Tina Cousins

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Tina Cousins
Cousins in Madrid, Spain in July 2008
Background information
Birth nameTina Patricia Cousins
Born (1974-04-20) 20 April 1974 (age 49)
Origin Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, England
Genres Electronic, dance-pop, hi-NRG, Eurodance, vocal trance
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, model
Years active1996–present
Labels All Around the World (UK) (1998–2006)
Big (Australia) (1998–present)
Republic (US) (1998–2002)
Sony Music (International) (2010–present)
Website www.tinacousins.com

Tina Patricia Cousins (born 20 April 1974) [1] [2] is an English singer, songwriter and former model. She has had five singles in the top 20 of the UK Singles Chart, both as a solo artist and in collaboration with others, [3] including "Mysterious Times" with Sash!, which reached number 2 in the UK in 1998. She has also achieved popularity in several other countries, including four top 30 hits in Sweden, six top 30 hits in Australia and seven top 20 hits in Finland. Her other hit singles include "Pray" (1998), "Killin' Time" (1999), "Forever" (1999), "Just Around the Hill" with Sash! (2000) and "Wonderful Life" (2005).



1998–2000: early career and "Mysterious Times"

Cousins' first big break was in the music industry, appearing on German DJ/producer team Sash!'s single "Mysterious Times" in 1998. Before "Mysterious Times", Cousins had released "Killin' Time" and "Angel" in March and June 1997, respectively.

Following the success of "Mysterious Times", she had two further UK top 20 hits with the follow-up "Pray", [4] released in November 1998, which also achieved success in the U.S., and the 1999 re-release of "Killin' Time". Follow-up singles "Forever" and the reissued "Angel" reached the UK top 50 (though a published recount of the singles chart showed that "Forever" actually reached #38 rather than the previously published #45). Cousins turned her attention to Australia where the song, "Forever" achieved gold sales. "Pray" was also a success in Australia, reaching the top 10 and becoming her second gold single in the ARIA Charts where it remained for more than four months.

Whilst in Australia on a promotional tour, she re-recorded her track "Nothing to Fear" and had it remixed by the Groove Peddlers. This became her third Australian single, and the video was also shot there.

Cousins joined Billie Piper, Cleopatra, B*Witched and Steps on the track "Thank ABBA for the Music", a medley of ABBA hits that they performed as a tribute at the Brit Awards. The single was released and reached the top 10 in the UK, Republic of Ireland, Sweden, Australia and New Zealand. In 2000, she again collaborated with Sash!, on the UK top 10 hit "Just Around the Hill".


In 2005, Cousins released her first single in five years with "Wonderful Life", a cover of the Black song, which had originally been released in Australia. In 2007, "Wonderful Life" was adopted by Hoyts as their primary pre-feature theme music. "Wonderful Life" reached No. 15 in Australia and spent four months in the Top 50, becoming her biggest radio hit.

The follow-up single was "Come to Me". Both singles were taken from her second album Mastermind , which reached the UK and Australian Top 50. The third single to be taken from the album, "Pretty Young Thing", was released in two CD formats, one of which was limited to 1,000 pressings. The single reached the Australian Top 30.

Cousins made a guest appearance on Never Mind the Buzzcocks , a UK television comedy panel show, which was broadcast on 2 November 2006, in the game's Identity Parade.

In late 2006, dance format radio station WMPH became the first UK station to put any of Cousins's singles in regular rotation.[ citation needed ] In 2007, she co-wrote and performed vocals on two songs on the Main Line album by Dutch group 4 Strings. The track "Curious" became a Top 30 Hot Dance Airplay hit.


On 7 March 2009, Cousins announced on her website that a new track had been recorded along with a film clip for a new single called "Can't Hold Back". This song is with Bellatrax and was released in the U.S. and the UK on Michael Gray's Eye Industries label in late summer 2009. In April 2009, Cousins announced that she had recorded a cover version of "Sex on Fire", originally by the Kings of Leon. The track was produced by Topham & Twigg and was released on iTunes UK on 2 September. She signed a worldwide deal with Sony Music International in September 2010, and "Sex on Fire" was released worldwide in autumn 2010.

The video for "Sex on Fire" was leaked to YouTube in October 2010. The video is most notable for its explicit scenes. The pop music blog, Popjustice, described it as "another exercise in awful and amazing". [5]

From 2010 Tina also released new music with the singles "Everlong", " Love Comes Back", "Diamonds" and "When Tomorrow Comes".

In 2014 she also recorded and released a new track "Screams" with Kalsi and Applejack. In 2015 she also recorded a new track "Bullet in the Gun"— a remake of Planet Perfecto's late-1990s dance hit—with Probaker and Kalsi.

Cousins divides her time between Australia and the UK, performing regularly.

In November 2016, she toured Australia with the Vengaboys, Sonique, Whigfield and Joanne Accom.


Tina Cousins discography
Studio albums2

Studio albums

TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positions Certifications
Killing Time 50 [12] 2311695641
  • Released: September 2005
  • Label: Big Records
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released in that territory.


TitleYear AUS
The Remix EP200081


YearTitlePeak chart positions Certifications Album
[15] [16]
1997"Killin' Time"801623 Killing Time
1998"Mysterious Times"
(with Sash!)
2621381611172817 Life Goes On
(Sash! album)
"Pray"208121059344823 Killing Time
1999"Killin' Time" (re-release)1530
"Thank ABBA for the Music"
(with Steps, Cleopatra, B*Witched and Billie)
492351468 ABBAmania
(ABBA tribute album)
"Forever"381447 Killing Time
"Angel (re-release)"46
2000"Just Around the Hill"
(with Sash!)
826371655306030 Trilenium
(Sash! album)
"Nothing to Fear"66 Killing Time
2005"Hymn" Mastermind
"Wonderful Life"581717
"Come to Me"5814
2006"Pretty Young Thing"/
"All You Need Is Love"
(with 4 Strings)
(4 Strings album)
(with Resource)
45Non-album singles
"Can't Hold Back
(with Bellatrax)"
2010"Sex on Fire"
2012"When Tomorrow Comes"
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

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