Nicknames: Natashka, Gluk, Gluka, Glukochka, Gluk'oza [Gluk'oza is Russian for Glucose, pronounced: Gloo-KOZ-a.]
Birth date: June 7, 1986
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Current Residence: Moscow, Russia
Education: Finished high school, but with little zeal.
Family: Mother, Father [Computer Programmers], and one older sister [pastry chef].
Childhood: Hobbies ranged from ballet to chess. Played a fan in a Yuri Shatunova music video, acted in the artistic film "Triumph," "War of the Princesses," and a few episodes of the Russian children's soap opera "Eralash [Medley]."
General: Aggressive, risky, tomboy, free, sensitive, blonde hair, green eyes, smokes, eats healthily, interested in aviation, and prefers the company of boys to maidenly gatherings. Has two Dobermans named Duke de Gluk and Duke Dufer that have won many championship awards. Loves children, friends, Quentin Tarantino, extreme entertainment, driving her yellow Mini Cooper at full speed, watching movies on DVD, listening to her Ipod, and surfing the internet. Favorite musical artists and genres are Madonna, Eminem, Moby, Mummi Troll, Agata Kristi, and Punk & Surf Music.
Band Members: Natasha Ionova [Lead Singer], Artyom Semyenkovich [Solo-Guitar], Denis Viskunov [Hawaiian Guitar], Kirill Savichyev [Drums], Vladimir "Kitten" Gorovyenko [Keyboard], Anton Limyerev [stick-bass].
Music Style: "No musical formation." Style defined as pop-retro-punk by music journalists. Distinct nasal voice. Scoffing lyrics. Sounds like pop, pop-rock, electronic, industrial, surf/Hawaiian guitar, accordion, strings, piano. Often characterized as having a Tarantino style sound.
Road to Fame: Glukoza's music career began when she was first discovered in 2002 by famed record producer Max Fadeyev. Together they recorded her first album, "Nostra," and released her first music video, "Nenavizhu [Hate]," entirely computer animated. After their release in 2002, the single "Shuga" and the video "Nenavizhu [Hate]" unfortunately found little popularity in the Russian music scene. In 2003 Glukoza's release of the single "Nevesta [Bride]," accompanied once again by a computer animated video immediately shot Glukoza onto the top of the Russian music charts and into immediate fame.
Other popular singles released over the next 2 years were "Glukoza Nostra," "Sneg Idet [It's Snowing]," "Oi, Oi," "Malish [Little One]," "Karina," and the Verka Serduchka duet "Zhenixa Xotela [She Wanted a Groom]."
Her success in music has earned her many accolades such as the MTV-EMA award for Best Russian Act , the Muztv award for Breakthrough of the Year , and her animated character was named "Character of Year" by the Russian internet search engine Rambler.
Since 2003 Glukoza has given over 500 concerts within 3 years in the Far East, Siberia, the Urals, the Volga Region, the center section of Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Central Asia, the Caucasus, London, and the USA. The number of tickets sold for Glukoza's concerts totals to over 1.5 million.
Glukoza's newfound fame eventually led to many new opportunities outside of music. Since breaking into the Russian music scene in 2003, Glukoza became the new face of Avon Color Trend, the spokeswoman for Motivi clothing & 'My Scene' dolls, and lends her animated image and logo to Rekondor Ice Cream. In the fall of 2005 she, in conjunction with the Nnikoff Company, released 3 unique perfumes under the name Glukoza: G [Gloss], L [Life], and Z [Zoom]. She has also been featured on the cover of notorious magazines such as Elle Girl, Hello Magazine, Seventeen Magazine, and Shape Magazine.
In June of 2005 Glukoza released her second album "Moskva [Moscow]" with hit singles "Schweine [Pigs]," "Yura," "Moskva [Moscow]," and "K Chertu [To Hell]," bringing her total album sales [including pirated albums] to over 1 million. In December of 2005 she recorded and released an English version of her popular song "Schweine" that unfortunately never took off with the public. In late June of 2006 Glukoza married Alexander Chistyakov, the manager of the power supply systems of Russia. Her engagement to Alexander inspired Glukoza's manager, Max Fadeyev, to write her most recent hit single "Svadba [Wedding]."
In August of 2006, Glukoza began filming for the Russian comedy "Rud i Sam." In the movie Glukoza plays a girl named Masha who helps two old men through their escapades with the mafia. The movie is due to premiere in September, 2007.
In September of 2006 Glukoza began appearing on Russia's "Stars on Ice," partnered with famous iceskater Anton Siharulidze. In order to prepare for the popular show, Glukoza trained for months with Anton to learn advanced skate routines to perform in the competition. Glukoza stayed on the show for six episodes until she discovered she was pregnant in October of 2006.
Later that October, Glukoza released a new single titled "Sashok," which is about her love for her husband Alexander. The next month, in November, Glukoza gave her rumored-to-be "final" concert in St. Petersburg. Glukoza continued to give small private concerts around Russia until January of 2007, when she finally announced that she was taking her pregnancy leave.
Now: In February of 2007 Glukoza flew to Marbella, Spain to await the birth of her first born. The singer stated that she didn't feel comfortable staying in Moscow during her pregnancy. After her baby is due in May/June, Glukoza plans to return to Moscow in October and relaunch her singing career.
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