Hadise Açıkgöz, (born October 22, 1985 in Mol, Belgium), best known as just Hadise, is a popular TMF award winning Belgian-Turkish R&B singer-songwriter and an occasional presenter.
In 2005, Hadise released her debut album, "Sweat". The album spawned 5 hit singles, most noticably the singles "Milk Chocolate Girl", "Bad Boy" and "Stir Me Up", for which Hadise won an "Altın Kelebek" (Golden Butterfly) award in Turkey.
She then released her self-entitled studio album, "Hadise", in both Belgium and Turkey, which spawned the hit singles "A Good Kiss/"Deli Oğlan", "My Body" and "Aşkkolik".
She is currently in the process of making her third studio album and also preparing to represent Turkey in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 with the song "Düm Tek Tek". Hadise will be the first singer not born in Turkey to represent the country.
She is known for the unique songs, which experiment with R&B, Turkish Pop and dance music. She is also the lyricist for most of her songs which earned her critical acclaim.
Hadise was born in the town of Mol, near Antwerp in Belgium on 22 October 1985. Her parents are of Circassian descent and came from Sivas, Turkey and migrated to Belgium where they settled in the town of Moles. Hadise has two sisters and one brother; Hadise's name (meaning 'event' or 'occurrence') was her grandfather's idea and was actually intended for Hadise's older sister.
From an early age Hadise knew that she wanted to pursue a career in music, and although she has been a professional singer since the age of 16, she still continued her education and thus gained a BA in Marketing. She speaks several languages; Turkish, Dutch, English, French and German included.
Hadise rose to fame in 2003 when she entered the Flemish version of Pop Idol, at the age of 17. She was offered a record contract after her performance on the show, in recognition of her talent.
Soon after her appearance on Idool 2003, Hadise received a call from the manager of 2Brain records, Johan Hendrickx, who was impressed with her performance on the show and he offered her an album contract. Hadise's debut single "Sweat" which was released in November 2004 peaked at #19 on the Ultratop 50 singles chart. She later released the single Stir Me Up which gained popularity in both Turkey and Belgium. Hadise then released her single Milk Chocolate Girl, the biggest hit from her debut album, which peaked at #13 on the Ultratop 50. A year after releasing her debut single, in November 2005, Hadise released her debut album Sweat, on which she collaborated with Yves Gaillard.
Hadise presented "Popstars", which was a huge success for her as the programme attracted an average audience of twenty million viewers every week.
2008-present: Release of "Hadise"
Hadise began to work on her second studio album in December 2007. The album was recorded in many countries, including Turkey, France, Belgium and Italy. Hadise released the lead single, "A Good Kiss", in October 2007. This became her sixth consecutive single to chart on the Belgian "Ultratop 50". The song was also successful in Turkey, where it became her first single to chart on the "Turkish Billboard Chart". The song was later translated into Turkish by Sezen Aksu, becoming one of the most played songs in clubs in the summer of 2008.
She released two more singles in Belgium "My Body", which is her best-selling single in Belgium so far, and "My Man and the Devil on His Shoulder", her first single not making the Ultratop 50 chart.
In 2008, Hadise appeared on Serdar Ortaç's album Nefes on a track called "Düşman". In July 2008, Hadise revealed that she met Kevin Federline during her trip to the USA and told the media that he had produced some music for her to use on a future album. A new video has surfaced of hadise telling belgian viewers that her future album will include urban beats and some of the producers and cherographers have worked with Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys and many more artists that are big in the game.
From October 2008, Hadise presented the Flemish version of X-factor
Although Hadise said in 2007 that she would never take part in the Eurovision Song Contest after her friend Kate Ryan failed to win the final, Hadise announced in 2008 she would like to take part in the contest representing Turkey and on October 24, 2008 Hadise was confirmed as the Turkish representative at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009. She had been the favourite to represent Turkey as she has won numerous online polls. In late October İbrahim Şahin, the general manager of Turkish broadcaster TRT announced that Hadise had won the poll held by TRT to determine the act to represent Turkey and they therefore had chosen Hadise.
Hadise had complete control over the production of the song for the Eurovision Song Contest. She decided the lyricist, composer, producer and the language of the song- English and as revealed by the Turkish newspaper "Sabah", Hadise eventually presented three songs to TRT, which then chose the entry internally.
Hadise told Belgian newspapers she wanted to represent Turkey instead of Belgium because she has already won many Belgian awards and also because the Eurovision Song Contest isn't popular in Belgium anymore, whereas it is in Turkey.
She also said that she prefered to represent Turkey as it was an internal selection rather than a public voting.
There were rumors that Hadise chose to represent Turkey rather than Belgium, because of a secret financial deal On December 31, 2008 the song was revealed to be Düm Tek Tek.
At the start of February 2009 Hadise began travelling Europe as part of her promotional tour for Eurovision. The tour began on February 5 in Malta, and will continue until the May 5, a week prior to the first Eurovision semi-final takes place.
In 2006 Hadise presented Turkiye Popstar, a programme with twenty million viewers a week.
In 2008-2009 she got a job as a presenter for the first time in her birth country Belgium. She was the main and only presenter of the second season of X Factor (Belgium) at Vtm. Although it was her first television job in Belgium, Hadise did a good job. She handled a critical moment where one of the judges left the contest during live television. Hadise was also praised by the candidats of X Factor for guiding them.
Hadise has rejected two offers to star in a film. One of the parts was the leading role in a Turkish movie. Not much is known about this film, apart from the fact that the film supposedly focused on 2 sisters, one of whom was to be played by Hadise.
In July 2008 Hadise was again offered a role in a Turkish comedy film. Although she turned down the two previous offers, she is still considering the part and it has been suggested she may take the offer as she is interested in the part and is currently reading through the script.
Hadise is known for being in strict secrecy about her personal life, especially about her romantic relationships. This is a result of her growing up with Turkish traditions and caring about family. Has been named "a loyal girlfriend" by several magazines, Hadise never went public with any of her relationships.
Several criticism surfaced about Hadise's racy image, leading the artist to say that "Some Turks think it is great, but others find it over the top".
Hadise was later criticised for her music video "Deli Oğlan", prior to its release. Images of Hadise with a male model were leaked online and some Turkish media condemned the video as too erotic.Hadise later removed these scenes from the video because of an disagreement with the male model. Hadise was asked in an interview on the "MTV Türkiye" show 'BeniMTV' (My MTV), about her feelings on the response to the video images, but refused to comment.
Hadise has said she admires artists such as Christina Aguilera, Janet Jackson, Alicia Keys and Mariah Carey. Hadise's songs have also been influenced by Turkish music, which came across in her music making her a rather unique artist, as she fuses R&B and Turkish pop. Examples of songs by her combining a strong Turkish slant with an Urban feel include Stir Me Up, Bad Boy, A Good Kiss and "Don't Ask".