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Russian pop

Russian pop music is Russian language pop music produced either in Russia, CIS countries, Baltic states and other foreign countries in which the songs are performed primarily in Russian language, languages of the countries of the CIS, and in the other languages of the world. This is the successor to popular "variety" Soviet music with its pop idols such as Alla Pugacheva or Valery Leontiev.

Modern-day mainstream Russian-language pop music is extremely diverse and has many ways to spread through the audience. The most famous pop stars can be seen on general television in music or talk shows, and also on music TV channels such as MTV Russia and Muz-TV. There are also Russian Pop radio stations, and there's been lots of One-hit wonders in recent years.

The Russian-language music market

Russian-language market of popular music began to grow with the increase of Soviet influence in the world arena. In addition to the nearly 300 million of Soviet citizens living in the 13% of the world landmass in 1990, Soviet pop music has become popular in the countries of the former Warsaw Pact, especially in the Slavic regions (Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria and the former Yugoslavia, but also in Hungary, China, Cuba).

The undisputed center of the creation of the Russian-language pop music of that time was the Moscow and, to a lesser extent, St. Petersburg. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Russia is still a major producer and consumer of Russian-speaking music, demand is still high in some of the new independent states, especially Ukraine and Belarus. For quite significant regional centers contemporary Russian language popular music include, in addition to Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kiev (Ukraine), which is also focused on the Russian-speaking market.

The dissolution of the Soviet Union and the fall of the Iron Curtain, the mass emigration of the early '90s, led to the formation of large Russian-speaking diaspora in the European Union, Canada, the United States, Australia and other regions, where the local population has had an opportunity to get acquainted with the Russian music of different genres, through the Internet, satellite television, various media, music in nightclubs.

A notable contribution to Russian pop music performers that do not come from Russia. Among them: Philipp Kirkorov from Bulgaria, Ani Lorak, Verka Serduchka and VIA Gra from Ukraine, Laima Vaikule from Latvia, Seryoga and Dmitry Koldun from Belarus, Avraam Russo from Syria, A-Studio from Kazakhstan and others.



Formed as one of the largest markets in the world in the early of the '60s, the Russian-language pop music was represented by such artists as Vesiolie Rebiata, Poyushchiye Gitary.


In the seventies, started his career, and then got all-union reputation Sofia Rotaru, Alla Pugacheva, Valery Leontiev. At the same time in this period of the Russian pop music begin to influence various western genres (jazz, rock etc) But also the popular Soviet music is gaining tremendous popularity in Eastern Europe. First Vesiolie Rebiata EP ensemble released in the summer of 1970, for several years has sold 15,975,000 copies. In 1973 at the international competition record in Liverpool (England), the ensemble was awarded the second Prize. It was the first major success of Soviet pop music in the West.


In the early 80's Russian-speaking Soviet-era music is booming. Works by Latvian composer Raimonds Pauls, such as "The Million scarlet roses", were created in this period, then will almost classic examples. Yury Chernavsky writes songs for films and together with the ensemble Vesiolie Rebiata lets magnitoalbom Banana Islands. Among beginners debuts Vladimir Presnyakov. In the mid-80s Vladimir Matetsky starts its cooperation with Sofia Rotaru with song "Lavanda". Effect of a new stage in the development of pop music in the late '80s was a group Laskovyi Mai and Mirage.


Even in the early '90s, when the country was going through a severe economic and political crisis, Russia and Moscow in particular, continue to be important producers of the Russian-language musical production. Many famous hits of popular music were written during this period (Igor Nikolayev, Natasha Koroleva, Na Na, Tatiana Bulanova, Leonid Agutin, Oleg Gazmanov, Valery Meladze, Dmitry Malikov and others.) Among the many areas of the rock group also had a huge popularity among the Russian audience in this period: DDT, Lyube, Sektor Gaza. This period was also characterized by the emergence of new artists and groups who have been especially popular in the coming years, such as Valeriya, Anita Tsoy, Blestyaschie, Ruki Vverh!. Russian record for the sale of records belongs to the ensemble Vesiolie Rebiata

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