Blestyaschie

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Blestyashchiye
Origin Belarus
Genres Dance-Pop
Teen Pop
Pop
Years active 1988–present
Website Official Website
Members Ksenija Novikova
Nadezhda Ruchka
Anastasia Osipova
Marina Berezhnaya
Past members See: List of Blestyaschie members Aida Bogoslavskaya
(1988-1991)
Tatiana Simenkova
(1988-1993)
Varvara Koroleva
(1988-1996)
Olga Koryagina
(1988-1997)
Polina Iodis
(1992-1998)
Olga Orlova
(1993-2000)
Irina Lukyanova
(1996-2003)
Zhanna Friske
(1997-2003)
Yulia Kovalchuk
(2001-2007)
Anna Semenovich
(2003-2007)
Natalia Asmolova
(2007-2007)
Natalia Friske
(2007-2008)
Anna Dubovitskaya
(2008-2011)
Yulianna Lukasheva
(2008-2009)

Blestyashchie (Russian: Блестящие, IPA: [blʲɪ'sʲtʲæɕːɪɪ], English: The Shining Ones) is one of the first and most enduring all-girl singing groups in Russia.

History[edit]

1996-1999: "Tam, tol'ko tam" and "Prosto mechty"[edit]

Originally Blestyashchie consisted of three girls: Olga Orlova, Polina Iodis, Varvara Koroleva, and Olga Koryagina. In 1996 Irina Lukjanova and Janna Friske joined the group when Varvara Koroleva left the group right after the release of their first album Tam, Tol'ko Tam (Russian: Там, только там, English: There, Only There). Featuring original arrangements, lovely lyrics, and artistic music videos, Blestyashchie became quite popular. They went on tour across the country, and they were highly praised. There, Janna became an instant success with her excellent vocal abilities and superb dancing skills. In 1997 they released the album Tam, Tol'ko Tam (Remixes). In 1998, Polina Iodis left the group and the three remaining girls continued to work together. In August 1999, Xenia Novikova joined Blestyashchie. With the new lineup, Blestyashchie released their second album Prosto Mechty (Russian: Просто мечты, English: Only Dreams). This album included such musical best sellers, "Gde Zhe Ti Gde?", "Oblaka", and "Cha, Cha, Cha".

2000-2002: "O ljubvi..." and "Za chetyre morya"[edit]

They released a new album in 2000, titled O Lyubvi... (Russian: О любви..., English: About Love...). The album featured ten new songs, one of which, "Ciao Bambino", was named the most "provocative" clip of year. The hit "Za Osen'yu Pridet Zima" was another single from O Lyubvi.... The group won many awards that year, and went on tour in cities of Russia, the countries of the Near abroad, and abroad. Soon Olga Orlova (the front member and the songwriter of the songs that made Blestyashchie famous) became pregnant and left the group. The success of the group was later proven by Belym Snegom (By White Snow), a greatest hits collection, including "Belym Snegom" and "Dolgo Tebya Zdala". The video clips for the songs at the time were in "Russian Top Ten" and "Top-20" on MTV. In June 2001, Yulia Kovalchuk was finishing up her 10th and 11th years of schooling, after which she planned to leave Moscow and return to her hometown, Volgagrad, to take a year's vacation. Her friends had told her that Blestyashchies' producers were going to be in attendance at the school's year-end recital. The rumor was that "Blest" was hoping to include more dance in their shows, and thus they were looking for new talent. And the story goes, Julia was waiting to go onstage for her performance, when a Blest producer happened to pass by. The producer took an instant liking to Yulia, and asked if she could sing. Eventually they went to a studio, where she sang for them, and left her contact information. She went home as planned, for her much needed rest. On July 31, she received a call that she would need to be in Moscow on August 1(the next day), to start her new career as a member of the group Blestyashchie. Yulia did not receive a very warm reception in Moscow. She was 18, and she was taking her first step into a pop group, whose members were struggling with finding an identity for the group, as well as their own survival. Yulia's first performance in Blestyashchie came at the recording of "Pesna Goda" on September 5, 2001. Yulia described the occasion as "I was in the right place at the right time." Janna Friske is considered the leader of the group, publicity director, and oversees that girls communicate "daily". In their 'free time' the four members wrote songs for their next album, Za Chetyre Morya (Russian: За четыре моря, English: Beyond Four Seas) (2002). The first hit from the album was the memorable "A Ya Vse Letala", the video played continuously on all music channels. In 2003 Irina Lukyanova became pregnant and left the group. Later on Blestyashchie was joined by the former figure skater Anna Semenovich.

2003-2006: "Apel'sinoviy ray" and "Vostochniye skazki"[edit]

Their fifth studio album Apel'sinoviy ray (Russian: Апельсиновый рай, English: Orange Paradise) (2003) was an extraordinary success and left its mark on the year. The last hit song off the album, "Novogodnaya Pesnya", became a true anthem that goes to the heart of winter holidays at the year's end, and the earlier hit song "Apelcinovie Rai" the summer anthem. Blestyashchie was one of the first girl-groups in Russia, yet they still have a firm hold on the leading position among other female groups. In 2003, after the release of Apelcinovie Rai, Janna Friske left the group to embark on her solo career. On April 1, 2004 Friske was replaced by Nadia Ruchka. When asked the question how she joined group Blestyashchie, Nadia answered so: "It is very simple. My friend called and told that Blestyashchie wanted me to audition. My previous band just had just broken up. And 'Blest' was searching for new members. But was on first of April (April Fools' Day), and I mistook the offer as a joke. Therefore I said: 'Please, you will not joke. I do not wish to listen to such silly jokes. You will come home, and we shall talk.' At first I joined in group on a trial period. I have started to go a little with girls by tour. Stepped onstage in two-three numbers. Then I began to participate in recording songs." In the group, Nadia was well accepted. "If there are any questions, we find it easy to communicate," the singer tells. "Everyone understands, the work is complex. Now the trial my period has ended, therefore I work on full power." In 2005 the group released their 8th album, Vostochniye skazki (Russian: Восточные сказки, English: Oriental Fairytales) featuring a duet with the famous Iranian singer Arash. They also released the singles "Palmy Parami", "Kak Zvezda", "Agent 007", and the earlier mentioned "Novogodnyaya Pesna".

2007-Present: "Odnoklassniki" and single releases"[edit]

In March 2007, Anna Semenovich left the group to pursue a solo career, and was soon replaced by Anastasia Osipova. In summer 2007, amid rumors of pregnancy and a solo career, Kseniya left the group. At the 2007 Russian Music Awards, it was announced that Natalia Friske was the newest member of Blestyashchie. The announcement was made by her sister, Janna Friske, during a performance by Blestyashchie, including present and former members, while they performed a medley of Blest hit songs, live. Yulia Kovalchuk, whose contract with Blestyashchie expired on December 31, 2007 has left the group to start her solo career. Under contract with Martin Music, she is expected to release her first single in February, 2008. There may be a music video for it in the spring, and her debut album is supposed to be released in fall 2008. On February 5, 2008, the group announced their newest member, Anna Dubovitskaja.

Members[edit]

Line-ups[edit]

  • 03.1995 - 04.1996: Olga Orlova, Polina Iodis, Varvara Koroleva & Olga Koryagina
  • 04.1996 - 05.1997: Olga Orlova, Polina Iodis & Irina Lukyanova
  • 05.1997 - 11.1998: Olga Orlova, Polina Iodis, Irina Lukyanova & Zhanna Friske
  • 11.1998 - 08.1999: Olga Orlova, Irina Lukyanova & Zhanna Friske
  • 08.1999 - 11.2000: Olga Orlova, Irina Lukyanova, Zhanna Friske & Kseniya Novikova
  • 11.2000 - 08.2001: Irina Lukyanova, Zhanna Friske & Kseniya Novikova
  • 08.2001 - 03.2003: Irina Lukyanova, Zhanna Friske, Kseniya Novikova & Yulia Kovalchuk
  • 03.2003 - 06.2003: Zhanna Friske, Kseniya Novikova & Yulia Kovalchuk
  • 06.2003 - 09.2003: Zhanna Friske, Kseniya Novikova, Yulia Kovalchuk & Anna Semenovich
  • 09.2003 - 04.2004: Kseniya Novikova, Yulia Kovalchuk & Anna Semenovich
  • 04.2004 - 03.2007: Kseniya Novikova, Yulia Kovalchuk, Anna Semenovich & Nadezhda Rucka
  • 03.2007 - 05.2007: Kseniya Novikova, Yulia Kovalchuk, Nadezhda Rucka & Anastasia Osipova
  • 05.2007 - 10.2007: Yulia Kovalchuk, Nadezhda Rucka, Anastasia Osipova
  • 06.2007 - 08.2007: Yulia Kovalchuk, Nadezhda Rucka, Anastacia Osipova & Natalia Asmolova
  • 10.2007 - 01.2008: Yulia Kovalchuk, Nadezhda Rucka, Anastacia Osipova & Natalia Friske
  • 02.2008 - 06.2008: Nadezhda Rucka, Anastasia Osipova, Natalia Friske & Anna Dubovitskaya
  • 06.2008 - 11.2009: Nadezhda Rucka, Anastasia Osipova, Anna Dubovitskaya & Yulianna Lukasheva
  • 11.2009 - 06.2011: Nadezhda Rucka, Anastasia Osipova, Anna Dubovitskaya & Marina Berezhnaya
  • 06.2011 - 09.2011: Kseniya Novikova, Nadezhda Rucka, Anastasia Osipova, Anna Dubovitskaya & Marina Berezhnaya
  • 09.2011-....: Kseniya Novikova, Nadezhda Rucka, Anastasia Osipova & Marina Berezhnaya

Line-up changes[edit]

Member Participation Replaced by
Nickname Name in Latin script
(birth name)
Name in Cyrillic script
Olga (Ольга) Olga Orlova Ольга Орлова 1995–2000 Yulia
Polina (Полина) Polina Iodis Полина Иодис 1995–1998 Kseniya
Varvara (Варвара) Varvara Koroleva Варвара Королева 1995–1996 Irina
Irina (Ирина) Irina Lukyanova Ирина Лукьянова 1996–2003 Anna S.
Zhanna (Жанна) Zhanna Friske Жанна Фриске 1997–2003 Nadezhda
Kseniya (Ксения) Kseniya Novikova Ксения Новикова 1999–2007
since 2011
1st time: Natalia
current member
Yulia (Юлия) Yulia Kovalchuk Юлия Ковальчук 2001–2007 Anna D.
Anna S. (Анна) Anna Semenovich Анна Семенович 2003–2007 Anastasia
Nadezhda (Надежда) Nadezhda Ruchka Надежда Ручка since 2004 current member
Anastasia (Анастасия) Anastasia Osipova Анастасия Осипова since 2007 current member
Natalia (Наталья) Natalia Friske Наталья Фриске 2007–2008 Yulianna
Anna D. (Анна) Anna Dubovitskaya Анна Дубовицкая 2008–2011
Yulianna (Юлианна) Yulianna Lukasheva Юлианна Лукашева 2008–2009 Marina
Marina (Марина) Marina Berezhnaya Марина Бережная since 2009 current member

Timeline[edit]

Anna Semenovich Zhanna Friske Olga Orlova

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • 1996: Tam, tol'ko tam ("There, Only there")
  • 1998: Prosto mechty ("Only dreams")
  • 2000: O ljubvi... ("About love...")
  • 2002: Za chetyre morya ("Beyond four seas")
  • 2003: Apel'sinoviy ray ("Orange paradise")
  • 2006: Vostochniye skazki ("Oriental fairytales")

Compilation albums[edit]

  • 1997: Tam, tol'ko tam (Remixes) ("There, Only there (Remixes)" - 1st Remix album)
  • 2000: Belym snegom ("White snow" - 1st Compilation album)
  • 2008: Odnoklassniki

Singles[edit]

From "Tam, tol'ko tam"

  • 1996: Tam, tol'ko tam O.Orlova, P.Iodis, V.Koroleva ("There, Only there")
  • 1996: Fog O.Orlova, P.Iodis, I.Lukyanova
  • 1997: Flowers O.Orlova, P.Iodis, I.Lukyanova, Z.Friske

From "Prosto mechty"

  • 1997: Oblaka O.Orlova, P.Iodis, I.Lukyanova, Z.Friske ("Clouds")
  • 1998: Cha, Cha, Cha O.Orlova, P.Iodis, I.Lukyanova, Z.Friske ("Cha, Cha, Cha")
  • 1998: Gde Zhe Ti Gde O.Orlova, P.Iodis, I.Lukyanova, Z.Friske ("Where are you, where")

From "O ljubvi..."

  • 1998: New Year (feat. A-Mega) O.Orlova, I.Lukyanova, Z.Friske
  • 1999: Sweet steering O.Orlova, I.Lukyanova, Z.Friske, K.Novikova
  • 1999: During the autumn comes winter O.Orlova, I.Lukyanova, Z.Friske, K.Novikova
  • 1999: Chao, Bambino O.Orlova, I.Lukyanova, Z.Friske, K.Novikova

From "Belym snegom"

  • 2000: Belym Snegom I.Lukyanova, Z.Friske, K.Novikova("White snow")
  • 2001: Dolgo Tebya Zdala I.Lukyanova, Z.Friske, K.Novikova ("How long you waited")

From "Za chetyre morya"

  • 2001: Ay-ay I.Lukyanova, Z.Friske, K.Novikova, Y.Kovalchuk
  • 2002: Four Sea I.Lukyanova, Z.Friske, K.Novikova, Y.Kovalchuk
  • 2002: And I flew I.Lukyanova, Z.Friske, K.Novikova, Y.Kovalchuk

From "Apel'sinoviy ray"

  • 2003: Apel'sinoviy ray Z.Friske, K.Novikova, Y.Kovalchuk, A.Semenovich ("The orange song")

From "Vostochniye skazki"

  • 2004: Novogodnya pesnya K.Novikova, Y.Kovalchuk, A.Semenovich, N.Rucka («New Year Song»)
  • 2005: Palmy parami K.Novikova, Y.Kovalchuk, A.Semenovich, N.Rucka ("Palm pairs")
  • 2005: Brat moy desantnik K.Novikova, Y.Kovalchuk, A.Semenovich, N.Rucka ("Detective")
  • 2005: Vostochniye skazki K.Novikova, Y.Kovalchuk, A.Semenovich, N.Rucka (feat. Arash) ("Oriental fairytales")
  • 2006: Agent 007 K.Novikova, Y.Kovalchuk, A.Semenovich, N.Rucka ("Agent 007")

From "Odnoklassniki"

  • 2008: Odnoklassniki N.Rucka, A.Osipova, A.Dubovitskaya, Y.Lukasheva ("Classmates")

Singles only

  • 2008: You Know, My Dear N.Rucka, A.Osipova, A.Dubovitskaya, Y.Lukasheva
  • 2010: Ball
  • 2010: Morning
  • 2011: Love
  • 2011: Sweet my
  • 2012: What is it?
  • 2012: Green Eyes
  • 2013: Birthday
  • 2013: In Ekvator

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