Okay, so t.A.T.u. have received a lot a shit from all those cynics out there, citing Lena and Julia as nothing but trendsbians, however the two never actually CLAIMED to be lesbians, simply in love with one another (I know, I'm nitpicking, but I don't care).
Furthermore, t.A.T.u. have been the biggest pop group ever really to address issues concerning homosexual relationships and the like, so I definitely think that they deserve their props.
A few people in the audience could've sworn they saw Madonna suck out Britney's soul.
Jack Black also said that Madonna didn't kiss Christina Aguilera as long as she did Britney, cuz of the dodgy looking scabs around Xtina's lips.
They were huge for about a year, until Yulia (the black haired one) got pregnant.
The pricise type of music they make is rather unclassifiable to me, drawing influences from genres like industrial rock, ambient and russian trance, combining that with sometimes soothing other times chaotic epic high female vocals. Using a wide range of instrumentsamples while sometimes relying on simple verse/chorus/verse/chorus structures also sometimes using immensely complex hard to crasp chaotic and outbursting epic structures.
t.A.T.u.'s reputation is that of 'lesbians', although they recently said that was not true. The question remains wether or not it was a commercial invention or a way to make same sex couples more accepted. As well: t.A.T.u. also messaged to make other somewhat sexually controversial activities seen as normal such as masturbation.
All t.A.T.u.'s English work is 4/4 messured. Melodies may differ from some simple 2 messure leads to ambient leads that can be 32 messures changing chord every 2 messures and chaotic industrial trance leads from 8-16 messures. The emotions differ from epic drama to semipsychological. The atmospheres are kept at a rather light level. The vocals are soothing or epicly chaotic. Respectively taking turns in singing from the two lead vocallists or making excellent usage from the fact that there are two lead vocallists singing lines in rapid succession and starting to sing before the other stop...
The group was formed in 1999 by Ivan Shapovalov, in Moscow. t.A.T.u. are the most successful international recording act from Russia, with a fan base stretching all over the world. Their debut album, 200 Po Vstrechnoy was the first from a Russian act to reach gold status internationally. With the release of their debut English album, 200 km/h in the Wrong Lane t.A.T.u. became the first act to receive an IFPI Platinum Europe Award for the same album in two languages.
Much of their early success was based on what was thought of as a lesbian image portrayed by Katina and Volkova, and the controversy that surrounded it. However, in December 2003, it became apparent in their documentary, Anatomy of t.A.T.u., that their sexuality was just part of the group's image at the time, and that they were not actually lesbians. Then in 2004, the group took a hiatus after they split from their producer and Volkova had become pregnant. They were soon back in the studio, and, in 2005, released Dangerous and Moving and Lyudi Invalidy. In the last year, the group has released a compilation album, negotiated out of their contract with Universal records, and announced the production of a third studio album and a film titled Finding t.A.T.u.
Lena: t.A.T.u. is not a product, t.A.T.u. is art.
Yulia: Every song is about our life. Everybody thinks we are lesbians. But we just love each other.