Serebro Biography

"Serebro" (Серебро, Silver) are a Russian pop girl group based in Moscow, Russia. They were created through the European known contest Eurovision Song Contest in 2007, with their song "Song #1". The group consists of Elena Temnikova, Olga Seryabkina and Anastasia Karpova, who replaced the former member Marina Lizorkina. They were then officially imprinted to their manager Maxim Fadeev's record label Monolit Records, and in 2012, they had additional releases from Sony Music Entertainment and Ego Music. During 2009, member Marina Lizorkina had announced her departure from the group, and she was replaced by Anastasia Karpova.

The group have spawned two studio albums; OpiumRoz, which was released by Monolit Records, and Mama Lover which was released by Sony and Ego Music. They have also released an extended play entitled Izbrannoe. The group have had a long-term string of top ten hits in their native Russia, with their first number-one single being "Song #1", which charted within different countries in Europe.

Then, at the end of 2011, the group released their hit single "Mama Lover". The single had became the group's most successful single to date, managing to peak in European countries including Italy, Belgium, Spain, Latvia and their native Russia. "Mama Lover" also received media attention worldwide, with them commenting on the raunchy-received music video and the song itself, and to date, the song has received more than 20 million views on Youtube and having more than 250 parodies performed. To date, Serebro are one of the most successful Russian acts in Russian music history.

Formation and Eurovision Song Contest 2007

In late March 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. In the Eurovision Song Contest 2006, Dima Bilan with his song "Never Let You Go" reached the second place which automatically allowed Serebro to perform in the 2007 final.

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.
2007—2008: Opiumroz

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 (e.g. Ruslana from Ukraine in 2004 and Dima Bilan for Russia in 2006), Serebro did not perform at the event.

In late February, Serebro performed "Журавли" on Звэзда, a popular television programme in Russia, featuring artists singing patriotic songs. Originally written as a poem by Rasul Gamzatov "Журавли" is one of the most famous Russian songs coming out of World War II. 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. 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 on 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.

2009—present: Line-up change, Mama Lover and media attention

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 "Сладко" (English: Sweet) which was released in Russian as well as in English under the title "Like Mary Warner". This single is not featured on the band's debut album and is the first single to feature the work of the latest Serebro member, Anastasia Karpova. Serebro participated in the New Wave Festival in Jūrmala, Latvia, on 29 July 2009 with their song "Скажи, не молчи" and a cover version of "Get the Party Started" by Pink.

On 29 March 2010 Serebro's official website 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 are invited to do so until April 3, 2010 in preparation for the filming of a new music video which began 4 April 2010. 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 Maxim Fadeev and the lyrics were written by member Olga Seryabkina. "Не Bремя" was released April 19, 2010 and its English counter-part, "Sexing U", was later released September 18, 2010.

On 26 September 2010, the group will hold their first solo concert in Prague, Czech Republic. The group will then tour the Czech Republic as well as present gifts to children who reside in social rehabilitation centres. They are also expected to conduct interviews and a press conference while in the country. On 4 November 2010, Serebro released their seventh single, "Давай держаться за руки" ("Let's Hold Hands). The band were also nominated for Best Russian Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2010, losing out to Dima Bilan.

On 30 July 2011, Serebro premiered their eighth single, Mama Lover at Europa Plus Live. It is their third official English language release after Song #1 and Like Mary Warner. On 15 September 2011, the music video for Mama Luba (Russian version of "Mama Lover") was released. After the release of their single Mama Lover, media attention across Europe and other countries had arose for the single. In total, the single is the groups first single to chart in different countries outside the Russian Federation, charting in Spain, Italy, Belgium and Czech Republic, and according to media outlets, over 250 parodies off the single has been released on Youtube alone. To date, this is rended "Mama Lover" as Serebro's most successful single to date, even with an Italian website saying "[The] Serebro therefore threatened seriously to conquer markets outside of Russia."

On June 14, Serebro released their second studio album Mama Lover by their label. The album was released in Russia, and is slated for a European release. The fourth single from the album was Malchik, which was released on June 16, 2012. The single was unsuccessful for the group, which broke the groups consecutive top ten hits, where it peaked at number 124 on the Russian Singles Chart.
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