Ya Soshla S Uma

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"Ya Soshla s Uma"
Two animated images of Julia Volkova and Elena Katina kissing.
Single by t.A.T.u.
from the album 200 Po Vstrechnoy
Released 19 December 2000
Format
Recorded 1999
(Neformat Studios, Russia)
Genre Electronic rock
Length 3:32
Label
Writer(s)
Producer(s) Ivan Shapovalov
t.A.T.u. singles chronology
"Ya Soshla s Uma"
(2000)
"Nas Ne Dogonyat"
(2001)
Alternative cover
Original cover/cassette adapted cover

"Ya Soshla S Uma" (Cyrillic: "Я сошла с ума" [ja sɐʂˈla sʊˈma]; translation: "I Have Lost My Mind") is a song recorded by Russian girl group t.A.T.u., who went under their Russian name for their debut studio and Russian album, 200 Po Vstrechnoy (2001). It was written by Sergio Galoyan, Elena Kiper, and Valeriy Polienko, whilst production was handled by Ivan Shapovalov. The single premiered on 19 December 2000 as the lead single from the album. Musically, "Ya Soshla s Uma" is an electronic song, influenced by dance music. Although the songs original story was based on a dream by Kiper at a dentist appointment, Shapovalov evoked the theme of Lesbianism in both this and the English language adaption, "All The Things She Said".

Upon its release, the track garnered generally favourable reviews from music critics. Many critics highlighted as one of the album's best tracks, and complimented the production. Despite not entering on any record charts, the song was a huge topic and success through airplay stations in Russia, Ukraine, Poland, and Czech Republic. An accompanying music video was shot in Russia, where it featured t.A.T.u. in school girls and kissing each other. Whilst the kissing scene from "Ya Soshla s Uma" was heavily controversial in Russia, the English adaption popularised the group an caused controversy.

Background and release[edit]

t.A.T.u. members Yulia Volkova and Elena Katina had originally worked for the Russian children musical group Neposedi, but Volkova was dismissed due to volatile behaviour. Katina was also accused by Russian journalism of bad behaviour, and left not long after.[1] Then, Russian music manager Ivan Shapovalov held a casting call for a solo singer to be managed by him, and selected Katina out of several other girls. Him and his ex wife, Elena Kiper, then decided to create and manage a duo, and selected Volkova as the second act to the group.[2] According to Kiper, she had attended a dentist appointed and was put under anesthesia for further surgical procedures. She then recalled dreaming about a woman kissing, and woke up saying the words "Ya Soshla s Uma", which is "I've lost my mind" in Russian language. She had told Shapovalov about the dream, and wrote the second phrase "Mne nuzhna ona", which means "I need her"; this is where Shapovalov conveyed the theme of lesbianism through the song, and its English language counterpart "All The Things She Said".[2] Shapovalov had been accused by Russian media for taking the idea of Kiper's and conveying it as his own, whilst Kiper stated that the idea was all made by her.

"Ya Soshla S Uma" was written by Sergio Galoyan, Elena Kiper, and Valeriy Polienko, whilst production was handled by the groups manager Ivan Shapovalov. Shapovalov composed the track, and it was recorded by him at the Neformat Studios, Russia in 1999.[3] After completion of the song, co-manager of the group Boris Renski decided to pull the release as he felt the final result would become a failure to the Russian public. Shapovalov persuaded Renski in allowing the continuation of the band, and offered to pay the music video himself; Renski accepted the offer.[4] he single premiered on 19 December 2000 as the lead single from the album. It was released as a CD Single, which included the original version, four remix versions, and two enhanced videos; the music video and the "behind the scenes".[3] A cassette tape was also issued in Russia, which included the five tracks on the CD single.[5] After the groups signing with Universal Music Russia in 2001, it was re-issued as a double A-side single with their single "Nas Ne Dagonyat" in Poland.[6] That same year, it premiered as a radio single in Germany and Europe; in January 2003, it appeared as a second b-side track to the CD Single of "All The Things She Said".[7]

Reception[edit]

"Ya Soshla S Uma" received positive reviews from music critics. Writing for AllMusic, Drago Bonacich selected the track as one of the groups best singles.[8] Michael Osborn from MusicOMH discussed the girls vocal abilities, and noted that their vocal performances in both English and Russian were incomprehensible; he quoted, "But you try getting your tongue around Ya Soshla S Uma."[9] Sean Bertiger from Popdirt.com preferred the Russian version over the English adaption, citing the groups vocals and "emotions" as factors to his opinion.[10] Since its release, the song has also achieved accolades and awards. In early 2001, Universal Music Group hosted a poll for the audience to vote on which song was the best from 200 Po Vstrechnoy; as a result, "Ya Soshla s Uma" came first place.[11] The single won the MTV Video Music Award for the Russian entry of 2000.[12] In 2001, "Ya Soshla S Uma" won the 100 Pound Hit awarded by Hit FM Russia; they performed the song that same night.[13] On 29 November, 2005, Kiper was presented the song writing award at the BMI Honors Top European Songwriters And Publishers; this was her first win at the BMI Honors ceremony, and won the second time with "Not Gonna Get Us" (2002), t.A.T.u.'s second international single.[14] Commercially, the single reached number one on the Russian Singles Chart, peaking there for eighteen consecutive weeks.[15] As of January 2010, "Ya Soshla s Uma" sold over 50,000 units, and over 200,000 illegal copies.[16]

Controversy[edit]

In February 2011, American recording artist and songwriter, Katy Perry, released the her single, "E.T." from her studio album, Teenage Dream (2010). The single version featured American rapper, Kanye West.[17][18][19] After its release, several music critics compared and criticized "E.T."'s music for being similar to "All The Things She Said" (the English composition was also adapted into the Russian edit of "Ya Soshla S Uma").[20][21] Matthew Cole of Slant Magazine disliked Perry's song for being "inscrutability" and said that song's backing track was reminiscent of t.A.T.u.'s "All the Things She Said".[22] Steven Hyden and Genevieve Koski from The A.V. Club stated "'E.T.' doesn’t have an all-consuming hook to redeem it; what it has instead is a rote “dark futuristic” beat that bears more than a passing resemblance to t.A.T.u.’s 'All The Things She Said'."[23] Due to the criticism and similarities, several people had uploaded mash-up versions of the songs to distinguish the comparisons; A reporter from Sound Magazine labelled the mash-ups as the most "annoyingly addictive" songs.[24]

In May 2011, Galoyan responded to the comparisons and stated that he was not impressed; "Of course I am pleased that Western colleagues use my music, but it should not cross the line - I'm thinking about the lawsuits to a particularly brazen kopipaster". This was the second time t.A.T.u's music had been sampled, alongside "30 Minutes", which was used in American rapper, Lil Wayne's song, "Dear Anne".[25] Galoyan considered taking legal action against Perry, West, and Perry's label Capitol Records and Universal Music Group, but has not since responded.[25]

Music video[edit]

Synopsis[edit]

A shot of Lena (left) and Yulia (right) in the video.

Ivan Shapovalov directed this video, where Yulia and Lena are seen wearing Catholic school uniforms, singing along together in the rain and snow. The two eventually kiss while behind a chain fence, where on the other side there is a crowd of on-lookers. It is meant to seem like the crowd is watching these two girls in some sort of cage. The video ends in an ironic twist when the girls go around the corner of the building, and off into the distance as the rain clears, revealing that the on-lookers are the real captives.

Reception[edit]

The video was very controversial for European countries to air, not just because of the lesbian theme of the video but it was alarming for many viewers to see two young girls kissing. However, the video was still aired on TV, first in 2000 on MTV Russia. On the show Black and White on STS, the girls spoke of the first time they saw the video (which was on TV). Yulia stated she was surprised that the video was actually them, and Lena was expecting the video to be longer than it was.[26] There was a video for "Я сошла с ума (HarDrum Mix)" which continuously featured the footage of them kissing from the original video and also including previously unseen material. The music video remix is included on the group's first compilation album, "The Best". MTV Russia announced that the music video of the single was the best of the year.

Track listing[edit]

Russian Maxi-CD Single
  1. "Я сошла с ума" (Original edit)
  2. "Я сошла с ума" (DJ Ram Remix)
  3. "Я сошла с ума" (Galoyan Slow Remix)
  4. "Я сошла с ума" (Galoyan Breakbeat Remix)
  5. "Я сошла с ума" (HarDrum Remix)
  6. "Я сошла с ума" (Music Video)
  7. "Я сошла с ума" (HarDrum Remix Video)
Promo Polish CD Single
  1. "Я сошла с ума"

Source:[27]

Other use in media[edit]

This theme was also featured as the opening song of the Chinese drama Legend of the Heavenly Stones, as a Chinese language dub.[28]

Charts[edit]

Country Peak Position
Polish Airplay Chart[29] 1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whiteley, Shiela, Rycenga, Jennifer (2006). "Queering the Popular Pitch". Taylor and Francis Group; published on Google Books. Retrieved 13 June 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Entertainment Africa Staff (2001). "t.A.T.u. Background". Entertainment Africa. Archived from the original on 22 October 2013. Retrieved 13 June 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Ya Soshla s Uma (CD single; Liner notes). t.A.T.u. Russia: Neformat, Universal Music Russia. 2000. 
  4. ^ "Создатели группы «Тату» поссорились из-за пениса на сцене". ntv.ru. 19 June 2012. Retrieved 5 October 2015. 
  5. ^ Ya Soshla s Uma (Cassette Single; Liner notes). t.A.T.u. Russia: Neformat, Universal Music Russia. 2000. 
  6. ^ Nas Ne Dagonyat / Ya Soshla s Uma (CD Single; Liner notes). t.A.T.u. Russia: Universal Music Russia. 2001. 
  7. ^ All The Things She Said (CD Single; Liner notes). t.A.T.u. Europe: Interscope Records, Universal Music Russia. 2003. 019 331-2. 
  8. ^ Bonacich, Drago (2013). "t.A.T.u. – Songs". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 June 2016. 
  9. ^ Osborn, Michael (10 February 2003). "t.A.T.u. – 200 Km/H in the Wrong Lane (album review)". MusicOMH. Retrieved 13 June 2016. 
  10. ^ Bertiger, Sean (20 September 2003). "t.A.T.u. – 200 Km/H in the Wrong Lane (album review)". Popdirt.com. Retrieved 13 June 2016. 
  11. ^ "На радио и телевидении боятся мальчика-гея". tatysite.net. Adapted from Universal Music Group. 14 July 2001. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  12. ^ "<TV.ru > About 2001". MTV Russia. 2001. Archived from the original on 27 December 2003. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  13. ^ "Group t.A.T.u. at the award ceremony radio "Hit FM" – "Stopudoviy hit" at the State Kremlin Palace.". kommersant.ru. 2 June 2001. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  14. ^ "Songwriter for t.A.T.u. has given birth to a son". Newsmuz.com. 16 February 2011. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  15. ^ "About the TATU". t.A.T.u. website. 2000. Archived from the original on 15 October 2002. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  16. ^ "t.A.T.u. history – Page 3". t.A.T.u. website. 2000. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  17. ^ "E.T. (feat. Kanye West) – Single" (in French). iTunes Store. Retrieved September 10, 2011. 
  18. ^ "E.T. (feat. Kanye West)". United Kingdom: Amazon.com. Retrieved September 10, 2011. 
  19. ^ "E.T. (feat. Kanye West)". Amazon.com. Retrieved September 10, 2011. 
  20. ^ metrowebukmetro (1 April 2011). "Katy Perry’s ET vs Lady Gaga’s Born This Way: Music video fight club". Metro.co.uk. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  21. ^ Bain, Becky (10 May 2010). "Katy Perry Gets Beamed Up In Alien-Adoring Track “E.T. (Futuristic Lover)”". Metro.co.uk. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  22. ^ Cole, Matthew (August 22, 2010). "Katy Perry: Teenage Dream Album Review". Slant Magazine. Retrieved February 24, 2011. 
  23. ^ Hyden, Steven; Koski, Genevieve (25 March 2011). "Week of March 26, 2011". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  24. ^ http://www.soundmagonline.com/katy-perry-vs-tatu/
  25. ^ a b http://newsmuz.com/news_3_23090.htm
  26. ^ "Video Ya Soshla S Uma van t.A.T.u. - Myspace Video". Vids.myspace.com. 9 February 2007. Retrieved 16 March 2012. 
  27. ^ [1][dead link]
  28. ^ The song is called Tian Shi Chuan Shuo, and the specific lyrics are different, but the tune is the same. Youtube Link
  29. ^ Nielsem Music Control Poland

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