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Holly Valance (1983)

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Holly Valance (born Holly Rachel Vukadinović on 11 May 1983) is an Australian-British actress, singer, and model. Valance began her career as Felicity "Flick" Scully on the Australian soap opera Neighbours. In 2002 she released her first album, Footprints, which included the international number-one hit single "Kiss Kiss".

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 music career
Valance's first single as a recording artist was a cover of the Turkish singer Tarkan's "Kiss Kiss" (composed by the Turkish "diva" Sezen Aksu), released in 2002. The song entered both the Australian Recording Industry Association and UK Singles Charts charts at No. 1 in April/May 2002. The director's cut version of the music video was notable in that Valance appeared to be dancing naked. She revealed that she was topless but also wearing flesh-coloured underwear. The footage was digitally retouched adding strategically placed lighting effects. The song was nominated for four ARIA Music Awards.

Valance's next single, "Down Boy" peaked at #2 in the UK and at #3 in Australia. Her first album, Footprints, was released on 14 October 2002. It peaked in its first week at #9 in the UK and #15 in Australia. The album's third and final single "Naughty Girl" peaked at #3 in Australia and at No. 16 in the UK. In 2003, the first single "State of Mind" from Valance's second album State of Mind peaked in its first week #8 in the UK and at #14 in Australia, but the album did not reach the top 50 in either country.

Valance has also featured in other music videos, first in 2000 when she appeared in Human Nature's music video "He Don't Love You", and again in 2009 with the British electro-pop newcomer Frankmusik in the video for his single "Confusion Girl".

 Legal troubles
In 2003 Valance fired her then-manager Scott Michaelson by telephone, 15 months before his contract was due to expire. Biscayne Partners Pty Ltd sued Valance Corp., won the case and was awarded damages by the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

During the trial Valance's mother claimed that Michaelson was negligent in his duties as a manager, which forced her to take over from him. The former Neighbours co-star Kym Valentine also gave evidence that Valance "said she was feeling bad, a bit stressed out, because she was leaving Scott" and that "she said the solicitors for her record company would get her out of the contract and would be faxing him the paper work to do so." In court, Valance denied that she had said this to Valentine, even though she had signed an affidavit stating she had no recollection of the conversation.

Justice Clifford Einstein said, "I have given close consideration to the question of whether or not the circumstances presently before the Court which do, it seems to me, show a calculated disregard of the rights of Biscayne as well as a cynical pursuit of benefit". The court subsequently ordered Valance Corp. pay $350,000 to Biscayne Partners Pty. Ltd. Of this amount, $47,264.56 was "from shares Ms Valance and Mr Michaelson had bought together on the London Stock Exchange", though the court did not award in favour of Biscayne getting a percentage of sales of her album, State of Mind.

Following the legal problems and poor sales from the album State of Mind, Valance was reportedly dropped from her recording company. She denied this stating, "I asked to be released, but Warner refused, so I hung out for a year until the contract expired. We parted on good terms." Valance later confirmed she is no longer interested in recording music, telling Men's Style magazine:

"No one can make any money. It was a really tough slog and I had a good go at it, but it was difficult. You put in so much effort and put in so many long hours for not much return. I was making all my money from endorsements and appearances, but I didn't make that much from the actual record sales. I think everyone is suffering in the music industry. It wasn't just me. I do something until it's not fun any more and then move on. Music wasn't fun any more."

However, in 2005 Valance returned to music, albeit briefly, when she appeared on Har Mar Superstar's album The Handler singing on the tracks "Back the Camel Up" and "Body Request".

Valance confirmed in an interview with Zoe Ball on 25 December 2011 on Strictly Come Dancing, that she is currently back in the studio recording her third album entitled "Unleash The Freak". The title single with the same name will be released on 6 January 2012.

 personal life
Valance was born to an English mother from Southampton and an ethnic Serb father originally from Montenegro. She has two sisters, Coco and Olympia, and all three have dual Australian-British citizenship. Valance grew up in Melbourne and moved to the UK when she was 18. After two years in the UK, she spent seven years in Los Angeles. Returning to the UK in 2009, she is presently resident in London with property developer Nick Candy. The couple announced their engagement on 22 December 2011. While vacationing in the Maldives for Christmas break.

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Name Duration Released
Superstar 03:42 13/08/2009
Voodoo 03:43 13/08/2009
Narcotic 03:40 13/08/2009
No Feelings 04:01 13/08/2009
Better Than She 03:27 13/08/2009
Curious 03:10 04/02/2008
Desire 03:37 04/02/2008
Double Take 02:59 04/02/2008
Everything I Hate 03:27 04/02/2008
Action 03:33 04/02/2008
State of Mind 03:20 04/02/2008
Somebody out There 03:58 04/02/2008
Hypnotic 03:45 04/02/2008
Over 'n' Out 03:12 04/02/2008
Tongue-Tied 04:03 04/02/2008
Roll Over 03:21 04/02/2008
Ricochets 03:42 04/02/2008
Naughty Girl 03:23 14/10/2002
Down Boy 03:26 14/10/2002
Help Me Help You 03:36 14/10/2002
Tuck Your Shirt In 03:19 14/10/2002
Harder They Come 03:38 14/10/2002
Kiss Kiss 03:25 14/10/2002
All in the Mind 03:47 14/10/2002
Hush Now 03:33 14/10/2002
Twist 03:46 14/10/2002
Whoop 03:24 14/10/2002
Send My Best 04:25 14/10/2002
Cocktails and Parties 04:02 14/10/2002
Connect 03:10 14/10/2002
City Ain't Big Enough 03:38 14/10/2002

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