Keo - Sa Fiu Cu Tine (Official Video)
After the breakup of Andrè, Bălan released another solo album, Te joci cu mine, in 2002. She has since released five major studio albums and 20 music videos. In 2007, Bălan participated in the show Dancing, where she won the competition. She also placed 2nd in the international version, Dancing Around the World, with dance partner Petrișor Ruge. Ranked in the top three best-selling Romanian artists in 2008, she was also among the best-selling Romanian artists in terms of concerts.
Keo - Sa fiu cu tine (Official Video)
Bălan began singing at the age of 10, under the guidance of her father. She composed several pieces with which she participated in a series of performances for children in Ploiești. In these recitals, she was noticed by Mihai Constantinescu. Bălan was then invited by him to participate in the children's show, Ba da, ba nu, which was broadcast on the Romanian channel TVR 1. She was later invited to other shows, such as Feriți-vă de măgăruș, Abracadabra, Video Magazin and Tip Top Mini Top. During this period, she participated in various children's festivals, receiving several awards, with the most notable being the Little Prince International Festival. Attended by children from 16 countries, Bălan was given the "Little Princess of Europe" award, presented by then President Emil Constantinescu. Negotiations were made for her to form a group with Simona Nae, but the plans never materialized following disagreements between their parents.
Towards the end of 1998, the musical project Andrè was born, with members Andreea Antonescu and Bălan first meeting on the program Ba da, ba nu. Although member Gigi Antonescu was reluctant to join at first, Andrè proved to be a national success, gaining notoriety both within Romania and internationally, with their target audience being teenagers. The songs on their debut album, La întâlnire, were made mostly by Săndel Bălan. The album included the song "Un univers mai liniștit," known in other countries as "Iluzii", which was previously performed by Bălan at Eurovision. Their debut album was released in May 1999 and proved to be a commercial success, selling over 50,000 copies by that September. The group gained major popularity due to their simple musical style and rhythmic beats. To promote the album, they performed "La întâlnire", "Să ne distrăm" and "Nu mă uita" on numerous television shows, but none of the songs featured music videos. Their first single earned success on radio stations, despite the radio's lack of support for Romanian musicians.
The song "Liberă la mare" was released in the summer of 1999, and became a signature song for the group. It was played during several occasions, including the Mamaia's Festival, where the song won 1st place, with Bălan becoming the youngest singer to win the award. At the end of that year, the album "Noapte de vis" was released, and was promoted with the song "Noapte de vis (Moșule, ce tânăr ești)", along with a video for the song. "Noapte de vis" was named number 16 in the "Top 20 after 90", a ranking organized by Kiss FM and "Click" magazine, based on public voting. In 2008, "Liberă la mare" was ranked in the top 29 television made U TV entitled "Top 100 songs that Romania had broken in two".
Andrè released their third album, Prima iubire, in 2000, promoted with the singles "Prima iubire" and "Lasă-mă papa la mare", both Top 20 hits in Romania. "Lasă-mă papa la mare" was named No. 19 in the "Top 20 after 90" ranking based on public voting. Andrè released their next album, Am să-mi fac de cap, in 2000, which was promoted with the songs "Am să-mi fac de cap" and "Flori de tei" as well as their respective music videos. The music video for "Flori de tei" became the most expensive video ever made Romania at the time, with a budget of US$12,000, as well as the first music video shot on film.
In early 2001, the magazine Bravo awarded the distinction of "Best band for teens" to Andrè. Record label Cat Music awarded the group with five platinum and one gold certifications for the 1.5 million albums sold, calling their music "princesses dance music", and becoming the first group and the only with these awards. The group split for a short time because of disagreements. Bălan continued her career by forming a duo with Alina Sorescu. Although they had a number of television appearances, the project ended after six months without releasing an album or a video. At the same time, a greatest hits album was released for Andrè, titled Andrè - The Best Of.
The group met after the death of Antonescu's father, whose last wish was that the group reunite. The group released a duo album, O noapte și-o zi, in 2001 as well as a single of the same name accompanied by a video, but split again. Bălan consequently denied any chance of a reconciliation work between the two, considering only a possible duet.
The success of the album was followed by the release of another album, Liberă din nou, in September. Between 22 December 2002 and 22 January 2003, she gave a tour of 14 concerts in the United States. The album included the singles "Liberă din nou" and "Plâng de dor". On 1 March 2003, the video for the single "Plâng de dor", that would later be available as a maxi single, was filmed. In the following summer, the song "Nopți de vară" was released in the remake album Liberă din nou. It enjoyed great success on radio, received first place in the "Best Songs" category of Mamaia's Festival as voted by viewers. During the same period, Bălan began a collaboration with the band News, a group of 12 instrumentalists, starting a national tour. The collaboration was shortly halted due to financial problems.
Bălan produced two more singles with the album Andreea B. The first single was "Nu știu să fiu numai pentru tine" (feat. Keo), which was nominated for the award "Best Hit - Featuring" on the Romanian Top Hits. The second single, "Prinde-mă, aprinde-mă!", was designated the "gay song of the year" at the Gala Gay Awards 2007. "Prinde-mă, aprinde-mă!" is the most watched video of the artist on YouTube, with over 2.8 million views.
Bălan opted to participate in a dance pair in the third season of dance competition television show Dansez pentru tine, broadcast on PRO TV in the spring of 2007. The evolution of the dance pair through the competition was acclaimed by audiences and the jury. Bălan ultimately placed in third place. In the spring of 2008, the dance pair participated in the "League winners" season, dedicated to the best in the history of the competition. Bălan placed first place. Between the two seasons, she was selected to participate in the PRO TV international version of Dansez pentru tine, titled Dancing Around the World. The competition was held in Mexico, and Bălan participated alongside dance partner Petrişor Rudge, her partner during Dansez pentru tine. The pair ultimately ranked in second place, enjoying great popularity among the Mexican public, and received a contract from EMI Music to record an album. Following her appearance on Dansez pentru tine, her career took her on the rise.
The song "Like a Bunny" was released on 13 May 2011 on Bălan's YouTube account, with its music video presenting Bălan in a bathing suit, reminiscent of a Playboy Playmate. On 8 June 2011, Bălan released the song "Loving" in collaboration with Andra, Connect-R and Puya. In October 2011, Bălan mentioned that there is a chance of the reunion of Andrè, since they could not handle a solo career. In 2012, Bălan released the single "Money Love". Holds several shows including Dancing Show, Bunny Show, Beach Party and Christmas Party. In October 2012, Bălan released the twenty-fifth video of her musical career, "Mă doare fără tine". In August 2013, she released the song "Things U do 2 me" in collaboration with Mike Diamondz. Presently, Bălan consistently holds concerts around the country.
A dispute arose between the singer and TV presenter Cătălin Măruță, on the PRO TV television show Happy Hour in late April 2010. Invited to the show, Bălan presented views critical of newspapers. The conflict continued for a short period, with the two criticizing each other in the press on various occasions, culminating in the blocking of Bălan's appearance in a special edition of the show Dansez pentru tine. 041b061a72