Luka Ivanović , better known by his stage name Luke Black, is a Serbian singer-songwriter.
Luka Ivanović was born in Čačak, in Serbia. He has been making original music since 2005. Luka started writing lyrics at the age of 12, and composing music and writing arrangements at the age of 16. In that period, he recorded six albums that only his closest friends had the opportunity to hear. Two years later, he moved to Belgrade to study English language and literature.
Luka presented himself to the public for the first time in May 2014, at the Groveland Festival, when he premiered the single “D-Generation”. The representatives of Universal Music noticed him and invited him to their office in Belgrade, in order to start cooperation. He is the first solo performer from Serbia with an exclusive contract for Universal Music. In addition to his own music, he also produces audio and directs his own performances and music videos. Looking for his artistic expression, he experiments and tries out new and unexpected forms and styles. In November 2014, before the start of the official collaboration with Universal Music, Luke Black independently released the single “Nebula Lullaby”, on the digital service Spinnup. The song was recorded via the Internet service Skype.
His debut single, “D-Generation”, was released on 24 February 2015. The music video for this song premiered on MTV Adrija, and a few hours later on his official Vevo channel. Luke wrote “D-Generation” himself. At the end of 2014, Radio B92 included this song in their first shortlist for single of the year.
Together with the young artist Vasilij Vujović (VASSO), Luke Black created the concept for the video of this single, which was recorded in Subotica in 2014. With the premiere of the video on February 24, 2015 on the global Vevo service, the collaboration with Universal Music was officially announced and the first studio EP release was announced. On the same day, a digital reissue of the D-Generation single appeared worldwide (except in the USA) For the American market, the single was released on 10 March 2015. The single debuted at number 9 on the MTV Adria top list of artists from the region and among the top 50 on the Deezer streaming service in Serbia. Also, the single was on the 10th place on the Gradski Radio singles list – Your hit on the first place.
The song “Holding On To Love” was created at the end of 2014 and was published by Universal Music Group. It premiered on 29 May 2015. The song was also released in the US, Canada and Mexico on June 2, 2015.
Luke Black’s first EP release — “Thorns” was on 18 September 2015. Soon after that, Luka performed in Belgrade, Vienna and Zagreb, where he was the opening for Lust For Youth. A few days before Christmas, on 18 December 2015, Luke Black released “Jingle Bell Rock / Nebula Lullaby”.
In February 2016, as reported by Blic, Luka was one of the contenders to represent Serbia at the Eurovision Song Contest by Radio-Television of Serbia. Sanja Vučić won the selection. After the release of the single “Demons”, Luke confirmed that he was shortlisted by RTS to represent Serbia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 with this song. After the release of the single, he went on tour to China.
At the end of March 2017, Luka gave a performance in the famous Berlin club Berghain at the fashion show of designer Ivana Pilje, in which he premiered the single “Walpurgis Night”. The single was officially released in April 2017. In October of the same year, he premiered the single “Olive Tree”. This was also his first song (partially) in the Serbian language. The song was later translated into Mandarin and performed by Chi Yu. In July 2018, he released the “Neoslavic” EP, which contained the singles “Demons”, “Walpurgis Night” and “Olive Tree” with two remixes.
On March 4th, 2023, Luke Black won the final of Pesma Za Evorviziju, the national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. And thus he represented his country in the contest with the song “Samo mi se spava”. The song reached the final and became 24th there.
Samo mi se spava
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