Open main menu

Wikipedia β

O-Zone is a Moldovan eurodance trio that was active from 1998 to 2005 and consisted of Dan Balan, Radu Sîrbu, and Arsenie Todiraș.[1] The group gained global popularity with their song "Dragostea Din Tei" and their subsequent album DiscO-Zone.

O-Zone at Cerbul de Aur in 2005.jpg
O-Zone performing at their final concert at the Golden Stag musical festival in Romania. (September 2005)
From left to right: Arsenie Todiraș, Dan Bălan, Radu Sîrbu
Background information
Origin Chişinău, Moldova
Genres Pop, Eurodance, electronica
Years active 1998–2005, 2017
Labels Cat, Ultra, Avex
Members Dan Balan
Arsenie Todiraş
Radu Sîrbu
Past members Petru Jelihovschi



1998–2001: Formation and early yearsEdit

Alien O-Zone was formed as a duo of Dan Bălan and Petru Jelihovschi in 1998.[2] They released their first album, Dar, Unde Eşti..., in 1999. However, Jelihovschi had not intended to make music his career, so he split from Bălan. Undaunted, Bălan held open auditions for new band members. At one such audition, he met Arsenie "Arsenium" Todiraş, who eventually won over the initially skeptical Bălan with his version of Elvis Presley's "Love Me Tender." Bălan and Arsenium would have proceeded as a duo act until Bălan received a call from Radu Sîrbu, who wanted a chance to audition for the group. Despite missing the auditions the first time around, Bălan agreed, and after a successful audition by Sîrbu, O-Zone officially became a trio.

2002–2004: Rise to successEdit

In 2002, O-Zone moved from Moldova to Bucharest, Romania, hoping to gain more recognition. There, the group became an instant hit band with their upbeat song "Despre Tine" ("About You"), which held the top position on the Romanian Top 100 chart for three weeks in February 2003. Their second hit, which brought them worldwide attention, was "Dragostea Din Tei", translated roughly as "Love From the Linden Trees." It quickly became popular in Romania, where it also topped the Romanian singles chart for four weeks in September 2003, but faded from popularity by the end of 2003.[3] But the song gained popularity in Italy when the little-known duo Haiducii released a cover of "Dragostea din tei", which topped the Italian pop charts.[3] Arsenie Todiraş later said that at the time, while it was not illegal, the group's cover felt like a betrayal because Haiducii had not asked permission to make a cover.[3] However, the cover's success led to curiosity about the original artist, and led to Time Records, an Italian record label, offering O-Zone a one-year contract.[3] Soon after the song's release in Italy, it was also released in various other countries in Europe under Polydor Records and became an instant hit.[3]

"Dragostea Din Tei" topped the singles charts of nearly a dozen European countries in 2004. It reached the top 10 in many other countries, including in the United Kingdom, where it reached the third position on the singles chart.[4] The re-release of "Despre Tine" in 2004 from the same album had similar success across Europe.

In contrast to their multi-platinum status in Europe, O-Zone never entered the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the United States,[5] although it did reach the 14th position on the Hot Dance Airplay chart.[6] The viral video Numa Numa Dance helped to boost awareness of "Dragostea din tei" in the United States,[7] but while the song received moderate to major airplay, most Americans knew it simply as the "Numa Numa Song" and never knew the name of the original song or the group that performed it. "Dragostea din tei" was sampled in the song "Live Your Life" by T.I. and Rihanna, which topped the Billboard Hot 100 in late 2008.[8]

2005–2006: Disbandment and Asian successEdit

On January 13, 2005, while still very popular, the members of O-Zone announced their disbandment,[2] citing personal reasons.[9] Their last European concert was held at the 2005 Golden Stag music festival in Romania.[10]

Also in 2005, the Japanese music label Avex Trax gained distribution rights for O-Zone music in Japan, and released the album DiscO-Zone in August 2005 in that country.[6] The album, which features the song "Dragostea din tei", became immensely successful in Japan. Topping the Oricon albums charts, it reached over 800,000 in sales in 2005 alone and became the 12th most popular album of 2005.[11] Partially because the album was re-released twice by Avex Trax, DiscO-Zone charted for over a year on the Oricon weekly albums chart[12] and sold over one million copies overall.[13]

2017: ReunionEdit

O-Zone reunited to make concerts on 9th of May 2017 in Chişinău, Moldova and on 17th of May 2017 in Bucharest, Romania.[14]



List of studio albums, with selected chart positions, sales figures and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications

Dar, Unde Eşti...
  • Released: September 2, 1999
  • Label: Media Services
  • Format: CD
Number 1
  • Released: August 17, 2002
  • Label: Media Services
  • Format: CD
DiscO-Zone 15 3 9 3 15 16 1 3 1 7
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album


"Numai Tu" 2002 Number 1
"Despre Tine" 4 35 9 4 2 9 27 1 7 9 Number 1 and DiscO-Zone
"Dragostea Din Tei" 2004 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 3 1 3 DiscO-Zone
"De Ce Plang Chitarele" 17
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other singlesEdit

Year Single JAP[44] FRA
"Koi no Maiahi"
"Love Me Love Me"
"—" denotes releases that were not released in that territory.


  1. ^ "O-zone, a successful band". November 2008. Retrieved 2009-10-12. 
  2. ^ a b "Radu si Arsenie de la O-Zone vor ca trupa sa se reuneasca" (in Romanian). Retrieved 2010-06-07. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Romania/Moldova: O-Zone Breathes Fresh Air Into European Pop Music Scene - Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty". Radio Free Europe. Retrieved 2010-06-03. 
  4. ^ ""Dragostea din tei" by O-Zone, in various singles charts". Retrieved 2010-06-03. 
  5. ^ "O-Zone Album & Song Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2010-06-02. 
  6. ^ a b "O-Zone Japanese Official Website" (in Japanese). Avex Marketing. Retrieved 2010-05-03. 
  7. ^ "Internet Fame Is Cruel Mistress for a Dancer of the Numa Numa". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-06-03. 
  8. ^ "T.I. feat. Rihanna's Live Your Life sample of O-Zone's Dragostea Din Tei". WhoSampled. Retrieved 2010-06-03. 
  9. ^ "Cultural Roundup". SETimes. Retrieved 2010-06-03. 
  10. ^ "O-Zone's Last Concert During "The Golden Deer" Festival Was A Huge Success We will miss ozone and open up a place in our heart for them". Spotlightning News. Archived from the original on 2011-01-08. Retrieved 2010-06-03. 
  11. ^ "2005年 年間アルバムチャート-ORICON STYLE ミュージック (2005 Japanese End of Year Chart)" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2010-06-02. 
  12. ^ "O-ZONEのCD・DVDリリース情報、O-ZONEのプロフィールならオリコン芸能人事典-ORICON STYLE" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2010-05-31. 
  13. ^ "Biography - Dan Balan Official Website". Retrieved 2014-07-30. [permanent dead link]
  14. ^ Marica, Irina (8 May 2017). "Famous Moldovan pop band reunites after 12 years for Europe Day concert in Bucharest". Romania Insider. Retrieved 12 January 2018. 
  15. ^ a b "Discographie O-Zone". (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  16. ^ a b "Discographie O-Zone". (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  17. ^ a b "Discography O-Zone". Hung Medien. Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Discography O-Zone". Hung Medien. Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  19. ^ a b "Discographie O-Zone". (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Chartverfolgung / O-Zone / Longplay". (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  21. ^ ディスコ・ゾーン~恋のマイアヒ~最強版. Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  22. ^ a b "Discography O-Zone". Hung Medien. Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Discography O-Zone". Hung Medien. Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  24. ^ a b "Discography O-Zone". Hung Medien. Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  25. ^ Romanian artists find fame aboard
  26. ^ a b "O-Zone" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved June 12, 2013. 
  27. ^ "Top 30 Artistas – Semana 52 de 2004" (in Portuguese). Associação Fonográfica Portuguesa. Archived from the original on March 4, 2012. Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  28. ^ a b "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (O-Zone)". Hung Medien. Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  29. ^ ゴールド等認定作品一覧 (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  30. ^ "Certifications Albums Or – année 2004" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Archived from the original on October 23, 2013. Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  31. ^ "O-Zone - Dragostea din teï" (in Dutch). Ultratop Vlaanderen. Retrieved April 13, 2015. 
  32. ^ "O-Zone (Single)". (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  33. ^ "Discografie O-Zone". (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  34. ^ "Discography O-Zone". Hung Medien. Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  35. ^ "O-Zone" (select "Singles" tab). Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  36. ^ "Certifications Singles Or – année 2004" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Archived from the original on January 6, 2014. Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  37. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – 2004". Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  38. ^ "Certified Awards" (enter "O-Zone" into the "Keywords" box, then select "Search"). British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved October 29, 2013. 
  39. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank: O-Zone" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  40. ^ "Austrian certifications – O-Zone" (in German). IFPI Austria. Retrieved June 13, 2013.  Enter O-Zone in the field Interpret. Click Suchen
  41. ^ "Guld og platin i september" (in Danish). IFPI Denmark. Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  42. ^ "(Guld & Platina) ÅR 2004" [(Gold & Platinum) Year 2004] (PDF) (in Swedish). International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  43. ^ "Certifications Singles Diamant – année 2004" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Archived from the original on January 6, 2014. Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  44. ^ "O-ZONEのCD・DVDリリース情報、O-ZONEのプロフィールならオリコン芸能人事典-ORICON STYLE". ORICON STYLE (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2010-07-09. 

External linksEdit