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Alexandra Stan
Alexandra Stan
Stan performing "Lemonade" in Sofia, Bulgaria (2012)
Background information
Birth name Alexandra Loana Stan
Born (1989-06-10) 10 June 1989 (age 26)[1]
Constanța, Romania
Genres dance-pop, pop, house, progressive house, eurodance, EDM
Occupation(s) singer, songwriter, model, occasional dancer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2009–present
(hiatus: 2013)[2]
Labels MediaPro, Ultra, Roton Music, Fonogram, EGO, AATW, Victor Entertainment
Associated acts Carlprit, Manilla Maniacs, DJ Andi, Connect-R, Inna, Daddy Yankee
Website "Alexandra Stan The Artist's website". 

Alexandra Stan (born 10 June 1989 in Constanța)[1] is a Romanian singer, songwriter, model and occasional dancer. She released her debut single "Lollipop (Param Pam Pam)" late 2009. The song quickly became an airplay hit in Romania and went a top-twenty hit in her native country. Her next single called "Mr. Saxobeat" was also 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 number-one in a total of nine countries and reached the top ten in over thirty countries, such as New Zealand, United Kingdom and Australia. It became a top-thirty hit in Canada and United States. She released her debut album in August 2011, entitled "Saxobeats", which reached the top-thirty of the 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 countries, most notable in Romania, Finland and France.

Stan released "Lemonade" as the lead single from her announced 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 her following singles "Cliche (Hush Hush)" and "All My People", the latter one being a top-twenty hit in Japan. Her second studio album should've been released in summer 2013, but a cycle of events made everything to fall 2014. She was beaten up by her ex-manager and boyfriend Marcel Prodan, after an argument about her revenues. She appeared on several Romanian TV channels with swollen face and eyes. Stan and Prodan met for the first time face to face at the court in Constanța on June 4, 2015. Stan's second studio album was finally released on August 27, 2014 exclusively in Japan, under the label Victor Entertainment. It reached number twenty-one in the Japanese Album chart and went number-one in the iTunes chart after just few hour instead the official release. "Dance" and "Cherry Pop" are the record's lead singles. They became quickly very poular in Asia, after landing ahead the iTunes Singles chart in Japan. Entitled "Unlocked", the record was released worldwide on November 24, 2014. The international edition includes the song "Vanilla Chocolat", which features guest vocals by Connect-R. Her forthcoming studio album will feature her collaboration with Inna and Daddy Yankee to the song "We Wanna".

Stan's net worth has been reported to $7,000,000. Her earnings per year have been estimated to $600,000.[3] She is also currently one of the wealthiest musical artists in Romania and Eastern Europe.[4]

Early life and early career[edit]

Alexandra Ioana Stan was born in the city of Constanța, Romania. She studied at the Traian secondary school and became a student at 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, staying on top many weeks. During an interview in November 2010, Stan stated that she believes in God and she has her own religious principles.[5]

Musical career[edit]

2009–12: Saxobeats[edit]

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 reached only the top-twenty in her native country. The music video was labelled as being too erotic and became mostly negative reviews. She released in September 2010 her next single "Mr. Saxobeat", which became in less than a month her greatest hit in Romania, peaking at number-one on the Romanian Top 100 and defending the position for eight consecutive weeks.[6] After it was released worldwide, it was commercially successful. "Mr. Saxobeat" became a number-one hit in nine countries and reached a certification award in 16 territories, including Spain,[7] United Kingdom,[8] Italy,[9] Japan,[10] Australia,[11] Denmark[12] and Sweden.[13] It was the first Romanian song to chart ahead the German Singles Chart after "Dragostea din tei" from 2004.

Alexandra Stan on the 2011- edition of Austrian Sports Personality of the Year

At the 2011 Romanian Music Awards, she received two nominations for "Mr. Saxobeat" ("Best Dance" and "Best Song", winning the latter) and two nods for herself "Best Female" and winning 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 and Puya, singer Smiley and band Fly Project. On 6. November, Stan lost the Best European 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. As of September 2011, the song has received airplay in France but missed the top forty.

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.[14][15] It was released in the United States and Canada on 25 October, through Ultra Records.Her fourth overall single has just been sent to mainstream radio stations in Belgium, France and Romania.[16]

In June 2012, Alexandra Stan released a new single called Lemonade. Her music video was released on YouTube on 4 June. The video received over 29 million views on YouTube, and has charted in more European countries like Turkey, Bulgaria or Czech Republic inclusive Japan. A new song following up to her "hit" Lemonade was released 27 September 2012, titled "Cliche (Hush Hush)", but with no big success. Before the scandal with her Manager Prodan, Stan released the single "All My People", a massive radio hit in Italy.

In 2012, Alexandra Stan, won an EBBA-award. Every year the European Border Breakers Awards (EBBA) recognise the success of ten emerging artists or groups who have reached audiences outside their own countries with their first internationally released album in the past year. Follow Your Instinct features her for the single "Baby, It's OK!". It charted only in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Romania. It samples "Give It Up" by KC and the Sunshine Band.

2013: Marcel Prodan case and hiatus[edit]

Stan's officially announced second studio album should’ve been released back in September 2013 but an unfortunate cycle of events postponed everything to fall. Stan was beaten by her ex-manager after an argument about her revenues.[17][18][19] accused her manager Marcel Prodan, who was also her boyfriend, of having beaten her up, and revealed that she has suffered abusive treatment over the last year, according to Romanian tabloid Cancan. The singer spoke to the media, which published pictures of her bruised and swollen face and eyes. On the other hand, the artist’s management said she was involved in a car accident and cannot attend concerts. “Alexandra Stan has been involved in an accident. She is recovering. More info to come. Alexandra Stan Management,” was the message delivered to the artist’s Facebook page.

Stan (left) after the incident with Marcel Prodan (right)

However, the artist said this was all a lie to cover the beating she received, when they were in Constanta. She ended up needing medical care at the Constanta hospital, with injuries over her entire body, after being repeatedly hit and kicked until she passed out. She was then carried to her car, and the beating continued. Police officers in the vicinity 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 reached only the Japanese digital outlets in October 2013 and became quickly a top-sixty album there. Spring 2014, Stan was sued by both Marcel Prodan and Andrei Nemirschi for copyright infringement. According to them, she would have performed songs like "Mr. Saxobeat" or "Lemonade" without having their permission. On June 15, 2014 Stan won the right to interpret their songs, but lost the copyright for her photos shot by Andrei Nemirschi.[20][21] Stan and Prodan met for the first time face to face at the court in Constanța on June 4, 2015. There were two contradicting testimonies: while the former finance says that Alexandra wanted to commit suicide by throwing herself from the car, the singer said she just tried to escape the beating she received from Marcel Prodan. The first to be heard by the magistrates was Marcel Prodan. "She didn't want to leave the studio, so I pushed her toward the exit, but Alexandra wanted to hit me in the back. She slipped on the wet floor and passed out." He carried her to his car and wanted to drive her home. "She started to hit me in the head with her legs, probably 2 times. I've seen it away and pulled the wheel right. Then I reacted and hit her with my right hand on the right side of the face. That explains the lesions. Alexandra was crying and looked lost in empty. She said she wanted to commit suicide. She opened the door and wanted to jump out of the car. I grabbed her hand and I braked." Alexandra Stan: "He took my hand and put me in the car. While we moved towards to Valu, he hit me several times with his right fist. I went into shock and wanted to get out of the car. At one point, he slowed and I pulled the steering wheel easily, not with the intention to kill myself, but with the intention to come down."[22]

2014–present: Return and Unlocked[edit]

After she lost her old Facebook account, Stan first concerted Sibiu in the night between 2013 and 2014. Thanks For Leaving, was released on 28 April 2014 as a promotional single from her second album, and was the first song they would hear following her reissues album Cliché (Hush Hush) in 2013. She said to the video:

Alexandra then released Cherry Pop and the accompanying music video on 28 May 2014. The song went number one on the iTunes dance chart in Japan

Stan performing in Osaka, Japan

within 2 hours.[25] It was directed by Khaled Mokhtar. The song entered the Japanese chart, where it stayed one week at No.64, while in Romania logging the No.71 in its third and last week. Her third single Dance was released 18 July 2014, it reached number one on the iTunes dance chart. The music video was filmed in three places in Bucharest. The choreography is by Emil Rengle.[26] On 21 August, she released the fourth single Give Me Your Everything and the cover of her album Unlocked.[27] The album contains 13 songs and two remixes and was released firstly only in Japan, where it sold in million of shipments, just few days after its release. Its release internationally was on 25 November. On 28 September, Stan started her "Unlocked-Tour" in Japan and Turkey where she performed in the tour's second day on the famous Japanese Girls Awards in Tokyo.[28] "Vanilla Chocolat" featuring rapper Connect-R was released on November 5. The song is accompanied by a selfie-video, showing Stan singing the song at different events. She sung Cher's single Strong Enough, translated in Catalan, for the Spanish event "La Marató", which collects annual money for reliable causes,[29] and she was an honour guest on the Spanish carnival "Las Palmas. She released We Wanna, a duet with singer Inna, on June 8, 2015 .

Discography[edit]

Tours[edit]

  • Cherry Pop Summer Tour (2014)[30]
  • Unlocked Tour (2014)[31][32]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2011 2011 MTV Europe Music Awards "Best Romanian Act" Alexandra Stan Won
"Best European Act" Alexandra Stan Nominated
Romanian Music Awards "Best Song" Mr. Saxobeat Won
"Best Dance-Song" Mr. Saxobeat Nominated
"Border Breaker" Alexandra Stan Won
"Best Female" Alexandra Stan Nominated
"World Top DJs Awards" "Middle East's Most Favorite" Alexandra Stan Won
European Border Breakers Award[33] "European Border Breakers Award" Alexandra Stan Won
Los Premios 40 Principales 2011 Best International Song Mr. Saxobeat Nominated
2012 RRA Awards "Best Pop-Dance Song" Get Back (ASAP) Won
Balkan Music Awards "Best World Breakthrough of an Balkan Artist" Alexandra Stan Won
Romanian Music Awards[34] "Best Female" Alexandra Stan Won
"Best Album" Saxobeats Nominated
2013 27th Japan Gold Disc Award[35] "Best 3 New Artists International" Alexandra Stan Won

References[edit]

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  31. ^ "Unlocked Promo Tour Turkey". 
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External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Inna
MTV Europe Music Awards winner
2011
Served alongside: Best Romania Act
Succeeded by
Vunk
Preceded by
Inna
EBBA winner
2012
Served alongside: Romania
Succeeded by
Unsurpassed
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