Vera Brezhneva

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Vera Brezhneva
Vera Brejneva.jpg
During group concert (2006)
Background information
Birth name Vira Viktorivna Halushka
Born (1982-02-03) 3 February 1982 (age 32)
Dniprodzerzhynsk, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union (now Ukraine)
Genres Pop, Pop rock, Doo-wop
Occupation(s) Singer, presenter, actress
Years active 2003–2007 (Nu Virgos)
2008–present (solo)
Associated acts Verka Serduchka, Valeriy Meladze, TNMK, Diskoteka Avariya, Dan Balan
Website Official Website

Vera Viktorovna Galushka (Russian: Вера Викторовна Галушка; born 3 February 1982), better known by her stage name Vera Brezhneva (Russian: Вера Брежнева), is a Russian pop-singer and television presenter.

Biography[edit]

Family[edit]

Vera was born on 3 February 1982 in Dniprodzerzhynsk, in the Ukrainian SSR of the Soviet Union. Her parents were not involved in the music or entertainment business. Her mother, Tamara, is Russian, and her father, Viktor is mixed of Ukrainian and Russian descent. Her father worked in a chemical factory located by the Dnieper River. Her mother, who had graduated from medical school, worked in the same factory as her father. Vera has three sisters - one older (Halyna) and two younger (Nastya and Vika, twins). She bought a flat for her parents in Boryspil, a town close to Kiev. The father of Vera's daughter (Sonia) is Vitaliy Voychenko, to whom Vera was married for a few years. She graduated from the Rail Engineering Institute of Dnipropetrovsk with a degree in economics.

Nu Virgos[edit]

In 2002, Brezhneva was invited to a casting organized to find a girl to replace Alena Vinnitskaya and she won. In January 2003 Nu Virgos started performing in the new configuration (Nadiya, Anna and Vera) that, due to its amazing popularity, gained the name of "the golden line up".

In July 2007, Brezhneva decided to have a break from the band, which ended in December 2007 with the official announcement of her leaving [1] Nu Virgos. Vera was replaced in the group by Tatiana Kotova.

Power of 10[edit]

Vera is the presenter of the Russian version of "Power of 10" (In Russian: Магия 10-ти, Magic of 10), which premiered on January, 7th on Channel One Russia.[2]

Return to music[edit]

In May 2008, Vera premiered her first single called Ya Ne Igrayu (Я Не Играю;I Don't Play). The song was written by her former producer Konstantin Meladze. The second single Nirvana came out on 27 October 2008. Third single Ljubov v bolshom gorode (Love in the big city) was released in 2009. Then she appeared in the video Leto vsegda (Summer forever) of the group Diskoteka Avariya with actresses Anastasia Zadorozhnaya & Svetlana Khodchenkova. The fourth single was released in April - Ljubov spaset mir (Love will save the world) and reached #1 in Russian Airplay Weekly. The next single Pronto, a duet with Potap was released in September. Her sixth single was a duet with Dan Balan Lepestkami slez (Лепестками слез; Petals tears). Early in 2011, Vera premiered her new single Real'naya jizn, and at the end of 2011 the single Sexy Bambina and early in 2012 the single Ishu tebya were released.

Films[edit]

Vera has appeared in a number of Russian-language films. She played Katya in the film "Love in the Big City" (Любовь в большом городе) in 2009 and its two sequels in 2010 and 2013. She also had a major part as herself in "Yolki" (Ёлки) and "Yolki 2", and appeared in "Jungle" (Джунгли). Most of her film work has been in romantic comedies.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Positions
Ukraine Russia
2008 "Я не играю" (I don't play)" 6
"Нирвана (Nirvana)" 80
2009 "Любовь в большом городе (Love in the big city)" 19
2010 "Любовь спасёт мир (Love will save the world)" 1 1
"Пронто (Pronto)" (with Potap) 31
"Лепестками слез (By the petals of tears) (with Dan Balan) 1 1
2011 "Реальная жизнь (Real life)" 1 1
2012 "Sexy Bambina" 1
"Бессонница (Insomnia)" 6 20
"Ищу тебя (I am looking for you)" 7
"Любовь на расстоянии (Love from a distance)" (feat. DJ Smash) 48 14
2013 "Хороший день (Nice day)" 2 11
"Дом (Home)"
2014 "Доброе утро (Good Morning)" 1 12

Albums[edit]

Studio albums

  • Lyubov spasyot mir (2010)

Awards[edit]

Vera Brezhneva has been the recipient of numerous awards including the celebrated title of the “Woman of the Year” in Russia.[3] She is considered one of the most beautiful Russian women.[4] In 2007 and 2012, she was named the sexiest woman in Russia by the men’s magazine Maxim.[5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Вера Брежнева навсегда покидает "Виа Гру"". Randevucity.net. 2007-07-30. Retrieved 2011-10-27. 
  2. ^ 18:16 (2008-01-14). "Первый канал. Зарубежное и тематическое вещание / Эфир / Магия десяти". 1tvrus.com. Retrieved 2011-10-27. 
  3. ^ "Russian glamour". The Voice of Russia. 19 November 2010. Retrieved 2014-07-31. 
  4. ^ Morozov, Evgeniy. "Vera Brezhneva". M Premiere. Retrieved 2014-07-31. 
  5. ^ Shumov, Vasily (October 1, 2013). "The evolution of Russian female pop singers". Russia & India Report. Retrieved 2014-07-31. 
  6. ^ "Russia’s sexiest woman announced". NEWS.am STYLE. 19 November 2012. Retrieved 2014-07-31. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Nastya Kamenskykh
Most beautiful woman by VIVA!
2010
Succeeded by
incumbent