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Alexandra Ioana Stan (born 10 June 1989) is a Romanian singer and songwriter. She was born in the city of Constan?a and made her worldwide breakthrough with the 2011 single "Mr. Saxobeat", which was 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. "Mr. Saxobeat" followed the singer's debut recording, "Lollipop (Param Pam Pam)" (2009), which brought her fame in her native country. "Mr. Saxobeat" quickly achieved commercial success in Romania and abroad, reaching number one in several countries. Saxobeats, her debut studio album, was released in August 2011 and features the follow-up single "Get Back (ASAP)" (2011), which together with "Lemonade" (2012) was a moderate hit in Europe.
Alexandra Ioana Stan was born on 10 June 1989 in the city of Constan?a, Romania, to Daniela and George Stan. She has one sister, Andreea Stan. Her mother worked as a saleswoman and her father was hired as a groundskeeper. From a very young age, Stan showed an interest in music; she studied at Traian Secondary School and later at the Faculty of Management Andrei ?aguna.
Stan's public singing debut occurred after she was invited to sing in a televised show when she was 15 years old. She eventually participated in various music-related contests, including the Mamaia Music Festival in 2009. Romanian producers and songwriters Marcel Prodan and Andrei Nemirschi discovered Stan that year at a karaoke bar in Constan?a. They offered her a record deal with their label Maan Records and she recorded a promotional single titled "Show Me the Way". Stan rose to fame in Romania with the release of her debut single "Lollipop (Param Pam Pam)" (2009), which was given notable radio airplay. The song's provocative, low-budget music video was criticized by some viewers for emphasizing her physical and not her vocal qualities.
After the success of "Mr. Saxobeat", Stan released the follow-up single "Get Back", which achieved modest success and reached the top 10 in Finland and Romania, and the top 20 in other European countries. The singer's debut studio album Saxobeats was released in August 2011; it was moderately successful in Japan and Europe. For Stan's international achievements in 2011, she won a European Border Breaker award. Her chart success followed in 2012 with "Lemonade", which was certified Gold in Italy. The release of Stan's second studio album was postponed following an alleged violent incident between her and Prodan, her then-impresario, in June 2013. The case attracted widespread media coverage in Romania. In August 2013, Stan was featured on German group Follow Your Instinct's single "Baby, It's OK", which fared moderately well in German-speaking Europe. Later that year, the singer launched a campaign against domestic violence called "Nu bate! Mai bine cânt?!".
2014: Unlocked and comeback
In April 2014, Stan released her comeback single "Thanks for Leaving", which she said was personal. The follow-up "Cherry Pop" became the most sought-after ringtone on the Recochoku service in Japan within two hours of its release, while "Dance" experienced similar success on its release.Unlocked, Stan's second studio album, was premiered in August 2014, and charted within the top 30 in Japan. Stan signed a new record deal with Fonogram Records. The music video for "Give Me Your Everything", the fourth single from Unlocked, caused controversy for a scene that features Stan wearing a robe inscribed with masonic symbols. The Unlocked Tour, during which Stan was accompanied by Romanian dance group StanBoyz, followed the album's release. Later in 2014, Stan performed Cher's song "Strong Enough" (1999) translated into Catalan ("Sóc forta") for La Marato, an annual Spanish charity event, and she also appeared as a special guest at the Spanish Carnival of Las Palmas.
2015-present: Alesta and Mami
In June 2015, Stan released "We Wanna", a collaboration with Romanian singer Inna and American reggaeton performer Daddy Yankee. The track reached the top 60 in multiple countries including Romania, Argentina and Italy. It was certified Gold in the latter region. In addition to her music career, Stan was involved with ecological and humanitarian causes at Expo 2016 in Antalya, Turkey, where she planted a tree that she named after herself. She also won a trophy at the Celebrity Awards along with other accomplished Romanian women, and earned a nomination for Best Pop Artist at the Elle Style Awards România, as she would also do in 2016. In November 2015, she released the single "I Did It, Mama!", which reached the top ten in Romania. The singer's third studio album Alesta followed in March 2016, and was supported by a tour of Japan. It debuted at number 34 on the Japanese Albums Chart. Later that year, Stan made her fashion debut with a range of clothing called Alesta X Bershka, which was available in Japan.
Unlocked has elements of dance, techno, pop and R&B, which one music critic described as an evolution in her artistry. The album also features "Thanks for Leaving", which is the first ballad of Stan's career. "Cherry Pop", which appears on the same album, uses a J-pop style, which Stan said 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." In a 2018 interview, Stan elaborated on the content of her first four studio albums: "Each album represents a stage in my life as a woman. On Saxobeats, I showed my rebellious side, typical of teenagers going to maturity, on Unlocked I rediscovered and reopened myself in front of the audience through the lyrics of songs, on Alesta I wanted to give my fans songs that they can have fun to, and [on Mami] I can say that I feel the most female so far."
Public image and personal life
Stan, along with Inna, has been referred to as one of the most successful Romanian artists. During a review of 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". Stan frequently receives media attention for her "sexy" public appearances and photographic shoots. The music video for "I Did It, Mama!", which was released in 2015, included a scene in which Stan and a background dancer simulate sexual acts, which Romanian Cancan and Click! publications speculated led to a ban of the video in Romania.
Stan has stated that she believes in God and has her own religious principles, describing herself as a non-traditional Christian. Since August 2011, Stan has lived in Constan?a, but also has a residence in Los Angeles as of 2017. At the age of 16, the singer was in a romantic relationship with Romanian actor and recording artist Dorian Popa, but the relationship broke down because of alleged infidelity. During Stan's court case against Prodan, he and others testified that she had more than a professional relationship with him; Stan denied these claims. In 2016, Stan announced in an interview that she had been in a relationship with Bogdan St?ruial? since 2014. In 2017, Stan said she had undergone therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and self-esteem issues in her youth, which were attributed to bullying by her classmates. On the same occasion, she stated she has had several lesbian experiences in the past.
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