Philipp Kirkorov

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Philipp Kirkorov
Philipp Kirkorov.jpg
Background information
Birth namePhilipp Bedrosovich Kirkorov
Born(1967-04-30) 30 April 1967 (age 47)
OriginVarna, Bulgaria
GenresPop music
OccupationsSinger, Songwriter
Instrumentsvocal
Years active1985–present
LabelsMelodyia, Velvet Music
Associated actsAlla Pugacheva, Leonid Derbenyov, Masha Rasputina, Ani Lorak, Anna Netrebko, Sakis Rouvas
 
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Philipp Kirkorov
Philipp Kirkorov.jpg
Background information
Birth namePhilipp Bedrosovich Kirkorov
Born(1967-04-30) 30 April 1967 (age 47)
OriginVarna, Bulgaria
GenresPop music
OccupationsSinger, Songwriter
Instrumentsvocal
Years active1985–present
LabelsMelodyia, Velvet Music
Associated actsAlla Pugacheva, Leonid Derbenyov, Masha Rasputina, Ani Lorak, Anna Netrebko, Sakis Rouvas

Philipp Bedrosovich Kirkorov PAR (Russian: Фили́пп Бедро́сович Кирко́ров; Bulgarian: Фи́лип Бедро́сов Кирко́ров) is a Russian pop singer.

Biography[edit]

Philipp Kirkorov was born on April 30, 1967 in Varna, Bulgaria. His father is a Bulgarian singer of Armenian descent Bedros Kirkorov.[1][2] In 1984, he entered the Gnesin State Music School, graduating with honors in 1988. His musical style is mainstream Russian pop music with various Western influences and, like many Russian pop stars of the 1990s and 2000s, he frequently collaborates and records duets with other Russian pop artists.

In 1988, Kirkorov met the Russian mega-star singer Alla Pugacheva for the first time. She invited him to take part in her New Year's concert show. The following year, Kirkorov toured and performed with Pugacheva in Australia and Germany. He was also a finalist in the Russian national "Song of the Year" competition.

In 1990, Kirkorov won the Grand Prix in the competition "Shlyager-90" (Hit-90) in Leningrad with the song "Nebo i zemlya" (Sky and earth). In 1992, his music video to the song "Atlantida" was selected as "Music Video of the Year". His popularity began to spread outside of Russia and he toured in the United States, Canada, Germany, and Israel.

In 1993, he won the Russian Ovation award for "Best Singer of the Year" and also scored a win at the international singing competition Golden Orpheus. The following year, he unveiled his new solo concert program, titled "Ya ne Rafael" (I am not Raphael), which included cover songs by Engelbert Humperdink, Tom Jones, Frank Sinatra, Paul Anka and Elvis Presley. He also recorded "Ya podnimayu svoy bokal" (I raise my glass), which he said was a love letter to Alla Pugacheva.

In 1994, he proposed to Alla Pugacheva and she accepted. On January 13, the couple announced their engagement in Moscow. On March 15, the marriage was registered in St. Petersburg by then-mayor Anatoly Sobchak. On May 15 the wedding of Kirkorov and Pugacheva took place in Jerusalem. Kirkorov represented Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest 1995 held in Dublin with the song "Kolybelnaya dlya vulkana" ('Lullaby for the volcano') and finished in 17th place. He co-wrote the Belarusian entry at the Eurovision Song Contest 2007, "Work Your Magic" for Dmitry Koldun, and wrote the 2008 Ukrainian entry "Shady Lady", performed by Ani Lorak. He was also a judge in the second season of Music Idol in Bulgaria. Kirkorov makes a cameo in Verka Serduchka's video "Do Re Mi". Other than his native Bulgarian, he is fluent in Russian, and is proficient in Spanish and English.[3]

He became a father in 2012. His daughter, Alla Victoria Filippovna Kirkorova was born in Miami. He decided to call her Alla Victoria after Alla Pugacheva and his mother Victoria.

In December 2012, he signed an open letter criticizing a St. Petersburg bill banning "homosexual propaganda", along with pop stars like Dima Bilan and Valery Syutkin.[4]

Public image and controversies[edit]

Kirkorov maintains a "bad boy" public image for most of his career. He caused a number of media controversies.

The most notorious scandal followed an incident in Rostov-on-Don on 20 May 2004. At a press conference he insulted (using Russian obscene language) Irina Aroyan, a female journalist who had asked why so many of his songs were covers of American and European hits.[5] During the ensuing discussion, Kirkorov eventually told Aroyan that he was "tired of her pink blouse, her tits, and her microphone" and demanded that she leave the room immediately. When she eventually did, his bodyguards attacked her outside and destroyed her tape recorder. The incident led to a major response and discussions in the mass media. On 11 August 2004, Kirkorov was found guilty of insults (article 130 of the Russian penal code) and was fined 60,000 rubles (about 2000 US dollars at the time).[6]

At a pro-Viktor Yanukovych candidacy concert during the 2004 Ukrainian presidential election the father of Kirkorov famous Bulgarian singer Bedros Kirkorov mistakenly called on Ukrainians to vote for the opposing candidate Viktor Yushchenko - to wild cheers from the audience.[7]

There was also an incident where Kirkorov sent his guards to attack the Russian rock singer and DDT band frontman Yuri Shevchuk after their emotional skirmish in a public place (as known, Shevchuk keeps no guards of his own). The reason for the argument reportedly were Shevchuk's offensive statements against Kirkorov, his wife, and his alleged lip-synching.[8][9]

On 15 May 2009 Kirkorov resigned as head of the Russian jury at the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest, which has a 50% say in who will be national Russian Eurovision representative, after having been seen posing for cameras with Greek entry Sakis Rouvas and having dinner with Norwegian entry Alexander Rybak.[10] Furthermore, Kirkorov admitted that he and Rouvas had been personal friends for years. Since the integrity of the jury was deemed damaged, Kirkorov had little option but to resign once these stories had been made public.[11]

On 3 September 2009 Philipp Kirkorov, clad in his (in)famous 2008 Music Awards 'gold' suit was caught on camera while 'confiscating' the camera belonging to journalist Veronica Kozlova. Since the act could have been interpreted according to the law as a robbery, some reports said the singer was facing 2 to 7 years' imprisonment and a heavy fine. All charges were dropped, however, and Kirkorov stated that his actions were 'provoked' by the journalist. Kozlova was immediately dubbed 'Pink Blouse the Second' by her colleagues and other journalists.[12]

In 2010 Kirkorov was seen striking a female audience member while walking through the crowd at a performance.[13]

Another incident occurred on the December 4, 2010, when he allegedly slapped a female assistant because he was unhappy with the lighting at a concert venue. The woman, later identified as Marina Yablokova, threatened to sue Kirkorov . As a result, Kirkorov fled to Israel [14] and had himself interred at a psychiatric hospital.[15] On December 7, 2010, the singer publicly admitted that he had psychological problems on his official website and apologized to his latest victim.[16]

Honours and awards[edit]

This article incorporates information from the Russian Wikipedia.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums
Live
Compilation

Singles[edit]

Eurovision covers[edit]

Philipp Kirkorov has covered a few songs which appeared in the Eurovision Song Contest and its national finals, as well as entering a song in his own right. Songs include:

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Youddiph
with "Vyechniy stranik"
Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest
1995
Succeeded by
Alla Pugacheva
with "Primadonna"