Natassa Theodoridou

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Natassa Theodoridou
Νατάσα Θεοδωρίδου
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Background information
Born (1970-10-24) October 24, 1970 (age 43)[1]
Thessaloniki, Greece
Origin Drama, Greece
Genres Contemporary laïka
Years active 1997–present
Labels Sony Music Greece (1997-2012),
Minos EMI (2013-present)
Website www.natassatheodoridou.com

Natassa Theodoridou (Greek: Νατάσα Θεοδωρίδου), born October 24, 1970 in Drama, is a well-known Greek singer and the only female Greek artist to have her first three albums achieve platinum status.[2] She has been certified for a total of at least 432 thousand albums and 20 thousand singles sales by IFPI Greece.[citation needed] On 14 March 2010, Alpha TV ranked Theodoridou the 12th best selling female singer in the nation's phonographic era (since 1960), with a total of ten platinum and three gold albums.[3]

Musical career[edit]

Natassa Theodoridou in 2011,Athens

Theodoridou was born and raised in Drama. She studied journalism and at the same time she attended guitar and harmony lessons. During her studies she began her singing career in Thessaloniki.

In 1996, she relocated to Athens where she appeared at the music hall "Handres" next to other big Greek singers such as Antonis Remos, Labis Livieratos and Triantafyllos. This opportunity led to more massive recognition for her, and multiple professional singing offers. Her high quality performance on stage along with her voice and style led to her self-titled debut album, Natasa Theodoridou, being released in August 1997. The album went platinum in no time, establishing Theodoridou as one of the biggest names in the Greek music scene.

Her second album "Defteri Agapi" (Second Love) was released in 1998, and also achieved platinum status sales. In that year she appeared with Notis Sfakianakis, while in the summer she cooperated at the music hall "Asteria" with Paschalis Terzis. Her commercial success continued with the release of her third platinum album, Tha Miliso Me T'Asteria in 2000. The same season she appeared with Giorgos Mazonakis and Stelios Dionysiou.

Nikos Kourkoulis, Elli Kokkinou & Natassa Theodoridou at club "Votanikos" in 2007

In 2001, she released her fourth multi-collective album, Ip'Efthini Mou, with a Greek adaptation of Shakira's hit single Ojos Asi, adapted to "Kataziteitai" (Wanted) in Greek.

The following year, she cooperated with the songwriter and composer Giorgos Theofanous, in the album Tosi Agapi Pos Na Hathei, which resulted in big commercial success. That same year, she started appearing alone for the first time in the music scene "Fos", which would become her "home" for the following three years. During that period, Natassa released a live album (2003) and then cooperated with Evanthia Rebutsika, the composer of her sixth album Erota, Den Ksereis N'Agapas (2004).[4]

In 2005, Natassa returned to the big musical halls, working with Giannis Parios and Sarbel, while her seventh, multi-collective, studio album, Os Ekei Pou I Kardia Bori N'Andexi was released. In 2006, Eho Mia Agkalia was released. It was written by composer Giorgos Moukidis and was certified gold.

In 2007, she released the album "Natasa", celebrating her 10 years in Greek discography. The album gained gold certification only two weeks after its release. In September she started appearances with Nikos Kourkoulis and Elli Kokkinou at club "Votanikos".[5] Sarbel soon replaced Kokkinou because of her pregnancy.[6][7]

In 2008, Theodoridou signed again with Sony BMG Greece.[8] On October 17, 2008, she began appearances with Giorgos Mazonakis at club Votanikos for the winter season; her third consecutive winter singing there.[9][10] In November 2008, she released Dipla Se Sena, a two-disc best-of album that included 37 older hits of her career, a DVD with music videos, and three new songs written by Giorgos Theofanous with lyrics by Thanos Papanikolaou.[9][11] The first single from the album was "Dipla Se Sena" (Next to you) and was released to radio stations on October 27, 2008.[11]

In July 2009, Theodoridou released the studio album "Mia Kokkini Grammi", cooperating for the second time, after 2002, with composer Giorgos Theofanous. The album was certified platinum, with the self-titled song becoming a big hit and being as well awarded at the 2010 Mad Video Music Awards. In 2010 she cooperated again with Giorgos Moukidis in her eleventh studio album, I Zoi Mou Erotas.

Theodoridou has worked with numerous well-known composers and songwriters who had helped her set new standards in local music repertoire. Giorgos Theofanous, Giorgos Moukidis, Giannis Parios, Kyriakos Papadopoulos, Ilias Filippou, Giannis Papadopoulos, Mihalis Hatzigiannis, Eleanna Vrachali, Evanthia Rebutsika, Michalis Gkanas, Natalia Germanou, Thanos Papanikolaou, Tasos Panagis, Triantafyllos, Evi Droutsa, Eleni Giannatsoulia and Phoebus are only a few of the songwriters and composers who have worked with Natassa.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Natassa Theodoridou was married twice. The first time was while she was living in Thessaloniki. Her daughter Christianna was born in 1993. She got a divorce in 1996 and relocated in Athens along with her daughter. Her second marriage was with the plastic surgeon Andreas Foustanos in 1999. She gave birth to her second daughter, Andrianna, in 2000. Theodoridou and Foustanos divorced in 2007.[12]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

cover art for Mia Kokkini Grammi in 2009

All the albums listed underneath were released and charted in Greece and Cyprus.

Year Title Certification
1997 Natasa Theodoridou Platinum
1998 Defteri Agapi Platinum
2000 Tha Miliso Me T'Asteria Platinum
2001 Ip'Efthini Mou Platinum
2002 Tosi Agapi Pos Na Hathei Platinum
2004 Erota, Den Ksereis N'Agapas Gold
2005 Os Ekei Pou I Kardia Bori N'Andexi Gold
2006 Eho Mia Agkalia Gold
2007 Natasa Gold
2009 Mia Kokkini Grammi Platinum
2010 I Zoi Mou Erotas Gold[13]
2012 Apenanti Platinum
2013 S'Agapo

Live albums[edit]

All the albums listed underneath were released and charted in Greece and Cyprus.

Year Title Certification
2003 Mia Diadromi Platinum

CD Singles[edit]

Year Title Notes
2002 Ola Na Ta Ziso Ap'Tin Arhi Platinum

Compilations[edit]

Year Title Notes
2008 Dipla Se Sena Platinum
2012 Stigmes

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Τι ηλικία έχει η Νατάσσα Θεοδωρίδου;" (in Greek). Star Channel. October 15, 2010. Retrieved October 15, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Νατάσα Θεοδωρίδου - ΒΙΟΓΡΑΦΙΚΟ". (Greek) MAD TV. Retrieved on April 2, 2008
  3. ^ Chart Show: Your Countdown. Alpha TV. Airdate: 14 March 2010
  4. ^ a b http://www.natasatheodoridoufanclub.gr/p/blog-page_2164.html
  5. ^ "Στις 27 Σεπτέμβρη έναρξη στον Βοτανικό". [dead link](Greek) Love Radio Broadcasting. Retrieved on April 1, 2008
  6. ^ "O Sarbel με Νατάσα, Κουρκούλη". (Greek) MAD TV. Retrieved on February 20, 2008
  7. ^ "Who's performing where?". [dead link] London Greek Radio. Retrieved on March 23, 2008
  8. ^ "Ανανέωση συμβολαίου της Νατάσας με τη SONY BMG!". (Greek) Sony BMG Greece. Retrieved on April 2, 2008
  9. ^ a b "To Best Of της Νατάσας Θεοδωρίδου". MAD TV. 2008-11-12. Retrieved 2008-11-12. 
  10. ^ "Μαζωνάκης/ Θεοδωρίδου: συνέντευξη Τύπου" (in Greek). MAD TV. 2008-10-21. Retrieved 2008-10-28. 
  11. ^ a b "Νέα Νατάσα αποκλειστικά στο Love Radio" (in Greek). Love Radio. 2008-10-24. Retrieved 2008-10-29. [dead link]
  12. ^ http://www.espressonews.gr/default.asp?pid=2&la=1&artid=491138&catid=
  13. ^ "Ελληνικό Chart - 2/2011". IFPI Greece. 18 January 2011. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 

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