Dima Bilan (Russian: Дима Билан; real name Viktor Belan, Виктор Белан, 24 December 1981 in Ust-Dzheguta, Karachay-Cherkessia) is a Russian pop artist. Bilan represented Russia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 with "Never Let You Go", finishing second, and he won the contest in 2008, with the song "Believe". He has had several Russian no. 1 hits and is currently pursuing an international career.
When he was only two years old, his family moved to his grandmother's place in the city of Naberezhnye Chelny in Tatarstan. When he was six years old, his family moved to Kabardino-Balkaria where he went to school with his sister. He took part in morning performances, recited poems and sang songs.
He graduated from Gnesins Musical College as a classical vocal performer. Bilan made his debut when he reached fourth place at the Russian/Latvian festival "New Wave" in 2002. In 2003, Bilan released his debut album titled Nochnoy Huligan (Night Hooligan), which included covers of "Caruso" by Lucio Dalla and "Fever" by Elvis. In 2004, he released his successful single "Na beregu neba" ("At The Sky's Shore") which was also the title of his second album.
Produced by the late Yury Aizenshpis, a Russian music mogul famous for his work with Viktor Tsoi in the Soviet Union, Bilan attempted to reach Eurovision previously with the song "Not That Simple" in 2005, finishing in second place at the Russian national selection. The video for the Russian version of the song was reputably the most expensive in the history of Russia's music industry. In December 2005, Bilan received two golden gramophones for the song "Ty dolzjna ryadom byt'" (The Russian version of "Not That Simple", actually meaning "You should be beside me") in Saint Petersburg and Almaty. During shootings of "Noviye pyesny o glavnom" ("New songs about the main things") he received the grand prize of the First channel from the professional jury. Bilan became Showbusiness Man of the Year because the most voters gave their voices for him according to the version of Rambler. At the end of a year he accepted an invitation from an American agency to record tracks for the musical Peter Pan. On 14 March 2006, Bilan took part in "Zolotaya sharmanka" ("Golden street organ") of "International Music Awards" in Kiev where he was honored as "Singer of the Year".
Bilan has recently hired t.A.T.u.'s former PR manager, Sasha Tityanko, to help him break into the western market.
Representing Russia in Eurovision 2006
In the middle of March 2006, Bilan was chosen internally by the Russian broadcaster Channel One to represent Russia at the Eurovision Song Contest, that year in Athens, Greece. Out of 37 participating countries, Bilan took second place with the dark pop song "Never Let You Go", equalling one of Russia's best ever showing at Eurovision - Alsou's "Solo" was runner-up back in the 2000 contest.
Bilan scored 248 points - 44 behind winning song "Hard Rock Hallelujah" by Finland's Lordi - and received the maximum 12 points from a total of seven countries: Armenia, Belarus, Finland, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania and Ukraine. The only countries to not award Bilan any points were Monaco and Switzerland.
Bilan's stage performance included two dancing ballerinas and a white piano covered in red rose petals, from which a ghost-like female figure emerged halfway through the song. Bilan wore a white vest with the number representing his place in the contest's running order - 13 and 10 in the semi-final and final respectively. Due to Russia's poor result the previous year, Bilan had to qualify for the final at the semi-final on May 18. He qualified in the top ten there (finishing third with 217 points) and moved to the final.
In July 2006 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 Russian Music Awards. On November 2nd Bilan represented Russia at MTV EMA in Copenhagen.
On 15 November 2006 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 broadcast on Channel 4 in UK and 130 more countries, including United States.
In February of 2007 Bilan started to record his first international album in English in Los Angeles, Miami and in Philadelphia in collaboration with producer Timbaland and his production team: Danjahandz, Jim Beanz and Ryan Tedder. One of the new tracks will be a duet with one of Timbaland's most successful artists - Nelly Furtado.
Also in 2007 he premiered his first single from new album - Number One Fan. According to Russian and Eastern Europe radio airplay chart, Number One Fan topped the charts for 8 weeks. Video for this song  was shot in London by famous British director Trudy Bellinger (who made videos for e.g. Girls Aloud, Sugababes and Sophie Ellis Bextor).
On 4 October Bilan premiered his second single from the forthcoming album, Amnesia, at the MTV Russia Music Awards 2007. During this show, Bilan won three most prestigious awards for "Best Performer"", "Best Song" and - for the third time in three years - "Best Artist".
In 2008 Bilan is planning to release 3 albums - Russian, English and Spanish. He is also planning to release an English album in 81 countries in cooperation with Interscope Records (Universal Music International Group). He is working on his English album, with some tracks produced by Timbaland, Danja, Jim Beanz and Ryan Tedder (OneRepublic). Also his new English album will include a duet with Nelly Furtado.
On 20 February Bilan went to Miami and recorded a few tracks for his Spanish album with famous producer Rudy Perez. The Spanish album will include a duet with Nelly Furtado and a Spanish version of his first international single "Number One Fan" 
In 2008, Bilan once again represented Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Believe" accompanied by Hungarian violinist Edvin Marton and Russian world champion figure skater Evgeni Plushenko. On 24 May, 2008, Bilan won first place in the contest, receiving 272 points and seven 12's.
· 2003 (Я ночной хулиган - I'm a Night Hooligan)
· 2004 (На берегу неба - At The Sky's Shore)
· 2006 Vremya Reka (Время-река - Time River)
· 2008 06 05 (Против Правил - Against The Rules)
· 2008 (New English album)
· 2008 (New Spanish album)
· 2003 Ya Nochnoy Holigan (Я ночной хулиган - I'm a night hooligan)
· 2005 Ty dolzhnaryadom byt' (Ты должна рядом быть - You Should Be By My Side; recorded in English as "Not That Simple") Official Russian Top 100 Airplay Charts no. 2
· 2005 Kak Hotel Ya (Как хотел я - How I wanted) no. 2
· 2005 Ya tebya pomnyu (Я тебя помню - IRemember You) no. 18
· 2006 Eto bуla lyubov' (Это была любовь - It was love) no. 1
· 2006 Never Let You Go no. 3
· 2006 Nevozmozhnoye vozmozhno (Невозможное возможно - The Impossible Is Possible; recorded in English as "Lady Flame") no. 1
· 2007 Vremya Reka (Время река - Time is a River; recorded in English as "See What I See") no. 2
· 2007 Number One Fan (produced by Timbaland) no. 1
· 2007 Gore - zima (Горе-зима - Winter is Sorrow)
· 2008 Believe (Produced by Jim Beanz, Eurovision Song Contest 2008)
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