Natalia (Belgian singer)

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Natalia
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Background information
Birth name Natalia Druyts
Born (1980-12-03) 3 December 1980 (age 33)
Westerlo, Flanders, Belgium
Origin Belgium
Genres R&B, pop, rock
Occupations Singer
Years active 2003–present
Labels Sony Music Belgium 2003-2013 Universal 2013-present
Website www.nataliamusic.be

Natalia Druyts (born 3 December 1980), best known mononymously as Natalia is a Flemish recording artist and performer. She has sold over 400,000 albums, and over 1 million concert tickets between 2003 and 2010 in Flanders. While she is a major star in Flanders, she is almost unknown in the French-speaking side of Belgium, Wallonia.

Early life and career[edit]

Natalia was born on 3 December 1980 in Westerlo, Flanders, Belgium. She has graduated as a translator in English and Spanish.

In 2003 Natalia released her first single "Without You", the single peaked at number two in the charts and went gold in sales.

Not much later, Natalia provided two songs for the Belgian movie Team Spirit II, releasing "I've Only Begun To Fight" as her second single and the soundtrack for the movie. The song peaked at number one in the charts and went gold in sales.

Shortly after, she recorded her first full-album, This Time. It went platinum in sales, and Natalia started her first tour, the This Time Live Tour. Originally planned as a 20 date tour, it was extended to 90 dates due to massive ticket demands.

At the same time as that tour, she performed at the pre-selections for the Eurovision Song Contest with "Higher Than The Sun", which was released as her third single. It peaked at number two in the charts.

The fourth and last single of the This Time album was "I Want You Back", which peaked at number three in the charts.

In October 2005, Natalia released a single together with The Pointer Sisters, "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves", which reached number two in the Belgian charts. She performed 10 concerts with The Pointer Sisters in January 2006 during Natalia Meets The Pointer Sisters in the Sportpaleis, Antwerp, attended by more than 130,000 people.

Natalia released a single together with En Vogue called "Glamorous" in October 2007; it reached number two on the Belgian charts. In January 2008 she performed with En Vogue and Shaggy during Natalia Meets En Vogue, Feat Shaggy at the Sportpalies in Antwerp. 75,000 people attended the six shows.

In 2009 she asked the French designer Frédéric Luca Landi to design her dress for her concert at the Sportpaleis.

In January 2011, Natalia planned a new concert with an international superstar, this time she chose Anastacia. They recorded a single called "Burning Star", and in January 2011 toured as Natalia Meets Anastacia.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Chart positions Certifications
BEL
[1]
2003 This Time
  • 1st studio-album
  • Released: 3 November 2003
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Versions: original version, New Version

(including "Higher Than The Sun")

  • Genre: Pop
  • Label: Sony BMG
4
Belgium: 2 x Platinum
2004 Back For More
  • 2nd studio-album
  • Released: 30 August 2004
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Versions: original version, New Version

(including "You Are" and "Heart Of Gold")

  • Genre: Pop
  • Label: Sony BMG
1
Belgium: 3 x Platinum
2007 Everything and More
  • 3rd studio-album
  • Released: 28 May 2007
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Versions: original version, New Version

(including "Drop A Little (Single Version)", "All That I Am", "Where She Belongs")

  • Genre: Pop
  • Label: Sony BMG
1
Belgium: 2 x Platinum
2009 Wise Girl
  • 4th studio-album
  • Released: 17 April 2009
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Versions: original version, New Version

(including "Feeling", "Soul Divided", "Mind, Body and Soul")

  • Genre: Pop
  • Label: Sony BMG
1
Belgium: Platinum
2010 Acoustelicious
  • 1st live-album
  • Released: 16 February 2010
  • Formats: CD
  • Genre: Pop
  • Label: Sony BMG
1
Belgium: Platinum
2013 Overdrive
  • 5th studio-album
  • Released: 26 April 2013
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Genre: Pop, Dance
  • Label: Universal Music Belgium
2
Belgium: Gold

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
BEL
[1]
"Without You" 2003 2 This Time
"I've Only Begun to Fight" 1
"Higher Than the Sun" 2004 2
"I Want You Back" 3
"Risin'" 2 Back For More
"Fragile, Not Broken" 11
"Shelter" 2005 28
"Ridin' By/You Are" 12
"Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves"
(with The Pointer Sisters)
2 non-album singles
"Rid of You" 2006 14
"Gone to Stay" 2007 9 Everything & More
"Glamorous/Where She Belongs"
(with En Vogue)
2
"I Survived You"[A] 2008 26
"Drop a Little" 7
"All or Nothing" 13 Wise Girl
"Heartbreaker"[A] 2009 48
"Feeling" 36
"Still with Me"[A] 63
"Hallelujah"
(with Gabriel Rios)
2010 1
"On The Radio" Wise Girl
"Burning Star"
(with Anastacia)
45 non-album singles
"1 Minute" 2011 58
"Angel"
(Lionel Richie featuring Natalia)
2012 32
"Overdrive" 2013 19 Overdrive
"Boom" 10
"A Girl Like Me" 52
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.
Notes

A. ^ ^ ^ "I Survived You", "Heartbreaker" and "Still with Me" were only released digitally.

DVDs[edit]

  • Back For More live (2005) (#1)
  • Natalia Meets En Vogue feat. Shaggy (2008)
  • Natalia Live In Hasselt - 10 Year Anniversary Concert (2013)

Awards[edit]

Year Award-Show Award Result
2003 TMF Awards Best New Artist National Nominated
2003 Tien Om Te Zien summer (VTM) Best song ("Without You") Won
2003 Tien Om Te Zien winter (VTM) Best song ("I've Only Begun To Fight") Won
2003 Jommeke's Newspaper Best Female Singer Won
2004 Tien Om Te Zien summer (VTM) Best Song ("I Want You Back") Nominated
2004 Tien Om Te Zien summer (VTM) Best Song ("Risin'") Won
2004 ZAMU Music Awards Most Popular Won
2004 TMF Awards Best Female Artist National Won
2004 TMF Awards Best Pop Natinonal Won
2004 Jommeke's Newspaper Best Female Singer Won
2004 één Best Song of the year ("Risin'") Won
2004 Online Men Magazine "Feliks" Most Desirable Woman of Belgium Nominated
2005 Tien Om Te Zien summer Best Song ("You Are") Nominated
2005 TMF Awards Best Female Artist National Nominated
2005 TMF Awards Best Pop National Won
2005 TMF Awards Best Album National ("Back For More") Won
2005 Online Men Magazine "Feliks" Most Desirable Woman of Belgium Won
2005 Kids Awards Chick Of The Year Won
2006 ZAMU Music Awards Best Live Act Nominated
2006 TMF Awards Best Female Artist National Nominated
2006 TMF Awards Best Pop National Nominated
2006 Radio 2 Best Concert ("Natalia meets The Pointer Sisters") Won
2007 Radio 2 Best Summer Song ("Gone To Stay") Won
2007 Radio 2 Best Performance Nominated
2007 Tien Om Te Zien summer Best Song ("Gone To Stay") Nominated
2007 TMF Awards Best Pop National Nominated
2007 TMF Awards Best Album National (Everything & More) Nominated
2007 TMF Awards Best Female Artist National Won
2007 TMF Awards Best Live National Nominated
2007 Golden Flip Award Best Female Singer Won
2007 Showbizz-Site of 2007 Best website http://www.nataliamusic.be Won
2008 Music Industry Awards Best Live act Nominated
2008 Music Industry Awards Best Solo Artist Won
2008 Music Industry Awards Best Pop Nominated
2008 Music Industry Awards Best Song (Gone to Stay) Nominated
2008 Kids Awards Music of the Year Nominated
2008 Kids Awards Chick of the Year Nominated
2008 TMF Awards Best Female Artist Won
2008 TMF Awards Best Live Act Nominated
2008 TMF Awards Best Pop Act Won
2008 Radio 2 Best Song (I Survived You & Drop a Little) Nominated
2008 Radio 2 Best Performance (Natalia meets En Vogue ft. Shaggy) Nominated
2008 Radio 2 Best Video Clip (I Survived You) Nominated
2009 Radio 2 Best Performance (Glamorous Arena Tour) Won
2009 Radio 2 Best Song (All Or Nothing, Heartbreaker) Nominated
2009 TMF Awards Best Album (Wise Girl) Nominated
2009 TMF Awards Best Live Act Nominated
2009 TMF Awards Best Female Won
2009 TMF Awards Best Pop Nominated
2009 Music Industry Awards Best Pop Nominated
2009 Music Industry Award Best Female solo Nominated
2009 Music Industry Award Best Song (All Or Nothing) Nominated
2014 Music Industry Award Best Female solo Nominated
2014 Music Industry Award Best Pop Nominated

Autobiography[edit]

Met Hart En Soul (English: With Heart and Soul) was written by Natalia and a ghost-writer. It is about her early life and career. The book was released on October 8, 2007.

Tours[edit]

  • Her 1st tour, This Time, began on 13 January 2004 and was her first live tour (with live band). The original 20 shows were expanded to a 90-date tour.
  • Her 2nd tour, Back For More, started on 5 November 2004. The show played over 100 dates. and included her own songs and some covers, such as an Elvis medley, Tina Turner medley and "Hanky Panky" by Madonna. This tour was released on DVD.
  • Her 3rd tour was the Natalia Summer Live tour during the summer of 2005.
  • Her 4th tour, Me & My Producer, started on 1 November 2005, in which her producer appeared on stage. This show featured fewer musicians and more backing vocals.
  • Her 5th tour, Natalia With The Pointer Sisters In January 2006 Natalia and The Pointer Sisters gave 10 sold-out shows in Belgium's largest concert hall, Sportpaleis in Antwerp. More than 130,000 people attended the shows.
  • Her 6th tour, Everything & More Summertour, in the summer of 2007, played to over 200,000 people.
  • Her 7th tour, Natalia Meets En Vogue, Feat Shaggy, at the Sportpaleis in Antwerp Six dates (75,000 tickets) where sold out. This was released on DVD and went platinum in sales.
  • Her 8h tour, Glamorous Arena Tour in the fall of 2008, was the largest moving tour ever by a Belgian artist. The tour played in cities across Belgium, selling 60,000 tickets.
  • Her 9th tour, Wise Girl Summertour in the summer of 2009, played in both open air and venues to over 100,000 people.
  • Her 10th tour, Acoustelicious in the fall of 2009, played in venues all over Belgium to over 30,000 people. A live recording of one of the shows was released.
  • Her 11th tour, Natalia Summertour in summer of 2010 plays both open air and inside venues in cities across Belgium.
  • Her 12th tour, Natalia Meets Anastacia, sold 75,000 tickets during six dates at the Sportpaleis in Antwerp for January 2011.
  • Her 13th tour, Natalia Best of Summertour, was a tour playing in both open air and venues all over Belgium during the summer of 2011.
  • Her 14th tour, Natalia Overdrive Summertour, played to over 100,000 people in the summer of 2013.
  • Her 15th tour, 10 Years Natalia, played 10 year anniversary concerts at the Lotto and Ethias Arena between May and October of 2013. The show was filmed at Ethias Arena and released on DVD in the Overdrive Deluxe Edition version of the Overdrive album.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "ultratop.be - Natalia - 1 Minute". Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 

External links[edit]

Official sites:

Official site for Natalia Meets Anastacia