Dragostea din tei, Despre tine, De ce plang chitarele, Oriunde Ai Fi
Originating in 1998 as a duo consisting of Dan Bălan and Petru Jelihovschi before the latter’s departure, their official trio lineup in 1999 consisted of Dan Bălan, Radu Sîrbu, and Arsenie Todiraș.
The group gained global popularity with their song “Dragostea Din Tei” and their subsequent album DiscO-Zone.
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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. However, 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. Arsenie Todiraș later said that at the time that, while not illegal, Haiducii’s cover felt like a betrayal because the group had not asked permission to make a cover.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. 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.
“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 number 3 on the singles chart. 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, although it did reach the 14th position on the Hot Dance Airplay chart. The viral video “Numa Numa Dance” helped to boost awareness of “Dragostea Din Tei” in the U.S., 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. ~ Wikipedia
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