Nicoleta Alexandru

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Nicola
Born (1968-11-05) 5 November 1968 (age 48)
Origin Bucharest, Romania
Genres Dance, Pop, Pop/Rock
Years active 1985–present
Labels MediaPro Music(1998 - 1999)
CAT Music (2000 - 2005)
MediaPro Music (2009 - present)
Website nicola.ro

Nicoleta Alexandru (born 5 November 1968), whose stage name is Nicola, is a Romanian singer. She is best known for representing Romania at the 2003 Eurovision Song Contest.

Life and career[edit]

Nicoleta Alexandru was born in Bucharest, Romania. Nicola began her solo career in 1992 and has since toured extensively and made numerous television, radio and stage appearances. In 2003, she was awarded the Woman of the Year award by Avantaje magazine, her song "Lângă mine" was awarded "The Song of the Year" prize by Bucureşti and Actualitati Radio stations, and she was awarded Mamaia and Love Song Festival trophies for the same song.

On 1 March 2003, after a huge response to her song "Don't Break My Heart," Nicola won the Romanian national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest at Riga. In the international final, she came in 10th place.[1] She released her fourth LP, Best Of Nicola, that same year. Building on the recognition gained from the Eurovision Song Contest, the album sold more copies than expected for a Romanian artist and was certified platinum. That year she also won "Best Female" at the TV K Lumea awards.

In January 2005, she released "De mă vei chema" which went on to spawn two hit singles; "De mă vei chema" and "Honey". She subsequently launched the video for lead single "De mă vei chema," which was filmed near Bucharest. It featured her backing band, consisting of Andrei Stanoevici, Cătălin Dalvarea, Ștefan Corbu and her ex-husband Mihai Alexandru. Nominated for her success, she faced tough competition for "Best Pop" and "Best Female" at the MTV Romania Music Awards 2005; the latter she went on to win. In late 2005, it was announced she and her husband, Mihai Alexandru, were set to divorce after 15 years of marriage. The divorce became big news in Romanian tabloids, not only because of her fame, but also the nature of the divorce and his status as a high-profile music producer.

In summer 2007, Nicola returned to the charts with "Doar noi doi". The video was filmed on location in Barcelona, Spain. Later on in the year, she released "Dacă-i tarziu," which was set to launch her fourth studio album, but the release was held back to participate in Romania's national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. Her song, "Fairytale Story", placed 7th out of 12 songs in the national final. Nicola then went on to release the single, "Leave No Heart Behind," in fall 2008, which was written by Thomas Nichols, who co-wrote songs by Céline Dion and All Saints.

On 21 August 2009, Nicola launched her studio album, "Thank You". The first single released from the album was My Love, which was co-worked with Kord. The single has a music video, which was directed by Dragoș Buliga.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Cu tălpile goale (1999) ("Barefoot")
  • Turquoise (2000)
    1. Vamos a Mamaia
    2. Domnul președinte
    3. Ce mult te vreau
    4. I Feel Good
    5. Freak d'a disk
    6. Turquoise
    7. Iarna (Milioane)
    8. Mr. Joe
    9. Hercules
  • Lângă mine (2002) ("Beside Me")
    1. Lângă mine
    2. Undeva, cândva
    3. I Do
    4. Eu
    5. Îți mulțumesc
    6. Cântec pentru Iisus
    7. Te așteaptă cineva
    8. Undeva, cândva - rmx
  • Best of Nicola (2003)
    1. Lângă mine
    2. Dincolo de noapte e zi
    3. Îți mulțumesc
    4. Turquoise
    5. Lângă mine (phantom winter tale rmx)
    6. Iarna (Milioane)
    7. Dincolo de noapte e zi (rmx)
    8. Don't Break My Heart
    9. Cu tălpile goale
    10. I Do
    11. Halimah
    12. Undeva, cândva
    13. Vamos a Mamaia
    14. Lângă mine (phantom rmx)
  • De mă vei chema (2005) ("If You Call Me")
    1. De mă vei chema
    2. Honey
    3. Ascunde-mă de ploaie
    4. A venit
    5. Don't Break My Heart
    6. Nu știam
    7. Power of Love
    8. Love Is...
    9. Ascunde-mă de ploaie - rmx
    10. Îți mulțumesc (feat. Dana Dorian)
  • Thank You (2009)
    1. My Love (Tango remix by Kord)
    2. My Love (white vers.)
    3. My Love (extended)
    4. Leave No Heart Hehind
    5. Doar noi doi
    6. Fairytale Story
    7. Omule de pe stradă
    8. Thank You
    9. Poveste
    10. Vise în doi
    11. Dacă-i târziu
    12. The Winner Takes It All
    13. Dansez
    14. Yeah, Yeah

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Monica Anghel & Marcel Pavel
with "Tell Me Why"
Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest
2003
Succeeded by
Sanda
with "I Admit"