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Alexandra Stan
Alexandra Stan

Romanian singer Alexandra Stan has released three studio albums and 19 singles. Stan's career began in 2009, when music producers Marcel Prodan and Andrei Nemirschi heard her singing at a karaoke bar and offered her a contract under their management, Maan Studio. Her debut single, "Lollipop (Param Pam Pam)" (2009), was heavily broadcast on native radio stations. In 2011, the singer released her breakthrough single "Mr. Saxobeat", which was an immediate commercial success, peaking at number one on the Romanian Top 100 for eight consecutive weeks. The single was subsequently released internationally, reaching the top position in eight countries across Europe including Germany and Italy. In August 2011, Stan's debut album, Saxobeats, was made available and managed to peak within the top forty in Austria, Finland, Germany and Switzerland. Stan's second studio album, Unlocked, was released in August 2014, including the top seventy singles "Cherry Pop" and "Dance"; both gained popularity in Japan. Her third studio album, Alesta, was released in 2016. (Full list...)

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House of the Blackheads (Riga)

The House of the Blackheads is a building in the old town of Riga, Latvia. The original building was erected during the early 14th century for the Brotherhood of Blackheads, with major work completed in 1580 and 1886. In 1941, the original building was bombed by the Germans; the ruins were demolished by the Soviets seven years later. The current reconstruction was erected from 1995 to 1999.

Photograph: David Iliff

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