Ani Lorak

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Ani Lorak
Ani Lorak ESC Party 2009 8.jpg
Lorak in Moscow in 2009
Background information
Native name Ані Лорак
Birth name Karolina Myroslavivna Kuiek
Born (1978-09-27) 27 September 1978 (age 39)
Kitsman, Ukrainian SSR, USSR
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actress
  • entrepreneur
  • activist
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • piano
Years active 1996–present
Labels
Website www.anilorak.net/en/

Karolina Myroslavivna Kuiek (Ukrainian: Кароліна Мирославівна Куєк, Russian: Каролина Мирославовна Куек, also transliterated as Kuyek or Kuek; born 27 September 1978), popularly known as Ani Lorak (Ukrainian: Ані Лорак), is a Ukrainian singer, songwriter, actress, entrepreneur, and former UN Goodwill Ambassador. Having received Ukraine's most prestigious and honorary title, the People's Artist of Ukraine, Lorak has been cited as one of the most powerful and influential women in her country,[1] as well as ranked one of the most beautiful women from Eastern Europe.[2] Ani Lorak reported the highest income of all singers in Ukraine in 2014 [3]

Lorak became known outside of the former Soviet Union after she represented Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 with the song "Shady Lady", coming in second place behind Dima Bilan from Russia.[4][5]

Early life[edit]

Ani Lorak had a notably tough childhood. Born in Kitsman Western Ukraine, speaking Ukrainian as her native language, Karolina was raised by a single mother. At the age of 6, she and her brothers were placed in a foster home. One of her brothers later died when fighting in Afghanistan.[6] Karolina Kuiek developed the desire to become a singer as early as the age of four. She often performed at various school vocal competitions. In 1992, she took part in the popular contest 'Pervotsvit' and was the winner. It was here where she met her ex-producer Yuriy Falyosa. As a result, at the age of 14 she signed her first professional contract. Kuiek became known as Ani Lorak in March 1995 when she took part in a contest at the television program "Morning Star" in Moscow, Russia. There was a Russian singer with the same name already enrolled in that competition so Kuiek had to invent a stage name. Ani Lorak is the name Karolina read backwards. Ani Lorak moved to Kiev in 1995. By that time her name was well known in Ukrainian show business. She became even more popular after winning the "Big Apple Music 1996 Competition" in New York City. She was named "Discovery of the Year" at the popular Ukrainian festival "Tavria Games" in 1996. The same year she released her first album "I Want to Fly".

1997–2011[edit]

Lorak continued recording new songs in 1997. Her two videos "The Model" and "My God" were filmed and the latter became a soundtrack to the movie "The Right to Choose". In the spring of 1998 her new video "I will be back" was shot and in December Lorak's second album "I will be back" was released. Mastering of this album took place in New York. Simultaneously her two music videos "Oh my love" and "A Stranger's City" were filmed to accompany her new album. At the outset of 1999 she started extensive touring, performing in the US, France, Germany, Hungary, and her concerts took place in every major city of Ukraine. In 1999 she earned the title of the Honoured Artist of Ukraine.[7]

In the spring of 2000 Ani Lorak recorded the soundtrack for an advert for the Chocolate "Korona" at the London studio "Astoria". Here, the singer met British composers Burrie Guard and Josh Phillips. Also, in London Lorak recorded new songs. In 2004-2005 Ani Lorak was a UN Good Will Ambassador in Ukraine for HIV/AIDS.

In October 2009, Lorak was ranked 41st in a top 100 of "most influential women in Ukraine" compiled by experts for the Ukrainian magazine Focus.[8]

Business ventures[edit]

In 2005, Ani Lorak and her fiance Murat opened the Angel Lounge, a restaurant that specializes in Mediterranean cuisine in the center of Kiev.[9] In 2009, they opened a Ukrainian travel agency called "Holiday Travel", which is a sub-division of "Turtess Travel", a company Murat works for.[10] In 2010, Lorak became an Oriflame advert. She participated in several catalogues and developed a new fragrance called Chiffon by Ani Lorak.[11]

In 2011, Lorak was announced the fifth richest singer in Ukraine, with her team's revenues amounting to $2.35 million that year. Her typical fee is $25,000-$40,000 per concert.[12]

In 2014 the singer was criticised in Ukraine for having accepted awards in Russia while Ukraine had conflicts with Russia. In August 2014 a concert of hers in Odessa, Ukraine was cancelled after it was disrupted by Ukrainian nazists.[13] Lorak then told reporters that she was a true Ukrainian patriot and loved her country dearly, advising her critics to “go and join [the] Anti-Terror Operation” (the technical term for the War in Donbass).[14]

Personal life[edit]

On 21 August 2009, Lorak married her longtime Turkish fiance and manager Murat Nalçacıoğlu, whom she met in 2003 when vacationing in Turkey.[15] Her husband, Murat Nalçacıoğlu, is a Turkish hotel manager and travel agent. She confirmed her pregnancy at the end of November 2010.[16] Their daughter, Sophia, was born on 9 June 2011.[17] She and her family live in a house on the outskirts of Kiev, Ukraine but frequently travel to Turkey.

Eurovision[edit]

Lorak in Serbia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2008, Semi-final.

2005[edit]

In 2005, Ani Lorak made her first attempt to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest and was virtually certain to sing the home country's entry in Kiev, but ultimately failed to be selected. Her narrow defeat in the 2005 national pre-selection competition was particularly controversial, given that the winners, GreenJolly, did not have to qualify for the final by winning one of the fifteen preliminary heats (unlike her). Lorak finished in second place in the Ukrainian national final with the song A Little Shot Of Love.

2008[edit]

Having come close to singing the home country's entry in 2005, when Ukraine staged the Eurovision Song Contest, Ukrainian television NTU announced in late December that Ani Lorak, one of the country's most successful singers would represent the country at Eurovision in Belgrade and that the public and a jury would choose the song. On 23 February, Ani performed five potential entries, in a special show and the winner, chosen by both the public and by the jury was "Shady Lady",[18] written by Greek composer and producer Dimitris Kontopoulos, also known in the Eurovision bubble.

She also recorded a Russian version of her Eurovision song "Shady Lady" with the title "S neba v nebo". Ani had visited other countries to present her song, like Malta, Russia, Bulgaria, Spain and Germany. At the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest in Belgrade, she sang the song "Shady Lady" in the second semi final on 22 May 2008, winning a place in the final. She took the second place in the final after Dima Bilan. She was awarded a prize for being the Best Artist at the contest from the media. Italian designer Roberto Cavalli designed a dress for Ani Lorak performance at the festival. The ornate dress was made with Swarovski Diamonds, and her choreography produced by Fokas Evangelinos who designed the stage show for her entry. He also arranged the stage shows of Greece 2005, Russia 2006 and Belarus 2007.

Charity[edit]

Lorak spends a lot of time on charitable activities. Since 2004-2005 Lorak has been a UN Goodwill Ambassador on HIV/AIDS in Ukraine. UNICEF and UN in Ukraine have awarded a commendation to Lorak for assistance and help to HIV positive citizens of Ukraine. In 2005, Lorak was conferred with the St. Stanislav Order of the 4th degree and the Officer's Cross "for strengthening the international authority of Ukraine, for the high professionalism, great creative achievements, charity and adherence to the ideals of chivalry".[19]

Albums[edit]

Album Title English translation Year
Разве ты любил Didn't you love me 2016
Зажигай сердце Light heart 2013
Солнце Sun 2009
Shady lady - 2008
15 15 2007
Розкажи... Tell me... 2006
Smile 2005
Ані Лорак Ani Lorak 2004
REMIX Мрій про мене REMIX Dream about me 2003
Там, де ти є... There where you are... 2001
www.anilorak.com 2000
Ангел Мрій Моїх Dream Angel 1999
Я вернусь I will return 1998
Хочу летать I want to fly 1996

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Positions[citation needed]
Ukraine Russia Sweden
1998 "Ya Vernus'"
2000 "Zerkala" 1
2001 "Tam, De Ty Ye"
"Poludneva Speka"
"Potsiluy" 5
2004 "Moi Bazhannya"
"Try Zvychnyh Slova"
"Mriy Pro Mene"
2005 "A Little Shot Of Love " 18 10
"Car Song"
"100 kisses"
with Oleksandr Ponomaryov
3
"Smile"
2006 "Розкажи"
"Tell me"
4
2007 "Верни мою любовь"
"Return my love"
feat. V. Meladze
2 37
"С первого взгляда"
"From first view"
4
"Я с тобой"
"I'm with you"
2008 "Shady Lady" (Eurovision entry) 1 21 57
"Я стану морем"
"I will become the sea"
2
"Солнце"
"Sun"
1 1
2009 "А дальше…"
"And More..."
1 10
2010 "Небеса - ладони"
"Heaven - palm"
19 15
2010 "Нежность рассвета"
"Tenderness of a dawn"
15 32
2010 "Для тебя"
"For you"
1 1
2011 "Спроси"
"Ask"
45
2011 "Не дели любовь"
"Don't Divide Love"
45
2011 "Я буду солнцем"
"I Will Be the Sun"
45
2012 "Обними меня крепче"
"Hold Me Tight"
2012 "Обними меня"
"Hold Me"
2012 "Зажигай сердце"
"Kindle the Heart"
2013 "Оранжевые сны"
"Orange dreams"
1; 15;
2013 "Забирай рай"
"Take paradise"
2013 "Зеркала (feat. Grigory Leps)"
"Mirrors (feat. Grigory Leps)"
2014 "Медленно"
"Slowly"
2015 "Корабли"
"Ships"
2015 "Осенняя любовь"
"Autumn love"
2016 "Удержи мое сердце"
"Hold my heart"
2016 "Уходи по-английски"
"Go in English style"
2016 "Разве ты любил"
"Didn't you love me"
2016 "Я не могу сказать (feat. Emin Agalarov)"
"I can't say (feat. Emin Agalarov)"
2017 "Ты еще любишь"
"Do you still love me"
2017 "Сопрано (feat. Mot)"
"Soprano" (feat. Mot)
2017 "Проститься (feat. Emin Agalarov)"
"Sorry (feat. Emin Agalarov)"
2017 "Новый бывший"
"New ex-boyfriend"
2018 "Сумасшедшая"
"Crazy"

Awards[edit]

1992[20][edit]

  • Second prize of the Prevotsvit festival in Ukraine (Chernivtsi).

1994[21][edit]

  • First prize of the international festival Veselad (Kyiv).
  • First prize of the international festival Dolia (Chernivtsi).

1995[22][edit]

  • Winner of the "Morning Star" television contest (Moscow).
  • Second prize of the all-Ukrainian festival "Chervona Ruta" (Sevastopol).

1996[23][edit]

  • Winner of the Super Final of the "Morning Star" television contest (Moscow).
  • Winner in the "Finding of 1995" nomination of the "Tavriyski Igry" festival.
  • Grand-Prix winner of the global competition of young performers "Big Apple Music-96" (New York).

1997[24][edit]

  • Prize-winner of the "Song-97" festival (Moscow, Kyiv).
  • Winner of the Grand-Prix of the President of Ukraine following the results of the all-Ukrainian festival "Song Vernissage-97".

1998[25][edit]

  • Award winner in the "Singer of the Year" and "Pop Music of the Year" nominations of the "Tavriyski Igry-98" festival.

1999[26][edit]

  • Award winner in the "Singer of the Year" nomination of the "Tavriyski Igry-99" festival.

2000[27][edit]

  • The song "Zerkala" [Mirrors] recognized as the best club release of the year 2000.

2001[28][edit]

  • Award winner in the nomination "Singer of the Year" of the "Tavriyski Igry-2001" festival.
  • "Ani Lorak Nazavzhdy" [Ani Lorak Forever] recognized as the best Ukrainian musical film of 2000.

2002[29][edit]

  • The CD 'Tam de ty ye…' becomes Gold.
  • Ani enters the Top 100 list of the sexiest women of the world.
  • Ani Lorak recognized as "The Best Singer of the Year" on the "Tavriyski Igry-2002" festival.

2003[30][edit]

  • Winner in the "Singer of the Year" nomination of the "Tavriyski Igry-2003" festival (Ukraine).
  • Recognized as the "Singer of the Year 2002" by the ELLE magazine.

2004[31][edit]

  • "Singer of the Year 2003", UBN Awards, UK.
  • "Singer of the Year 2003" according to the ELLE magazine.
  • Gold Disc for the "Ani Lorak" album.

2005[32][edit]

  • Ani Lorak's composition "Мriy pro mene" [Dream about me] recognized as the best song of 2004 at the "Zolotoy Gramofon" [Golden Gramophone] contest.
  • The composition of Ani Lorak "Try zvychnyh slova" [Three usual words] recognized as the best song of 2004 - at the "Zolota Zharptytsia" [Golden Firebird] competition.
  • Ani Lorak recognized as the best singer of 2004. Audience Choice Award "Zolota Zharptytsia".

2006[33][edit]

  • Ani Lorak wins the international music award "Zolota Sharmanka" [Gold Sharmanka] for the song "Rozkazhy" [Tell me].
  • Ani Lorak recognised as the most beautiful woman of Ukraine by the readers of the VIVA magazine.
  • The "Rozkazhy…" album becomes Gold according to sales results.

2008[34][edit]

  • In May 2008, Ani Lorak became the silver prize winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2008.
  • Received the "Artistic Award Eurovision Song Contest", which is awarded to the best artist of the contest.
  • According to the magazine "Focus", Ani Lorak is the No. 1 artist on the public interest.
  • According to the magazine "Focus" Ani Lorak entered the top 100 most influential women in Ukraine.

2009[35][edit]

  • According to Eurovision Song Contest Radio Ani Lorak with the song "Shady lady" became "Best singer of 2008".
  • In March 2009, Ani Lorak was awarded the "Person of the Year" award in the nomination "Idol of Ukrainians".

2010[36][edit]

  • At the presentation of the annual WORLD FASHION AWARDS 2010 award, the International TV channel on World Fashion WORLD FASHION CHANNEL recognized Ani Lorak as a Fashion singer.
  • In December, Ani Lorak received the Golden Gramophone for the song "For You" and was awarded the "Song of the Year" diploma as the author of music and the co-author of the words.

2011[37][edit]

  • In March, at the awarding of the "Personality of the Year" award, Ani Lorak received the award in the "Star Solo" nomination.

2012[38][edit]

  • In December Ani gets "Gold Gramophone" award for the song "Obnimi menya krepche" ("Hug Me Tight"), and the song "Obnimi Menya" ("Hug Me") awarded "Song of the Year".
  • According to "Seven Days" magazine Ani Lorak is the most beautiful woman in Russia.

2013[39][edit]

  • In March Ani Lorak became "the most beautiful woman" according to the Viva! magazine.
  • At the ceremony "Persons of the Year, 2012" Ani Lorak got the Personality of Ukrainian Culture award.
  • Ani Lorak got "Choreography of the Year" from RU.TV channel at the Russian Music Awards ceremony, which took place on May, 25.
  • This summer at the Muz-TV 2013 Award in Moscow Ani Lorak was named as "The Best Performer of the Year" and got the long-awaited plate.

2014[40][edit]

  • In May, Ani Lorak received awards from the music channel RU.TV in two categories: "Best duet" for a song with Grigory Leps "Mirrors" and "Karolina" show had won in the nomination "The best concert show of the year".
  • In June, Ani Lorak became the owner of a special award from the recording company «Panik Records» for the sale of her English-language single, «I'm Alive» in the iTunes Store in Greece.
  • On September 20 Ani Lorak took part in the annual ceremony EMA. Eurasian Music Award held at the Central Stadium in Almaty. Singer became the owner of the prestigious award in the category "Best Artist of Eurasia."
  • In December, Ani Lorak received the "Golden Gramophone" award for song with Grigory Leps "Mirrors".
  • And the singer became the winner of the "Song of the Year - 2014" award for the song "Slow" on "Inter" TV channel.

2015[41][edit]

  • Ani Lorak won in the nomination "Singer of the Year" and received the coveted samovar at the RU.TV Awards.
  • In June, Ani Lorak became the "Singer of the Year" at MUZ-TV Awards, which took place in Astana.
  • At the annual awards ceremony Fashion People Awards Ani Lorak received award in the nomination “Fashion singer of the year”.
  • In November, Ani Lorak received her fifth "Golden Gramophone" for the lyrical song "Ships".

2016[42][edit]

  • Ani Lorak awarded as the most stylish singer by Fashion People Awards.

2017[43][edit]

  • At the end of May Ani Lorak and Mot win the nomination "Best duet of the year" with the song "Soprano" at the RU.TV Awards.
  • In June, Ani Lorak and Emin win the "Fashion duet" award for their song "I can't tell" at the annual "Fashion People Awards" award ceremony.
  • Later in June Ani Lorak received the award in the nomination "The Best Album of the Year" for the album "Didn't You Love Me?" at the MUZ-TV Awards.
  • In September, Ani Lorak becomes the winner of the special nomination "High Plank" of the MUSICBOX Award.
  • Ani Lorak became the leader of the popular vote of the First Channel and Odnoklassniki.
  • Ani Lorak received her 9th statuette "Golden Gramophone" for a duet song with Moto "Soprano".
  • At the ceremony of awarding the music award "Major League" from "New Radio" Ani Lorak and Moth became owners of the Golden Siren for the song "Soprano".
  • In December Ani Lorak received the diploma of the festival "Song of the Year" for the song "You Still Love".
  • Ani Lorak and Mot got VK Music Award for the song "Soprano".

2018[44][edit]

  • Ani Lorak gets "The Best Female Singer of the Year" at ZARA Music Awards.
  • Later in March, Ani Lorak's show DIVA gets "Show of the Year" award by the BraVo international music premia.
  • At the end of May, Ani Lorak's show DIVA gets award as the best show of the year at the 8th Russian Music Award of RU.TV.
  • In the beginning of June, Ani Lorak's show DIVA is recognized as the best concert show of the year at the Fashion People Awards 2018 in Moscow.
  • At the MUZ-TV Award 2018 Ani Lorak and Mot get the cherished award for the song "Soprano" - the best duet of the year.

References[edit]

  1. ^ (in Russian) Рейтинг Фокуса: 100 самых влиятельных женщин и 100 деталей о них, Focus
  2. ^ [1]
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  4. ^ UNIAN - Ani Lorak to sing song of Kirkorov in Eurovision
  5. ^ BBC Ukraine's 2008 Eurovision song (including videoclip)
  6. ^ http://www.kyivpost.com/guide/all/the-amazing-ani-lorak-story-87142.html
  7. ^ (in Russian) Ани Лорак, Focus
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  11. ^ Шифон от Ани Лорак Archived February 11, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
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  14. ^ http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/08/05/ukraine-pop-star-a-casualty-in-culture-war-with-russia.html
  15. ^ Ani Lorak married
  16. ^ p=10894 ани лорак вскоре станет мамой Archived February 26, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  17. ^ Ани Лорак рожала вместе с мужем (in Russian) Archived August 14, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  18. ^ Clip of performance of "Shady Lady" at the preselection (in Ukrainian) "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-03-29. Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  19. ^ Biography (Official website) Archived January 14, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
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Achievements
Preceded by
Verka Serduchka
with "Dancing Lasha Tumbai"
Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest
2008
Succeeded by
Svetlana Loboda
with "Be My Valentine! (Anti-Crisis Girl)"
Preceded by
Cyprus Sophia Paraskeva and Alex Michael
Junior Eurovision Song Contest presenter
(with Timur Miroshnychenko)
2009
Succeeded by
Belarus Leila Ismailava and Dzianis Kurian