Tina Arena : biography
This year, Arena released her first greatest hits compilation, Greatest Hits 1994-2004 and released a new single, a top 30 moderate hit called, "Italian Love Song". Arena did a full scale Australian national tour in late 2004 to early 2005 to support the certified Gold top 10 hit compilation record.
2005–2007: Un autre univers
Her debut French language album, Un Autre Univers was released in December 2005 and was yet another platinum milestone for her there, riding high in the French charts for well over a year and featuring the award-winning single, "Aimer jusqu’à l’impossible" which peaked at #3 on the French charts and stayed in the top 5 for over 10 weeks. The single became a hit in Belgium where it peaked at #1 and was a top 20 hit in Switzerland.Les Charts website. Les Charts. Retrieved on 26 June 2013. The song also received the award for ‘Song Of The Year’ in France.Melbourne Times Weekly. Memorable moments in a 35-year career. Retrieved on 23 November 2012. A second single "Je m’appelle Bagdad" was released in June 2006, peaking at #6 in France and #8 in Belgium.Les Charts website. Les Charts. Retrieved on 23 November 2012. The third and final single from the album was eventually released, "Tu aurais dû me dire (Oser parler d’amour)" which translates to "You Should Have Told Me (Dare To Speak of Love)" in English, helped the album to catapult back to the top of the French charts at #9, a year after the album was released.
After the success of the album, Arena toured the record and performed to summer sold-out venues across France including two concerts at the Théâtre de la Porte Saint-Martin in Paris . Audiences were treated to Arena’s French hits and some of her local Australian repertoire. Arena also was a special guest at the The Footy Show wherein she performed with fellow Australian singer, Kane Alexander in Munich’s Prince Regent’s Theatre.members.optusnet.com.au. Retrieved on 26 June 2013.
Arena also did various European TV shows to promote the album and has appeared in Night of the Proms, Star Academy, Fête de la Musique, Les Enfoirés and the 2006 NRJ Music Awards to which she performed her massive hit, "Aimer jusqu’à l’impossible" backed by her French contemporaries such as Anggun, Leslie Bourgoin, Amel Bent, Nâdiya, Lââm and Natasha St-Pier.setlist.fm. Retrieved on 26 June 2013.
2007–2008: Songs of Love & Loss
Arena’s sixth studio album titled Songs of Love & Loss was recorded independently and self-financed as she no longer had a recording contract in Australia. The album was eventually released on 1 December 2007 after a new deal was struck with EMI Australia. The record was primarily made up of torch songs originally recorded by women in the 1960s and 70s such as Dusty Springfield and Diana Ross and the arrangements featured a full string orchestra conducted by Simon Hale. A promotional tour of Australia in early November included appearances on Dancing with the Stars and Sunrise. Five concert dates backed by a 35 piece orchestra were held in December–January: three at the Sydney Opera House and two at Melbourne’s Hamer Hall. The album peaked at #3 on the ARIA Top Albums chart and was nominated for the ARIA Award for Best Selling Album.ARIA Awards. Highest Selling Albums. Retrieved on 23 November 2012.
2008–2009: 7 vies and Songs of Love & Loss 2
While Arena was still promoting Songs of Love & Loss in Australia, her first French single in two years, "Entends-tu le monde?", was made available to French radio. The video was shot in and around Sydney during the promotional tour of her home country and went on heavy rotation on French music television channels upon its release. The song was the first single from her sophomore French album 7 vies which was released on 28 January 2008 and debuted at #12 on the official French charts, her highest debut ever in the country. The single "Entends-tu le monde?" was physically released on 11 February 2008 and debuted at #10 on the French charts, becoming her sixth top ten single there.