Russian pop singer Alsou (Алсу) shot to national stardom at the age of 15, thanks to a hit-filled debut album and a Lolita-themed video for the ballad "Zimniy Son" ("Winter Dream"). Born in 1983 in Tatarstan, her father is a politician and former oil executive; in 2004 he was named as one of the country's 100 richest men. This family background afforded her the possibility to study in the UK from a young age. She records both in Russian and English (and occasionally Tatar), and has sung duets with Enrique Inglesias, Bon Jovi and Nelly. She got married in 2006, has 2 daughters.
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