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Daniela Mercuri de Almeida Póvoas (born on July 28, 1965 in Salvador, Bahia), best known as Daniela Mercury, is a Latin Grammy Award-nominated Brazilian axé/MPB singer and occasional songwriter. Since her breakthrough, Mercury became one of the best known Brazilian female singers, selling almost eleven millions albums worldwide. As of the present date, she holds the record of being the female singer with most number-one songs in the official Brazilian Singles Chart, with fourteen.
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Canto da Cidade Rock in Rio
Rock in Rio Lisboa- Swing da Cor
Ile Perola Negra
Song Nobre Vagabundo in Portugal
Daniela and Roberto Carlos in a slow song:
The consacration of Daniela Mercury in Brazil with O Canto da Cidade had a strong repercussion in other countries and projected the artist abroad. Number one hits in Latin America translated into commercial success. To date she remains the best selling Brazilian artist in Argentina. In Uruguay more than 280,000 people attended her outdoor concert.
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With O Canto da Cidade just released, Mercury performed in Mexico’s Acapulco Festival, in the Montreal Festival and in New York. Mercury continued to focus on her international career with the CD and show Música de Rua that took her on new tours throughout Latin America, the U.S., and Europe.
Determined to push the frontiers of her music even further, Mercury embarked on a second international tour on the heels of the album Feijão com Arroz, increasing the number of countries and winning over more audiences compared to previous tours. Once again Mercury broke attendance records at the Festival of Latin Arts in New York’s Lincoln Center. Concerts in Miami and Boston sold out as well. For the first time, the artist included Portugal and Spain on her European tour. The press in these countries lauded Mercury with positive and stimulating reactions to her passage.
While the French market represented a challenge, Mercury’s Parisian show at La Cigale theatre sold out and solicited positive feedback from media outlets. Mercury’s 1997 show, coupled with the World Cup festivities held in the summer of 1998, made her the most successful Brazilian artist in France.
Feijão com Arroz stood as a phenomenon without precedents in Portugal: Mercury became the highest selling artist of all time (among Portuguese, foreign, and Brazilian artists).
The 2000 Sol da Liberdade tour consolidated her success abroad. In the U.S., critics lauded Mercury’s CD and concerts and began demonstrating a clear understanding of the importance of the new sound permeating Brazilian music. A two-month European tour took Mercury to Turkey and in Spain she was honored with the Ondas de Artista Latino Americano prize created by the Spanish mass media.
In 2005, Daniela Mercury commemorated a decade of live shows with the longest international tour in her career. She took Brazilian music and her high-energy shows to twenty cities in Europe, the U.S. and Canada. During the first half of the year she participated in Spain’s Carnaval accompanied by Carlinhos Brown. Together they rounded-up 400,000 people in Barcelona and 250,000 in Bilbao to the beat of their music.
On July 13 Mercury, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Jorge Benjor, Seu Jorge, Lenine and the Ilê Ayiê band were invited to participate in The Year of Brazil in France, as part of the festivities on the eve of Bastille Day in Paris. Mercury’s was the closing act of Viva Brasil and she concluded the spectacle on a high note.
Mercury’s international tours have always been met with critical acclaim. In the U.S. the Brazilian diva of samba-reggae was praised by the country’s leading newspapers, which highlighted the driving force behind her music and the rapterous nature of her shows. She was compared to Carmen Miranda as a Brazilian icon.
Mercury is committed to some social programs. She is an ambassador for UNICEF's UNAIDS, and for peace with UNESCO. She also performs at Rede Globo/UNICEF's annual charity event Criança Esperança for poor children. Additionally, she represents various non-profit social organizations.
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