Romanian singer-songwriter and model Alexandra Stan topless on a beach from Romania
Alexandra Ioana Stan (born 10 June 1989) is a Romanian singer and songwriter. Born in the city of Constanța, Romania, she made her worldwide breakthrough with the 2011 single “Mr. Saxobeat”, 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. The track followed the singer’s debut recording, “Lollipop (Param Pam Pam)” (2009), which brought Stan fame in her native country. “Mr. Saxobeat” quickly achieved commercial success in Romania and then abroad, reaching number one in several countries. Saxobeats, her debut studio album, was released in August 2011, featuring the follow-up single “Get Back (ASAP)” (2011). Both the latter release and “Lemonade” (2012) were moderate hits in Europe.
An alleged physical altercation with Prodan in 2013 delayed the release of Stan’s second record; Unlocked was finally released in August 2014. Two of its singles, “Dance” (2014) and “Cherry Pop” (2014), were successful in Japan. The singer’s third studio album, Alesta, was released in March 2016. It led to a collaboration with Inna and Daddy Yankee on “We Wanna” (2015), which reached the top 60 in several territories. Mami, her fourth record, followed in 2018. Stan has received a number of awards and nominations, including the European Border Breakers Awards, Japan Gold Disc Awards, MTV Europe Music Awards and Romanian Music Awards. She is also referred to as one of the most successful Romanian artists alongside Inna.