When Bleona first began her long musical journey as a child in Albania, little did she know that her travels would eventually lead her to America, or that her songs would inspire people all over the world. When her next hit single, “FUIF (F*** You I’m Famous)” is released on iTunes September 15th, it will bring Bleona’s no compromise attitude and wicked sense of humor booming out of sound systems everywhere, letting her fans know that they should never take “no” for an answer.
Bleona’s message of unwavering independence has been a component of her music and her stage show since her earliest live performances. At the age of 15, Bleona surprised her audience by unveiling a pair of blue, patent leather pants under her full length shawl. Although this would not appear shocking by American standards, in Albania this slight bit of stagecraft was seen as outrageous and rebellious. Nevertheless, this stunt got Bleona noticed by the national press and she became a celebrity overnight. From here on out, everybody was wondering what this girl was going to do next.
Bleona Qereti knew she wanted to maintain a career in entertainment, but, as she tells it, there was no such thing for somebody living in Albania at the time. “At that time,” Bleona recounts, “Albania was a suppressed, politically volatile country, so performing, as a career, was not an option.” Bleona soldiered on though, forging her own trail in an industry that, basically, hadn’t been invented in Albania yet. Not only did she bring American style performance to the stages of her native country, she was also the first artist in Albania to produce a full-length pop music album, and a pop music video.
Essentially, Bleona was an entertainment industry pioneer in her native country of Albania, and when “F*** You I’m Famous” is released on iTunes September 15th, America too can experience the magic.