Elena Alexandra Apostoleanu (Romanian pronunciation: [eˈlena aleˈksandra apostoˈle̯anu]; born October 16, 1986), better known simply as Inna, is a Romanian singer-songwriter and dancer. She is best known for becoming the first European female singer to surpass one billion hits on YouTube, having accomplished this milestone on February 2012.
Inna’s debut studio album, Hot, was an international success, appearing in many record charts around the world, and particularly popular in the United Kingdom where it reached number one. The album’s lead single of the same name also charted worldwide, topping in 2009 a United States year-end chart. The song won the award for the MTV Europe Music Award for Best Romanian Act at the 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards. It got Gold music recording sales certification in Italy, 3× Platinum in Norway and Platinum in Spain.
Inna’s second studio album, I Am the Club Rocker, was produced by Play & Win and received the Romanian Album of the Year award from her label Roton. Her third studio album, Party Never Ends was released in March 2013.
Inna has won numerous awards, including two MTV Europe Music Awards and over thirteen awards in three consecutive years at the MTV Romania Music Awards. As of May 2011, Inna has sold over 100,000 albums and over 600,000 singles in the United Kingdom. At the end of 2011 Inna became the richest recording artist in Romania and in Eastern Europe.