Friday, March 13, 2009

Hanna Pakarinen - When I Become Me

Hanna Pakarinen is a Finnish pop and pop rock singer who rose to fame as the winner of the first series of the Finnish singing competition Idols in 2004. She participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2007.Immediately after winning Idols, Pakarinen signed a recording contract with Sony BMG and she released her debut single "Love Is Like A Song", which debuted at number one on the Finnish singles chart, a position it held for four non-consecutive weeks. Her debut album When I Become Me was released in June 2004, five months after her win on Idols, and debuted at number two on the Finnish albums chart. Although it held the number two spot for a total of five weeks and stayed within the top five for ten weeks, the album did not manage to reach the number one position. However, it was still a huge success and to date has been cerified double platinum for the sale of 60,000 copies in Finland alone. Although a second single was not released commercially from the album, the songs "Heaven", "Fearless", "How Can I Miss You" and the title track "When I Become Me" were released as promotional singles in order to support the album, with "How Can I Miss You" becoming Pakarinen's first music video. Pakarinen also embarked on her first nationwide tour as a recording artist named the When I Become Me Tour, which received excellent reviews and sold out at every venue.

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