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Svetlana 'Ceca' Ražnatović, née Veličković, also known as Ceca (Serbian Cyrillic: Светлана Цеца Ражнатовић, born on June 14, 1973, in Prokuplje, Yugoslavia, now Serbia) is a very popular and successful singer from the Balkans.
She is one of the highest paid artists in the Balkan music industry. She began her career as a folk and turbo folk singer but has evolved into a style that resembles Serbian modern folk-pop-dance music, mostly a mixture of Eastern European, Latin and Oriental styles. She is also popular among the expatriate Balkan population living in Western Europe.
Ceca began singing at the age of 9 in her hometown of Žitorađa. She gratuated from Veterinarian high school.
She entered showbusiness in 1988, at the age of 14, performing at the Ilidža Music Festival in Sarajevo. Her song Cvetak zanovetak (Nagging flower) received acclaim . Ceca was mentored by Dobrivoje Doca Ivanković, a composer and producer of folk music, who launched many careers in the 1970s and 1980s (most notably, Šaban Šaulić).
Her first two albums (Cvetak zanovetak 1988, Ludo srce 1989) were made in Serbian folk music style with some songs having a more modern production (Lepotan, Volim te). To Miki to, her third album, was a major hit in the former Yugoslavia. With 350,000 copies sold, she became the best-selling artist of the Belgrade TV's record label PGP-RTB and third best-selling female folk artist in Yugoslavia. She continued in the same direction with her next album, Babaroga (1991) including a music video comprised of footage from her 18th birthday gala event (Hej vršnjaci).She continued to work with Futa and Marina Tucaković and later with Tucaković's young protégé Aleksandar Milić Mili whom she continues to work with today. Her next three albums, Sta je to u tvojim venama/Kukavica (1993),Ja još spavam u tvojoj majici (1994) and Fatalna ljubav (1995), which sported one of her biggest hits to date, Beograd (Belgrade), broadened her popularity. With a more modern production of music, music videos, and an evolving style, her popularity has grown, as demonstrated by her 1996 album Emotivna luda. Maskarada,her 1997 album was moderately success . The song Nevaljala from that album became the number one hit in Serbia for 17 consecutive weeks which was a record for any Serbian song in 1997. Her recording schedule has since become erratic because of the birth of her two children, Anastasija and Veljko, and having to deal with family tragedy (see Controversies below). Maskarada (1997), Ceca 2000 (1999), Decenija (2001), Gore od ljubavi (2004), Idealno loša (2006). She has refused many contracts offered by various European musical companies citing lack of time. She has sold over 10 million copies, mainly in Balkan countries. Ceca's popularity over the last 16 years has earned her the nickname "Queen of the Balkans." Important and very interesting acusation is that she was prostitute during late eighties and early nineties in Vienna, which she liked at the beggining but lately she wanted to withdraw but her pimp refused it.Ceca's 1997 hit song Nevaljala was the only song in the history of Serbian pop charts to rank number one for 17 consecutive weeks . This song was the cover song of her 1997 album Maskarada. The album sold close to 400,000 copies in the first two weeks of its release and the song was later adapted into the official soundtrack of the Serbian language movie of the same name in 2001.Concerts
Ceca prefers concerts to tours presumably to avoid fatigue . Some of the more important ones are:
Ceca's other song which came close to breaking the 17 week number one spot was her 2001 hit Bruka which was number one on the Yugoslavian pop charts for 15 consecutive weeks. This song was part of her album Decenija released in 2001. The popularity of the song surged due to the fact that it was released in late November before the festive season and preceded many artists winter releases. The song was a hit and regained the number one spot at all major national musical charts at home and abroad. Bruka maintained its number one streak for 15 consecutive weeks. In Croatia, the song was taken off the air after a 4-week run partly due to objections from several Croatian singers at that time who felt that a foreign song should not be competing for domestic charts. Nevertheless, Bruka continued to be a major hit among Croatian fans. In Bosnia, however, the song was well received. Bruka is considered by many Serbian music critics to be one of the biggest hits of 2001. The reason for its success, many music critics state, is partly due to the fact that the song was an amalgamation of Eastern European folk traditions which plays itself out to dance beats.In 1995 Ceca married Željko Ražnatović Arkan, leader of the paramilitary forces Arkan's Tigers and one of the most influential criminals in Belgrade in 90's. For some people in Serbia, Arkan was a hero, for others he was just a villain. His marriage to Ceca was celebrated on TV, in papers, and in estrada-circles as a "Serbian fairytale." Arkan was assassinated on January 15, 2000 in Belgrade, Ceca was left together with their two children. Despite having been shot in the head, he was still alive but later died in her arms in the back of the car driving them to the ER. After 18 months of mourning, she made her first public appearance in a TV interview. " One part of me died that day...I will always love him, and only him, I'm sure of that...," she said. Ceca never allows anyone to talk badly about Arkan in her presence. To this day, she is officially single and has stated that she has not had any sex over the last seven years.
Ceca was arrested in March 2003, and detained for four months accused of helping the Zemun clan to assassinate Serbia's prime minister Zoran Đinđić
Milojko "Mile" Kitić (Миле Китић, born January 1, 1952 in Derventa, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia) is a popular Bosnian Serb turbo-folk singer. From the beginning of his career to 1991, he sang in the Ijekavian Dialect. During the war, he moved to Belgrade and decided to sing in the Ekavian dialect, a tradition more popular in Serbia. He was popular in most parts of the Former Yugoslavia and considers himself a Yugoslav. He is married to the Serbian singer Marta Savić.
Tanja Savić (Тања Савић) was born on March 20, 1985 in Radunac (near Smederevo), Yugoslavia, (Serbia). She became famous after competing in a Serbian singing contest called "Zvezde Granda". She did not win, but she did become a famous singer following the signing of a contract with Grand Production.
Tanja Savić is the second child of Staniša and Živana. She has one brother, Tomica, and a sister, Biljana. She first participated in a singing contest at the age of eight, when she began having an interest in music. She participated in many singing contests, and would always take home one of the first three prizes.
She saw the audition of "Zvezde Granda" as the perfect opportunity to broadcast her talent in front of a professional jury. She was selected as one of the six finalists. She took third place in this contest. The first song she recorded with Grand Production, "Za moje dobro", topped the charts.
Her first album, Tako mlada, was released in 2005. Since, she has toured the world with the other five finalists of Zvezde Granda: Slavica Ćukteraš, Nemanja Nikolić, Darko Filipović, Bane Mojićević, and Stevan Andjelković.
She was born on 18 January 1968 in the village of Kasidol, Serbia, Yugoslavia and is the youngest of two children. As a child, she lived with her parents, her grandparents and her sister, Dušica.
She released her first album in 1984 titled Imam dečka nemirnog (I have a naughty boyfriend). Throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s, Dragana toured and recorded with her band, Južni vetar (Southern Wind). In 2006, Dragana released her 19th album titled Luče moje. She has also recorded a duet with Serbian star Zorica Brunclik titled Sele moja. She also acted in the movie Slatko od snova.
Dragana and her partner Toni Bjelić a businessman, have a son, Marko, and a daughter, Manuela. They reside in Vienna, Austria.Albums
Saša Matić (Саша Матић) (born April 26, 1978 in Drvar, Bosnia-Herzegovina, then Yugoslavia) is a very popular Bosnian Serb singer. He also has a twin brother, Dejan Matić, who is also a popular singer. Both of them are blind.
During the Bosnian war, he and his family moved to Belgrade and went to music school. He finished Middle and High School in Zemun. Since he was little, he went to every concert from Riblja Čorba to Halid Bešlić whether it was in Drvar or in Belgrade. He worked in Club Španac in New Belgrade for 3 years. Then on March 8, 1994, he was selected to sing the rest of the song, Zajdi, zajdi, by Ratko Jovanović after singing one verse, in Tržnica on Banova Hill. Due to this, he became quite famous. On March 15, 2001, Saša's first album, Maskara, came out. Later, in Budva, Montenegro, during the Budva Festival 2003, Saša won the singing contest with the song, Moj Grad. In the same year, he won the song contest in the Ohrid Trumpeteers Festival in Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia, with the same song, Moj Grad.
Ana Nikolić (Ана Николић) was born on September 27, 1978 in Paraćin, Yugoslavia, now Serbia. She is a Serbian singer. Her breakthrough album Januar (January), released in 2003 which featured the singles Atina (Athens), Ako Ikad Ostarim (If I ever get old) and the title track became very popular with pop/folk fans. In 2006, the new single Romale, romali was also a huge summer hit which was played many times on the commercial Serbian television networks such as RTS, BKTV and Pink TV.
With the track Romale, romali, Nikolić competed to represent Serbia and Montenegro in what should have been the country's last ever Eurovision as a federation though as events turned out, they would not participate that year. The song finishing in 5th place having scored 46 points.Discography
Sinan Sakić (Синан Сакић, born October 13, 1956 in Loznica, Serbia, then Yugoslavia) is a popular Serbian turbo-folk singer. Known affectionately as Siki, he launched his career back in 1978 with the singles "Rastanak kraj reke" and "Sreli smo se mnogo kasno". As of 2006, he has released 27 music albums. His greatest hit up until now probably is "Ej otkad sam se rodio". He gained his first musical experience from his father who was a musician in the military orchestra.
His popularity in some parts of Serbia is so great, that there is a graffiti on the side of a road to Obrenovac that reads: Bog na nebu - Sinan za zemlji (God in heaven - Sinan on earth).Discography
Severina Vučković (born April 21, 1972 in Split) is a Croatian pop music star and actress. Her stage name is simply Severina. Her style has various folk and cabaret-style influences. She is also widely known for her 2004 sex tape.
Severina's career began in 1989, and she has been one of the most popular Croatian artists in history. She won many festival-awards and her albums achieved high sales. Some of the better known songs have included Kad si sam, Dalmatinka, Djevojka sa sela, Ja samo pjevam, Paloma Nera, Virujen u te, Ante, Adio ljube, Hrvatica, Adam i Seva, Moja štikla, Krivi spoj etc. She released a Greatest Hits album in 2005.
In 2004 she became part of a sex scandal reported worldwide after a personal sex tape featuring her and a wealthy married businessman leaked onto the Internet. The very sexually graphic nature of the video, and the fact that she was doing all of this with a married man shocked the Croatian nation and permanently damaged her public image as she was then a symbol of religious modesty, promoting abstinence and morals in many of her public appearances. With this image in shreds and her hypocrisy exposed, Severina decided to sue the website that released the tape for damages, claiming that the video was stolen from her. The case was dismissed by the District Court in Zagreb. By this stage the video was already widely available across the internet. However, while ruining her religious image, it actually boosted her career, especially internationally as the news story and sex video quickly went around the world and millions who had never heard of Severina now knew of her. This career boost is similar to what fellow celebrity sex tape stars (such as Paris Hilton) have experienced. Severina now embraces a more sexy image, particularly highlighted in her choices of revealing costumes and dances. The new image has so far been successful for her.
She won the Dora 2006 festival with the song "Moja Štikla" and represented Croatia in the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest in Athens, Greece, on May 20, 2006 finishing in 13th place with 56 points. The song caused some small controversy in Croatia, as many journalists and commentators claimed it resembled Serbian music, when in fact the song contains elements of traditional Dalmatian music styles. Although the most prominent Croatian ethno-musicians such as Dunja Knebl and Lidija Bajuk disagree, both the composer Boris Novković and Severina affirm that the song includes Croatian folk music influences from the Dalmatian Zagora (Inner Dalmatia) such as ganga and rere singing and lijerica instrumentation.Discography
BiographySvetlana "Seka" Aleksić (Serbian Cyrillic: Светлана "Сека" Алексић) (born April 23, 1981 in Zvornik, Bosnia-Herzegovina, then Yugoslavia) is a turbo folk singer popular in the ex-Yugoslavian countries.Seka Aleksić was born to a Bosniak mother, Ibrima, and Serb father, Milorad. She was raised with her younger brother, Nečko. Her father worked as a machinist and her mother worked was an employee at the Drina football club. Her parents later divorced and she started living with her mother. When the war broke out, Seka and her family moved to Banja Koviljača, Serbia and later Šabac. She started singing Ceca's songs in cafés before she became famous. She moved to Switzerland for 2 years to boost her career in clubs and discotheques. After Switzerland she moved to Bijeljina and performed at a festival in Cuprija, where she also found her future husband.
Seka also had an important role in the Serbian movie "We Are Not Angels 3" (Serbian:Mi Nismo Andjeli 3) as "Smokvica", the girlfriend of a Turbo-folk star. The role first went to Croatian singer Severina but she declined due to scheduling conflicts.
She currently resides in Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia, together with her husband, manager/producer Zoran Kovačević and their Chihuahua "Cezar".
Seka has her own clothing line, called "Rich Bitch".
Stojanka Stoja Novaković (Cyrillic: Стојанка Стоја Новаковић), was born June 4, 1972 in Perlez, (near Zrenjanin), (in former Yugoslavia), and is a Serbian Turbo-folk singer who is popular all over the Balkans.Stoja is known for her strong voice which is said to have came from her father, Milan. She released her first album Kako je meni sada for Lazarevic Productions in 1998. Later, she chose to release her albums for Grand Production, owned by Lepa Brena, and in a short time, Stoja become one of the most popular and respected singers in the Balkans.Ciki,Ciki, one of her major hits, was also her first single. In 2000, she won the best singer award in Serbia, and in 2005, she won the singer of the year award in Bosnia.Stoja lives in Belgrade.
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