Polina (singer)

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Polina, aka Polina Goudieva, better known by her stage name Contessa is an American-based, Russian-born, Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter.[1] She co-wrote and is featured on "Book of Love", her single with Felix Jaehn, which held the number one position on the German Airplay chart for four weeks.

Early years[edit]

Born in Moscow, Polina was musically inclined from an early age. The daughter of the Russian pop singer Anka,[2] she grew up in a world of singing and performing. She played the classical piano, and soon she began writing, producing, and singing her own songs. During the electronic music boom in Europe in the 1990s, Polina found her true calling and has since combined her pop sensibilities with her passion for electronic and dance music.


Early in her career she moved to New York City where she met Sandy Vee[3] and production team Stargate.[4] Together, they co-wrote platinum recording artist Sean Kingston's 2011 single "Party All Night (Sleep All Day)", which peaked at number seven on the UK Pop Singles chart[5] and number one on the UK R&B Singles chart. The song was featured on the soundtrack of The Inbetweeners Movie,[6] one of the most successful comedy films in British cinema history.[7] After signing a publishing deal with Ultra, she has gone on to work with some of the biggest names in electronic music, including Steve Aoki,[8] Tiësto,[9] Kaskade,[10] Laidback Luke,[11] Moguai,[12] and Todd Terry.


Polina is known for vocalizing some of the biggest club records of the past few years, including Felix Cartal’s "Don't Turn On the Lights"[13] (nominated for the Best Dance Recording at the 2013 JUNO Awards),[14] as well as "Come With Me",[8] her collaboration with Steve Aoki which was the single from his Grammy nominated album Wonderland.[15] After appearing in the video for "Come With Me",[8] Polina was handpicked by Dim Mak[16] label boss Steve Aoki to join him on his Deadmeat tour in 2012[17] and appeared at some of dance music's biggest festivals, including Tomorrowland,[18] Ultra Music Festival,[19] and Electric Zoo,[20] garnering her features in Rolling Stone and Billboard magazines.

Solo career[edit]

Following her success with collaborations, she has had solo success with "Fade to Love",[21] which held top positions in the European pop/dance charts throughout the year (including UK Top 20 Club chart) and the video, which reached number 3 on MTV Russia[22] and number 6 on the Italian charts. In early 2015 Polina released a follow-up single called "Breathe".[23] Most recently, she appeared, along with Rihanna, Skylar Grey, and Kendrick Lamar, as a featured artist on Eminem’s 16-track comeback Grammy award winning album[1] The Marshall Mathers LP 2, with her vocals on the track "Legacy".[24]


  1. ^ a b "Grammys 2015: The Marshall Mathers LP2 by Eminem wins rap album of the year | Music". Theguardian.com. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  2. ^ "Natalia Stupisina "Anka" - Lubyanka". YouTube.cm. 2007-03-11. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  3. ^ "Sandy Vee Discography". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  4. ^ "Sandy Vee: Recording Katy Perry's 'Firework'". Soundonsound.com. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  5. ^ "Sean Kingston - Party All Night (sleep All Day) - Music Charts". Acharts.us. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  6. ^ Jon O'Brien (2011-08-22). "The Inbetweeners Movie - Original Soundtrack | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  7. ^ Reynolds, Simon (2011-08-22). "'The Inbetweeners Movie' smashes UK box office records - The Inbetweeners News - Movies". Digitalspy.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  8. ^ a b c "Steve Aoki feat. Polina - Come With Me (Deadmeat) (Official Video)". YouTube.com. 2013-02-22. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  9. ^ "Tiësto & Steve Aoki - Tornado (feat. Polina) (Kill The Noise Remix)". YouTube.com. 2012-09-11. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  10. ^ "Kaskade - To The Skies (feat. Polina) [HD". YouTube.com. 2010-04-27. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  11. ^ "Laidback Luke & Angger Dimas feat. Polina - Night Like This (Official Hashtag Video)". YouTube.com. 2012-08-21. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  12. ^ "Moguai feat. Polina - Invisible". YouTube.com. 2012-01-31. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  13. ^ "Felix Cartal - Don't Turn on the Lights (feat. Polina)". YouTube. 2011-12-11. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  14. ^ Tim Gauthier (2013-02-27). "Felix Cartal Nominated for Juno Award! • Dim Mak". Dimmak.com. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  15. ^ "Steve Aoki Nominated for Grammy". Rafu.com. 2012-12-07. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  16. ^ "By Any Means Necessary". Dimmak.com. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  17. ^ "STEVE AOKI Announces North American 'Deadmeat' Tour Winter 2012 with Datsik//Debut Studio Album 'Wonderland' out January 17, 2012 Via Ultra Music & Dim Mak". msopr.com. Retrieved 13 June 2015. 
  18. ^ "Angger Dimas ft Polina - Release Me at Tomorrowland 2012". YouTube.com. 2012-07-31. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  19. ^ polina ultra music
  20. ^ "Night Like This - Laidback Luke ft. Polina LIVE @ Electric Zoo 2012". YouTube.com. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  21. ^ "POLINA - Fade to love [Official video". YouTube.com. 2014-02-28. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  22. ^ "Polina | 'Fade To Love' #3 on MTV Russia Chart | HMX Radio | Music Play". Hmxradio.com. 2015-05-18. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  23. ^ "POLINA - Breathe [Official video". YouTube.com. 2014-10-10. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  24. ^ "Eminem - Legacy Lyrics". MetroLyrics.com. 2014-05-28. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 

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