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Alexandra Stan bio
Alexandra Stan (born 10 June 1989 in Constanța) is a Romanian vocalist. Her career began in 2009 when native music producers Marcel Prodan and Andrei Nemirschi heard her singing at a Karaoke bar and proposed her a contract with their own management, Maan Studio. She subsequently released her debut recording “Lollipop (Param Pam Pam)” in late 2009. The song and its video were met with bad reviews, being criticised for their eroticism. Her next single, “Mr. Saxobeat“, was composed by Marcel Prodan and Andrei Nemirschi, the duo that discovered her at the Mamaia Music Festival. It became her worldwide breakthrough hit, selling 1,000,000 copies in less than a year. The single went to number one in a total of nine countries and reached the top ten in over thirty countries, such as New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Australia. It became a top-thirty hit in Canada and the United States. She released her debut album in August 2011, entitled Saxobeats, which reached the top thirty album charts in several European countries, including Germany, Austria and Finland. The record spawns her next single “Get Back (ASAP)“, which gained success in several more countries, notably in Romania, Finland and France.
Stan released “Lemonade” as the lead single from her then-upcoming studio album. The song charted majorly in more European countries and was certified Gold by the Federation of the Italian Music Industry. She then released “Cliche (Hush Hush)” and “All My People“, the latter being a top-twenty hit in Japan. Her second studio album was due to be released in summer 2013, but was delayed due to Stan being assaulted by her ex-manager and boyfriend Marcel Prodan after an argument about her revenues. She appeared on several Romanian TV channels with a swollen face and eyes. Stan and Prodan met for the first time face to face at a court in Constanța on June 4. Stan’s second studio album was finally released on August 27, 2014 exclusively in Japan, under the label Victor Entertainment. Entitled Unlocked, it reached number twenty-one in the Japanese album chart and number one in the iTunes chart after just few hours. “Dance” and “Cherry Pop” were the record’s lead singles, which became popular in Asia after their successes in Japan. Unlocked was released worldwide on November 24, 2014. The international edition included the song “Vanilla Chocolat“, which features guest vocals by Connect-R.
1989–2008: Early life
Alexandra Loana Stan was born on June 10, 1989 in the city of Constanța, Romania. She studied at the Traian Secondary School and the Faculty of Management Andrei Saguna. From a very young age, Alexandra showed a special interest in music, singing popular melodies and even writing her own songs. She participated in various music-related contests, including the Mamaia Music Festival, winning various awards. Alexandra became known in her native country with her first single “Lollipop (Param Pam Pam)“.
Shortly after launching her debut single, she appeared on many Romanian radio stations and television shows. Her second single, “Mr. Saxobeat“, became a number-one hit and topped many international charts for a number of weeks. During an interview in November 2010, Stan stated that she believes in God and she has her own religious principles.
Stan premiered a music video for her debut single entitled “Lollipop (Param Pam Pam)” on December 16, 2009. The song received heavy airplay on mainstream German radio stations in early 2010, with an addition to Germany’s A-list in May 2010, but only reached the top twenty in her native country. The music video was labelled as being too erotic and received mostly negative reviews. In September 2010, she released “Mr. Saxobeat“, which quickly became her most successful single in Romania, peaking at number one on the Romanian Top 100 and remaining number one for eight consecutive weeks. It was also commercially successful wordwide, becoming a number-one hit in nine countries and becoming immensely popular in sixteen, including Spain, United Kingdom, Italy, Japan, Australia, Denmark and Sweden. It was the first Romanian song to chart ahead the German Singles Chart after “Dragostea din tei” from 2004.
At the 2011 Romanian Music Awards, Stan and “Mr. Saxobeat” were nominated for Best Female and the Borderbreaker Award and Best Dance and Best Song respectively, winning Best Song and the Borderbreaker Award. She was also nominated for Best European Act at the 2011 MTV Europe Music Awards, after winning Best Romanian Act where she was nominated alongside rapper Guess Who, Puya, singer Smiley and band Fly Project. Stan lost the Best European award to Lena Meyer-Landrut from Germany.
After the success of “Mr. Saxobeat“, Stan released a follow-up “Get Back“, which was again successful worldwide, reaching the top 10 in Finland and Romania. In summer 2011, Stan released another single, 1,000,000, featuring rapper Carlprit. On 29 August 2011, Stan released her début album, titled Saxobeats. It features eight tracks plus five remixes. The album was first released in France, then in Germany, Switzerland, Norway, Spain, Poland and Italy. It was released in the United States and Canada on 25 October, through Ultra Records.
In June 2012, Alexandra Stan released a new single called “Lemonade“; the music video was released on YouTube on 4 June. The video received over 29 million views on YouTube and the song charted in more European countries like Turkey, Bulgaria and Czech Republic, as well as Japan. “Cliche (Hush Hush)” was released 27 September 2012, but was not as popular as “Lemonade”. Before the scandal with her Manager Prodan, Stan released the single “All My People“, a massive radio hit in Italy.
In 2012, Stan won a European Border Breaker award.
2013–14: Marcel Prodan case and hiatus
Stan’s officially-announced second studio album should have been released in September 2013, but was postponed following an assault carried out on Stan by Marcel Prodan, her then-boyfriend and ex-manager. She revealed in Romanian tabloid Cancan that she had suffered abusive treatment over the last year, and also allowed the publication of pictures of her bruised and swollen face and eyes. However, her management team claimed that her injuries stemmed from being involved in a car accident rather than domestic abuse. She reported being repeatedly hit and kicked until she passed out. After receiving medical care at the Constanța hospital, she was carried to her car, and the beating continued. Police officers brought the situation to a close, according to Romanian media. Her three already-released singles “Lemonade“, “Cliche (Hush Hush)” and “All My People” were released on a reissue of Saxobeats, entitled Cliche (Hush Hush). The re-issue was not successful, however, reaching the top sixty in Japan.
In spring 2014, Stan was sued by both Marcel Prodan and Andrei Nemirschi for copyright infringement. According to them, she performed songs such as “Mr. Saxobeat” or “Lemonade” without their permission. On June 15, 2014, Stan won the right to perform their songs, but lost the copyright for photos of her taken by Andrei Nemirschi. Stan and Prodan met face-to-face at the court in Constanța on June 4, 2015 for the first time since the assault. Prodan claimed that Stan wanted to commit suicide by throwing herself from the car, but Stan asserted she was trying to escape the beating she received from Prodan. Prodan explained that Stan did not want to leave the studio, and slipped on the wet floor and was knocked unconscious after Prodan tried to push her towards the exit. Prodan then stated that he carried her to his car and wanted to drive her home, but she kicked him, and he slapped her, allegedly in self-defence. Stan denied claims of suicidal intentions, stating that she “pulled the steering wheel easily, not with the intention to kill [herself], but with the intention to calm down.”
2014–present: Return and Unlocked
“Thanks For Leaving“, was released on 28 April 2014 as a promotional single from her second album, and was the first song released since her reissued album in 2013. She said
within two hours. The song entered the Japanese chart, reaching number sixty-four, and the music video was directed by Khaled Mokhtar. Her third single “Dance” was released on 18 July 2014, reaching number one on the iTunes dance chart. The music video was filmed in Bucharest and was choreographed by Emil Rengle. On 21 August, the fourth single, “Give Me Your Everything“, was released, and the cover of her album Unlocked unveiled. The album contained thirteen songs and two remixes and was first released in Japan, where it sold a million copies a few days after its release. It was released internationally on 25 November. On 28 September, Stan started herUnlocked-Tour in Japan and Turkey, during which she performed on the Japanese Girls Awards ceremony in Tokyo. “Vanilla Chocolat” featuring rapper Connect-R was released on November 5, accompanied by a video showing Stan singing the song at different events. She sung Cher‘s single “Strong Enough“, translated in Catalan, for the annual Spanish charity event La Marató. She was also an special guest at the Spanish carnival Las Palmas. On June 8, she released “We Wanna“, a duet with singer Inna.