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Akcent, Bucharest, Romania
|Genres||Dance-pop, europop, house|
|Years active||1999–present (now as solo only)|
|Labels||Fire Records Ltd., ARY Musik Records, Magic Records, Roton, Ultra, Ministry of Sound, Robbins Entertainment, Warner, Universal, Sony|
|Associated acts||Sandra N., Ruxandra Bar, Lora, Edward Maya, Lidia Buble, Maxim, XOXO, Reea, Aza, Amira|
|Past members||Classic lineup
Sorin Stefan Brotnei
Akcent (pronounced "ascent"; originally a wordplay on "accent") is a multi-certified, award-winning Romanian dance pop act whose members sing in Romanian, English, Polish and Spanish. The group was created by Adrian Sînă and Ramona Barta. Their first single "Nu-mi pasă de nimeni" (I don't care about anyone) got positive reactions from critics and became the reason Catalin Muraru signed them to Roton in 1999. They released their debut album Senzatzia in 2000. Except for the first track "Ultima vara" (The last summer), which received some airplay, the album was a commercial failure and the band disbanded. Soon after, Sina brought Marius Nedelcu, Mihai Gruia and Sorin Brotnei into the group, changing it from a duo to a boyband. They came to prominence once with the release of their hit single "Ti-am promis" (I promised you).
The climax of the group's career was the international release of their breakthrough single "Kylie", the English version of their internal hit "Dragoste De Inchiriat". The song reached the peak position in many European charts and fared well enough in countries such as the Netherlands and France. The band even participated in the Selecția Națională, with hopes of representing Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest. They united with pop singer Nicoleta Matei and entered the song "Jockero", which failed to win. Nevertheless, it became one of their number-one singles on the Romanian Top 100. They continued to see success all through the late 2000s and early 2010s.
Born and raised in Baia Mare, Maramureș, Adrian Claudiu Sînă formed the band in 1998. At that point, it was just him and singer Ramona Barta. The two sent their debut single to nationwide mainstream radio stations as early as 1999. The song "Ultima vara" (The Last Summer) managed to reach the top twenty of many airplay charts. The duo also released a studio album titled Senzatia (The Sensation). The album didn't do well and Barta split from Sînă. The duo changed into a boyband when Sina introduced Marius Nedelcu, Mihai Gruia and Sorin Brotnei to the group. Their debut album În culori was released in Romania on January 10, 2002 and included the hit single "Ţi-am promis". They rose to fame instantly when "Ti-am promis" (I promised you) reached the summit of the Romanian Top 100 during the winter of 2001. The album also became one of the most successful albums in the country's recent history. It received a Gold certification within three weeks. Some months later, it was eventually certified Platinum by the Uniunea Producătorilor de Fonograme din România. During this time, they won multiple MTV Romania Music Awards as well.
In 2003, the band released their third studio album, 100 BPS. Its title refers to the intensity of heartbeat during a kiss. It included their number-one single "Buchet the trandafiri" (Bunch of roses). Their fourth album, Poveste de viata (Life story), was also a huge success for the band. It included hits like "Spune-mi (Hey Baby!)". They reached the zenith of their success with the release of their studio album S.O.S. and its lead single "Dragoste de inchiriat" (Love for rent). It became their signature song and hit number one in Romania, both digitally and in airplay. Due to its immense success, the song was re-written in English and released to the international market as "Kylie" (an ode to Kylie Minogue). It became a radio hit in countries like Turkey, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Greece and Ukraine. Akcent's debut English album French Kiss with Kylie was released in Europe on August 23, 2006, and it included their two smash hit singles, "Kylie" and "Jokero". Their song "French Kiss" (the English version of "9 mai") is a cover of "Extemporal ned.
In April 2008, Marius Nedelcu left the band to go solo. The remaining three band members called in Corneliu Ulici, a former member of another Romanian group, Bliss. However, Corneliu didn’t want to make music his career and left after only nine months, after which Akcent officially became a trio. Adrian Sînă was commissioned to produce Akcent's album Fără lacrimi ("No Tears"). The international hit singles "That's My Name", "Stay with Me" and "Lover's Cry" were all produced by Mr. Sînă. In 2009, Adrian Sînă also produced the True Believers album, and it has been one of Akcent's most successful to date. The album included the hits "That's My Name", "Stay with Me," "Lover's Cry" and "Tears". In the same year, Akcent won the Balkan Music Award for Best Duet/Group. Because of the success of "That's My Name," the song along with "Stay with Me" was released through U.S. record label Ultra Records, Warner Music Group in Scandinavia, Turkey, Italy, Greece and other countries. The single was also included on the Just Dance: Vol 3 compilation album released by The Island Def Jam Music Group in 2010. After this multi-platinum album, the band started performing worldwide.
The new decade
In 2011, Akcent signed a recording contract with Robbins Entertainment and in May 2012 "My Passion" was officially released in the United States. Then came the song "Feelings on Fire", which featured Ruxandra Bar and a music video that was filmed with the guys driving sports cars; in Romania, on Transfagarasan. Akcent group member Adrian Sina also became a judge of X Factor the same year. 2012 was a busy and successful year for Akcent with touring and more hits. In January, the group released the single "I'm Sorry" featuring pop singer Sandra N. The single was later licensed to Disco Wax Records and distributed by Sony Music Entertainment in the United Kingdom, Finland and Denmark. Several of Akcent's singles have been added to dance compilations and/or released singularly by different major recording labels, including Warner Music Group, Universal Music Group and Ministry of Sound.
In the summer of 2012, Akcent released another single "Chimie Intre Noi" (Chemistry between us), produced by Adrian Sina. In September 2012, the group embarked on a U.S. tour, performing sold out shows in New York City, NY and Chicago, Illinois. Akcent signed with Shakir Entertainment Management in New York City on November 26, 2012. As of December 2012, the group's music videos and songs on YouTube have been viewed close to 1 billion times, and they have more than 3 million fans on Facebook. Akcent is the only international pop act to perform live in Pakistan several times in recent years.
2013–2014: Disbandment and lasting success
In September 2013, the band split after a quarrel, leaving Sînă as the only member of the band.
As of September 2013, Adrian Sînă is the male artist with the most chart entries on the Romanian Top 100. Overall, only artists like Madonna or Rihanna have more entries than him. In 2014, he saw immense success with the songs "Kamelia" and "Faina". In 2015, he released the successful singles "Te Quiero" ft. Galena and "Amor Gitana" ft. Sandra N. In 2016, he released a new album, Love the Show. Sînă has remained loyal to the original style of Akcent.
- Senzatzia (2000)
- În culori (2002)
- 100 bpm (2003)
- Poveste de viaţă (2004)
- S.O.S. (2005)
- Primul capitol (2006)
- French Kiss with Kylie (2006, re-release 2007)
- King of Disco (2007)
- Fără lacrimi (2009)
- True Believers (2009)
- Around The World (2014)
- Love The Show (2016)
- Лучшие хиты (2014)
|2002||"Ți-am promis"||2||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||În culori|
|2003||"Buchet de trandafiri"||5||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||100 bpm|
|2004||"Poveste de viață"||10||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Poveste de viață|
|"Spune-mi hey baby"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005||"Dragoste de închiriat"||2||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||S.O.S.|
|2007||"King of Disco"||7||18||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||153||King of Disco|
|"Let's Talk About It"||52||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008||"Umbrela ta"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Fără lacrimi|
|2009||"Stay with Me"||1||9||9||—||—||22||—||7||—||79|
|"That's My Name"||4||15||12||6||10||24||9||—||32||133|
|"How Deep Is Your Love"||9||30||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|"Too Late To Cry" (Vivien O'Hara feat. Akcent)||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||72||—||—||—|
|2011||"Feelings On Fire"||95||69||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|"Angel" (Adrian Sînă feat. Sandra N.)||7||16||27||—||15||8||19||—||—||—|
|2012||"I'm Sorry" (feat. Sandra N.)||6||12||23||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|"Back To Me" (Adrian Sînă feat. Diana Hetea)||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|"Chimie intre noi"||64||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2013||"Arde ceva" (Adrian Sînă)||20||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|"Boracay" (Adrian Sînă feat. Sandra N.)||—||3||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|"Lacrimi Curg" (Adrian Sînă)||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2014||"Kamelia" (Adrian Sînă feat. Lidia Buble & DDY Nunes)||3||1||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|"Faina" (Adrian Sînă feat. Liv)||—||22||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2015||"Dilemma" (Adrian Sînă feat. Meriam)||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
(Adrian Sînă featuring Sandra N.)
- "Sorin şi Mihai din Akcent au făcut o nouă trupă: Two". Click! (in Romanian). 11 December 2013.
- Adrian Sînă official
- Akcent signs with U.S. management
- KNHC Top 89 of 2012 New Years Eve countdown
|Awards and achievements|
|Best Duet/Group in the Balkans