] "That's how I discovered my passion for live performance," she says. [27] [26] To instill gratitude in Shakira for her upbringing, her father took her to a local park to see orphans who lived there. The images stayed with her, and she said to herself: "One day I'm going to help these kids when I become a famous artist." [26]

Between the ages of 10 and 13, Shakira was invited to various events in Barranquilla and gained some recognition in the area. [33] It was at this approximate time that she met local theater producer Monica Ariza, who was impressed with her and as a result tried to help her career. During a flight from Barranquilla to Bogotá, Ariza convinced Sony Colombia executive Ciro Vargas to hold an audition for Shakira in a hotel lobby. Vargas held Shakira in high regard and, returning to the Sony office, gave the cassette to a song and artist director. However, the director was not overly excited and thought Shakira was something of "a lost cause". Undaunted and still convinced that Shakira had talent, Vargas set up an audition in Bogotá. He arranged for Sony Colombia executives to arrive at the audition, with the idea of surprising them with Shakira's performance. She performed three songs for the executives and impressed them enough for her to be signed to record three albums. [34]

1990–1995: Beginnings

Shakira's debut album, Magia, was recorded with Sony Music Colombia in 1990 when she was only 13 years old. [35] The songs are a collection made by her since she was eight, [36] mixed pop-rock ballads and disco uptempo songs with electronic accompaniment. The album was released in June 1991 and featured "Magia" and three other singles. Though it fared well on Colombian radio and gave the young Shakira much exposure, the album did not fare well commercially, as only 1,200 copies were sold worldwide. [30] After the poor performance of Magia, Shakira's label urged her to return to the studio to release a follow-up record. Though she was little known outside of her native Colombia at the time, Shakira was invited to perform at Chile's Viña del Mar International Song Festival in February 1993. The festival gave aspiring Latin American singers a chance to perform their songs, and the winner was then chosen by a panel of judges. Shakira performed the ballad "Eres" ("You Are") and won the trophy for third place. One of the judges who voted for her to win was the then 20-year-old Ricky Martin, [35] whose initial prominence had come from his membership in Menudo.

Shakira's second studio album, titled Peligro, was released in March, but Shakira was not pleased with the final result, mainly taking issue with the production. The album was better received than Magia had been, though it was also considered a commercial failure due to Shakira's refusal to advertise or promote it. Shakira then decided to take a hiatus from recording so that she could graduate from high school. [35] In the same year, Shakira starred in the Colombian TV series The Oasis, loosely based on the Armero tragedy in 1985. [37] Since then, the albums have been pulled from release and are not considered official Shakira albums but rather promotional albums.

1995–2000: Latin breakthrough

Shakira originally recorded the song "¿Dónde Estás Corazón?" (later released on her album Pies Descalzos) for the compilation album Nuestro Rock in 1994, released exclusively in Colombia. [38] The song was an instant success on radio stations in Colombia and Sony decided to finance her third record, by giving her the last chance due to previous commercial failures.

Shakira returned to recording music under Sony Music along with Columbia Records in 1995 with Luis F. Ochoa, using musical influences from a number of countries and an Alanis Morissette-oriented persona which affected two of her next albums. [39] [ failed verification ] These recordings spawned her third studio album, and her international debut album, titled Pies Descalzos. Recording for the album began in February 1995, after the success of her single "¿Dónde Estás Corazón?".

The album, Pies Descalzos, was released in October 1995 in the Latin American countries and in February 1996 in the US. It reached number five on the U.S. Billboard Top Latin Albums chart. The album spawned six hit singles, "Estoy Aquí", which reached number two on the U.S. Latin chart, "¿Dónde Estás Corazón?" which reached number five on the U.S. Latin chart, "Pies Descalzos, Sueños Blancos" which reached number 11 on the U.S. Latin chart, "Un Poco de Amor" which reached number six on the U.S. Latin chart, "Antología" which reached number 15 on the U.S. Latin chart, and "Se quiere, Se Mata" which reached number eight on the U.S. Latin chart. [40] In August 1996, RIAA certified the album platinum status. [41]

In March 1996, Shakira went on to her first international tour, named simply the Tour Pies Descalzos. The tour consisted of 20 shows and ended in 1997. Also in that year, Shakira received three Billboard Latin Music Awards for Album of the Year for Pies Descalzos, Video of the Year for "Estoy Aqui", and Best New Artist. [42] Pies Descalzos later sold over 5 million copies, [43] [44] prompting the release of a remix album, simply titled The Remixes. The Remixes also included Portuguese versions of some of her well-known songs, which were recorded as a result of her success in the Brazilian market, where Pies Descalzos sold nearly one million copies. [33]

Her fourth studio album was titled Dónde Están los Ladrones? Produced by Shakira with Emilio Estefan, Jr. as the executive producer it was released in September 1998. The album, inspired by an incident in an airport in which a suitcase filled with her written lyrics was stolen, became a bigger hit than Pies Descalzos. The album has reached a peak position of number 131 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and held the top spot on the U.S. Latin Albums chart for 11 weeks. It has since sold over 7 million copies worldwide [45] and 1.5 million copies in the U.S. alone, making it one of the best selling Spanish albums in the U.S. Eight singles were taken from the album including "Ciega, Sordomuda", "Moscas En La Casa", "No Creo", "Inevitable", "Tú", "Si Te Vas", "Octavo día", and "Ojos Así".

Shakira also received her first Grammy Award nomination in 1999 for Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album. [46] Shakira's first live album, MTV Unplugged, was recorded in New York City on 12 August 1999. Highly acclaimed by American critics, it is rated as one of her best-ever live performances. [47] In March 2000, Shakira embarked on her Tour Anfibio, a two-month tour of Latin America and the United States. In August 2000, she won an MTV Video Music Award in the category of People's Choice – Favorite International Artist for "Ojos Así". In September 2000, Shakira performed "Ojos Así" at the inaugural ceremony of the Latin Grammy Awards, where she was nominated in five categories: Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for MTV Unplugged, Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for "Octavo Día", Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best Short Form Music Video for the video for "Ojos Así". [48]

2001–2004: English transition with Laundry Service

Upon the success of Dónde Están los Ladrones? and MTV Unplugged, Shakira began working on an English crossover album. [49] She learned English with the help of Gloria Estefan. [50] She worked for over a year on new material for the album. "Whenever, Wherever", called "Suerte" in Spanish-speaking countries, was released as the first and lead single from her first English album and fifth studio album throughout the period between August 2001 and February 2002. The song took heavy influence from Andean music, including the charango and panpipes in its instrumentation. It became an international success by reaching number one in most countries. It was also her first success in the U.S., by reaching number six on the Hot 100.

Shakira's fifth studio album and first English language album, titled Laundry Service in English-speaking countries and Servicio De Lavanderia in Latin America and Spain, was released on 13 November 2001. The album debuted at number three on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling over 200,000 records in its first week. The album was later certified triple platinum by the RIAA in June 2004 as well. [51] It helped to establish Shakira's musical presence in the mainstream North American market. Seven singles were taken from the album such as "Whenever, Wherever"/"Suerte", "Underneath Your Clothes", "Objection (Tango)"/"Te Aviso, Te Anuncio (Tango)", "The One", "Te Dejo Madrid", "Que Me Quedes Tú", and "Poem to a Horse".

Because the album was created for the English-language market, the rock and Spanish dance-influenced album gained mild critical success, with some critics claiming that her English skills were too weak for her to write songs for it Rolling Stone, for one, stated that "she sounds downright silly" or "Shakira's magic is lost in translation". [52] A similar view was expressed by Elizabeth Mendez Berry in Vibe: "While her Spanish-language albums sparkled with elegant wordplay, this record is rife with cliches, both musically and lyrically. [. ] For Anglophone Latin lovers, Shakira's lyrics are best left to the imagination." [53] Despite this fact, the album became the best selling album of 2002, selling more than 13 million copies worldwide. [54] and became the most successful album of her career to date. The album earned her the title as the biggest Latin female crossover artist in the world. [55] Around this time, Shakira also released four songs for Pepsi for her promotion in the English markets: "Ask for More", "Pide Más", "Knock on My Door", and "Pídeme el Sol". In Chicago Tribune, journalist Joshua Klein defined her international ascent "as multilateral, multicultural and cooperative as they come." [56]

In 2002, at Aerosmith's MTV Icon in April 2002, Shakira performed "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)". She also joined Cher, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Mary J. Blige, Anastacia, and the Dixie Chicks for VH1 Divas Live Las Vegas. In August, she performed "Objection (Tango)" at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards, and won the International Viewer's Choice Award with "Whenever, Wherever". [57] She also won the Latin Grammy Award for the category of Best Short Form Music Video for the Spanish version of the video. In October, she won five MTV Video Music Awards Latin America for Best Female Artist, Best Pop Artist, Best Artist – North (Region), Video of the Year (for "Suerte"), and Artist of the Year. In November, she embarked on the Tour of the Mongoose with 61 shows occurring by May 2003. The tour was also her first worldwide tour, as legs were played in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Shakira's label, Sony BMG, also released her Spanish greatest-hits compilation, Grandes Éxitos. A DVD and 10-track live album, titled Live & Off the Record, was also released in 2004, commemorating the Tour of the Mongoose.

2005–2007: Fijación Oral, Volumen Uno and Oral Fixation, Volume Two

Shakira's sixth studio album, Fijación Oral, Volumen Uno, was released in June 2005. The lead single from the album, "La Tortura", reached the top 40 on the Hot 100. The song also featured the Spanish balladeer Alejandro Sanz. Shakira became the first artist to perform a Spanish language song at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards. The album was extremely well received. It debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 157,000 copies in its first week. It has since sold over two million copies in the U.S., earning an 11× Platinum (Latin field) certification from the RIAA. Due to its first week sales, the album became the highest debut ever for a Spanish language album. After only a day of release in Latin America, the album earned certifications. In Venezuela, it earned a Platinum certification, in Colombia, a triple Platinum certification, while in Mexico demand exceeded shipments and the album was unavailable after only one day of release. Four other singles were also released from the album: "No", "Día de Enero", "La Pared", and "Las de la Intuición". Fijación Oral, Vol. 1 has since sold over four million copies worldwide. [58] On 8 February 2006, Shakira won her second Grammy Award with the win of Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album for Fijación Oral, Vol. 1. [59] She received four Latin Grammy Awards in November 2006, winning the awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year for "La Tortura", Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for Fijación Oral, Vol. 1. [60]

The lead single for Shakira's seventh album, Oral Fixation, Vol. 2, "Don't Bother", failed to achieve chart success in the U.S. by missing the top 40 on the Hot 100. It did, however, reach the top 20 in most countries worldwide. Shakira's second English studio album and seventh studio album, Oral Fixation, Vol. 2, was released on 29 November 2005. The album debuted at number five on the Billboard 200, selling 128,000 copies in its first week. The album has gone on to sell 1.8 million records in the U.S., and over eight million copies worldwide. [61]

Despite the commercial failure of the album's lead single in the U.S., it went on to spawn two more singles. "Hips Don't Lie", which featured Wyclef Jean, was released as the album's second single in February 2006. It would become Shakira's first number one single on the Billboard Hot 100, in addition to reaching number one in over 55 countries. Shakira and Wyclef Jean also recorded a Bamboo version of the song to serve as the closing ceremony song of the FIFA World Cup 2006. Shakira later released the third and final single from the album, "Illegal", which featured Carlos Santana, in November 2006. She then embarked on the Oral Fixation Tour, which began in June 2006. The tour consisted of 125 shows between June 2006 and July 2007 and visited six continents. In February 2007, Shakira performed for the first time at the 49th Grammy Awards and earned the nomination for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for "Hips Don't Lie" with Wyclef Jean.

In late 2006, Shakira and Alejandro Sanz collaborated for the duet "Te lo Agradezco, Pero No", which is featured on Sanz's album El Tren de los Momentos. The song was a top ten hit in Latin America, and topped the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks chart. Shakira also collaborated with Miguel Bosé on the duet "Si Tú No Vuelves", which was released in Bosé's album Papito. In early 2007, Shakira worked with American R&B singer Beyoncé Knowles for the track "Beautiful Liar", which was released as the second single from the deluxe edition of Beyoncé's album B'Day. In April 2007, the single jumped 91 positions, from 94 to three, on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, setting the record for the largest upward movement in the history of the chart at the time. It was also number one on the official UK Singles Chart. The song earned them a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. Shakira was also featured on Annie Lennox's song "Sing", from the album Songs of Mass Destruction, which also features other 23 other female singers. [62] In late 2007, Shakira and Wyclef Jean recorded their second duet, "King and Queen". The song was featured on Wyclef Jean's 2007 album Carnival Vol. II: Memoirs of an Immigrant.

Shakira wrote the lyrics, and jointly composed the music, for two new songs that are featured in the movie Love in the Time of Cholera, based on the acclaimed novel written by Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez. García Marquez himself asked Shakira to write the songs. [63] The songs that Shakira lent to the soundtrack were "Pienso en ti", a song from Shakira's breakthrough album Pies Descalzos, "Hay Amores", and "Despedida". "Despedida" was nominated for Best Original Song at the 65th Golden Globe Awards.

2008–2010: She Wolf

In early 2008, Forbes named Shakira the fourth top-earning female artist in music industry. [64] Then, in July of that year, Shakira signed a $300 million contract with Live Nation, which was to remain in effect for ten years. [65] [66] The touring group also doubles as a record label which promotes, but does not control, the music its artists release. Shakira's contract with Epic Records called for three more albums as well – one in English, one in Spanish, and a compilation, but the touring and other rights of the Live Nation deal were confirmed to begin immediately.

In January 2009, Shakira performed at the Lincoln Memorial "We Are One" festivities in honor of the inauguration of President Barack Obama. She performed "Higher Ground" with Stevie Wonder and Usher. [67] She Wolf, was released in October 2009 internationally and on 23 November 2009 in the U.S. The album received mainly positive reviews from critics, and was included in AllMusic's year-end "Favorite Albums," [68] "Favorite Latin Albums," [69] and "Favorite Pop Albums" lists. [70] She Wolf reached number one on the charts of Argentina, Ireland, Italy, Mexico and Switzerland. It also charted inside the top five in Spain, Germany and the United Kingdom. It debuted at number fifteen on the Billboard 200. She Wolf was certified double-platinum in Colombia and Mexico, platinum in Italy and Spain, and gold in numerous countries including France and the United Kingdom. The album sold 2 million copies worldwide, becoming one of Shakira's least successful studio album to date in terms of sales. [71]

In May, Shakira collaborated with the South African group Freshlyground to create the official song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)", which is based on a traditional Cameroonian soldiers's Fang song titled "Zangalewa" by the group Zangalewa or Golden Sounds. [72] The single later reached the top 20 in Europe, South America and Africa and the top 40 in the U.S. and was performed by Shakira at the World Cup kick-off and closing. It became the biggest-selling World Cup song of all time. [73] [74]

2010–2015: Sale el Sol and Shakira

In October 2010, Shakira released her ninth studio album, titled Sale el Sol. The album received critical acclaim and was included in AllMusic's "Favorite Albums of 2010" and "Favorite Latin Albums of 2010" year-end lists. [75] [76] At the 2011 Latin Grammy Awards ceremony, Sale el Sol was nominated for "Album of the Year" and "Best Female Pop Vocal Album", winning the award in the latter category. [77] Commercially the album was a success throughout Europe and Latin America, Sale el Sol peaked atop the charts of countries Belgium, Croatia, France, Mexico, Portugal and Spain. In the United States, it debuted at number seven on the US Billboard 200 chart marking the highest debut for a Latin album for the year [78] and was Shakira's fifth album to peak at number one. [79] According to Billboard, 35% of its first-week sales were credited to strong digital sales. [78] The album also peaked at number one on both the Top Latin Albums and Latin Pop Albums charts, achieving strong digital sales in the region. The lead single, "Loca", was number one in many countries. The album had sold over 1 million copies worldwide in 6 weeks, [80] and over 4 million since its release. [81]

In September, Shakira embarked on The Sun Comes Out World Tour, in support of her two most recent albums. The tour visited countries in North America, Europe, South America, Asia, and Africa with 107 shows in all. The tour was met with positive reactions from critics, who praised Shakira's stage presence and energy during her performances. On 9 November 2011, Shakira was honored as Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year and performed a cover of Joe Arroyo's song "En Barranquilla Me Quedo" at the Mandalay Bay Events Center as a tribute to the singer, who had died earlier that year. [82] [83] In 2010 Shakira collaborated with rapper Pitbull for the song "Get It Started", which was slated to be the lead single from Pitbull's upcoming album, Global Warming. The single was released on 28 June 2012. [84] She was also signed to Roc Nation under management purposes for her upcoming studio album. [85]

On 17 September 2012, it was announced that Shakira and Usher would replace Christina Aguilera and CeeLo Green for the fourth season of the U.S. TV show The Voice, alongside Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. Shakira announced that she would focus on her new album in the fall and eventually returned for the show's sixth season in February 2014.

Shakira originally planned to release her new album in 2012, but due to her pregnancy, plans to release the single and video were postponed. [86] [87] In December 2013, it was announced that Shakira's new single had been delayed until January 2014. [88] [89] Shakira's self-titled tenth studio album was later released on 25 March 2014. Commercially the album debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 chart with first week sales of 85,000 copies. By doing so, Shakira became the singer's highest-charting album on the chart, although it also achieved her lowest first-week sales figure (for an English-language album). The album spawned three singles. After release the first two singles from the album, "Can't Remember to Forget You" and "Empire". [90] RCA chose "Dare (La La La)" as third single. [91] [92] The World Cup version was officially released on 27 May to impact radio stations, features Brazilian musician Carlinhos Brown. On 13 July 2014, Shakira performed "La La La (Brazil 2014)" with Carlinhos Brown at the 2014 FIFA World Cup closing ceremony at the Maracanã Stadium. [93] This performance became her third consecutive appearance at the FIFA World Cup. [94] [95]

2016–present: El Dorado and Super Bowl LIV

Shakira began work on her eleventh studio album in the beginning of 2016. [96] In May 2016, she collaborated with Colombian singer Carlos Vives on the track "La Bicicleta", which went to win the Latin Grammy Award for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. On 28 October 2016, Shakira released the single "Chantaje" with Colombian singer Maluma though the song was a track from the upcoming eleventh studio album, it was not intended to be the lead single. [97] The song became Shakira's most-viewed YouTube video, with over 2.1 billion views as of 1 June 2018. On 7 April 2017, Shakira released the song "Me Enamoré" as the second official single taken from her eleventh studio album El Dorado, which was released on 26 May 2017. She also released the song "Perro Fiel" featuring Nicky Jam as a promotional single for the album on 25 May 2017. [98] Its official release as the third single took place on 15 September 2017, the same date its music video, which was filmed in Barcelona on 27 July 2017, was released. [99] Before being released as a single, "Perro Fiel" was already certified as gold in Spain for selling over 20,000 copies on 30 August 2017. [100]

In January 2018, Shakira won her third Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Album for El Dorado, [101] making her the only female Latin artist to do so. She then released "Trap", the fourth single off the album and her second collaboration with Maluma.

The El Dorado World Tour was announced on 27 June 2017, [102] through Shakira's official Twitter account, and was slated to be sponsored by Rakuten. [103] Other announced partners of the tour were Live Nation Entertainment's Global Touring Division (which had previously collaborated with Shakira on her The Sun Comes Out World Tour) and Citi, which the press release named as, respectively, the producer and the credit card for the North American leg of the tour. [104]

The tour, it was announced, would begin on 8 November, in Cologne, Germany. But due to voice-strain related problems the singer experienced during her tour rehearsals, the date was cancelled one day before the original tour schedule, and it was announced that it would be rescheduled for a later date. [105] On 9 November, for the same reason, she also announced the postponements to later dates, to be determined and announced, for both shows in Paris, as well as the following ones in Antwerp and Amsterdam. [106] On 14 November, Shakira made an announcement, through her social networks, in which she revealed that she had suffered a haemorrhage on her right vocal cord in late October, at her last series of rehearsals, and that she thus needed to rest her voice for some time to recover this forced the postponement of the tour's entire European itinerary to 2018.

The Latin American dates were expected to be announced later, when the tour resumed. [103] There were plans to bring the tour, when it did resume, to countries such as the Dominican Republic. [107] In addition, a journalist from the Brazilian edition of the Portuguese newspaper Destak announced, on his Twitter account, that the Colombian singer would visit Brazil the following March. [108] However, according to the same newspaper, due to Shakira's hiatus to recover from her vocal-cord haemorrhage, the Latin American dates were also postponed to the second half of 2018. [109] Eventually, Shakira did recover fully from the haemorrhage she had suffered and resumed her tour, performing in Hamburg, Germany on 3 June 2018.

In January 2018 she announced the dates for her El Dorado World Tour. She began the first leg of her tour in Europe, starting in Hamburg, Germany on 3 June and then ending in Barcelona, Spain on 7 July. She then spent a short time in Asia on the 11 and 13 July, after which she went to North America. She started her time there on 3 August in Chicago and finished in San Francisco on 7 September. Her tour dates for Latin America, started in Mexico City on 11 October and finished in Bogota, Colombia on 3 November. Forbes ranked her among the world's highest-paid women in music in 2019, at number 10. [110]

In February 2020, she and Jennifer Lopez performed for the Super Bowl LIV halftime show. [111] According to Billboard, the halftime show had a viewership of 103 million people. [112] On YouTube, it became the most viewed halftime show at that point in time. [113] Shakira appeared in two television specials with performing her songs during the COVID-19 pandemic, including Global Goal: Unite for Our Future (with "Sale el Sol") [114] and The Disney Family Singalong: Volume II (with "Try Everything"). [115]

In January 2021, Shakira sold her catalog of 145 songs to Hipgnosis Songs Fund. The company did not disclose the financial details of the sale. [116]

On her music, Shakira has said that, "my music, I think, is a fusion of many different elements. And I'm always experimenting. So I try not to limit myself, or put myself in a category, or. be the architect of my own jail." [117] Shakira has frequently stated she is inspired by oriental music and Indian music, which influenced many of her earlier works. [118] She has also been influenced by her Arabian heritage, which was a major inspiration for her breakthrough world hit "Ojos Así". She told Portuguese TV, "Many of my movements belong to Arab culture." She also cites her parents as having been major contributors to her musical style. [119] She is also strongly influenced by Andean music and South American folk music, using her native instrumentation for her Latin dance-pop songs. [120]

Her earlier Spanish albums, including Pies Descalzos and Dónde Están los Ladrones? were a mix of folk music and Latin rock. Her cross-over English album, Laundry Service and later albums were influenced by pop rock and pop Latino. [121] "Laundry Service" is primarily a pop rock album, but also draws influences from a variety of musical genres. [4] The singer credited this to her mixed ethnicity, saying: "I am a fusion. That's my persona. I'm a fusion between black and white, between pop and rock, between cultures – between my Lebanese father and my mother's Spanish blood, the Colombian folklore and Arab dance I love and American music." [122]

The Arabian and Middle Eastern elements that exerted a high influence on Dónde Están los Ladrones? [122] are also present in Laundry Service, most prominently on "Eyes Like Yours"/"Ojos Así". [123] Musical styles from different South American countries surface on the album. Tango, a style of fast-paced ballroom dance that originated in Argentina, is evident on "Objection (Tango)", which also combines elements of rock and roll. [4] The uptempo track features a guitar solo and a bridge in which Shakira delivers rap-like vocals. [124]

She Wolf is primarily an electropop album that combines influences from the musical styles of various countries and regions, like Africa, Colombia, India, and the Middle East. [125] [126] Shakira termed the album as a "sonic experimental trip", and said that she researched folk music from different countries in order to "combine electronics with world sounds, tambourines, clarinets, oriental and Hindu music, dancehall, etc." [127] Her 2010 album, Sale el Sol, is a return to her beginnings containing ballads, rock songs, and Latin dance songs like "Loca". [128] [129] In 2017, Deutsche Welle ' s journalist Kate Müser commented on Shakira's "globalized sound": "[her] Latin beats, spiced with Middle Eastern and other world elements and made comfortably familiar by being churned through the pop machine, make you feel like a citizen of the world." [130]

As a child, Shakira was influenced by rock music, listening heavily to rock bands like Led Zeppelin, [131] The Beatles, Nirvana, The Police and U2, [132] while her other influences included Gloria Estefan, Madonna, Sheryl Crow, Alanis Morissette, Marc Anthony, Meredith Brooks and The Cure. [133] [134]

Dance

Shakira is well known for her dancing in her music videos and concerts. [135] Her distinctive dancing style is said to combine Latin dancing with Middle Eastern belly dancing, [135] [136] which is derived from her Lebanese heritage, [135] and her hip shaking is mentioned in songs, such as Fifth Harmony's "Brave Honest Beautiful". [137] She is noted for usually employing minimal production, usually taking the stage with minimal makeup and natural hair, and without background dancers in her performances, preferring to focus on her vocals, dance moves, and stage presence. [138] She often performs barefoot, [135] [138] a form of dance she learned as a young teen to overcome her shyness. She also mentioned in a MTV interview that she learned how to belly dance by trying to flip a coin with her belly. [135]

Singing

Shakira is a contralto. [139] [140] Shakira is known for her "unique and mesmerizing" singing voice which includes her "trademark" yodeling. [141] Analyzing Shakira's cover of "Je l'aime à mourir", vocal teacher Beth Roars also noted Shakira's use of yodeling, explaining that there is "heaviness at the bottom of her tone" which "flips up" into "her head voice", as well as her ability to execute "complex melisma". She also noted Shakira's use of "Arabic scales", then stating that she uses "harmonic minor scales instead of pentatonic scales". [142] [143]

Shakira is a prominent figure in Latin music, commonly hailed as the 'Queen of Latin Music' [145] for her crossover to the global market which holds a big significance that The New York Times called her the "Titan of Latin Pop" for her unique and leading position in Latin music, saying: "Even as a new generation of Spanish-speaking artists are crossing over into American music's mainstream, Shakira's output stands alone." [146] A similar comparative perspective was made by The Independent, who named Shakira an "International Phenom" for her global appeal and sales statistics, further elaborating with "To put her in perspective, other Latin exports such as Ricky Martin and Jennifer Lopez are mere minnows next to Shakira, both selling half the number of records she does". [147] Forbes has deemed Shakira as "crossover phenom" for her unmatched success of crossover [148] and one of the world's most powerful Latinas. [149] Forbes further listed Shakira as one of the world's most powerful female celebrities. [150] AllMusic's biographer Steve Huey described her as a "Wildly inventive diva who created a cross-cultural pop sound rooted in her native Colombia but encompassing nearly every territory in the world. [. ] she wrote or co-wrote nearly all of her own material, and in the process gained a reputation as one of Latin music's most ambitiously poetic lyricists." [3] Her unprecedented crossover has inspired other Latin American artists to attempt crossing over, one example is Mexican pop star Paulina Rubio, having MTV saying "there's no question that Shakira opened doors in this country for artists like Rubio to succeed." [151] Similarly Spin credits Shakira to have paved the way for other Latin artists to crossover, naming names like Maluma and J Balvin. [152] After the crossover, her global and mainstream presence became big enough for Time magazine to call Shakira a "pop legend." [153] She was marked as "one of the most influential artists of the 21st century" by ET. [154] Throughout her career, Shakira has earned several titles, including "The Crossover Queen" by The Economist, [155] "The Queen of World Cup" by Billboard, [156] and "Latin America's Pop Queen" by Pitchfork. [157] Billboard has also noted that Shakira's music videos have "redefined the role of dancing in music videos", while listing her as the best Latin female music video artist of all time. [158]

The authors of Reggaeton, published by Duke University Press, credited Shakira for popularizing the genre (reggaeton) in North America, Europe, and Asia, [159] while the Public Broadcasting Service called her one of the three "most successful artists of the so-called Golden Age of Latin Music which reshaped America's cultural landscape for the twenty-first century". [160] Alongside her impact on Latin and mainstream pop culture, Shakira has also impacted popular culture in the Arab World due to her popularity in the region. In a publication titled Popular Culture in the Arab World: Arts, Politics, and the Media, author Andrew Hammond credits Shakira for impacting and shifting the images of Arab pop stars such as Moroccan Samira Said and Lebanese Nawal Al Zoghbi, saying "[they] have shifted their image and sound in attempt to follow in her (Shakira's) footsteps". [161]

In 1999 Shakira's MTV Unplugged became the program's first episode to be broadcast entirely in Spanish [162] The concert is also noted to be the first time a Latin pop act attempted an Unplugged, as well as the first Latina solo act to do so. [163] In 2001 Shakira's "Whenever Wherever" music video was aired on MTV with both the English and Spanish versions. According to a spokesman for the channel, this is noted as "the first time that U.S. MTV has aired a Spanish-language video." [164] In 2005, "La Tortura" became the first ever full Spanish-language music video to air on MTV without an English version. [165] The same year it also became the first ever Spanish song to be nominated and performed at the MTV Video Music Awards. [166] In 2006 "Hips Don't Lie" was selected as one of the greatest songs by 21st century female artists by National Public Radio, ranked at number 65. [167] "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)" was named by Billboard the best and most commercially successful World Cup song. [156] [168] Published by the US Bureau of International Information Programs, the journal Global Issues (2006) cited Shakira as an example of a celebrity "in today's globalized world" who "made it big by sharing the uniqueness of their talent and culture with the global community." [169] In 2020, The New Zealand Herald found Shakira's longevity in the industry "particularly impressive given her ability to breach the lines of crossover, a feat not many artists have been able to achieve." [170] A similar remark was made by Paper magazine, when writing about Shakira's longevity and her being one of the few pre-digital era artists to successfully crack the digital-streaming era of music, penning "[Shakira] is a titan in the digital era of music where she devours billions of streams with her catalog." [171]

In 2010, Google revealed that Shakira was the most searched female entertainer of the year. [172] In 2020, Shakira was the most Googled musician of the year. [173]

Shakira has even received the admiration of intellectuals and writers such as Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez who has said "No one of any age can sing or dance with the innocent sensuality Shakira seems to have invented". [28] Márquez wrote an essay exalting Shakira's "phenomenal musical talent", and "extraordinary maturity". [147]

Her influence has transcended the boundaries of pop culture, that she has become a socio-political influencer, and was named as one of the "World's Greatest Leaders" of 2017 by Fortune Magazine. [191] The Guardian has written an extensive article about Shakira's impact on Colombia's social change, specifically in education, and her ability to discuss this issue with world leaders like Barack Obama, and Gordon Brown. [192] Similarly The Independent has described Shakira as a "living proof that pop and politics mix" further noting that through her efforts and influence she is able to have "the ears of the global political elite". [193]

Monuments

  • In 2006, a six-tonne (6.6-short-ton), 5-metre-tall (16 ft) statue of Shakira "Escultura de Shakira" designed by the German artist Dieter Patt was installed in Shakira's hometown Barranquilla in the park near Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez, where Shakira performed during her Oral Fixation Tour. [194]
  • On 6 December 2006, Shakira received the key to Miami, the honour was presented to her by Mayor Manny Díaz for her "global representation of Latinos". [195] The day was declared as "Shakira Day" in the city. [196]
  • In July 2018 Shakira visited Tannourine in Lebanon which is the village of her paternal grandmother. During her visit Shakira visited the Cedars Reserve in Tannourine where a square in the forest was named after her. The square holds the name "Shakira Isabelle Mebarak" [197]

Shakira has received numerous awards and recognition for her work. She is the recipient of three Grammy Awards and twelve Latin Grammy Awards—the most for a female artist. [198] Shakira has sold more than 75 million records worldwide, making her one of world's best-selling music artists. [11] Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems said that "Hips Don't Lie" was the most-played pop song in a single week in American radio history. It was played 9,637 times in one week. Shakira became the first artist in the history of the Billboard charts to reach the number one spots on both the Top 40 Mainstream and Latin Chart in the same week doing so with "Hips Don't Lie". [199] Additionally, she is the only artist from South America to reach the number-one spot on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, the Australian ARIA chart, and the UK Singles Chart. [200]

Her song "La Tortura" at one time held the record for Billboard ' s Hot Latin Tracks chart, appearing at number-one more than any other single with a total of 25 non-consecutive weeks, a record currently held by the Luis Fonsi song "Despacito" with 56 weeks. [201] Nokia stated in 2010, that there were more Shakira music downloads in the prior year than for any other Latino artist in the last five years, and She Wolf topped the Top 10 Latino downloads. [202] In 2010, she was ranked number five on the 'Online Video's Most Viral Artists of 2010' with 404,118,932 views. [203] In 2011, Shakira was honored at the Latin Grammys as Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year, [204] and by the Harvard Foundation as Cultural Rhythms Artist of the Year. [205] She also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame located at 6270 Hollywood Blvd. [206] [207] Originally, she was to be given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2004, but she turned the offer down. [208] In 2012, she received the honor of Chevalier De L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. [209] In 2014, Shakira became the first musical act to perform three times at the FIFA World Cup. [95] In the same year, Aleiodes shakirae, a new species of parasitic wasp was named after her because it causes its host to "shake and wiggle". [210] [211] Forbes ranked Shakira on their list of "Top 100 World's Most Powerful Women" at number 40 in 2012, [212] at 52 in 2013, [213] and at 58 in 2014. [214] In 2015 Time recognized Shakira as one of the most influential people on social media. Shakira and Argentinian president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner were the only Latin influencers named on the list. More so Time noted that Shakira has an "unparalleled platform" on social media where she promotes her philanthropy. [215] In 2008, Shakira was named as the Honorary Chair of the Global Campaign for Education Global Action Week. [216]

In 2018, Spotify included Shakira in the list of top 10 most streamed female artists of the decade on the platform, making her the highest streamed Latin artist. [217] In 2020, Shakira became the first female artist in history to have 4 songs from different decades to have over 100 million streams on Spotify, also marking her as the only artist with Spanish songs, the only Latin artist, and third overall after Michael Jackson and Eminem to achieve this milestone. [218] In 2020 she broke the Vevo Certified Awards records, and set the record at 37, becoming artist with the most videos with over 100 million streams ever. She is now worth $300 million. [219]

Shakira has ventured into many other businesses and industries. She acted in the Colombian telenovela El Oasis in 1994, playing the character of Luisa Maria. [220]

Shakira began her own beauty line, "S by Shakira", with parent company Puig, in 2010. [221] Among the first perfumes it released included "S by Shakira" and "S by Shakira Eau Florale", along with lotions and body sprays. As of 2019, she has released 30 fragrances, not counting deluxe editions. [222] On 17 September 2015, she was featured as a playable bird in the game Angry Birds POP! for a limited time, and also in a special tournament in the game Angry Birds Friends after a few weeks. On 15 October 2015, Love Rocks starring Shakira was the first video game that featured the pop star. [223]

On 14 August 2015, at Disney's D23 Expo, it was announced that Shakira would play a character in the Disney animated movie Zootopia in it, she would give voice to Gazelle, the biggest pop star in Zootopia. Shakira also contributed an original song to the film, titled "Try Everything", which was written and composed by Sia and Stargate. [224] [225] It opened to a record-breaking box office success in several countries and earned a worldwide gross of over $1 billion, making it the fourth highest-grossing film of 2016 and the 43rd highest-grossing film of all time.

Philanthropy, humanitarian work and politics

In 1997, Shakira founded the Pies Descalzos Foundation, a Colombian charity with special schools for poor children all around Colombia. It was funded by Shakira and other international groups and individuals. The name of the foundation was taken from Shakira's third studio album, Pies Descalzos, which she released in 1995. The foundation's main focus is on aid through education, and the organization has five schools across Colombia that provide education and meals for 4,000 children. [226] On 27 April 2014 Shakira was honored with the Hero Award at the Radio Disney Music Awards for her Fundación Pies Descalzos work. [227]

In 2005, Shakira became a founding member of Latin America in Solidarity Action, a coalition of artists and business leaders seeking to promote integrated early childhood public policies. In 2008, she served as the Honorary Chair of the Global Campaign for Education Global Action Week. Later, in 2010, she collaborated with the World Bank and the Barefoot Foundation to establish an initiative that distributes educational and developmental programs for children across Latin America. [216]

Shakira is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and is one of their global representatives. On 3 April 2006, Shakira was honored at a UN ceremony for creating the Pies Descalzos Foundation. [228] In March 2010, she was awarded a medal by the UN International Labour Organization in recognition of being, as UN Labour Chief Juan Somavia put it, a "true ambassador for children and young people, for quality education and social justice". [229] In November 2010, after performing as the opening act of the MTV European Music Awards, the Colombian singer also received the MTV Free Your Mind award for her continuing dedication to improve access to education for all children around the world. [230]

In October 2010, Shakira expressed disagreement with French president Nicolás Sarkozy and his policy of expelling Romani people from the country. [231] In the Spanish edition of the magazine GQ, she also directed a few words to Sarkozy, "We are all gypsies". In the interview she made her viewpoint very clear: "What is happening now to them (the gypsies) will happen to our children and our children's children. We must turn to our citizens to act for the fundamental rights of human beings and condemn all that seems to us indictable", she declared. [232]

In February 2011, the FC Barcelona Foundation and Pies descalzos reached an agreement for children's education through sport. [233] Shakira was honored at the Latin Grammys as the Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year on 9 November 2011, for her philanthropy and contributions to Latin Music. [234] Also in 2011, she was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. [235] The World Literacy Foundation announced Shakira as the recipient of the 2020 Global Literacy Award for "her significant contribution to the improvement of literacy for disadvantaged children around the world." [236]

On 2 November 2018, during a visit to her birthplace, Barranquilla, for the construction of a school through her Barefoot Foundation (Pies Descalzos Foundation), Shakira spoke about the educational policies of the government under Ivan Duque (President of Colombia, [237] 2018–2022). Speaking against the government's intentions to reduce the national education budget from 13% to 7%, she said, "This is unacceptable. It shows that instead of progressing forward we are moving backward. We need to invest more in education and we need to build more schools in places where there are none". She also talked about social inequality and unschooling. [238] In 2020, Shakira was appointed by Prince William, Duke of Cambridge as a voters’ council member for the Earthshot prize which provides 50 environmental pioneers with the funds needed to further their work in tackling major problems impacting the environment. [239] [240] In May 2020, Shakira donated more than 50,000 face masks and ten respirators to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in her hometown of Barranquilla. [241] During the 2021 Colombian protests, Shakira condemned the violence and asked President Iván Duque Márquez to "immediately stop the human rights violations" and "restitute the value of human life above any political interest." [242] [243]

Shakira began a relationship with Argentinian lawyer Antonio de la Rúa in 2000. In a 2009 interview, Shakira stated their relationship already worked as a married couple, and that "they don't need papers for that". [244]

After 10 years together, Shakira and de la Rúa separated in August 2010 in what she described as "a mutual decision to take time apart from our romantic relationship". She wrote that the couple "view this period of separation as temporary", with de la Rúa overseeing Shakira's "business and career interests as he has always done". [245] As first reported in September 2012, [246] de la Rúa sued Shakira in April 2013, asking for $100 million he believed he was owed after Shakira suddenly terminated her business partnership with him in October 2011. [247] His lawsuit was dismissed by a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge in August 2013. [248]

Shakira entered a relationship with the Spanish football player Gerard Piqué, centre back for Barcelona and the Spanish national team in 2011. [249] [250] Piqué, who is exactly ten years her junior, first met Shakira in the spring of 2010, when he appeared in the music video for Shakira's song "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)", the official song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. [246] Shakira gave birth to the couple's first son Milan on 22 January 2013 in Barcelona, Spain, where the family had taken up residence. [251] Shakira gave birth to their second son Sasha on 29 January 2015. [252] Forbes listed Shakira and Gerard in their list of "World's Most Powerful Couples". [253]

In 2020, Shakira announced her completion of an Ancient Philosophy course through the University of Pennsylvania, describing it as an impractical hobby of hers. [254]


Olivia Wilde reveals why love inspires her as she unveils Revlon billboard in Times Square

For Olivia Wilde, her inspiration has always been love.

The 30-year-old actress braved New York City's chilly temperatures Tuesday to unveil an interactive billboard in Times Square for Revlon's "Love is On" campaign.

"I think this is a really positive message," Wilde, who is the brand's celebrity ambassador, told the Daily News of the global love beacon in the heart of Manhattan.

Fans can now use the hashtag #loveison for the chance to appear on the billboard themselves.

"I don't think anything negative can come out of letting love be your guide in life," she noted.

"I have a little love, a big love," Wilde joked to the News.

The brunette beauty was referring to her actor-fiancé Jason Sudeikis and the couple's 6-month-old son, Otis.

"I think love is what has inspired me in all parts of my life to remain really optimistic as a person, as a partner and as a citizen."

"I am a pretty positive person and I think it's because I really believe in the power of love and the human capacity for love," she sweetly said.

"At the risk of sounding really cheesy, I am a big believer in it," she continued. "As soon as we lose this belief in love as the most powerful thing in our lives it's not a good a path."

The gorgeous star kept warm with a stylish white coat over a black ensemble. Wilde added a pop of color by sporting red lips.

Despite the fact that she looked effortlessly chic, she went on to tell The News how keeping up with her beauty regime has changed a bit since the arrival of her little boy.


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"I love the campaign. I love what it stands for, showcasing so many people and all of their different styles," she said. "It's just not about perfect mannequins and perfect models. I know how it is from modeling when I was younger. Sometimes, you want to see how the clothes are worn on real people."

The "real people," including a general contractor from San Luis Obispo, Calif., a student from Washington D.C., a singer/songwriter from Shreveport, La., and Mitchell all styled themselves for the ad campaign.

"I chose all my outfits and I wear them in my everyday life. Jeans and heels are my thing. I'm a real girly-girl, so when I'm not wearing dresses, I'm always wearing heels," she said.

"I love the AE Skinny Kicks because they're sexy and flare, but it's still a slim fit. And it works on me because I have hips."


Interview with model Sarah Kpossa and her journey from France to New York billboard in Times Square.

Model, influencer, basketball player, Sarah Kpossa is a sparkling young woman who arouses a keen interest. Her face, her appearance and her charisma presage a bright future in the world of fashion. Her popularity on Instagram speaks volumes about her influence with over 150,000 followers. She radiates and inspires an entire generation to which it wishes to transmit a message of hope. LA Weekly went to meet her to discover who is hiding behind this woman with feline beauty and creative ambition.

LA Weekly: Hi Sarah, can you introduce you to LA Weekly?

Sarah Kpossa: My name is Sarah Kpossa, I am 17. Moroccan from my mother, half Central Africa and half Reunion Island from my father. I am from Strasbourg in France.

Can you tell us about your background? How did you get into modeling, how you build your name as a Instagram Influencer and why?

SK: I am in high school studying business, and I wish to continue after that. Modeling came into my life quite recently. I started posting photos on Instagram and got good feedback from my community. Then I was spotted by Chance my manager who saw some potential in me. We have started to work together with the first positive results. I then discovered a passion for modeling.

Which brands have you already collaborated with?

SK: I have worked with several brands like CHANCE PARIS, Sixth June, Pretty Little Thing, Project X Paris, Baby Boo Fashion and many more.

We saw you on a Times Square billboard in New York City. It’s impressive! Can you tell us more about this?

SK: Yes, this is amazing I can’t believe this is happening. My manager used to live in New York, and he made some good contact. He talked about me and what I am doing, and they loved my story, and then this happened. Most of my followers come from New York it seems like a good thing to promote myself to the city that never sleeps. This is something me and my family are really proud of, and I hope the people seeing this are liking it. I hope to come soon to the big apple.

You are also a basketball player. What role does sport play in your life?

SK: Yes, I play basketball since I’m 6. Currently, I play in regional D1. But I am also an official departmental referee, which I really like! Sport plays an important role in my life. It is a family affair that is passed from father to daughter. My father is a coach and gave me his drive to be a player. My siblings also play. Sport is, in my opinion, very important in everyday life to keep in good physical condition and let off steam.

What can we expect from Sarah?

SK: I am willing to make it into business, so I am launching KPOSSA BEAUTY, my cosmetic brand so stay tuned. Also, my manager has a luxury clothing brand, and we are going to prepare my collection. I have a lot of projects in the move so follow me to see how it is going.

A word for your followers?

SK: To all my followers thank you so much for your support. You have been with me from the beginning, and I hope you are enjoying the way I am evolving. You are the best and I love you all.


Times Square Yearbook Project Displays Photos Of High School Students On New York Billboard

On Wednesday, a prominent Times Square billboard featured pictures of people you wouldn't expect to see amid hanging advertisements for Broadway productions and McDonald’s Golden Arches. Instead of promoting the latest H&M campaign or a new NBC series, this key space in New York’s advertising hub promoted everyday high school students striving to graduate.

The project was called the Times Square Yearbook, and for one hour it filled the location with images of students like Jabrese S. from Lakewood High, Terrilee B. from Port St. Joe High and Molly F. from Northwestern High, all of whom have pledged to get their high school diploma.

GetSchooled, a nonprofit organization that strives to advance high school graduation rates, collaborated on the project with Viacom and the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens, Get Schooled Executive Director Marie Groark told The Huffington Post.

Earlier this month, GetSchooled asked students to submit pictures of themselves and an explanation of why they were promising to graduate, in return for a chance of having their picture on a Times Square billboard. Over 1,000 photos were submitted. About 400 were chosen.

“We [wanted to] put something together where we would recognize young people who have persisted and promised to continue to persist, and recognize them for their academic efforts,” explained Groark over the phone.

She went on to say that for many of the students chosen, graduating high school is a road ridden with obstacles. Some will be the first in their family to pass this milestone.

Students whose pictures were selected took to Twitter to share their pride:

Blessed Beyond Measures! Thank You @getschooled You Are Appreciated! <3 Much Love. twitter.com/VictoriaHadnot…

— Victoria Hadnot (@VictoriaHadnot) June 12, 2013

Regarding the positive feedback from teens, Groark said: “It's just been fantastic.” She hopes to see future edition of the Times Square Yearbook, and that students will be able to look forward to seeing themselves in lights every year.

Click through the slideshow (below) to see more photos and videos of the Times Square Yearbook.


Glenn Beck unveils enormous billboard in Times Square to promote new website

He's back—sort of. Glenn Beck has unveiled a billboard in New York's Times Square ahead of the Sept. 12 launch of his new streaming video show.

"If I had a dollar for every person who bad mouthed me," the former Fox News host proclaims on the multi-panel 7th Avenue billboard, "I'd have enough money to launch a network."

An adjacent billboard that is apparently unrelated to Beck's show features Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and says, "As we remember 9/11 ten years later, Al Qaeda's silent partner is coming to New York." (While the font and color scheme are similar to Beck's, it's most likely the work of United Against Nuclear Iran, which has produced similar, anti-Ahmadinejad billboard campaigns in the past.)

Beck's live, two-hour, subscribers-only webcast will have its premiere on GBTV.com at 5 p.m. ET from a new studio in Manhattan--that is, until a new studio in Dallas is built, according to Mercury Radio Arts, Beck's production company.

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Early history Edit

When Manhattan Island was first settled by the Dutch, three small streams united near what is now 10th Avenue and 40th Street. These three streams formed the "Great Kill" (Dutch: Grote Kil). From there the Great Kill wound through the low-lying Reed Valley, known for fish and waterfowl, [21] and emptied into a deep bay in the Hudson River at the present 42nd Street. [22] The name was retained in a tiny hamlet, Great Kill, that became a center for carriage-making, as the upland to the south and east became known as Longacre. [23]

Before and after the American Revolution, the area belonged to John Morin Scott, a general of the New York militia, in which he served under George Washington. Scott's manor house was at what is currently 43rd Street, surrounded by countryside used for farming and breeding horses. In the first half of the 19th century, it became one of the prized possessions of John Jacob Astor, who made a second fortune selling off lots to hotels and other real estate concerns as the city rapidly spread uptown. [24]

By 1872, the area had become the center of New York's horse carriage industry. The locality had not previously been given a name, and city authorities called it Longacre Square after Long Acre in London, where the horse and carriage trade was centered in that city. [25] William Henry Vanderbilt owned and ran the American Horse Exchange there. In 1910, it became the Winter Garden Theatre. [26]

As more profitable commerce and industrialization of Lower Manhattan pushed homes, theaters, and prostitution northward from the Tenderloin District, Longacre Square became nicknamed the Thieves Lair for its rollicking reputation as a low entertainment district. The first theater on the square, the Olympia, was built by cigar manufacturer and impresario Oscar Hammerstein I. [27] According to Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898, "By the early 1890s this once sparsely settled stretch of Broadway was ablaze with electric light and thronged by crowds of middle- and upper-class theatre, restaurant and cafe patrons." [28]

1900s–1930s Edit

In 1904, New York Times publisher Adolph S. Ochs moved the newspaper's operations to a new skyscraper on 42nd Street at Longacre Square, on the site of the former Pabst Hotel, which had existed on the site for less than a decade since it opened in November 1899. [29] Ochs persuaded Mayor George B. McClellan Jr. to construct a subway station there, and the area was renamed "Times Square" on April 8, 1904. [30] Just three weeks later, the first electrified advertisement appeared on the side of a bank at the corner of 46th Street and Broadway. [31] The north end later became Duffy Square, and the former Horse Exchange became the Winter Garden Theatre, constructed in 1911. [32]

The New York Times moved to more spacious offices one block west of the square in 1913 and sold the building in 1961. [30] The old Times Building was later named the Allied Chemical Building in 1963. [33] Now known simply as One Times Square, it is famed for the Times Square Ball drop on its roof every New Year's Eve.

In 1913, the Lincoln Highway Association, headed by entrepreneur Carl G. Fisher, chose the intersection of 42nd Street and Broadway (at the southeast corner of Times Square) to be the Eastern Terminus of the Lincoln Highway. This was the first road across the United States, which originally ran 3,389 miles (5,454 km) coast to coast through 13 states to its western terminus in Lincoln Park in San Francisco. [34] [35]

Times Square grew dramatically after World War I. [36] It became a cultural hub full of theatres, music halls, and upscale hotels. [36]

Times Square quickly became New York's agora, a place to gather to await great tidings and to celebrate them, whether a World Series or a presidential election.

Advertising also grew significantly in the 1920s, growing from $25 million to $85 million over the decade. [37] For example, the Wrigley Spearmint Gum sign, possibly the biggest electric sign "in the world," cost $9,000 per month to rent. [38] Some contemporary critics, such as Thorstein Veblen [39] and G. K. Chesterton, [40] disliked the advertising at Times Square. Fritz Lang, after seeing Times Square in 1923, used it as inspiration for his dark industrial film Metropolis. [39]

Entertainment icons such as Irving Berlin, Charlie Chaplin, and Fred Astaire were closely associated with Times Square in the 1910s, 1920s, and 1930s. However, it was also during this period that the area began to be besieged by crime and corruption, in the form of gambling and prostitution one case that garnered huge attention was the arrest and subsequent execution of police officer Charles Becker. [41]

1930s–1950s Edit

The general atmosphere of Times Square changed with the onset of the Great Depression in the early 1930s. City residents moved uptown to cheaper neighborhoods, and many popular theaters closed, replaced by saloons, brothels, "burlesque halls, vaudeville stages, and dime houses". [42] The area acquired a reputation as a dangerous and seedy neighborhood in the following decades. [43]

Nevertheless, Times Square continued to be the site of the annual ball drop on New Year's Eve. The ball drop was placed on hiatus for New Year's Eve in 1942 and 1943 due to lighting restrictions during World War II. Instead, a moment of silence was observed at midnight in Times Square, accompanied by the sound of chimes played from sound trucks.

On May 8, 1945, a massive crowd celebrated Victory in Europe Day in Times Square [44] and on August 15, 1945, the largest crowd in the history of Times Square gathered to celebrate Victory over Japan Day. [45] The victory itself was announced by a headline on the "zipper" news ticker at One Times Square, which read "OFFICIAL *** TRUMAN ANNOUNCES JAPANESE SURRENDER ***", the six asterisks representing the branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. [46]

1960s–1980s Edit

From the 1960s to the early 1990s, the seediness of the area, especially due to its go-go bars, sex shops, peep shows, and adult theaters, became an infamous symbol of the city's decline. [47]

As early as 1960, 42nd Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenue was described by The New York Times as "the 'worst' [block] in town". [48] Later that decade, Times Square was depicted in Midnight Cowboy as gritty, dark, and desperate, and conditions only worsened in the 1970s and 1980s, as did the crime in the rest of the city. By 1984, an unprecedented 2,300 annual crimes occurred on that single block, of which 460 were serious felonies such as murder and rape.

At the time, police morale was low and petty criminals who committed misdemeanors were not being arrested. William Bratton, who was appointed New York City Police Commissioner in 1994 and again in 2014, stated, "The [NYPD] didn't want high performance it wanted to stay out of trouble, to avoid corruption scandals and conflicts in the community. For years, therefore, the key to career success in the NYPD, as in many bureaucratic leviathans, was to shun risk and avoid failure. Accordingly, cops became more cautious as they rose in rank, right up to the highest levels." [49] The city government did not implement broken windows theory at first, and the allowance of low-profile crime was thought by some at the time to have caused more high-profile crimes to occur. [50] Formerly elegant movie theaters began to show porn, and hustlers were common. [51] The area was so abandoned at one point during the time that the entire Times Square area paid the city only $6 million in property taxes, which is less than what a medium-sized office building in Manhattan typically would produce in tax revenue today in 1984 dollars.

In the 1980s, a commercial building boom began in the western parts of Midtown as part of a long-term development plan developed under Mayors Ed Koch and David Dinkins.

1990s Edit

In 1990, the State of New York took possession of six of the nine historic theatres on 42nd Street, and the New 42nd Street non-profit organization was appointed to oversee their restoration and maintenance. The theatres underwent renovation for Broadway shows, conversion for commercial purposes, or demolition. [52]

In 1992, the Times Square Alliance (formerly the Times Square Business Improvement District, or "BID" for short), a coalition of city government and local businesses dedicated to improving the quality of commerce and cleanliness in the district, started operations in the area. [53]

In the mid-1990s, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani led an effort to clean up the area, an effort that is described by Steve Macek in Urban Nightmares: The Media, the Right, and the Moral Panic Over the City: Security was increased, pornographic theatres were closed, and "undesirable" low-rent residents were pressured to relocate, and then more tourist-friendly attractions and upscale establishments were opened. Advocates of the remodeling claim that the neighborhood is safer and cleaner. Detractors have countered that the changes have homogenized or "Disneyfied" the character of Times Square and have unfairly targeted lower-income New Yorkers from nearby neighborhoods such as Hell's Kitchen. [54] [55] The changes were shaped in large part by the actions of The Walt Disney Company, which bought and restored the New Amsterdam Theatre after several attempts at redevelopment had failed. As part of a contract with Disney, officials from the city and state evicted the pornographic theaters and contracted with Madame Tussauds and AMC Theatres to move onto 42nd Street. This spurred the construction of new office towers, hotels, and tourist attractions in the area. [56]

Times Square now boasts attractions such as ABC's Times Square Studios, where Good Morning America is broadcast live competing Hershey's and M&M's stores across the street from each other, and multiple multiplex movie theaters. Additionally, the area contains restaurants such as Ruby Foo's, a Chinese eatery the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, a seafood establishment Planet Hollywood Restaurant and Bar, a theme restaurant and Carmine's, serving Italian cuisine. It has also attracted several large financial, publishing, and media firms to set up headquarters in the area. A larger presence of police has improved the safety of the area. [52]

The theatres of Broadway and the huge number of animated neon and LED signs have been one of New York's iconic images as well as a symbol of the intensely urban aspects of Manhattan. Such signage is mandated by zoning ordinances that require building owners to display illuminated signs, the only district in New York City with this requirement. [57] The neighborhood has a minimum limit for lighting instead of the standard maximum limit. [58] The density of illuminated signs in Times Square rivals that in Las Vegas. Officially, signs in Times Square are called "spectaculars", and the largest of them are called "jumbotrons". This signage ordinance was implemented in accordance with guidelines set in a revitalization program that New York Governor Mario Cuomo implemented in 1993. [52]

Notable signage includes the Toshiba billboard directly under the NYE ball drop, the curved seven-story NASDAQ sign at the NASDAQ MarketSite at 4 Times Square on 43rd Street, and the curved Coca-Cola sign located underneath another large LED display owned and operated by Samsung. Both the Coca-Cola sign and Samsung LED displays were built by LED display manufacturer Daktronics. Times Square's first environmentally friendly billboard powered by wind and solar energy was first lit on December 4, 2008. [59] On completion, the 20 Times Square development will host the largest LED signage in Times Square at 18,000 square feet. [60] The display will be 1,000 square feet larger than the Times Square Walgreens display and one of the largest video-capable screens in the world. [61]

2000s–present Edit

In 2002, New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani administered the oath of office to the city's next mayor, Michael Bloomberg, at Times Square after midnight on January 1 as part of the 2001–2002 New Year's celebration. Approximately 500,000 revelers attended. Security was high following the September 11 terrorist attacks in 2001, with more than 7,000 New York City police officers on duty in the Square, twice the number for an ordinary year. [62]

Times Square started hosting other major annual events in the 2000s. Since 2002, the summer solstice has been marked by "Mind over Madness", a mass yoga event involving up to 15,000 people. Tim Tompkins, a co-founder of the event, said part of its appeal was "finding stillness and calm amid the city rush on the longest day of the year". [63] [64] Architect Mark Foster Gage proposed and designed the original Times Square Valentine's Day heart in 2009. Since then, designing the heart has become an annual competition. [65] [66]

In February 2011, Times Square became smoke-free as New York extended the outdoors smoking ban to the area. The measure imposed a $50 fine for any person caught smoking within the area. [67]

From January 29 to February 1, 2014, a "Super Bowl Boulevard" was held on Broadway, especially in Times Square, between 34th and 47th Streets, as part of Super Bowl XLVIII. The boulevard contained activities such as autographs, a 60 feet (18 m)-high toboggan run, and photographs with the Vince Lombardi Trophy. [68] [69] [70] The area was under increased security and saw over 400,000 people during the period. [71]

Pedestrian plaza Edit

On February 26, 2009, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that traffic lanes along Broadway from 42nd Street to 47th Street would be de-mapped starting Memorial Day 2009 and transformed into pedestrian plazas as a trial until at least the end of the year. The same was done in Herald Square from 33rd to 35th Street. The goal was to ease traffic congestion throughout the midtown grid. The results were to be closely monitored to determine if the project was successful and should be extended. [72] Bloomberg also stated that he believed the street shutdown would make New York more livable by reducing pollution, cutting down on pedestrian-vehicle accidents, and helping traffic flow more smoothly. [73]

The pedestrian plaza project was originally opposed by local businesses, who thought that closing the street to cars would hurt business. [74] The original seats put out for pedestrians were inexpensive multicolored plastic lawn chairs, a source of amusement to many New Yorkers they lasted from the onset of the plaza transformation until August 14, 2009, when they were ceremoniously bundled together in an installation christened Now You See It, Now You Don't by the artist Jason Peters, and shortly afterward were replaced by sturdier metal furniture. [75] Although the plaza had mixed results on traffic in the area, injuries to motorists and pedestrians decreased, fewer pedestrians were walking in the road, and the number of pedestrians in Times Square increased. [76] On February 11, 2010, Bloomberg announced that the pedestrian plazas would become permanent. [77]

The city started rebuilding the plaza in 2010, hiring the design and landscaping firm Snøhetta to permanently replace Broadway's roadway with custom-made granite pavers and benches. [78] By December 2013, the first phase of the Times Square pedestrian plaza had been completed at the southern end of the square in time for the Times Square Ball drop on New Year's Eve. [79] The project was originally intended to be completed by the end of 2015. [79] The entire project was finally completed just before New Year's Eve 2016. [80] Some safety bollards were also installed as part of the renovation to prevent vehicular attacks or collisions on the sidewalk. [81] After a fatal 2017 car crash, there were calls to install more bollards along Times Square. [82]

Times Square's pedestrian plaza is frequented by topless women (with painted breasts) called "desnudas", as well as costumed characters, who typically panhandle for tips. [83] The pedestrian plaza became a source of controversy in the summer of 2015 because of a large number of complaints about the topless women and panhandling characters. [84] Although neither of these activities was illegal, opponents believed that the panhandlers' presence was detrimental to the quality of life in the area. [85] There were calls from Police Commissioner Bratton and Mayor Bill de Blasio to remove the plaza, although Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer opposed the proposal. [85] In June 2016, work started on "pedestrian flow zones" where no one was allowed to loiter, as well as "activity zones" where costumed characters were allowed to perform. [86]

Incidents Edit

There have been several incidents in Times Square:

  • On the morning of March 6, 2008, a small bomb caused minor damage, but there were no reported injuries. [87]
  • On May 1, 2010, Times Square was evacuated from 43rd to 46th Streets following the discovery of a car bomb. It was found to be a failed bombing. [88]
  • On May 18, 2017, a car crash at Times Square killed one person and injured 22 others. [89][90]
  • On August 7, 2019, shortly after the shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, a backfiring motorcycle resulted in a stampede due to the sound being mistaken for gunfire the stampede injured at least twelve people. [91]
  • On May 8, 2021, a dispute between a group of men led to a shooting in which three bystanders were wounded, including a four-year-old girl. [92]

Times Square is the most visited place globally with 360,000 pedestrian visitors a day, amounting to over 131 million a year. [93] As of 2013 [update] , it had a greater attendance than do each of the Disney theme parks worldwide, with 128,794,000 visitors between March 2012 and February 2013, versus 126,479,000 for the Walt Disney World theme parks in Bay Lake, Florida, in 2012. [93] [94]

Even excluding residents from the visitor count, Times Square is the world's second most visited tourist attraction, behind the Las Vegas Strip. [95] The high level of pedestrian traffic has resulted in $4.8 billion in annual retail, entertainment, and hotel sales, [96] with 22 cents out of every dollar spent by visitors in New York City being spent within Times Square. [96] [97]

Since the start of the pandemic in 2020, a lot fewer people have been coming to Times Square. Before the pandemic, around 200 tour bus tickets were sold daily, but now, it is often that only two or three tickets are sold a day. About 108,000 pedestrians visit Times Square each day compared to the 380,000 before the pandemic. Major crime in the Midtown South precinct has declined by nearly 22 percent. [98]

New Year's Eve celebrations Edit

Times Square is the site of the annual New Year's Eve ball drop. About one million revelers crowd Times Square for the New Year's Eve celebrations, more than twice the usual number of visitors the area usually receives daily. [99] However, for the millennium celebration on December 31, 1999, published reports stated approximately two million people overflowed Times Square, flowing from Sixth Avenue to Eighth Avenue and back on Broadway and Seventh Avenue to 59th Street, making it the largest gathering in Times Square since August 1945 during celebrations marking the end of World War II. [100]

On December 31, 1907, a ball signifying New Year's Day was first dropped at Times Square, [101] and the Square has held the main New Year's celebration in New York City ever since. On that night, hundreds of thousands of people congregate to watch the Waterford Crystal ball being lowered on a pole atop the building, marking the start of the new year. It replaced a lavish fireworks display from the top of the building that was held from 1904 to 1906 but stopped by city officials because of the danger of fire. Beginning in 1908, and for more than eighty years thereafter, Times Square sign maker Artkraft Strauss was responsible for the ball-lowering. During World War II, a minute of silence, followed by a recording of church bells pealing, replaced the ball drop because of wartime blackout restrictions. Today, Countdown Entertainment and One Times Square handle the New Year's Eve event in conjunction with the Times Square Alliance. [101] A new energy-efficient LED ball debuted for the arrival of 2008, which was the centennial of the Times Square ball drop. The 2008–09 ball is larger and has become a permanent installation as a year-round attraction, being used for celebrations on days such as Valentine's Day and Halloween. [101]

The New Year's Day celebrations are usually overseen by thousands of police officers. Aluminum barriers are erected to accommodate spectators for the 2020 celebration, attended by a million people, barriers were erected from 38th to 59th Street and from Sixth to Eighth Avenue. [102] Typically, the celebrations create large amounts of waste. The New York City Department of Sanitation estimated that by 8 a.m. on New Year's Day 2014, it had cleared over 50 short tons (45 long tons 45 t) of trash from the New Year's celebration, using 190 workers from their crews and the Times Square Alliance. [103]

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, Times Square was closed to the public for New Year's Day 2021 and observers were dispersed into enclosures measuring 8 by 8 feet (2.4 by 2.4 m). [102] [104]

Times Square is a busy intersection of art and commerce, where scores of advertisements – electric, neon and illuminated signs and "zipper" news crawls – vie for viewers' attention. Notable examples include:

Major buildings on or near Times Square

"Numbered" Times Square buildings

    – The former New York Times Tower (1904) – Renaissance Hotel Times Square (1992) – Thomson Reuters Building (1998–2001) [106] – Condé Nast Building (1996–1999) – Knickerbocker Building (1906) – Times Square Tower (2002–2007) – Times Square Plaza (2007–2010) – 701 7th Ave (and 47th St) in development

Corporate presence
The following companies have corporate presences in the area:

An immediately recognizable location, Times Square has been featured countless times in literature, films, video games, music videos, and on television.

The seediness of the area was featured prominently in such films as Midnight Cowboy [107] (1969), Born to Win [108] (1971), and Taxi Driver (1976). [109] The area was shown in the 1980 film Times Square, which featured a punk rock/new wave soundtrack. [110] It was also depicted in the 2011 movie New Year's Eve. [111] The area also appeared on The Amazing Race as the starting location in a race around the world in the first episode of the show's 25th season, [112] as well as on the sixth season of the Israeli edition of The Amazing Race with teams finishing their second leg in Times Square. [113]

Times Square has been fictionally attacked and destroyed in several movies, including Knowing, when a solar flare destroys New York City [114] Deep Impact, when a tsunami created from a meteor impact destroys New York City the 1998 film Godzilla, where Godzilla is chased through the square the Ghostbusters movies Stephen King's The Stand, where the intersection is overcome by total anarchy Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. It was also seen in the festival battle scene in the 2002 film Spider-Man, and a stand-off in the later film The Amazing Spider-Man 2. [115]

Films and TV shows have also employed the opposite tactic, depicting the typically bustling area as eerily still, such as in Vanilla Sky, [116] as well as the post-apocalyptic I Am Legend, in which Will Smith and his dog go hunting for deer in the deserted urban canyon. [114] In the pilot episode of the TV series Blindspot, Times Square is completely emptied due to an abandoned bag being suspected to be a bomb. [117]


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