Imany

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Imany
Imany 2011.jpg
Imany performing in Paris on Bastille Day 2011
Background information
Birth name Nadia Mladjao
Born (1979-04-05) 5 April 1979 (age 39)
Martigues, Bouches-du-Rhône, France
Genres Folk, soul, blues, pop
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Years active 2008–present
Labels Think Zik!
Website Imanymusic.com

Nadia Mladjao (born 5 April 1979), better known by her stage name Imany, is a French pop-soul recording artist of Comorian descent. Her debut album, The Shape of a Broken Heart,[1] which was released in 2011, reached platinum status in France, Greece and triple platinum in Poland.

Early life[edit]

She was born in Martigues near Marseille, in a family from the Comoros[2] in 1979. Her stage name, Imany (Imani) means faith in Swahili (from Arabic ايمان - imaan). As a youth, she was an athlete, doing high jump.

Career[edit]

She became a model for the Ford Models Europe. She went to the United States for seven years,[3][4] before coming back to France, when she started her singing career.[5][6][7]

In 2008, she began singing. She performed at the Beau Lounge, at the Réservoir, at the Bellevilloise, and at the China Club.

Imany’s first album, The Shape of a Broken Heart, which was named after a drawing she made with closed eyes,[8] contains twelve songs written in English.

Imany produced the soundtrack for the 2014 film French Women by Audrey Dana[9]

In 2016 the Filatov & Karas remix of her song "Don't Be So Shy" became a Europe-wide hit, topping the charts in Austria, Germany, Poland and Russia.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
FRA
[10]
AUT
[11]
BEL
(Fl)

[12]
BEL
(Wa)

[13]
GER
[14]
ITA
[15]
POL
[16]
SWI
[17]
The Shape of a Broken Heart 19 55 47 47 10 4 36
The Wrong Kind of War
  • Released: 26 August 2016
  • Label: Think Zik!
  • Formats: CD, digital download
7 23 49 19 19 40
[20]
10 9

Extended plays[edit]

  • 2010: Acoustic Sessions

Soundtracks[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
FRA
[10]
BEL
(Wa)

[13]
POL
[22]
Sous les jupes des filles (soundtrack - Imany and various artists)
  • Released: 26 May 2014
  • Label: Think Zik!
  • Formats: CD, digital download
84 120 16

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

List of singles, with chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Single Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
FRA
[10]
AUS
[24]
AUT
[11]
BEL
(Wa)

[25]
GER
[14]
ITA
[15]
JPN
[26]
POL
[27]
RUS
[28]
SWI
[29]
"You Will Never Know" 2011 26 [A] 2 5 1 The Shape of a Broken Heart
"Please and Change" 56
"The Good the Bad & the Crazy" 2014 79 [B] 1 Sous les jupes des filles soundtrack
"Don't Be So Shy"
(Filatov & Karas remix)
2015 1 9 1 3 1 22 1 1 3 The Wrong Kind of War
"There Were Tears" 2016 50 38
"Silver Lining (Clap Your Hands)" 32
"Nothing to Save" 179
"No Reason No Rhyme" 2017 174
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist[edit]

Single Year Peak chart positions Album
FRA
[10]
BEL
(Wa)

[25]
"Le mystère féminin"
(Kery James featuring Imany)
2013 120 [C] Dernier MC

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "You Will Never Know" did not enter the Wallonia Ultratop 50, but peaked at number 20 on the Ultratip chart.[25]
  2. ^ "The Good the Bad & the Crazy" did not enter the Wallonia Ultratop 50, but peaked at number 42 on the Ultratip chart.[25]
  3. ^ "Le mystère féminin" did not enter the Wallonia Ultratop 50, but peaked at number 10 on the Ultratip chart.[25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sandra Zistl (14 June 2012). "Super Musik, Super-Model" (in German). Focus. Retrieved 18 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Get to Know: Afro-Soul Singer, Imany Mladjao". Afromag. 3 May 2011. Archived from the original on 6 December 2011. Retrieved 19 December 2011.
  3. ^ Imany (27 January 2013). "Imany im Interview bei ZDF". ZDF.kultur (Interview). ZDF. Retrieved 18 May 2014.
  4. ^ Mina Soundiram (10 December 2012). "Imany, princesse soul" (in French). L'Express (France). Retrieved 18 May 2012.
  5. ^ "Une journée avec Imany" (in French). Elle. 10 June 2011. Retrieved 17 May 2014.
  6. ^ Interview with France Today Archived 2012-01-23 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "Imany – Vom Topmodel zur Soul-Diva" (in German). Die Welt. 28 April 2013. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  8. ^ Ten minutes with... Imany Archived 2014-05-17 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ Imany signe la bande-son de Sous les Jupes des Filles Archived 2014-05-19 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ a b c d "Imany on French Charts" (in French). lescharts.com. Retrieved 11 July 2013.
  11. ^ a b "Imany on Austrian Charts" (in German). austriancharts.at. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  12. ^ "Imany Albums on Belgian Charts (Flanders)" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
  13. ^ a b "Imany Albums on Belgian Charts (Wallonia)" (in French). Ultratop. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
  14. ^ a b "Discographie von Imany. Offizielle Deutsche Charts" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 11 July 2013.
  15. ^ a b "Imany on Italian Charts". italiancharts.com. Retrieved 11 July 2013.
  16. ^ Peak chart positions for albums in Poland:
  17. ^ "Imany Albums on Swiss Charts". swisscharts.com/hitparade.ch. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
  18. ^ "Certifications Albums Platine - année 2012" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Archived from the original on 25 September 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
  19. ^ "Polish platinum certifications of 2013" (in Polish). Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
  20. ^ "Album – Classifica settimanale WK 40 (dal 2016-09-30 al 2016-10-06)" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  21. ^ "Polish gold certifications of 2017" (in Polish). Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  22. ^ Peak chart positions for albums in Poland:
  23. ^ "Polish gold certifications of 2016" (in Polish). Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
  24. ^ "Imany on Australian Charts". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  25. ^ a b c d e "Imany on Belgian Charts" (in French). ultratop.be. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  26. ^ "Imany – Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  27. ^ Peak chart positions for singles in Poland:
  28. ^ "Imany – Airplay chart history" (in Russian). Tophit. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  29. ^ "Imany Singles on Swiss Charts". swisscharts.com. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  30. ^ a b "FIMI - Certifications for Imany" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  31. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. 22 August 2016. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  32. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – 2016". Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  33. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Imany)" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  34. ^ "Austrian single certifications – Imany" (in German). IFPI Austria. Retrieved 13 September 2016. Enter Imany in the field Interpret. Select single in the field Format. Click Suchen. 
  35. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Imany)". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  36. ^ "Polish diamond certifications of 2016" (in Polish). Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 15 June 2016.

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