Hadise Açıkgöz (born 22 October 1985), is a Belgian-Turkish singer, dancer, songwriter, and television personality. Born and raised in Belgium, Açıkgöz came to fame after releasing her debut album “Sweat” (2005). The album spawned 5 singles and earned Açıkgöz both a TMF award (Belgium) and "Altın Kelebek" Award (Turkey). Açıkgöz established and maintained a successful career in both Belgium and Turkey with the release of her self-entitled album Hadise (2008).
In 2009, Açıkgöz represented Turkey at the Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Düm Tek Tek". The song gained a total of 177 points, placing Turkey fourth in the final round of the competition. "Düm Tek Tek" earned Açıkgöz her first number one single in Belgium and was followed-up with the release of her studio albums Fast Life, (2009) and Kahraman (2009). Açıkgöz has since focused on her career in Turkey with the release of her albums Aşk Kaç Beden Giyer? (2011) and Tavsiye (2014).
Açıkgöz was born in the city of Mol, located near the town Antwerp, on 22 October 1985. Her father and her mother, emigrated to Belgium from Sivas, Turkey. Açıkgöz grew up with older sister, Hulya, younger sister Derya and also a younger brother named Murat, her name was chosen by one of her grandparents, having originally being intended for her older sister. At the age of 11 Açıkgöz's parents separated.
Açıkgöz studies studied economics and modern languages, she is fluent in five languages, Turkish & Dutch (which are her native languages), French, German and English.
At the age of 17 and with the support of her family Açıkgöz participated in the first season of the show “Idool”, the Flemish version of the Pop Idol series. Açıkgöz failed to qualify for the finals, however, her appearance was acknowledged by her soon to be manager Johan Hendrickx. Hendrickx contacted Açıkgöz explaining how impressed he was with her performance on the show and offered her an album contract.
After signing to 2 Brain records, Açıkgöz recorded her debut single "Sweat", which was released in November 2004. Although a music video wasn't shot for the single, the song managed to peak at No. 19 on the Ultratop 50 singles chart. She later released the single "Stir Me Up" which gained popularity in both Belgium and especially Turkey, where the song became a huge hit in the summer of 2006. Açıkgöz then released her single "Milk Chocolate Girl", the biggest hit from her debut album, which peaked at No. 13 on the Ultratop 50. A year after releasing her debut single, in November 2005, Açıkgöz took on her first presenting role in Turkey for the show Popstars.
The self-titled, was originally intended to be named On High Heels, referring to the fact that she has grown enormously in her professional career and knowledge. Hadise began to work on her second studio album in December 2007. The album was recorded in several countries, including Belgium, France, Turkey and Italy. The lead single, "A Good Kiss", was released 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 singer Sezen Aksu, it become one of the most played songs in clubs in the summer of 2008. In Turkish, subsequently the single managed to peak at 3 on the Turkish Charts. She released two more singles in Belgium "My Body", which is her best-selling single in Belgium, until the release of "Düm Tek Tek", and "My Man and the Devil on His Shoulder", her first single not to chart on the Ultratop 50 chart. Also the song "My Body" became popular in the Balkan countries and started airing at the Bulgarian Balkanika TV's playlist.
Hadise has become the most successful album of Hadise's career so far, as it was the first album to enter the Belgium Album chart, at 19, it was the first album of Hadise's to be released onto iTunes.
In 2008, Açıkgöz 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 choreographers have worked with Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys and many more artists that are big in the game.
Due to leaked images of Hadise being affectionate with a male model, the music video "Deli Oğlan" generated controversy amongst those who considered the images to be 'racy' or 'erotic'. Hadise later removed these scenes from the video because of a disagreement with the male model.
2009–2010: Eurovision Song Contest, Fast Life and Kahraman
In 2007 Açıkgöz stated that she would never take part in the Eurovision Song Contest after her best friend Kate Ryan, who represented Belgium, failed to qualify for the final round of the contest. A year later in 2008 Hadise expressed her desire to participate in the contest representing Turkey instead of Belgium. Açıkgöz 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 preferred to represent Turkey as it was an internal selection rather than a public voting. On 24 October 2008 İbrahim Şahin, the general manager of Turkish broadcaster TRT, announced that Hadise had won an official poll beating out the likes of Şebnem Ferah to represent Turkish as the 2009 participant at the 54th Eurovision Song Contest.
It was revealed that Açıkgöz had complete control over the production of the song and was in charge of deciding the lyricist, composer, producer and the language of the song. It was later revealed by the Turkish newspaper "Sabah", that Açıkgöz presented three songs to TRT, who then chose the entry internally. The official music video for "Dum Tek Tek" was leaked online and was labelled as being too erotic. This was thought to be the reason why TRT didn't release the video; however Açıkgöz's manager Süheyl Atay denied these claims.
Açıkgöz began working on her third studio album, titled Fast Life, which she revealed on her official MySpace page, during her preparation for the Eurovision Song Contest. The album was released on 15 May 2009, a day prior to the Eurovision final. This was the first album from Açıkgöz to contain all English tracks. The album featured her Eurovision entry "Düm Tek Tek" along with the two other songs she penned to TRT to enter the Eurovision Song Contest with. These were "Double Life" and "Supernatural Love". "Düm Tek Tek" became Açıkgöz's first number one single in Belgium. Açıkgöz then released the single "Fast Life", which she stated was based on her lifestyle during her Eurovision experience. The single was released on 15 June 2009, along with a music video.
Just over a month after the release of Fast Life, Hadise officially released her first Turkish-language album, called Kahraman, on 19 June 2009. She collaborated with producers Sinan Akçıl, the producer of her Eurovision entry song "Düm Tek Tek", who also produced most of the album. Volga Tamöz and Erdem Kınay also helped working on some tracks. Like her album Fast Life, this album also features Hadise's Eurovision entry "Düm Tek Tek", along with the other two prossible songs, "Double Life" and "Supernatural Love", which were presented TRT. The tracks "Sirada" and "Kahraman" are the Turkish translation of Hadise's songs, from her album Fast Life, "On Top" and "Hero" respectively. "Evlenmeliyiz" (Turkish for "We Should Get Married") was released as the lead single and was released in July 2009, and has so far reached the top 40 in Turkey. This will be the second Turkish single from Hadise to have a music video. The album also contains her single "Düm Tek Tek" along with the other two songs Hadise presented TRT to enter the Eurovision Song Contest with, these were "Double Life" and "Supernatural Love".
2011–2013: Aşk Kaç Beden Giyer?
After her successful tour Hadise began to working on her second Turkish Album "Ask Kac Beden Giyer" with the first single "Superman" – the albums was released on 11 April 2011. The album quickly became a huge success in Turkey, with three singles released. The lead single "Superman" quickly began gaining airplay in Turkey, The two following singles "Ask Kac Beden Giyer" and "Mesajimi almistir o" were also huge commercial successes. One of the main reasons for Hadise's massive success in 2011–2012 was her role as judge on the Turkish TV show titled "O ses Turkiye" (Turkish version of "The Voice").
On 11 June 2012, Hadise released a single titled Biz Burdayız, which will serve as the lead single for her upcoming studio album. Besides the official version, a remix version of Biz Burdayız has also been released, featuring English vocals by rapper Kaan.
Hadise also remained a judge on O Ses Türkiye for its second season, which commended 1 October 2012.
In January 2014, it was reported that Açıkgöz would release both a 6th and 7th studio album. It was reported that Açıkgöz would release a Turkish album in April 2014 and this would be followed up by an English album to be released in the second half of 2014. Açıkgöz also stated that her older sibling, Hülya Açıkgöz, would be directing her upcoming and subsequent music videos. Açıkgöz revealed that Tavisye (En. Advice) would be the title of her Turkish album. When questioned about the title of the album Açıkgöz said that she had a song with the same title and she felt that the collection of songs on the album contained advice for women, hence why she chose this title.
The debut single from the album was confirmed to be Nerdesin Aşkım. The music and lyrics were provided by Alper Narman and Onur Özdemir, the arrangement was done by İskender Paydaş and Hülya Açıkgöz directed the music video. As of March 2015 the music video has accumulated over 37 million views on YouTube. The second single from Tavsiye was Prenses. The music video was also directed by “Hülya Açıkgöz” and as of August 2015 has been viewed over 90 million times on YouTube.
In 2006, Hadise presented Popstar Türkiye, 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 presenter of the second season of X Factor (Belgium) at Vtm. Although it was her first television job in Belgium, Hadise garnered much praise. She handled a critical moment when Maurice Engelen, one of the judges, left the contest during a live television cast. Hadise was also praised by the candidats of X Factor for guiding them. From 2011–present, Hadise is working as one of the judges of the Turkish version of singing competition show "The Voice".
Hadise has said she admires artists such as Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Janet Jackson, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey and Prince (musician). Hadise's songs have also clearly been influenced by Turkish music, making her songs rather unusual, as it 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". Many people have compared Hadise to American R&B singer Beyoncé Knowles. Her fans affectionately call her most famous Turkish star worldwide.
Products and endorsements
It was announced that Hadise signed a deal with 'Yedigun', a Turkish Soda company for a promotional deal, which includes her featuring in TV commercials, on Billboards and taking part in a summer tour.
In the Turkish city of Antalya, there is a women's hair salon named after Hadise.
Hadise, along with many other artists, performed for a Cancer research concert in Belgium. Hadise was the opening act for the event and the concert ended up raising 1.6 million Euros.
In September 2009, Hadise donated her time in support of the "Schools without Bullying" campaign in Belgium. During a press conference held by the organization, Hadise explained how as a child she "was bullied for her cloths" and even "because of her origin". Hadise explained that she wanted to be part of the project because she loves children and having been a graduate herself, she understands how there is no place for bullying.
* A Deluxe Edition was scheduled for a 2006 release.
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.