Play & Win

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Play & Win
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From left to right: Marcy Botezan, Radu Bolfea, Sebi Barac.
Background information
Origin Alba Iulia, Romania
Genres Dance, house, pop, pop rock
Years active 2000-present
Labels Play & Win Music
Associated acts Inna, Akcent, Morris, Crazy Win, Activ
Website Play & Win official website
Members Marcel Botezan
Radu Bolfea
Sebastian Barac

Play & Win is a Romanian singer-songwriter and music production trio formed in 2000 by Radu Bolfea, Marcel Botezan and Sebastian Barac.[1] They are a leading production team having more than 500 songs to their credit registered at the PRS.[2] Play & Win has been attributed with producing some of Romania's biggest dance music hits,[1] collaborating with artists that include Inna, Akcent, 3rei Sud Est, and Cătălin Josan.[3] As a musical group, Play & Win has released numerous singles that have charted on various music charts.[4][5]

History[edit]

Play & Win was formed in 2000 by Radu Bolfea, Marcel Botezan, and Sebastian Barac, all of whom are from Alba Iulia, a city in the Transylvania region of Romania.[1] Throughout their career, the trio has collaborated with Activ, creating hits like "Superstar", "Dor", "Heaven" and "Lucruri Simple". Other collaborations include 3rei Sud Est's Alături de Îngeri, Sistem's Oare unde eşti, Andra's We Go Crazy,[3] and Inna's House Music.[6] Their production debut came in 2005 with the single Kylie for the Romanian band Akcent. The song peaked in the top 5 of music charts in Belgium, Sweden, Norway, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, and Turkey as well as #1 on Netherlands, Finland and Romanian charts.[7]

Play & Win at the Mangalia Festival in 2011.

Play & Win produced Inna's first album Hot, released initially in 2009. The album included the single Hot which made Inna the first Romanian artist to top a Billboard chart in the United States when it reached #1 on Billboard's Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart.[8] The album also featured charted singles Love, Déjà Vu, Amazing and 10 Minutes, all of which were written and produced by Play & Win.[8][9][10] The singles Hot and Love from the album received more than 50 million views on YouTube in the first year of their release.[8] Play & Win also produced I Am the Club Rocker, INNA's second studio album released in 2011.[11] The album was certified Gold in both Romania and Poland and was described by Play & Win as their best record so far.[12][13] The album contained the single Sun Is Up which peaked at #1 in Bulgaria[14] and #5 on the UK Dance Chart.[15]

Play & Win is also attributed with composing Zero's Sunny Days, a single that came second in the Romanian National Eurovision Song Contest in 2009. They also produced Morris' Desire which reached #5 on the Fresh Top 40.[16] Play & Win have also collaborated with Andreea Bănică, producing her #1 single Sexy in 2010.[17]

Play & Win made their chart debut as singers in 2009 with the single Slow Motion. It became one of the biggest hits in Romania in the spring of 2009, reaching #1 on the Kiss FM Fresh Top 40.[5] Their single Ya BB was another chart success in Romania, reaching #1 on the official Romanian Top 100 on June 5, 2011. It was the most broadcast song on Romanian radio for 16 weeks.[citation needed] They were featured in the song INNdiA, a single from INNA's third studio album, also produced by the trio. The song was written by Play & Win and released to Romanian mainstream radio stations on June 28, 2012.[18] Music produced by Play & Win for INNA reached more than 1 billion views on YouTube and each INNA’s single had more than 15 mil. views and more than 500.000 sales on album.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Album information
Change The World
  • Release Date: June 21, 2011
  • Label: Roton
  • Format: CD, Album

Singles[edit]

Year Title Album
2008 "Summertime" Change The World
2009 "Slow Motion" Change The World
2010 "Only" Change The World
2011 "Ya BB" Change The World
2012 "INNdiA" feat. Inna Party Never Ends, Inna Album
2013 "Dance With Me" feat. Antonia
2013 "Don't Try To Stop This" Non Album Single
2013 "5 AM" Non Album Single
2013 "Lady" Non Album Single

Music production[edit]

Play & Win
Year Artist Album/Song
2004 Akcent SOS, Kylie, Dragoste de închiriat
2005 Activ Motive, Superstar, Lucruri Simple
2006 3SE Iubire, Miracle, Mă iubeai, Mă doare
2006 All Stars (Campanie anti-drog) Don't be a Hero
2006 Natalia Barbu Îngerul Meu (Baby Don't cry)
2007 Andra We go crazy
2008 Refflex Fără ea
2008 Cătălin Josan Megastart, Run away, Între noi
2008 Sistem feat Andra Oare unde ești
2008 Morris Desire, Till the morning
2008 Crazy Win Beautiful Lover
2008 Play & Win Summertime
2008 Inna Hot
2009 Zero Sunny Days
2009 Play & Win Slow Motion
2009 Inna Love, Déjà Vu, Amazing, I Need You For Christmas
2010 Andreea Bănică (feat Dony) Samba
2010 Inna 10 Minutes, Sun Is Up
2010 Play & Win Only
2010 Andreea Bănică Sexy
2010 Ellie White Nu te mai caut
2011 Play & Win Ya BB
2011 Inna Club Rocker, Un Momento, Endless
2011 Desperado Inside I want you
2012 Inna WOW, Caliente, Tu Si Eu, Crazy Sexy Wild
2012 Play & Win feat. Inna INNdiA
2013 Play & Win Dance With Me feat. Antonia
2013 Play & Win Don't Try To Stop This
2013 Play & Win 5 AM
2013 ONE Till The End of Time
2013 Play & Win Lady
2014 Play & Win feat. Inna Take Me Higher, Low, Devil's Paradis, Tell Me

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Romanian "sound" takes over dance music scene". The Independent. 5 June 2011. Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Smith, Emily (2013). The Inna Handbook - Everything You Need to Know about Inna. Emereo Pty Limited. ISBN 9781488502767. 
  3. ^ a b "Biografie" (in Romanian). www.playandwin.net. Retrieved 2009-07-29. 
  4. ^ "Play and Win Ya BB Music Charts". A Charts. Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
  5. ^ a b ""Only", un nou single "Play&Win"" (in Romanian). www.telegrafonline.ro. 2009-03-30. Retrieved 2009-07-29. 
  6. ^ "Ascultă noul single Play & Win - "Ya BB"" (in Romanian). Liber Tatea. 3 February 2011. Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "Intreaga Europa danseaza pe ritmul piesei 'Kylie" (in Romanian). www.musicxpress.ro. 2006-02-17. Retrieved 2009-07-29. 
  8. ^ a b c "Inna 'Hot' New Peak At No 6 On UK Singles Chart And Tops The UK Dance Chart". Top 40 Charts. Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "Noul single Inna, în exclusivitate la Radio 21" (in Romanian). www.libertatea.ro. 2009-02-16. Retrieved 2009-07-27. 
  10. ^ "Inna, pe locul I în topul Nielsen" (in Romanian). www.telegrafonline.ro. 2008-12-20. Retrieved 2009-07-27. 
  11. ^ Gustafsson, Fredrik (21 May 2011). "Inna To Conquer The UK With Hot Album". Welch Music. Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
  12. ^ de Edi, Scris (13 December 2011). "Concurs! Castiga albumele anului de la Roton - INNA, Michael Buble si Lykke Li!" (in Romanian). Urban. Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
  13. ^ "Bestseller charts and awards". Zpav (in Polish). Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
  14. ^ "INNA - Sun Is Up". Ultra Top (in French). Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
  15. ^ "2011 Top 40 Dance Singles Archive - 21st May 2011". Top 40 Dance Charts. Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
  16. ^ "Fresh TOP 40 KissFm/Tv 11 aprilie" (in Romanian). www.musichat.ro. 11-04-2009. Retrieved 2009-07-29. 
  17. ^ de Valy, Scris (30 May 2011). "Andreea Banica feat. Play & Win - Sexy (DJ Dark & Shidance RMX)" (in Romanian). Urban. Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
  18. ^ "Romania's Airplay 100 (KissFM Podcast) - August 5, 2012". Kissfm.ro. Retrieved 29 June 2014. 

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