Arilena Ara (Albanian: [aɾiˈlɛna ˈaɾa]; born 18 July 1998), also known mononymously as Arilena, is an Albanian singer and songwriter. Ara rose to national recognition in the Albanian-speaking Balkans, upon her victory at X Factor Albania in 2013. After her participation in the 18th edition of Kënga Magjike, "Nëntori" found significant success in Romania and Eastern Europe, peaking at number-one in the Romanian Airplay chart. Following her forthcoming success at the 58th edition of Festivali i Këngës in 2019, she was designated as the Albanian representative at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020, before the contest's cancellation.

Arilena Ara
Arilena Ara (cropped).jpg
Born (1998-07-18) 18 July 1998 (age 23)
Shkodër, Albania
OccupationSinger, songwriter
Years active2013 – present
Musical career
Genres
Websitearilenaara.com

Life and careerEdit

1998–2018: Early life and career beginningsEdit

Ara was born on 17 July 1998 into an Albanian Catholic family in the city of Shkodër, Albania.[1][3] She performed in diverse dancing and singing competitions as a child, including at Gjeniu i Vogël, where she finished in the third place.[4][5] After auditioning for the second series of X Factor Albania in 2012, she resulted as the winner of the competition during the final on 31 March 2012.[4][6] She released her first single, "Aeroplan", in February 2014, which was written by Albanian singer Rozana Radi and produced by Macedonian composer Darko Dimitrov.[7] In November 2016, Ara competed in the 18th edition of Kënga Magjike with the song "Nëntori" and finished third overall.[8][9] In early 2017, the song's remixes, including "Nentori (Bess Remix)" and "Nentori (Beverly Pills Remix)", received heavy airplay in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and went later on to perform at the Europa Plus Festival in Moscow, Russia.[10][11][12] Following in August 2017, the song attained significant success in Romania and peaked at number one on the Romanian Radio and TV Airplay Charts.[13] In December 2018, Top Channel announced that Ara would judge alongside Aleksandër and Renis Gjoka and Miriam Cani on the third series of The Voice Kids Albania.[14][5]

2019–present: Eurovision and Pop ArtEdit

 
Arilena Ara after winning the 58th edition of Festivali i Këngës.

After winning the 58th edition of Festivali i Këngës with the song "Shaj" in late December 2019, Radio Televizioni Shqiptar (RTSH) designated Ara as the Albanian representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.[15][16][17] In February 2020, following several months spent in Los Angeles, the singer announced that she had started working on her debut studio album.[18][19] In March 2020, in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) announced the cancellation of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020.[20] After a short hiatus, she was featured on Albanian singer Alban Skënderaj's "A i sheh" in December 2020, which peaked at number 29 in Albania.[21]

Ara released her debut studio album, Pop Art The Album, on 6 November 2021.[22][23] Prior to its release, four subsequent singles, "Murderer", "Aligator", "Thirr Policinë" and "Ke me mungu", were released from the record. Containing R&B and hip hop music, "Murderer" featuring Albanian rapper Noizy was released as the record's lead single in July 2021.[24][25] Its second single, "Aligator", followed on 9 August 2021 and peaked at number five in Albania.[26][27][28] For the record's third single titled, "Thirr Policinë", the singer collaborated with Kosovo-Albanian musician Dafina Zeqiri and reached number six in her native country.[29][30] Ara scored her first number-one single with "Ke me mungu" in October 2021.[31]

ArtistryEdit

Ara names Michael Jackson as her major musical and artistic influence.[32]

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

  • Pop Art The Album (2021)[22]

SinglesEdit

As lead artistEdit

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak
chart positions
Album
ALB
[33]
CIS
[34]
HUN
[35]
ROM
[36]
"Aeroplan" 2014 N/A Non-album single
"Business Class"
"Vegim" 2015
"Toke Rroke" 2016
"Nëntori" [a] 38 1
"I'm Sorry" 2017
"Snow in December" 14
"Silver and Gold" [b]
"Zemër"
"I'll Give You My Heart" 2018
"Doja"
(featuring Flori Mumajesi)
2019
"Shaj"
"Fall from the Sky" 2020
"Murderer"
(featuring Noizy)
2021 Pop Art The Album
"Aligator" 5
"Thirr Policinë"
(featuring Dafina Zeqiri)
6
"Ke me mungu" 1
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artistEdit

List of singles as featured artist, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak
chart positions
Album
ALB
[37]
BUL
[38]
"Nallane 3"
(Flori Mumajesi featuring Arilena and Dj Vicky)
2017 Non-album single
"Last train to Paris"
(KDDK featuring Arilena)
2018 32 1
"A i sheh"
(Alban Skënderaj featuring Arilena)
2020 29
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other charted songsEdit

List of other charted songs, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak
chart
positions
Album
ALB
[39]
"E gjallë" 2021 2 Pop Art The Album
"Dance Me"
(featuring Gjon's Tears)
10
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "Nëntori" did not enter the Tophit chart but both official remixes, including "Nentori (Beverly Pills Remix)" and "Nentori (Bess Remix)", peaked at number 1 and 16, respectively, in the Commonwealth of Independent States.
  2. ^ "Silver and Gold" did not enter the Tophit chart but the official remix "Silver & Gold (Going Deeper Remix)" peaked at number 139 in Commonwealth of Independent States.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Arilena Ara – Biografia" (in Albanian). Tekste Shqip. Archived from the original on 28 December 2020. Retrieved 28 December 2020.
  2. ^ "Arilena Ara – Credits". All Media Network. Archived from the original on 21 December 2021. Retrieved 21 December 2021.
  3. ^ "Arilena Ara fillon përgatitjet për Krishtlindje që në nëntor". Shqiptarja (in Albanian). Archived from the original on 1 September 2021. Retrieved 22 November 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Arilena Ara #Bio" (in Albanian). Top Channel. Archived from the original on 25 October 2020. Retrieved 28 December 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Arilena Ara, Gati për këtë Udhëtim të ri në 'The Voice Kids'" (in Albanian). Top Channel. Archived from the original on 30 May 2021. Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  6. ^ "Arilena Ara shpallet fituese e X-Factor Albania". Bota Sot (in Albanian). 1 April 2014. Archived from the original on 2 January 2020. Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  7. ^ "Arilena vjen si 'Aeroplan'" (in Albanian). Telegrafi. 27 February 2014. Archived from the original on 2 September 2017. Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  8. ^ Alimemaj, Jola (26 November 2016). "Arilena: E dua sfidën, me të do të arrijë suksesin e merituar". Shekulli (in Albanian). Archived from the original on 30 January 2022. Retrieved 31 December 2019.
  9. ^ "'Ma thuaj ti' fiton 'Këngën Magjike'" (in Albanian). Televizioni Klan (TV Klan). 11 December 2016. Archived from the original on 25 December 2020. Retrieved 31 December 2019.
  10. ^ "Nentori (Bess Remix) – Arilena Ara". Tophit. Archived from the original on 25 January 2022. Retrieved 25 January 2022.
  11. ^ "Nentori (Beverly Pills Remix) – Arilena Ara". Tophit. Archived from the original on 25 January 2022. Retrieved 25 January 2022.
  12. ^ "Как звезды готовятся к Europa Plus Live 2017" (in Russian). Europa Plus. 23 July 2017. Archived from the original on 4 September 2019. Retrieved 31 December 2019.
  13. ^ "Airplay 100 – 20 august 2017" (in Romanian). Kiss FM. 20 August 2017. Archived from the original on 2 March 2021. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  14. ^ "Ekskluzive/ Arilena Ara në jurinë e The Voice Kids, nga çfarë hoqi dorë për të qenë aty". classlifestyle.com (in Albanian). Class Lifestyle. 4 December 2018. Archived from the original on 30 January 2022. Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  15. ^ "Arilena Ara me 'Shaj' fiton Fest 58" (in Albanian). Radio Televizioni Shqiptar (RTSH). 23 December 2019. Archived from the original on 28 October 2020. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  16. ^ "It's Arilena Ara for Albania! – Eurovision Song Contest". European Broadcasting Union (EBU). 23 December 2019. Archived from the original on 12 November 2021. Retrieved 25 January 2022.
  17. ^ "Festivali i 58-të i Këngës, Arilena Ara do të përfaqësojë Shqipërinë në Eurovizion" (in Albanian). Euronews Albania. 23 December 2019. Archived from the original on 30 December 2021. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  18. ^ "Arilena Ara do ta këndojë në anglisht këngën e saj në 'Eurovision 2020'". Telegrafi (in Albanian). 18 February 2020. Archived from the original on 30 December 2021. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  19. ^ Ryan, Tom (23 February 2020). "'Shaj' will be in English at Eurovision". ESCXtra. Archived from the original on 30 December 2021. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  20. ^ "Eurovision 2020 in Rotterdam is cancelled". European Broadcasting Union (EBU). 18 March 2020. Archived from the original on 8 April 2020. Retrieved 29 December 2020.
  21. ^ Vautrey, Jonathan (13 December 2020). "New music this week: 21 songs from Arilena Ara, Damir Kedžo, Isaiah Firebrace and more". Wiwibloggs. Archived from the original on 3 January 2021. Retrieved 3 January 2021.
  22. ^ a b "Pop Art The Album – Album by Arilena Ara on Apple Music". Apple Music. 6 November 2021. Archived from the original on 15 November 2021. Retrieved 15 November 2021.
  23. ^ "Arilena Ara brenda pak ditësh sjell albumin e parë në karrierë". Telegrafi (in Albanian). 3 July 2021. Archived from the original on 13 July 2021. Retrieved 13 July 2021.
  24. ^ ""Murderer" – Single by Arilena Ara featuring Noizy on Apple Music". Apple Music. 6 July 2021. Archived from the original on 28 October 2021. Retrieved 15 November 2021.
  25. ^ "Arilena dhe Noizy publikojnë bashkëpunimin e ri 'Murderer'". Telegrafi (in Albanian). 9 July 2021. Archived from the original on 15 November 2021. Retrieved 15 November 2021.
  26. ^ ""Aligator" – Single by Arilena Ara on Apple Music". Apple Music. 9 August 2021. Archived from the original on 15 November 2021. Retrieved 15 November 2021.
  27. ^ "Arilena Ara me koreografi 'të zjarrtë' dhe lëvizje provokuese shfaqet në klipin 'Aligator'". Telegrafi (in Albanian). 11 August 2021. Archived from the original on 15 November 2021. Retrieved 15 November 2021.
  28. ^ "Arilena na kujton Besa Kokëdhimën tek 'Aligator' dhe albumin e saj të parë!" (in Albanian). Top Channel. 17 August 2021. Archived from the original on 15 November 2021. Retrieved 15 November 2021.
  29. ^ ""Thirr Policinë" – Single by Arilena Ara featuring Dafina Zeqiri on Apple Music". Apple Music. 28 August 2021. Archived from the original on 15 November 2021. Retrieved 15 November 2021.
  30. ^ "Arilena Ara dhe Dafina Zeqiri publikojnë klipin e 'Thirr Policinë'". Telegrafi (in Albanian). 28 August 2021. Archived from the original on 7 September 2021. Retrieved 7 September 2021.
  31. ^ "Çfarë jave, ndryshon çdo gjë në krye!" (in Albanian). Top Channel. 24 October 2021. Archived from the original on 24 November 2021. Retrieved 25 January 2022.
  32. ^ "Arilena pozon pranë yllit të Michael Jacksonit: Frymëzimi im i përhershëm". Telegrafi (in Albanian). 25 February 2020. Archived from the original on 26 February 2020. Retrieved 26 February 2020.
  33. ^ Note: "The Top List" are the charts conducted by Top Channel since December 2015. For peak positions in Albania:
  34. ^ "Arilena Ara – Listen All Songs". Tophit. Archived from the original on 30 December 2021. Retrieved 14 August 2021. Note: The 'Peak Position On Top Radio Hits' column is to be taken into consideration.
  35. ^ "Single Top 40 slágerlista" (in Hungarian). Slágerlisták. Archived from the original on 30 December 2021. Retrieved 5 February 2021.
  36. ^ "Media Forest – Know You Are On Air". Media Forest. 17 July 2017. Archived from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 1 February 2020. Note: Select 'Songs – Radio'. Romanian and international positions are rendered together by the number of plays before resulting an overall chart.
  37. ^ For peak positions in Albania:
  38. ^ For peak positions in Bulgaria:
  39. ^ For peak positions in Albania:

External linksEdit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by X Factor Albania
Winner

2013
Succeeded by
Preceded by Albania in the Eurovision Song Contest
2020 (cancelled)
Succeeded by