t.A.T.u. (originally Tatu in English and Тату in Russian, and eventually marketed under t.A.T.u in both languages) is perhaps the most famous modern Russian band. Well known not only in Russia but around the world, it was founded in 1999 by producer Ivan Shapovalov and composer Aleksandr Voytinskiy. For the entire life of the band, […]


Serebro (“silver”; the band’s name is Russian but spelled in the Roman alphabet even in Russian contexts) is a girl pop group that was founded by producer Maksim Fadeev in 2006. Fadeev is a producer on the TV show Star Factory (Фабрика звёзд), the show that also led to the creation of Fabrika and Korni, […]

Fabrika / Фабрика

Fabrika (Фабрика; “factory”) is a Russian pop band whose current members are Irina Toneva (Ирина Тонева), Aleksandra Savalyeva (Александра Савальева), and Aleksandra Popova (Александра Попова). The band was started in 2002 through the TV show Star Factory–1 (Фабрика Звёзд–1), produced by Igor Matvienko, and consisted of Toneva, Savalyeva, Sati Kazanova (Сати Казанова), and Maria Alalykina […]

Blestyashchie / Блестящие

Blestyashchie (Блестящие, “the bright ones”) is a Russian all-female  pop group. It was formed in 1995 by the producers Andrey Grozniy (Андрей Грозный) and Andrey Shlykov (Андрей Шлыков), and their original lineup consisted of Olga Orlova (Ольга Орлова), Polina Iodis (Полина Иодис), and Varvara Koroleva (Варвара Королева). Its membership has changed often over the years—seventeen […]

ВИА Гра (Nu Virgos)

VIA Gra (ВИА Гра; also called Nu Virgos) is a Ukrainian, Russian-singing pop group founded by businessman Dmitry Kostyuk in 2000 in Kyiv. The name of the band is usually assumed to refer to the drug Viagra, with the “Via” hidden in the Russian acronym for “vocal-instrumental ensemble,” which is found in many band names. […]

Propaganda / Пропаганда

Propaganda (Пропаганда) is a Russian band that’s been releasing hits consistently since 2001. They have been highly successful with their brand of dance pop, with songs like “With Chalk” (“Мелом”), “Who” (“Кто”), and “No One” (“Никто”) leading Russian charts as soon as they appeared. The group was founded in 2001 by producer Sergey Izotov. Its […]