Saturday, 14 June 2008

Nu Virgos

Nu Virgos (also known as ВИА Гра - an allusion to VIA Gra due to first three letters, which stand for vocal-instrumental band) is a Ukrainian/Russian girl group, that hit the charts in their country in September 2000 with their first single[citation needed]. Their first success in Europe was in May 2004, with the single "Stop! Stop! Stop!".[citation needed] The group is known for their frequent lineup changes, with 11 different individuals having at one time been in the group.[1] The group was co-created by Dmitriy Kostyuk and Konstantin Meladze. Kostyuk is the manager of the group and the co-producer of the group's albums. Meladze is writer the group's songs and the co-producer group's of the albums.

After "Popytka No. 5" more videos were out on the screens: "Obnimi menya" (Hold me closer), "Bomba"(Bomb), "Ya ne vernus" (I won’t be back). By the end of the year Nu Virgos’ repertoire comprised 7 songs that were enough to embark on a tour. The group’s first ever live date took place in Dnepropetrovsk on the stage of the city’s Ledoviy Palace in front of some 4,000 spectators. The group’s management decided to release the first full-length Nu Virgos’ effort which was entitled after their major hit Popytka No. 5.

Within 2001 Nu Virgos collected some of their first awards: “A Hundred Pood Hit” from HIT FM Radio, “Golden Gramophone” from “Russian Radio”, and the “Golden Firebird” prize at the Ukrainian annual festival “Tavriyskiye Igry”.

2002 saw the group becoming a trio instead of being a duet and changing their musical direction. In spring the group appeared in the new video "Stop! Stop! Stop!" whose success enabled Nu Virgos to take part in the “Ovation” Music Award Ceremony held at the Moscow’s State Central Concert Hall “Rossiya”. In September a new video “Good morning, papa!” was released , and close to that year’s end the group's members played the roles of crowned heads in a TV musical called "Zolyshka" (Cinderella).

In the beginning of 2003 Nu Virgos released "Ne ostavlyay menya lyubibiy" (Don’t ever leave me love), complete with an eponymously titled video tape containing a collection of Nu Virgos’ videos. They released Stop! Snyato! (Stop! That’s a wrap!) which included four new songs along with several remixes. They attended the Russian MUZ TV awards and the “Soundtrack” award all won by Nu Virgos. In May the group released the new video "Ubey moyu podrugu" (Kill my girlfriend).

By the end of 2003 having completed their new Biologiya (Biology) album, they entered international music scene. Their first English-language album Stop! Stop! Stop! saw the light of day in Israel, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Scandinavian countries. More videos appeared on TV – melodically and lyrically strong "Okean I tri reki" (Ocean and three rivers) and “Prityazhenya bolshe net” (No attraction anymore) (both in duet with singer Valeriy Meladze) shortly followed by the "Biologiya". In the summer of 2004 Nu Virgos were awarded the Russian music award “MUZ TV 2004” and completed a world tour spanning the territories including South East Asia, Israel and America.

The year 2005 was marked by the launch of the Russian version of Nu Virgos' official web-site as well as by the release of three new videos: "Take you back", "I don’t want a man" and "Brillianty" (Diamonds). Additionally the group picked up their second in a row MUZ TV’s “The Best Pop Act” award.

In January 2006 Nu Virgos were a participant at MIDEM 2006. Despite the heavy touring that year the group have offered two more videos: "Obmani no ostansya" (Tell me lie) and "L.M.L." and completed a new English album, their second after Stop! Stop! Stop!.

A second English language album L.M.L. was scheduled for release in November, 2006 . In early April 2007, due to unexpected pregnancy, Olga left the group, the English album project was broken so the label decided to release it digitally.

In 2007, Vera Brezhneva, the blond of the group, left the group after she married Mihayl Kiperman.

In May 2007, Nu Virgos once again won Best Group at MuzTV Awards.

On September 5 Nu Virgos premiered a video for the song "Potselui" (Kisses) in Ukraine, and September 10 - in Russia. November 1 2007, the group released a new album, called Potselui. (Kisses) with 19 tracks. Nu Virgos appeared in "Maxim" and FHM. In December 2007 Group recorded a new song called "Ya ne boyus" (I'm not afraid). In 2008, the team is scheduled to tour with English-speaking album L.M.L. for a variety of countries such as Japan, Germany, Britain and others. The group releaded a new video in February 2008.

In March 2008, the former Miss Russia Tatiana Kotova joined Nu Virgos.[1]
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