Alexandra Stan

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Alexandra Stan
Alexandra Stan
Stan in Sofia
Background information
Birth name Alexandra Ioana Stan
Born (1989-06-10) 10 June 1989 (age 25)[1]
Origin Constanța, Romania
Genres House, pop, dance
Occupation(s) Singer, Model, Songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2009–present
Labels Media Pro, Ultra, Columbia, Roton Music
Associated acts Carlprit, Follow Your Instinct, Trupa Zero, DJ Andi, Grano

Alexandra Ioana Stan (born 10 June 1989) is a Romanian singer, model and songwriter. She released her debut single, "Lollipop (Param Pam Pam)", in late 2009, which peaked at number-eighteen in Romania, only.

Her second single release, "Mr. Saxobeat", became her worldwide breakthrough hit, selling more 10,000,000 copies in less than a year and reaching the top five in over thirty countries, such as New Zealand and the United Kingdom, and the top 10 in Australia, plus top 30 in Canada and United States. She released her debut album in August 2011, titled Saxobeats. The album spawned two more singles: "Get Back" and "1,000,000", featuring rapper Carlprit.

On 4 June 2012, she released "Lemonade" as the lead single from the re-release of her debut album Saxobeats. The song charted major and was certified Gold in Italy and China. Stan then released "Clichè (Hush Hush)" as the follow-up to "Lemonade" on 27 September 2012, and as the second single from the re-release. The song failed to chart. A collaboration with Manilla Maniacs for the song "All My People" was selected as the third and final single from the record. The song was released on 1 May 2013, with the latter two singles both receiving moderate success. All My People has supported the Romania national football team against Greece for the qualification to the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil.

The second album was released on August 27, 2014 under the label Roton Music. The title of the album is "Unlocked". The Singer announced on her Facebook Account, that the international version of her sophomore album will consist of new songs and new graphyics.

Early life and early career[edit]

Alexandra Stan was born in Romania in Constanța. She studied at the Traian Highschool, and became a student at the Faculty of Management Andrei Saguna. From a very young age, Alexandra showed a special interest in music, singing popular melodies and even creating her own songs. She participated in various music-related contests like Mamaia Music Festival, winning various awards. Alexandra became known in her native country with her first single "Lollipop". A short time after launching her debut single, she appeared on many radio stations and shows on Romanian TV channels. Her second single, "Mr. Saxobeat", became a No.1 hit and reached the first places in the international music tops and stayed there for a few weeks. Her first tour of France was at the beginning of 2011.[2] During an interview, she stated that she believes in God and she has her own religious principles.[3]

Musical career[edit]

2009–14: Saxobeats[edit]

Alexandra at Eska Music Awards 2011

In 2009, Stan released her debut single, "Lollipop"[4] The song impacted some major Germany mainstream radio stations in early 2010, with an A-list addiment in May 2010. During summer 2010, she premièred a new promotional track "Show Me The Way" and toured Romania. In September 2010, Stan premiered her second release "Mr. Saxobeat". In less than two months, the song became her greatest hit in Romania, peaking at number-one on the Romanian Top 100 and defending the position for eight consecutive weeks.[5] The song was commercially successful worldwide. In early 2011, it entered the Spanish Singles Chart and debuted inside the top ten of the French Singles Chart, as well as in the Canadian Hot 100. It hit the No. 1 position in Italy and Denmark, and subsequently in Slovakia, Hungary and Poland. In late May, "Saxobeat" became the first Romanian song to reach No. 1 in Germany since "Dragostea din Tei" (2004). It was a number-one in Austria, Germany and Switzerland for twenty weeks in total.

After the success of "Mr. Saxobeat", Stan released a follow-up "Get Back". It peaked at number-one in Slovakia, at number-four in the Romanian Top 100, at number-eight in Finland and inside the top twenty in over five countries. In summer 2011, Stan released another single, "Million", featuring famed rapper Carlprit. As of September 2011, the song has received airplay in France but missed the top forty.

Alexandra Stan performing at the presentation of the Austrian Sports Personality of the Year 2011

On 29 August 2011, Stan released her début album, titled Saxobeats. It features eight tracks plus five remixes. The album was first released in France, then in Germany, Switzerland, Norway, Spain, Poland and Italy.[6][7] It was released in the United States and Canada on 25 October, through Ultra Records.Her fourth overall single has just been sent to mainstream radio stations in Belgium, France and Romania.[8]

Stan received multiple certification awards for "Mr. Saxobeat", including platinum in Australia[9] and Spain,[10] Platinum in Denmark[11] and Sweden[12] and Multi-Platinum in Italy.[13] At the 2011 Romanian Music Awards, she received two nominations for "Mr. Saxobeat" ("Best Dance" and "Best Song", winning the latter) and two nods for herself "Best Female" and winning the "Borderbreaker Award". She was also nominated for Best European Act at the 2011 MTV Europe Music Awards, after winning Best Romanian Act where she was nominated alongside rapper Guess Who and Puya, singer Smiley and band Fly Project. In November,[when?] Stan lost the Best European to Lena Meyer-Landrut from Germany. In June 2012, Alexandra Stan released a new single called "Lemonade". Her music video was released on YouTube on 4 June. The video received over 29 million views on YouTube, and has charted in Italy, Romania and China. A new song following up to her "hit" Lemonade was released 27 September 2012, titled "Cliche (Hush Hush)", but with no big success.

In 2012, Alexandra Stan, won an EBBA-award. Every year the European Border Breakers Awards (EBBA) recognise the success of ten emerging artists or groups who have reached audiences outside their own countries with their first internationally released album in the past year. Follow Your Instinct features her for the single "Baby Its OK". It charted only in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. It samples "Give It Up" by KC and the Sunshine Band.

Marcel Prodan case[edit]

In June 2013 she was hospitalised and concerts were cancelled. While her staff initially claimed she was involved in an accident, she later accused her manager, Marcel Prodan, of beating her.[14] On 18 June, Alexandra Stan filed a criminal complaint against Prodan for blackmail. She plans to add "bodily injury" and "burglary" to the complaint.[15] Her new album was supposed to be released in September 2013, but due to the incident with her manager, the release has been postponed. She was interviewed by the police a day after the attack, while still in hospital.[16] According to Romanian sources, she decided to take a break .

2014: Return and "Unlocked"[edit]

"Thanks For Leaving", was released on 28 April 2014 as a promotional single from her second album, and was the first song they would hear following her reissues album Cliche (Hush Hush) in 2013.

Alexandra released then "Cherry Pop" with a fresh and colourfull music video on 28 May 2014. The song went number one on the iTunes dance chart in Japan within 2 hours. It was directed by Khaled Mokhtar.

Her third single "Dance" was released July 18th 2014, it reached number one on the iTunes dance chart. Stan was the songwriter

On August 21, was released her newest single "Give Me Your Everything" and the cover of her album Unlocked. The album contains 13 songs and two remixes.

Discography[edit]

Music videos[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Year Song Album
2009 "Lollipop (Param Pam Pam)" Saxobeats
2010 "Mr. Saxobeat"
2011 "Get Back (ASAP)" "1.000.000 (One Million)" (featuring Carlprit)
2012 "Lemonade"
2012 Cliche (Hush Hush)
2013 "All My People" (vs. Manilla Maniacs)
2014 "Thanks For Leaving" Unlocked
"Cherry Pop"
"Dance"
"Give Me Your Everything"

As featured artist[edit]

Year Song Album
2013 "Baby, it's OK" (Follow Your Instinct featuring Alexandra Stan) TBA
2014 "Inima de Gheata" (Trupa Zero featuring Alexandra Stan) TBA
"Set Me Free" (DJ Andi/ Grano featuring Alexandra Stan) Unlocked

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2011 2011 MTV Europe Music Awards "Best Romanian Act" "Alexandra Stan" Won
"Best European Act" "Alexandra Stan" Nominated
European Border Breakers Award[17] "European Border Breakers Award" "Alexandra Stan" Won
Premios 40 Principales Best International Song Mr. Saxobeat Nominated
2012 RRA Awards "Best Pop-Dance Song" "Get Back (ASAP)" Won
Romanian Music Awards "Best Female" "Alexandra Stan" Won
"Best Album" "Saxobeats" Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ allmusic.com Alexandra Stan profile
  2. ^ "Artist | Alexandra Stan". alexandrastan.ro. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Scris de Valy (15 November 2010). "Making of "Mr. Saxobeat" video". Urban.ro. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Video | Alexandra Stan – Part 3". alexandrastan.ro. Retrieved 19 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "Top 29 piese romanesti (saptamana 8 – 14 noiembrie)" (in Dutch). urban.ro. 16 November 2010. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 19 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Saxobeats - Alexandra Stan - empik.com". Retrieved 17 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "L'ALBUM DI ALEXANDRA STAN SARA' IN TUTTI I MIGLIORI NEGOZI DI DISCHI DAL 27 SETTEMBRE 2011!!!!". Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  8. ^ Monden: Alexandra Stan si a lansat single ul 1000000 in premiera la Pro FM » Monitorul de Suceava – Joi, 6 Octombrie 2011. Monitorulsv.ro (6 October 2011). Retrieved on 10 July 2012.
  9. ^ "Top 50 Singles Chart – Australian Record Industry Association". Ariacharts.com.au. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  10. ^ "Top 50 Canciones" (in Spanish). PROMUSICAE. Week 21, 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2011.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  11. ^ "Certificeringer | ifpi.dk" (in Danish). IFPI Danmark. Retrieved 19 August 2011. 
  12. ^ "Veckolista Singlar – Vecka 27". Sverigetopplistan. GLF. 8 July 2011. Retrieved 9 July 2011. 
  13. ^ "FIMI certifications". fimi (in Italian). FIMI Italy. 8 May 2011. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  14. ^ http://www.mediafax.ro/life-inedit/alexandra-stan-desfigurata-dupa-ce-ar-fi-fost-batuta-de-manager-foto-10977576
  15. ^ http://stirileprotv.ro/stiri/actualitate/alexandra-stan-il-acuza-pe-marcel-prodan-de-santaj-in-plangerea-depusa-la-parchetul-din-constanta.html
  16. ^ http://www.click.ro/vedete/romanesti/alexanndra-stan-audiata-spital_0_1635436453.html#
  17. ^ "Another Border Breaker...". Alexandra Stan's Official Page. Retrieved 07/10/2011.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Inna
MTV Europe Music Awards winner
2011
Served alongside: Best Romania Act
Succeeded by
Vunk
Preceded by
Inna
EBBA winner
2012
Served alongside: Romania
Succeeded by
Unsurpassed