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Alsou Ralifovna Abramova (Tatar: Alsu Rälif qızı Abramova, Russian: Алсу́ Рали́фовна Абрамова), better known as just Alsou (Russian: Алсу́, born on June 27, 1983) is a popular Tatar-Russian singer. Image File history File links Cosmoalsou. ... Image File history File links Cosmoalsou. ... The Tatar language (Tatar tele, Tatarça, Татар теле, Татарча) is a Turkic language spoken by the Tatars. ... is the 178th day of the year (179th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Historically, the term Tatar (or Tartar) has been ambiguously used by Europeans to refer to many different peoples of Inner Asia and Northern Asia. ... A singer is a musician who uses their voice to produce music. ...


Early life

Alsou was born in Bögelmä, Tatarstan, USSR. Her father, Ralif Rafilovich Safin is a former Russian oligarch and a member of the Federal Council, the upper chamber of the Russian parliament. He is also the owner of the Sochi football team Zhemchuzhina and was named the 100th richest Russian by Forbes Magazine in 2004. Alsou's mother, Razia Iskhakovna, is an architect and she also has two brothers, Renard and Marat. When Alsou was one year old her family moved to Siberia. At 5 years old, Alsou asked her parents for a piano, and was subsequently allowed to attend music school to learn it. By 10, having moved first to Moscow when her father started to expand his business, she moved New York City, then to the UK where she entered a private architecture college. Living in London, Alsou visited Russia often. In 1998, on the wedding of her brother Marat which was calibrated on the bank of Moskva river, Alsou sat at the grand piano and sang I Will Always Love You. After that everyone started persuading her to have a professional singing career. Bugulma (Russian: ; Tatar: Bögelmä) is a town in the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia. ... Republic of Tatarstan (Russian: ; Tatar: ) is a federal subject of Russia (a republic). ... The Swiss Federal Council (in German: Bundesrat, in French: Conseil fédéral, in Italian: Consiglio federale, in Romansh: Cussegl Federal) is the seven-member executive council which collectively assumes the office of head of state equivalent to that of a president or of a monarch in the government of... The politics of Russia (the Russian Federation) take place in a framework of a federal presidential republic. ... Sochi (Russian: , IPA: [soʨɪ]) is a Russian resort city, situated in Krasnodar Krai just north of the southern Russian border. ... Alternate meaning: For the Boston Brahmin family associated with John Forbes Kerry, see Forbes family. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A short grand piano, with the top up. ... Moscow (Moskva) (Russian: , romanised: Moskva, IPA: see also other names) is the capital of Russia and the countrys economic, financial, educational, and transportation centre. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... I Will Always Love You is a song written and originally performed by American singer-songwriter Dolly Parton first released as a single in 1974. ...

Life and career

Very soon 15-y.o. Alsou was introduced to a music manager Valeriy Belotserkovskiy. She performed the song I Will Always Love You and impressed the manager. He started working with Alsou the next day. After the huge success of Alsou's debut Russian album she was signed to Universal Music Russia and became its first domestic artist. In 2000, Alsou recorded her first English language single Solo and was promptly entered into the Eurovision Song Contest 2000, eventually coming second overall. The song she sang went on to sell 100,000 copies and became the biggest selling single of all time in her home country, surpassed only by Alsou's next single, a duet with Enrique Iglesias You're My No.1 `I really enjoyed performing with him in Kremlin and I hope our paths will cross again`. She performed Solo again at "Congratulations", the 50th anniversary Eurovision concert in Copenhagen, Denmark, in October 2005. I Will Always Love You is a song written and originally performed by American singer-songwriter Dolly Parton first released as a single in 1974. ... Universal Music Group (UMG) is the largest major label in the record industry, with a 23% market share. ... The Eurovision Song Contest 2000 was the 45th Eurovision Song Contest and was held on May 13, 2000 in the Globen Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, following Charlotte Nilssons victory in Jerusalem last year. ... Enrique Miguel Iglesias Preysler (IPA pronunciation: [1]) (born May 8, 1975, in Madrid, Spain) is a Grammy Award and Latin Grammy Award-winning Miami-based singer and is of Asian and European ancestry. ... Copenhagen (IPA: or ; Danish: IPA: ) is the capital of Denmark and the countrys largest city. ...

After her success in Eurovision 2000 Alsou started a big tour in Russia. She celebrated her 17th birthday by performing in her native town of Bugulma, where 85,000 of the 120,000 population gathered in the main square to see her.

During 2000-2001 Alsou was working on her debut English album 'Alsou', which was released in Russia and the CIS countries, as well as in Germany, Norway, Poland, Checz Republic and Malaysia. Her first brilliant UK pop-single, "Before You Love Me", which was # 1 on MTV UK, reached a disappointing # 27 in Official UK Singles Chart, and due to the promotional problems the album was cancelled in UK. The UK Singles Chart is currently compiled by The Official UK Charts Company (OCC) on behalf of the British record industry. ...

Before Alsou turned 18, she achieved great success that included such titles as the National singer of Tatarstan Republic, the Honourable citizen of Bugulma, the Best selling Russian artist ("World Music Awards-2001"), the Best Russian singer ("MTV Europe Music Awards-2001") and the Best single of 2000 (National Russian "Record" award for "You're My №1").

In the summer of 2002 Alsou was perfecting her vocal skill during the new concert tour through the CIS countries. Her new video "Letyashchaya Nad Oblakami" ("Flying Over The Clouds") was shown in Russian cinemas before Russian love story "Atlantida" (Alsou has recorded two songs for the movie). In August the studio sessions began, and Alsou was preparing her concerts in Moscow at the same time as well. The "Trilogy" project was called by the newspapers "the important social and cultural event". The uniqueness of "Trilogy" is: no one singer in the world has given three completely different performances during only 10 days. The first show was held in concert hall "Rossija", where Alsou performed her old program "Alsou And Her Authors", which was never presented in Moscow before. The second one was an exclusive orchestra concert in Tchaikovsky Hall, where there are only 1500 places (the VIP's enjoyed "Ave Maria" by Alsou!). And the third one was a euro-pop show called "Solo", it was held in "Olimpiyskiy" Sport Complex and contained new Russian and English songs, with phantasmagoric moving decorations, huge monitors, great special effects, live sound, fantastic dancing and singing. After the third show Alsou shot a video for the song "Vchera" ("Yesterday"), and in January 2003 released her new Russian album called "19". The CD was greatly appreciated by critics, and to April 2003 the sales have reached 500 thousand legal copies. Alsou's diligence couldn't be left without attention, and she was nominated to First National Music Award "Muz-TV". June 5th, 2003, having arrived in Moscow after the work in foreign studios, Alsou unexpectedly for herself became the winner in "Best Female Artist" nomination. The voting was held all over Russia, and Alsou couldn't stop the tears of joy. In July, 2003 the video for "Perviy Raz" ("First Time") was premiered.

Almost for four years Alsou was working on her second English album "Inspired". It was recorded in London and Los-Angeles. The first single, "Always On My Mind" was written by Alsou and Morten Schjolin. The video was shot in May 2004 by well-known director Joseph Kahn. In the beginning of 2005 she song was premiered on Capital FM and became the best forthcomiong single of the week. However, despite UK promotion, sexy video, touring as a support act with Westlife, performing in G.A.Y. London club, the commencial single was cancelled by Alsou's UK label, Mercury, though the physical copies were available for short time. Alsou's second English album "Inspired" remains unreleased. Joseph Kahn (born October 12, 1972) in Jersey Village, Texas (a suburb of Houston) is a notable music video, advertising, and feature film director. ... Westlife is an Irish pop music group, formed in 1998. ...

Alsou is credited on 90% tracks recorded for "Inspired". The work was supervised by the famous producers, for example Rhett Lawrence (Madonna, Michael Jackson, Melanie C) and Bass Bros. (Eminem). The album features a cover-version of Lionel Richie's "Hello". It should also include a collaboration with a rapstar Nelly "I Wish I Didn't Know". The album is more guitar flavored than Alsou's previous works. It includes the smash catchy pop-hits, R'n'B, beautiful ballads and songs with more rocky sound. Firstly it was intended to record the album containing mostly ballads, but then the album's direction has changed. Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

June 2004 Alsou was shooting in British mystical thriller Spirit Trap with Billie Piper, Luke Mably, Emma Catherwood and Sam Troughton.[1] The film was premiered in August, 2005. Alsou's self written powerful ballad "Teardrops" sounds in credits. The film got poor reviews and small box-office, though it was soon released on DVD. Spirit Trap is a horror film released in August 2005 in the UK. It stars Billie Piper, Luke Mably, Emma Catherwood, Sam Troughton and Alsou. ... Billie Paul Piper (born Lianne Paul Piper[1] on 22 September 1982) is an English actress. ... Thomas Luke Mably (born 1 March 1976) is an English actor, most known by playing the role of prince Edvard in the 2004 comedy The Prince and Me, with Julia Stiles and Miranda Richardson. ... Sam Troughton is the son of David Troughton and the grandson of Patrick Troughton. ...

The last known recorded English track of Alsou is a wedding song "Miracles" written by Alsou and her then-future husband Yan and released on a limited single for the guests. She has also collaborated with jazz musician George Benson in Los Angeles recently (Autumn 2006). Alsou's third Russian album is planned for Autumn 2007. In Winter 2006/2007 she promoted her single "Samoe Glavnoe" ("The Main Thing") in Russia, the video for which was shot when she was pregnant though it is not shown. In June 2007 Alsou has shot a video for a new single which is set to be her loud comeback to Russian market (she has spent almost a year in US).

Personal life

Alsou is now one of a few Russian artists who are known in other parts of the world. She is also well known in Germany, France, USA, Canada, Australia as well as Ukraine and other former Soviet Union republics. She is often featured in Russian magazines, and often in other European magazines.

On March 18, 2006 Alsou married Yan Abramov, a millionaire, who comes from a Mountain Jewish family. Yan allegedly proposed to her with a fireworks display. On September 7, 2006 Alsou gave birth to a 7-pound daughter Safina at the famous Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. The name for the girl was chosen by Yan and it is spelled the same as Alsou's maiden last name, with the accent falling on the second syllable making the only pronunciation difference (Alsou's maiden last name is pronounced with the accent falling on the first syllable.) It is said to be an ancient Arabic name, which means 'a ship'. is the 77th day of the year (78th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Mountain Jews, or Juhurim, are Jews of the eastern Caucasus, mainly of Dagestan. ... is the 250th day of the year (251st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is a world-renowned hospital located in Los Angeles, California. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ...



All singles were performed in English. The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ...

  • "Solo" (2000)
  • "You Are My №1" (2000, featuring Enrique Iglesias)
  • "Before You Love Me" (2001, released in UK, Germany and Australia, charting # 27 in UK)
  • "He Loves Me" (2001, released in Germany)
  • "Run Right Out Of Time" (2002, a 1-track single with Gala magazine, Russian edition)
  • "Always on My Mind" (2004, promoted in UK, released on vynil, available as a CD-single for a short time)
  • "I Wish I Didn't Know" (2005, featuring Nelly, an unreleased single which has leaked to internet)

Enrique Miguel Iglesias Preysler (IPA pronunciation: [1]) (born May 8, 1975, in Madrid, Spain) is a Grammy Award and Latin Grammy Award-winning Miami-based singer and is of Asian and European ancestry. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


  • Alsou (Russian: Алсу́, 2000, in Russian)
  • Alsou (2001, in English, released in CIS countries, Poland, Germany, Norway, Malaysia)
  • Mne prisnilas' osen' (Russian: Мне́ присни́лась о́сень, 2002, in Russian)
  • 19 (2003, in Russian and Tatar)
  • Inspired (2007, in English, remains unreleased)
    • TBA (2007, third Russian album)

The Tatar language (Tatar tele, Tatarça, Татар теле, Татарча) is a Turkic language spoken by the Tatars. ...

Other collaborations

  • Livin' On A Prayer (2003, a duet with Bon Jovi recorded for Russian edition of This Left Feels Right and released to Russian radiostations, but then cancelled)
  • How High The Moon (2005, a guest appearance among Sting, Richie Sambora and Joss Stone released worldwide on Les Paul's album American Made World Played

Les Paul (born Lester William Polsfuss on June 9, 1915) is an American jazz guitarist and inventor. ...


  1. ^ IMDb film page Spirit Trap (2005)

External links

  • Official website
  • Alsou fan page

  Results from FactBites:
Alsou - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (542 words)
Alsou was born in Bugulma, Tatarstan, Russia on June 27, 1983.
Alsou has two brothers, Renard and Marat (who is not the same person as the tennis player Marat Safin).
Alsou was then introduced to the Russian composers and singers Alexander Shevchenko and Vadim Baikovwho who became her devoted fans.
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