Claudia Leitte

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Claudia Leitte
Claudia Leitte no The Voice Brasil 2012.jpg
Background information
Birth name Cláudia Cristina Leite Inácio
Also known as Claudinha
Born (1980-07-10) July 10, 1980 (age 35)
São Gonçalo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil [1]
Origin Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
Genres Dance, pop, latin pop
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 2000–present
Labels Universal Music (2008–2010)
Sony Music (2010–2012)
Som Livre (2012–2014)
Roc Nation (2014–)
Website Official website

Cláudia Cristina Leite Inácio Pedreira (Brazilian Portuguese: [ˈklawdʒɐ ˈlejtʃi]; born July 10, 1980)[2] known as Claudia Leitte and popular nickname Claudinha, is a Brazilian singer, axé and pop recording artist, and former vocalist of the group Babado Novo, from 2001 to 2008.[3] She is one of the most popular female singers in Brazil and Latin America,[4][5] having sold over a million records during her solo career and being the recipient for many awards including a Latin Grammy Best Brazilian Contemporary Pop Album nomination for her first solo studio album As Máscaras.[6] On January 2014, it was reported Leitte had been meeting with producers Shea Taylor, Timbaland, Rob Persaud and Mike Will Made It,[7] having signed with Roc Nation management with plans of launching her career overseas.[8] Along with Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez, she recorded "We Are One (Ole Ola)", which served as the official song of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[9] Aside from her musical career, since 2012 she also serves as coach and mentor on the Brazilian version of television show The Voice.

Life and career[edit]

Born in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Claudia came from a very humble family. Within five days of her being born, her family moved to Salvador, Bahia (her mother's hometown). Leitte got her start singing in family occasions, and as a teenager she was hitting bars and festivals in one-time gigs. She later got her entry in the business as a backing vocal for local singer Nando Borges.[4] Before becoming a full-time professional singer, Leitte tried law school, communications and then turned to music at college - dropping out at a later point. She worked in a variety of groups before joining and making a name for herself in Babado Novo, most notably Nata do Samba and Companhia do Pagode.

In November 2001, Leitte was approached to become the vocalist of Salvador-based axé band Babado Novo. Together, the band released five albums through Poly Music and Universal Records, selling over 5 million records and spawning many chart-topping hits.[10] The group's self-titled debut album in 2003, sold over 500,000 copies, and was certified double platinum. The second album, Sem Vergonha, released in 2003, sold over 100,000 copies, having been certified gold while the album named Uau! Babado Novo ao Vivo em Salvador, released in 2004, sold over 365,000 discs, being certified diamond and the fourth record, released in December 2005, named Diário de Claudinha sold over 70,000 copies in its first week of sales. Babado Novo's last album with Claudia was released in December 2006, named Ver-te Mar, it sold over 100,000 copies back then.[4]

As a member of the band and on the verge of her solo career, she was nominated for the 2007 MTV Video Music Brasil.[6] That same year, Claudia also won the Brazilian Best Female Singer award, promoted by GloboRadio, beating Ivete Sangalo, Sandy, Ana Carolina and Maria Rita,[11] and along with Babado Novo, she won the following Carnatal awards: best singer, best group, best bloco, best song (for the song "Exttravasa") and best artist.[5]

In early 2008, Leitte announced that she would be leaving the brand Babado Novo, and becoming a solo act, bringing her bandmates with her.[12][13] On February 5, 2008, they performed for the last time as members of the group.[14] Leitte kicked off her solo career with a live concert recording in February 17, 2008, at Copacabana Beach with special guests, like Daniela Mercury and Wando, and was watched and acclaimed by a crowd of almost a million people.[15] On July 4, 2008, the register was released as her debut solo album, named Ao Vivo em Copacabana.[16]

In 2008, she signed an endorsement deal with AmBev to be the spokeswoman for Guaraná Antarctica,[17] and later, also for SKY Brasil. Leitte is one of the most followed artists on the web, with over than 17 million fans on social media, ensuring one of the largest artistic fees in the country, charging on average between $450,000 and $600,000 for appearances. Claudia is considered, along with Ivete Sangalo, one of the largest and most powerful Brazilian acts.

She was nominated for a 2010 Latin Grammy Award in the category of Best Brazilian Contemporary Pop Album for her first studio album As Máscaras, but lost to Sérgio Mendes. On December 18 of that year, she charted on Billboard's annual Next Big Sound Music Chart at #6. In September 2011, Leitte sang for the first time at the Rock in Rio music festival stage along with Rihanna, Katy Perry and Elton John. That same month she appeared on Ricky Martin's single "Samba" for the Brazilian release and worldwide re-release of the album Música + Alma + Sexo (2011); She sang at the Miss Universe 2011 pageant and shortly after was invited to be a coach on television show The Voice Brasil, a role she has held for two seasons.[18] Leitte was also featured in a version of "La Luz", the main single for Juanes' sixth album Loco de Amor (2014).

In 2014, Leitte was approached by Pitbull - who she had met a couple times a while before - and FIFA to represent Brazil in the 2014 FIFA World Cup official song, "We Are One (Ole Ola)". Along with Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez, she performed the song onstage at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards and then presented another version of the song along with a version of Ary Barroso's "Aquarela do Brasil" during the opening ceremony of the championship prior to the group A preliminary round match between Brazil and Croatia at the Arena Corinthians on June 12, 2014 in São Paulo, Brazil.

Personal life[edit]

She married businessman and teenage crush Márcio Pedreira on March 7, 2007. Her first child, a boy named Davi Leite Inácio Pedreira, was born on January 20, 2009, in Salvador, Bahia, generating controversy after Leitte got back to work and performed in Carnival only a month after giving birth. Her second child, a son named Rafael, was born on August 15, 2012 via C-section.


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details
As Máscaras
  • Released: May 23, 2010
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download

Live albums[edit]

Title Album details
Ao Vivo em Copacabana
  • Released: June 27, 2008
  • Label: Universal Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Negalora: Íntimo
  • Released: August 29, 2012
  • Label: Som Livre
  • Formats: CD, CD/DVD, digital download
Axemusic - Ao Vivo
  • Released: January 16, 2014
  • Label: Som Livre
  • Formats: CD, CD/DVD, digital download

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details
  • Released: October 30, 2014
  • Label: 2T's Entretenimento
  • Formats: CD, digital download


Year Single Album
2007 Exttravasa
(feat. Gabriel, o Pensador)
Ao Vivo em Copacabana
2008 Pássaros
Beijar na Boca
2009 Horizonte
As Máscaras (Se Deixa Levar) As Máscaras
2010 Famo$a (Billionaire)
(feat. Travie McCoy)
Don Juan
(feat. Belo)
2011 Trilhos Fortes
Preto Non-album single
Locomotion Batucada Negalora – Íntimo
Dia da Farra e do Beijo Axemusic - Ao Vivo
2012 Bem Vindo Amor Negalora – Íntimo
Largadinho Axemusic - Ao Vivo
2013 Quer Saber?
(feat. Thiaguinho)
(feat. Luiz Caldas)
Claudinha Bagunceira
2014 Dekolê
(feat. J. Perry)
Deusas do Amor
(with Ivete Sangalo)
Non-album single
(with Michel Teló)
Matimba Sette
2015 Signs[19][20][21] -

As featured artist[edit]

Samba Rock Com Dendê - Ju Moraes feat. Claudia Leitte | Em Cada Canto Um Samba - 2014

Year Single Album
2004 Doce Desejo
(Bruno e Marrone feat. Claudia Leitte)
Bruno e Marrone - Ao Vivo
Ê Saudade
(Jammil e uma Noites feat. Claudia Leitte)
Ao Vivo na Balada
2006 Amor de Carnaval
(Orlando Morais feat. Claudia Leitte)
Tempo Bom
2007 Um Sonho a Dois
(Roupa Nova feat. Claudia Leitte)
RoupaAcústico 2
2009 Sorri, Sou Rei
(Natiruts feat. Claudia Leitte)
2010 Parente do Avião
(Carlinhos Brown feat. Daniela Mercury, Ivete Sangalo,
Margareth Menezes, Claudia Leitte, Armandinho[disambiguation needed] & Luiz Caldas)
Non-album single
Mesma Luz
(Carol Celico feat. Claudia Leitte)
Carol Celico
2011 Samba
(Ricky Martin feat. Claudia Leitte)
Música + Alma + Sexo
2012 Enamorado
(Adair Cardoso feat. Claudia Leitte)
Adair Cardoso - Ao Vivo
2014 We Are One (Ole Ola)
(Pitbull feat. Jennifer Lopez & Claudia Leitte)

Promotional singles[edit]

Year Single Album
2010 Paixão As Máscaras
Faz Um
2011 Elixir
(feat. Olodum)
Axemusic - Ao Vivo
2012 Magalenha
(feat. Sérgio Mendes)
Negalora - Íntimo


  • Exttravasa Tour (2008–2009)
  • Beija Eu Tour (2009)
  • Sette Tour (2009)
  • O Samba Tour (2010)
  • Rhytmos Tour (2010)
  • Claudia Leitte Tour (2011–12)
  • Sambah Tour (2012–13)
  • AXEMUSIC Tour (2014)



Year Movie Role Notes
2011 Bahêa Minha Vida Herself Documentary about Esporte Clube Bahia
2011 Cars 2 Carla Veloso Voice; Brazilian version


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Estúdio Coca-Cola Herself 1 episode
2008 Família MTV 1 episode
2009 Uma Hora de Sucessos Host 1 episode
2009 Malhação Herself 3 episodes
2011 Miss Universe 2011 Herself 1 episode
2012 Superbonita 6 episodes
2012–present The Voice Brasil Herself / Judge
2014 2014 Billboard Music Awards Herself "We Are One (Ole Ola)" performance


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  19. ^ Claudia Leitte lança single internacional; vem ouvir “Signs”
  20. ^ Vaza novo single em inglês de Claudia Leitte, ouça
  21. ^ Incluindo “Signs”, álbum em inglês da Claudia Leitte será lançado apenas em 2016