Russia 2016: Sergey Lazarev to Stockholm – officially confirmed
Fotis Konstantopoulos (Greece)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA – This was announced today during the “Russian National Music Awards”,an event that took place in Moscow. Lazarev,won the award “singer of the year”, and during his nomination it was announced that he is the one that will fly the Russian flag in Stockholm. The singer himself said that “He is very happy and honoured by this proposal and that he will do his best to represent his county with the most professional way. Finally he asked the audience to support him and wished that everyone will love his song as much as he did”.
ABOUT SERGEY LAZAREV
Sergey Lazarev is one of the most famous Russian singers,actors and tv hosts. His musical career started at the age of 14, when he won his first musical award, and ended up as a member of child group Neposedi (Непоседы), the same group in which Yulia Volkova and Lena Katina of t.A.T.u. met each other. Also his friend Vlad Topalov (Влад Топалов) joined the group, who later would become the other half of the group Smash!!
In 2000, Sergey entered Moscow’s famous Mkhat Theatre School and graduated in 2004 as a professional actor. In 2001 Sergey Lazarev and Vlad Topalov started the boy band Smash!! Shortly after they were signed by Universal Music Records in Russia and were one of the biggest Russian pop groups in 2002–2003. The duo had five #1 hits, numerous awards and sold millions of records in Russia, CIS and East Asia (including Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand) during their brief career as a group.
In August 2002 the group won the ‘New Wave’ contest in Jūrmala,Latvia and in October 2002 Smash!! released their first single “Belle”. The video for “Belle” topped MTV Russia’s chart for 6 months and entered the list of top 20 clips of the past five years.
In 2005 together with British producer Brian Rawling, Sergey recorded most of the songs for his solo debut Don’t Be Fake that was released in November 2005 and sold more than 300,000 copies in Russia.The same year he returned to the theatre scene. His part in the 2005 Broadway-style musical comedy Lend Me A Tenor brought him five professional theater awards, making the play the biggest success of the 2005 theatre season.
After the success of his first album, Sergey went to the studio and recorded a new Album TV Show, the same year, Sergey won the Best Male Singer award in RMA 2006. In 2008, he tried to represent Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 with the song “Flyer”,losing to Russian pop star Dima Bilan.The same year he performed to full-capacity crowds at The Opera House in Bournemouth, England and also won MTV’s artist of the year award.In 2009 Sergey collaborated with artist Timati and made a video of the song “Lazerboy”.
In March 2010, Sergey Lazarev has signed a contract with a music company Sony Music Entertainment. The same year he released his new album Electric Touch. The album was certified gold in June 2011. In December 2012 came the fourth studio album by Sergei, called “Lazarev.”. The album was originally available for sale in digital form in the online shop the iTunes Store, and later appeared on the physical media. It soon became the most sold album in Russia and in March 2013 acquired the status of “gold record”. The same year in the Pushkin Theatre premiered the play “Talents and the dead”,at which Lazarev was the leading actor.
In 2013 Sergey Lazarev released «Cure the Thunder», a duet with the American hip-hop artist T-Pain. The same year Sergey Lazarev won the Russian version of the talent show “The hit” with the song “In the heart” that topped all Russian chats for several months. In April 2014, Pushkin Theatre hosted the première of “The Marriage of Figaro”, which became the third major role in the repertoire of Lazarev in this theatre. The same year he was one of the four coaches of the talent show “The Voice” in Ukraine.
In honor of the 10th anniversary of his solo career, April 1, 2015 Sergey Lazarev released a collection of his best songs in Russian The Best (Russian Edition). In September 2015 he released the song “That’s all it is”, that topped all charts in Russia while he is currently touring the whole country with his show “The best” (source: wikipedia.org)