Akcent (pronounced "accent", not "ak-cent"), originally a wordplay on accent is a multi-certified, award-winning Romanian dance pop act whose members sing in Romanian, English, and Spanish. The group consists of Adrian Sînă, the creator of the group. In late 1998, he was joined by Romanian pop singer Ramona Barta to create the duo called Akcent. The two released their debut single — "Ultima vara" (The last summer) along with the debut album, entitled Senzatia - The Sensation. After a spare of time, the duo disbanded and Sina brought Marius Nedelcu, Mihai Gruia and Sorin Brotnei to the group, changing it from a mixed duo to a Boyband. They came to prominence once with the release of their hit single "Ti-am promis" (I promised you).
The climax of the group's career was the international release of their breakthrough single "Kylie", the English version of their internal hit "Dragoste de inchiriat". The song reached the peak position in many European charts and fared well enough in countries such as the Netherlands and France. They even participated in the Selecția Națională, with hopes of representing Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest. They united with pop singer Nicoleta Matei and entered the song "Jockero" which failed to win. Nevertheless, it became yet another number-one single on the Romanian Top 100 for the band. All through late 2000s and early 2010s, their success was continued.
In the second half of 2013, after some disclosures, Mihai Gruia and Sorin Brotnei left the band.
Adrian Claudiu Sînă, born and raised in Baia Mare, Maramureș, created the project in 1998. At that time, it consisted of him and his female counterpart, Ramona Barta. The two sent their debut single to nationwide mainstream radio stations as early as 1999. The song "Ultima vara" (The Last Summer) managed to reach the top-twenty of many airplay charts. The duo also released a studio album — Senzatia - The Sensation. After some changes occurred, the duo changed into a boyband, due to Sina, who introduced Marius Nedelcu, Mihai Gruia and Sorin Brotnei to the project. Their debut album, entitled În culori was released in Romania on January 10, 2002 and included the hit single "Ţi-am promis". They rose to fame instantly, as "Ti-am promis" (I promised you) reached the summit of the Romanian Top 100 during winter 2001. Also, the album became one of the most successful albums in the country's recent history. It received a Gold certification within three weeks. Some months later, it was eventually certified Platinum by the Uniunea Producătorilor de Fonograme din România. During this time, they also won multiple MTV Romania Music Awards as well.
In 2003, the band released their third studio album, entitled 100 BPS. Its title refers to the intensity of heartbeat during the performance of a kiss. It included their number-one single "Buchet the trandafiri" (Bunch of roses). Their fourth album, Poveste de viata (Life story) was also a huge success for the phenomenon band. It included hits like "Spune-mi (Hey Baby!)".
But the climax of their success was completed once with the release of their studio album S.O.S. and its lead single "Dragoste de inchiriat" (love for rent). It became their signature song and hit number-one in Romania, both digitally and in airplay. Due to its immense success, the song was re-written in English and it was released to the international market as "Kylie" (an ode to Kylie Minogue) and managed to become a radio hit in countries like the Turkey, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Greece or Ukraine. Akcent's debut English album French Kiss with Kylie was released in Europe on August 23, 2006 and it included their two smash hit singles, "Kylie" and "Jokero". Their song "French Kiss" (the English version of "9 mai") is a cover of "Extemporal ned.
In 2008, Adrian Sînă was commissioned to produce Akcent's album Fără lacrimi ("No Tears"). The international hit singles "That's My Name", "Stay with Me" and "Lover's Cry" were all produced by Mr Sina. In 2009, Adrian Sina also produced the "True Believers" album, and it has been one of Akcent's most successful to date. The album included the hits "That's My Name", "Stay with Me," "Lover's Cry," and Tears". Also in 2009 Akcent was nominated & won the Balkan Music Awards for Best Duet/Group. Because of the success of “That’s My Name," the song along with "Stay with me"; was released through U.S. record label Ultra Records, Warner Music Group in Scandinavia, Turkey, Italy, Greece and more. The single was also included on the "Just Dance: Vol 3" compilation album released by The Island Def Jam Music Group in 2010. So with the multi platinum album, the band started performing worldwide. Akcent also made a music video for the single "Love Stoned" filmed in the Sahara Desert.
The new decade
In 2011, Akcent signed a recording contract with Robbins Entertainment and in May 2012 “My Passion” was officially released in the United States. Then came the song "Feelings on Fire," which featured Ruxandra Bar and a music video that was filmed with the guys driving sports cars; in Romania, on Transfagarasan. Akcent group member Adrian Sina also became a judge of X Factor (Romania season 1) the same year. 2012 was a busy and successful year for Akcent with touring & more hits. In January, Akcent released the single called "I'm Sorry" featuring pop singer Sandra N. The single was later licensed to Disco Wax records and distributed by Sony Music Entertainment in the United Kingdom, Finland and Denmark. Several of Akcent's singles have been added to dance compilations and/or released singularly off of different major recording labels including Warner Music Group, Universal Music Group and Ministry of Sound to name a few.
In the summer of 2012, Akcent released another single entitled "Chimie Intre Noi" ; translation "Chemistry between us", produced by group member Adrian Sina. In September 2012, the group embarked on a U.S. tour, performing sold out shows in New York City, NY and Chicago, Illinois. Akcent signed with Shakir Entertainment Management in New York City on November 26, 2012. As of December 2012, the groups music videos and songs on YouTube have been viewed close to 1 billion times and they have 2 million fans on Facebook. Akcent is the only international pop act to perform live in Pakistan several times within the past 2 years. Akcent's hit single "My passion" made it into the #32 spot on the KNHC Seattle,WA FM radio station top 89 of 2012 New Year's Eve countdown.
In the second half of 2013, the band split after a quarrel leaving Sina as the only member of the project.
As of September 2013, Adrian Sina is the internal male artist with the most chart entries on the Romanian Top 100. Overall, only artists like Madonna or Rihanna have more entries than him.