"People love us or hate us but nobody thinks nothing about us"
Feisty brunette Julia and soulful redhead Lena, two teenage girls from Moscow known as t.A.T.u, are the Russian equivalent of pop-meets-Prodigy.
"People love us or hate us but nobody thinks nothing about us," says Lena Katina, the older of the striking singers. Tearing down walls of all sorts throughout the brave new world, t.A.T.u became the most explosive and controversial act in Eastern Europe last year with the scandalous single "Ya Soshla S Uma" ("All The Things She Said"), the story of a love affair between two young girls, whose evocative video was named MTV Russia's Video of the Year. 200 km/h in the Wrong Lane, t.A.T.u's 2001 debut album on Universal Music Russia, sold more than 1,000,000 copies and t.A.T.u's concert appearances at huge clubs and stadiums draw upwards of 50,000 fans.
Now t.A.T.u's tempestuous teens are readying to conquer America. Just don't expect very close friends and flirtatious Julia and Lena to tone down their bold, fearless sense of freedom.
"Our songs are not silly," says Lena. "t.A.T.u is more sincere, more honest about ourselves and others. We don't shape ourselves for the audience. In Russia, life is not polite. If we don't like something, we say we don't like it. If we don't agree, we say 'fuck you.'"Read More
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