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23 April 1977 |
|Genres||Persian pop, hip hop, R&B, dance music, house|
|Labels||Warner Music Scandinavia (WEA)|
Arash Labaf was born in Tehran, Iran. At age ten, he and his family moved to Sweden, where he still resides. In an interview with BBC Persian Television, he has mentioned that his mother and father are from the Iranian cities of Shiraz and Isfahan, respectively. Also in one of his interviews, he stated his great grandfather is Iranian Azerbaijani. In an interview with Arash emphasized: "My great-grandfather was an Azeri so I always feel my Azerbaijani roots."
His debut album, Arash, was released by the Warner Music Sweden in June 2005, after he had finished college. His singles, "Boro Boro" ("Go Away") and "Temptation" (featuring Rebecca) made it to the hit lists around Europe, and their respective videos garnered significant airplay on more than 20 MTV outlets across the world.
In addition to successes in his home countries' music charts, namely Sweden and Iran, the platinum-selling singer and producer Arash has had hits notably in Eastern European and South-East European charts like Russia, Ukraine, Greece, Bulgaria, Poland, Hungary, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Romania, Turkey and in Asian music charts like in Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and throughout the Arab Middle Eastern countries. His singles have charted many times on Swiss and Finnish charts and he is especially famous in Poland. His song "Boro Boro" was featured in Indian Bollywood movie Bluffmaster!.
Arash's records were certified gold in 5 countries: his album Arash in Germany, Russia, Slovenia and Greece and single "Boro Boro" in Sweden. This song was also featured in the Hindi Bollywood film Bluffmaster! and he was the featured Artist of the Month on MTV India.
Arash has produced along with Thomas G:son, Robert Uhlmann, and Johan Bejerholm the Swedish entry to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2010 "Allt jag vill ha" that was performed by Josefine Ridell.
Eurovision Song Contest 2009
In early 2009, it was revealed that the Azerbaijani entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 would be the song "Always" which was written and composed by Arash. The song was performed by Aysel Teymurzadeh and Arash in a duet in Semifinal 2 of the Eurovision competition. The song qualified for the Eurovision Song Contest final which took place on 16 May 2009, and was placed third.
- Crossfade (The Remix Album) (2006)
- Arash: The Album (2012)
- 2005: Bluffmaster! as playback singer
- 2012: Rhinos Season (in post-production)
Arash has worked with a number of directors for his video including Alec Cartio and Fred Khoshtinat. Alec Cartio's directed videos include Arash's "Temptation" (with Rebecca), also "Boro Boro", "Tike Tike Kardi" and "Iran Iran". Fred Khoshtinat directed Arash hits include "Dasa Bala" (feat. Aylar, Timbuktu and Yag) and "Broken Angel" (feat. Helena).
- "Arash's Iranian family from Sweden". BBC (interview by Behzad Bolour). 2008-09-11. Archived from the original on 23 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-16.
- "Aysel & Arash: "We Are Going to Surprise You!" | Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku". EuroVisionary. 2009-05-04. Retrieved 2012-01-14.
- Рафаэль Сааков Би-би-си, Москва. "BBC Russian – Культура и шоу-бизнес – Финал "Евровидения"-2009: на первый-второй рассчитайсь!". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-01-14.
- "AySel & Arash - Always (Azerbaijan 2009) | Participant Profile | Eurovision Song Contest - Copenhagen 2014". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 2013-11-06.
- "Aysel & Arash Always Live, Azerbaijan Eurovision 2009". YouTube. 2009-05-30. Retrieved 2012-01-14.
- "Azerbaijan at Eurovision Song Contest 2009 - Азербайджан на конкурсе песни Евровидение 2009". Esckaz.com. Retrieved 2013-11-06.
- "The Great Big Eurovision Experiment 2009 – Azerbaijan « Eurovision Blog". Eurovisionblog.wordpress.com. 2009-05-05. Retrieved 2013-11-06.
- "Iran: Arash Tops European Pop Charts With Persian-Language Hits". RFE/RL. 2005-04-21. Archived from the original on 11 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-07.
- "AySel & Arash | Participant Profile | Eurovision Song Contest – Baku 2012". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 2012-01-14.
- "ARASH – "Pure Love" – Making Of The Video". YouTube. 2008-11-17. Retrieved 2010-03-12.
- Niklas Kjellberg/TT Spektra. "Josefine tävlar för Sverige i Minsk – Kultur & Nöje" (in Swedish). www.gp.se. Retrieved 2012-01-14.
- "Sweden JESC 2010 Швеция Детское Евровидение 2010". Esckaz.com. Retrieved 2012-01-14.
- "Junior/lilla mf/mgp nordic". escsweden.com. Retrieved 2012-01-14.
- Brey, Marco (2009-02-05). "Azerbaijani entry written by Arash". Eurovision.tv. Archived from the original on 7 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-05.
- Siim, Jarmo (2009-02-12). "Azerbaijan to send a duet to Eurovision". Eurovision.tv. Archived from the original on 15 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-12.
- "APA – Arash presents $400-thousand necklace to his bride Behnaz at their wedding – PHOTOSESSION". Apa.az. Retrieved 2012-01-14.
- "Arash married on May 28 in Dubai". Chuiko.com. 2011-03-16. Retrieved 2012-01-14.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Arash.|
- Official website
- Arash at MySpace
- Official forum
- Arash at warnermusic.de
- Arash at the Internet Movie Database
- Arash at the Internet Movie Database (2)
- Chori Chori clip (captured in Poprad, Slovakia)
|Awards and achievements|
Elnur & Samir
with Day After Day
|Azerbaijan in the Eurovision Song Contest
with Drip Drop