The singing-dominant, the beat-lively, the bass-pounding, the lyrics-Romanian. What's regarding Romanian popular music that appears to catch attention of millions of people? Even while so many people are so confident that in their life they would never endorse or like a pop song, they suddenly catch the tunes coming from Romania and get immediately hooked. Many are in awe after listening to jazz, rock, and soul for their whole life and admiring such bands as Pink Floyd, The Who, Led Zeppelin and The Temptations, they are totally drawn to this music. So let's try to figure it out.
First comes up chord structure. Nearly all of the Romanian pop songs are very addicting; the chords are simple and the bass plays a root/fifth of simple riff. Then the lyrics also have something to do with it, and indeed this beautiful language made many addicted. Romanian pop music definitely has something that American pop music doesn't.
The unique charm and splendor of Romanian pop singers is also what contributes into such addictiveness of Romanian pop music. The most prominent Romanian pop singers and bands can easily make one hooked in no time. The most popular female Romanian pop singers are covered further.
Nicoleta Alexandru, whose stage pseudonym is Nicola, is one of the most famous female Romanian pop singers and a big star in Romania. Born in Bucharest in 1968, in 1992 Nicola began her solo career and has toured extensively as well as made numerous television, stage and radio appearances. In 2003, Nicola was awarded the title of Woman of the Year by Avantaje journal, and her song "Lenge Mine" was given the prize of "The Song of the Year" by Actualitati and Bucureeti Radio stations; she also was awarded the Love Song Festival and Mamaia trophies for the same song.
In 2003, subsequent to a vast response to her song "Don't Break My Heart" Nicoleta Alexandru won the national voting for the Eurovision Song Contest in Riga, where she came the 10th in international final. In 2003, she brought out her fourth long-playing record, Best of Nicola. Perhaps due to the recognition achieved from the Eurovision Contest, the LP sold more copies than anticipated for a Romanian singer and stayed in the Top-5 album charts for 6 months.
Another representative of renowned female Romanian pop singers is Loredana Groza. Her very first long-play recording "Buna seara iubite", brought out in 1988, sold over million copies, with the opening song still remaining the biggest hit of Loredana to this moment. In 2002, encouraged by the enormous triumph of her third album "Agurida", the singer decided to keep going in rediscovering and reinterpreting old songs of Romania after research on the time span amid the two world wars. The outcome was the live concert on Pro TV which also was released in 2002 on CD, MC, and VHS. Loredana has also recorded her new song, which will be included in the National Final for the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest.
The last representative of female Romanian pop singers to be covered in this review is Paula Mitrache who is also known under the stage pseudonym Haiducii. She was born in Bucharest and following the winning of Miss Bucharest title, Paula became a singer, actress, and model. Haiducii achieved European recognition in 2004 with the "Dragostea din Tei" release in Italy. Haiducii sings in Romanian, Russian and in English. The debut album of Paula Mitrache will most likely be released early in 2006.