DJ Sammy

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DJ Sammy
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DJ Sammy in 2005, performing at the BCM nightclub in Mallorca
Background information
Birth name Samuel Bouriah
Also known as Frankie Wilde, Le Petit Sam
Born (1969-10-19) 19 October 1969 (age 44)
Mallorca, Spain
Genres Eurodance, Eurotrance
Occupations DJ, producer
Years active 1984–present
Website dj-sammy.com

Samuel Bouriah (born 19 October 1969), better known by his stage name, DJ Sammy is a Spanish DJ and producer. He has released five albums and has had five Top 10 hits, inlcuding "Heaven", which reached number one in the UK in 2002.[1] His career started with former spouse Marie-José van der Kolk in the making of his first singles, under the stage name of DJ Sammy feat. Carisma. He has one daughter, Saphira María (born 10 February 2005) from his marriage with van der Kolk.

Career[edit]

DJ Sammy started his music career in 1984 in the dance clubs of Mallorca, playing gigs at clubs such as Alexandra's (rebuilt around 1998/99 and renamed to Boomerang's), Banana's and Zorba's. During this time he completed training as a sound technician at the Majorca Music College. He was also a DJ at the Cadena Top radio station. In 1991, he met dancer Marie-José van der Kolk and they performed at Zorba's Club in Palma. In 1992, DJ Sammy became resident DJ at the Joy Palace Club in Arenal and Marie Jose was a resident dancer there.

In November 1995, DJ Sammy released his first single "Life Is Just a Game" with Marie-José who started singing. The track became a Top 10 hit in the Spanish record chart. Other singles, such as "You're My Angel" and "Prince of Love", have been popular in the German record chart. In June 1998, DJ Sammy released his debut album, Life Is Just a Game.

DJ Sammy founded his own dance music label, Super M Records, as well as the Gamba Music Company.[2] In 2002, Sammy released the album, Heaven with charting singles released such as "Sunlight" and cover versions of Bryan Adams, "Heaven" with Dutch vocalist Do and Don Henley's "The Boys of Summer".

In 2005, his next album was The Rise, with charting singles such as "Rise Again" which was featured on the 2004 movie soundtrack, It's All Gone Pete Tong, and a cover of Annie Lennox's "Why".

In 2007 Sammy collaborated with Enrique Iglesias, remixing his song "Tired of Being Sorry", the second track from his hit album, Insomniac. Following this success, in April 2007, Marta Sánchez released the song "Superstar", produced and co-written by Sammy. The song was her biggest hit since "Soy Yo". On David Bisbal's album Premonición, Sammy wrote and produced the track "Aquí Ahora". He also worked on Soraya Arnelas' album, Sin Miedo.[3]

He toured the world with the Balearic Masters tour, which commenced at the end of 2007. He took his protégé, writer and singer, Nyah, who featured on the tracks "Everybody Hurts", "Feel the Love", "Animal" with Jean-Baptiste, and "Look for Love".

On June 2013 Sammy released the single such as "Shut Up and Kiss Me" with a vocalist The Jackie Boyz, the music video is directed by Mark Feuerstake. On 18 June 2013, he uploaded the music video onto YouTube.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
FIN
[4]
AUS[5] NZ
[4]
SWE
[4]
UK US[6]
Life Is Just a Game
Heaven
  • Release date: 6 August 2002
  • Label: Robbins
  • Formats: CD
30 64 10 24 14 67
The Rise
  • Release date: 10 May 2005
  • Label: Central Station
  • Formats: CD
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
FIN AUS NZ SWE UK US
DJ Sammy at Work
  • Release date: 1998
  • Label: Polystar
  • Format: CD
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
Album
AUS AUT BEL
(Vl)
CAN GER
[7]
IRL NED NOR NZ SUI SWE UK
[8]
U.S.
1995 "Life Is Just a Game" (featuring Carisma) 62 Life Is Just a Game
1996 "You're My Angel" (featuring Carisma)
1997 "Prince of Love" (featuring Carisma) 24
"Golden Child" (featuring Carisma) 43
1998 "Magic Moment" (featuring Carisma) 67
1999 "In 2 Eternity" (featuring Carisma) 31 48 DJ Sammy at Work (In the Mix)
"Lovestern Galaktika" (with Lovestern Galaktika Project) The Music of a Dance-Generation
2000 "Loca Galaktika" (with Lovestern Galaktika Project)
2001 "Heaven" (with Yanou) (featuring Do) 4 16 14 7 10 3 5 8 41 39 17 1 8 Heaven
2002 "Sunlight" (featuring Loona) 40 58 50 21 28 46 8
"The Boys of Summer" (featuring Loona & Mel) 9 49 20 25 15 19 3 36 2
2004 "Rise Again" (featuring Loona) 53 88 The Rise
2005 "Why" (featuring Britta Medeiros) 29 64 16 7
"L'bby Haba"
2007 "Everybody Hurts" (featuring Nyah) Singles Only
2009 "Feel the Love" (featuring Nyah)
2011 "Animal" (featuring Jean Baptiste & Nyah)
2012 "Look for Love"
2013 "Shut Up & Kiss Me" (featuring The Jackie Boyz) 56 65
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Album Director(s)
1996 "You're My Angel" Life Is Just A Game
1997 "Prince of Love"
"Golden Child" Oliver Sommer
1998 "Magic Moment"
1999 "In 2 Eternity" DJ Sammy at Work (In the Mix) N/A
2002 "Heaven" Heaven Oliver Bradford
"Sunlight" N/A
"Boys of Summer" N/A
2004 "Rise Again" The Rise
2005 "Why" Urban Ström
2011 "Animal" Singles Only N/A
2012 "Look for Love" N/A
2013 "Shut Up and Kiss Me" Mark Feuerstake

References[edit]

  1. ^ IMO Records "DJ Sammy Biography", IMO Records,Retrieved on 11 February 2012.
  2. ^ "DJ Sammy Biography". Sing 365. 
  3. ^ SORAYA VISITARA LA ACADEMIA EL 14 DE JULIO |
  4. ^ a b c International album peaks
  5. ^ [1] ARIA Report 666. Retrieved 2012-04-05
  6. ^ Allmusic peak
  7. ^ German peaks
  8. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  9. ^ a b Australian Recording Industry Association. "Australian Certification". Retrieved 20 July 2009. 
  10. ^ "Les Certifications depuis 1973". infodisc.fr. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  11. ^ "SØK I TROFÉER". IFPI Norway. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  12. ^ "Certified Awards Search: DJ Sammy". BPI. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  13. ^ "Gold and Platinum search results: DJ Sammy". RIAA. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 

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