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Filipp Kirkorov

Filipp Kirkorov

Filipp Kirkorov

Filipp Kirkorov is a bright and unique personality in Russian show business. He is a Russian singer, producer and actor.
Filipp was born on April 30, 1967 in Varna to a Bulgarian singer of Armenian descent Bedros Kirkorov and Russian mother. Already at the age of 5, the future star went on tour with his parents.
In 1984, Filipp entered the Gnessin State Musical College. His creative career began in 1985. Filipp sang a song “Alyosha” in Bulgarian in the TV program.
In 1987 Kirkorov worked as a musician in “Leningrad Music Hall”, directed by Ilya Rachlin. Then he met poet Ilya Reznik, who helped Kirkorov to conquer Olympus of Russian show business.
In 1988 Filipp met Alla Pugacheva and received an invitation to participate in her “Christmas meetings”. Kirkorov had already graduated from the School of Music and performed in Yalta with his first contest, made the first video for the song “Carmen” and sang for free in Mongolia for Soviet soldiers.
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Yulia Volkova – Russian singer

Yulia Volkova

Yulia Volkova – Russian singer. Photo

Yulia Volkova is a Russian singer, ex-soloist of the pop group “t.A.T.u.”
Volkova was born on February 20, 1985 in Moscow. 7-year-old girl in parallel with the secondary school entered the children’s music school. She performed as a part of children’s vocal – instrumental ensemble “Neposedy”. It was during her time in “Neposedy” that Yulia first met Lena Katina. When Yulia was a school girl she starred in the children’s newsreel “Jumble”.
In 1999, Volkova and Elena Katina became two halves of the scandalous and often controversial duo “t.A.T.u.”, created by Ivan Shapovalov and composer Alexander Voitinsky.
t.A.T.u.’s debut international single All The Things She Said, first released in 2002, was a worldwide hit. Their single All About Us topped the charts in Europe and went platinum. t.A.T.u. became the first group ever to get the IFPI Europe platinum award for the same album in two different languages.
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Igor Talkov – rock musician

igor talkov

Igor Talkov – rock musician

Igor Talkov was born on November 4, 1956 in a poor family. Talkov’s parents met in prison. The singer came from a noble family (his uncles served as officers of the tsarist army), and the father and mother of the musician were repressed. They met in the village of Orlov-Rozovo, Kemerovo region. Their first son Vladimir (Igor’s elder brother) was born there. After rehabilitation, family was sent to Schekino (Tula region) and they weren’t allowed to move somewhere. So, Schekino became the birthplace of singer, rock musician, poet and actor.
Talkov began to write poems in elementary school. He was a self-taught musician, played the guitar, piano, bass guitar, violin and drums. He was very open and sociable person, but he hadn’t real friends.
His life was short but very intense – as if anticipating an early death, he was always in a hurry, wanted to make as much as possible.
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Victoria Tolstoy – Swedish jazz singer

Victoria Tolstoy

Viktoria by Joerg Grosse Geldermann. 2008

Victoria Tolstoy is a Swedish jazz singer.
Victoria, the daughter of musician Erik Kjellberg and great-great-granddaughter of the famous Russian writer Leo Tolstoy, was born on July 29, 1974 in Sigtuna, Sweden.
Victoria’s father was a professor of music at the University of Uppsala.
When the future singer was 16 years old, her father played jazz on the piano. It was Lover Man by the great Billie Holiday. The girl understood that jazz was her destiny.
Victoria became popular in Europe in 1994, when her first CD – Smile, Love and Spices was realized. Critics and listeners were delighted with the charm and singing of 19 -year-old girl. Her great source of inspiration was her father who also wrote some of the songs.
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Nina Kraviz – beautiful DJ

Nina Kraviz
Nina Kraviz is one of the best Russian DJs, talented singer and producer. She became the first Russian DJ, who performed at the world famous festival Sonar.
Nina spent her childhood in the Siberian city of Irkutsk and then moved to Moscow. Now she plays the music at the best music clubs of the capital of Russia. Nina is often invited to play at clubs and events worldwide.
Kraviz was named the most beautiful DJ in Moscow by Harper’s Bazzar magazine and was included in the list of 50 beautiful people in Moscow by Time Out magazine.
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Timati – Mr Black Star

Timati is a Russian rapper, singer-songwriter, record producer and actor, who collaborated with American artists such as Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, P. Diddy, Mario Winans and many others.
Timur Yunusov (his real name) was born on August 15, 1983 in Moscow. He has a younger brother, Artyom.
Yunusov lived in Los Angeles for 3 years.
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Dima Bilan – Russian actor, singer-songwriter

Dima Bilan
Dima Bilan is a famous Russian actor and singer-songwriter, who represented Russia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 with the song “Never Let You Go”, finishing second, and he won the contest (became the first Russian singer, who won it) in 2008 in Belgrade, with the song “Believe”.
Bilan is an Honored Artist of Kabardino-Balkaria (2006), Honored Artist of Chechnya (2007), Honored Artist of Ingushetia (2007) and People’s Artist of Kabardino-Balkaria (2008). He has had several Russian number one hit records.
Bilan (his real name is Viktor Belan) was born on December 24, 1981 in Ust-Dzheguta, Karachay–Cherkessia.
In June 2008 the singer changed his official name to Dima Bilan, because of the conflict with his producer Yuri Aisenshpitz’s heirs, who claimed the rights on this stage name. This change helped to avoid any claimants.
In 2012 he started a new project, taking his native name Victor Belan as a new pseudonym.
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