Zeljko Joksimovic Overview

Željko Joksimović or often credited Zeljko Joksimovic ( , (pronounced ); born 20 April 1972 in Belgrade, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia) is a po***r Serbian Serbs singer, songwriter and producer record producer . He is also well-known in Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia Republic of Macedonia , Croatia, Slovenia, Greece, Germany, Austria and other European countries. He represented Serbia and Montenegro in the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Lane moje", where he finished on the 2nd place, behind Ukrainian Ukraine singer Ruslana.

 
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Early beginnings


Željko Joksimović was born on 20 April 1972 in Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia. The years of growing up and education bond him with Valjevo.

1999-2004: Amajlija, Vreteno and 111

In 1999, he made a deal with the City Records music label owned by a private Serbian television station RTV Pink. His first style of singing was folk and pop. In 1999 he released his first studio album called Amajlija Amajlija (album) where the song "Pesma Sirena" was included together with 7 other songs. He got his real success with the single "Telo Vreteno" which was written by himself and Dragan Brajić - Braja. The song got on #1 on the charts all over Serbia. In 2000 he released his second studio album Vreteno named after his song. The album marked the songs "Rintam" and "Zaboravljaš". Both of them got music videos together with "Telo Vreteno". With this album he made his real breakthrough within all the former Yugoslav SFR Yugoslavia countries. 111, his third studio album marked his career. He was on #1 in the Serbian and other local charts. In 2003, Joksimović wrote the song "Čija Si" for Macedonian Macedonians (ethnic group) music legend Toše Proeski with which he won Beovizija Beovizija 2003 - The Serbian festival for choosing a representative for the Eurovision Song Contest. However Proeski did not go to the contest that year, but represented his home country Macedonian in 2004 with "Life Life (Toše Proeski song) ".


2004: Eurovision Song Contest 2004

, Turkey.

For the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest Eurovision Song Contest 2004 , Serbia and Montenegro decided their entrant through Evropesma 2004, where it was decided, through the use of 8 judges (4 from Montenegro and 4 from Serbia) and televoting. Joksimović won the contest with the song "Lane Moje". The music was written by Željko himself; the lyrics were written by Leontina Vukomanović. This was Serbia and Montenegro's debut at the contest. In the semi-final, Joksimović finished first. However, in the final he placed second behind Ukrainian Ukraine singer Ruslana, but did win "The Macel Bezencon Press award" (Best Composer Award). "Lane Moje" was the best selling single in Serbia and Montenegro and rest of Europe for many months. This success gave a special tone to his musical opus and the songs he made after.


2004-2007: After Eurovison, IV and Platinum Collection



After the success in the Contest, the same year, Željko Joksimović founded MINACORD PRODUCTION. Since then, he works and composes in his own studio. In middle time he composed and released the single "Ledja o Ledja" which gained a large po***rity over the countries where Željko usually performs. In 2005, he once again composed a song for Serbia and Montenegro's national pre-selection for Eurovision called Beovizija. Željko composed the ballad "Jutro" (Morning) which was performed by Jelena Tomašević. The song seemed well-placed to make it to the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 contest in Kiev, after it emerged as the highest-scoring qualifier from the Serbian pre-selection, but ultimately missed out to win. In October 2005, he composed and performed a duet with Austrian Austrians singer Tamee Harrison. The song was titled I Live my Life For You" which was a success throughout Europe. Around this time, Željko wrote his first film score. In cooperation with Cobra production he composed music for the movie Ivkova slava (Ivko's slava). The same year he released his fourth studio album IV IV (Željko Joksimović album) ' or just Ima nešto u tom što me nećes. In this album he changed the music style that was typical about him. The songs in the album are pop Pop music ballads with some ethnic Serbian folk Serbian folk elements. The CD sold over 800,000 copies over former Yugoslavia. In 2006, he composed the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 song Lejla for Bosnia and Herzegovina, performed by Hari Mata Hari. The song finished in third place, making it Bosnia's best performance in the contest. He also won the prestigious Best Composer Award (COMPOSERAWARD 2006), assigned to Željko by all composers who participated in that festival. In 2007 he released his second greatest hits compilation called Platinum Collection Platinum Collection (Željko Joksimović) . The same year, in front of 18,000 people Joksimović made a concert where he sang all of his hits in the Belgrade Arena.


2008-2010: Eurovision hosting and Ljubavi

during the first semi-final.
In early 2008, Željko Joksimović composed a song that was performed by Jelena Tomašević in the Serbian national final for the Eurovision song selection, Beovizija 2008, called "Oro" . The song is a folk ballad with traditional folk Serbian elements. Because the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 has been won by Serbia, the contest that year came in the country. On 24 March 2008 it was announced by the 2008 Eurovision organisers RTS Radio Television of Serbia that together with Jovana Janković he would host the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 in Belgrade, giving him two roles in the contest.
Studio albums

* 1999 Amajlija Amajlija (album) [City Records]
* 2001 Vreteno [City Records]
* 2002 111 111 (album) [City Records]
* 2005 IV IV (Željko Joksimović album) [City Records]
* 2009 Ljubavi Ljubavi (album) [Minacord]


Live albums

* 2008


Compilations

* 2003 The Best Of Željko Joksimović
* 2007 Platinum Collection Platinum Collection (Željko Joksimović)


Singles

* 2004 Željko Joksimović - Leđa o leđa [City Records]
* 2004 Željko Joksimović - Lane moje CD+DVD [PGP RTS]
* 2004 Željko Joksimović - Lane moje/Goodbye (maxi-single) [Warner Music Group]
* 2005 Željko Joksimović & Tamee Harrison - I live my life for you [Warner Music]
* 2007 Željko Joksimović - Devojka [Minacord]
* 2007 Željko Joksimović - Nije do mene [Minacord]
* 2008 Željko Joksimović - Ono nase sto nekad bejase [Minacord]


Duets

* 2002 Haris Džinović - Šta će meni više od toga
* 2005 Dino Merlin -
* 2005 Tamee Harrison -


Soundtracks

* 2005 "Ivkova slava", (Željko Joksimović, Jelena Tomašević & Nikola Kojo) [Minacord - City Records]
* 2009 [Minacord - City Records]


Other works

* 2003 Toše Proeski - Song Cija Si - Composer: Zeljko Joksimovic, Album: Den Za Nas/Dan Za Nas
* 2005 Nava Medina - Song: Malah Shomer - Composer: Zeljko Joksimovic
* 2006 Hari Mata Hari - Song: Lejla - Composer: Zeljko Joksimovic, Album: Lejla [BiH]
* 2007 Tose Proeski - Song: Nesanica - Composer: Zeljko Joksimovic, Album: Igra Bez Granica
* 2009 Halid Bešlic - Song: "Miljacka" - Composer: Zeljko Joksimovic, Album: Halid08 Bešlić
* 2008 Jelena Tomasevic - Song: Oro - Composer: Zeljko Joksimovic, Album: Oro [PGP -RTS]
* 2008 Eleftheria Arvanitaki - Song: To Telos mas Des - Composer: Zeljko Joksimovic, Album: Mirame Universal Music
* 2008 Melina Aslanidou - Song: Poso - Composer: Zeljko Joksimovic, Album: Best of - Sto dromo Sony BMG
*2008 Song: Nikola Tesla (Instrumental) - Composer: Zeljko Joksimovic feat. Jelena Tomasevic Album: [Protasis]
 

 

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