Boggie

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Boggie
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Boggie in Pécs, Hungary (2018)
Background information
Birth nameBoglárka Csemer
Also known asBoggie
Born (1986-11-30) 30 November 1986 (age 32)
Budapest, Hungary
GenresPop
Occupation(s)singer
Instrumentsvocals
Years active2009–present
LabelsTom-Tom Records
Websiteboggieofficial.com

Boglárka Csemer (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈboɡlaːrkɒ ˈt͡ʃɛmɛr], born 30 November 1986 in Budapest, Hungary), professionally known as Boggie, is a Hungarian pop vocalist and songwriter. Globally, Boggie is best known for her 2014 hit single entitled "Nouveau Parfum" (Hungarian: Parfüm) from her self-titled debut studio album Boggie (2013). While the song went number one on Hungary's MAHASZ chart, it also found its way to two Billboard charts reaching number three on its Jazz Album Chart and number 17 on its World Music Album Chart.[1][2] She represented Hungary in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 with the song "Wars for Nothing". On 19 May 2015, her song qualified for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest final, which was held on 23 May 2015 in Vienna, Austria.

Musical career[edit]

2014–present: Boggie era[edit]

Boggie rose to major prominence in early January 2014 after the release of the music video to her debut single "Nouveau Parfum" (French for "New Perfume"). The video was picked up by media outlets in various countries including the UK [3][4] and United States.[5][6][7] The video shows the singer being extensively retouched while she sings the song, which is a darker, French rewrite of the song's Hungarian version entitled "Parfüm". Both versions are extracted from Boglárka's self-titled debut album entitled Boggie, released in 2013. The video and its message are similar to the Body Evolution viral video [8] created for GlobalDemocracy.com to encourage the introduction of mandatory disclaimers on retouched images in popular media. Much like the model in Body Evolution, by the end of the video Boglárka bears little resemblance to her unaltered appearance at the start. A brief split-screen comparison shows the viewer how drastically different the final whitewashing result is.

Two verses in "Nouveau Parfum" consist of Boggie reeling off a list of designer label perfumes and asking which she should choose, before questioning why she should have to make a choice at all and asking who is making her choose. Boggie then counters this pressure with the lines, "Je ne suis pas leur produit / De beauté, d’préciosité / Ils ne peuvent pas me changer" ("I am not their product / Of beauty, of preciousness / They cannot change me").[9] [10]

"Parfüm", in contrast, does not reel off the names of thirty designer labels. Instead, the Hungarian version contains lyrics hoping to inspire the listener to set themselves free of the intoxicating yet harmful effects of all that is unnatural and unattainable: "Parfümnek varázsa, szirmoknak virága / Vágyaink kínzása, selymeknek siklása / Keletnek fűszere, buja kis meséje / Úgy elbódít / Most mind kidobom / Torz tükröm elhajítom / Kabátom szárnyra nyitom / Lélegezz szabadon" ("Perfume's magic, Petals' flowers / Torturing desires, gliding of silk / The East's spices, their lustful little tale / Dazes me so / Now I'm throwing all of them out / I'm casting my distorted mirror away / My coat opens into wings / Breathe freely").[11] A YouTube fan video[12] splicing both the Hungarian and French versions together offers not only a chance to hear portions of each song, but also further shows the progress of photo manipulation into the video realm.

Reflecting the popularity of "Parfüm" and "Nouveau Perfum", a third version was also recorded by Boggie in English entitled "Perfume".[13]

Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

Boggie represented Hungary in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 with the song "Wars for Nothing". On 19 May 2015 she qualified for the event's grand final, which was held on 23 May 2015 in Vienna, Austria.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
HUN
[14]
AUT
[15]
ICE
"Parfüm" / "Nouveau Parfum" 2014 1 Boggie
"Wars for Nothing" 2015 16 64 45 All Is One Is All
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart
positions
MAHASZ Top 40
2013 Boggie
  • Release date: 13 April 2013
  • Publisher: Tom-Tom Records
4
2014 All Is One Is All
  • Release date: 24 October 2014
  • Publisher: Tom-Tom Records
5
2017 3
  • Release date: 23 September 2017
  • Publisher: Tom-Tom Records

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A Mahasz Stream Top 40 listájának első helyezettjei". Wikipédia (in Hungarian). Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  2. ^ "It's Boggie for Hungary!". Eurovision. 28 February 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  3. ^ Winter, Katy (22 January 2014). "Boggie's music video shows singer transformed through real-time Photoshop | Mail Online". London: dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  4. ^ "Boggie Photoshop music video: Singer uses Nouveau Parfum promo to show how digital trickery can transform you | Metro News". metro.co.uk. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  5. ^ Grossman, Samantha (29 January 2014). "Photoshop Transformation Video: Boggie Goes from Normal to Pop Star | TIME.com". newsfeed.time.com. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  6. ^ "Hungarian Viral Music Video Directors Talk Retouching And Photoshop - Cosmopolitan". cosmopolitan.com. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  7. ^ "Hungarian Singer Satires Digital Photo Manipulation In New Music Video | Popular Photography". popphoto.com. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  8. ^ "Body Evolution - Model Before and After - YouTube". youtube.com. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  9. ^ "NOUVEAU PARFUM LYRIC - Csemer Boglárka". verselib.com. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  10. ^ "PARFÜM LYRIC - Csemer Boglárka". verselib.com. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  11. ^ "Boggie - Parfüm". Genius Lyrics. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  12. ^ "Nouveau Parfum Vs Parfum". YouTube. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  13. ^ "Perfume - Boggie". YouTube. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  14. ^ Single (track) Top 20 lista (2014.01.20 - 2014.01.26)
  15. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discografie Boggie". Austrian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
András Kállay-Saunders
with "Running"
Hungary in the Eurovision Song Contest
2015
Succeeded by
Freddie
with "Pioneer"