Emina Sandal

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Emina Jahović Sandal
Native name Емина Јаховић
Birth name Emina Jahović
Also known as
  • Diva
  • Penélope Cruz of the Balkans
  • Pop Princess
  • Turkish JLo
Born 15 January 1982 (1982-01-15) (age 32)
Novi Pazar, SR Serbia,
SFR Yugoslavia
(present-day Serbia)
Origin Novi Pazar, Belgrade
Genres traditional pop, teen pop, synthpop, soft rock, schlager, rhythm and blues, power pop, pop rock, indie pop, glam rock, Euro pop, Euro disco, electro-pop, easy listening, disco house, deep house, dance-pop, Britpop, bebop, ballad
Occupations Singer, performance artist, model, lyricist, dancer, composer, actress
Instruments Voice
Years active 2000–present
Labels City Records, EMY, Hayat Production, PGP RTS, Poll Production, Seyhan Müzik, Yada Prodüksiyon
Associated acts Mustafa Sandal, Dino Merlin, Cory Gunz, Goran Bregović, Mihalis Hatzigiannis, Saša Kovačević, Nataša Bekvalac, Nina Badrić, Zdravko Čolić, Hari Varešanović, Hari Mata Hari, Tolgahan Sayışman, Adriana Lima
Website eminaweb.com
Notable instruments
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Measurements 34–24–34 (US)
86½–60–86½ (EU)
Weight 57 kg (126 lb; 9.0 st)
Dress size 4 (US)
36 (EU)
Spouse(s) Mustafa Sandal
(m. 2008-present)
Relative(s) Mirsad Türkcan
Dina Džanković

Emina Jahović Sandal (born 15 January 1982) is a well-known Serbian-Turkish[1] singer-songwriter, model, and actress.

She is of Bosniak origin and is married to Mustafa Sandal, the leading Turkish pop star.

Biography[change | edit source]

Emina grew up in a Bosnian Muslim family in Novi Pazar, Serbia. Her brother is Mirsad Türkcan, the first Turkish basketball player to play in the NBA. She majored in Management at Braća Karić University in Belgrade.

She is 5'10" (178 cm) tall and is an official face of the Macedonian fashion label "Kara". She is quite popular across the entire area of former Yugoslavia and all around Eastern Europe. Emina is also known in Iran for her role in "Omre Gole Laleh" and is widely-recognized amongst the diaspora communities of the Former Yugoslavia in the United States.

Her sister-in-law is Dina Džanković, the last beauty queen to have the title of Miss Serbia and Montenegro.

She has two sons, Yaman (b. 2008) and Yavuz (2012).

Career[change | edit source]

In 2000, she won the youth festival Zlatna staza with the song "Samo ti, moja muziko". Her debut album "Tačka" was released in 2001 by Dino Merlin, the world-wide known artist.

In 2002, she participated in BH Eurosong with the song "U, la-la" and received an award at the Radio Festival in Sarajevo.

In 2003, she participated in the Sunčane Skale festival and won the third place with her song "Uzalud se budim". That made her one of the most popular artists in the former Yugoslav republics.

In 2005, she released her second album called "Radije ranije" through "City Records". In the 2005 Budvanski Festival she won the award for the best songwriter.

In 2008, Emina released her maxi single in English called "Exhale" in NYC. This album is produced by Bojan Dugić, the GRAMMY Awards voting member. Emina's 2008 video clip of "Još ti se nadam" is one of the most expensive music videos in Serbian music history.

In 2009, Emina Jahović's third studio album entitled "Vila" was released through PGP RTS.[2]

In 2010, she was nominated to represent Serbia at the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Ti kvariigro" that is composed by Goran Bregović for her.

She also performed in the 2013 Dosso Dossi Fashion Show on January 9, 2013 while Adriana Lima was on the runway.[3][4][5]

Emina Jahović Sandal is known for resemblance to the Spanish actress Penélope Cruz.[6][7][8][9]

Discography[change | edit source]

Albums[change | edit source]

  • Tačka (2002)
  • Radije ranije (2005)
  • Exhale (2008)
  • Vila (2009)

Singles[change | edit source]

  • Tačka (2002)
  • Osmi dan (2002)
  • Uzalud se budim (2003)
  • Tvoja greška (2005)
  • Dal' ona zna (2006)
  • Nije vise tvoja stvar (2006)
  • Pola ostrog noza (2006)
  • Cool žena (2007)
  • Exhale (2008)
  • Još ti se nadam ft. Saša Kovačević(2009)
  • Pile moje (2009)
  • Med ft. Dino Merlin (2009)
  • Ti kvariigro (2010)
  • Gospodine ft. Nataša Bekvalac (2011)
  • Posle mene (2011)
  • Beograd priča feat. Dženan Lončarević (2012)
  • Da mogu (2012)
  • Kimse Yok Mu? (2012)

International music charts[change | edit source]

Year Song Ranking Album
 Serbia  Bosnia and Herzegovina  Turkey  Greece  Bulgaria  United States  Slovenia  Croatia  Albania  Macedonia  Kosovo  Montenegro  Europe
2002 "Tačka" 5 4 5 Tačka
"U, la-la" 7 3 7 BH Eurosong
2005 "Dal' ona zna" 1 1 5 3 4 3 2 2 1 1 56 Radije ranije
2009 "Med" 2 1 3 5 7 4 5 2 1 71 Vila
"Još ti se nadam" 1 1 5 13 9 11 1 1 43
"Vila" 7 10 7 6
"Pile moje" 1 1 3 2 5 5 4 2 1 1 84
2010 "Ti kvariigro" 2 1 3 3 Eurosong
2011 "Gospodine" 1 1 2 2 1 1 Gospodine
2012 "Kimse Yok Mu?" 1 Kimse Yok Mu?

Filmography[change | edit source]

Country Year Title Role Notes
 Turkey 2010-2011 Lale Devri Lale Taşkıran Ilgaz Leading role (Show TV, FOX)
 Serbia 2011-2012 Polje lala Lala Taškran Ilgaž † Leading role (RTV Pink)
 Iran 2012 Omre Gole Laleh Laleh Tashkyran Aylgas Leading role

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