Julia Volkova and Lena Katina of t.A.T.u. checked in fans with a MySpace video message on Monday (December 24). “Well, guys, we wanna say Happy New Year,” Volkova said in Russian. “What to wish… to wish happiness and health is kind of simple. You’ll have them anyway! Unfortunately, we can’t get you the album [‘Upravleniye Otbrosami’] as a gift. It’s a little delayed. It’s not going to be released December 25th and is postponed until the spring. But I think it is even better, because…”
Lena then said of her pregnant pal, “But Julia will give another present to all of us, very very soon!” Julia continued, “There will be a surprise, we plan to release the single after the New Year. It’s all coming. Please cope with your impatience.” Lena then said, “And don’t forget to manage waste in the New Year.”
Then transitioning into English, Julia said, “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.” Lena continued, “Be happy, be healthy, be wealthy, be in love and don’t forget to manage waste.” Watch it below.
Pregnant Julia Volkova posed for the Russian edition of Maxim magazine with her t.A.T.u. partner Lena Katina to promote their third album ‘Upravleniye Otbrosami’ (‘Waste Management’). Photos and video footage from the shoot have been posted at the mag’s web site. After the shoot, with the pair in bathrobes, Julia had a message for viewers, in Russian. The pictures and video at maximonline.ru have since been removed.
Tatu At OK! Magazine Party
December 13, 2007 – t.A.T.u. were on hand at the OK! 2007 ‘The Best Party Of The Year’ bash on December 6th, and Muz-TV’s ‘Paparazzi’ program was there to capture highlights. Lena Katina was sporting dreadlocks and Julia Volkova was looking heavily pregnant in a maternity dress, getting behind the camera herself. Footage at MySpace has since been removed.
‘Finding t.A.T.u.’ Trailer
October 16, 2007 – A clip featuring portions of several scenes from the upcoming film ‘Finding t.A.T.u.’, starring Mischa Barton and Shantel VanSanten, has been posted online.
The story follows friendless American teenager Janie Sawyer (VanSanten) who is trying to escape her lonely life in Moscow through her love of music. Janie meets Lana Starkova (Barton) on a t.A.T.u. fansite. Trapped in a provincial Russian town, Lana is desperate to flee her mundane life and the two girls develop an instant connection. The pair fall in love and are swept into a dangerous world of obsession, drug abuse and murder.
t.A.T.u.’s upcoming English album ‘Waste Management’, planned for an early 2008 release, will be the soundtrack of the film.
Watch the preview at YouTube.
Tatu’s official web site caught up with ‘Finding t.A.T.u.’ editor Richard Nord for a Q&A, asking the Oscar nominee if the film is on schedule.
“Last time I checked, we weren’t,” he admitted. “But, due to the ambitious nature of this film, that’s not a surprise. We have over 190 Scenes and we’ve been shooting all over Moscow. It’s hard to absorb all the bumps on the road, so we probably are a few days behind. But that in a way is a good thing. That means we are not rushing to a point where we compromise making a good film. Sometimes it takes more time to get things right. It takes a smart director and good producers to realize that. Therefore, it’s better to have a good film that comes in late than a mediocre film that was made on time.”
t.A.T.u. star Yulia Volkova checked in with fans on the duo’s official web site on Tuesday (July 24). She writes:
I was really bad, couldn’t get back to YOU for such a long time with life news :-) Everything’s very cool… We’re playing shows in Kazakhstan now, a lot of flying – you know the kind of plane we had to fly? AN-24 – it is kind of an air balloon on wheels! Jolts, rattle – damn! The only thing that makes it easier- thoughts about the audience. We haven’t expected that so many people love us there! Big venues, people – and everybody’s so kind, energetic, shouting and dancing till they can… All’s positive!
Yesterday was our second day of shooting for the movie, at ZIL plant. We’ve been waiting for our turn for six hours… It’s such a rush we’re in –going from one place to another… The movie’s coming alone so f**king awesome, beautiful, fun, and the team is very professional.
As for my life… I’m the happiest, there’s a human being inside of me, who already gives me signs… Sometimes it’s strange to realize that soon I will give birth to my second child…
Well, enough of telling secrets… Don’t get blue, have some fun in what’s left of summer!
Julia Volkova of t.A.T.u. has confirmed she is pregnant and expecting her second child later this year. “First of all, it’s not the first time and I know how to handle it,” Volkova said in a press release posted at the Russian duo’s MySpace (@tatu). “Secondly, the third month is not a critical time. I’m in a great and adequate shape and I’m intended to perform at least until October. And last thing, there’s nothing to worry about. You know this song, ‘I’m pregnant, but it’s temporarily’. Ha-ha…”
They also announced that their third album will be titled ‘Upravleniye Otbrosami (Waste Management)’ and provided details on their new American-Russian movie ‘Finding t.A.T.u.’, a full length music drama for youth based on Alexey Mitrofanov’s novel ‘Tatu Come Back’, with the budget of $12 million.
t.A.T.u. performed at the Olympic Hall on September 19th in Seoul, South Korea. The duo are visiting South Korea to promote their latest anthology album. Watch a highlight clip below and check out pictures from GettyImages.
Tatu In Los Angeles
March 17, 2006 – t.A.T.u. were in Los Angeles for three days, where they “shot a new video for slightly ‘not tatuish’ song”, dined at a restaurant in Santa Monica, and started rehearsing for an upcoming tour at SIR. The duo have a new drummer and bassist, claiming “now the sound became more intense and ‘dense’.” The full story at tatysite.net has since been removed.
After winning the Song Of The Year for ‘Army Of Lovers’ and Man Of The Year at the Italian MTV TRL Awards on Sunday, former Blue star Lee Ryan was corned by t.A.T.u. stars Lena Katina and Julia Volkova. “He was shocked by the interest from the t.A.T.u. girls and thought they were having him on,” a source said. “But he enjoys a challenge and spent ages humoring them.” But finally the faux lesbian duo, who won the Best Group Award, realized he wasn’t going to fall for their charms so they left, and notorious womanizer Lee didn’t follow.
Will Mariah Carey Or Jessica Simpson Duet With Lee Ryan?
February 18, 2006 – Former Blue star Lee Ryan is hoping to duet with a big American star for a hit single on his sophomore album, he tells Neil Sean of Sky News. Lee’s label wants to lure Mariah Carey, but he believes it will be Jessica Simpson instead. “I plan to make my second album more gospel,” he said. “That is the music I excel in.”
Lee Ryan Eyes Motherly Joss Stone
February 14, 2006 – The Sunday Mirror reports that former Blue star Lee Ryan confessed: “I’d really love for Joss Stone to send me a Valentine’s card. She’s a hippy – just like my Mum – and they say that you always go for girls who are like your Mum.”
Flipsyde are out with the music video to their new single ‘Happy Birthday’, a controversial track about a regretted abortion from a man’s perspective, featuring Piper and t.A.T.u. on the chorus. Watch it via MySpace below.
Lena Katina’s New Year’s Celebration Plans
December 25, 2005 – t.A.T.u. star Lena Katina revealed her plans for celebrating the new year on her December 19th diary entry. She writes, “Well, I’ve decided to let you into my plans of celebrating New Year! Actually, I consider it a family holiday, and at 00:00, when The Kremlin Clock announces all over Moscow the beginning of 2006, I will be with my relatives. And then, according to tradition, we are meeting with schoolmates and will party hard in a rented country house! It’s always super-puper fun! That’s it! Good luck.”
Lena Katina and Julia Volkova of t.A.T.u. are out with the music video to their new single ‘Friend Or Foe’, from the Russian duo’s album ‘Dangerous And Moving’. Watch it at YouTube.
t.A.T.u. star Julia Volkova posted a message on the band’s website diary the evening of their appearance on the MTV Europe Music Awards in Lisbon on November 3rd. “Hi everybody! We’re in the dressing room now, getting ready to go on stage,” she writes. “Our dressing room is right opposite that of Shaggy! Yesterday – the dinner with Bill Roedy – was fun! Met Shakira, she’s not very tall – just like us! Also hanged out with Flipside – cool guys! We’re presenting award in ‘Best Male’ category. It’s awfully lot of people here… but we miss Moscow already! Love you all, kiss you all! Your ‘Tatushki’!”
Tatu: We Never Claimed To Be Lesbians
October 21, 2005 – Aftonbladet.se caught up with t.A.T.u., where Lena Katina cleared up how they never claimed to be lesbians, but would just kiss as two loving sisters. That prompted Julia Volkova to tell Lena, “I love you.” The site has since removed the video.