Indira Radić

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Indira Radić
Indira, 10 2012.jpg
Radić in 2012
Background information
Birth nameIndira Subotić
Born (1966-06-14) 14 June 1966 (age 53)
Dragalovci, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia
Genresfolk, turbo-folk, pop-folk
Years active1991–present
LabelsDiskos, PGP-RTS, Grand Production (formerly ZaM/Zabava miliona)
Associated actsJužni Vetar, Alen Islamović, Xenia Pajčin, Ivan Plavšić, Stanko Marinković, Srki Boy, Crvena jabuka, Romana, Azis, Lexington Band, Dženan Lončarević

Indira Radić (Serbian Cyrillic: Индира Радић; born 14 June 1966) is a Bosnian pop-folk singer. Born in Bosnia, she left for Belgrade, Serbia during the Yugoslav wars and the release of her first album. She has established herself on the music scene of the former Yugoslavia and Bulgaria.

Early life[edit]

Indira Radić was born as Indira Subotić to Bosnian Serb parents Živko Subotić and Rosa (née Radić) in the village of Dragalovci near the Bosnian town of Doboj. She was named after the Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.[1] Her parents from an early stage noticed her talent for singing, so from a young age Indira took part in many music competitions.[2] After finishing primary school, she enrolled in a medical school in Doboj before working as a nurse for three years in the Mladen Stojanović Hospital in Zagreb. However, she found that her greatest love is music.



In Yugoslavia, there was an organised contest for amateur singers, the final being held in Sarajevo. Radić entered the contest and was expected to win, but the final was cancelled as it coincided with the start of the Bosnian War in springtime 1992. A few months later, Radić contacted the record label Diskos and recorded her first album Nagrada i kazna (Prize and Punishment, 1992) with the band Južni Vetar. After the release of her first album, she moved to Belgrade with her family to build a career.[1] She recorded two more albums with Južni Vetar, Zbog tebe ("Because of You", 1993) and Ugasi me ("Turn Me Off", 1994), before releasing her first solo album Idi iz života moga ("Get Out of My Life", 1995) on the record label PGP-RTS. In 1996, Radić began her three-year stint at ZaM production during which she recorded three albums. First of these was Krug ("Circle"), which elevated her image.[2][3] It was followed by Izdajnik ("Traitor", 1997) and award-winning Voliš li me ti ("Do You Love Me", 1998), which provided Radić with many successful performances and tours.[4][5]


In 2000, Radić started working for Grand Production (previously ZaM), releasing the album Milenijum ("Millennium") that same year and Gde ćemo večeras ("Where Are We Going Tonight") in 2001.

A milestone of Radić’s career was when she recorded the duet Lopov ("Thief") with Alen Islamović, a singer of the Yugoslav rock band Bijelo dugme; the duet was composed and produced by Goran Ratković-Rale for her 2002 album Pocrnela burma ("My Wedding Ring Turned Black") The duet, which incorporated a new music genre called "pop-folk", a mix of folk melodies and western pop music,[citation needed] has achieved great success.[1][6]

In 2003, Radić released the album Zmaj ("Dragon"). It included the songs Moj živote dal si živ ("My Life, Are You Alive"), Tika-tak ("Tick-tock"), Bio si mi drag ("You Were Dear to Me") and Pedeset godina ("Fifty Years") and the title track, among others. The album received numerous awards among which was an Album of the Year, The Hits and Album of the Decade, and Top-selling Album. Her songs from Zmaj were translated into Bulgarian, Romanian, Greek, Albanian and Romani.

In the successor states of Yugoslavia, Radić became initially successful in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Macedonia and Montenegro.[1][7] Radić then went on a Balkan tour. On 27 April 2004 she held her first, and at that time, the most successful concert in show business in "Sports Hall" in Belgrade.[1][8]

She was given an award in Bulgaria for being the "most popular and best singer in the Balkans" in 2005.[7][9] Between 2004 and 2006, Radić had a successful tour and in 2006 received the award for the largest number of concerts held.

Radić released the album Ljubav kad prestane ("When Love Ends", 2005), featuring the hit songs April, Deset devet tri dva jedan ("Ten, Nine, Three, Two, One") and the title track. It was followed in 2007 by Lepo se provedi ("Have Fun") with the hit song Imali smo, nismo znali ("We Had It, We Didn't Know") In 2008, the controversial single Pije mi se ("I Want to Drink"), off the album Heroji ("Heroes", 2008), included a music video in which two men were shown kissing. On that same album she sang a duet entitled Hajde sestro ("Come On, Sister") with singer Ksenija Pajčin. In October that year, she sang the song Ako umrem sad ("If I Die Now", a song later released on her 2011 album) and in December 2008 she released the full album Heroji. In addition, Indira was declared the Serbian gay icon of 2008.[10]

In 2009, she received an award for Singer of the Year. In mid-2009, Radić recorded the duet Možda baš ti ("Maybe Just You") with Ivan Plavšić. The duet's entire proceeds went to charity, and consequently she won the Big Heart Award from Put humanizma ("Road of Humanism") and the Princess Katherine Karađorđević Fund.[11] In October 2009, Radić promoted two singles Pusti me ("Let Me Go") and Živim da živim ("I Live to Live")


Radić in 2010

In December 2011, Indira released her jubilee fifteenth album entitled Istok, sever, jug i zapad ("East, North, South and West"). The album included 17 new songs including Marija ("Maria"), which Indira sung in French in a duet with a colleague Stanko Marinković. The song was parodied heavily because of Radić’s horrible French, collecting over 100,000 views on YouTube within the first 24 hours of its release and after a week got seventh place of most commented YouTube videos worldwide.[12]


Studio albums[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Best of Indira (2013)

Live albums[edit]

  • Hala Sportova 27.04.2004. Beograd (2004)[13]


  1. ^ a b c d e Magazin Svet 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Indira Radic Biografija". Retrieved 22 April 2011.
  3. ^ "Indira Radić Biografija | Poznate ličnosti". Retrieved 22 April 2011.
  4. ^ "Indira za medije". Indira.8. Retrieved 22 April 2011.
  5. ^ "Iz novina o koncertu u Domu Sportova". Indira.8. Retrieved 22 April 2011.
  6. ^ "Indira Radić :: O Indiri". Archived from the original on 25 January 2011. Retrieved 22 April 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  7. ^ a b "Indira Radic - Indirin menadzer stitio novinare!". BalkanMedia. Retrieved 22 April 2011.
  8. ^ "Indira Radic - Solo koncert za tinejdzere i one malo starije". Retrieved 22 August 2011.
  9. ^ "Vukašin Brajic peva za BiH, Indira za Bugarsku?". Retrieved 7 October 2011.
  10. ^ "Queeria: Indira Radić gej ikona". Tračanje. Retrieved 23 April 2011.
  11. ^ "Alo | Ljudi | Muzika sa humanom svrhom". Archived from the original on 5 April 2012. Retrieved 23 April 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  12. ^ "Indira Radić - "Avon sam proždrnula - Marija" (novi spot)". BalkanMedia. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
  13. ^ "Hala Sportova 27.04.2004. Beograd". Discogs. Retrieved 4 May 2013.


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