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Alsou Abramova (Russian: Алсу Абрамова); nee Safina, better known as just Alsou (born on June 27, 1983) is a popular Russian singer. She competed in the Eurovision Song Contest 2000 in which she came in second place giving her recognition all over Europe as well.

Alsou was born in Bugulma, Tatarstan. Her father, Ralif Safin is a Russian oligarch, a former LUKoil executive and a current member of the Federal Council, the upper chamber of the Russian parliament. He is also the owner of the FC Zhemchuzhina-Sochi football team and was named the 100th richest Russian by Forbes Magazine in 2004. Alsou's mother Razia is an architect. She has a younger brother, Renard, and an older brother, Marat. Alsou is an ethnic Tatar and Muslim.

Alsou at childhood Alsou and her father

When Alsou was a year old her family moved from Tatarstan to Siberia. Until the age of 8, she lived with her grandparents in Siberia. At 5 years old Alsou asked her parents for a piano. She was then allowed to attend a private music school. After living in Moscow due to her father's business, she then moved to New York City and later to the UK where she entered a private architecture college. While living in London, Alsou visited Russia often.

In 1998, at the wedding of her brother Marat which was celebrated on the bank of the Moskva River, Alsou sat at the grand piano and sang I Will Always Love You. After this private performance her family began to persuade her to pursue a professional singing career.

At the age of 15 Alsou was introduced to music manager Valeriy Belotserkovskiy. She again performed "I Will Always Love You" and impressed the manager. He began work with Alsou the next day. Her debut Russian album was the self-titled Alsou (Russian: Алсу́) was released September 16, 1999. It was very successful in Russia and spawned 3 singles: "Zimniy Son" ("Winter Dream") "Vesna" ("Spring"), "Inogda" ("Sometimes"). After the huge success of Alsou's debut Russian album she was signed to Universal Music Russia and became its first domestic artist. By 2000 more than 700.000 legal copies of CD Alsou were sold in Russia.

In 2000, Alsou recorded her first English language single "Solo" and was entered into the Eurovision Song Contest 2000, Written By Andrew Lane eventually finishing second overall. "Solo" went on to sell 100,000 copies and became the biggest selling single of all time in Russia.

◊     Алсу (Alsou, 1999) – Her debut album in Russian, re-released in 2001 with the same title including two new songs
◊     Alsou (2001) – First album in English
◊     Мне приснилась осень (Autumn in my dreams, 2002) – Second re-release of the debut album including five new songs
◊     19 (2003) – Second Russian album
◊     Самое главное (The Main Thing, 2008) – Third Russian album
◊     Туган тел (The Native language, 2008) – First album in Tatar
◊     Фея Добрых Снов (The Fairy of Good Dreams, 2011) – First album for children
◊     Inspired (2013) - Second English album, recorded in 2003-2005, only released during a fan club meeting as a free gift by Alsou
◊     Ты это свет (You is a Light, 2014) - Fourth Russian Album
English singles
◊     "Solo" (2000) – a European single released prior to Eurovision Song Contest
◊     "You're My #1" (2000, with Enrique Iglesias)
◊     "Before You Love Me" (2001) – the single peaked at #27 in the UK Singles Chart and #1 on MTV UK
◊     "He Loves Me" (2001) – the last single from 'Alsou' released in Europe
◊     "Run Right Out of Time" (2002) – promo single with the Gala magazine (Russian Edition)
◊     "Always on My Mind" (2004) – cancelled European single from Inspired
◊     "Miracles" (2006) – a limited 1-track single released for the guests on Alsou's wedding
◊     Before Alsou turned 18, she had already achieved great success and was honored several times.
◊     The Honourable and The Peoples' 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")
◊     The Best selling single of 2000 (National Russian "Record" award for "You're My #1")

During 2008 Alsou recorded an album in Tatar language as well. Released in the fall and named Туган тел (Tugan Tel' | Mother's Tongue), the album includes several Tatar peoples' songs, others written specially for Alsou, some Tatar music instruments and a choir. All proceeds were given by Alsou and Universal Music for a sponsorship of talented orphans from Tatarstan.

Non-musical work

In June 2004, Alsou performed in the British mystical thriller Spirit Trap with Billie Piper, Luke Mably, Emma Catherwood and Sam Troughton.[6] The film premiered in August 2005. Alsou's self-written ballad "Teardrops" plays over the credits. The film got basically poor reviews and small returns at the box office, and it was soon released on DVD. A release of her second motion picture is awaited in 2008 – earlier in 2006 she starred in Russian historical drama "Vivat, Anna!" from a cycle of films about Russian monarchy. She also recorded a song for the movie, a melody from which serves as 1st track (Intro) of "Samoe Glavnoe".

On March 18, 2006, Alsou married Yan Abramov, a millionaire, who comes from a Mountain Jewish family. Abramov allegedly proposed to her with a fireworks display. On September 7, 2006 Alsou gave birth to a baby daughter Safina at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. The name for the girl was chosen by the father, Yan Abramov. It is spelled the same way as Alsou's maiden name but with the accent falling on the second syllable making its pronunciation different from Alsou's maiden name (Her maiden name is pronounced with the accent falling on the first syllable). On April 29, 2008 Alsou gave birth to her second daughter Mikella.

Alsou with husband Yan Abramov Alsou with her daughters
Safina and Mikella

Alsou dances with father at her wedding
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Alsou - videos & clips

Alsou - Solo, 2000

Enrique Iglesias feat Alsou - Your Are My Number One, 2000

Alsou - Before You Love Me, 2001

Alsou - Inoghda (Sometimes), 2000

Alsou - Always on My Mind, 2002

Alsou - What Your Girl Don'T Know, 2002

Alsou - He loves me

Alsou - Teardrops, LIVE

Alsou - I will always love you (from Whitney Houston)

Alsou - "Schastie ty moeu (you are my happiness)" with Igor Krutoy

Alsou - Sandugach (Nightingale), Tatar Song, 2008

Alsou - Etkey (Father), Tatar Song

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