T.A.T.U.'s popularity in Russia has never been
as huge as it has been in the rest of the world. Yet it is T.A.T.U.
that skyrocketed to the top of international pop charts some time
ago. Motherland should have been proud of them. But the motherland
was not impressed by the success of her daughters. On the contrary,
the motherland was keen to bury them when the project got stalemated
and fell into oblivion at a certain stage of its existence.
The girls finally pulled their act together after
all those outrageous scandals, pranks and eventual dismissal of
their creative troublemaker/producer Ivan Shapovalov. The papers
reported that everything was falling into place little by little
and a new long-awaited album being in the works.
The new album came out in two versions, in English
and Russian. The English-language version is called Dangerous
and Moving; the Russian-language version bears the title Disabled
People (Lyudi Invalidy). Several trendy people from the Western
world of pop music pose for the album cover: Trevor Horn, Martin
Kirzenbaum, Robert Orton. The album is apparently aimed at blowing
up the market one more time. Sergei Galoyan who was previously
involved in the cooking of T.A.T.U.'s bestselling hits looks like
a leftover from the past.
Just like true patriots, the girls chose the
Russian capital for their album release show. The venue was an
industrial club in an industrial neighborhood. Very faddish. A
few dozen female fans were screaming in admiration during the
show. t.A.T.u. carried themselves like international pop stars.
They shot off eight songs from the new album and vanished into
the night. Several as members of an audience walked pompously
about the VIP zone making faces as if they expected the show to
last till down. The new album has not had any effect whatsoever
on the local FM stations.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday last week an international
airport in the Mexican capital ground to a halt after at least
500 delirious fans filled the arrivals area to take a glimpse
of T.A.T.U.. The duet came to Mexico on a promotional tour. T.A.T.U.'s
new single All About Us climbed to No 2 on the national charts.
Brazil, Argentina, and Taiwan are reportedly very much excited
waiting for the arrival of Yulya and Katya. All About Us already
reached No 1 on the Taiwanese charts. In Germany, the single has
been sitting in Top 20 for nine weeks. It is No 2 in Greece and
Japan. The song reached No 48 in the U.S top 100 list of bestselling