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Peaking at number one in 11 countries, it became Europe's second biggest selling album of the year. Its lead single " Left Outside Alone " remained at number one on the European Billboard chart for 15 weeks and helped Anastacia launch the most successful European tour by a solo artist that same year.
Her cover album It's a Man's World was followed by a sixth studio album Resurrection , which reached the top ten in the European charts. Her Ultimate Collection was released in and peaked in the top ten of the UK charts, giving the singer her sixth top ten album in Britain. As of , she has reported world-wide sales of more than 50 million. During her life Anastacia has battled many health problems. She was diagnosed with Crohn's disease at age 13, breast cancer at age 34, and supraventricular tachycardia at age In Anastacia was diagnosed with breast cancer for a second time.
On October 1, to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Anastacia informed the media that she had undergone a double mastectomy. Anastacia was born in Chicago, Illinois;  her late father Robert Newkirk of German descent was a club-singer and her mother Diane Hurley of Irish descent an actress on Broadway. Anastacia was diagnosed with Crohn's disease   when she was thirteen. The incurable bowel disease led to an operation where surgeons cut directly through her stomach muscles removing a foot of the singer's intestines, causing Anastacia to be wheelchair bound and needing to learn how to walk again.
Despite her ongoing health problems Anastacia continued to pursue her ambitions for the next decade. Anastacia started her career in  as a dancer for hire. Her first claim to fame was as a professional dancer dancer for hire , making regular appearances in the mids and earlys on MTV's Club MTV. She sang back-up vocals on pop star Tiffany 's New Inside album in That same year the singer recorded a collaboration with David Morales called " Forever Luv ", again however Anastacia failed to get a record deal.
Throughout the mid 90s although producers claimed to be intrigued by her voice's unusual tone, Anastacia would be continuously told that 'her sound just didn't quite fit into any category'. By , Anastacia had become the member of a band called The Kraze which she remained a part of until Anastacia met Lisa Braude who later became her manager in She made her way to be one of the ten finalists, performing her own composition entitled " Not That Kind ". Even though she did not win the contest, she had successfully impressed some notable artists, such as Elton John and Michael Jackson as well as the show's judges that included David Foster and Faith Evans.
This afterwards led her to sign with Daylight , one of Epic 's labels, by March The album reached the top ten in eight countries in Europe and Asia. It went four times platinum in Europe and triple platinum in Australia;  her debut single " I'm Outta Love " was a global smash hit in , topping the charts in Belgium, Australia and New Zealand, peaking at number two in France,  Switzerland, Italy and Ireland as well as also reaching number six both in Germany  and the UK.
It also entered the top 20 in Switzerland and France. As the last promotional only single, " Made for Lovin' You " charted in the UK at number twenty-seven and in France at number seventy-two. Her second album Freak of Nature released in , achieved successful sales in the UK where it went triple platinum as well as being a hit throughout continental Europe, however unlike her debut it did not match the same level of international success.
The first single released was " Paid My Dues ". The song became an overall hit, in , peaking in Denmark, Italy, Norway, and Switzerland, and reaching the top ten in several other mainland European countries. The second single, released in , " One Day in Your Life ", reached number eleven in the UK and the top ten in many European countries. The album was finally released in the United States in May Soon after she released a double disc edition featuring two bonus hits, remixes for three of the tracks on the album and two live tracks taken from a Japan gig that was performed on the September 13, In January , Anastacia decided to have her breasts reduced because of back strain.
From a routine mammogram for the surgery she discovered she had breast cancer. She immediately started and successfully completed surgery and radiotherapy. According to an interview she gave in on British music station The Box , her voice lost its power and she became unable to record, and thus she spent a long time writing and trying to create a sound that she finally became happy with.
As stated on the Australian talk show Rove in , Anastacia wanted to have more edge to her vocals as she felt there was something missing from her previous works. She brought in many rock instruments which brought a new atmosphere to her music. She also felt that she still needed the funkiness and the pop as the singer felt that too much edge would sound wrong with her voice.
Out of this a new sound was formed. She describes her sound as Sprock—a combination of soul , pop, and rock.
She named the album after herself. Anastacia entered record studios in September to begin recording her next album, working with Glen Ballard , Dallas Austin , and David A. Stewart for release in On the album, Anastacia also collaborated with P.
The first single, released in March, was " Left Outside Alone ", which saw a change in direction for Anastacia. It was one of the biggest songs in Europe of , reaching number one in Austria, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland; number two in Denmark, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, and Norway; and number three in the United Kingdom and Hungary. Overall the song remained at number one on the European Billboard singles chart for 15 weeks. Anastacia quickly became her most successful album to date, giving her a third consecutive triple platinum album in the UK and reaching the top of the national charts in Ireland, the Netherlands, Australia, Greece, Germany and other countries.
Unlike her first two albums, which were released in her homeland of America, Anastacia was not, despite being scheduled for release on three occasions. After the original version of "Left Outside Alone" failed to catch on because of lukewarm promotion, especially on radio, the album was postponed and eventually cancelled after the release date of August 30, passed.
Anastacia released three further internationally successful singles; " Sick and Tired " which gave her another number one in Spain and another UK top five single , " Welcome to My Truth " her best-selling hit in Spain , and the ballad " Heavy on My Heart ", sales of which went towards the Anastacia Fund a charitable organization providing research funding for breast cancer.
A small batch of her self-titled album was released with a bonus DVD, poster and slip case. In the tour was renamed the Encore Tour. The tour would become the second most popular tour of behind only U2. In late , she released her first greatest hits collection, called Pieces of a Dream , named after a track of the same name. Even though Sony BMG did force her to release this collection, Anastacia has said that she is happy now that it was created as it was like a "story book", or summary of the first six years of her career.
In , she was recognized for worldwide sales of over 20 million. Soon after the DVD release Anastacia took a break from the music industry and began concentrating on her growing fashion line with s. Anastacia attended the memorial Concert for Diana on July 1, , which would have been on Diana's forty-sixth birthday. This was one of the first major events to take place in the new Wembley Stadium , and one of her first major appearances since she took a break from the industry.
She opened the medley section of the show and she sang a rendition of " Superstar ", from Andrew Lloyd Webber 's Jesus Christ Superstar , with a gospel chorus behind her. In August , a video was put on the "Anastacia by S. During the video, when Anastacia was asked about her future plans, she confirmed that she was working on a new album as well as the clothing line.
A specific month of release or title was not mentioned. During this time Anastacia began having palpitations which she believed were simple panic attacks; she was soon diagnosed with the heart condition supraventricular tachycardia. During an interview for the UK breakfast show This Morning , the singer cited that David Massey's move from Sony to Mercury was key to her own label change due to the fact that Massey had originally signed her and had been involved in all of her previous albums.
On July 24, Anastacia announced that her fourth studio album Heavy Rotation would be released October 27, in Europe and Asia and elsewhere in Rotem , and Rodney Jerkins and was a noted departure from the pop rock sound of her previous material. The album's first single, called " I Can Feel You ", began playing in some radio markets on August 25, The third official single from the album, "Defeated", was released as a promotional single in Europe without a music video.
Her fourth studio album proved to be less successful than her previous ones; her singles failed to reach the top 40 in her most commercially successful country UK.
Anastacia however remained positive, stating that other artists have faced the same problems while changing a record label, also blaming the world economical crisis and the label's decision to alter her sound from her own chosen sprock sound of her previous record to a more "urban feel". In later years Anastacia would publicly admit regret towards the change of sound, citing personal problems that led to a creative sell-out.
Regardless of the lack of commercial success, the album was ranked number ten on Billboard magazine's online "Readers' Poll: In , the Women's World Award presented Anastacia with the World Artist Award, recognizing the singer's success and ongoing positive influence in pop music. In June , Anastacia began her second tour throughout Europe to promote her fourth studio album.
The tour was funded by the singer herself, not her label, and was well received by critics and fans alike. In March , Anastacia again entered the recording studio. Her official website stated about the show: The song was released as a single in Russia in August On August 13, Anastacia announced that she would be join Belgian singer Natalia Druyts for a joint tour, Natalia Meets Anastacia, for six arena shows which were performed at the Sportpaleis, Belgium.
On August 17, Natalia and Anastacia recorded a collaborative single, " Burning Star ", which was released on September 17, as promotion for the concert series. During the summer of , Anastacia toured throughout Europe. She later released the video for the song through her social media pages.
The deal included the release of her following two albums, It's a Man's World , a collection of covers of songs by male rock artists released on November 9, , followed by an album of original material. Throughout November and December Anastacia took part in the annual Night of the Proms, a series of concerts held in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany which combine classical music with famous pop songs.
On February 2, , Anastacia tweeted that she would start writing for her next studio album of new material in the following week. On February 27, , Anastacia announced that she was forced to cancel her European tour due to the fact that she was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time and was undergoing treatment.
On October 1, Anastacia informed the media that she had undergone a double mastectomy. She also stated it would mark a return to her "sprock" sound. The album, entitled Resurrection , was released in May and was met with both critical and commercial success, giving the singer her sixth top ten Italian album and fifth top ten UK album.
It also reached the top 5 of the Swiss and German charts and the top ten of the Dutch charts. Reviews were overwhelmingly positive, acknowledging a return to form from the singer as well as a creative resurgence. The lead single "Stupid Little Things" was released on April 4.
Although only moderately successful, reaching the top ten in Belgium and top 20 in Italy it was quickly met with a positive reaction from music critics, with MTV's Brad Stern naming it one of the "5 Must-Hear Pop Songs of the Week!
During this period it was also announced that Anastacia had re-signed with her original label and that a compilation record would be released.
Anastacia's Ultimate Collection was released in November and peaked in the top ten of the UK charts, giving the singer her 6th top ten album in Britain. Her partner was Brendan Cole. The couple were voted in the bottom two to complete in the dance-off in Week 2, against Melvin Odoom. A doctor ruled that Anastacia was unable to compete because of an injury sustained during the previous day's performance, and instead the result was decided by selecting the competitor with the higher number of audience votes.
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