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Dima Bilan

Background information
Birth name Viktor Nikolaevich Belan
Born December 24, 1981 (1981-12-24) (age 28)
Origin Ust-Dzheguta, Karachay-Cherkessia, Soviet Union (now Russia)
Genres R&B, Pop music, Dance
Instruments Vocal
Labels Universal (2008-present), Gala Records (2003-2007), EMI (2006, 2008), Мистерия Звука (2008)
Associated acts Timbaland, Nelly Furtado, Rudy Perez, Jim Beanz, Danja, Ryan Tedder, Trudy Bellinger, Edvin Marton, Evgeni Plushenko, Larisa Dolina, J.R. Rotem
Website official website

Dima Bilan (Russian: Дима Билан; birth name Viktor Nikolaevich Belan, Виктор Николаевич Белан, December 24, 1981 in Ust-Dzheguta, Karachay-Cherkessia) is a Russian pop artist. Bilan represented Russia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 with "Never Let You Go", finishing second, and he won the contest in 2008, with the song "Believe". He has had several Russian no. 1 hits.

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Biography

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Early life

When he was only two years old, his family moved to his grandmother’s place in the city of Naberezhnye Chelny in Tatarstan. When he was six years old, his family moved to Kabardino-Balkaria where he went to school with his sister. He took part in morning performances, recited poems and sang songs.

He graduated from Gnesins Musical College as a classical vocal performer. Bilan made his debut when he reached fourth place at the Russian/Latvian festival "New Wave" in 2002. In 2003, Bilan released his debut album titled Nochnoy Huligan (Night Hooligan), which included covers of "Caruso" by Lucio Dalla and "Fever" by Elvis. In 2004, he released his successful single "Na beregu neba" ("At The Sky's Shore") which was also the title of his second album.

2005 - 2006

Produced by the late Yury Aizenshpis, a Russian music mogul famous for his work with Viktor Tsoi in the Soviet Union, Bilan attempted to reach Eurovision previously with the song "Not That Simple" in 2005, finishing in second place at the Russian national selection. The video for the Russian version of the song was reputably the most expensive in the history of Russia's music industry. In December 2005, Bilan received two golden gramophones for the song "Ty dolzjna ryadom byt'" (The Russian version of "Not That Simple", actually meaning "You should be beside me") in Saint Petersburg and Almaty. During shootings of "Noviye pyesny o glavnom" ("New songs about the main things") he received the grand prize of the First channel from the professional jury. Bilan became Showbusiness Man of the Year because the most voters gave their voices for him according to the version of Rambler. At the end of a year he accepted an invitation from an American agency to record tracks for the musical Peter Pan. On March 14, 2006, Bilan took part in "Zolotaya sharmanka" ("Golden street organ") of "International Music Awards" in Kiev where he was honored as "Singer of the Year".

In the middle of March 2006, Bilan was chosen internally by the Russian broadcaster Channel One to represent Russia at the Eurovision Song Contest, that year in Athens, Greece. Out of 37 participating countries, Bilan took second place with the dark pop song "Never Let You Go", equalling one of Russia's best ever showing at Eurovision — Alsou's "Solo" was runner-up back in the 2000 contest.

Bilan scored 248 points — 44 behind winning song "Hard Rock Hallelujah" by Finland's Lordi — and received the maximum 12 points from a total of seven countries: Armenia, Belarus, Finland, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania and Ukraine. The only countries to not award Bilan any points were Monaco and Switzerland.

Bilan's stage performance included two dancing ballerinas and a white piano covered in red rose petals, from which a ghost-like female figure emerged halfway through the song. Bilan wore a white vest with the number representing his place in the contest's running order — 13 and 10 in the semi-final and final respectively. Due to Russia's poor result the previous year, Bilan had to qualify for the final at the semi-final on May 18. He qualified in the top ten there (finishing third with 217 points) and moved to the final.

In July 2006 Bilan was one of the four artists who took part in the biggest musical event in Russia of 2006 - "The Red Summer" show in Red Square in Moscow, where he performed on stage with Shakira, The Black Eyed Peas and t.A.T.u.

In September 2006, for second year in a row, Dima Bilan won Artist of the Year and Song of the Year at MTV Russian Music Awards. On November 2 Bilan represented Russia at MTV EMA in Copenhagen.

On November 15 2006 Bilan received award for Best Selling Russian Artist and performed at the World Music Awards in London along with Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Rihanna, Nelly Furtado and Bob Sinclair. His performance of Eurovision single Never Let You Go at WMAs was broadcast on Channel 4 in UK and 130 more countries, including United States.

2007 - 2008

In February 2007 Bilan started to record his first international album in English in Los Angeles, Miami and in Philadelphia in collaboration with producer Jim Beanz and Ryan Tedder. One of the new tracks will be a duet with one of Timbaland's most successful artists, Nelly Furtado.

Also in 2007 he premiered his first single from new album — Number One Fan. According to Russian and Eastern Europe radio airplay chart, Number One Fan topped the charts for 8 weeks. Video for this song [1] was shot in London by famous British director Trudy Bellinger, who has also made videos for acts including Girls Aloud, Sugababes and Sophie Ellis Bextor).

On October 4, Bilan premiered his second single from the forthcoming album, Amnesia, at the MTV Russia Music Awards 2007. During this show, Bilan won three most prestigious awards for Best Performer, Best Song and — for the third consecutive year — Best Artist.

Dima Bilan performing at the Eurovision Song Contest final in Belgrade, 2008. He is accompanied by Edvin Marton (left) and Evgeni Plushenko (right).

In 2008, Bilan is planning to release three albums — in Russian, English and Spanish. He is also planning to release an English album in 81 countries in co-operation with Interscope Records (Universal Group). He is working on his English album, with some tracks produced by Jim Beanz and Ryan Tedder (OneRepublic). Also his new Spanish album will include a duet with Nelly Furtado.[citation needed]

On February 20, Bilan went to Miami and recorded a few tracks for his Spanish album with famous producer Rudy Perez. The Spanish album will include a duet with Nelly Furtado and a Spanish version of his first international single "Number One Fan" [2]

In 2008, Bilan once again represented Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Believe", accompanied by Hungarian violinist Edvin Marton and Russian olympic and three-time world champion figure skater Evgeni Plushenko. On May 24, 2008, Bilan won first place in the contest, receiving 272 points and seven twelves. His victory's integrity was questioned by Ukraine's officials later in May.[3]

In 2008, Bilan won two awards from Muz TV: "Best male artist" and "Best ringtone" for the song "Nevozmozhnoe vozmozno". Dima also won the Best Russian Act award at MTV Europe Music Awards.

Also in 2008, Bilan finally changed his official name to Dima Bilan. Although Dima is a diminutive from Dmitry, he preferred the former, diminutive form, "Dima", as official. The name change followed Bilan's conflict with his producer Yuri Aisenshpitz's heirs, who claimed the rights on this stage name. Making it his official name would help to avoid any claimants.

Bilan performed his 2008 Eurovision-winning song "Believe" in the interval act at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2008 in Limassol, Cyprus.

2009 - 2010

During 2009 Bilan has continued with concerts and he also performed during the Eurovision Song Contest 2009, before leaving over the title of current Eurovision Song Contest winner to Alexander Rybak of Norway. He's planning to compete in the 2010 Russian National final in order to represent Russia for a 3rd time in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 with the song "White Nights." Contrary to media speculation it has been announced that Dima Bilan will not enter the 2010 contest, hinting a return after only two years may be too soon. [4]

Discography

Albums

Singles

Year Title Chart peak positions
RUS UA SWE EUR DE
2004 "Ya nochnoy huligan"
(Я ночной хулиган)
- - - - -
"Mulatka"
(Мулатка)
36 - - - -
"Tyomnaya noch'"
(Тёмная ночь)
108 - - - -
"Na beregu neba"
(На берегу неба)
2 4 - - -
2005 "Ty dolzhna ryadom byt'/Not That Simple"
(Ты должна рядом быть)
2 - -/65 -
"Odinokaya brodit garmon'"
(Одинокая бродит гармонь)
155 - - -
"Pozdravliayu!"
(Поздравляю)
39 - - -
"Kak hotel ya"
(Как хотел я)
2 - - -
"Ya tebya pomnyu"
(Я тебя помню)
18 - - -
2006 "Eto byla lyubov"
(Это была любовь)
1 - - -
"Never Let You Go/Tak ustroyen etot mir"
(Так устроен этот мир)
3
2007 "Nevozmozhnoye vozmozhno/Lady Flame"
(Невозможное возможно)
1 - -/42
"Vremya-reka/See What I See"
(Время-река)
2 -
"Number One Fan"/"Ya Tvoy Nomer Odin"
(Я твой номер один)
1 - 10/-
"Gore-zima"
(Горе-зима)
9 - -
2008 "Believe/Vsyo v tvoikh rukakh"
(Всё в твоих руках)
1 - 28/- 208/- 52/-
"Lonely" 9 - - - -
2009 "Lady" 4 - - - -
"Dancing Lady" - - - - -
"Changes" - - - - -

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Natalia Podolskaya
Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest
2006
Succeeded by
Serebro
Preceded by
Serebro
Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest
2008
Succeeded by
Anastasiya Prikhodko
Preceded by
Serbia Marija Šerifović
Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest
2008
Succeeded by
Norway Alexander Rybak

Simple English

Dima Bilan (Russian: Дима Билан; born Viktor Belan on December 24, 1981) is a popular Russian singer. Bilan was in the 2006 Eurovision contest. He sang the song "Never Let You Go." He finished in second place. In the 2008 contest, he came back with song "Believe" and he won with 272 points.

In February 2007 Bilan started to record his first international album in English in Los Angeles, Miami and in Philadelphia in collaboration with producer Jim Beanz and Ryan Tedder. One of the new tracks will be a duet with one of Timbaland's most successful artists, Nelly Furtado.

Albums

  • 2003 - Ya nochnoi huligan (Я ночной хулиган)
  • 2004 - Na beregu neba (На берегу неба)
  • 2006 - Vremya-reka (Время-река)
  • 2008 - Protiv Pravil (Против правил)


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