Philipp Kirkorov

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Philipp Kirkorov
Philipp Kirkorov in Vitebsk.jpg
Born Philipp Bedrosovich Kirkorov
(1967-04-30) 30 April 1967 (age 48)
Varna, Bulgaria
Nationality Russian
Occupation Singer, Actor, Producer, TV Presenter
Years active 1985–present
Height 1,97 m
Religion Russian Orthodox
Spouse(s) Alla Pugacheva (m. 1994 – d. 2005)
Children Alla-Viktoria Kirkorova (b. 2011), Martin (b. 2012)
Parent(s) Bedros Kirkorov (b. 1932)
Victoria Likhacheva (1937—1994)
Relatives Harry Kirkorov (b. 1937) (uncle)
Mary Kirkorova (b. 1945) (aunt)
Musical career
Genres Pop, power pop, synthpop, pop rock, eurodance
Instruments Vocal, piano, guitar
Labels Melodiya, Russian Disc, Fortuna, General Records, PolyGram Russia, Extraphone, Russian Sound, Azteca Music, NOX Music, Monolit, Art-studio «ALLA», RONEeS, Sony Russia, CD Land, United Music Group
Associated acts Alla Pugacheva, Turetsky Choir Art Group, Masha Rasputina, Anastasiya Stotskaya, Sakis Rouvas, Verka Serduchka, Jasmine, Anna Netrebko, Polina Slepakova, Pavel Volya, Maksim Galkin, Christina Orbakaite, Nikolay Baskov, Lolita Milyavskaya, Georgiy Khristov, Boris Moiseev, Denis Maydanov, Mila Romanidi, Lou Bega, Anna Semenovich, Natalya Mogilevskaya, Valentina Legkostupova, Boris Shvokhnyanskiy, Nikolay Gusev, Balagan Limited, Unesyonnye vetrom
Website Official website

Philipp Bedrosovich Kirkorov PAR (Russian: Фили́пп Бедро́сович Кирко́ров; Bulgarian: Фи́лип Бедро́сов Кирко́ров) is a Russian pop singer.

Biography[edit]


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Philipp Kirkorov was born on April 30, 1967 in Varna, Bulgaria. His father is a Bulgarian singer of Armenian descent Bedros Kirkorov.[1][2] 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.

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 January 13, the couple announced their engagement in Moscow. On March 15, the marriage was registered in St. Petersburg by then-mayor Anatoly Sobchak. On May 15 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.[3]

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.[4]

Public image and controversies[edit]

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.[5] 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).[6]

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.[7]

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.[8][9]

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.[10] 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.[11]

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.[12]

In 2010 Kirkorov was seen striking a female audience member while walking through the crowd at a performance.[13]

Another incident occurred on the December 4, 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 [14] and had himself interred at a psychiatric hospital.[15] On December 7, 2010, the singer publicly admitted that he had psychological problems on his official website and apologized to his latest victim.[16]

Honours and awards[edit]

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» Yuriy 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» Evgeniy Ginzburg «Tell the Sun: “Yes!”»
1996 «Let's Make Up» Sergey Kalvarskiy «Tell the Sun: “Yes!”»
1996 «Running On Waves» Sergey Kalvarskiy «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» Vasiliy Pichul «With Love to the Only»
1997 «Combination» Din Makhamatdinov «Latest the Adventures of Pinocchio»
1998 «Wedding Night» Filipp Yankovskiy «Tell the Sun: “Yes!”»
1998 «Nurse» Oleg Gusev «With Love to the Only»
1998 «Sailor» Oleg Ryaskov «Wartime Romance»
1998 «Salma» Brothers Blednov «Oh, Mom, Chic Ladies!»
1998 «Here's What We» Brothers Blednov «Oh, Mom, Chic Ladies!»
1998 «Oh, Mom, Chic Ladies!» Brothers Blednov «Oh, Mom, Chic Ladies!»
1998 «Diva» Oleg Gusev «Oh, Mom, Chic Ladies!»
1998 «Diva» Oleg Gusev «Oh, Mom, Chic Ladies!»
1998 «Diva» Oleg Gusev «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»

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

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