Natasha Koroleva

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Natasha Koroleva
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Natasha Koroleva in Arhangelsk
Background information
Birth name Natalia Vladimirovna Porivay
Born (1973-05-31) 31 May 1973 (age 44)
Origin Kiev, USSR (now Ukraine)
Genres Pop
Occupation(s) singer
Years active 1985–
Associated acts Igor Nikolayev

Natalia Vladimirovna Porivay (Russian: Ната́лия Влади́мировна Порыва́й; Ukrainian: Наталія Володимирівна Порива́й) (born 31 May 1973), well known as Natasha Koroleva (Russian: Наташа Королёва), is a Russian singer of Ukrainian origin.[1] Meritorious Artist of Russia (2004).

Early career[edit]

Koroleva was born in Ukrainian capital Kiev. She gave her first public performance in 1976, at the age of three, singing The Cruiser Aurora at the annual congress of the Komsomol. In 1985, at the age of 12, Koroleva wrote several songs including World Without Miracles and Where Went the Circus, achieving popular success in her home country. In 1987, Koroleva won the "Golden Kamerton" music prize. From 1988 to 1991 she studied vocal performance at the Kiev-pop circus school.

Koroleva made her first international appearances, in the United States, in 1989. Shortly thereafter she moved to Moscow. She participated in many competitions and television broadcasts, among them Christmas Meeting and Morning Mail. In 1990 she recorded the song Yellow Tulips, which launched her success both within the USSR and internationally. The song reached the finals of the "Song of the Year" festival.

In 1992, Koroleva embarked on her first concert tour of Russia, concluding with major shows at the "Olympic". She toured Israel in 1993, Germany in 1994, and performed in New York City in 1997.


Natasha Koreleva has a sister, Russya, a successful Ukrainian singer. Her first husband was the well-known Russian pop singer-songwriter Igor Nikolayev.[2] She is currently married to Sergey Glushko[ru],[3] who sometimes performs with her under nickname "Tarzan". She has a son named Arhip.

Mainstream success[edit]

Between 1990 and 1997, Koreleva made twelve music videos for television: Yellow Tulips (directed by M. Mogilevskaya, 1990), First Kiss (directed by I. Pesotsky), Under the Summer Rain (director V. Vladimirov), Why the Love Dies (director I. Pesotsky), Kiev Boy (director I. Pesotsky, 1993), Sunflowers (D. Fix, 1995), Is It Me? (D. Fix), Small Country (O. Gusev), The Man With Bellows (D. Fix, 1996), Do Not Die (G. Gavrilov), Summer Castanets (I. Nikolayev, 1997) and Diamonds of Tears (O. Bazhenov).

After her divorce from Igor Nikolayev, she released the albums Fragments of the Past, Heart, Believe It or Not and Paradise Where Are You.

She was a host and moderator of various television programs and concerts, and participated in the TV shows Dancing with the Stars (in Russia and Ukraine) and Two Stars. Her second husband, Sergey Glushko (better known as the male stripper Tarzan) was her partner on these projects.

Koroleva appeared in several film roles, including "Recipe Witch" and "The Cheerful Family 2", the latter for Ukrainian television. She has also undertaken jewelry design, releasing a collection entitled "Daughters-Mothers" in 2008. In 2009, she published the novel Male Striptease.

Popular Songs[edit]

  • "Zheltye Tyulpani" ("Желтые тюльпаны")
  • "Malenkaya strana" ("Маленькая страна")
  • "Sinie Lebedi" ("Синие лебеди")
  • "Taxi Taxi" ("Такси")
  • "Delphin i Rusalka" ("Дельфин и русалка")
  • "Tvoi mir" ("Твой мир")
  • "Sirenevyi Rai" ("Сиреневый рай")
  • "Verish ili Net" ft Tarzan ("Веришь или нет" дуэт с Тарзаном)


  1. Yellow Tulips
  2. Dolphin and Mermaid
  3. Admirer
  4. Confetti (single)
  5. Confetti (album)
  6. Diamonds Tears
  7. The Mother
  8. Fragments of the Past
  9. Heart
  10. Believe or Not
  11. Paradise, Where Are You
  12. Magic L'


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