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Shakira postpones January concerts in Miami, Sunrise

Citing her ailing vocal cords, global pop star Shakira on Wednesday postponed January concerts at the BB&T Center in Sunrise and AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami.

The BB&T Center performance on Jan. 11 has been rescheduled for Aug. 15. Miami concerts scheduled for Jan. 12-13 will take place Aug. 17-18. A Jan. 9 concert at Orlando’s Amway Center has been moved to Aug. 14. Tickets for the original shows will be valid for the new dates or can be refunded at point of purchase.

Last month, vocal problems forced Shakira to postpone several dates on a European leg of her tour, which kicked off Nov. 8 in Cologne, Germany. The tour supports the album “El Dorado,” a multiplatinum-selling release that includes the singles “La Bicicleta,” “Me Enamoré,” “Déjà vu” and “Chantaje.”

In a statement on her website, Shakira thanked fans for their messages of support and their patience.

“You have made me feel that my voice is not only mine, but also yours,” she wrote. “Though I very much hoped to be able to recover my vocal cords in time to pick the tour back up in January, and after exploring many options to that effect, I have accepted that this is an injury that simply needs more time and care to heal,” she wrote.

“I feel for all of you who planned ahead to come to these shows and who have been so patient as I took the time needed to figure out the best course of action with my doctors.”

For more information, visit Shakira.com and Ticketmaster.com.

bcrandell@sun-sentinel.com

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