International Superstar Shakira Makes History with Biggest Spanish Language Album Debut Ever

Fijacion Oral vol. 1 Featuring #1 Smash 'La Tortura' Lands at #4 on the

Billboard Top 200 chart and #1 on the Latin Album chart with Sales Over


Album Debuts at #1 in Several Countries Around the World

Jun 15, 2005, 01:00 ET from Epic Records

    NEW YORK, June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- From the very start of her stellar
 career the internationally revered creative force Shakira has been a leader in
 bridging cultures through her music.  And today, she makes musical and
 cultural history with the debut of her new Spanish language album Fijacion
 Oral vol. 1 which sold over 157,000 copies in its first week of release,
 charting at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart.  With this remarkable
 debut, Shakira's new album marks the biggest one week sales and highest chart
 debut for a Spanish language release in the Soundscan era.  Sales of Fijacion
 Oral vol. 1 more than doubles the record set by Ricky Martin in 2003 when his
 album debuted at #12 selling 65,000 copies.  Fijacion Oral vol. l also debuted
 at #1 on the Billboard Latin Album chart and is #1 in Spain, Mexico, Colombia,
 Central America, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Argentina and Chile.  The album
 made impressive debuts in many non-Hispanic markets as well, with at #2 debut
 in Germany and a #3 debut in Austria and Switzerland.
     Shakira's first single "La Tortura" featuring Spanish superstar Alejandro
 Sanz fast became a #1 radio smash around the globe, including the U.S. Latin
 chart where it currently sits at the top. In addition, Shakira's video for "La
 Tortura" broke new ground as the first Spanish language video added into
 regular rotation on MTV and VH-1.  And when MTV aired Making of the Video:
 Shakira last month, it marked the first time in history that MTV broadcasted a
 Making of the Video entirely in Spanish.  "La Tortura" was also AOL's biggest
 Spanish language video ever and the most streamed Spanish language video on
 Yahoo! Music.  It also hit #1 on the iTunes Pop and Latin album charts.
     And the fans have responded. On June 6th, more than 150,000 fans poured
 into Madrid's historic La Puerta de Alcala to see Shakira perform in
 celebration of the launch of Fijacion Oral vol. 1.  On June 8th, her New York
 appearance at the Virgin Megastore in Times Square drew masses of fans closing
 down several city blocks.  Over the next two days, Shakira's explosive CD
 signings in Miami and then Puerto Rico attracted thousands and thousands of
     In 2001, Shakira went from Latin American superstar to revered musical
 world power with the release of Laundry Service, her 13x platinum English
 album, which earned her the title as the biggest Latin female crossover artist
 in the world.  Her career can already boast a string of chart-topping hits in
 both English and Spanish, career sales of 25 million albums and three Latin
 Grammys including the Best Latin Pop Album Grammy for her acclaimed MTV
 Unplugged album.
     Fijacion Oral vol. 1 is just the beginning. In November, a completely new
 body of work, an English album entitled Oral Fixation vol. 2 hits stores on
 November 15, 2005.
     Press Contact:
      Lois Najarian
      Epic Records

SOURCE Epic Records