Doda (singer)

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Doda
Background information
Birth nameDorota Rabczewska
Born(1984-02-15) February 15, 1984 (age 28)
Ciechanów, Poland
GenresRock, Pop, Pop-rock
OccupationsSinger, songwriter
Years active

2000–2007
(with Virgin)

2007–
LabelsUniversal Music Poland
WebsiteOfficial Website
 
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Doda
Background information
Birth nameDorota Rabczewska
Born(1984-02-15) February 15, 1984 (age 28)
Ciechanów, Poland
GenresRock, Pop, Pop-rock
OccupationsSinger, songwriter
Years active

2000–2007
(with Virgin)

2007–
LabelsUniversal Music Poland
WebsiteOfficial Website

Dorota Rabczewska (born February 15, 1984), more commonly known as Doda, is a Polish musical artist, among the most successful Polish artists ever in terms of number of prizes won. She was first known as a member of the Polish rock band Virgin. After the group disbanded she continued with a solo career releasing an album in 2007 called Diamond Bitch and another album The Seven Temptations which was released in 2011.[1] She was featured on CNN, as the tenth most famous Pole in history.[2] In 2011 Polish magazine Viva! put her among ten most influential women in Poland.[3]

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Biography

Early life

Doda was born in Ciechanów, Poland. In her youth, she was coached in athletics for four years (long jump, 100 metres). She won the Championships at Voivodeship for 1000 and 600 meters and shot put. She also won bronze in the Polish Championships. She then quit sports for a musical career. Doda started this career as a teenager, at the Buffo Theater in Warsaw. Simultaneously, she took singing lessons from Elżbieta Zapendowska, one of the most famous singing teachers in Poland. She gained popularity due to her participation in the reality show The Bar, where she earned great notoriety for her vulgar vocabulary and wild antics.

2000-2007: Virgin Era

After auditioning at the age of 16, Doda became the vocalist of the Polish rock band Virgin. In 2002 they made their debut by releasing their first studio album titled Virgin. They released two singles "To Ty" and "Mam Tylko Ciebie". To promote the band and the album further, Doda took part in the reality TV series called The Bar.

Two years after their debut, the band released their second album called Bimbo which was released on May 17, 2004. It was the highest-selling album in Poland in its first week of release. The first single was Dżaga" which became a huge hit. In the video, which also featured Radosław Majdan, Doda's future husband, they are seen having sex. The next singles were "Kolejny Raz" and "Nie Zawiedź Mnie". In the same year Doda joined the largest High IQ society, Mensa International, with an IQ of 156.[citation needed] The band also embarked on their first tour entitled the "Bimbo Tour".

After a line-up change the group performed their new single "Znak Pokoju" at the Sopot International Song Festival and won its Viewers' Choice Award; this became another huge hit in their collection. On 17 October 2005 they released their third and final studio album called Ficca, which was promoted by their second tour called "Ficca Tour". In December 2005 they released their next single, "Dwie Bajki".

In April 2006 Doda was rushed to hospital due to a problem with her intervertebral disc making the band fall into a hiatus for a while. After having complicated spinal surgery she returned to the music scene with a voice role on the Polish version of the film Asterix and the Vikings taking the role of Abba. Later that year, the group released the new version of Ficca with new smash hit called "Szansa", which was inspired by Doda's surgery. That song also won the National Festival of Polish Song in Opole. The album has moved more than 100,000 copies and went Triple Platinum.

Doda rejected the proposal to participate in the Polish edition of Dancing with the Stars due to her spinal surgery. The group toured North America, where Doda had to be rushed to hospital a second time due to her spine injury. By the end of the year Doda had terminated her contract with her manager. On January 1, 2007 Tomasz Lubert, announced that he would finish his involvement with the band, leading the group to be disbanded while Doda continued her career as a solo artist.

2007-2010: Solo Career and Diamond Bitch Era

Doda on the set of her music video "Nie Daj Się"

In 2007 Doda signed a solo contract with Universal Music Polska. In June she released her first solo single "Katharsis" and the album called Diamond Bitch. To promote the album she began the "Diamond Tour" - some concerts took place outside Poland - in Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States. The album went straight to number one on the Polish Album Sales Chart and stayed there for 5 straight weeks. The next single was "To jest to". But the biggest hit, "Nie Daj Się", was released in June 2008. It gained much airplay on radio stations, topping many of the radio charts, so the expanded version of the latest album was released, which included that song. Later that year Doda starred as herself in the movie of Krzysztof Zanussi, "Serce Na Dłoni". In 2009 she released two more singles from the album: "Rany" and "Dziękuję". "Diamond Bitch" went Double Platinum.

Doda won eleven awards at VIVA Comet making her the most successful artist to have won that award. She won Video of the Year for three straight years and won an additional six awards including two in the category Image of the Year and one as the Artist of the Decade. At the MTV Europe Music Awards she won twice in the category Best Polish Act and in 2009 she took second place in the Best European Act. Doda also received a Superjedynka on 2008 National Festival of Polish Song in Opole as the Best Artist. On 30 April 2010 Doda began the new, one-year tour called "Rock'n'Roll Palace Tour".

2010-2012: The Seven Temptations Era

In June 2010 Doda released "Bad Girls" - the first song from her upcoming second solo album "The Seven Temptations", which became a big hit, particularly in 2011 after the premiere of its video, delayed by the illness of her boyfriend Nergal, leader of death metal group Behemoth.

On 15 May 2011, she inaugurated the one-and-a-half-year "The Seven Temptations Tour", promoting her new album, which was released on 30 May.[4] In July Doda released another single, "XXX".[5] In September Doda was nominated again for the MTV Europe Music Awards.[6] In December the album went Platinum. At the end of 2011 Doda became a columnist for the Polish edition of "Maxim", for two months[7] In February 2012 she released a song "Kac Wawa", recorded for the movie of the same name. In June Doda released her duet with her friend Dżaga, "Twa energia".

Personal life

Doda was born to Wanda and Paweł Rabczewski. She has an older brother, Rafał. In 2003 she met her future husband Polish goalkeeper, Radosław Majdan. He later proposed to her during their vacation in Jerusalem, Israel, and they were married on the 5th of March, 2005. But three years later in May 2008 the couple were divorced. On Majdan's official website he stated that he finished his relationship with Doda.

On May 9, 2009 it became public that she had a relationship with the frontman of the blackened death metal band Behemoth, Adam Darski (aka Nergal).[8] In December 2009, the couple got engaged.[9] As of April 2011, Doda and Nergal have split up.

Blasphemy charges

In May 2010, the Warsaw prosecutor's office charged Doda with the crime of "offending religious sensibilities" for remarking in a year-ago television interview that she believed more in dinosaurs than she did in the Bible because "it is hard to believe in something written by people who drank too much wine and smoked herbal cigarettes."[10] In January 2012 she was found guilty and convicted to 5000 złoty fine by local court Warszawa-Mokotów.[11] Her appeal was not effective. In June 2012 district court in Warsaw decided to hold the verdict of the local court.[12]

Some of Polish publicists, as politician Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz, logician Wojciech Krysztofiak, pharmacologist Jerzy Vetulani and members of Palikot's Movement criticized the judgment.[13][14][15][16] Doda commented that "she was a victim of Polish anachronistic jurisdiction" and said that she will submit the case to European Court of Human Rights for consideration.[17]

Doda in 2011.

Discography

Discography Virgin

Singles

Tours

Filmography

YearTitleRoleNotes
2006Asterix and the VikingsAbbaVoice in Polish dubbing
2008Serce na dłoniDodaAs herself

Awards

References

  1. ^ "7 Pokus Glownych". CNN. 2011-06-06. http://www.empik.com/7-pokus-glownych-doda,prod61081471,muzyka-p. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  2. ^ "Famous Poles through the ages". CNN. 2008-10-03. http://edition.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/europe/10/03/famous.poles/index.html. Retrieved 2010-04-10. 
  3. ^ "10 najbardziej wpływowych kobiet na okładkach Vivy!". VIVA!. 2011-03-03. http://polki.pl/viva_galeria.html?galg_id=10008352. Retrieved 2011-03-03. 
  4. ^ "30 maja premiera" (in Polish). doda-music.com. http://pl.doda-music.com/index.php/2011/05/30-maja-premiera/. Retrieved 2011-05-13. 
  5. ^ "SINGLE!". dodaqueen.com. 2011-08-31. http://dodaqueen.com/do_wiadomosci-id141.html. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  6. ^ "NOMINACJA DO EMA MTV 2011". doda-music.com. http://pl.doda-music.com/index.php/2011/09/nominacja-do-ema-mtv-2011/. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  7. ^ "Doda felietonistką Maxima" (in Polish). cozatydzien.plejada.pl. http://cozatydzien.plejada.pl/90,24347,1,0,doda_felietonistka_maxima,wideo_detal.html. Retrieved 2011-12-10. 
  8. ^ "Doda oficjalnie z Nergalem?" (in Polish). muzyka.interia.pl. 2009-05-26. http://muzyka.interia.pl/plotki/news/doda-oficjalnie-z-nergalem,1312776. Retrieved 2010-04-15. 
  9. ^ "News Poland - Mega-wedding in Polish show business". 5 January 2010. http://news-poland.com/result/news/id/3853. Retrieved 2011-01-22. 
  10. ^ Day, Matthew (2010-05-05). "Pop star claims Bible written by drunks". The Daily Telegraph (London). http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/poland/7681981/Pop-star-claims-Bible-written-by-drunks.html. Retrieved 2010-05-09. 
  11. ^ "Doda skazana za obrazę uczuć religijnych" (in Polish). Rzeczpospolita. 16 January 2012. http://www.rp.pl/artykul/92106,792583.html. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  12. ^ "Doda skazana za obrazę uczuć religijnych" (in Polish). 18 June 2012. http://www.rp.pl/artykul/21,894222-Doda-skazana-za-obraze-uczuc-religijnych.html. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  13. ^ Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz (21 June 2012). "Sąd średniowieczny" (in Polish). Gazeta Wyborcza. http://wyborcza.pl/1,76842,11979577,Sad_sredniowieczny.html. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  14. ^ Wojciech Krysztofiak (20 June 2012). "Doda jest niewinna" (in Polish). Gazeta Wyborcza. http://wyborcza.pl/1,76842,11976827,Doda_jest_niewinna__list_.html. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  15. ^ Jerzy Vetulani (6 July 2012). "Jakie zioła palili ci napruci winem?" (in Polish). vetulani.wordpress.com. http://vetulani.wordpress.com/2012/07/06/jakie-ziola-palili-ci-napruci-winem/. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  16. ^ "Doda skazana za obrazę uczuć - Ruch Palikota protestuje" (in Polish). ruchpalikota.salon24.pl. 25 June 2012. http://ruchpalikota.salon24.pl/429471,doda-skazana-za-obraze-uczuc-ruch-palikota-protestuje. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  17. ^ Magda Rigamonti (2 July 2012). "Doda: jestem ofiarą polskiego zacofanego sądownictwa" (in Polish). Wprost. http://www.wprost.pl/ar/331407/Doda-jestem-ofiara-polskiego-zacofanego-sadownictwa/. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 

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