t.A.T.u. Girls Both Move Forward With Solo Careers
In the darkly symbolic video for "Never Forget," Lena buries t.A.T.u. once and for all. Starting out in a morgue, we see the two girls' bodies, including one that's supposed to represent Julia. The rest of the video is set in some sort of a chapel or mausoleum and a cemetery where we see gravestones for the two girls. Morbid though it may be, the video is beautifully shot! The lighting and scenery is absolutely stunning and Lena looks radiant. The clip was produced and edited by Mad Capper Studios. You can watch the censored version below but if you want the full UN-censored version you can check that out HERE.
While I knew Lena was working on an album, here in LA as well as in Europe, I wasn't really sure what Julia was doing or if she was even still singing. Well, not only is she still singing but it looks like she's delved into acting as well, starring in a zombie movie of some kind. More excitingly, Julia Volkova will be unleashing her first solo single on the world very soon. Entitled "All Because of You” / “Sdvinu Mir, the single was first announced earlier this month, when we learned that that Julia had signed with EMI’s Russian affiliate Gala Records. The single was recorded in Sweden this past summer and produced by Niclas Molinder, Joacim Persson, Johan Fransson, Tim Larsson and Tobias Lundgren – a talented production team that has worked with big names including Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Мiley Cyrus, Sean Kingston and Ashley Tisdale. According to Julia's website, the song will also be released in a Russian-language version under the title ‘Сдвину мир’ (Sdvinu Mir). AHHHH-MAZING!
The girls released a follow up record, Dangerous and Moving, in 2005 on Universal/Interscope, the same label that oversaw the release of their debut. The album was decidedly less euro-dance and more pop/rock and as a result failed to reach the same chart heights as their first album. The album only managed to peak at #78 in the UK and a dismal #131 here in America. While the album's lead single, "All About Us" became the girls' third top ten single in the UK (peaking at #8), it failed to attract any mainstream attention in the U.S., and settled at #13 on the Billboard Dance chart. After parting ways with their U.S. label, the girls released a third album, Waste Management, through an indie label called T.A. Music back in 2009. The album didn't spawn any English language singles, but they did release three promotional singles - "Snowfalls," "White Robe" and "Sparks." In March the girls released a compilation of remixes from their third album, as well as an official statement announcing their split. Sadness. The girls thanked their fans for 11 years of love and support and announced that both girls would be embarking on solo careers.
So pumped to hear new tunes from both of my t.A.T.u. girls! While we're waiting for Julia's debut, check out Lena Katina's first official single "Never Forget" and if you like what you hear, download it on U.S. iTunes HERE.