Akcent Biography (Wikipedia)
Akcent is a Romanian dance pop act whose members sing in Romanian, English and Spanish.
Akcent was founded by Adrian Claudiu Sînă in 1999, along with female vocalist Ramona Barta. At the time, Adrian worked as a DJ at Radio contact. Their debut album Senzatzia, released in 2000 as cassette only, was electro-pop. It contained the song Ultima Vara (Last summer), which was a summer hit in Romania. Then Ramona left, and 3 nice-looking boys took her place: Sorin Brotnei, Mihai Gruia and Marius Nedelcu. Akcent had become a boys band. The second album În culori was released in Romania on January 10, 2002 and was certified gold within the 3 first weeks. It included the single "Ţi-am promis".
In 2003, they released their third album 100 BPM, featuring the songs "Buchet de trandafiri" (bouquet of roses) and "Suflet pereche" (soulmate), which were quite successful. Then in 2004 came the album Poveste de viață (Story of a life), with a radical change of style.
Following the steps of O-zone, they gained international recognition with their European hit "Kylie" (#21 in France, also a small hit in North America), which was the English version of the song "Dragoste de inchiriat". Followed their first album in English French Kiss With Kylie, composed with Gigi d'Agostino, and released in Europe on August 23, 2006. Then came the single Jokero which competed to represent Romania at ESC 2006, but was not selected. Then, they released a best of album entitled Primul Capitol and started an international tour. Follow-up single "French Kiss" (English version of 9 mai) was a cover of Stela Enache's "Extemporal la dirigenţie".