Tina Arena

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Legal name: Filippina Lydia Arena

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Filippina Lydia Arena (born 1 November 1967), commonly known as Tina Arena, is an Australian singer-songwriter, musician, musical theatre actress, and record producer. She is one of Australia's highest selling female artists and has sold over 10 million records worldwide. Arena is an artist with the vocal range of a soprano and is multilingual: she sings live and records in English, Italian, French and Spanish. In April 2013, she was voted Australia's all-time greatest female singer, and third-greatest singer overall, in an industry poll conducted by music journalist, Cameron Adams, for the Herald Sun. Time Out magazine gave a succinct description of Arena's voice as, "Tina Arena truly boasts two incredible assets - her voice and her versatility ..." The Australian Broadcasting Corporation's monthly classical music and arts magazine, Limelight, commented that, "Tina Arena is a performer with a supreme voice, boundless range and energy, and charm to spare."

Arena has earned several international and national awards, including seven ARIA Awards, and two World Music Awards for 'Best-selling Australian Artist', which she received in 1996 and in 2000. In 2001, Arena was awarded a BMI Foundation Songwriting Award (Broadcast Music Inc.) by the American performance rights organisation for co-writing "Burn" with Pam Reswick and Steve Werfel. In 2011, Arena became the first Australian to be awarded a Knighthood of the French National Order of National Merit, presented by the President of the French Republic, Nicolas Sarkozy, for her contributions to French culture, and ceremonially awarded by Frédéric Mitterrand, the Minister of Culture and Communication of France. In 2012, Arena appeared as a judge and mentor on the revival of the Australian television variety programme Young Talent Time: the original Young Talent Time series had made her a household name in the 1970s and 1980s, as "Tiny Tina", which screened on Network Ten from 1971 to 1988. In October 2013, Arena released her first English album of original material in eleven years, titled Reset. In the same month, Arena published her first autobiography, titled Now I Can Dance, which has been reprinted four times. Also in 2013, Arena participated in the 13th Australian series of Dancing with the Stars, reaching third place behind Cosentino and Rhiannon Fish.

In 2015, Arena was inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association ARIA Hall of Fame at the 2015 ARIA Awards ceremony. On Australia Day, 26 January, 2016, Arena was recognised in the Australia Day Honours and appointed a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia "for significant service to the music industry as a singer, songwriter, and recording artist, and as a supporter of charitable groups. On 27 April, 2016, the Governor-General of Australia, Sir Peter Cosgrove, presented Tina Arena with her insignia as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) at a private ceremony in Paris.

To celebrate her 40 years in the music industry, Arena released a 31-track double compilation album called Greatest Hits & Interpretations on April 7, 2017, containing all her hits and covers of her songs by various international artists. This album debuted at No. 2 at the Australian charts and is now her 8th Top 10 album in Australia. In April 2017, Arena announced her Innocence to Understanding Tour in conjunction with the release of her Greatest Hits & Interpretations, starting in concerts Brisbane on Wednesday, September 6, 2017, and concluded in early October. The title of the tour is a telling nod to her career journey, one of only a few artists who has been able to live four decades in music.

On August 21, 2017, Opera Australia announced that Arena would be taking on the lead role of Eva Perón in the 2018 Australian touring production of Evita, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics and book by Tim Rice, directed by Harold Prince, who has won an unprecedented 21 Tony Awards for directing on Broadway. Arena is cast opposite Paulo Szot, Brazilian operatic baritone, winner of a Tony Award for best actor on Broadway 2008, in the role of Juan Perón. The Evita Australian tour official opening night took place on September 13th, 2018, at the Sydney Opera House in the Joan Sutherland Theatre, with the season running to November 3rd, 2018. The next venue on the Evita national tour leg will be at the Arts Centre Melbourne, from December 5th to December 30th, 2018.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 Strong as Steel Tina Arena 2
1994 Don’t Ask Tina Arena 6
1997 In Deep Tina Arena 7
2001 Just Me Tina Arena 2
2005 Un autre univers Tina Arena 1
2007 Songs of Love & Loss Tina Arena 1
2008 7 vies Tina Arena 1
2008 Songs of Love & Loss 2 Tina Arena 1
2013 Reset Tina Arena 3
2015 Eleven Tina Arena 4
2018 Quand tout recommence Tina Arena 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 Souvenirs Tina Arena 1
2004 Greatest Hits 1994-2004 Tina Arena 2
2009 The Best & Le Meilleur Tina Arena 1
2015 Love and Loss Tina Arena 1
2017 Greatest Hits & Interpretations Tina Arena 2

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2003 Vous êtes toujours là Tina Arena 1
2005 Greatest Hits Live Tina Arena 1
2010 Live: The Onstage Collection Tina Arena 1
2012 Symphony of Life Tina Arena 2

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1985 Turn Up the Beat Tina Arena 1
1990 I Need Your Body Tina Arena 4
1990 The Machine's Breaking Down Tina Arena 1
1990 Strong as Steel Tina Arena 1
1991 Woman's Work Tina Arena 1
1994 Chains Tina Arena 3
1995 Sorrento Moon (I Remember) Tina Arena 1
1995 Wasn’t It Good Tina Arena 1
1995 Chains Tina Arena 1
1995 Heaven Help My Heart Tina Arena 1
1995 Show Me Heaven Tina Arena 2
1996 That's the Way a Woman Feels Tina Arena 1
1997 Burn Tina Arena 1
1997 If I Didn't Love You Tina Arena 1
1997 Ti Voglio Qui Tina Arena 1
1998 I Want to Know What Love Is Tina Arena 1
1998 If I Was a River Tina Arena 1
1998 Now I Can Dance Tina Arena 1
1998 Whistle Down the Wind Tina Arena 1
1999 Les 3 Cloches Tina Arena 1
1999 Aller plus haut Tina Arena 1
2000 Live for the One I Love Tina Arena 1
2000 The Flame Tina Arena 1
2001 Soul Mate #9 Tina Arena 1
2001 Tu es toujours là Tina Arena 1
2002 Dare You to Be Happy Tina Arena 1
2002 Symphony of Life Tina Arena 1
2003 Never (Past Tense) The Roc Project feat. Tina Arena 2
2003 Je te retrouve un peu Tina Arena & Jay 1
2004 Italian Love Song Tina Arena 1
2005 Aimer jusqu'à l'impossible Tina Arena 1
2006 Je m'appelle Bagdad Tina Arena 1
2006 Tu aurais dû me dire (Oser parler d'amour) Tina Arena 1
2007 Entends-tu le monde ? Tina Arena 2
2007 To Sir with Love Tina Arena 1
2008 Oh Me Oh My Tina Arena 1
2013 You Set Fire to My Life Tina Arena 2
2013 Reset All Tina Arena 1
2014 Don't Hide Tina Arena 1
2014 Still Running Tina Arena 1
2014 The Things We Do for Love Tina Arena 2
2015 Chains Tina Arena 1
2017 Tant que tu es là Tina Arena 1

Single + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1998 I Want to Spend My Lifetime Loving You Tina Arena & Marc Anthony 1

EP

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2014 The Things We Do EP Tina Arena 1

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