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Maria Mena

Real name: Maria Viktoria Mena
Birthdate: N/A
Status: Single


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Maria Mena was born into an artistic family. Her mother wrote plays and her father Charles was a drummer. Both Mena and her younger brother Tony are named after characters from Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story. Her father played in several bands in Oslo, which influenced Mena towards music. When Mena was nine years old, her parents divorced. She suffered from depression and developed an eating disorder.

When Mena was 13 years old, she moved to live with her father. She sang and wrote lyrics as a form of therapy for her feelings and frustrations. Not all the stories in her diary became songs, but "My Lullaby" was one of them, expressing her pain from her parents' divorce. After pleading with her father to make a demo, he got her put up with some of his contacts in the music industry to record Mena's songs. Then he presented his daughter's demo to several record companies. Sony Music signed Mena to their label.

In 2002, she released her debut single "Fragile (Free)" in Norway. It did not chart there. "My Lullaby" was released as the second single and the song reached number five (#5) on the Norwegian Singles Chart. It received heavy rotation on NRK P1, P3, P4, Radio 1 and Radio Oslo. The young singer quickly gained fans and soon earned her first platinum record. After its success, she released her debut album Another Phase in Norway, that reached the number six (#6) on the Norwegian Albums Chart.

On July 20, 2004, Mena made an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, with her first international album White Turns Blue debuting at the top position on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart a week later and at #102 on the Billboard 200. She made a breakthrough into the worldwide singles charts that year with "You're the Only One," a successful song in many countries. The song was the only song that has ever appeared on a Billboard chart, being the U.S. Top 40 Mainstream at #25. "You're the Only One" peaked at #30 on the Dutch Top 40 and #19 on the Dutch Mega Single Top 100. Meanwhile, she has already released her second album in Norway. Mellow was less successful than her 2002 debut, but still managed to peak at #7 in Norway. The second single from both albums was "Just a Little Bit", which was a commercial flop, not managing to chart anywhere.

- 1: "My Lullaby" is the only song that certified in Norway, becoming a gold single for selling over 5,000 copies in Norway.
- ²: The single was officially released in the Netherlands in 2007.
- ³: The single was officially released in the Netherlands in 2006.


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