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Birth nameAnna Borisovna Popelyukh
Born (1992-02-15) 15 February 1992 (age 27)
Pavlohrad, Ukraine
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Years active2013–present

Anna Korsun (Ukrainian: Aнна Корсун[2]; born 15 February 1992), known professionally as Maruv (stylized MARUV), is a Ukrainian singer, composer, poet and producer. She lives and works in Kiev.[3] A musical project called Maruv with her participation existed from February 2017 until March 2018. It was the successor of the band The Pringlez. Later, Korsun gave an interview in which she explained that now she speaks personally under the pseudonym Maruv.[4]

Biography and creativity[edit]

Early life and The Pringlez period[edit]

Korsun was born in the Ukrainian city of Pavlohrad. In school Korsun studied music and dance. In 2014, she graduated in a non-musical subject from the Polytechnic Institute in Kharkiv. Despite this, Korsun participated and reached the final of the contest The Voice of the Country. Reboot, which was held in Ukraine. Korsun is married to Olexander Korsun. She met him while studying at the institute. Olexander was the PR manager of The Pringlez. The team included a drummer, guitarists, a songwriter, and also a photographer and sound engineer.

In 2015, the group represented Ukraine at the New Wave competition. In addition, one of their songs – Easy to Love – made it to the final of the Ukrainian selection for Eurovision 2016.[5]

2017: Transition to Maruv and first album[edit]

In 2017, the band changed its name to "Maruv". In addition to this, the group members decided to change the concept of their work. The old group name was left in the past, as well as their pop-rock performance style. They decided to leave behind their “teenage” creativity, and adapt a modern and popular style. In May 2017, the band released its debut album, "Stories". It includes seven tracks written in three languages – Ukrainian, Russian, English. On 23 September 2017, the band presented the album at a concert at their hometown of Kharkiv.[5]

2017–2018: Maruv & Boosin and Black Water[edit]

In 2017, Korsun met guitarist, DJ, and performer Mikhail Busin (also known under the pseudonym BOOSIN). Later, Korsun and the Busin co-created a label called “Zori Sound”. They realised that their voices were in harmony and decided to work further under the name of "Maruv & Boosin". Their first joint song was "Spini". Later, they recorded a second joint song, "Drunk Groove", which became famous, even hitting the overseas charts. The track was released on 15 December 2017. Korsun was the author of the text, and Busin authored the music.

Maruv performed Drunk Groove at the opening of Muz-TV 2018. They gave a concert on 10 June in Moscow to mark the opening of FIFA World Cup 2018. The performance took place on Sparrow Hills.[5] On 30 July 2018, they released a follow-up single to the lead track Drunk Groove, titled Focus on Me.[6] It is the second single from their album Black Water, which was released on 28 September 2018, as a visual album.[7]

2019–present: Eurovision Song Contest and withdrawal[edit]

On 23 February 2019, Maruv won the final of Євробачення. Національний відбір; meaning Eurovision. National Selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 .[8] Her win was marred by controversy about her concerts in Russia.[9] The rights to her Eurovision song, "Siren Song", belong to the Russian record label Warner Music Russia[10][11] and the label had organised her first ever solo concert to be held in Moscow at Izvestia Hall on 6 April 2019.[12] After it became clear that she would be performing in two concerts in Russia the following months, Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Culture Vyacheslav Kyrylenko stated that artists who toured Russia or "did not recognise the territorial integrity of Ukraine" should not take part in Eurovision.[9]

During the final, when asked on stage whether Crimea is part of Ukraine, she replied affirmatively,[13][14] but when asked if Russia was an aggressor, she replied: "if the country has a bad president, that doesn't mean that all the people who live there are evil".[15] After the show, when Ukraine's Channel 24 asked her to describe what was happening in Donbass and her position towards it, she replied:

This is a very difficult question for me to answer, because my relatives have lost their homes there and it is very difficult for me to talk about it. But I want peace to come at last and all this to be over.[14][16]

On 24 February the National Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine (UA: PBC) offered Maruv a contract; one of the terms forbid her to hold concerts in Russia.[17][9] Maruv saw no harm in performing in Russia claiming “performing concerts is my way of bringing peace,” later she confirmed she was willing to postpone her concerts.[9] Maruv stated that the issue of not touring in Russia was not critical to her, and the major disagreement was about other conditions of the contract which she described as a cabal. She said that she is a tax-paying citizen of Ukraine and genuinely loves her country, however she is not ready to turn her participation in the contest into the "promo-action of Ukrainian politicians". "I am a musician, not the baseball bat on the political arena", she said.[18]

The next day it was revealed that UA: PBC and Maruv were not able to reach an agreement on her participation in the contest.[19] As a result of the controversy Ukraine withdrew from Eurovision 2019, which they had been tipped to win.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Anna Korsun is married to Alexander Korsun.[5]


Studio albums[edit]

  • Stories (2017)
  • Black Water (2018)


Single Year Chart positions Album
"Сонце (Sontse)" 2017 Stories
"Let Me Love You"
"Спини (Spyny)" Non-album single
"Drunk Groove" 3 8 1 Black Water
"Focus on Me" 2018 4 3
"Black Water" 194
"For You"
(with Faruk Sabanci)
9 90 Non-album single
"Siren Song" 2019 1 20
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.


  1. ^ "Maruv – Home Page". Retrieved 23 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Суспільний мовник і співачка MARUV не підписали договір про участь у Євробаченні-2019". UA:Суспільне. 25 February 2019. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  3. ^ "MARUV – Facebook page". Retrieved 2018. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  4. ^ "Maruv & Boosin". Retrieved 2018. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  5. ^ a b c d ""MARUV & BOOSIN who is it?"". Retrieved 23 February 2018.
  6. ^ ""MARUV singles"". Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  7. ^ ""Black Water album"". Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  8. ^ Van Lith, Nick. "Maruv wins Vidbir 2019 and will represent Ukraine with "Siren Song"". Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  9. ^ a b c d "Ukraine's Maruv wins Eurovision national selection, sparking controversy (VIDEO)". Kyiv Post. 24 February 2019. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
    "MARUV have been set a number of conditions, among which no touring in Russia". Ukrayinska Pravda (in Ukrainian). 24 February 2019. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  10. ^ "Права на пісню MARUV для Євробачення належать російській компанії – соцмережі (фото) – новини суспільства". УНІАН. 24 February 2019. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  11. ^ "Maruv выпустила песню для "Евровидения" (Слушать)". 13 February 2019. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  12. ^ "Maruv готовит первый сольник в Москве". 21 January 2019. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  13. ^
  14. ^ a b "MARUV о войне в Донбассе, "русский мир" проник в украинские выборы – топ-5 видео недели". Channel 24. 24 February 2019. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  15. ^ "Out Of Tune With Ukraine? 'Unpatriotic' Pop Diva Dropped From Eurovision". Radio Free Europe. 26 February 2019.
  16. ^ "Хочу чтобы наступил мир и чтобы наконец это закончилось, – MARUV о войне в Донбассе". Channel 24. 24 February 2019. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  17. ^ "Никаких гастролей по России: MARUV поставили условие для участия в Евровидении-2019". Lifestyle 24. 24 February 2019. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  18. ^ "То, как поступили с Maruv - образец того, что собираются сделать на выборах" ("The Way Maruv was Handled is a Sample of What They are Planning to Do and the Elections"),
  19. ^ Agadellis, Stratos (25 February 2019). "Ukraine: MARUV will not fly to Tel Aviv; country's Eurovision act unknown". ESCToday. Archived from the original on 25 February 2019. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  20. ^ Savage, Mark (27 February 2019). "Ukraine's Eurovision woes deepen". Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  21. ^ [1]
  22. ^ Peak positions for singles on the Polish Airplay Chart: * For "Drunk Groove": Polish Singles Top 100: 28 April – 4 May 2018
  23. ^ Artist – MARUV

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