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Jul 31, 2013 | 5:08pm EDT

"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... 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... and she sold, like, 13 million (copies) of that album." Gloria Estefan fought record company bosses over Shakira's first English-language album.

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