Alla Pugacheva in East Berlin, East Germany, 28 April 1976
|Native name||Алла Пугачёва|
|Birth name||Alla Borisovna Pugacheva|
15 April 1949 |
Moscow, Soviet Union
|Genres||Pop, traditional pop, New Wave, disco, funk rock, blues rock|
|Occupations||Singer, Composer, Actress|
|Years active||1965– present|
|Labels||Melodiya, World Record Music|
|Associated acts||Valery Leontiev, Philipp Kirkorov, Kristina Orbakaite, Maxim Galkin, Igor Nikolayev, Vladimir Kuzmin, Udo Lindenberg|
Alla Borisovna Pugacheva (Russian: Алла Борисовна Пугачёва, or Pugachova, Russian pronunciation: [pʊɡɐˈtɕɵvə]; born 15 April 1949), is а Soviet and Russian musical performer. Her career started in 1965 and continues to this day. For her "clear mezzosoprano and a full display of sincere emotions", she enjoys an iconic status across the former Soviet Union as the most successful Soviet performer in terms of record sales and popularity. She became a Meritorious Artist of the Russian SFSR in 1980, People's Artist of the Russian SFSR in 1985 and People's Artist of the USSR in 1991. She represented Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest 1997.
Pugacheva was born to her mother Zinaida Arkhipovna Odegova and father Boris Mikhailovich Pugachëv in Moscow, on 15 April 1949. In 1956, she enrolled in music school №31, and attended the Ippolitov-Ivanov music college. She went on to study at school №496, finishing her studies there in 1964. She then studied in the choral-conducting department of the college. Pugacheva recorded her first track "Robot" in 1965, for a state radio morning programme.
Pugacheva finished college in 1966 and subsequently toured with the group Yunost' (Youth) in Western Siberia. The following year she began working as a piano accompanist at the State Circus Musical college. She provided the leading vocals to a number of bands, including Novy Elektron (New Electron), part of the Lipetsk State Philharmonic Society, in 1966, Moskvichi (Muscovites) in 1971, Oleg Lundstrem's band in 1972 and 1973, and Vesyolye Rebyata (Merry Folks) in 1974 and 1975. She also recorded songs throughout that period for numerous movies. In 1974, she came in 3rd place in the All-Union competition of musicians, which was somewhat of a disappointment for her. In 1975, she received the Grand Prix of the international contest "Golden Orpheus" performing the song "Harlequin" by Emil Dimitrov. The Amiga label released her winning song as a single in East Germany. Subsequently in Bulgaria, the Balkanton label released the live recording of "Harlequin" from the festival as a single. One year later, Pugacheva returned to the "Golden Orpheus" to perform a concert outside the competition. The Balkanton released the live tracks as Pugacheva's first album Zolotoy Orfey 76. In that same year, Pugacheva recorded a number of songs for the musical drama-comedy The Irony of Fate as the singing voice of Nadja, the female protagonist.
Sample from "Zhenshchina, kotoraya poët" (The Woman Who Sings), title track of Pugacheva's most popular musical film
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Pugacheva went on to work on the musical film Zhenshchina, kotoraya poyot (The Woman Who Sings) in cooperation with the band Ritm (Rhythm) in 1977. She played the leading lady, a famous pop singer who sacrifices her personal life for her career. The soundtrack, which was co-written by Pugacheva and composed of pop songs, culminated with the dramatic title ballad "Zhenshchina, kotoraya poyot". The Soviet audience, regarding the film as autobiographical, brought the soundtrack to reach record audience of the year in 1979, as it was bought by 55 million people. The soundtrack was first released in 1977 as part of the double album Zerkalo dushi (Mirror of Soul), which was a collection of her songs from 1975–77. The Victor label released a collection album Alla Pugacheva in the same year in Japan. In 1978, performing the song "Vsyo mogut koroli" ("Kings Can Do Anything"), Pugacheva received the Amber Nightingale prize at the Sopot International Song Festival which at the time meant automatically winning the Grand Prix of the Intervision Song Contest. In 1980, the Kansan label of Finland released her above listed works as the compilation album Huipulla (At the Top). Tonbandausnahmenkompanie Bayer GmbH did the same in West Germany releasing Alla Pugachova.
During the 1980s, Pugacheva was a frequent visitor to Stockholm. She started out with multiple guest appearances on the popular Swedish radio show Galaxen conducted by Jacob Dahlin, and later frequently appeared on his TV-show Jacobs Stege (Jacob's Ladder). Dahlin and Pugacheva used to perform duets, such as "Superman" where Dahlin sings as the title character. In Stockholm, Pugacheva recorded an album in English, released by the World Record Music label in Sweden as Watch Out and by the Melodiya label in the Soviet Union as Alla Pugacheva in Stockholm.
Pugacheva is currently a judge on Russia's version of the British X-Factor "Factor A." She is the main judge and therefore the most important. She has the ability to give the most points.
Pugacheva's most notable title is "People's Artist of the USSR", the highest honour that could be bestowed to a musical artist in the state, awarded to her in 1991. While the lesser titles of "Accomplished Artist of the Russian SFSR", and "People's Artist of the Russian SFSR" had been already awarded to her in 1980 and 1985 respectively, the government was hesitant to award her its highest honour for a long time. This was mainly because of numerous statements and actions on her part that were inconsistent with the Party's agenda. At the same time, she grew to represent the government-endorsed pop culture that was forced upon people.
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Pugacheva's personal life has been very public due to her image and popularity, and is often discussed in the tabloid press. Her weight and rumours of extramarital relationships have been particularly popular points of discussion in such publications. However, she has maintained a positive attitude, and on numerous occasions shown that she is willing to discuss personal matters openly and laugh at herself.
In 1969, she married Lithuanian circus performer Mykolas Orbakas, and in 1971 she gave birth to daughter Kristina Orbakaite, who is now also a popular singer. She divorced Mykolas after 4 years of marriage in 1973.
Pugacheva then married film director Alexander Stefanovich in 1976, and starred in a few of his movies. The union was dissolved in 1980, after drawn-out legal proceedings on the division of property, with Pugacheva's luxurious flat in Patriarshy Ponds, Moscow being the heart of the debate.
In 1985, after years of living together, Pugacheva married producer Yevgeniy Boldin, with whom she had numerous professional collaborations. She had a working and romantic relationship with a young musician and singer, Vladimir Kuzmin during this period. In 1993, she divorced Yevgeniy Boldin stating that their professional lives interfered too much with their personal life.
In the early 1990s, she had an affair with Sergej Chelobanov, with whom she recorded several duets.
In 1994, she married one of the most popular pop singers in Russia, Philipp Kirkorov, who was 18 years younger and of Bulgarian-Armenian and Russian ethnicity. His career is said to have benefited significantly from this marriage. Their divorce was announced in November 2005.
In the past 10 years, Alla Pugacheva was romantically involved with the popular Russian comedian Maksim Galkin. The two often performed together in large celebrity-studded events and even had a few musical collaborations. On 23 December 2011, Alla Pugacheva and Maxim Galkin got married despite the significant age gap. Couple has twins Elizaveta and Harry, delivered by surrogate mother on September 18, 2013, which has been a center of major celebrity gossip in Russia for weeks. Pugacheva is friends with former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.
|Year (P)||Number||Original title||Title in English||Format||Label, country|
|1976||Золотой Орфей 76||Golden Orpheus 76||Live LP||Balkanton, Bulgaria|
|1977||C60 09799-2||Зеркало души||Mirror of Soul||Double LP||Melodiya, USSR|
|1979||C60 11975-6||Арлекино и другие||Harlequin and Others||LP|
|1980||C60 14429-0||Поднимись над суетой||Rise Above Vanity||LP|
|1980||C60 14935-6||То ли ещё будет||Something's Still to Come||LP|
|1982||C60 17663-6||Как тревожен этот путь||How Unrestful Is This Way||Double|
|1985||C90 21357-8||Ах, как хочется жить||Ah, How I Want to Live||LP|
|1985||WRM LP01||Watch Out||Watch Out||LP||World Record Music, Sweden|
|1986||C60 24717-8||Счастья в личной жизни||...Happiness in Private Life!||LP||Melodiya, USSR|
|1986||C60 25059-0||Пришла и говорю||I Came to Say||LP||Melodiya, USSR|
|1990||SUCD 60 00122||Алла||Alla||CD||Melodiya, USSR|
|1991||10191-40191||Рождественские встречи 1990||Christmas meetings 1990||2LP||Russian disc, USSR|
|1992||STEREO R60 00887||Рождественские встречи 1991||Christmas meetings 1991||2LP||Russian disc, Russia|
|1995||SZCD0475||Не делайте мне больно, господа!||Don't Hurt Me, Gentlemen||CD||Soyuz, Russia|
|1998||Ex 98073||Да!||Yes!||CD||Extraphone, Russia|
|2001||АБП 0037||Речной трамвайчик||River Tram||CD||Alla, Russia|
|2002||АБП 0038||А был ли мальчик||Was There a Boy?||CD||Alla, Russia|
|Живи спокойно, страна!||Live Peacefully, My Country!||CD||Alla & Monolit, Russia|
|Приглашение на закат||Invitation to a Sunset||CD||Alla|
There is an unknown number of single and EP releases published all over the world.
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