Brazilian artist Ciu's video for "Retrovisor".
Cu, whose full name is Maria do Cu Whitaker Poas, is a Brazilian singer-songwriter whose first American album was released on the Six Degrees Records label in April 2007. Originally issued in 2005 on the So Paulo-based Urban Jungle, Cu was picked up by Six Degrees/Starbucks/Hear Music in the US and UK, JVC in Japan and Harmonia Mundi in France and in the Netherlands. Cu received a Latin Grammy nomination for best new artist of 2006 and a Grammy nomination for "Best Contemporary World Music Album." of 2007. She is also riding high on a wave of international success in France, where the influential Les Inrockuptibles recognized her as one of the top 5 musical revelations of 2005, Holland, and Italy, as well as in Canada, where she was recently the fourth highest-selling artist for the Archambault chain of music shops while simultaneously holding the number 32 slot on the pop charts. Debut album in the U.S. with Six Degrees Records as the first international artist on Starbucks' Hear Music Debut Series. Her album was received with critical praise from NPR's Morning Edition, The Associated Press, Reuters, and many more, hailing her as "a fresh new face in the Brazilian music scene." Her album has sound scanned over 110,000 copies to date, making her the biggest selling Brazilian artist of 2007. Cu reached unprecedented chart numbers for a Brazilian female artist1 on Billboard's Heatseekers (New Artist) Chart, 57 on the Billboard Hot 100 and 1 on Billboard's World Music charts. In 2008, Cu received a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary World Music Album of 2007 for her debut album Cu. In 2009, her critically acclaimed second album Vagarosa reached #2 on the US Billboard's World Music charts. The album has since been nominated for a 2010 Latin Grammy for Best Contemporary Brazilian Pop Record.