Bleona

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Bleona
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Bleona in Ibiza, 13 June 2013
Background information
Birth name Bleona Qereti
Born Korçë, Albania
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actress
  • television personality
  • model
Instruments Vocals, violin
Years active 1996-present
Associated acts
Website www.iambleona.com

Bleona Qereti , professionally known as Bleona is an Albanian singer and actress.[1] As of 2009, Bleona has resided in the United States where she has worked with producers such as Timbaland, Rodney Jerkins, and Grammy winner David Foster.[2] She has released four singles since, titled "Show Off", "Without You" and "Pass Out," the latter co-produced by Timbaland. On September 10, 2013 she released the single "Take It Like A Man".[3]

Early life[edit]

Bleona was born on 14 May 1979[4] in Korçë, Albania. She began her career at Skampa Theater in Elbasan, and then moved to Tirana to pursue her singing career. At age 15, she began singing and performing at Albanian music festivals.[5] She released her first single, "Lermeni (Let Me Be Free)" in 1996, and a year later released her first album, Kam Qejfin Tim (I Run My Own Game).[6] Bleona's first major tour took place that year, and she performed over 25 summer shows at concert halls in Switzerland and Germany. In 1997 she toured in support of the Albanian Democratic Party (headed by Sali Berisha), and released a music video for the track "Kam Qejfin Tim." Since then she has released approximately one new music video a year.[7]

At age thirteen, Bleona's father and mother encouraged her to leave singing and go to business school. Her parents later sent her to a German school to learn the language. which she can speak and sing in English, Albanian, Italian, German.[8] She studied the Stanislavski System of acting, graduating with a BA from the Academy of Performing Arts in Tirana. She also plays violin.[9]

From 1999 through 2002, Bleona released three more albums, all of which reached the charts in southeastern Europe.[3] In 1999 she headlined the Humanitarian Tour for the People of Kosovo, where she played a number of concerts around Europe. From 2000 to 2001 she performed at 80 concerts in Europe and the United Kingdom, and by 2002 she was headlining outdoor concerts. In that same year she released the DVD, Nje xhiro neper Shqiperi (Walking Through Albania).[citation needed]

2003-2007[edit]

Bleona, 16 November 2011

In 2003 Bleona released the album Ti Nuk Di As Me Ma Lyp" , Within 3 months of being released the album had sold 300,000 copies. Over the next four years she again toured throughout Kosovo, England, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy, and co-headlined with the rock group, Elita 5.[10]

Bleona’s 2005 album, Boom Boom was recorded in both English and Albanian. That same year her single "S'dua" won the Media Award at the "Magic Song Festival Awards," Albania's version of the Grammy Awards.[11][12] In 2006 Bleona became the youngest recipient of Albania’s VMA "Excellent Career Award" in the award's history.[13] Her eighth album Mandarin sold over 800,000 copies in 2007, breaking her previous record.In theme with the album, which means "tangerine," she dyed her hair red in 2006 and kept it that way until 2007, featuring the color in three music videos.[14] In 2007 she campaigned for the then-newly formed New Kosovo Alliance, a political party formed by Behgjet Pacolli.In 2008 Bleona won "Media Award" with song "Magnetic" in "Magic Song Festival Awards".[15]

Moving to the United States[edit]

Bleona's first tour of the United States was in 2004, when a club promoter invited her to New York City to perform at New York City’s legendary Webster Hall.[16] Since then, she has continued to perform in both the United States, the Middle East and in Europe. [17]

Bleona moved to the U.S. in September 2010. Shortly afterwards she met producer Timbaland while both were attending the Grammy Awards ceremony. After a year of delays, she began working with him on three new tracks. She has worked on songs with Rodney Jerkins, Makeba, and engineered by Jimmy Douglass.[18] Her English language single "Show Off" was released on September 27, 2010.[19] In February 2011, Bleona became a citizen of the United States.[20]

"Pass Out" single[edit]

In September 2012, Bleona’s co-produced single with Timbaland, "Pass Out" featuring Brasco was released.[21] She toured Europe to promote the single, performing in Albania in the cities of Vlora, Elbasan, Shkoder and Tirana; the capital city of Pristina in Kosovo; Tetovo in Macedonia and Düsseldorf, Germany. Supporting her on tour was DJ Freestyle Steve and Brasco. Concert attendance ranged from 50 to 70,000 people per performance.[22]

In the summer 2013, Bleona announced the release of her single "Take It Like A Man" produced by StopWaitGo.[23] Maximum Pop called it "an uplifting dance floor filler that screams "GIRL POWER" at the top of its europop lungs".[24] To coincide with the release she headlined Las Vegas Gay Pride on September 7, 2013.[25]

Reality television[edit]

In February 2014, Bleona started shooting a new reality television series titled Euros of Hollywood which premiered on November 3, 2014 on Bravo network. The show followed Bleona recording her first album in English and her life in America. In 2015 Bleona she returned to Albania where she was a member of the X Factor jury. In 2016 she was member of Your Face Sounds Familiar jury in Albania.[26]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Bleona posing in a music video, 16 June 2012
Year Title
1997 Kam Qejfin Tim (I Run My Own Game)
1999 Nese Me Do Fort (If You Love Me That Much)
2001 S'me Behet Vone (I Don't Care)
2002 Ik Meso Si Dashurohet (Go Learn How to Love)
2003 Ti Nuk Di As Me Ma Lyp (You Weren't Man Enough for Me)
2005 Greatest Hits
2005 Boom Boom
2007 Mandarin

Singles[edit]

Year Title
1996 "Lermeni"
1999 "Nese me do fort"
2001 "S’me behet vone"
2002 "Ik meso si dashurohet"
2003 "O bo bo c'i bere vehtes"
2005 S'dua"
"Boom Boom"
2006 "Hallal e ke"
2007 "Mandarin"
2008 "Magnetic"
2010 "Show Off"
2012 "Pass Out"
2013 "Without You"
"Take It Like A Man"
2014 "Fuck You I'm Famous"
"Still In Love"
2015 "Take You Over"

Weekly charts[edit]

Take you over (2015) Peak position
Australian Urban (ARIA)[27] 22
Bulgaria (IFPI)[28] 4
Germany (Official German Charts)[29] 19
Greece Digital Songs (Billboard)[30] 11
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[31] 28
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[32] 104
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[33] 3

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Bleona Qereti". Rushdiemedia.com. Retrieved 25 January 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "About Bleona". MTV. Retrieved 25 January 2015. 
  4. ^ Bleona Qereti, Profili, on http://vip.shqiperia.com (albanian language)
  5. ^ "Bleona Qereti, Actress, Singer-Performer". Backstage.com. Retrieved 24 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "Bleona Qereti Truly Does Run Her Own Game". Bleonaworld.com. Retrieved 24 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "Spotlight on Bleona". Billboard. Retrieved 24 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "Bleona". Pleimo.com. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
  9. ^ "Bleona". Bravo TV. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
  10. ^ "Bleona Qereti and Elita 5". Daily Motion. Retrieved 24 January 2015. 
  11. ^ "Bleona Qereti Koncert ne Tetove". Youtube. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
  12. ^ "Bleona Bio". Reverbnation.com. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  13. ^ "About Bleona". Bleonaqworld.com. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
  14. ^ "Bleona Mandarin". Youtube. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
  15. ^ "Interviste 60 Sekonda". Youtube. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
  16. ^ "The Madonna of Albania". Four Two Nine. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
  17. ^ "Bleona Bio". Reverbnation. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
  18. ^ "Bleona I Told Timbaland To Give Me A Chance". Global Grind. Retrieved 24 January 2015. 
  19. ^ "Bleona Qereti". Listal.com. Retrieved 24 January 2015. 
  20. ^ "Bleona Q World". Daily Motion. Retrieved 24 January 2015. 
  21. ^ "Albanian Fire! Bleona Debuts "Pass Out" (Featuring Timbaland)". Europopped. October 2012. 
  22. ^ "The Glamorous Bleona". BFM Mag. Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  23. ^ "Introducing Bleona". Hit The Floor. Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  24. ^ "Bleona-Take It Like A Man". Maximum Pop. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
  25. ^ "Las Vegas PRIDE 2013 Festival Entertainment". lasvegaspride.org. Southern Nevada Association of PRIDE, Inc. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  26. ^ "Euros Of Hollywood". Bravo. NBCUniversal. Retrieved January 23, 2015. 
  27. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 40 Urban Singles". ARIA Top 40 Urban Singles. MMC Media. Archived from the original on 1 November 2014. Retrieved 23 August 2014. 
  28. ^ "Bulgarian Airplay Top 5". Bulgarian Association of Music Producers. 28 September 2014. Archived from the original on 12 November 2014. 
  29. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Iggy Azalea feat. Rita Ora – Black Widow". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  30. ^ "Greece Digital Songs: Dec 20, 2014". Billboard. Retrieved 26 August 2015.  (subscription required)
  31. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Bleona – Take you over". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  32. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  33. ^ "Bleona Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard.

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