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Greek Song by Vertis Gets 156 Million Views on YouTube

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A song by Greek performer Nikos Vertis which has reached 156 million views on YouTube since its release in 2014, and is now believed to be the most popular Greek song ever.

Thelo na me nioseis (I Want You to Feel Me) is the most successful track from Vertis’ 2013 Protaseis (“Suggestions”) album.

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The forty-five-year-old Vertis was born Nikolaos Vertis Arvanitidis in Gorinchem, the Netherlands, but his origin is from Galipsos, Kavala.

To date, the singer has released five studio albums along with one CD single, and two special edition CD/DVD albums.

At the age of six, Vertis and his parents Argyris Arvanitidis and Morfoula Arvanitidi moved to Thessaloniki, Greece and at seven, he began playing the bouzouki.

By the age of 15, Vertis started getting involved with singing as well. At age 16, he moved back to the Netherlands for two years, where he attended a technical high school. He returned to Greece for his military duties, and once completed, he took up music once again.

He started singing in small clubs in Thessaloniki and other locations around the region of Macedonia before he shot to stardom. In the summer of 2002, he started singing at the popular club “Rodon,” where he made his first major impact.

Vertis was the feature artist in several nightclubs over the years. In April 2007, he released his fourth studio album, titled Mono Gia Sena (Only for you). Several songs became instant radio hits and charted throughout the summer. In July 2007, the album was certified platinum, and became double platinum by February 2008.

In October 2008, Vertis began a world tour of twenty concerts in Australia, Israel, the United States, Canada, and Europe, ending on January 17, 2009 at the HMV Hammersmith Apollo in London.

Vertis is a friend of the Israeli singer Eyal Golan, and they have sung duets together in Greek and Hebrew.

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