Alexandra Stan

Alexandra Stan

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Alexandra Stan
Photograph of Alexandra Stan

Stan during a performance in Sofia (2012)
Born Alexandra Ioana Stan[1]
(1989-06-10) June 10, 1989 (age 28)
Constanța, Romania[2]
Residence Los Angeles, United States[3]
Constanța, Romania[4]
Occupation
Years active 2009–present
Website Official website
Musical career
Genres Eurodance[2]
Labels
Associated acts

Alexandra Ioana Stan (born 10 June 1989) is a Romanian singer-songwriter. Born in the city of Constanța, Romania, she made her worldwide breakthrough with the 2011 single “Mr. Saxobeat“, written and produced by Marcel Prodan and Andrei Nemirschi. They discovered Stan at a karaoke bar in 2009 and offered her a contract with their label, Maan Records. The track followed the singer’s debut recording, “Lollipop (Param Pam Pam)” (2009), which brought Stan fame in her native country. “Mr. Saxobeat” quickly achieved commercial success in Romania and then abroad, reaching the number one spot in ten countries. Saxobeats, her debut studio album, was released in August 2011.

An alleged physical altercation with Prodan in 2013 delayed the release of Stan’s second record; Unlocked was finally released in August 2014. Two of its singles, “Dance” (2014) and “Cherry Pop” (2014), were successful in Japan. The singer’s third studio album, Alesta, was released in March 2016. It led to a collaboration with Inna and Daddy Yankee on “We Wanna” (2015), which reached the top 60 in several territories. Stan has received a number of awards and nominations, including the European Border Breakers Awards, Japan Gold Disc Awards, MTV Europe Music Awards and Romanian Music Awards. She is also referred to as one of the most successful Romanian artists alongside Inna.

Life and career[edit]

1989–2009: Early life and career beginnings[edit]

Alexandra Ioana Stan[1] was born on 10 June 1989 in the city of Constanța, Romania. From a very young age, she showed a special interest in music and went on to study at the Traian Secondary School and the Faculty of Management Andrei Șaguna.[6] Stan was invited to sing for the first time on a televised show when she was 15 years old.[12] She participated in various music-related contests, including the Mamaia Music Festival in 2009.[6][13] Romanian producers and songwriters Marcel Prodan and Andrei Nemirschi discovered Stan that same year at a karaoke bar in Constanța. They offered her a record deal with their label, Maan Records, and she recorded a promotional single titled “Show Me the Way”.[13] Stan rose to fame in Romania with the release of her debut single, “Lollipop (Param Pam Pam)” (2009), which was given heavy radio airplay.[6] The song’s provocative, low-budget music video was criticized by some viewers for emphasizing her physical and not her vocal qualities.[6]

2010–2013: Saxobeats and hiatus[edit]

Stan at the Austrian Sports Personality of the Year awards in 2011.

In 2011, Stan made her international breakthrough with the single “Mr. Saxobeat“.[6] The song first achieved success in Romania, where it claimed the number one spot for eight consecutive weeks on the Romanian Top 100.[2] It then became acclaimed worldwide, topping the record charts in eight other countries, and reaching global sales of almost one million copies in less than year.[14][6][15] At the 2011 Romanian Music Awards, Stan and “Mr. Saxobeat” won various awards and nominations.[16][17] The singer was also honored with a win for Best Romanian Act and a nomination for Best European Act at the 2011 MTV Europe Music Awards.[18][19]

After the success of “Mr. Saxobeat”, Stan released the follow-up single “Get Back“.[6] It achieved modest success, reaching the top 10 in Finland and Romania, and the top 20 in other European countries.[18] The singer’s debut studio album, Saxobeats, featuring eight tracks and five remixes,[18] was released in August 2011 to French digital stores.[20] It was successful in Japan, selling more than 68,000 copies there as of May 2012.[21] For her international achievements in 2011, she won a European Border Breaker award along with Inna.[22] Following an alleged violent incident between her and Prodan, her then-impresario, the release of Stan’s second studio album was postponed.[23] The case attracted widespread media coverage in Romania.[14] In November 2013, Stan launched an anti-domestic violence campaign called “Nu bate! Mai bine cântă!” (“Don’t beat! Sing!”).[24]

2014: Unlocked and comeback[edit]

Stan performing in Osaka, Japan during her Unlocked Tour.

In April 2014, Stan released her comeback single, “Thanks for Leaving“,[25] which she said was very personal to her.[26] Her second recording from the album, “Cherry Pop“, became the most sought-after ringtone on the Recochoku service in Japan within two hours of its release.[27] The follow-up single, “Dance“, experienced similar success on its release.[28] Unlocked, Stan’s second studio album, was released in August 2014 to Japanese digital retailers,[29] where it charted within the top 30,[30] and sold more than 17,000 copies.[31] The singer also signed a new record deal with Fonogram Records.[7]

The music video for “Give Me Your Everything“, the fourth single from the album, caused controversy for a scene that features Stan wearing a robe inscribed with masonic symbols.[32][33] The Unlocked Tour followed the album’s release, with Romanian dance group StanBoyz accompanying Stan.[34] Later in 2014, the singer performed Cher‘s “Strong Enough” (1999) translated into Catalan for La Marato an annual Spanish charity event.[35] She also appeared as a special guest at the Spanish Carnival of Las Palmas.[36]

2015–present: Alesta and other projects[edit]

In June 2015, Stan released “We Wanna“, a collaboration with Inna and American, reggaeton singer Daddy Yankee.[37] The track reached the top 60 in multiple countries including Romania, Argentina, and Italy.[38] In addition to her music career, Stan was involved with ecological and humanitarian causes including Expo 2016 in Antalya, Turkey, where she planted a tree that she named after herself.[39] She also won a trophy at the Celebrity Awards along with other accomplished Romanian women,[40] and earned a nomination for Best Pop Artist at the Elle Style Awards România.[41] In November 2015, she released a new single titled “I Did It, Mama!“,[42] which reached the top ten in Romania.[43]

The singer’s third studio album, Alesta, was released in March 2016,[44] and was supported by a tour in Japan.[45] It debuted at number 34 on the Japanese Albums Chart.[30] Later that year, Stan made her fashion debut with Alesta X Bershka, a clothing line available in Japan. It includes a silver backpack that can also be used as a handbag for $40, and a gray dress that can also be used as a sweatshirt for $60.[45] In April 2016, the singer opened the Back to Life Easter Festival 2016 in Cairo with her 2011 single “Mr. Saxobeat”.[46] Later that year, Stan became a member of the supergroup G Girls with Antonia, Inna and Lori and recorded the single “Call the Police“.[47] To promote the launching of Virgin Radio România in early 2017, Stan recorded a cover version of Madonna‘s “Like a Virgin” (1984), saying that she is a fan of the song.[48][49] In April 2017, it was announced that British songwriter Rob Davis—who had collaborated with Kylie Minogue in the past—had written two songs for the singer during a songwriting camp in Transfăgărăşan, Romania.[50]

Stan recorded “Favorite Game” for the soundtrack of the Japanese movie Miko Girl; it also served as its opening song. The film premiered during the 30th Tokyo International Film Festival in October 2017, where she appeared on the red carpet with its cast and crew.[51][52] Stan announced the release of her upcoming fourth studio album, titled Mami.[53]

Artistry and musical style[edit]

When interviewed at the European Border Breakers Awards in 2012, Stan said that the diverse nationalities in her hometown Constanța have influenced her music.[56] In another interview she named Michael Jackson, Madonna, Adele, Rihanna, David Guetta, Sia and Robbie Williams as influences.[57] AllMusic classified her as an EDM vocalist.[2] Stan’s first studio album, Saxobeats (2011), featured hi-NRG, dance, electronic, house and Eurodance music[58][59] with a saxophone in some songs.[60] During another interview, the singer expressed her interest in the saxophone, an instrument often used in her region.[4] Its use in her songs has become part of her signature “saxobeat” sound.[54][55] Unlocked (2014) has elements of dance, techno, pop and R&B,[61][62] which critic Umberto Olivio described as an evolution in her artistry.[63] The album also features “Thanks for Leaving” (2014), which is the first ballad released in her career.[64] “Cherry Pop” (2014) employs a J-pop style, which Stan confessed is “a music genre I haven’t approached so far, but one that fits my style. I find J-pop music very energetic, it’s got such a positive vibe to it. We all got pretty excited when we first thought about doing a J-pop song, and we’re all very happy with the result.”[55]

Public image and personal life[edit]

Stan has been referred to, along with Inna, as one of the most successful Romanian artists.[65] During a review of the singer’s debut studio album, Saxobeats, Mike Schiller of PopMatters called her “the sort of young upstart pop diva that it’s hard to hate, yet hard to take seriously”.[60] Stan frequently receives media attention for her “sexy” public appearances and photo shoots.[66][67][68] The music video for “I Did It, Mama!” (2015) included a scene in which the singer and a background dancer are simulating sexual acts. Romanian Cancan and Click! publications speculated that these scenes led to a ban of the video in Romania.[69][70]

Stan has stated that she believes in God and that she has her own religious principles, describing herself as a nontraditional Christian.[71] Since August 2011, Stan lived in her hometown of Constanța,[4] but also has a residence in Los Angeles as of 2017.[3] At the age of 16, the singer formed a couple with Romanian actor and recording artist Dorian Popa, but they broke up due to alleged infidelity issues.[72] During her court case with Prodan, he and others testified that Stan had more than a professional relationship with him, though the singer denied this.[73][74] In 2016, Stan revealed in an interview that she had been in a relationship with Bogdan Stăruială[75] since 2014 which, according to the singer, is based mainly on trust and communication.[76] In a September 2017 live interview on Facebook, Stan confessed that she had therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and self-esteem issues in her youth, attributed to bullying by her classmates. On the same occasion, she also said that she has had several lesbian experiences in the past.[77]

Discography[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2011 2011 MTV Europe Music Awards Best Romanian Act Alexandra Stan Won [18][19]
Best European Act Nominated
Romanian Music Awards Best Song “Mr. Saxobeat” Won [16][17]
Best Dance Song Nominated
Border Breaker Alexandra Stan Won
Best Female Nominated
European Border Breakers Award Romanian Border Breaker Won [22]
Los Premios 40 Principales 2011 Best International Song “Mr. Saxobeat” Nominated [78]
2012 Balkan Music Awards Worldwide Breakthrough Alexandra Stan Won [79]
Romanian Music Awards Best Female [80][81]
Radio România Actualități Awards Pop/Dance Song of the Year “Get Back (ASAP)” Nominated [82]
Romanian Music Awards Best Album Saxobeats [80][81]
2013 Elle Style Awards România Best Pop Artist Alexandra Stan [83]
Japan Gold Disc Award Best New Artist Won [84]
Romanian Music Awards Best Female Nominated [85]
RRA Awards Radio România Junior “Lemonade” [86]
2015 Celebrity Awards Successful woman Alexandra Stan Won [40]
Elle Style Awards România Best Pop Artist Nominated [41]
2016 [87]
2017 Glamour Beauty Awards Best VIP Make-up
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