BiographySerebro (Серебро, "Silver") are a Russian trio, who finished third at the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 in Helsinki with their track "Song #1". The band consists of lead singer Elena Temnikova along with two backing singers Olga Seryabkina and Anastasia Karpova. The band was formed in 2006 by the prominent Russian producer Max Fadeev.
2007: Eurovision Song Contest and early success
In late March of 2007, the jury commission of Russian national TV channel — Channel One were choosing Russia's representatives for the Eurovision Song Contest 2007. To everyone's surprise, the commission choose a fully unknown band named Serebro, which managed to overcome some famous native artists.
On the 12th of May, Serebro performed as number 15 in the final. They got 12 points from Armenia, Belarus, and Estonia and 10 points from Ukraine. The winner, Serbia, gave them 7 points. Serebro received third place at the Eurovision Song Contest 2007, with a total of 207 points. Serebro later said: "We are happy because of our third place. But, the most important thing is that we weren't there because of ourselves, it was for our fans, Russia and Russian people". The performance in Helsinki became their first official release and first concert for an audience.
After the success at Eurovision Song Contest 2007 in Helsinki, Serebro rapidly became one of the most popular bands in Russia. Since Summer 2007, the group has visited various concerts and events in Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Poland, Uzbekistan, and Belarus. All band singles, without their real titles, are named Song#1, #2, #3, etc. As the group and their management have stated, so it will be easier to recall their songs.
Soon after the Eurovision contest, Serebro released "Song #1" as a single CD, which contained 13 different versions of "Song #1" marked by colours, as well as an extended version of the video. The girls then released a Russian version of "Song #1", called "Песня #1". It was Serebro's first Russian single. This song has two versions, original and censored. In July 2007, the group released their second song, "Дыши", which is also titled "Song #2". It became as popular as "Song#1" and climbed up to the top of the chart. Later in October, a video for "Дыши" was released.
At the RMA awards in early October 2007, Serebro performed a new song titled "What's Your Problem?", which is still unconfirmed as an official single and the song number of it is still unknown. Serebro was nominated in four categories at the MTV RMA 2007 awards: Best Pop-project, Best Debut, Best Song and Best Video. The voting results on the Internet allowed them to win the award for Best Debut. In December 2007, Serebro won another award at the Golden Gramophone Awards, a big music award ceremony organized by the biggest radio broadcaster in Russia, CIS. Serebro also won a World Music Award in 2007 for the best selling Russian artist. Unlike previous eastern European winners of a World Music Award , Serebro did not perform at the event.
On May 13, 2008 Serebro announced on their official website that they will be releasing their third official single, called "Опиум". The song premiered on a Russian morning radio show BrigadaU on Europa Plus radio and until March 17 2008 Europa Plus held exclusive rights to play the song. The girls also announced an English version of "Опиум" titled "Why".
In 2008 the group continued their work on their first album, Opiumroz , which had a projected release date of October 17. Unfortunately, there was a delay in the release of their debut album as there were some problems in the track list In November, the girls released the new song, "Скажи, не Mолчи" ("Say, Don't be silent"). In November 2008, Serebro was awarded by MTV RMA Awards for the Best Group
2009: Changes in the composition and image
After a number of delays with their debut album, Opiumroz, it was finally released on 25 April 2009, and was presented at the band's concert in Poklonnaya Hill. Serebro was supported by other musicians, including Russian entrant to the Eurovision Song Contest 2004 Yulia Savicheva; Opiumroz was the result of two years recording.
On 18 June 2009 it was announced that Marina Lizorkina had left the band, due to both financial and personal reasons. Lizorkina was replaced by Anastasia Karpova. On 24 June 2009 Serebro announced they had finished work on their new music video for their fifth single "Like Mary Warner" which will be released in English and Russian ("Сладко" ; English: Sweet). This single is not featured on the band's debut album and will be the first song to feature the work of new Serebro member Anastasia Karpova. Serebro announced on 24 July 2009 they would take part in New Wave Festival in Yurmala, Latvia, with their song "Скажи, не молчи" and a cover of "Get the Party Started" by Pink. The image of band got sexier, the girls have become more emancipated on stage and in video clips
On 29 March 2010 it was announced on Serebro's official website that the group will begin filming for a new music video starting on 4 April 2010. The group has also invited women between the ages of 18 and 30 with a "non-standard appearence (piercings, dreadlocks, braids, tattoos, vivid hair color, etc)" to send in applications to feature in their new video and are invited to do so until April 3, 2010. This single is be their latest after the June 2009 release of "Сладко". The title of the song was revealed to be "Не Bремя" (English: No Time) and was released to radio airplay in Russia on 13 April 2010. The song was written by Max Fadeev and the lyrics were written by member Olga Seryabkina. The song has also been recorded in English and both versions will receive a full release on April 19, 2010.
On 29 March 2010 it was announced on Serebro's official website that the group will begin filming for a new music video starting on 4 April 2010. The group also invited women between the ages of 18 and 30 with a "non-standard appearance (piercings, dreadlocks, braids, tattoos, vivid hair color, etc)" to send in applications to feature in their new video and were invited to do so until April 3, 2010 The video was released on 26 May 2010. The English version "Sexing U " will be released in the summer according to band member Olga Seryabkina.
Sources: Last.fm, Wikipedia
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