Gloria Estefan 'Fought Hard' for Shakira, She Tells 'Oprah's Next Chapter'

6:00 AM PST 08/01/2013 by Lars Brandle, Billboard
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The game-changing Latina sits down with the queen of talk to discuss her accomplishments, her struggles to help others succeed and the accident that almost left her paralyzed.

Gloria Estefan will join Oprah Winfrey for an in-depth interview covering the Latin music superstar's extraordinary career -- and the many musical paths she's helped pave for others.

The seven-time Grammy Award winner is the latest musician to join Winfrey on her OWN show Oprah's Next Chapter, following high-profile chats with the likes of Justin Bieber, Usher, Rihanna and Fergie.

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In the episode that goes to air Aug. 4 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, Estefan explores how she guided the careers of Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony and Shakira, among others. In one stretch, she tells Oprah how she fought label execs to release Shakira's first English-language album, a record that went on establish the Colombian beauty as a global star.

"They wanted her just to throw a couple of songs in English on a Latin record, and I fought hard. I said, 'Listen. This is her shot. You can't do it halfway, you know?’” Estefan says. "An American audience is not gonna get a record that's mostly Spanish because there's a couple of English cuts on it. They're gonna want to hear the whole thing. This is gonna work. I fought hard for her. Fought hard. And she sold like 13 million of that album."

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Estefan and Oprah sit down for a Cuban-style lunch at the singer’s home in Vero Beach, Florida, where they chat about Estefan’s upbringing as a Cuban exile, her rise into the mainstream and that shocking bus crash in the 1990s that almost left her paralyzed.

Latin music's premier female artist has sold more than 100 million albums. She's also in charge of a string of enterprises, has a Broadway musical about her life, and owns a minor stake in the Miami Dolphins NFL team.

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