Balan’s solo single “
” which featured vocals from American singer Katie DiCicco and production from Italian DJ Andrea Bertolini, was officially released in 2010. The song became a hit in Europe and made it into the top ten charts in several European countries, including Germany,
Romania, Russia, Greece, and the U.K., where it reached No. 7 on the U.K. Dance Chart.
The track received positive reviews from music critics. Nick Levine, from Britain’s
described “Chica Bomb” as “a sleek and reasonably sexy electro-house track with a nice bit of synthy bounce to it.” It became one of the five most played songs on Radio in Bulgaria
The video for the song was directed by
Balan re-recorded the single in Greece as a duet with Greek pop star
. The duo launched the new Greek version at the
MAD Video Music Awards
in Athens in May 2010.
The song continued its global dominance and Balan was invited as a special guest to the Russian music industry’s annual awards ceremony, the
, on June 11, 2010, where he performed the single.
The singer unveiled his next single, “Justify Sex” in July 2010 at the Europa Plus Live festival in Moscow. It reached number one on the Russian charts, where it remained for 43 weeks. A video for the song was directed by
, who shot the video in Los Angeles and based its concept around the movie
Friday the 13th
Following the success of two consecutive singles reaching number one on the charts, Balan decided to shift his focus to the Eastern European market. In the summer of 2010 he recorded lyrical song “Lepestkami Slez” as a duet with
, who he had met in New York. The song, Balan’s first in Russian, was released on October 29 and became his third consecutive number one single in Russia.
Its music video was shot by Ukrainian video director Sergei Solodky and earned over 24 million views on YouTube, becoming the most watched Russian-language music video in the history of Russian music.[
] The song was nominated for Best Duo at the awards for Russian music channel RU.TV in 2011.
He won a
Golden Gramophone Award
, Russia’s most prestigious music prize, for his single “Lepestkami Slez” at the 16th Golden Gramophone awards ceremony in the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow.
The artist was nominated for the Best Romanian Act for the fourth time at the
2010 MTV Europe Music Awards
Balan released a new English single “Freedom”, which featured American singer Corey Gibson and DJ Andrea Bertolini, in the spring of 2011. The song reached the Top 30 in Russia and the Ukraine, and eventually bowed at number two on the charts. In Romania, the single went to number four on the Romanian Top 100 in 2011. The song remained on the charts for a total of 49 weeks.
Balan started recording the video for “Freedom”, which was directed by Pavel Hudeakov in May 2011 in southern France. While recording for the song, the singer climbed up and stood on a steep cliff without protective equipment. In an interview after the official video was released, he said that the video was one of the most dangerous shootings of his career.
He released his second Russian single, “Lish do Utra,” on September 26, 2011. The song was recorded in studios in several countries, including Romania, the U.K., Russia and the U.S. In an interview, Balan explained that upon thinking the concept of the song, he had an immediate notion that the song would be best presented in the Russian language.
The single reached number one position on the Russian digital sales chart. He wrote the concept for the song’s music video himself and enlisted French director Steven Ada to direct the video.
The singer selected Ada because he wanted a director with a very particular, photographic eye for composition and light, who could convey the natural beauty of the waking day and contrast it with the two lovers sharing their last morning together. The video was filmed in
, with Balan starring opposite Ioana Raicu. The video premiered on October 25, 2011.
In April 2012, Balan released another Russian single, pop-rock song “Lyubi”. The song reached number one on the Top Hit Weekly Audience Choice, number thirteen on the Russian chart and number two on the Ukrainian chart.
The music video for the song was directed by
and starred Russian theater and film actress
Later that year, he was nominated for the best male singer award by the music channel Muz-TV.
and was named as Russia’s sexiest singer by online magazine Woman.ru at the RU.TV Russian music awards ceremony. He was also nominated for Best Singer and Best Song for “Lish do Utra”. On December 1, 2012, the singer won a Golden Gramophone award for the second year in a row for “Lish do Utra”.
Balan was also awarded the Krasnaya Zvezda award in nomination Best Songs of the Year for his single, which was one of the top twenty most popular songs of 2012 in Russia.
In November 2012, he announced that he was working on his latest album Freedom (Part 1) He recorded the album in several studios in the U.S., the U.K., Italy and Romania. The album was launched in the Arena Moscow Concert Hall
as part of a solo concert and included “Chica Bomb”, “Justify Sex”, “Lepestkami Slyoz” and “Freedom”. The album became popular in Russia and was certified gold.