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Click Yulia Savicheva, a long time place holder on Russia's pop charts for more info on Russian music!

Nashe Radio Top 5
snapshot from 8/31

Nashe Radio plays popular music that isn't quite "pop." What's big in Russian-langauge rock, rap, punk, R&B, and alternative? Nashe Radio's all-Russian and ecclectic play list can tell you. Once a month, SRAS provides a snapshot of what's at the top of thier charts, with YouTube videos and additional commentary taken from the Russian Popular Music page of our Library.

1. «Усрой Дестрой» - Noize MC & Чача Ивнов

Rapper Noize MC (real name Ivan Alekseev) and his caustic lyrics often make the rapper a source of controversy. After taunting police at a concert in July 2010 and signing "Kuri Bambuk," a song about police brutality, he was sentenced to 10 days in jail for disorderly conduct. One of his most famous songs, "Mercedes-S666" is based on a traffic accident involving Lukoil Vice-President Anatoly Barkov; the accident killed the two passengers of the other vehicle while Barkov denied that he or his driver were at fault.

2. «Онлайн» - Океан Ельзи

The group was founded in 1994 in Lvov, in eastern Ukraine and hit it big after moving to the capital Kiev in 1998. Shortly thereafter, the band began touring in Russia where they found they already had a large following of fans. Their songs are sung in Ukrainian by frontman Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, who became an official UN Ambassador of Ukrainian Culture in 2003.

3. «Работа» - Алиса

Alisa is considered one of the most influential bands in Russian rock. They formed in 1983 in St. Petersburg (then Leningrad) and the group’s name is from Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland." The band's songs and lyrics started out as typical themes of rock and roll and social protest, but after lead singer Konstantin Kinchev's baptism into the Russian Orthodox Church in 1990, the band's lyrics began to take on the themes of Christianity and Slavic unity. This caused the group to lose some of its "hardcore" fan following but most of the "Alisa Army" (what their fans call themselves) have remained loyal.

4. «Баба Люба»Пётр Налич

Pyotr Nalitch gained his fame by beginning his musical career solely over the Internet. His song "Gitar," with its tongue-in-cheek lyrics in broken English and primitively-made YouTube video, were what initially made Nalitch well-known. He began making all of his songs available for free on his website in 2007 and played his first concert with his "musical collective" ("Muzikalny kollektiv Petra Nalitcha,"often abbreviated "MKPN") later that same year. Their concerts were nearly always sold out and they decided to release their first album in 2008, which was self-produced by Nalitch.

5. «Фокусник» - Король и шут 

"King and Jester" as the band's name translates, is another veteran group, formed in 1988. Their style blends punk music with the epic stylings and black humor of their apparently vampire-obsessed lead singer Mikhail "Gorshok" (Jug) Gorshenev.) The group's songs often have horror story or fairy tale themes. The members cite many Western punk bands as influences and often perform wearing Misfits-style make-up onstage. The band holds a devoted cult following and their albums almost instantly top the charts after release.


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