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Emin Ağalarov
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Emin performing during the Eurovision 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan
Background information
Birth nameEmin Araz oglu Agalarov
Born (1979-12-12) 12 December 1979 (age 39)
Baku, Azerbaijan SSR, USSR
Origin Baku, Republic of Azerbaijan
GenresPop
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
Years active2005–present
LabelsSaffron Music UK
Website emin-music.com

Emin Araz oghlu Agalarov (Azerbaijani : Emin Araz oğlu Ağalarov, Russian : Эмин Аразович Агаларов, Emin Arazovich Agalarov), is an Azerbaijani-Russian singer and businessman. He writes and performs songs in English and Russian and is widely popular in Azerbaijan and Russia. [1] [2]

Azerbaijani language Turkic language

Azerbaijani or Azeri, sometimes also Azeri Turkic or Azeri Turkish, is a term referring to two Turkic lects that are spoken primarily by the Azerbaijanis, who live mainly in Transcaucasia and Iran. North Azerbaijani and South Azerbaijani have significant differences in phonology, lexicon, morphology, syntax, and loanwords. ISO 639-3 groups the two lects as a "macrolanguage".

Russian language East Slavic language

Russian is an East Slavic language, which is official in the Russian Federation, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, as well as being widely used throughout Eastern Europe, the Baltic states, the Caucasus and Central Asia. It was the de facto language of the Soviet Union until its dissolution on 25 December 1991. Although, nowadays, nearly three decades after the breakup of the Soviet Union, Russian is used in official capacity or in public life in all the post-Soviet nation-states, as well as in Israel and Mongolia, the rise of state-specific varieties of this language tends to be strongly denied in Russia, in line with the Russian World ideology.

English language West Germanic language

English is a West Germanic language that was first spoken in early medieval England and eventually became a global lingua franca. It is named after the Angles, one of the Germanic tribes that migrated to the area of Great Britain that later took their name, as England. Both names derive from Anglia, a peninsula in the Baltic Sea. The language is closely related to Frisian and Low Saxon, and its vocabulary has been significantly influenced by other Germanic languages, particularly Norse, and to a greater extent by Latin and French.

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Early life

Emin Arasovich Agalarov was born in Baku, Azerbaijan. He is the son of Azerbaijani-Russian oligarch Aras Agalarov, head of the Crocus Group  [ ru ]. Emin's father is Muslim and his mother has Russian and Jewish roots. [3] He considers himself a Muslim. [4] His family moved to Moscow when Emin was four years old. When he was 13, his parents sent him to a school in Switzerland. [5] [6] Agalarov moved to Tenafly, New Jersey in 1994 and graduated from Tenafly High School in 1997. [7] [5] He graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in New York.[ citation needed ]

Baku Place in Azerbaijan

Baku is the capital and largest city of Azerbaijan, as well as the largest city on the Caspian Sea and of the Caucasus region. Baku is located 28 metres (92 ft) below sea level, which makes it the lowest lying national capital in the world and also the largest city in the world located below sea level. Baku lies on the southern shore of the Absheron Peninsula, alongside the Bay of Baku. At the beginning of 2009, Baku's urban population was estimated at just over 2,000,000 people. Officially, about 25 percent of all inhabitants of the country live in Baku's metropolitan area. Baku is the sole metropolis in Azerbaijan.

Russian oligarchs are business oligarchs of the former Soviet republics who rapidly accumulated wealth during the era of Russian privatization in the aftermath of the dissolution of the Soviet Union in the 1990s. The failing Soviet state left the ownership of state assets contested, which allowed for informal deals with former USSR officials as a means to acquire state property. Historian Edward L. Keenan has drawn a comparison between the current Russian phenomenon of oligarchs and the system of powerful boyars which emerged in late-Medieval Muscovy.

Aras Agalarov Russian businessman

Aras Iskenderovich Agalarov is an Azerbaijani-Russian billionaire businessman, property developer, public figure, and author.

Business career

When he came back to Moscow in 2001, he was named as Commercial Director of Crocus Group. In 2012, he was promoted to Vice President of Crocus Group. Since 2014, he has held the position of Executive Vice President of Crocus Group. As part of his responsibilities, Emin Agalarov oversees the following ventures:

Kashira Highway street in Moskvorechye-Saburovo District, Russia

Kashirskoye Highway or Kashira Highway is a major street in Moscow, Russia, continued as a highway beyond the city into Moscow Oblast as a backup route for highway M4. It was named in the 19th century after the old Kashira Road, which led to the town of Kashira. It was one of the sites of the Russian apartment bombings of 1999. Along the road, major landmarks include the Saburovo Church and the Orekhovo-Borisovo Cathedral.

Moscow Oblast First-level administrative division of Russia

Moscow Oblast, or Podmoskovye, is a federal subject of Russia. With a population of 7,095,120 living in an area of 44,300 square kilometers (17,100 sq mi), it is one of the most densely populated regions in the country and is the second most populous federal subject. The oblast has no official administrative center; its public authorities are located in Moscow and across other locations in the oblast.

Kuntsevo District District in Moscow, Russia

Kuntsevo is a district in Western Administrative Okrug of the federal city of Moscow, Russia. Population: 142,497 (2010 Census); 125,100 (2002 Census).

Music career

Agalarov's interest in music began in high school whilst in the United States. After graduating from high school, he returned to Russia, where he continued to write songs. In 2005 he began working with his vocal and music teacher, the Azerbaijani singer Muslim Magomayev, to whom he pays tribute in his concerts.

United States Federal republic in North America

The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States or America, is a country composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles, the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is slightly smaller than the entire continent of Europe's 3.9 million square miles. With a population of over 327 million people, the U.S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D.C., and the largest city by population is New York City. Forty-eight states and the capital's federal district are contiguous in North America between Canada and Mexico. The State of Alaska is in the northwest corner of North America, bordered by Canada to the east and across the Bering Strait from Russia to the west. The State of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific Ocean. The U.S. territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, stretching across nine official time zones. The extremely diverse geography, climate, and wildlife of the United States make it one of the world's 17 megadiverse countries.

Muslim Magomayev (musician) Soviet-Azerbajiani singer

Muslim Magometovich Magomayev, dubbed the "King of Songs" and the "Soviet Sinatra" was a Soviet Azerbajiani baritone operatic pop singer. He achieved iconic status in Russia and the post-Soviet countries for his vocal talent and charisma.

In 2006 Emin gained attention for his debut studio album Still which in the first six months sold 70,000 copies in Russia and an additional 30,000 copies in CIS countries.

Commonwealth of Independent States regional organisation whose participating countries are former Soviet Republics

The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) is a regional intergovernmental organization of 10 post-Soviet republics in Eurasia formed following the dissolution of the Soviet Union. It has an area of 20,368,759 km² and has an estimated population of 239,796,010. The CIS encourages cooperation in economical, political and military affairs and has certain powers to coordinate trade, finance, lawmaking and security. It has also promoted cooperation on cross-border crime prevention.

He then released an album per year: Incredible in 2007, Obsession (a set of classic Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley songs) in 2008; [10] and in 2009, Devotion. Each of these albums was supported by concerts in Moscow and Baku.

Frank Sinatra American singer, actor, and producer

Francis Albert Sinatra was an American singer, actor, and producer who was one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century. He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide.

Elvis Presley American singer and actor

Elvis Aaron Presley was an American singer and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as the "King of Rock and Roll" or simply "the King".

In 2010 he relocated to London, to work with producer Brian Rawling and to focus on the UK music market. Emin's album Wonder was released in Russia and CIS in November 2010 and in the UK on 21 March 2011. The song "Heart Keeps Beating" was the first single in Russia from his second album After the Thunder and received good radio airplay on Russian Radio in 2012.

Emin's first single from his 2012 album After The Thunder was the song "Baby Get Higher" written by David Sneddon, Graham Stack, Mark Read and was added to the BBC Radio 2 A-List in April 2012.

On May 26, 2012, Emin was the local interval act during intermission on the Eurovision Song Contest that was held in his hometown of Baku. During the break, Emin performed "Never Enough", a track taken from the album After the Thunder. [11]

Agalarov was the opening act for Jennifer Lopez's September 23, 2012, concert in Baku. [12] [13]

On November 9, 2013, Emin performed at Miss Universe 2013 held in Moscow in the evening gown competition section.[ citation needed ]

Agalarov performed "In Another Life" in a music video with Donald Trump and Miss Universe 2013 contestants. [14] [15] Contestants were required to appear in the video without pay. [16]

In May 2014, Emin won the award for Best-selling Azerbaijan Artist at the 2014 World Music Awards. [17] In 2016, Emin Agalarov became the organizer and producer of Zhara (ЖАРА) Music Festival that will be hosted annually at Sea Breeze, in his hometown Baku.[ citation needed ]

Ties to Donald Trump

In January 2013, Agalarov and his father visited Las Vegas, Nevada, after Donald Trump, the beauty pageant's owner, announced at Miss Universe 2012 that the next competition would be hosted at Crocus City Hall, owned by Emin's father Aras, in Moscow. [16]

In November 2013, Agalarov's father hosted Miss Universe 2013 at his Crocus City Hall in Moscow. [16] Agalarov performed during the evening gown competition section. He also made a music video with Trump and the contestants. [14] [15] Contestants were required to appear in the video without pay. [16] Agalarov reportedly "offered to send prostitutes to Trump's hotel room" during Trump's trip to Moscow, "but the repeated offers were rejected by Keith Schiller, Trump's longtime bodyguard." [18]

Herman Gref, who runs Sberbank of Russia, Agalarov and his father hosted a dinner for Trump on the night of the pageant. [16] While in Moscow, Phil Ruffin, who is a partner in Trump International Hotel Las Vegas, and Trump met with Agalarov and his father at the Ritz-Carlton. [16]

Agalarov and his publicist, Rob Goldstone, helped arrange the June 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort, Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, and Ike Kaveladze. [19] Goldstone wrote in an email later published by Trump Jr. that the Russian government wanted to leak damaging information on Hillary Clinton to the Trump campaign. [20] [21]

Personal life

Emin Agalarov is the son of Aras Agalarov, an Azerbaijani-Russian billionaire, [22] and was married to Leyla Aliyeva, the daughter of the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev. [23] The couple have twin sons, Ali and Mikail and a daughter Amina. They divorced in May 2015. On 14 July 2018 Agalarov married for the second time. His partner is the former model and businesswoman Alyona Gavrilova (born in 1987), with whom he was dating since 2016.

Discography

Albums

YearTitleNotes
2006Still
2007Incredible
2008Obsession
2009Devotion
2010Wonder
Meleğim benim
2012After the Thunder
2013На краю
(Russian-language album)
2014Amor
2015The Falling 8
2016Love is a Deadly Game
2017Прости, моя любовь
(Duet album)
2018Неба не боялись
2019Good Love

Singles

DVDs

Filmography

YearFilmRoleNotes
2013 Love in Vegas Himself
2018 Night Shift Chernyavskiy

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Eurovision Song Contest
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2012
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