Phoenix, AZ (June 27, 2017) – Twelve-time GRAMMY® Award-winner and international superstar Shakira has announced plans to embark on her EL DORADO WORLD TOUR, presented by Rakuten. The tour, produced by Live Nation, will feature many of her catalog hits and kicks off on November 8th in Cologne, Germany. It will feature stops throughout Europe and the US including Paris’ AccorHotels Arena and New York’s Madison Square Garden. The tour makes a stop in Phoenix at Talking Stick Resort Arena on Saturday, February 3rd.
“Thank you all so much for listening to my music in so many places around the world. I can’t wait to be onstage again singing along with all of you, all of your favorites and mine. It's going to be fun! The road to El Dorado starts now!” Shakira said.
The tour announcement comes on the heels of Shakira’s 11th studio album release, EL DORADO, which hit #1 on iTunes in 37 countries and held 5 of the top 10 spots on the iTunes Latino Chart within hours of its release. The 5x platinum album, including her already massive global hits - “La Bicicleta,” “Chantaje,” “Me Enamoré,” and “Déjà vu”- currently holds the top spot on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums, marking her 6th #1 album on this chart. Her single, “Chantaje” featuring Maluma, is 16x diamond certified, while its video currently has been viewed over 1.4 billion times, making it the #5 fastest video to reach 1 billion views worldwide and working its way to soon be the most viewed video of her entire catalogue.
Tickets for the EL DORADO WORLD TOUR go on-sale to the general public beginning Friday, June 30th at 10am local time. Citi® is the official presale credit card for the U.S. leg of the EL DORADO WORLD TOUR. As such, Citi® cardmembers will have access to purchase U.S. presale tickets beginning Tuesday, June 27th at 10am local time until Thursday, June 29th at 10pm local time through Citi’s Private Pass® program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.
On her first-ever partnership with Rakuten, Shakira commented, “I'm so excited to be announcing the EL DORADO WORLD TOUR, I feel this will be my best tour yet, and am thrilled to be supported by such an amazing partner as Rakuten, with whom I share the same values!”
Global internet services leader, Rakuten Inc, with over 70 services and one billion members across e-commerce, digital contents and fintech businesses, will be the sole presenting sponsor of the El Dorado World Tour. Rakuten is known for its support of major music and sporting events in Japan and around the world but this will be its first sponsorship of a pop star of Shakira’s global standing, a bold new step aimed at boosting Rakuten's global branding, customer & community engagement. Viber, a global voice and messaging platform with 900 million users and Rakuten Group company, will also become the ‘Official Messaging App’ for the tour. Viber will also hold an exclusive presale of tour tickets for Viber users, beginning Wednesday June 28th at 10am local time, followed by a Live Nation presale that will begin Thursday, June 29th at 10am local time. For all ticket purchase information, please visit http://www.shakira.com/
Over the course of her career, Colombian singer-songwriter and GRAMMY® winner Shakira has sold over 60 million records worldwide and has won numerous awards including two GRAMMYs®, eight Latin GRAMMYs®, and several World Music Awards, American Music Awards and Billboard Music Awards, to name a few. She is the only artist from South America to have a number one song in the US, and has had four of the 20 top-selling hits of the last decade. At the age of 18, she founded the Pies Descalzos (Barefoot) Foundation which currently provides education and nutrition to over six thousand impoverished children in Colombia and is expanding its work to other countries, including newly launched projects in Haiti and South Africa. In October 2011, Shakira was named a member of President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. Shakira served as coach on the 4th and 6th season of "The Voice," NBC's hit reality vocal competition series that searches for the nation's best voice. Her tenth studio album “Shakira” was released in 2014, featuring hits such as “Can’t Remember to Forget You,” with Rihanna and “La La La (Brazil 2014)” which she performed at the finals of Fifa's World Cup 2014 in Brazil. In 2016, she starred as Gazelle in Disney’s record-breaking film “Zootopia,” as well as contributing to its soundtrack with “Try Everything”. In June, she launched “La Bicicleta” with fellow Colombian artist Carlos Vives, which broke records in Colombia when it remained #1 for 18 consecutive weeks and spent 13 weeks at #1 in Spain, as well as reaching #1 on US Latin iTunes. The video, shot in Shakira and Carlos’s hometowns of Barranquilla and Santa Marta, respectively, has over 900 million views on Vevo to date. It was followed up by the seductive track “Chantaje” (Blackmail) feat. Maluma. With over 1.1 billion views on YouTube, it is one of the platform’s biggest Latin hits in history. It also reached #1 on the "Latin Airplay" chart and was certified Double Platinum in Spain. Shakira recently released her 11th studio album, “El Dorado” which was recorded primarily in Spanish. Upon release, the album charted #1 on iTunes in 37 Countries.
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