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|Number of songs: 5 | Total weeks on charts: 115 |
Appearing in a total number of: 8 charts | Total period running: 497 days
Nikita Vladimirovich Alekseev (Ukrainian: Микита Володимирович Алєксєєв, Mykyta Volodymyrovych Alieksieyev, Russian: Никита Владимирович Алексеев, Nikita Vladimirovich Alekseyev; born 18 May 1993), known professionally as simply Alekseev, is a Ukrainian singer and songwriter. He first began his career in 2014 after placing as a semifinalist on season four of The Voice of Ukraine. He subsequently released the single "Pyanoye solntse", which went on to become a number-one hit throughout the CIS and kickstarted his music career. He will represent Belarus in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Portugal with his song "Forever".
Born on 18 May 1993 in Ukraine's capital of Kiev. When he was one and a half years old his family moved to Chita, two years later his family returned to Kiev. Alekseev attended Kyiv Specialized School No. 106. Among his childhood music preferences, Alekseev notes the music of Queen, Led Zeppelin, Michael Jackson, George Michael and Justin Timberlake. Alekseev graduated from university with a degree in Marketing.
At the age of 12, Alekseev became very interested in music and singing and was taught by Konstantin Pona. He later started his own band called "Mova".
During The Voice blind auditions, Ani Lorak turned her chair for Alekseev, but he did not go beyond the 1st live broadcast. As a consolation prize, Ani Lorak helped Alekseev shoot the music video for his debut single "Everything is in Time". But he did not gain popularity until after he appeared on Voice of the County: Reload where he covered Iryna Bilyk's "I'm Drowning" and shot a music video for it.
In September 2015, Alekseev released Pyanoye solntse (Drunken Sun), with lyrics by Vitaly Kurovsky and music by Rusland Quint. The next month, a music video directed by Alan Badoyev in which Alekseev kills his alter ego after breaking up with a girl, was shot. In late May 2016, he received the RU.TV award for best song. He also received a Yuna Award for "Drunken Sun". The subsequent singles, "Dreams of Shards", "Oceans of Steel" and "Feeling Soul", had their music videos directed by Alan Badoev. On June 29, 2016, he performed the song at Miss Ukraine Universe 2016.
In June 2016, Alekseev won Breakthrough Artist of The Year at the Russian MUZ-TV Awards and Breakthrough Artist of The Year at the Ukrainian M1 Music Awards in December 2016. In March 2017, the artist won ZD Awards and Top Hit Music Awards in several categories: "Breakthrough Artist of The Year", "Artist of The Year", "Take-Off of The Year", "Most Frequently Played on The Radio" for the track Dunken Sun and "Most Popular Radio Artist".
On February 14, 2017, Alekseev started his first Ukrainian Tour. The final show took place on the artist's birthday, May 18, at the Oktyabrsky Palace.
One week after applying for the Ukrainian contest Vidbir, it was revealed that Alekseev had revoked his bid. It was then later revealed that he entered into Belarus' contest instead. There was controversy following Alekseev's entry. Eurovision rules state that the song performed is not allowed to have been performed before September 1 of the previous year. Alekseev, however, had been performing a Russian song named "Навсегда" at his concerts. He then shortened the song and translated the lyrics to English to get around this rule. On January 15, 2018, an article emerged claiming that 11 other finalists in the Belarus contest were threatening to withdraw if Alekseev was allowed to qualify for the contests' final.
However, on February 16, 2018, it was revealed that Alekseev had won the Belarus contest and would be representing the country at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal. The first semi-final will be held on May 8, 2018.
Пьяное солнце - Drunken Sun (2016)
Sources: Last.fm, Wikipedia
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