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Dorota Rabczewska, more popularly known as Doda, is a multi-awarded Polish singer, musician and actress who is best known for winning the MTV Europe Music Awards. She is notable for her innovative and controversial performances and music videos. She was first known as a member of the Polish rock band Virgin. After the group disbanded in 2007, she continued with a solo career.

In her youth, she was active in athletics for four years (long jump, 100 metres). She won the Voivodeship Championships for 100 and 60 meters, long jump and shot put. She also won bronze in the Polish Championships. She then quit sports for a musical career. She started her musical career in 1998 as a teenager, at the Buffo Theater in Warsaw.

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After auditioning at the age of 16, Doda became the vocalist of the Polish hard rock band Virgin. In 2002, they made their debut by releasing their first studio album titled "Virgin." It was promoted by two singles: "To Ty" and "Mam tylko Ciebie." To promote the band and the album further, Doda took part in the Polish version of the reality TV series called "The Bar."

Two years after their debut, the band released their second studio album called "Bimbo" on May 2004. The album debuted at number one on the Polish Album Sales Chart and was their first to be certified gold. The first single to be released from the album was "Dżaga" and it became their first mainstream hit.

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In 2007, Doda signed a solo contract with Universal Music Poland. She released her first solo studio album called "Diamond Bitch." It was preceded by the single "Katharsis," which was released in June. To promote the album, Doda embarked on her first solo concert tour called Diamond Tour – some concerts took place outside Poland – in Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States. The album went straight to number one on the Polish Album Sales Chart and stayed there for five consecutive weeks. It went platinum with sales of 45,000 units. "To jest to" was chosen as the second single to promote the album. However, the biggest hit, "Nie daj się" was released in June 2008. It received a huge radio airplay and topped many radio charts. It remains the biggest hit of Doda's solo career to date. In August 2008, the re-issue of "Diamond Bitch" was released. Later that year, Doda starred in the movie "Serce na dłoni" directed by Krzysztof Zanussi. In 2009, two final singles from "Diamond Bitch" were released: "Rany" and "Dziękuję."


During that time, Doda won eleven awards at VIVA Comet making her the most successful artist to have won that award in the world along with Tokio Hotel (they also won 11 awards). She won Video of the Year award for three years in a row and the Artist of the Decade award. She won two MTV Europe Music Awards for Best Polish Act and came second in the Best European Act category in 2009. At the 2008 National Festival of Polish Song in Opole Doda received a Superjedynka for the Best Artist.

In June 2010, Doda released the English-language version of the first single from her second studio album "Bad Girls." Her second studio album "7 pokus głównych" was released in May 2011 with her brand new electro-rock music style. The album was released with seven different covers, each representing different temptation; all covers are the same edition of the album. Songs from the album were also recorded in English and were meant to be released internationally under the title "The 7 Temptations." However, the material remains unreleased. Only few demos were uploaded onto Doda's official YouTube channel. These include "Let's Get It Started," "My Way or No Way," "XXX," and "Singing in the Chains," which earned her the 2014 World Music Award nomination for the World's Best Song.


"7 pokus głównych" was promoted during Doda's third headline tour, The Seven Temptations Tour, which began in May 2011 and lasted a year and a half. In September 2011, she received her third MTV Europe Music Award nomination for Best Polish Act. In November 2011 she became a columnist for the Polish edition of "Maxim" magazine, writing for their first two issues.

In February 2012, Doda released a song "Kac Wawa," the theme from the Polish comedy movie of the same name. She also won the VIVA Comet Award for Video of the Year for "XXX." By doing so, she surpassed the record previously held by Tokio Hotel and herself and became the only artist in the world to win 12 VIVA Comet Awards. It is also Doda's fourth Video of the Year award in a row. At the end of 2012, another single from "7 pokus głównych" was released. "Fuck It" was a collaboration with Polish rap legend Fokus. Its controversial music video with scenes of violence between both artists, was banned on TV. However, it managed to gain a popularity on the internet and on its premiere, the video was watched over a million times on YouTube. The last single from the album was an electro-ballad titled "Electrode," released in 2013.

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In December 2012, Doda signed a new recording deal with EMI Music Poland. She then began recording her third solo studio album. In May 2013, she embarked on a brand new, one-and-a-half-year Fly High Tour – the first in her career to be filmed and released on DVD as Fly High Tour – Doda Live. In October 2013, she released a single called "Wkręceni (High Life)," recorded for the Polish comedy movie "Wkręceni."

In 2014, she signed a new contract with her former label Universal Music Poland. On New Year's Eve 2014, she released a new single "Riotka." Its English-language version was recorded and released as "Not Over You." In May 2015, she began her fifth solo concert Riotka Tour. In June 2015, another single from her third solo studio album "Nie pytaj mnie" was released. Both "Riotka" and "Nie pytaj mnie" were written by Chelcee Grimes, who previously worked with Kylie Minogue and The Saturdays.

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