Shakira Becomes Most-Liked Musician on Facebook

Shakira

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Most artists might see a bump in social media follower counts slightly after a new album, but Shakira is instead seeing one before.

The Latin music star is now the most-liked musician on Facebook, the singer announced on her page today (March 21). She's garnered over 86.3 million likes at press time, now edging out the 86.2 million of Rihanna.

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In response, the singer made a statement on her page, thanking fans for their support.

"Wow... I was just told I now have the most-followed page on Facebook in the world! I still cannot believe it!" the post reads. "I always wanted to have a lot of friends but never imagined it would be so many... 86 [million]! So humbled, can't thank you guys enough for your support. I feel so fortunate to have you."

She closed the post with, "Giant kiss! Forever thankful," with an accompanying photo of her blowing a kiss to the camera.

The announcement precedes the release of her self-titled new album this Tuesday (March 25). Lead single "Can't Remember to Forget You" -- interestingly featuring the now-No. 2 in Facebook likes in Rihanna -- has peaked at No. 15 on the Hot 100.