Aram Mp3

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Aram Mp3
Արամ Mp3
Aram Mp3, ESC2014 Armenia 1st press conference 05.jpg
Aram Mp3 at the Eurovision Song Contest 1st press conference in 2014
Background information
Native name Արամ Սարգսյան
Birth name Aram Sargsyan
Born (1984-04-05) 5 April 1984 (age 33)
Yerevan, Armenia
Occupation(s)
Instruments
Years active 2006–present

Aram Sargsyan (Armenian: Արամ Սարգսյան; born 5 April 1984), better known by his stage name Aram Mp3 (Արամ Mp3; often stylized as Aram MP3), is an Armenian singer-songwriter, comedian and showman. He represented Armenia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark with the song "Not Alone".[1]

Early life[edit]

Aram Sargsyan was born in Armenia's capital Yerevan. He attended the Yerevan State Medical University, from which he graduated in 2006. During his study at the YSMU, he played in the KVN comedy show, first among Armenian universities and later in the Armenian team Ararat in Moscow.[2]

Career[edit]

2006–12: Early beginnings[edit]

In 2006, Aram joined several other comedians—largely unknown to the public—to form 32 Teeth (32 ատամ) stand-up comedy show. During his first years in 32 Atam he often performed humorous covers of popular songs earning the nickname "Aram Mp3", referring the common audio format MP3.[3] In 2007, he became the winner of Armenian First Channel's 2 Stars (2 աստղ) TV show.

During this time Aram started to perform live in jazz and blues clubs, record songs and shoot music videos. Famous TV formats such as X-Factor, Armenian Idol, My Name Is..., Power Of 10 were hosted by him and brought him more fame. In 2010 Aram and his friends created the Vitamin Club (Վիտամին ակումբ) stand-up comedy TV show, which is broadcast by Shant TV every week. He has also hosted several shows in Armenia TV.[2]

2013–present: Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

Aram performing in 2013
Aram performing during the first dress rehearsal of the first semi-final of the Eurovision 2014

In 2013 Aram began to work more on his musical career. He released his first solo music videos for his singles "Shine" and "If I Tried". Both songs were written by Aram himself and his friend, Garik Papoyan.[4][5]

On 31 December 2013, Aram Mp3 was selected by Armenian First Channel to represent Armenia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Denmark.[1] During the semi-final allocation draw on 20 January 2014 at the Copenhagen City Hall, Armenia was drawn to compete in the first half of the first semi-final on 6 May 2014.[6] On 14 March 2014 it was announced that Aram will sing his "Not Alone" song in Copenhagen.[7] In the first semi-final, the producers of the show decided that Armenia would open the semi-final and perform 1st.[8] Armenia qualified from the first semi-final and competed in the final on 10 May 2014.[9] During the winner's press conference for the first semi-final qualifiers, Armenia was allocated to compete in the first half of the final.[9] In the final, the producers of the show decided that Armenia would perform seventh.[10] Aram finished the contest in 4th place with 174 points.[11]

After Eurovision he was appearing as a guest star on many Armenian TV shows such as The Voice and X Factor.[12][13]

Aram's new single "Help" was released on 7 February 2015.[14]

In 2016, he is the speaking and singing voice of Adult Simba and also the lead singer of Circle of Life in the Armenian version of The Lion King.

Starting in 2016, he participated as a judge and mentor on the Armenian Eurovision National final where his team was made up of Saro Gevorgyan, LUCY, Lilit Harutyunyan, and Jujo. However, they all got eliminated with LUCY placing 6th in the contest.

Personal life[edit]

Aram married Anna Margaryan in April 2008. Their son Arno was born in June 2011.[15]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
BEL
(Vl)

[16]
AUT
[17]
DEN
[18]
GER
[19]
HUN
[20]
IRE
[21]
NL
[22]
SWE
[23]
SWI
[24]
UK
[25]
"Positive"
(with Shprot)
2008 Non-album singles
"Shine" 2013
"If I Tried"
"Just Go On"
"Not Alone" 2014 36
[A]
31 21 44 11 60 94 45 53 88
"Help"
"Magic"
"You're My Sunshine"
(featuring The Sunside Band)
2015
"Asa" 2016
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.

Appearance[edit]

Television
Year Title Role Notes
2006-10 32 Atam (32 ատամ) Himself Comedy TV show
2010-2015 Vitamin Club Himself Comedy TV show
2010-11 X-Factor Host
2011-12 Hay Superstar Host
2012-13 X-Factor Host
2011 Gerdastane (Գերդաստանը) Tigran Sitcom series
2016 Full House (Ֆուլ Հաուս) himself 1 episode
2016-17 Depi Evratesil (Դեպի Եվրատեսիլ) Judge/Mentor Armenian Eurovision National final

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organization Award Recipient Result
2011 Luxury Magazine Advertising Face of the Year[26] Himself Won
2014 Presenter of the Year[27] Nominated
Comedian of the Year[27] Won

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

A ^ Did not appear on the official Belgian Ultratop 50 chart, but rather on Ultratip chart, which combines "Airplay and Sales".

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b Omelyanchuk, Olena. "Aram Mp3 to represent Armenia in Copenhagen". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved January 1, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Արամ MP3" (in Armenian). AV Production. 
  3. ^ "Արամ mp3-ն սկզբում չէր սիրում իր անունը". The Armenian Times (in Armenian). 9 December 2008. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Արամ MP3-ի նոր՝ Shine տեսահոլովակը (վիդեո)". Style.news.am. Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Կայացել է Արամ MP3-ի նոր տեսահոլովակի պրեմիերան (ֆոտո, վիդեո)". Style.news.am. Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
  6. ^ Escudero, Victor M. (20 January 2014). "Allocation Draw results: Who's in which Semi-Final?". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  7. ^ Brey, Marco. "Aram MP3 to sing "Not Alone" for Armenia". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved March 14, 2014. 
  8. ^ Siim, Jarmo (24 March 2014). "Running order for Eurovision Semi-Finals decided". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
  9. ^ a b Brey, Marco. "First Semi-Final: Meet the winners at the press conference!". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved June 29, 2014. 
  10. ^ Storvik-Green, Simon (9 May 2014). "Running order for the Grand Final revealed!". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
  11. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 2014 Grand Final". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
  12. ^ XF3 4 Gala 07 Dadu Aram mp3 19 10 2014
  13. ^ Armenia: Aram Mp3 on the Voice of Armenia
  14. ^ [1]
  15. ^ "Aram MP3". Bravo.am (in Armenian). June 2011. 
  16. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discografie Aram MP3". Belgium (Flanders) Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  17. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Austriancharts.at: Discography Aram MP3" (in German). Austriancharts.at. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). Retrieved 2014-05-21. 
  18. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography Aram MP3". Danish Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  19. ^ "Charts.de: Discographie Aram MP3". GfK Entertainment (in German). Charts.de. Retrieved 2015-05-17. 
  20. ^ "Mahasz: Archivum" (in Hungarian). Mahasz. Archived from the original on 2012-12-27. Retrieved 2014-05-16. 
  21. ^ Peak positions in Ireland:
  22. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discografie Aram MP3". Dutch Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  23. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography Aram MP3". Swedish Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  24. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discographie Aram MP3". Swiss Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  25. ^ Peak positions in the United Kingdom:
  26. ^ "Luxury - Տարվա Մարդիկ 2010". Hayfanat.am (in Armenian). 27 March 2011. 
  27. ^ a b Tovmasyan, Kamo. "Luxury. ՏԱՐՎԱ ՄԱՐԴԻԿ մրցանակաբաշխությունը, հաղթողները, հյուրերը". Kamoblog.tv. Archived from the original on June 30, 2014. Retrieved June 29, 2014. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Dorians
with "Lonely Planet"
Armenia in the Eurovision Song Contest
2014
Succeeded by
Genealogy
with "Face The Shadow"