Oceana (singer)

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Oceana
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Oceana in a press photo taken in 2012
Background information
Birth name Oceana Mahlmann
Born (1982-01-23) January 23, 1982 (age 32)
Hamburg
Genres Soul, pop, R&B, reggae, dance-pop
Occupations Singer, songwriter
Years active 1998–present
Labels Embassy Of Music
Website www.oceana-online.de

Oceana Mahlmann (born January 23, 1982[1]) is a German singer. Her musical roots are embedded in soul, reggae, hip hop, and funk.

Biography[edit]

Oceana was raised by her mother, a German Haute Couture designer. Her father was a DJ from Martinique. The funk legend Maceo Parker is a close family friend and as a young child she performed with him on stage.

In her teens, she established herself as dancer and choreographer. She performed in the role of Aida in the musical Aida by Tim Rice and Elton John. She was also the vocal soloist in the musical version of Dirty Dancing by Eleanor Bergstein.[2] In 2006, she was the choreographer of the German chart-breaking band Seeed.

In 2008, she signed to Warner to establish herself as a singer-songwriter.

Her solo career took off in 2009 with the release of the single "Cry Cry" from her debut album "Love Supply", which was also released on the US-market by the label Ultra Records. This was a breakthrough in her career: the song was the highest selling single in Poland that year and peaked in several other European countries in the charts. Following this success Oceana appeared in numerous European TV shows.

In March 2010, she appeared in the Polish version of Dancing with the Stars. In May 2010, she hosted the TV show ARTE Lounge, which aired on the acclaimed European channel Arte. She has also appeared as a musical guest on the Greek X Factor and performed on some of the greatest festivals in Europe. On her tour for “Love Supply”, she performed festivals such as “Rock En Seine” in France and the Sopot International Song Festival in Poland. Throughout her career, she has supported musicians such as Lionel Richie, Raphael Saadiq, and Annie Lennox.[3]

Due to her success the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) chose her to follow Nelly Furtado (2004) and Enrique Iglesias (2008) to write and perform the official 2012 UEFA song "Endless Summer" for the UEFA European Football Championship, one of the biggest sports events in the world.[4] At the closing ceremony on July 1, 2012 Oceana performed the song live to a television audience of approximately one billion people. The Video of "Endless Summer" has been watched by more than 60 million people. [5] The song received numerous gold and platinum awards throughout Europe (Germany, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Italy, ...).[6]

Her second album, My House, was released in Europe on July 22, 2012.

Oceana is presently working on her third album in Los Angeles, which is rumored to be released in late 2013.[7]

Oceana performing at the Radio Hamburg Top 820 in April 2009

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
DEU
[8]
AUT
[9]
CHE
[10]
ESP
[11]
FRA
[12]
GRC
[13]
POL
[14][15]
Love Supply   Release date: 2009 53 58 2 11
My House   Release date: 2012 89 84 15
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
GER
[16]
AUT
[17]
BEL-F
[18]
BEL-W
[19]
CHE
[20]
ESP
[21]
HUN
[22]
POL
[23]
UKR
[24]
ITA
[25]
GRC
[26]
"Cry Cry" 2009 52 73 25 59 39 8 1 1 3 Love Supply
"Pussycat on a Leash" 2
"La La" 2010
"Endless Summer" 2012 5 17 24 39 6 26 19 1 15 2 1 My House
"Put Your Gun Down" 96
"Say Sorry" 86
"Everybody" 2014 N/A
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oceana singt offiziellen Song der Fußball-EM
  2. ^ http://www.worldcat.org/title/dirty-dancing-das-original/oclc/475348129
  3. ^ http://www.rap2soul.de/2012/10/04/oceana-als-vorgruppe-von-lionel-richie-eigene-tour-abgesagt/
  4. ^ http://de.uefa.com/uefaeuro/news/newsid=1837437.html
  5. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EVhiBGvVFc
  6. ^ http://www.merkur-online.de/nachrichten/stars/em-song-goldene-schallplatte-oceana-2492897.html; http://www.fimi.it/temp/cert_GFK_download_022013.pdf
  7. ^ http://www.facebook.com/oceanaofficial?fref=ts
  8. ^ "Musicline.de – Chartverfolgung – Oceana" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved 2010-06-19.
  9. ^ "Oceana – Love Supply" – austriancharts.at (in German). austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2010-06-19.
  10. ^ "Oceana – Love Supply – swisscharts.com". swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2010-06-19.
  11. ^ "spanishcharts.com – Oceana – Love Supply". spanishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2011-01-10.
  12. ^ "lescharts.com – Oceana – Love Supply". lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2010-06-19.
  13. ^ "greekcharts.com – Oceana – Love Supply". greekcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2010-06-19.
  14. ^ "Oficjalna lista sprzedaży :: OLIS – Official Retail Sales Chart". OLiS. Retrieved 2010-06-19.
  15. ^ "Oceana – Love Supply – Music Charts". αCharts.us. Retrieved 2010-06-19.
  16. ^ "Musicline.de – Chartverfolgung – Oceana" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved 2011-11-05.
  17. ^ "austriancharts.at – Austria Top 40 – Hitparade Österreich (in German). austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2010-06-19.
  18. ^ "ultratop.be – ULTRATOP BELGIAN CHARTS". ultratop.be. ULTRATOP & Hung Medien / hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2010-06-19.
  19. ^ "ultratop.be – ULTRATOP BELGIAN CHARTS". ultratop.be. ULTRATOP & Hung Medien / hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2010-06-19.
  20. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community". swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2010-06-19.
  21. ^ "spanishcharts.com – Oceana Mahlmann". spanishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2011-01-10.
  22. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ – Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége: Rádiós Top 40 játszási lista [Archives – Charts – MAHASZ – Hungarian Record Association: Radio airplay Top 40 List]" (in Hungarian). Mahasz. Retrieved 2010-06-19.
  23. ^ "Polish Airplay Chart TOP5 by ZPAV" (in Polish). ZPAV. Retrieved 2012-06-15.
  24. ^ "Weekly Airplay Top Hit 100 Ukraine TopHit"
  25. ^ "Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana FIMI"
  26. ^ "International Federation of the Phonographic Industry Greece IFPI"