Alsou

Alsou Ralifovna Abramova, thirty-two today, is a Russian singer who is mostly, though not entirely, unknown in the States. This wallpaper with her image dates to about 2004:

Alsou wallpaperized

She made the cover of the Russian edition of InStyle in 2010:

Alsou on the cover of InStyle

Born in Tatarstan, she and her family moved to Siberia when she was a year old. She showed musical promise early, and released her first album in 1999. “Winter Dream” was the first of three singles.

The next year, she turned up at Eurovision with an English-language song called “Solo”:

“Solo” won second place for Russia.

Perhaps her most elusive recording is a duet with Jon Bon Jovi on a 2003 remake of “Livin’ On A Prayer”, which was released to Russian radio with the This Left Feels Right album; for some reason, the Russian CD release contained the same version we got in the States, with Olivia d’Abo instead of Aisou.

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5 comments »

  1. Tatyana »

    28 June 2015 · 12:37 pm

    She is an ethnic Tatar, not Russian. From a “nomenklatura’ family: her father used to be one of directors of oil company Lukoil; since 93 she lived in London and studied architecture (why oh why? taking place of somebody talented…). In the spring of 2008 she married “Russian businessman” [ahem] Yan Abramov, in September 2008 their first daughter was born. Currently the family live in LA.

    Alsou means “pink, pinkish, light-red, rose water” – meaning “beautiful/enjoyable like rose water”.

  2. CGHill »

    28 June 2015 · 1:36 pm

    It never hurts to have wealthy parents. :)

  3. Tatyana »

    28 June 2015 · 2:12 pm

    I’m still surprised how Americans w/o my background read info/news from Russia. “Naive” and “innocence” are not quite describing it…

  4. Tatyana »

    28 June 2015 · 2:24 pm

    On the other hand, maybe I shouldn’t be so dismissive and instead attempt to educate the public?
    OK. Here’s rather neutral article about origins of Lukoil. Also:later news.
    Also: Daddy’s estimated fortune of 350mln euro

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