|Birth name||Konstantinos Politis|
25 May 1984 |
|Genres||Pop, Rock, Dance|
|Years active||2006 – present|
|Labels||Sony BMG Greece (2006–2009)
Universal Music Greece (2009–2012)
Platinum Records (2013-)
Kostas Martakis (Greek: Κώστας Μαρτάκης; born 25 May 1984) is a Greek singer, model, television host and actor, who rose to fame after appearing on Greek talent show Dream Show aired by Alpha TV in 2006. Following his participation, he went on to release four studio albums and also participated in the Greek national final for the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 and 2014. In 2011, he participated in the second season of Greece's Dancing with the Stars, placing second and three years later he was in the backstage featuring Doukissa Nomikou. In 2013, he took part in the first season of Your Face Sounds Familiar.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Awards and Nominations MAD Video Music Awards
- 3 Discography
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Martakis was born on 25 May 1984 in Athens to parents Nikos Politis and Nitsa Lymberopoulou of Cretan origin. Martakis has an older sister named Tina and after his mother and father divorced, Martakis lived with his mother who gave birth to his younger brother Nikos.
2006–2007: Dream Show and debut album
Martakis first gained fame on the reality talent show Dream Show. Prior he had also done modelling work and played basketball in amateur minor leagues where he won some medals, as well as majoring in computer technologies at American College of Greece. Shortly after his appearance on Dream Show, he signed a contract with Sony BMG Greece and released his first CD-single in the summer of 2006 titled "Panda Mazi" (Always together). By winter 2006, Martakis was singing alongside Despina Vandi and Giorgos Mazonakis at REX night club, while in summer 2007 he starting singing with Kelly Kelekidou and Dionisis Makris at "Romeo" summer club.
In June 2007, Martakis released his first studio album titled Anatropi (Reversal). The album was generally well received, leading him to win the award for "Best New Artist" at the MAD Video Music Awards 2007.
In the summer of 2007, he also took part of the international competition New Wave Festival 2007 held in Latvia, where he scored 2nd place, winning 1st place in the public vote. Shortly after, he was booked by Sony BMG Russia to release an English album in all the ex-soviet countries in 2008, although this never materialized and his collaboration with the Russian branch was terminated.
2008: Greece's Eurovision national final
Seeing his growing popularity, ERT asked him to compete in the Greek national final for the Eurovision Song Contest 2008. Kostas Martakis competed in the Greek National Final with a song by Dimitris Kontopoulos, with lyrics by Vicky Gerothodorou. The song was "Always and Forever". and it was recorded in two different styles. The pop rock version of the song was originally supposed to be performed at the National Final, but the dance version was chosen instead by Martakis and his label. The winning entrant was "Secret Combination" by Kalomoira, and Martakis' entry "Always and Forever" placed second. Following the Greek national final, a Russian language cover of "Always and Forever" based on the dance version with the title "С тобой навеки" (With you forever) was released in ex-soviet countries, while in December 2008, "Always & Forever" was added to American retailer Abercrombie & Fitch's nationwide US in-store music playlist, thus indirectly introducing the song to the American market.
Kostas Martakis and Danish-Greek singer Shaya were chosen to record a Greek-language version of Right Here, Right Now from the soundtrack of the Disney film High School Musical 3: Senior Year. The cover was titled "Mikroi Theoi" (Little Gods) and was released as a single from the Greek edition of the film's soundtrack, as well as being made into a music video with Martakis and Shaya molded together with scenes from the film. The music video was included as a bonus feature on the Greek edition of the film's home video release. Walt Disney Records, via its international distribution partner EMI, commissioned several local market, foreign-language versions of songs from the entire High School Musical series, although "Mikroi Theoi" was the only Greek version song.
"Fila Me" is another single by Martakis of which was made into a music video and released as a digital single. Martakis then took a break from recording and live shows as he was called to fulfill service in the Hellenic Navy.
In fall 2008, Kostas Martakis was the opening act for the Athens concert of Jennifer Lopez. He was chosen by concert organizers after they reviewed several video screenings of Greek artists. Ιn November 2008 American television station E! included Martakis on their "25 Most Sexy Men in the World", describing him a "Greek God".
2009: Pio Konta
In March 2009, it was announced that Kostas Martakis signed with Universal Music Greece. The collaboration with Sony BMG helped spawn nine singles, but his departure from the label in 2009 was on good terms.
In June 2009, Martakis released a song as a digital download single titled "Pio Konta" (Come closer) composed by Swedish producers Holter & Erixson. On November 12, 2009, Martakis released his second studio album titled Pio Konta, which went platinum.
2011: Sex Indigo, Dancing with the Stars and Entasi
In early 2011, Martakis participated in the second season of the Greek version of Dancing with the Stars and was partnered with Maria Antimisari. He placed second on the show. In March 2011, he traveled to Moscow to record the duet titled "Sex Indigo" with Russian pop star Diana Diez. A video was shot in Ukraine by the director Alan Badoev, while the song will be included in the both artist's new albums. The premiere of song "Sex Indigo" was on March 18, the version of "Sex Indigo" in Greek "Vres Ton Tropo" (Find the Way) was premiere on April 28 and the version of "Sex Indigo" in Spanish was the May 4. The world premieres of the three versions were on the Official Facebook Group of Kostas and the channel of the artist on YouTube, the letter of the Spanish version of "Sex Indigo" was written by Juliana Lira and Fermin Lira, The Sex Indigo video was premiered on July 14 for the ELLO channel and the Russian version was released on November 11 in the Diana Díez channel Official On YouTube.
2012: Entasi, MadWalk and Musical Rent
Martakis will be releasing his third studio album titled Entasi (Intensity) on December 5, 2011. In the lead up to the album's release, Martakis teamed up with MAD TV and Hellas On-Line (HOL) for a special web concert previewing is new songs on November 24, 2011.
The MadWalk By Vodafone. was held on February 8 in the Tae Kwon Do arena, this great event is held to raise funds for the foundation "Elpida" (Hope) Foundation against cancer in children. The event that combines music and fashion "Join The Fashion Rockstar" brings together the most popular Greeks artists and designers for an unforgettable show, the 2012 edition the guest host was Kostas Martakis who shared the presentation with Viki Kagia and Maria Sinatsaki. and performed with them as in his music video Entasi in the second act.
On February 16, at the theater Veaki, Kostas made his acting debut in the musical Rent. here plays the decadent rock star Roger Davis and comes to us on stage telling the story of a group of marginalized young people, trying to survive in New York of the 90s, who suffer poverty, love, passion, rejection and loss. The musical was directed by Themidos Marcelou and counted with the participation of the actors Ada Livitsanou, Antigone Psychrami, Aris Plaskasovitis, Vasilis Axiotis, Christos Georgalis, Themis Marsellou, Stergios Ntaousanakis, Indra Kein, Andreas, and Maria Vasilatou Kapatais. E agora vai fazer um filme sendo Alagan Dhiren Rajaran.
Entries in Ellinikós Telikós and Eurosong
|2008||"Always and Forever"||2nd||33.8%|
|2014||"Kanenas De Me Stamata"||2nd||28.09%|
Awards and Nominations MAD Video Music Awards
List of Nominations and Awards by artist Kostas Martakis musical career 2006.
The 'MAD Video Music Awards' are produced by the television and radio station Greek MAD TV. Although not affiliated with the music industry, are the most important awards of Greece now. Held annually during the month of June since 2004.
|2007||Nai||Best Video Clip New Artist||Winner|
|2007||Thelo Epeigontos Diakopes||Sexiest Artist in Video Clip||Nominated|
|2008||Anatropi||Sexy Video Clip of the Year||Nominated|
|2009||Fila Me||Sexy Video Clip of the Year||Nominated|
|2009||Mikro Theoi (ft. Shaya )||Best Duet||Nominated|
|2010||Pote||Best Male Artist||Nominated|
|2010||Pio Konta||Video Clip of the Year||Nominated|
|2010||Pote||Sexy Video Clip of the Year||Nominated|
|2010||Pio Konta||Best Video Clip Pop||Nominated|
|2011||Kano O, ti Thes||Best Male Artist||Nominado|
|2011||Afto Pou Zitas (ft.Thirio)||Video Clip Hip Hop/Urban||Nominado|
|2011||Kano O, ti Thes||Fashion Icon in Video Clip||Nominated|
|2012||Entasi||Best Male Artist||Nominated|
|2012||Agries Diatheseis||Sexy Video Clip of the Year||Nominated|
|2012||Entasi||Fashion Icon in VideoClip||Nominated|
|2013||Mou Pires Kati||Best Male Artist||Nominated|
|2013||S'exo Anaki S'agapo||Best Video Clip Pop||Nominated|
|2013||Mamacita Buena||Top 50||Nominated|
|2014||Ta Kalokairina ta S'agapo||VideoClip Pop||Nominated|
|2014||An Kapou Kapote||Best Male Artist||Nominated|
|2014||An Kapou Kapote||Artist Of The Year||Nominated|
|2014||An Kapou Kapote||Artist Of Cuprys||Winner|
|2013||An Kapou Kapote||Platinum|
|Always and Forever|
- "ΒΙΟΓΡΑΦΙΚΟ". ERT. Retrieved on February 19, 2008
- "Στην τελική ευθεία ο Κώστας Μαρτάκης". Archived from the original on 2008-01-20. MAD TV. Retrieved on January 23, 2008 (in Greek)
- "Kostas Martakis to sing 'Always & Forever'". Archived from the original on 2010-02-12. Oikotimes. Retrieved on January 23, 2008
- "Κ.Μαρτάκης: Με την dance version στον τελικό". Archived from the original on 2008-03-03. Eurovision-Greece. Retrieved on March 21, 2008
- "Ο Μαρτάκης τελειώνει τη θητεία του και γίνεται Universal". MAD TV. Retrieved on March 4, 2009
- B., Kiki (November 28, 2011). Κώστας Μαρτάκης: Νέος δίσκος (in Greek). Energy966.com. Retrieved November 28, 2011.
- Pinakoulakis, Anastasis (November 16, 2011). Ο Μαρτάκης και η "Ένταση" του (in Greek). Tralala.gr. Archived from the original on November 19, 2011. Retrieved November 21, 2011.
- "Performances and designers" (in Greek). April 30, 2012. Retrieved April 30, 2012.
- "Line up MadWalk" (in Greek). MAD TV. November 28, 2011. Retrieved April 30, 2012.
- "Musical Rent" (in Greek). nozz.gr. September 15, 2012. Retrieved September 15, 2012.
- Página Oficial de los MAD VMA (Griego)
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