Artists Balkan Music Awards http://balkanmusicawards.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:36:21 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Karolina Gocheva http://balkanmusicawards.com/artists/item/167-karolina-gocheva http://balkanmusicawards.com/artists/item/167-karolina-gocheva Karolina Gocheva

Karolina Goceva was born April 28th 1980 in Bitola.
Her interest in music appeared in her early childhood, but the participation in the most popular Macedonian festival MAKFEST is what actually made her popular at age 11 and at the same time, marked the beginning of her music career.
Karolina had her first musical edition, the teenage album "Mamo pusti me" at age 12 in 1992. Kept attending festivals in Macedonia, as well as other countries and won an award at almost every competition she’s taken part in. The awards for best vocal interpretation are the ones she’s mostly proud of. She was rewarded best female artist on 12 Velicenstveni (Macedonian equivalent of the Grammy Awards) when she was only 14 years old.

She made her first professional contract with the musical-production company Avalon Production and her career started going upwards ever since.

Her first album "Jas imam pesna" which provoke excellent reactions at the public, was released the same year. This album was one of the top 3 most sold albums in Macedonia in 2000th. After the great success of the album in Macedonia, the Serbia and Montenegro Company BK published a license edition for their market. Karolina successfully performed in every town of Macedonia, during the summer of 2000.

It was the autumn of 2001, when she already had her 2nd edition, the album "Zosto sonot ima kraj" which was another confirmation of her great popularity and the status of a mega-star. Soon after the release of this album Karolina started a new Macedonian tour finding e great acceptance of the audience everywhere she performed. Her concerts in Skopje came as a crown to all these things. She performed in a fully crowded Universal Hall 3 days in a row, in April 2002. This was something that no other Macedonian female artist has done before.
2 year brake followed, a period which was used for serious preparations of the next album.
In this period, Karolina was the absolute winner at the national selection for the Eurovision Song contest, according to the choice of the TV viewers, the audience and the jury. She represented Macedonia at the Eurovision Song Contest in Tallinn-Estonia. 
"Znaes kolku vredam" was the 3rd album which appeared on the market in spring 2003. Even though it had a different concept than the previous 2, it was still very well accepted both from fans and critics.

The special edition for SCG under the label of "City records" named "Kad zvezde nam se sklope... kao nekada" appeared at the same time as the Macedonian one. The SCG edition contained the same songs but sang in Serbian language. This was the album which defined Karolina’s position among the biggest music stars on the ex-Yu area.
This time, the promotion tour started with 2 concerts in the Universal Hall in Nov 2003, ending in August 2004th with big concerts in Prilep, Gostivar, Ohrid and the spectacular concert in Heraklea-Bitola.

Due to her great popularity, Karolina became brand – face for the brand Head & Shoulders, for the ex-Yu area in 2004th, as well as the KARA collection at the beginning of 2005. 
The fact that Karolina is already a big music star on the territory of ex-Yu, attracted the most widely recognized musicians from these countries to create the songs for the 4th album. So, the people who participate on this album are: Dino Merlin, Vlatko Stefanovski, Bajaga, Ivica Brcioski, Gibonni, Zlatko Origanski, Kaliopi, Mirko Vukomanovic, Mladen Markovic and Vesna Malinova.

This CD, Karolina’s forth album, named "Vo zaborav" is released on December 5th 2005. Again Serbian record company "City records" will be responsible for this album (Serbian translate "U zaboravu") for the ex-YU territory.
"Vo zaborav" became one of the best selling album in Macedonia ever with more than 20.000 copies sold.
During the 2006 Karolina had a lot of promotional events all over ex-YU territory.

And again in February 2007 Karolina wins "Skopje festival". Her song "Mojot svet" (Grigor Koprov commposer) was woted as the best song and Karolina represented Macedonia at the Eurovision song contest in Finland.

In June 2008 Karolina released her fifth album, named "Makedonsko devojce". This CD is made in cooperation with the composer Zlatko Origanski and it is totally diferent album.
All songs are under the influence of the Macedonian traditional music and the first single "Ptico malecka" became a huge hit in Macedonia. "Makedonsko devojce" is the best selling album in Macedonia for 2008.

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Artists Mon, 23 Apr 2012 08:59:04 +0000
Zdravko Čolić http://balkanmusicawards.com/artists/item/165-zdravko-čolić http://balkanmusicawards.com/artists/item/165-zdravko-čolić Zdravko Čolić

Zdravko Čolić , (born 30 May 1951 in Sarajevo, PR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia) is a Bosnian Serb pop singer popular across the entire area of former Yugoslavia. Originally from Sarajevo, since 1992 (in the beginning of the Yugoslav wars), his home is in Belgrade, Serbia. In te concert in Belgrade on 25 June 2011, in front of 100,000 people, he marked his 40 year career, that was his biggest concert.

On 15 April 1972 Čolić's first solo move was taking part in the Vaš šlager sezone competitive festival in Sarajevo. He won the third audience prize as well as the interpretation award with Kemal Monteno-written song "Sinoć nisi bila tu" that was originally meant to be sung by Josipa Lisac who opted out at the last moment.

By winning at the Opatija festival with song "Gori vatra" written by Kemal Monteno, Čolić got to represent SFR Yugoslavia at the 1973 Eurovision Song Contest on 7 April 1973 in Luxembourg. The song became a massive hit at home.

His first solo album was Ti i ja (You and I) released in 1975 by Jugoton.

He is also nominated in the Balkan Music Awards 2012

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Artists Tue, 10 Apr 2012 07:59:40 +0000
Elvana Gjata http://balkanmusicawards.com/artists/item/164-elvana-gjata http://balkanmusicawards.com/artists/item/164-elvana-gjata Elvana Gjata
Elvana’s career as a singer began very early. In 2001 she won third place at the song contest for children "Festival of Young Voices" with the song "Le te kendojme se bashku" . This award motivated her to continue. Supported by her father, Elvana took part in the first episode of the TV show " Ethet e se premtes mbrema " on RTSH where she finished ninth in the final of this spectacle. This opened the way for her career. In just one night she got into the hearts of the audience and was a celebrity.
After that she sang a duet in the national folklor festival show of TV Klan “Maratona e kenges popullore Qytetare " with the band The Dreams. In this event, the duo reached to the final.

In 2006 Elvana participated in the festival Kenga Magjike in which she attended with her song "Vetem zoti e di", in collaboration with Flori Mumajesi as composer and Andy DJ - Manager of Radio Energy in Tirana.

In 2008 was published her first album from the Record Label Supersonic  - Mames. The song "Te dy", which is part of the album became a huge hit.
In 2009 she published two videos in cooperation with EnterMedia Productions : Nuk Jane Me and Hitech.

In the late summer of 2009, the song "Turn U On" reached the top of the Albanian music charts for weeks. In 2010, for the first time were held the Balkan Music Awards in Sofia, and this single won the 3-rd place among the best songs from Albania.

In the tenth edition of Kenga Magjike in 2009 she participated with the song "Dhe Zemra Ndal" and she ranked second.
In 2010 she presented 2 videoclips : " Mamani Nejen " (Feat. Fugaa) and "A ke ti zemer".

In June 2011, Elvana won two awards in Albania as the best female artist and best song with the ballad “Me ty”.
Now Elvana is nominated in two categories of the Balkan Music Awards 2012 : Best song from Albania for 2011 and Best Music Video in the Balkans for 2011 with the song “Afer Dhe Larg””
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Artists Tue, 10 Apr 2012 07:58:17 +0000
Aleksandra Stan http://balkanmusicawards.com/artists/item/163-aleksandra-stan http://balkanmusicawards.com/artists/item/163-aleksandra-stan Aleksandra Stan

Alexandra Stan (born June 10, 1989) is a Romanian singer-songwriter. She released her debut single ("Lollipop (Param Pam Pam)") in late 2009. The song impacted Romanian mainstream radios in early 2010, peaking at number-eighteen. Her sophomore release, "Mr. Saxobeat", became her worldwide breakthrough hit, selling almost 1,000,000 copies in less than a year and reaching the top five in over twenty countries such as New Zealand and the United Kingdom and the top thirty in Australia, Canada and United States. She released her debut album in August 2011, entitled Saxobeats. The album spawned another single called "Get Back (ASAP)". In 2009, Stan released her debut promotional single, "Lollipop (Param Pam Pam)" The song was out in late 2009 but impacted some major Romanian mainstream radio stations in early 2010, with an A-list addiment in May 2010.

After the success of "Mr. Saxobeat", Stan released a follow-up "Get Back (ASAP)". So far, it peaked at number-one in Slovakia, at number-four in the Romanian Top 100, at number-eight in Finland and inside the top twenty in over five countries.

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 Puia, singer Smiley and band Fly Project.

She is also nominated in The Balkan Music Awards 2012.

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Artists Tue, 10 Apr 2012 07:54:12 +0000
Revolt http://balkanmusicawards.com/artists/item/160-revolt http://balkanmusicawards.com/artists/item/160-revolt Revolt

Revolt  is one of the most popular band in Albania. Revolt  are : Bruno Pollogati and Febi Shkurti

They had their first appearance in Top-Fest 2 in the year 2006 where their song was listed in the 10 most voted songs of this festival.
After a short time Revolt Klan produced their first Video which was a successful collaboration with MAX Production.

The song titled ‘Fjale nga Zemra‘ was presented in the famous show Lienea Blu at Rai Uno Tv in Italy.

After their first video they continued their collaboration with Max Production and so they made their second Video ‘Me Fal’ which was one of the Best videos and songs in Albania during that time.

In 2009 they took part again in Top Fest 7 with the Song ”Fjala e fundit"

In 2010 they collaborated with the Romanian artist ,Mario Bischin with the song tittled "ID Lover" which had success in many countries like Albania, Bulgaria, Romania, Greece, Estonia, Lithuania, Belgium, etc.

After the summer hit "ID lover", that was presented in Balkanika MTV, Revolt are coming back with their new hit.

It is actually a remake of their 2009 song “Me fal” reworked and remixed by Deejay Versus and Axel Dario. The song had already a positive impact and Sunrise INC prepared their new song ‘Wanna Be Number One‘ which in the summer of 2011 has its own video filmed in Tirana, Albania and Budva, Monte Negro.

"Wanna Be Number One" boasts a Romanian production sound, which is not surprising given that Romania's Sunrise Inc produced the track. Revolt has had a few dance hits in the past, including "ID Lover" (with Mario Bischin), but "Number One" is better and this track has heat. Relentlessly optimistic and catchy.  The new hit ‘Wanna Be Number One‘ entered radios and Tv-s in many countries and you can enjoy it on Balkanika Music Television!
In 2012 Wanna be number one was nominated in the category Best song from Albania for 2011 at the Balkan Music Awards!

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Artists Thu, 05 Apr 2012 12:54:59 +0000
Hande Yener http://balkanmusicawards.com/artists/item/156-hande-yener http://balkanmusicawards.com/artists/item/156-hande-yener Hande Yener

Hande Yener
(born January 12, 1973 in Istanbul, Turkey) is a Turkish pop singer. Over the past decade, she has introduced different styles to the ever expanding Turkish pop music scenery. Each one of her albums has generated a lot of interest as well as anticipation due to the different styles, genres and rhythms that she incorporates into her music. Besides the different experiments Hande tackles with music, her looks and image are also going through a constant change which blends with the sort of music she releases at the time. Hande was nominated for Best Turkish Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2008, only to be beaten by Emre Aydın. She has sold close to 17 million albums all over the world.

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Artists Fri, 30 Mar 2012 07:29:44 +0000
Sanja Ilić & Balkanika http://balkanmusicawards.com/artists/item/155-sanja-ilić-balkanika http://balkanmusicawards.com/artists/item/155-sanja-ilić-balkanika Sanja Ilić & Balkanika

Sanja Ilić & Balkanika are a Serbian band. They play traditional music from the Balkans combined with modern elements. Their opus comprises old music tunes from the Balkans with splendid musicians playing traditional instruments, performing music which conjures the atmosphere of the Balkans region, in a new attire for the new millennium.

Aleksandar-Sanja Ilić is one of the most famous composers of pop and rock music of former Yugoslavia, and, nowadays - Serbia. His career started in the band San in Belgrade. He has composed songs for almost all major singers. Many of his compositions won the title “The Hit of the Year”. He has won many awards at festivals in former Yugoslavia.

With the band Aska, he participated at the Eurovision Song Contest 1982, held in Harrogate, United Kingdom.
Sanja Ilić writes music for theatre, film and television, and his instrumental music “Delta Project” is the all-time most frequently broadcast and best selling project of instrumental music in former Yugoslavia.
Writing music scores for theatre performances also brought songs which have become very popular and have outlived the performances for which they had been written, as, for instance, “Plava ptica” (“The Blue Bird”). Sanja has also worked with actors who sing, and has made a significant opus in that field.

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Artists Fri, 30 Mar 2012 07:23:55 +0000
DEEPSIDE DEEJAYS http://balkanmusicawards.com/artists/item/150-deepside-deejays http://balkanmusicawards.com/artists/item/150-deepside-deejays DEEPSIDE DEEJAYS

Deepside Deejays

Being aware of the complexity of the house/club phenomenon, the project started from the desire to come up with something new on the house music scene, being among the first Romanian house music projects that along with David Deejay and Inna invented and sustained the “popcorn” style phenomen. The 3 guys reunited as Deepside Deejays in 2008 and started producing and remixing in their unique style, counting till present over 50 remixes and 20 original singles.

Their first single “Beautiful Days” was successful both in Europe and internationally, in countries such as India, Dubai, Egypt, or Morocco. It reached the number 1 position in Poland, Morocco, India, Greece, Cyprus, Romania, Malta, reached top ten in Sweden, Norway and in the Scandinavian countries and reached top 20 in France and German dance charts.

In 2009 they become a “must” of the international music contests winning the remix competition organised by the electronic music label Toolroom Records, remixing one of the most famous producers and DJs, Dirty South. In January 2009 Deepside Deejays were declared the winners of the Gfab Records contest, remixing “Get Shaky” of the famous producer Ian Carey and only a few days after that, a press release from the well known label Cr2 announced that the Deepside Deejays were “The Overall Winners” in the John Dahlback – Everywhere Remix Competition

In 2009 they won The Best DJ Award at MTV Romania Music Awards 2009, being nominated on another two categories: Best Dance and Best New Act and in 2010 they won The Best Featuring Award at Romanian Music Awards 2010 and the Best Dance Project at Nights.ro Awards

2011, Deepside Deejays released the song "Never Be Alone" which quickly became an airplay success in Romania and Russia.

They were also nominated in The Balkan Music Awards for the best duet/group on the Balkans for 2011

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Artists Thu, 22 Mar 2012 09:36:09 +0000
LEPA BRENA http://balkanmusicawards.com/artists/item/149-lepa-brena http://balkanmusicawards.com/artists/item/149-lepa-brena LEPA BRENA

Lepa Brena was born as Fahreta Jahić to a Bosniak family in Tuzla in 1960, but grew up in Brčko. She was the third-born child of Abid Jahić (1928-2010) and Ifeta Jahić. She has a sister Faketa and an older brother named Faruk. Fahreta's nickname "Brena" was given to her by her gym teacher. Later on, Serbian showman Minimax added "Lepa" (beautiful), creating the stage name "Lepa Brena".

In 1980, she started singing with the band Slatki Greh. She subsequently moved to Novi Sad and then to Belgrade. She released her first album Čačak, Čačak in 1982. She is arguably the most popular singer of the former Yugoslavia, and a top-selling female record artist with more than thirty million records sold.

Beside her career as a singer, Lepa Brena is one of the founders of Grand Slam Group and Grand Production.

Lepa Brena's career can be divided into two main periods:

             Performance with the band Slatki Greh ("sweet sin")

             Solo career

Her most popular albums are:  Mile voli disko , Sitnije, cile, sitnije / Hej, najluđe moje , Bato, Bato, Jedan dan života, (duet with Miroslav Ilić), Hajde da se volimo, Četiri godine,Luda za tobom, Začarani krug

She has been nominated in the Balkan Music Awards for the best female preformer on the Balkans for 2009 and 2011. 

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Artists Thu, 22 Mar 2012 09:25:08 +0000
DESPINA VANDI http://balkanmusicawards.com/artists/item/144-despina-vandi http://balkanmusicawards.com/artists/item/144-despina-vandi DESPINA VANDI

Despina Vandi was born on the 22 of July 1969 in Tübingen near StuttgartWest Germany, Vandi's family returned to Kavala, Greece when she was six years old. She enrolled at the University of Thessaloniki, but eventually dropped out to begin a career in music. After moving to Athens in the early 1990s, Vandi signed with Minos EMI and released two albums Gela Mou (1994) and Esena Perimeno (1996). She then began an exclusive collaboration with songwriter/producer Phoebus and struck commercial success with her third album, Deka Endoles (1997), followed by the multi-platinum Profities (1999), where she incorporated pop elements into her music, in addition to laïko, as well as a more pop stage performance style and image, becoming one of the most prominent portrayers of the laiko/pop genre that was thriving into the mid-2000s.

 

Her single "Ipofero" (2000) became the best selling single of all-time in Greece. Following Phoebus' departure from Minos EMI, Vandi followed him to the newly formed independent label Heaven Music and released Gia (2001), which became and remains her biggest commercial success, as well as one of the best-selling albums of all time in Greece and Cyprus. Vandi also released the album abroad and the selftitled single "Gia" witnessed some success, topping the US Billboard Hot Dance Airplay and making her the first Greek artist to top a Billboard chart. She released her first live album in 2003 and later that year she gave birth to her first child, from her marriage with football player Demis Nikolaidis. She returned with Stin Avli Tou Paradeisou (2004),  which was certified multi-platinum and became her fourth album to achieve six-figure sales. In 2007 Vandi gave birth to her second child, after a hiatus that ended with 10 Hronia Mazi(2007), a ten year celebration of her collaboration with Pheobus. Vandi once again followed Phoebus' departure in favour of his new label The Spicy Effect. Her eighth studio album C'est La Vie was the label's first release.

Vandi has won three Arion Music Awards, ten MAD Video Music Awards, seven Pop Corn Music Awards, and a World Music Award, becoming the first Greek artist recording in Greece to ever win the award. On 14 March 2010, Alpha TV ranked Vandi the fourth top-certified Greek female artist in the nation's phonographic era (since 1960), with 11 records having been certified platinum or multi-platinum and three gold by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry of Greece. According to Heaven Music, as of 2007, Vandi has sold one million records in Greece.

Vandi's first album was released in 1994 under the Minos EMI label, titled Gela Mou (Smile at Me). This album was distinguished by the self-titled song "Gela Mou", as long as by Vandi's duet To Adieksodo (No Way Out) with the popular and acclaimed singer Giannis Parios. Both songs were written by Vassilis Karras.

In 1996, Vandi released her next album, Esena Perimeno (You're The One I'm Waiting For). Singles on this album include Esena Perimeno, Den Pethainei I Agapi, and Efiges. Most of the songs were written by her friend and now musical director Tony Kontaxakis. Although a few of her first songs received some airplay, the first two albums themselves had low sales and did not manage to establish her career. Together the albums have sold under 30 thousand copies. A statement made by Vandi implied the combined album sales to be in the range of 10–27 thousand copies.

1997 would be the year Vandi would make her breakthrough in mainstream Greek music as she teamed up with popular songwriter Phoebus. Phoebus wrote the songs of Vandi's next album, Deka Entoles (Ten Commandments), which was certified double platinum and sold 100,000 copies in Greece. Vandi's partnership with Phoebus would turn out to be one of the most notable in the Greek recording industry and they would continue to have commercial success for a decade and more (they celebrated their 10-year partnership with the release of 10 Hronia Mazi (10 Years Together). With the success of Deka Entoles Vandi quickly became popular in the Greek music industry with a string of hits and popular appearances.

In 1998 Vandi released the platinum cd-single "Spania", while later that year, she experimented with acting. She was asked to play a guest star role in the hit television show "Dio Xeni" (Two Strangers). Vandi accepted the role and made her first appearance on television. She played a singer of a local small city, who was able to change the sexuality of the main gay character. She managed to gain good reviews for her acting talent.

Vandi's next album Profities (Prophecies) was released in 1999 and was certified gold the day of its release and platinum in 2 days. It eventually became triple platinum, selling 150 thousand copies. Big hits from the album were the songs: "Apapa", "To Giatriko", "To Koritsaki sou" and "Sta Dosa Ola". Later that year Vandi gave her first sold-out solo concert at the concert hall of Lycabettus with 7,000 people in attendance.

In 2000, Despina Vandi released the single Ipofero (I Suffer). The single was certified six times platinum and was awarded as being the most successful single of all time in Greece, based on sales at the Virgin Megastores, which reached 150 thousand copies. An honourary award was given to her by Richard Branson of Virgin in London, England.

In 2001 Despina Vandi and Phoebus signed in with Heaven Music, a new break-out record label, owned by the Athena Group. Despina's following album Gia (2001), meaning "Hi" was a double album including 21 new songs. The album was certified 4x platinum in only 11 days and became one of the best-selling albums of all time in Greece.  Many of the songs on the album became hits not only Greece, but also in neighboring countries such as Cyprus, Turkey and Lebanon. Shortly after, Vandi gave an open free concert in Thessaloniki singing in front of a crowd of more than 60,000 people.

At the 2002 World Music Awards, Vandi was awarded as the World's "Best Selling Greek Artist". It was the first time that this award was given to a Greek artist who actually lived and worked in Greece.

Following the success of Gia, Despina released a CD single titled "Ante Gia" (Goodbye) in 2002, with the title track being a remix of "Gia". The single achieved double platinum status.Gia and "Ante Gia" were then compiled and re-released as "Gia & Ante Gia: Collector's Edition", along with four previously unreleased remixes.

In 2003 the double album "Despina Vandi Live" was released, containing performances from the singers' concerts around Greece. The album included the greatest personal hits of her 9-year career in the Greek music industry (1994-2003), as long as many songs by other artists, covering a wide variety of genres (from rock-entehno to laiko and traditional greek music). The album featured also two new songs: "Fevgoume Kardia mou" and "O,ti Oneirevomoun". It was certified platinum, selling more than 60,000 copies.

On the meantime, with Gia having been certified multi-platinum in Greece and Cyprus, some of the songs broke out into the international market in neighboring countries. Seeing potential in an international career, she embarked on one in 2003.

Her first three international singles, "Gia" (2003), "Opa Opa" (2004) and "Come Along Now" (2005) entered the charts around the world. Her first internationally distributed albums are named after the songs "Gia" and "Come Along Now". "Gia" and "Opa Opa" have both charted on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play and Hot Dance Airplay charts, with Gia reaching number 1 for 2 weeks on the latter and "Opa Opa" reaching number 3 on the Hot Dance Radio Airplay of Billboard. Except for the Billboard ChartsGia reaching number 1 at the biggest radio stations of USA, as WKTUKKDL and WPYM. Also, Gia reached number 1 at the Club Charts of Music Week in Great Britain and became the number 1 dance song of the year in USA, Germany, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Italy, France, Spain, Turkey, Cyprus and Sweden. All three singles reached No. 1 on the Australian charts. The song Gia gave to her the award for the best dance artist for the year 2004 in Portugal and she makes a big concert for her European public. Except from "Gia", and the song "Opa Opa" reaching number 1 in Russia, Turkey and Australia. In the first days of October 2004 Despina Vandi makes four big concerts in New York, Atlantic City, Chicago and Toronto. All these concerts was sold out.

The song "Come Along Now" became the second best selling single in Russia and the biggest to audience radio station of Russia, Hit FM, awarded to her an honorary award in a special concert for her. Vandi also made an appearance on the hit international show Top of the Pops where she performed her song "Gia" as she was included in some of that week's best-selling popular music artists.

Vandi's work has been remixed by celebrated global DJs and producers, such as Armand Van HeldenMilk & SugarNick SkitzRoger SanchezJunior VasquezPete TongBass Bumpers, DJ Gregory, Level K, XTM, Minimal Chic and Highpass amongst others. The albums Gia and Opa Opa have also been Records of The Week on BBC Radio 1's dance shows. At the end of August (2004) Despina performed live at the Beatstock Festival in New York.

Despina's next studio album was released at the end of 2004, titled Stin Avli Tou Paradisou (In The Garden of Paradise). Although it sold significantly less than Gia, it reached double platinum status in 2005, becoming her fourth album to reach six figure sales. The album was repackaged as a special edition and included 5 new songs, including the song "Amane", a duet with Giorgos Mazonakis. The actress Katiana Balanika guest stars in the song's music video along with Vandi and Mazonakis. The special edition of the album was released in Greece, Cyprus, Russia, Ukraine, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey. In Turkey the album reached number 2 of the Turkish charts and the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet Daily Newsnamed Despina Vandi as the Queen of Greek Pop. For the winter season 2005–06 Vandi performed at Rex with Giorgos Mazonakis.

In July 2006, Despina gave a concert in the theater of Lycabettus in Athens singing many of her popular songs.

Despina Vandi released the CD single "Kalanta" (Carols) in Greece on 22 November 2006, which reached double platinum status after two weeks from the release of the CD single. The videoclip of "Kalanta" was released on 19 December, soon followed by the video of her next hit single, "Mehri Mai Mina" (Till The Month Of May).

Vandi and Mazonakis once again collaborated for the winter season 2006–07. She performed her last show at the Rex Music Theater on 18 February 2007 and it marked an end to her performances there for seven consecutive years. Due to her pregnancy, Vandi did not plan any summer concerts for 2007, and on 21 August 2007, she gave birth to her son, Giorgos.

Vandi performing at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut as part of her 2009 five venue North American tour.

On 10 October 2007 (10/10) Vandi released her new single "Thelo" (I Want) simultaneously on all radio and TV stations across Greece at 10 am. It marked her 10-year anniversary of collaborating with Phoebus. The song reached the top of the Nielsen's Radio Airplay chart for Greece for six consecutive weeks. The second radio single from the album and the title track "10 Hronia Mazi" (10 Years Together) was released on 16 November 2007. The song is a rock ballad about the 10-year collaboration with Phoebus and charted on the airplay charts.

The album 10 Hronia Mazi was released 6 December 2007 on three discs featuring fifteen new songs. The first disc features eight new pop and rock songs and two remixes, while the second disc features seven new laika songs and three remixes. The third disc was a "bonus" featuring some of the greatest hits of Vandi and Phoebus with new mixes. The album achieved platinum certification on the first week. It sold 30 thousand copies, becoming Vandi's lowest selling album since the beginning of her collaboration with Phoebus. For the winter season 2007–08 she performed with Vasilis Karras at Diogenis Studio.

On 6 March 2008, Vandi released the third single from 10 Hronia Mazi, titled "Agapi" (Love), along with a video to promote it. The single was on the MAD TV Charts for six weeks with one week at number one. On 24 April 2008, Vandi released the fourth single from 10 Hronia Mazititled "Fantasou Apla" (Simply imagine).

Vandi was featured on the gold-certified album Sehnsucht by German electronica act Schiller, which was released in early 2008, providing vocals for the song "Destiny", composed by Phoebus. She performed the track with Schiller on 17 June 2008 at the MAD Video Music Awards 2008, where she won the category of "Best Female Artist" and also performed "I Gi Ki I Selini" (Earth and Moon). Her live appearance in the MAD Video Music Awards 2008 was included in the live edition of Sehnsucht (Desire).

On 24 June 2008, the album was repackaged with the title 10 Hronia Mazi: It's Destiny as one disc. The repackaged version includes the song "Destiny" by Schiller featuring Despina Vandi. The one-disc repackaged version features the songs from the original first and second discs, excluding all the remixes (with the exception of "Ta Lefta (Remix)"). Two more songs were released as singles, "I Gi Ki I Selini" and "Tha Thela"; the music video for "I Gi Ki Selini" was her performance at the MAD Awards, while the video for "Tha Thela" was the live performance of the song at the Love Radio party which took place on 12 May 2008.

Vandi has become involved in the Global One music project. She attended a recording session in Beijing with Chinese pop start Wei-Wei and Brazilian samba singer Daniela Mercury, while also attending the project's first official press conference. The project's ambitious goal, driven by successful international record producer Rob Hoffman, is to have one artist representing their country record common Global One songs in their native language, as well as in the English language, in efforts to pool together as many languages and cultures as possible to promote their artistry on a global level.

In the end of 2008, Vandi began touring out of Greece. On 10, 11 October and 12 she performed three sold-out concerts in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide and then from 15–24 May 2009, she sang a five venue tour of the United States and Canada.

In 2009, Despina Vandi did not appear in any nightclub in Athens or Thessaloniki, but preferred to rest after a long period of appearance in nightclubs. Instead, she performed in charity concerts in Cyprus, where she was given the platinum award for her album 10 Hronia Mazi in Cyprus, after she had already received the platinum certification for the sales of the album in Greece. Following these concerts, Vandi went on with concerts in the USA and Canada. Following her tour in America, she collaborated with Goin' Through for a lengthy tour throughout Greece.

On 16 June, Vandi made a comeback, after a year of abstinence, with the song Iparhi Zoi (There's still life), a pop-rock song with a charity character. The song was written by Phoebusand it was presented on 24 June in the Mad Video Music Awards 2009. On 29 June, Despina gave the opening concert in Thessaloniki for the Long Hot Summer Tour. After 32 sold-out concerts the tour sold 150,000 tickets.  With this tour Vandi broke the record for pre-sale tickets to the concert in the Olympia pre-selling 3,000 tickets. The tour was, also, the most successful tour of 2009.

Following the departure of her songwriter and collaborator Phoebus from Heaven Music, Vandi officially announced on 2 November 2009, that she also has chosen to leave Heaven Music. She signed in with the record label founded by Phoebus, called The Spicy Effect.

On 11 December, Vandi returned to the Greek nightlife, singing at club Politia in Thessaloniki alongside Goin' Through. On 12 December, Heaven Music, released the compilation "Despina Vandi – Greatest Hits 2001–2009", which included major hits of hers. The album was released in two versions: the standard version (1 CD) with 16 tracks and a deluxe edition (2 CDs and 1 DVD) with 32 tracks and 27 music videos.

After her appearances in Thessaloniki, Vandi appeared at Thalassa People's Stage with the group 48 Ores, which had participated in the Greece's The X Factor. The show began on 15 April and lasted until July. Vandi later appeared on 14 March on Chart Show, a show broadcast by Alpha TV where her certifications and sales figures were chronicled.

In 2010 Vandi sang her new song, "Koritsi Prama". The fans who had the chance to listen to the new song participated at the video clip as well. "Koritsi Prama, Part 1", was released to radios on 22 March and was the lead single from her eighth studio album, "C' est la vie".The pop rock song was written by Phoebus and is the first released coordinated by The Spicy Effect label. The music video of the song was released in  June 2010.

In addition to the new single, the German band Schiller, which worked with Vandi in the past, released a new song featuring her as vocals. The song's name is Sunday and included on the Schiller's album Breathless, the international version of Schiller's album Atemlos. The song was also included in the forthcoming album of Vandi, C'est La Vie.

Vandi released "Koritsi Prama, Part 2" on 14 May 2010. During the spring of 2010, Greek medias and press named Vandi The Queen due to the success of her comeback and her 16-year successful career. Also, The Time magazine referred to Vandi as the "Queen of Greek Pop".

The new album of Despina Vandi, called "C'est La Vie", was released on 13. It was her first album to be released along with a newspaper. The newspaper, along with the album, sold more than 100,000 copies. Furthermore, on 14 June Vandi performed live at the MAD Video Music Awards presenting her new song Kommati Ap' Tin Kardia Sou.

The song Kommati Ap' Tin Kardia Sou was also the following single of the album C'est La Vie and was released on 7 June 2010. The video clip was released on July 5, 2010 and made positive impressions revealing a "rock side" of Vandi. The third single of the album, Erota Theli I Zoi, was released to radio stations on 13 September 2010. The music video, filmed in the greek island of Hydra, was a combination of the cd version of the song, plus a remix version with Ipohthonios.

Vandi was also the first artist who took part in the MTV Unplugged concert series of the music channel MTV Greece. Vandi sang some of her big hits along with songs from other artists. The concert took placed in the theater Hora in Kypseli on 9 June.

In order to promote her new album Despina Vandi made a tour around Greece, along with the singer Elli Kokkinou. After the successul concerts all over the Greece, Despina Vandi, performed live on 31 October at HMV Forum of London. This performance was the first of Vandi in London and was a sold-out. After the concert she appeared at the music scene VOX and after five months, the show finished on 6 March.

In March 2011, Vandi expressed her wish to star in a movie. She decided to take a break from her live appearances in music scenes for a while in order to appear in a play, a musical by Alexandros Rigas, which initially was to premiere on October or December in the theater Pallas. Ultimately, the musical was postponed for October 2012. In 14 June 2011 Despina Vandi appeared on Mad Video Music Awards 2011 and performed the song "Gi' Alli Mia Fora" (For one more time) combined with the "Slow Version remix" of the same song, receiving good reviews. Α new proposal by the director, Hari Borka, revealed by many Greek sites, which talk about the adaptation of the famous novel of Victor HugoThe Hunchback of Notre-Dame, on the theater in the form of a musical and the willingness of the director about playing a leading role the singer. However, she finally rejected the part.

On November 2011 a digital single was released by Vandi called "Mou 'His Perasi". The music was written by Gavrilis Mosas and the lyrics by Phoebus. The video clip, filmed in the area of the Messolonghi lagoon was also released the same month. On late 2011 Vandi's appearances began at the nightclub FEVER along with Elli Kokkinou and Nikos Ikonomopoulos.

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