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Smash

Smash!! Album cover from 2Nite, 2004
Background information
Also known as СМЭШ!!
Origin Moscow, Russia
Genres Pop
Years active 20012006
Labels Universal Music
Associated acts Neposedi
Members
Sergey Lazarev
Vlad Topalov

Smash!! (in Russian: СМЭШ!!) was a Russian pop duo founded in 2001 and consisting of Sergey Lazarev and Vlad Topalov. They sang mainly in English, and released their music in Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia. They were most popular among teenagers in Russia and Southeast Asia. The band split up in 2006.

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Biography

Beginnings

Sergey and Vlad were signed in 2001 with the music label Universal Music Russia, under the name "Smash!!". In January 2002 the duet shot a music video for their first single Should Have Loved You More. In August of the same year, they won the New Wave contest in Urmala, Latvia.

Two months later, in October, they released their next single, Belle. Vlad’s father shared it with his friends, one of which was working in a radio station. He played the song on the air, and it stayed on the charts for six months in Russia.

The music video of Belle stayed on the charts of MTV Russia for 6 months and became one of the top 20 music videos of the previous five years.

Freeway (2003)

In February 2003 the band released their debut album Freeway in Russia. It achieved gold status shortly after its release. Over a million licensed discs were sold, and each single from the album was on top of the hit parades both in Russian and other CIS countries.

In March of 2003, they shot the music video for the song Talk To Me, which was also the first single released in Hong Kong. In April, the duet began a concert tour to promote the album. In September they shot their fourth music video for the next single from their album, Freeway. On November 11-12 the band held their first concerts in Moscow.

During 2003, Smash!! received numerous awards, including the MUZ-TV Awards Discovery of the Year, the Europe-Plus Radio Station Euro-Hit award, Zolotoy Grammofon (Gold Gramophone), Weighty Hit, Love Radio and Sound-Track awards.

The song Talk To Me from this album has been covered by the Taiwanese pop group Fahrenheit.

2Nite (2004)

In 2004, the duet began recording their second album, entitled 2Nite.

In May 2004, Smash!!, in cooperation with the Italian band Earphones, recorded the song Obsession, a track from the new album. It immediately rose up to the top of the hit parades and became the top summer hit of the year. Simultaneously, the album Freeway was released (as a special Asian edition) in Southeast Asia, reaching the top of the charts in that area. This was followed by a promotional tour, during which the band shot a music video for their cover version of George Michael's song Faith in Shanghai (which became the next single from their debut album). Also, they shot an episode of the TV show Teleplay in Hong Kong, acting as volleyball players from Russia.

In September, Obsession was released in India.

Smash!! received an award from the 2004 MTV Russian Music Awards (RMA) as "Pop Project of the Year", and the Sound-Track award as "Band of the Year".

On December 1 of 2004 Smash!! released their second album, 2Nite. After its release, Sergey Lazarev decided to go solo.

Evolution and the breakup of the band (2006)

Vlad Topalov released one more album, Evolution, under the band's name, with seven musicians, due to the band's contract obligations with Universal Music. After that, Vlad followed Sergey's footsteps and also went solo, which led to the formal discontinuation of the band.

Smash!! reunited for a short performance in RMA 2006, where Sergey and Vlad sang Belle.

Discography

Album Information
Freeway
  • Released: 2003
  • Singles: "Should Have Loved You More", "Belle", "Talk To Me", "Freeway", "Obsession", "Faith"
2Nite
  • Released: December 1, 2004
  • Singles: "Obsession", "Faith"
Evolution
  • Released: 2005

Singles

Year Song Album
January 2002 Should Have Loved You More Freeway
October 2002 Belle Freeway
March 2003 Talk To Me Freeway
September 2003 Freeway Freeway
May 2004
(September 2004 in India)
Obsession 2Nite
2004 Faith 2Nite
2005 The Dream Evolution

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