Elena Alexandra Apostoleanu (born October 16, 1986), better known simply as Inna, is a Romanian singer and dancer. She rose to major fame in 2009, when her debut studio album Hot was an international success, appearing in many record charts around the world and reaching the top-ten in Czech Republic, France and the United Kingdom. The album’s lead single of the same name charted worldwide, topping the US Hot Dance Airplay in 2009.
Her music is written by Play & Win members,Sebastian Barac, Radu Bolfea and Marcel Botezan. She is best known for becoming the first European female singer to surpass one billion total views on YouTube, having accomplished this milestone on February 2012.
Inna’s debut studio album, Hot, was an international success, appearing in many record charts around the world, and particularly popular in the United Kingdom where it reached number one. The album’s lead single of the same name also charted worldwide, topping in 2009 a United States year-end chart.
The song won the award for the MTV Europe Music Award for Best Romanian Act at the 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards. It got Gold music recording sales certification in Italy, 3× Platinum in Norway and Platinum in Spain.
Inna’s second studio album, I Am the Club Rocker, was produced by Play & Win and received the Romanian Album of the Year award from her label Roton. Her third studio album, Party Never Ends was released in March 2013.
Inna is an activist for Children’s rights in Romania and she has been proposed for the title of UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadorbut the request is still pending. She is also against deforestation and she stood up against exterminating the horsesfrom the Letea Forest in late 2010.
In late November 2011 Inna signed herself in for an anti-domestic violencecampaign in order to empower women to rise and stand up against being abused or battered.
Inna has won numerous awards, including two MTV Europe Music Awards and over thirteen awards in three consecutive years at the MTV Romania Music Awards. As of May 2011, Inna has sold over 100,000 albums and over 600,000 singles in the United Kingdom.
At the end of 2011 Inna became the richest recording artist in Romania and in Eastern Europe. Her net worth is over 10 million euro. As of April 2014, she has sold over 3 million copies of her 3 studio albums.
Inna is an activist for children’s rights in Romania and has been proposed for the title of UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. Late November 2011 Inna signed herself in for an anti-domestic violence campaign in order to empower women to rise and stand up against being abused or battered.
Inna signed a petition that asks the Romanian government to improve upon a law that causes all perpetrators of domestic violence to be punished as official outlaws. The “Bring The Sun in My Life” campaign (named after the chorus of Inna’s song “Endless”) brings together many Romanian female stars with makeup resembling bruises from their partners, a visual way of advocating anti-domestic violence. The no-violence campaign raises awareness regarding violence.
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