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With his unique talent and exceptional abilities, vocal sensation Dima Bilan commanded the world’s attention in May 2006 when he represented Russia at Eurovision Song Contest 2006 in Athens, Greece. Dima was the hunk who took the honorable second place, conceding only Finland, with remarkable stage performance of his hit single «Never Let You Go».
After that Forbes magazine couldn’t but settle Bilan on the top of the rating of most popular Russian celebrities. Since launching his first single in Russia in 2003, in less than three years Dima Bilan emerged as one of the most popular and widely acclaimed talents from Russia, being recognized with the most prestigious accolades in the industry. One of the first steps in Bilan`s career was his participation in "Jurmala" contest, the most relevant music contest in Eastern Europe. Dima came in at number 4 at the contest and the whole country got to know him.
Dima Bilan released 3 platinum albums: «Ia Nochnoy Hooligan» («The Night Hooligan», 2003), «Na Beregu Neba» («Between the Sky and Heaven», 2004), on which Dima collaborated with world-famous songwriter Diane Warren, who penned Celine Dion`s «My Heart Will Go În», Tony Braxton`s «Unbreak My Heart» and Aerosmith’s "I Don`t Want To Miss A Thing", and «Vremya-Reka» («Time Is a River», 2006), which sold over 2 000 000 copies in Russia and CIS.
Dima`s Eurovision hit single «Never Let You Go» catapulted Dima to superstar status and placed him on top or all Russian radio and TV-charts in May 2006 and stayed on top of the charts for mind-blowing 24 weeks! In October 2006 this single was released in Greece and Cyprus, got into TOP 10 and was released in a number of European countries. In September 2005 Dima won two awards at MTV Russia Music Awards for «Best Performer» and «Artist Îf Òhe Year». The same year Bilan went to Lisbon to present Russia at MTV Europe Music Awards.
In July 2006 Dima Bilan was one of the four artists who took part in the biggest musical event in Russia of 2006- «The Red Summer» show in Red Square in Moscow, where he performed on stage with Shakira, The Black Eyed Peas and t.A.T.u.
In September 2006, for second year in a row, Dima Bilan won «Artist of the Year» and «Song of the Year» at MTV Russia Music Awards. On November 2nd Dima represented Russia at MTV EMA in Copenhagen.
On November 15th 2006 Dima Bilan received award for «Best Selling Russian Artist» and performed at the World Music Awards in London along with Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Rihanna, Nelly Furtado and Bob Sinclair. His performance of Eurovision hot single «Never Let You Go» at WMAs was broadcasted on Channel 4 in UK and 130 more countries, including United States. Dima Bilan was touring US (New York, Los Angeles, San-Francisco, Miami, Chicago) in January 2007 with audience not less than 3000 people per venue.
Dima Bilan got classical scholarship at the famous Gnesin Academy of Music. Being a student, he got acquainted with top Russian manager in show - business, the late Yuriy Aizenshpis, who became Dima’s manager and added a lot to Dima’s successful career in Russia. In 2003 Dima graduated from Gnesin Academy and received his diploma from the hands of highly respected Russian artist losif Kobzon, and having decided to obtain even more vocal skills, Dima became the student of GITIS (The State Institute of Theatrical Art), where he studies now.
Dima is also very successful in his modeling career, and since 2004 he is the face of «La Scala Fashion Group», which presents in Russia Dolce&Gabbana, Gucci, YSL, Dsquared2, Dior, Roberto Cavalli and other luxury brands. In January 2006 Dima took part in Milan Fashion Week as celebrity guest for Dsquared2 show.
Dima Bilan is definitely on his way up to international stardom. In February – March 2007 Dima Bilan recorded his first international album in English in Los Angeles, then in Philadelphia in collaboration with sound producer Timbaland and his production team - Danjahandz, Jim Beanz, Ryan Tedder from One Republic. One of the new tracks is duet with one of Timbaland`s most successful artists- Nelly Furtado.
The new international album is due to be released in 2008, first single from it is Jim Beanz- penned song Number 1 Fan, the video for which was shot in London by famous British director Trudy Bellinger (videos for Girls Aloud, Sugababes, Sophie Ellis Bextor, TV ADs for MAC, Rimmel feat. Kate Moss). According to Russian and Eastern Europe radio airplay chart TopHit.ru, Number 1 Fan was staying at #1 for 11 weeks, also topping the charts of both top music channels- Muz TV and MTV Russia and became the song of summer 2007 in Russia and CIS.
At the annual MTV Russia Music Awards 2007 on October the 4th, Dima Bilan won 3 most prestigious awards for Best Performer, Best Song and – for the third time in three years - Best Artist. His performance of chart topping, Jim Beanz-penned single
Díma Bilán (Russian: Ди́ма Била́н, born Ви́ктор Никола́евич Бела́н, Víktor Nikoláevich Belán, 24 December 1981 in Ust-Dzheguta, Karachay–Cherkessia) is a Russian actor and singer-songwriter . Bilan represented Russia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 with "Never Let You Go", finishing second, and he won the contest in 2008 in Belgrade, with the song "Believe". He has had several Russian number one hit records.
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