Philipp Kirkorov

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Philipp Kirkorov
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Born Philipp Bedrosovich Kirkorov
(1967-04-30) 30 April 1967 (age 49)
Varna, Bulgaria
Nationality Russian
Occupation Singer, Actor, Producer, TV Presenter
Years active 1985–present
Height 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in)
Religion Russian Orthodox
Spouse(s) Alla Pugacheva (m. 1994 – d. 2005)
Children Alla-Viktoria Kirkorova (b. 2011),[1] Martin (b. 2012)[2]
Parent(s) Bedros Kirkorov (b. 1932)
Victoria Likhacheva (1937—1994)[3]
Awards
Website www.kirkorov.ru
Signature
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Philipp Bedrosovich Kirkorov PAR (Russian: Фили́пп Бедро́сович Кирко́ров; Bulgarian: Филип Бедросов Киркоров, born 30 April 1967) is a Russian pop singer of Bulgarian-Armenian origin. five-time received the «World Music Awards» award as World's Best Selling Russian Artist.

Biography[edit]

Philipp Kirkorov was born on 30 April 1967 in Varna, Bulgaria. His father is a Bulgarian singer of Armenian descent Bedros Kirkorov.[4][5] In 1984, he entered the Gnesin State Music School, graduating with honors in 1988. His musical style is mainstream Russian pop music with various Western influences and, like many Russian pop stars of the 1990s and 2000s, he frequently collaborates and records duets with other Russian pop artists. His mother Victoria Kirkorovа (née Likhachevа) was a Bulgarian singer.

In 1988, Kirkorov met the Russian mega-star singer Alla Pugacheva for the first time. She invited him to take part in her New Year's concert show. The following year, Kirkorov toured and performed with Pugacheva in Australia and Germany. He was also a finalist in the Russian national "Song of the Year" competition.

In 1990, Kirkorov won the Grand Prix in the competition "Shlyager-90" (Hit-90) in Leningrad with the song "Nebo i zemlya" (Sky and earth). In 1992, his music video to the song "Atlantida" was selected as "Music Video of the Year". His popularity began to spread outside of Russia and he toured in the United States, Canada, Germany, and Israel.

In 1993, he won the Russian Ovation award for "Best Singer of the Year" and also scored a win at the international singing competition Golden Orpheus. The following year, he unveiled his new solo concert program, titled "Ya ne Rafael" (I am not Raphael), which included cover songs by Engelbert Humperdinck, Tom Jones, Frank Sinatra, Paul Anka and Elvis Presley. He also recorded "Ya podnimayu svoy bokal" (I raise my glass), which he said was a love letter to Alla Pugacheva.

In 1994, he proposed to Alla Pugacheva and she accepted. On 13 January the couple announced their engagement in Moscow. On 15 March the marriage was registered in St. Petersburg by then-mayor Anatoly Sobchak. On 15 May the wedding of Kirkorov and Pugacheva took place in Jerusalem. Kirkorov represented Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest 1995 held in Dublin with the song "Kolybelnaya dlya vulkana" ('Lullaby for the volcano') and finished in 17th place. He co-wrote the Belarusian entry at the Eurovision Song Contest 2007, "Work Your Magic" for Dmitry Koldun, and wrote the 2008 Ukrainian entry "Shady Lady", performed by Ani Lorak. He was also a judge in the second season of Music Idol in Bulgaria. Kirkorov makes a cameo in Verka Serduchka's video "Do Re Mi". Other than his native Bulgarian, he is fluent in Russian, and is proficient in Spanish and English.[6]

He became a father in 2012. His daughter, Alla-Victoria Filippovna Kirkorova was born in Miami. He decided to call her Alla-Victoria after Alla Pugacheva and his mother Victoria.

In December 2012 he signed an open letter criticizing a St. Petersburg bill banning "homosexual propaganda", along with pop stars like Dima Bilan and Valery Syutkin.[7]

Public image and controversies[edit]

Kirkorov performing at "Slavic Bazaar" in Vitebsk, 2014

Kirkorov maintains a "bad boy" public image for most of his career. He caused a number of media controversies.

The most notorious scandal followed an incident in Rostov-on-Don on 20 May 2004. At a press conference he insulted (using Russian obscene language) Irina Aroyan, a female journalist who had asked why so many of his songs were covers of American and European hits.[8] During the ensuing discussion, Kirkorov eventually told Aroyan that he was "tired of her pink blouse, her tits, and her microphone" and demanded that she leave the room immediately. When she eventually did, his bodyguards attacked her outside and destroyed her tape recorder. The incident led to a major response and discussions in the mass media. On 11 August 2004, Kirkorov was found guilty of insults (article 130 of the Russian penal code) and was fined 60,000 rubles (about 2000 US dollars at the time).[9]

At a pro-Viktor Yanukovych candidacy concert during the 2004 Ukrainian presidential election the father of Kirkorov famous Bulgarian singer Bedros Kirkorov mistakenly called on Ukrainians to vote for the opposing candidate Viktor Yushchenko - to wild cheers from the audience.[10]

There was also an incident where Kirkorov sent his guards to attack the Russian rock singer and DDT band frontman Yuri Shevchuk after their emotional skirmish in a public place (as known, Shevchuk keeps no guards of his own). The reason for the argument reportedly were Shevchuk's offensive statements against Kirkorov, his wife, and his alleged lip-synching.[11][12]

On 15 May 2009 Kirkorov resigned as head of the Russian jury at the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest, which has a 50% say in who will be national Russian Eurovision representative, after having been seen posing for cameras with Greek entry Sakis Rouvas and having dinner with Norwegian entry Alexander Rybak.[13] Furthermore, Kirkorov admitted that he and Rouvas had been personal friends for years. Since the integrity of the jury was deemed damaged, Kirkorov had little option but to resign once these stories had been made public.[14]

On 3 September 2009 Philipp Kirkorov, clad in his (in)famous 2008 Music Awards 'gold' suit was caught on camera while 'confiscating' the camera belonging to journalist Veronica Kozlova. Since the act could have been interpreted according to the law as a robbery, some reports said the singer was facing 2 to 7 years' imprisonment and a heavy fine. All charges were dropped, however, and Kirkorov stated that his actions were 'provoked' by the journalist. Kozlova was immediately dubbed 'Pink Blouse the Second' by her colleagues and other journalists.[15]

In 2010 Kirkorov was seen striking a female audience member while walking through the crowd at a performance.[16]

Another incident occurred on 4 December 2010, when he allegedly slapped a female assistant because he was unhappy with the lighting at a concert venue. The woman, later identified as Marina Yablokova, threatened to sue Kirkorov. As a result, Kirkorov fled to Israel[17] and had himself interred at a psychiatric hospital.[18] On 7 December 2010 the singer publicly admitted that he had psychological problems on his official website and apologized to his latest victim.[19]

Russian actor Nikita Dzhigurda during a talk show hinted on non-hetero sexual orientations of several prominent Russian pop stars, including Kirkorov. Dzhigurda conlcuded with the warning: "Come out! Come out from below ground, before it's too late!"[20]

Honours and awards[edit]

Awards
World Music Awards
Preceded by
1994
Alexander Malinin
Best-Selling Russian Artist
1996,1999
Philipp Kirkorov
Succeeded by
2000
Kristina Orbakaite
World Music Awards
Preceded by
2002
Kristina Orbakaitė
Best-Selling Russian Artist
2004,2005
Philipp Kirkorov
Succeeded by
2006
Dima Bilan
World Music Awards
Preceded by
2007
Serebro
Best-Selling Russian Artist
2008
Philipp Kirkorov
Succeeded by
2014
Grigory Leps

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums
  • 1990: Philipp
  • 1990: Sinbat-Morehod
  • 1991: Nebo I Zemlya
  • 1991: Ti, Ti, Ti
  • 1992: Takoi Sakoi
  • 1994: Ya Ne Raphael
  • 1995: Primadonna
  • 1995: Ckazi Solncu - "Da"
  • 1998: Edinstvenaya
  • 1998: Oi, Mama Shika Dam
  • 2000: Chelofilia
  • 2001: Magico Amor
  • 2002: Vlubloniy I Bezumno Odinokiy
  • 2003: Neznakomka
  • 2007: For You
  • 2011: Drugoy - 2 Edition
Live
Compilation

Singles[edit]

Eurovision covers[edit]

Philipp Kirkorov has covered a few songs which appeared in the Eurovision Song Contest and its national finals, as well as entering a song in his own right. Songs include:

  • "Dreamin'" (Ireland 1995 entry) (English and Russian)
  • "(I Would) Die for You" (Greece 2001 entry) (English and Russian as "Ya za tebya umru")
  • "Diva" (Israel 1998 entry) (English, Hebrew, Spanish and Russian)
  • "Go" (United Kingdom 1988 entry) (Russian as "Lish by ty vsegda byla moej")
  • "Maria Magdalena" (Croatia 1999 entry) (Russian)
  • "Hero" - Charlotte Perrelli (2008 Swedish entry) (Russian as "Novyj geroj")
  • "La Voix" - Malena Ernman (2009 Swedish entry) (Russian as "Golos", English and French) (with Anna Netrebko)
  • "Let's get wild" - Helena Paparizou (2005 Greek National Final) (Russian as "Kaif")
  • "Carnaval" - DJ Mendez (2002 Swedish National Final) (Russian)
  • "Let your spirit fly" - Jan Johansson & Pernilla Walggren (2003 Swedish National Final) (Russian as "Vljublennaja dusha") (with Anastasia Stotskaya)
  • "Cara Mia" - Måns Zelmerlöw (2007 Swedish National Final) (Russian as "Koroleva")
  • "Playing with Fire" - Paula and Ovi (Romania 2010 entry) (Russian as "Igra s ognem")
  • "Hope & Glory" - Mans Zelmerlow (2009 Swedish National Final) (Russian as "Tyi vsyo uvidish sam")

Videos[edit]

Year Title Director Album
1988 "Carmen" Galina Malyschitskaya "Philip"
1988 "You Don't Look at the Clock" Viktor Cherkasov "Philip"
1988 "Sinbad the Sailor" Vyacheslav Pronin "Philip"
1989 "Mona Lisa" Vadim Korotkov "Sinbad the Sailor"
1989 "Twist, Hey!" Mikhail Libin "Philip"
1989 "Plus and Minus" Larisa Masluyk "Philip"
1989 "Christmas Night" Vyacheslav Brovkin "Philip"
1990 "Look Into My Eyes" Galina Malyschitskaya "Heaven and Earth"
1990 "For a Few Warm Days" Yury Rakshin "You, you, you"
1990 "Jealousy" Natalya Primak "Heaven and Earth"
1990 "Atlantis" Mikhail Makarenkov "So-and-so"
1990 "Magdalena" Natalya Bakhturina "So-and-so"
1990 "You, you, you" Mikhail Makarenkov "You, you, you"
1991 "You, you, you" (2 version) Mikhail Makarenkov "You, you, you"
1991 "Heaven and Earth" Svetlana Anapolskaya "Heaven and Earth"
1992 "So-and-so" Larisa Mikulskaya "So-and-so"
1992 "Roses in the Snow" Mikhail Khleborodov "So-and-so"
1992 "Gold Mine" Aleksey Berkovich "Julia"
1993 "You Tell Me, Cherry" Mikhail Khleborodov "I Don Rafael"
1993 "Marina" Aleksandr Fayfman "I Don Rafael"
1993 "Between Summer and Winter" Alla Pugacheva "I Don Rafael"
1994 "Diva" Alla Pugacheva "I Don Rafael"
1994 "I Raise My Glass" Roman Rodin, Lina Arifulina "I Don Rafael"
1994 "Who is Philip" Roman Rodin "I Don Rafael"
1994 "My Birdie" Sergey Kalvarskiy "I Don Rafael"
1994 "Sweetheart" Oleg Gusev "Tell the Sun: "Yes!""
1995 "Sweetheart" (2 version) Oleg Gusev "Tell the Sun: "Yes!""
1995 "Look What Summer" Sergey Kalvarskiy "Tell the Sun: "Yes!""
1995 "Island" Roman Rodin "Tell the Sun: "Yes!""
1995 "Whether that Be!" Roman Rodin "Tell the Sun: "Yes!""
1995 "Lullaby Volcano" Igor Pesotskiy "Tell the Sun: "Yes!""
1995 "I Met a Girl" Dmitriy Fiks "With Love to the Only"
1996 "My Bunny" Oleg Gusev "Tell the Sun: "Yes!""
1996 "I Am Guilty, Guilty" Oleg Gusev "Tell the Sun: "Yes!""
1996 "Carnival" Yevgeny Ginzburg "Tell the Sun: "Yes!""
1996 "Let's Make Up" Sergey Kalvarsky "Tell the Sun: "Yes!""
1996 "Running On Waves" Sergey Kalvarsky "Tell the Sun: "Yes!""
1996 "Delilah" Janik Fayziyev "With Love to the Only"
1997 "Little" Oleg Gusev "With Love to the Only"
1997 "Sweetie baranochki" Janik Fayziyev "With Love to the Only"
1997 "The Only" Oleg Gusev "With Love to the Only"
1997 "Left Summer" Vasily Pichul "With Love to the Only"
1997 "Combination" Din Makhamatdinov "Latest the Adventures of Pinocchio"
1998 "Wedding Night" Filipp Yankovsky "Tell the Sun: "Yes!""
1998 "Nurse" Oleg Gusev "With Love to the Only"
1998 "Sailor" Oleg Ryaskov "Wartime Romance"
1998 "Salma" Blednov Brothers "Oh, Mom, Chic Ladies!"
1998 "Here's What We" Blednov Brothers "Oh, Mom, Chic Ladies!"
1998 "Oh, Mom, Chic Ladies!" Blednov Brothers "Oh, Mom, Chic Ladies!"
1998 "Diva" Oleg Gusev "Oh, Mom, Chic Ladies!"
1998 "Naive"
(with Balagan Limited)
Studio "Fly" "Duets"
1999 "If Only You Were Waiting For Me" Oleg Gusev "With Love to the Only"
1999 "Go" Oleg Gusev TBA
1999 "Mouse" Oleg Gusev "Magico Amor"
1999 "Bat" Oleg Gusev "Magico Amor"
1999 "Bat" Oleg Gusev "Mouse"
1999 "Maria" Oleg Gusev "Oh, Mom, Chic Ladies!"
1999 "Silk Thread" Alla Pugacheva "Oh, Mom, Chic Ladies!"
1999 "Until We Meet Again" Alla Pugacheva "Christmas Meeting"
1999 "I Promise to Love" Alla Pugacheva "Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow and..."
2000 "Fire and Water" Sergey Kalvarskiy "Cinofilia"
2000 "Rose Red" Oleg Gusev "Fire and Water"
2000 "Sha-La-La" Roman Rodin "Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow and..."
2000 "Chile-chacha" Brother Blednov "Kilimanjaro"
2000 "Dreamer"
(with Lou Bega)
Roman Rodin "Duets"
2000 "Kilimanjaro" Sergey Kalvarskiy "Kilimanjaro"
2000 "Livin' la Vida Loca" Oleg Gusev "Old Songs. PostScript"
2001 "Pum! Ya me ha dado!" Oleg Gusev "Magico Amor"
2001 "Will You Believe" Oleg Gusev "In Love and Incredibly Lonely"
2001 "I'd Die For You" Oleg Gusev "In Love and Incredibly Lonely"
2001 "I'd Die For You" (Remix) Oleg Gusev "I'd Die For You"
2001 "(I Would) Die For You" Oleg Gusev "I'd Die For You"
2001 "(I Would) Die For You" (Remix) Oleg Gusev "I'd Die For You"
2001 "The Hell Song" Semyon Gorov "In Love and Incredibly Lonely"
2002 "Give Me Freedom" Andrey Novoselov "In Love and Incredibly Lonely"
2002 "Megamix" Studio "Fly" "Megamix"
2002 "Babe"
(with Unesyonnye vetrom)
Dmitriy Chijov "In Love and Incredibly Lonely"
2002 "Maria-Magdalena" Oleg Gusev "In Love and Incredibly Lonely"
2002 "With Glamor" Fedor Bondarchuk "Neznakomka"
2002 "Cruel Love" Oleg Gusev "Neznakomka"
2002 "Glass" Semyon Gorov "Cinderella"
2003 "Rose Tea"
(with Masha Rasputina)
Oleg Gusev "Neznakomka"
2003 "Radio-Baby" Andrey Novoselov "Neznakomka"
2003 "Dream"
(with Masha Rasputina)
Irina Mironova "Neznakomka"
2003 "A Little Sorry" Oleg Gusev "Neznakomka"
2003 "Anyway" Semyon Gorov "The Crazy Day or The Marriage of Figaro"
2003 "Well Why Not"
(with Lolita Milyavskaya and Nikolay Gusev)
Semyon Gorov "Duets"
2003 "Love-Carrot"
(with Anastasiya Stotskaya, Lolita Milyavskaya and Boris Khvoshnyanskiy)
Semyon Gorov "Duets"
2003 "Hide and Seek" Maksim Papernik "After Two Hares"
2003 "White Fluff" Maksim Papernik "The Snow Queen"
2003 "Magic Night" Tina Barkalaya TBA
2004 "And You Say"
(with Anastasiya Stotskaya)
Oleg Gusev "Duets"
2004 "Like Crazy I"
(with Sakis Rouvas)
Oleg Gusev "Like Crazy I"
2004 "Se Thelo San Trelos"
(with Sakis Rouvas)
Oleg Gusev "Like Crazy I"
2004 "The Master and Margarita" Viktor Priduvalov "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves"
2004 "We Have to Say Goodbye" Semyon Gorov "Sorochinskaya Fair"
2005 "Metro" Maksim Papernik "The Twelve Chairs"
2005 "The Bar"
(with Masha Rasputina)
Irina Mironova "Duets"
2005 "Wow!"
(with Natalya Mogilevskaya)
Ekaterina Tsarik "Otpravila Message"
2005 "The Usual Story" Semyon Gorov "For You"
2005 "Mow Alowyn Eye" Tina Barkalaya "The Three Musketeers"
2006 "The Anthem of the Olympic Games in Sochi" Aleksey Rozenberg TBA
2006 "Flew" Oleg Gusev "For You"
2006 "High" Semyon Gorov "For You"
2007 "Love is Always Right"
(with Chelsea)
Oleg Gusev "Point of Age"
2008 "Wanderer" Oleg Vakulin
2009 "V sadu Edemovom" Sarik Andreasyan
2009 "Gibnu Ya" Andriy Novoselov
2009 "Love" (with Pavel Volya) Sarik Andreasyan
2009 "It is your illusion" Rumi Shuazimov
2009 "Just give" Evgeniy Mitrofanov
2009 "Strings" Sarik Andreasyan
2009 "Tale of Love"
2010 "Diskopartizany" Evgeniy Bedarov
2010 "Vote" (with Anna Netrebko) Oleg Gusev
2010 "We are so absurd dispersed" Alan Badoev
2011 "Playing with fire" (with Kamaliya) Endy Soup
2011 "Snow" Alan Badoev
2011 "I do not feel sorry for you" Alan Badoev
2012 "I let you go" Aslan Ahmadov
2013 "My joy" Oleg Gusev
2014 "Idol" Maxim Pasyk
2015 "Indigo" Oleg Gusev

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ У Филиппа Киркорова родился первенец
  2. ^ У Филиппа Киркорова родился сын!. Komsomolskaya Pravda. Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  3. ^ Bratersky, Alex (3 December 1999). "Filipp Followed Father's Footsteps". The Moscow Times. 
  4. ^ http://www.day.az/news/showbiz/79307.html
  5. ^ http://www.pc-armenia.ru/ru/153/349
  6. ^ WorldBestBuy.com Signs a Partnership Agreement with Russian Mega-Star To Brand its Name in Eastern Europe and Asia Retrieved 28 May 2011.
  7. ^ "Russian Pop Stars Chime in on 'Sodomite Propaganda'". RIA Novosti. 20 December 2012. Retrieved 21 December 2012. 
  8. ^ Simonov, Vladimir (18 June 2004). "Pop idol and a girl, Russian-style scandal". Pravda Online. RIA Novosti. Retrieved 26 November 2009. 
  9. ^ Murphy, Kim (12 August 2004). "Russian Pop Star Falling Off Charts Over His Insult". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 26 November 2009. 
  10. ^ "Ukraine TV stokes election battle". BBC News. 20 October 2004. 
  11. ^ Saprykina, Olga (10 January 2003). Выбил ли Киркоров зуб Юрию Шевчуку?. Komsomolskaya Pravda (in Russian). Retrieved 10 April 2009. 
  12. ^ Филипп Бедросович Киркоров избил Юрия Юлиановича Шевчука. Vokrug Novostey (in Russian). 9 January 2003. Retrieved 27 September 2007. 
  13. ^ Adams, William Lee (18 May 2009). "How the West Won: Norway Takes the Crown at Eurovision". Time. Retrieved 18 May 2009. 
  14. ^ Repo, Juha (15 May 2009). "First jury scandal - Russia: Philipp Kirkorov resigns as jury boss". ESC Today. Retrieved 15 May 2009. 
  15. ^ Филиппу Киркорову грозит от 2 до 7 лет тюрьмы [Philipp Kirkorov might get 2-7 year sentence of jail time]. NEWSmusic.ru (in Russian). 3 September 2009. Retrieved 5 September 2009. 
  16. ^ "Kirkorov strikes audience member". Live Leak. Retrieved 12 December 2010. 
  17. ^ William Lee Adams. "Russia's Philipp Kirkorov Flees to Israel After Alleged Slap Attack". Wiwibloggs. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  18. ^ Филипп Киркоров вышел в эфир из психиатрической клиники. Kommersant (in Russian). 15 December 2010. Retrieved 19 June 2011. 
  19. ^ Бедрос Киркоров — О семье Киркоровых
  20. ^ http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2013/08/why-homophobic-russia-loves-gender-bending-pop-stars/278833/

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Youddiph
with "Vyechniy stranik"
Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest
1995
Succeeded by
Alla Pugacheva
with "Primadonna"