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MTV Russia Top 5
snapshot from 12/31/2010

MTV Russia is just like MTV everywhere else - except that it plays some Russian stuff too. They also have a program called "Русская 10-тка" (Russian 10) devoted to the best Russian-language pop currently on the market. Once a month, SRAS provides a snapshot of what's at the top five of that chart, with YouTube videos and additional commentary taken from the Russian Popular Music page of our Library.


1.  «Ice Baby» - Guf

Guf (real name Alexey Dolmatov) began writing songs at the end of 1990s after returning from seven years in China. However, he officially entered the world of hip-hop in 2000 with as part of the duet “Rolex-X,” which then became the group CENTR, formed with two other famous Russian rap artists, Slim and Птаха (Little Bird). In 2006 Guf’s, song “Сплетни” (Gossip), a song about women of show business, soon had everyone talking in Moscow. In song, Guf mentioned his grandmother, who also became famous due to the song, and who later appeared in his very successful solo album “Gorod dorog” (City of roads). In 2009, Guf left CENTR to pursue a solo career.

2. «Не перебивай» - Нюша

 The daughter of a musician, Nyusha says she always knew that she would dedicate her life to music. She first entered a recording studio at 5, wrote her first song - in English! - at 8, and in Russian – at 12 years old. At 17 Nyusha became a finalist of "СТС зажигает суперзвезду" project (a Russian version of American Idol). The following year she gained popularity with and awards for her first single "Вою на луну" (Howling at the Moon). Her second single "Не перебивай" (Do Not Interrupt) put her in the top positions of music charts, and the newest hit "Выбирать чудо" (To Choose a Miracle) became a title song for her first album that came out in late 2010.

3. «Мизантроп-Рэп»Noize MC

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.

4. «Сколько стоит любовь» - Тимати

Timati is of Jewish and Tatar descent and was born in Moscow. He is a well-known Russian rapper who has also began gaining recent popularity in the west thanks to collaborations with such artists as Snoop Dogg, Xzibit, and Busta Rhymes on his latest album, "The Boss." He raps in both English and Russian and is also the CEO of his own record label, Black Star, Inc.

5. «Любовь спасет мир» - Вера Брежнева  

Ukrainian-born Vera Brezhneva began her singing career in the Russian girl group VIA-Gra in 2003 until she decided to leave it to pursue a solo career in 2007. Her real name is Vera Galushka but her manager suggested the stage name Brezhneva in honor of the Soviet leader who also hailed from her hometown of Dneprodzerzhinsk.


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