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Jelena Karleuša Tošić (Serbian: Јелена Карлеуша Тошић; born 17 August 1978), professionally known under her maiden name Jelena Karleuša and initials JK, is a Serbian pop singer, and former columnist. She rose to fame with her debut turbo-folk album Ogledalce (1995), and has since been a popular Serbian female singer. She is married to football player Duško Tošić, with whom she has two daughters.

Early and personal life[edit]Edit

Jelena Karleuša was born on 17 August 1978 to Serbian father Dragan, a senior police officer, and a of mixed Slovene and Serbian ethnicity mother Divna. Her maternal grandfather was from Ptuj, Slovenia and her maternal grandmother from Doboj, Bosnia. She was born and raised in Fontana, Novi Beograd, Belgrade, Yugoslavia (in modern-day Serbia), but did not finish college. In 2004, Karleuša married Bojan Karić, the son of Serbian businessman Sreten Karić. They divorced after two months.

In 2008, Karleuša married Serbian football player Duško Tošić, who plays for Red Star Belgrade. On 7 September 2008, she gave birth to their first daughter, Atina, named after the Greekgoddess Athena. Their second daughter, Nika, was born on 7 September 2009, and named after the Greek goddess of victory Nika.

Musical career[edit]Edit

She began her singing career as a turbo folk singer in the mid-90s and gained popularity with her debut album, Ogledalce (Mirror, 1995), selling more than 100,000 copies in Serbia and Montenegro. Later, she started singing pop music exclusively. She has since had several #1 hits, most of which were written by Marina Tucaković. Jelena has released nine studio albums, which charted in Serbia, Montenegro and neighboring countries such as CroatiaMacedoniaBosnia and Herzegovina Bulgaria and Greece. Her biggest hits are: "Ženite se momci" (Get Married Boys), "Ko ovu dramu režira" (Who Is Directing This Drama?), "Zovem se Jelena" (I Am Called Jelena), "Gili, gili" (Tickle, Tickle), "Ludača" (Crazy Woman), "Nije ona, nego ja" (It's Not Her, It's Me), "Još te volim" (I Still Love You), "Manijak" (Maniac), "Samo za tvoje oči" (For Your Eyes Only), "Moj dragi" (My Dear), "Slatka mala" (Sweet Girl), "Ide maca oko tebe" (The Kitty Walks Around You), "Nisi u pravu" (You're Not Correct), "Casino", "Tihi ubica" (Silent Killer), "Testament" (Will), "Jedna noć i kajanje" (One Night and Regret), "Baš je dobro biti ja" (It's Really Good Being Me), "Ko ti to baje" (Who Is Charming You), "Insomnia", "Muškarac koji mrzi žene" (A Man Who Hates Women), "Nova religija" (New Religion), "Krimi rad" (Criminal Work, featuring Teča), "So" (Salt, featuring Nesh), "Sodoma & Gomora" (Sodom and Gomorrah), "Pucaj u ljubav (Ne vredi)" (Shoot in the Love (Not Worth It)) and "Savršen zločin" (Perfect Crime).

Karleuša's single, "Insomnia", featuring Mirza Hamzić, (a copy of the Indian song "Dance Pe Chance") was downloaded 1.5 million times from her website, just a day after its official premiere on the final night of the reality show Big Brother. "Insomnia" became the third most viewed video on YouTube, with over 4 million viewers for two weeks. Karleuša's second single, "Muškarac koji mrzi žene" (A Man Who Hates Women), was released on 4 January 2011. Her third single "Nova religija (Plava Šeherezada)" (New Religion (Blonde Scheherazade)) was premiered on 26 June 2011. During the performance she belly danced and painted herself in light brown color.

After released album Diva Jelena Karleuša is on 16 April 2013 appeared as a guest at the song Ferrari with Teča and Nesh.

Other activities[edit]Edit

In 2006, Karleuša launched her own fashion brand, named JK Wear. The collection included dresses and other accessories. In 2010, she was guest star on the reality show Big Brother All Stars VP for two days. The same year, it was rumoured Karleuša would start her political career, as she openly supported the ideas of Zoran Đinđić and Čedomir Jovanović.

In 2010, Karleuša began writing her own column for the Serbian newspaper Kurir, in which she criticized and mentioned Serbian celebrities such as politicians Boris Tadić, Čedomir Jovanović and Ivica Dačić, and singers Lepa Brena andSvetlana Ražnatović. She stopped writing it in November 2010 as she was "afraid for her own security". Her column drew criticism, with some people stating she was just trying to draw attention. Jelena was giving public support to gays when she was on the cover of many ex-YU gossip magazines, and on the cover of Greek gossip magazine ΕΓΩ Weekly. Jelena's manager is Zoran Birtašević since 2007.

Discography[edit]Edit

Studio albums
Compilation albums
As featured artist
  • Ferrari (released 16 April 2013) with Teča & Nesh
  • Krimi rad 2 (to be released September 2013) with Teča & Nesh
Videography
  • Ogledalce (1995)
  • Najbolja drugarice (1995)
  • Ženite se momci (1996)
  • Sad smo stranci postali (1996)
  • Preživeću (with Dejan Miličević) (1998)
  • Gili gili (1999)
  • Ludača (2001)
  • Samo za tvoje oči (2002)
  • Manijak (2003)
  • Slatka mala (2005)
  • Upravo ostavljena (2006)
  • Tihi ubica (2008)
  • Mani se (with Gale) (2009)
  • Insomnia (Dark version) (2010)
  • Insomnia (Light version) (2010)
  • Muškarac koji mrzi žene (2011)
  • Krimi rad (2012)
  • So (2012)
DVD
  • All about diva (2010)
  • Viva la Diva (2013)

Awards and nominations[edit]Edit

Year Award Category Result
1998 Serbian Oscar Of Popularity (Banja Luka) Album of the Year "Vestice vile" Won
1999 Golden Melodies Album of the Year "Zovem se Jelena" Won
1999 Serbian Oscar Of Popularity Album of the Year "Gili, gili" Won
2000 Golden Melodies Best Female Dance Singer Won
2001 Serbian Oscar Of Popularity Best Female Dance Singer Won
2002 Golden Melodies Album of the Year "Ludaca" Won
2003 Beovizija 2003 Album of the Year "Samo za tvoje oci" Won
2004 Serbian Oscar Of Popularity Best Female Musician Won
2005 Serbian Oscar Of Popularity Album of the Year "Magija" Won
2005 Serbian Grammy's The Duet "Ne smem da se zaljubim u tebe" Won
2006 Serbian Oscar Of Popularity (Banja Luka) Best Female Singer Won
2008 Serbian Oscar Of Popularity Album of the Year "JK Revolution" Won
2009 Serbian Oscar Of Popularity (Banja Luka) Best Female Pop Singer Won
2010 Serbian Oscar Of Popularity (Banja Luka) Song of the Year "Insomnia" Nominated
2010 GayEcho Annual Gay Icon Awards 2010 Gay Icon of the Year Won
2010 Loud & Queer Annual Awards 2010 LGBT person of the Year Won
2011 Serbian Oscar Of Popularity Best Female Folk Singer Nominated
2011 Serbian Oscar Of Popularity (Banja Luka) Best Female Pop Singer Won
2012 Music Festival at Vrnjacka Banja Album of the Year "Diva" Won
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