T.A.T.U. (TATU) Biography

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Source: http://www.taty.universalmusic.ru/eng/biography.htm
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I, Julia Volkova, and I, Elena Katina, admit, that being under drinking age, we have been persuaded to take part in the girl-band called Tattoo by band’s future producer Ivan Shapovalov.

As far as we know, before this band was made, Ivan Shapovalov never had anything to do with music business. He used to make TV commercials and do all kinds of advertising activities.

We (Elena and Julia) used to sing together in a kids-band called “Neposedi”, and I, Julia Volkova, was asked to leave the band for “misbehaving and molesting other band members”.

We (Elena and Julia) met again during audition at MOSFILM studios, when Ivan Shapovalov was looking for girls for his new band. He’s chosen us and we were happy because he promised to make us huge stars.
He made us to sign contracts with him, and according to these contracts we didn’t have any rights to even speak. We just had to do whatever he was telling us to. For example, for “Ya Soshla S Uma” video shoot, I, Lena Katina, had to lose almost 10 kilos, and I, Julia Volkova, had to cut my hair really short and dye it black. And for the next video shoot Shapovalov made us both shave our eyebrows!

However, we admit, that for us to sign a contract with I.Shapovalov was an act of free will. We always wanted to sing together, and now our dream came true. During a past year we became so close, then now feel something more than just friendship towards each other.

Agree with all said above

Julia Volkova Lena Katina


On May 16th, 2001, Universal Music Russia signed a band, that critics, music journalists and record companies call the most outrageous and scandalous thing to ever happen to Russian show-biz.

Who are Tattoo? Julia and Lena, 2 girls, one is 15 and the other one is 16 years old. Both of them got into this project by accident, and instantly became national heroes.

November 2000. Tattoo, an unknown act, brought their first-ever video to MTV Russia. Despite (or, maybe, thanks to) its controversial character, MTV were brave enough to put it on air, and… Tattoo took Russia by storm.

“Ya Soshla S Uma (I’ve Lost My Mind)”, their first self-released single, is a song describing turmoil in a girl’s soul. She is in love with another girl, she does not understand what is going on, she is both scared and happy, and everyone around her refuses to even try to understand her.

Although there is a number of acts trying to reflect loneliness and angst of a teenage soul, Tattoo sing and perform with such sincerity that immediately compels kids.

Ya Soshla S Uma has had an incredibly long shelf-life for a debut single. The video was in MTV Russia’s Top 10 playlist for 2 months, for 3 months was in Top 5 most requested videos chart, and is still on air.

The audience was first shocked to see two girls kissing in the video, and after they came to their senses, everyone realized there is much more than lesbian appeal behind this track. It’s the lyrics, the music, and, most importantly, the message the girls deliver.

This track did to the act what usually is achieved by staying at the scene for years. Tattoo have very established fan base, and are well-known by everyone else. Everything they do immediately creates media buzz.

While kids were going crazy about Julia and Lena, the Tattoo girls, Universal Music Russia were negotiating a record deal with their manager. We felt that such act as Tattoo has enormous potential not only for the local market, but for the world.

The second video, released simultaneously with the album, is called “Nas Ne Dogoniat” (“They’re Not Gonna Get Us”), and it’s proving Tattoo is not a one-hit wonder. After one week of hot rotation on MTV Russia it went straight to #1 in MTV “Russian Top 10” (weekly chart show with only Russian videos competing with each other) and #7 in MTV Top 20 (leaving behind Jennifer Lopez, Eminem and Backstreet Boys!!!). Single is receiving major success at radios as well, A listed on 1st National Radio “Russian Radio” (Russian music only) and 7 other national radios.

An autograph signing, organized on the day of the album release, brought more than 3 000 kids to one of Moscow’s entertainment centers and even caused some concern among police officers around the area. Girls spent 3 full hours giving autographs and were so tired at the end, that apologized and left, leaving a huge crowd screaming their names, behind.

Universal Music Russia proudly presents – TATTOO and their debut album “200 Po Vstrechnoi” (200 Miles An Hour In A Wrong Lane).

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tatu | Reviewer: tmurph | 12/30/12

hey I completely understood where your lyrics and words come from wish yous didn't break up. yous were such a great band so what yous started a music group at a young age who cares what parents think sometimes your making money you got yourself a career and if yous always wanted to sing together why end it? im just seeing this its breaking my heart because I really liked this group ive listened to them since I was about 9 and im 23 I have no idea where the time went but still this sucks to hear about this! I wish you both the best of luck as to where ever yous took your career to next!

wonderful songs | Reviewer: vidario | 12/26/12

i must say i watched a movie which it seems it was talking about you too on youtube which says YOU and I it was really an inspirational and i couldnt stop watching that movie? well you guys are great and i really love listening to your songs well i dont care if you two are les or bi or what ever the most important thing is you have some thing that is special in you and you wish to share it with the world that is what matter I MUST SAY yes the Bible speaks against same sex lol but God made us understand he is LOVE i dont think you are wrong to love some one but if loving some one so special to you in your life and people thinks that is crime then lets Call it LOVE CRIME and you shouldnt be punished for it? congratulations you guy are special to the world and i hope to i could meet you two one day which i must say am a joker but there is nothing impossible lol am in barcelona spain visit me if you can hehehe love you guys.

........... | Reviewer: alvera | 11/29/12

this is such an awesome, first time watching 2 girls kissing each other.. i'm not going to talk about this thing, i just want to say that your voice was so amazing.. i love to hear them.

u guys inspire me to be more out there with my sexuality | Reviewer: im bisexual | 8/1/12

i love u guys so much...u guys r such an inspiration to me because of u 2 im more out there in this judgeful world about how i like guys n girls...even though wen im with my girfriend n we ge such dirty looks from people or told were sinning n r going to rot in hell n]i jus think of u guys n how strong u guys r on getting out there n actually performing/being open with ur guys realtionship even though u have some people who hate u for tht but most look at u guys as an inspiration to b strong in this crued world tht who cares wat other people think well atleast thts the message i get from u...i love u guys soooooooo much thank u <333333 xoxo muahz i love u both

english | Reviewer: ladydee | 7/27/12

i am lesbian i have a girlfriend 2 years ... her parents dont like that but we love each other... sometimes people are dont want to understand us but she is everything to me... she and i are going in same schollso we can se each other.... when i dont see her im totally empty...:((( i dont need anyone but her....i dont need boyfriend...

Love tATu since 2007 | Reviewer: ThatchFangirlx3 | 6/6/12

I love the songs from t.A.T.u! One of my favourite songs was Dangerous and Moving, because the Russian version's lyrics appeals me and it puts a smile on my face :]

Keep strong, Yulia V. and Lena K., cause you guys are one of my good influences to me (my opinion)

Greetings from Australia

You are awesome :) | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/14/12

I love T.a.T.u they are an amazing band :) Who cares if they are lesbians or bisexual or whatever. They are still an amazing band :) I'm bisexual and I sing one of their songs to my girlfriend all the time and she loves it :) I love this band, they helped me realize I'm bisexual and helped me come out of the closet especially to myself. Keep on sharing your good music :) You're so much better than any of the new degrading stuff that's out now! The biography was interesting too.

I hate lesboz | Reviewer: Ash | 4/6/12

Though i lv listening yr songs bt why do u guys promote lesbian sex which do nt exist undr the will of god 4me its ok that u both hv sex bt why do u show it2 yr audience dat u both really hv sex or is it way 2 be in limelight or promote yr sex songs.

random | Reviewer: duke | 11/16/11

hey well i guess im not like everyone else i mean i had one of ur allbums on my fone with no clue what it saidit was in russia so wilst i mite not now what its saying it still sonds amazin. and i know that chances r u will never c this so thanks.

inspired | Reviewer: meeeeeeeeeee | 2/19/11

tatu rocks,i'm bisexual and ur music really reaches out to me. most every one in my school knows.but it is kinda hard to date though cuz i know lots of girls that are bi in my school that i have dated but wont come out of the closet so. mabey if they listen to ur music they might change thier mind. so keep singing and inspiring ur listeners.

Past&Current times. | Reviewer: O'dette | 1/9/11

Well hmmm as i would take this moment to put my Opinions out with everyone else, T.a.t.u's old stuff was a big impact on my life, not behind whole the sexuality, but the whole music and the two girls, i've never enjoyed watching two girls between friendship in my whole life especially in music videos! and your voices are pretty talented i mean you hardly need a rhythm and it is really, really, nice. However I wish you would Reunite and sing things like your old stuff, but yeah, Much Love Jade.

... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/7/10

I'm curious how many of you who've commented know that the girls in t.A.T.u. aren't really lesbians, it was just an image that the man who created the group had them put on. <This is mostly directed towards the ones saying "You two make such a good couple">

Alas, | Reviewer: Sekandar | 5/18/10

Dear Julia and Elena,
I should say with regret that the rich people abuse of your gender as a beautiful Russian girl and make themselves richer. You are girls and mothers and The God didn't create you to act so bad on the scene and show people your body where you must not show. You know after sever years you became old and the businessmen never look at you because you will not be useful for them. After the God will ask you did you have a good behavior as asked Christ. Please think over this.

u chicks kick ass!!! | Reviewer: vampire chick | 5/15/10

Oh my word!!! I love u guys soooooooo much!!!!I have all ur music! I have recently gone lez and i now have a wonderful girlfriend who i love very much. Ur music made me realize my true self! Thnx! Keep it up! Mwaaaaa. hehe. ;)

Keep going | Reviewer: Sasha | 5/6/10

i love you so much i wish i could meet you you rule please keep making english music i love it especially all the things she said im straight but i dont have any opposition to being with the same sex i would support them actually. i had this like best friend then she told me she hated gays and lezos now i hate her. love you guys <3

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