Pop star Shakira became the first Colombian to receive a star.
Shakira is the latest star to join the coveted billionaire club on YouTube.
The Colombian singer’s “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” – the official 2010 FIFA World Cup song – reached more than 1 billion views on the video streaming site. As of Monday afternoon, the video had been view 1,001,078,940 times.
“Wow! Waka Waka now has more than a BILLION views! The song and the video that changed my life,” Shakira tweeted on Monday with a link to the music video.
Wow! Waka Waka now has more than a BILLION views! The song and the video that changed my life. https://t.co/0W2ycgt3DI Shak
— Shakira (@shakira) January 25, 2016
The Barranquilla native has said that the song “Waka Waka” changed her life because she met Spanish soccer player Gerard Pique while shooting the video. The two have been together since 2010 and have sons Milan and Sasha.
Shakira is only the third Latin to enter the coveted group following in the steps of Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” and “Bailando” by Enrique Iglesias.
Following just shy of 1 billion views are Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull with their single “On the Floor” and Romeo Santos with “Propuesta Indecent.” Santos and Iglesias tunes are the only Spanish-language songs in the top 30 most viewed videos on YouTube.
South Korean pop singer Psy and his viral hit “Gangman Style” holds the title of YouTube’s most viewed video with more than 2.5 billion views.
Adele’s “Hello” outpaced Psy on the race to 1 billion views on YouTube. The British singer greeted its 1 billionth view in 87 days, breaking the 158-day record held by Psy's "Gangnam Style."