Medina (singer)

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Medina at Sommarkrysset in Stockholm 2014
Background information
Birth nameAndrea Fuentealba Valbak
Born (1982-03-11) 11 March 1982 (age 37)
Aarhus, Denmark
GenresPop, dance, electropop, R&B
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
Years active2006–present
LabelsLabelmade (DEN)
Parlophone (UK)
Ultra Records, Republic Records (USA)

Medina Danielle Oona Valbak[1] (born Andrea Fuentealba Valbak, on 11 March 1982), known by the mononym Medina, is a Danish-Chilean singer and songwriter. She currently has released seven albums including For altid and We Survive.[2] She became popular with singles such as "Kun for mig". At the 2010 Danish Music Awards, she won female artist of the year, Album of the year, and Songwriter of the year.


She released her first singles in Denmark titled "Flå" (Danish for "Rip") and "Et øjeblik" ("One moment") in 2007, followed by her debut album, Tæt på (Up close).

She rose to national fame in 2008 with the release of "Kun for mig" (which was later released as the English "You and I"), the lead single off her second album, Velkommen til Medina (Welcome to Medina).[2] The single spent six weeks at No.1 on the Danish Singles Chart, eventually reaching the triple-platinum status.[3][4] The second single off the same album, "Velkommen til Medina" also peaked at No.1 in Denmark which spent five weeks at the top of the singles chart and reached a platinum status there.[5][6] Even Medina's third and fourth single, "Ensom" ("Lonely") and "Vi to" ("The two of us") peaked at No.2 in Denmark and they both managed to earn her a platinum-award at home.[4][7]

In September 2009, Medina released an English-language version of "Kun for mig", titled You and I, in the UK, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. This version reached No.39 on the UK Singles Chart and entered the top-10 on the German Singles Chart.[8][9]

In 2009, two collaborative singles of Medina have also reached the top of the Danish charts. First is "100 dage" by Medina and Thomas Helmig and the second is "Mest ondt" by Burhan G featuring Medina.

Awards won by Medina include Best Danish Act at the 2009 and 2011 MTV Europe Music Awards.[10] In 2010 Medina won six awards at the Danish Music Awards, she was awarded Danish Female Artist of the Year, Danish Album of the Year (Velkommen til Medina), New Danish Name of the Year, Danish Hit of the Year (Vi to), Danish Songwriter of the Year (together with Providers and Danish Producer of the Year (Providers for Medina).[11]

In July 2010, Medina's international debut album, Welcome to Medina was released in Germany, Austria and Switzerland which reached No.9, No.45 and No.24 respectively.[12][13] Apart from seven new songs, the album also includes English-language versions of the four singles off its Danish counterpart, including "Lonely" (English version of "Ensom"), which has been released as the second single off the album.

In June 2010, a group of Islamist youths pelted Medina with eggs during a concert in Ishøj near Copenhagen. They were offended by the association with which the name "Medina" was connected as it is one of the most sacred and hallowed Muslim cities: "Sexy dancing and revealing clothing".[14]

Through the course of her career, Medina has released seven studio albums, four in Danish, three in English.


Danish studio albums

English studio albums


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  2. ^ a b "Allmusic: Medina (Overview)". Allmusic. Retrieved 2013-03-01.
  3. ^ "Hung Medien: Medina "Kun for mig"". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2010-12-10.
  4. ^ a b "Guld og platin 2010". IFPI Denmark). Archived from the original on 2014-12-19. Retrieved 2010-12-10.
  5. ^ "Hung Medien: Medina "Velkommen til Medina (song)"". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2010-12-10.
  6. ^ "Guld og platin 2009". IFPI Denmark). Archived from the original on December 23, 2014. Retrieved 2010-12-10.
  7. ^ "Denmark's positions for Medina's singles". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2010-12-10.
  8. ^ "Chart Stats: Medina". Retrieved 2010-12-10.
  9. ^ " (Singles)". Media Control. Retrieved 2011-08-26.
  10. ^ "Labelmade: Medina". Hung Medien. Archived from the original on 2010-07-03. Retrieved 2010-12-10.
  11. ^ (in Danish)
  12. ^ "Chartverfolgung / Medina /Longplay". Retrieved 2010-12-10.
  13. ^ "Hung Medien: Medina "Velkommen til Medina (album)"". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2010-12-10.
  14. ^ Jyllandsposten (Kultur) (2010-06-08). "Muslimsk vrede over Medina (Muslim anger over Medina)". Retrieved 2012-04-21.

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