Nigar Jamal

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Nigar Camal
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Nigar Jamal (2012)
Background information
Birth name Nigar Mutallibzadeh
Born (1980-09-07) September 7, 1980 (age 34)
Origin Baku, Azerbaijani SSR, Soviet Union
Genres Pop, R&B
Occupations Singer
Years active 2010-present
Associated acts Eldar Gasimov, Dima Bilan
Website www.nigarjamal.com

Nigar "Nikki" Jamal (née Mutallibzadeh,[1] Azerbaijani: Nigar Camal (Mütəllibzadə); born 7 September 1980 in Baku, Soviet Union) is an Azerbaijani singer who has been living in London since 2005. Jamal's singing genres include R&B, soul and pop music. She won the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 with Eldar Gasimov when they performed under the pseudonym Ell & Nikki.

Early life[edit]

In 1997, she entered Khazar University, majoring in economics and management, finishing 3 out of 4 years. Before trying herself as a singer, Nigar Jamal had been a housewife for five years.[2] In an interview to The Sun she confessed having once planned to participate on The X Factor but having narrowly missed the show's deadline.[3] Jamal says she is inspired by the likes of Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys, Brandy Norwood, Craig David and Chris Brown.[4]

Career[edit]

Eurovision Song Contest 2011[edit]

Nigar (left) and Eldar (right)

In December 2010, Jamal took part in the Azerbaijani national selection, Milli Seçim Turu 2011. Her first appearance was in Heat 7, placing joint first with 11 points, along with Ilhama Gasimova, both qualifying to the semi-final. Jamal qualified from the semi-final along with four other artists to the final on 11 February 2011, where she and Eldar Gasimov won the right to represent Azerbaijan at the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Düsseldorf, Germany in May 2011.[4][5][6] They sang under the pseudonym Ell & Nikki the song "Running Scared" written by Stefan Örn and Sandra Bjurman from Sweden and Iain Farquharson from the UK, which won with a total of 221 points.[7]

2011–present: After Eurovision[edit]

After winning the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 Jamal and Gasimov got to travel to a number of countries and perform their winning entry. In Azerbaijan 15,000 postage stamps in the denomination of 1 Azerbaijani manat were printed.[8] Germany also printed postage stamps to the value of €0.45.[9] The production of postage stamps in both Azerbaijan and Germany were in dedication of Eldar and Nigar's victory at 2011 contest.[10] In September 2011, it was announced that Nigar Jamal would appear in one of the episodes of the Turkish comedy series Yahşi Cazibe.[11] Azerbaijan and Germany have issued a postage stamp dedicated to Nigar and Eldar's victory at Eurovision.[8][9][10]

In 2012, she was among five musicians from Azerbaijan chosen as the jury in the Danish national selection of the 2012 Eurovision contestant.[12]

On 1 December 2011, Nikki presented her first post-Eurovision solo song and video clip "Crush on You".[13] Other new material was released afterwards, including a duet with Miri Yusif entitled "Qal" ("Stay");[14] and another duet with Eurovision 2008 winner Dima Bilan entitled "Come Into My World".[15]

On August 11, 2012, she released her debut album entitled "Play With Me". She has reportedly worked with Danish songwriter Boe Larsen for the album.[16][17][18]

Personal life[edit]

Nigar Jamal lives in Enfield, London with her husband Haluk Cemal, who is of Turkish Cypriot origin, and their two daughters, Jasmine and Saida.[2] She is an activist of the Make Roads Safe movement.[19][20][21]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications Album
AUT
[22]
BEL (Vl)
[23]
GER
[24]
IRE
[25]
NL
[26]
ROM
[27]
RUS
[28]
SVK
[29]
SUI
[30]
UK
[31]
2011 "Running Scared"
(with Eldar Gasimov)
22 37 33 41 59 99 10 50 11 61 Play With Me
"Crush On You"
2012 "Qal" ("Stay") (with Miri Yusif)
"Come Into My World" (with Dima Bilan) Play With Me
"Play With Me"
"One With The Music"
2012 "Sevdiyimə nifrət edirəm" ("I hate the one I love")

Albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions Certifications
AUT BEL (Vl) GER IRE NL ROM RUS SVK SUI UK
2012 "Play With Me" [17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nigar Camalın atasının vəziyyəti ağırdır (in Azerbaijani) 1news.az. 9 September 2012. Retrieved 8 April 2013
  2. ^ a b Ross McGuinness. Eurovision Winner Nigar Jamal Revealed as Spurs Fan Living in London. Metro. 15 May 2011.
  3. ^ Nigar Jamal: I wanted to do X-Factor instead of Eurovision. Today.az. 23 May 2011.
  4. ^ a b Siim, Jarmo. "Nigar & Eldar get gold in Azerbaijan". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 11 February 2011. 
  5. ^ Hondal, Victor. "News - Azerbaijan sends Eldar Gasimov and Nigar Jamal to Eurovision". ESCToday. Retrieved 11 February 2011. 
  6. ^ "İctimai Televiziya və Radio Yayımları Şirkəti - "Eurovision-2011" Milli Finalının qalibi bəlli oldu" (in Azerbaijani). İTV. Retrieved 11 February 2011. 
  7. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 2011: review", The Telegraph, 15 May 2011. Accessed 15 May 2011.
  8. ^ a b "Stamps on Azerbaijan's Eurovision-2011 win issued". Retrieved 17 July 2011. 
  9. ^ a b "Stamp on Azerbaijan’s Eurovision-2011 Win Issued". Retrieved 17 July 2011. 
  10. ^ a b "Ell & Nikki (2011) IN POST STAMPS". Retrieved 17 July 2011. 
  11. ^ "Нигяр Джамал станет актрисой (Nigar Jamal to Become Actress)" (in Russian). 1news.az. 2 September 2011. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  12. ^ "ПРЕДСТАВИТЕЛИ АЗЕРБАЙДЖАНСКОГО ШОУ-БИЗНЕСА ВОШЛИ В СОСТАВ ЖЮРИ ПО ОТБОРУ УЧАСТНИКА ОТ ДАНИИ (REPRESENTATIVES OF AZERBAIJANI SHOW BUSINESS BECAME PART OF THE JURY FOR THE SELECTION OF PARTICIPANTS FROM DENMARK)" (in Russian). Vesti.az. 16 January 2012. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  13. ^ "Azerbaijan: Nikki Jamal (2011) releases ‘Crush on You’". ESCDaily.com. 2 December 2011. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  14. ^ "Azerbaijan: Nikki Jamal (2011) releases ‘Qal’". ESCDaily.com. 24 April 2012. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  15. ^ "Azerbaijan: Nigar Jamal (2011) duets with Dima Bilan (2006, 2008)". ESCDaily.com. 11 May 2012. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  16. ^ "Danish songwriter headhunted by Azerbaijan's Nikki". EBU. 2 March 2012. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  17. ^ a b "Nikki Jamal / Play With Me album". rutracker.org. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  18. ^ "Azerbaijan: Nikki Jamal releases new album "Play With Me"". 11 August 2012. ESCDaily.com. Retrieved 2 September 2012. 
  19. ^ Nigar Jamal Became UN Ambassador. Day.az. 25 November 2011.
  20. ^ Eurovision birincisinin kocası Kıbrıslı Türk çıktı. Kıbrıs Gazetesi. 23 May 2011.
  21. ^ Eurovision-2011 birincisi Nigar Cemal’ın aile fotosu İngiliz basınında. 1NEWS.COM.TR. 23 May 2011
  22. ^ "Running Scared". Peak Chart Position. Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  23. ^ "Running Scared". Peak Chart Position. Ultratop 50. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  24. ^ "Running Scared". Peak Chart Position. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  25. ^ "Running Scared". Peak Chart Position. Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  26. ^ "Running Scared". Peak Chart Position. Single Top 100. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  27. ^ "Running Scared". Peak Chart Position. Romanian Top 100. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  28. ^ "Running Scared". Peak Chart Position. Russian Music Charts. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  29. ^ "Running Scared". Peak Chart Position. IFPI. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  30. ^ "Running Scared". Peak Chart Position. Swiss Music Charts. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  31. ^ "Running Scared". Peak Chart Position. UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Germany Lena
with "Satellite"
Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest
(with Eldar Gasimov as duo Ell & Nikki)
2011
Succeeded by
Sweden Loreen
with "Euphoria"
Preceded by
Safura Alizadeh
with "Drip Drop"
Azerbaijan in the Eurovision Song Contest
(with Eldar Gasimov as duo Ell & Nikki)
2011
Succeeded by
Sabina Babayeva
with "When the Music Dies"