Had Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll (yeah, truncating it, Cher/Madonna-style, was probably a good idea) — the 29-year-old, Colombian-born singer who's been making albums (mostly sung in Spanish) since she was 15 — broken through in the U.S. at the height of the late '90s, Ricky Martin-led Latin-pop explosion, she'd be . . . well, she'd probably be as washed up as Ricky Martin is these days. Instead, she waited until the fad chilled out a bit, then wrote and recorded her first primarily... More >>>