Jelena Rozga

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Jelena Rozga
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Rozga at the Narodni radio in 2015
Background information
Birth nameJelena Rozga
Born (1977-08-23) 23 August 1977 (age 41)
Split, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active1996–present

Jelena Rozga (born 23 August 1977) is a Croatian pop singer. She is also a music icon in the Balkans.

Early life[edit]

Jelena Rozga was born in Split, Croatia to parents Marija and Ante Rozga. In childhood, Rozga became a ballet dancer, and competed in various Yugoslav competitions. She later joined the ballet ensemble of the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, performing in various localized productions of Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker, etc. She left her ballet career when she was given an opportunity to become a member of Magazin, a popular Croatian pop band at the time.[1][2][3]


1996–2006: Magazin

Jelena started her music career in 1996, when she performed the song Aha on Dora, Croatian song contest for Eurovision Song Contest, and won second place. In the same year she became singer of Magazin. Even before turning 18, she joined the group that would eventually bring her great success in the future and make her one of the most popular singers in the region. In 2006 Jelena left Magazin, but continued to work with Tonči Huljić, the founder of Magazin.[4]

2006-2016: Oprosti mala and Bižuterija

Soon, she recorded and published her first solistic album Oprosti Mala with many hit songs like Gospe moja, Vršnjaci moji, Roba s greškom and others. In 2007 Jelena performed at the Split Festival with Gospe moja and won Grand Prix. Her career rapidly moved upwards, especially in 2008 when she got Grand Prix in Split Festival for having the most played song from last years festival's edition for Gospe Moja. She then released single Daj šta daš which topped charts both in Croatia and other neighbouring countries. Another song of her's, Daj šta daš won the Grand Prix in 2009 for being the most played song from last years festival edition. In 2009 Jelena performed on Hrvatski Radijski Festival with Svega ima, al' bi još in category Pop-folk music. In 2009 she also performed on Split Festival again with Rodit ću ti 'ćer i sina, and the year after, 2010, for the third time in a row, she won Grand Prix for the most played song (Rodit ću ti 'ćer i sina). In 2010, after the premiere on Split festival, her song Bižuterija became huge hit both in Croatia and whole Balkan. Till this day it has over 27 000 000 views on YouTube. Afer many hit singles, on October 27, 2011 with concert in Zadar, Jelena started her first big tour, Bižuterija, during which she visited all big cities in Croatia. She was the first female artiste that had sold out all the tickets at Spaladium Arena (with capacity around 12.000) in her hometown, Split.[5] Several months later, having sold-out concert in Cibona, Zagreb, she sealed her status and success.[6] In early 2011 Jelena released her second solistic album Bižuterija which sold out in over 15.000 copies in just a month. For that success she received Zlatna Ploča certificate form Croatian Phonographic Association.[7]

That same year Jelena was nominated for Porin award (Croatia's version of the Grammys) in category Hit of the year with Bižuterija. She won.[8] Later that spring she recorded a song Dalmatinka with rap formation Connect and it became huge summer hit.[9] In summer of 2011 she performed on Split Festival again with Razmažena and won another Grand Prix for getting most votes by selection of audience. By the end of 2011 she released her double-CD Best of compilation which consists of CD 1, her greatest hits in solistic career and CD2, her greatest hits in the years with Magazin (1996.-2006.).[10] In 2012 on Split Festival she performed the song Solo Igračica which got her award Srebrni galeb, second place by selection of audience. In the same time she released her summer single Dobitna Kombinacija.[11] After a couple of months, Jelena filmed music videos for both songs but it was specific because they were not two separated videos but one, made like a short movie. She was the first singer both in Croatia and neighbouring countries to make such an attempt.[12] In 2013 she released single Nirvana, which brought a lot of attention both from her colleagues and the press, and within a short time became a huge hit.[13] That same summer she released the song Obožavam, and power ballad Cirkus.[14][15] Then in March 2014, she released Okus Mentola which became hit single, the same year in which the summer song Život je Čudo was released. She also recorded the soundtrack Odo Ja for the popular TV show Kud puklo da puklo.[16][17][18] In December 2014 she recorded and released Tsunami, a single which became one of her biggest hits within the shortest amount of time. In the first 24 hours of release it was viewed more than 400 000 times on YouTube. On this day it has over 37 000 000 views.[19] Her success proceeded to next singles like Kraljica[20] and Otrov,[21] and in early 2016, after a long time, she released ballade Udajem se as a single.[22]

2016–present: Moderna žena

After almost 6 years from previous album, in December 2016, Jelena released her third studio album Moderna Žena. It consists of two parts: Disc 1 has 6 new song plus 5 previous singles, and Disc 2 contains her older singles from 2011 to 2014 period.[23] In its first week of release Moderna Žena reached No.1 place on selling charts and after 10 weeks, on this day, it still holds position #1.[24] It is nominated for Porin award for best album in category Best album of pop music. Porin Awards took place on March 17, 2017, in Spaladium Arena. She released the song Zileti as the third single from the album. The song received around 210,000 views in one day and more than 600,000 views in one week. The album was commercially successful.[25]

Personal life[edit]

Rozga was reported to have been in a relationship with Croatian cellist Stjepan Hauser of 2Cellos since they met in 2015.[26] In 2017, the relationship reportedly ended.[27]


With Magazin
  • Nebo boje moje ljubavi (1996) (The sky in the color of my Love)
  • Da si ti ja (1998) (If you were Me)
  • Minus i plus (2000) (Minus and Plus)
  • S druge strane mjeseca (2002) (From the other side of the Moon)
  • Paaa..? (2004) (Well...?)
  • Oprosti mala (2006)
  • Bižuterija (2011)
  • Best of (2012)
  • Moderna žena (2016)


  1. ^ Biografija -
  2. ^ Jelena Rozga u emisiji Portret '12 -
  3. ^ U 97. godini umrla teta Lepa, sjajna koreografkinja, muza i ljubav Miljenka Smoje
  4. ^ Jelena Rozga - Več Objavljeno: 20. veljače 2012. (pristupljeno 12. veljače 2014.)
  5. ^ Sve tajne prve žene koja je rasprodala Spaladium Arenu -
  6. ^ Video - Bravo Jelena: Rozga osvojila Zagreb koncertom punim pozitivne energije -
  7. ^ Jeleni Rozgi uručena zlatna ploča za album Bižuterija
  8. ^ 'Bižuterija' Jelene Rozge proglašena hitom godine, Gibonni spasio Porin od dosade
  9. ^ Dečki iz Connecta i Jelena Rozga snimili pravi ljetni hit - pjesma se zove 'Dalmatinka'!
  10. ^ The best of Jelena Rozga
  11. ^ Jeleni Rozgi na Srebrnom galebu i najboljem stylingu čestitala mama
  12. ^ ‘Neobična dobitna kombinacija’ Jelene Rozge
  13. ^ Premijera: Novi spot Jelene Rozge za pesmu Nirvana
  14. ^ Jelena Rozga objavila singl “Obožavam“
  15. ^ Jelena Rozga: “Pjevajući ‘Cirkus’ jedva sam se suzdržala da ne zaplačem”
  16. ^ Jelena Rozga objavila spot za pjesmu Okus mentola
  17. ^ “Život je čudo”: Pogledajte kako Jelena Rozga izgleda u novom spotu!
  18. ^ Jelena Rozga objavila novi spot Odo' ja soundtrack iz serije Kud puklo da puklo
  19. ^ Rozga 'izazvala' tsunami: Obara rekorde!
  20. ^ Jelena Rozga: Biography -
  21. ^ Jelena Rozga predstavila novi singl 'Otrov'! Poslušajte!
  22. ^ Jelena Rozga: ‘Udajem se’
  23. ^ Novi studijski album Jelene Rozge ‘Moderna žena’-
  24. ^ službena tjedna lista prodanih albuma u Hrvatskoj -
  25. ^ Porin - Nominacije 2017. godina -
  26. ^ Jelena Rozga u vezi sa Stjepanom Hauserom iz 2Cellos?
  27. ^ "Vječnim zarukama je došao kraj: Prekinuli Rozga i Hauser" [Eternal engagements came to an end: Rozga and Hauser broke up]. (in Croatian). 24sata. 15 September 2017. Retrieved 16 September 2017.

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