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Severina Vučković

Post  Alena on Thu Jun 11, 2009 11:51 am






Severina Vučković

Background information
Birth name Severina Vučković
Also known as Severina
Born April 21, 1972
Origin Split, Croatia
Genre(s) Pop
Occupation(s) Singer, actress
Years active 1989 - present
Website www.severina.com (http://www.severina.com)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Severina Vučković

Background information
Birth name Severina Vučković
Also known as Severina
Born April 21, 1972
Origin Split, Croatia
Genre(s) Pop
Occupation(s) Singer, actress
Years active 1989 - present
Website www.severina.com (http://www.severina.com)


Severina Vučković (born April 21, 1972) is a Croatian singer and actress. Her stage name is simply Severina.Contents
1 Music career
2 Theatre career
3 Film career
4 Sex tape scandal
5 Concerts and Touring
6 Discography
7 References
8 See also
9 External links


Music career

Severina's style can be described as pop with various folk and cabaret influences. As a child, she took smaller parts in theatre and opera productions in her native Split. During the 1980s, having won numerous awards at local festivals, she launched her professional career at an early age, which ultimately resulted in her moving to Zagreb in 1989 to expand her career further. In the same year, she recorded her first studio album titled Severina. During the 1990s, she established herself as a national pop icon with chart-topping hits such as Dalmatinka (1993), Paloma nera (1993), Trava zelena (1995), Od rođendana do rođendana (1996), Djevojka sa sela (1998), Prijateljice (1998), Ja samo pjevam (1999), Ante (1999) and others.

Following the huge success of her 2001 album Pogled ispod obrva, Severina's 2002 concert tour Virujen u te further confirmed her status of one of the most popular Croatian music artists. After a couple years' break, she released her 8th studio album Severgreen in 2004. In 2006, she won the Dora 2006 festival with the song Moja štikla and represented Croatia at the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest in Athens, Greece, on May 20, 2006, finishing 13th with 56 points. The song caused controversy in Croatia, as many journalists, musicologists as well as ordinary people claimed it resembled Serbian music. Although the most prominent Croatian ethno-musicians such as Dunja Knebl and Lidija Bajuk disagree, both the composer Boris Novković and Severina claim that the song includes Croatian folk music influences from the Dalmatian Zagora (Inner Dalmatia) such as ganga and rere singing and lijerica instrumentation.

Severina's long-anticipated 10th studio album Zdravo Marijo (Hail Mary), mostly composed by Goran Bregović, was released in May 2008. After the first single from the album Gas, gas hit the stations, accusations followed once again that particularly due to the brass elements and mischievous, prankish lyrics, the song closely resembled Serbian turbo-folk. Additionally, after having made several public appearances wearing clothes depicting religious imagery (most notably a tight shirt with an image of the Virgin Mary with Severina showing), some protested the abuse of religious elements, calling them offensive. However, the album has been popular and Severina has released four more official music videos for singles Tridesete composed by Sezen Aksu, Gade, Haljinica Bolje Lila and Zdravo, Marijo (Title Track) composed by Goran Bregovic .

Theatre career

In 2003, Severina landed her first theatre role in HNK Rijeka. She played the title role in the rock opera Karolina Riječka along with Galliano Pahor. Two years later, she produced and acted in the monodrama Čekajući svog čovika in Kerempuh, Zagreb.

The decision to cast Severina as baroness Castelli in HNK Rijeka's musical play Gospoda Glembajevi (based upon Miroslav Krleža's drama of the same title) caused numerous disputes and debates in the media over whether an "entertainer" like her with no serious theatrical background or education was appropriate to portray one of the most complex characters in Croatian literature. Despite the majority of the general public strongly opposing this, all performances were sold out in a couple of days. The play also gained much controversy due to a scene alluding to the death of Ena Begović, one of the most celebrated Croatian actresses of all time, who died in a car accident on the island of Brač in 2000 and was the last to play baroness Castelli before Severina.

Film career

Severina played one of the main roles in 2006 Bosnian film Duhovi Sarajeva, set in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. One year later, she made a 5-minute cameo appearance in the Slovenian film Petelinji zajtrk, one of the most successful movies in history of Slovenia.

Sex tape scandal

In 2004 she became part of a sex scandal reported worldwide after a personal sex tape featuring her and Herzegovinian Croat businessman Milan Lučić leaked on the internet. The very sexually graphic nature of the video and the fact that Lučić was married when the tape was filmed shocked the Croatian and other ex-Yugoslav nations among which she is widely popular and severely damaged her public image, while ironically, she promoted abstinence in many of her public appearances and was known as devout Catholic. With her image damaged, Severina decided to sue the website that released the tape for damages, claiming that the video was stolen from her and that it was her intellectual property.[1] The case was dismissed by the District Court of Zagreb. Eventually, the incident apparently boosted Severina's 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 other celebrity sex tape stars (such as Paris Hilton) have experienced.

Concerts and Touring

Severina announced her first big concert that will be held October 17th in Belgrade Arena. The tickets officially go on sale July 1st, and the first 5,000 visitors will be presented with the special free "Zdravo Marijo" album. Severina has high expectations for this concert, and has promised an incredible show.

Discography
Severina (Album) – 1989
Dalmatinka – 1993
Trava zelena – 1995
Moja stvar – 1996
Djevojka sa sela – 1998
Paloma nera - Live album – 1999
Ja samo pjevam – 1999
Pogled ispod obrva – 2001
18 velikih hitova – 2002
Virujen u te - Najbolje uživo – 2002
Virujen u te - DVD – 2003
Severgreen – 2004
Moja štikla – 2006
Zdravo Marijo – 2008

References
^ Pop Star Asks Court To Show Her Porn Movie. The Independent, October 30, 2004

http://www.severina.com/
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