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Tina Arena (born Filippina Lydia Arena on November
1, 1967, in Melbourne, Australia) is a pop singer.
Tina Arena career began at the age of seven when she was selected as a
regular performer for the music television program Young Talent Time.
As a child Arena attracted attention for the power of her voice, which
was considered remarkable for such a young child. Often billed as "Tiny
Tina Arena", she was seen on weekly television singing and dancing
the current pop hits. The show's policy was to promote talented children,
and at the age of sixteen team members would leave, ostensibly to follow
an adult career. As one of the show's youngest performers, Arena's nine
year stint was also one of the show's longest.
Like most of the children who left the show, Tina Arena carried with her
a stigma that made it difficult to be taken seriously as an adult vocalist,
and for a short time Tina contemplated ending her career, and found employment
with an insurance company. She was invited to support Lionel Richie on
his Australian tour, but despite this success and the profile it gave
her, record companies were unwilling to offer her a recording contract.
Arena persevered, playing nightclubs in Melbourne and in several stage
musicals, before finally being offered a contract. Her album Strong as
Steel, released in 1990, contained one major hit single, the uptempo dance
track, "I Need Your Body", whose accompanying video demonstrated
Arena as a sexy and confident adult. The contrast between her adult image
and that of the seven year old child she had been when she first became
famous attracted considerable publicity in Australia, but some elements
of the media insisted that she was little more than a novelty act. Despite
the success of the further singles, "The Machine's Breaking Down"
and the Diane Warren title track, the album failed to establish Tina Arena
as a major act, and she relocated to the United States.
After signing a contract with Sony Music, Arena released the album Don't
Ask in 1994. It became one of the highest selling albums of the year in
Australia and provided her with her first substantial hit single "Chains".
The song also reached the Top 10 in the United Kingdom and Top 40 in the
United States. Arena's career was said to be a priority of record executive
Tommy Mottola who envisioned her achieving the level of success of Céline
Dion or Mariah Carey, but the album failed to sell well in the US, and
Mottola moved on to other projects. Other Arena hits followed in Australia
and Europe, including "Heaven Help My Heart", "Wasn't It
Good" and "Sorrento Moon". The album won Arena five ARIA
Awards for "Album of the Year", "Song of the Year"
("Chains"), "Pop Release of the Year" ("Chains")
and "Best Female Vocalist", as well as a special award for "Highest
Selling Female Artist in Australian History". After more than twenty
years, Tina Arena was finally accepted as a credible performer by both
the record buying public and the Australian music industry.
Tina Arena's next album In Deep (1997), produced by Foreigner's Mick Jones
contained a cover version of their hit "I Want To Know What Love
Is" (with backing vocals by the song's original vocalist Lou Gramm)
and another major hit single "Burn". In Deep was the highest
selling Australian album of the year. During this time Arena recorded
the theme song for the film The Mask of Zorro, a duet with Marc Anthony
titled "I Want To Spend My Lifetime Loving You". This song was
highly successful in Europe, and Arena embraced European culture, recording
several songs in French and relocating temporarily to France. During this
period her greatest successes were these French recordings and they were
major hits in France. A repackaged version of the In Deep album including
the new French versions, and a cover version of the Edith Piaf song "Les
Trois Cloches" was a major hit throughout Europe and reached number
3 in France. Her 2001 album Just Me was a moderate success and included
such hit singles as "Soul Mate #9", "Dare You To Be Happy"
and "Symphony of Life".
In 1998, Arena was invited to perform the role of Esmerelda in the West
End production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame in London. In 2000, Tina
performed to the largest audience of her career at the Opening Ceremonies
of the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. Later that year Arena received
a lifetime achievement ARIA Award for her career achievement, with the
award also specifically recognising her success in France.
In 2003 Tina Arena was recruited by techno DJ Ray Roc to sing on his single
"Never (Past Tense)". The song was one of the year's longest
running hits on the Billboard Magazine Club Charts where it reached number
Arena completed her contract with Sony Music in the Fall of 2004, releasing
a "Greatest Hits" album and a "Greatest Hits' DVD marking
the end of her association with them.
Arena announced in June 2005 that she was expecting her first child, due
in the fall. She plans to continue recording and touring. Arena plans
a full length French album in later 2005, along with an English equilavent
of the album in 2006.
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