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Alexander Rybak about his song “Accent” – Interview from Kiev

Alexander  tells about his song “Accent” in the interview at the Palace “Ukraine”, where the Christmas concert with his participation took place in December.

Recording, translation and subs by Sonya L. Revision by  Bita J.

Transcript of the interview:

Host: Alexander, hello! I’ve heard that you’ve become a producer now. You have your own group in Belarus, which you are preparing for Eurovision. Is that true? Tell us more.

AR: I also heard that I’ve become a producer. To be honest, I wrote a song. I have an idea for the number. I have an idea about the Belarusian accent.. you know when we sing in English, we all, Slavic people, have a funny accent. And instead of hiding it, I wrote a song about it.. the girls sing that “I will always love you, but if you take me, then my accent will have to stay with me”.

AR: I have a producer in Belarus, and he helps us. It’s he who will develop this group. I wouldn’t organise the casting and listen to 400 girls just for one song.Of course, we’ll continue to make songs for them and so on. But, first and foremost, I am a composer.

Alexander Rybak: “The Belarusian Jury Killed My Dream!”

The Eurovision winner shared with “Komsomolka” who has upset him, what he doesn’t regret, and if he will continue working with Milki.

Together with his Belarusian manager Andei Guzel (right), Alexander Rybak will take on Milki’s future.

After the Belarusian national selection to Eurovision, most of the discussion was not about the winning duet of the singer Uzari and violinist Maimuna, but about Sasha Rybak, the triumphant Eurovision winner, a Norwegian with Belarusian roots- having been offended. In the past year, Alexander has not just been a passing visitor in our country, but one of our own, as the producer of the group Milki, and despite opposing predictions, he plans to continue his collaboration with the group.

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Alexander takes part in the popular Russian TV-show “One to One” starting 8th of February

Alexander will take part in the 3rd season of the popular Russian TV show “One to One”, which will be broadcast on the TV-channel “Russia 1”! The show starts on February 8. It will be aired on Sundays at 13:00 CET.  And it’s possible to watch it online here 

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“One to One” is the Russian version of the international interactive reality TV show “Your Face Sounds Familiar”, which has become a big hit on TV for the last two years. This is a show of transformations, whose participants will impersonate legendary artists of the past and present and perform their most iconic hits live on stage.

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Alexander Rybak and other artists at the opening show for World Championship Men’s Handball in Qatar, 15.01.2015.

Alexander is on of the 24 artists from all over the world who performed the official anthem “Live It”  at the opening show for World Championship Men’s Handball 2015 in Qatar. You can read more about this unique project  here

Found by Hilde M. Recorded by Tessa Lande 

 

Alexander Rybak will continue to work with the group “Milki”

Alexander Rybak’s group Milki, which he created specifically with the intentions of competing in “Eurovision-2015”, will continue its existence. Although the girls won’t be representing Belarus at the prestigious music contest, the Norwegian singer is already preparing a second song for this team of girls.

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Alexander Rybak answers fans’ question in live video chat on Muz-TV channel (Russia) 24.06.2014

 In June, Alexander visited the studio of a very popular Russian musical TV-channel during his promotional tour in support of  his soundtrack “Into a Fantasy” to the movie “How to Train Your Dragon 2”,  where he answered fans’ questions in live video chat. Very interesting and funny interview 🙂

Upload by Hilde M.  English translation and subs by Marina Rolbin. 

Alexander Rybak at the New Year and Christmas show in Kiev 31.12.2014.

Alexander performed “Into a Fantasy” and “Roll with the Wind”  with talented children at the New Year and Christmas show in Kiev. The shooting took place at the Palace “Ukraine”  on December 13, and the show was broadcasted on New Year’s Eve.

“Into a Fantasy” with Sofia Tarasova

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Alexander Rybak: I’m very happy that I have the strength to accomplish many different projects.

Yesterday, the National Culture Palace,“Ukraine”, held a huge Christmas/New Year show with the participation of many of the best stage stars. During the show, Alexander Rybak gave us an exclusive interview.

– Everyone is waiting for the new year now. Many are summing up this year’s experiences,remembering important events that filled up this year. Tell us, what do you remember the most? 
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Online broadcast of the first round of the Belarusian national selection for “Eurovision-2015”, December 4-5

Alexander Rybak’s Belarusian group “Milki” will participate in the first round  of the Belarusian national selection for “Eurovision-2015” on December 4 or 5. The audition can be watched online via the Internet.

Live broadcast of the national qualifying auditions of the International Song Contest “Eurovision-2015” will be organized for the first time this year on the official website of Belteleradiocompany www.tvr.by

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Interview with Alexander Rybak from the photo session with girls from his Belarusian group “Milki”

Rybak’s “girls” arranged a white-red-white photo session.

“Belteleradiokompania” has stopped accepting applications on November 21 from the participants in the Eurovision 2015 national selection. 

We will find out at the beginning of December who will make it to the finals. For now, musicians have been furtively sending packages with documents and recorded songs to the organizing committee. Alexander Rybak openly plans to conquer not just Belarusians but all of Europe.

Onliner.by attended the music group photo session, and found out from the Eurovision 2009 winner what the song will be about and how they plan to surprise the jury and the audience.

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Malta 2015: How Franklin came to his Rybak song

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Alexander Rybak is back – Namely in Malta! Franklin Calleja who has already been present at the preliminary decision for Copenhagen will sing a Rybak-ballad next weekend with the aim to travel to Vienna in May 2015: “Still here” is a classical ESC-ballad which in the course of three minutes rises to a big climax. We certainly want to know how that the Rybak-Calleja-Connection came about.

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The girls in Alexander’s Belarusian band

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Alexander with his girls band. The picture is from his official Instagram

Alexander Rybak, who was recently traveling around and auditioning in Belarus, has picked his girl band, which will compete for the right to travel to Eurovision 2015. On his FaceBook page, the musician has posted a video where he announced the names of the winners. “Znamenka” found out the girls’ reactions to the news, how they made it into Rybak’s quintet and also what they will have to go through to make their dreams come true.

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Alexander Rybak announces the winners of the audition for his new Belarussian group

Congratulations to all the winners! 🙂

Recently Alexander held auditions in  four cities of Belarus – Mogilev, Grodno,  Minsk and Brest,  where he looked for talented girls for his new Belorussian group. The group will participate with a song composed by Alexander in Belorussian national selection  for Eurovision Song Contest 2015.  You can read more about Alexander’s project here. And  today Alexander announced the winners of the auditions on his official Facebook-page with a sweet video-message which you can watch by clicking on this picture.

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The video is in Russian, so if you don’t understand it, here is the translation:

AR: Dear friends, Alexander Rybak from Norway, Oslo, is with you. I thank you. I thank all of you who came to the casting for my project. Me and my team got to listen to a lot of interesting voices. And if you didn’t win, if you didn’t go through, it doesn’t mean that you’re not talented. I just have my own concept and I chose girls for my act. So, the winners of the casting are: Tatiana Stakhovskaya from Minsk, Anna Ray from Minsk, Victoria Nazarko from Grodno, Taisiya Serikova from Gomel’ and Marina Putnikova from Gorky. I congratulate all of you. And I hope that you will please not only Belarus, but also the whole of Europe. Good luck!

Alexander Rybak in the Ukrainian TV-show “Meeting Place” performing “I Asked the Ash” & “Bergrosa” 18.10.2014.

“When I was 4 years old, I and my parents moved from Belarus to Norway. Back then my parents brought some tapes of Russian movies with them. Among them, there was the comedy “The Irony of Fate”. I heard the song «Я спросил у ясеня» (“I Asked the Ash”) in that movie for the first time, said Alexander Rybak. – I’m familiar with the situation that this song tells about. Once, I myself had experienced the same emotions. The girl who I loved, and devoted my song “Fairytale” to, left me for my best friend. It was hard for me to pass through this break up. Now I try not to fall in love, and to put all my feelings into music”. Precisely this song was performed by Alexander in the Ukrainian musical TV-show “Meeting Place” on Saturday. The theme of this episode was cheating. And, in addition, Alexander played a piece of “Bergrosa” as the introduction to the song of another artist.

Link to lyrics

Recording by Sveta P. English translation by Olina&Sonya.
Revision by Katie A. Subs by Sonya L.

Alexander Rybak will prepare the participants for the Belarusian national selection for “Eurovision 2015”

Alexander invites talented girls to the casting for competing  in the national selection for “Eurovision 2015”!

AR: Dear countrymen, you know that I’m a big fan of Eurovision and I’m a big fan of Belarus, so I invite you all to the local auditions for my song for the national selection. Good luck. Yours Sasha Rybak.

Article was published on sb.by 11.10.2014.

Author: Juliana Leonovich. Photo: “SB”

Translation by Sonya Luzina. English revision by Bita Janz.

Alexander Rybak is in an active searching process. No, the winner of “Eurovision-2009” has no plans to look for his ladylove. This time, all thoughts of the 28-year-old musician are dedicated entirely to his new projects: the other day, he announced the all-Belarusian casting for a new girl band. Newfound Norwegian Meladze (a famous Ukrainian composer and producer) and his team will personally tour around cities and villages to find the most beautiful and strong-voiced Belarusian girls. In addition to Rybak’s patronage, these girls are promised one more substantial stake: this spring, the new girl band will go to Vienna to conquer the sixtieth anniversary of the “Eurovision Song Contest 2015”. 

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Alexander Rybak in Ukrainian TV-show “Meeting Place” performing “Fairytale” 11.10.2014.

Alexander took part in recording of the Ukrainian music show called “Meeting Place” which took place this  September in Kiev. Each episode of the show has its own special theme and today’s theme was about love, where Alexander performed “Fairytale”. Next week we’ll hear  a beautiful Russian song “Ja sprosil u jasenja” from him.

Recording by Sveta Plyasun

What I Long For – Alexander Rybak

Alexander took part in the  Norwegian TV-show “The Hit” on October 10th 2014, where famous artists compete with songs written by amateurs. If you want to read more about the concept of the show, you  can find it here. Alexander chose a wonderful song “What I Long For”  written by Elisabet Mjanger. Unfortunately, Alexander didn’t win the duel, but he did his best and made a great performance which we can enjoy now! 🙂

The song is also available on:

 iTunes | Spotify | Amazon | Deezer  | Google Play | Wimp 

LYRICS

This is what I long for more in life, that’s what you bring.
Passion, full compassion. You’re the one who takes me in.
I’m jumping around. Diving in. Coming around.

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Alexander Rybak at the Eurovision Show in Iasi, Romania, 25.06.2014.

Pictures and video from Alexander Rybak’s performance in the Eurovision show in Iasi, Romania

Recording by May Elisabeth Nipen

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Outdoor concerts in Kirkenær and Fagernes, Norway, 20-21.06.2014.

 Alexander Rybak: “I have a special relationship to Valdres”

Text to photoPopular: Alexander Rybak is popular in Valdres. 400-500 came to listen and watch him at Briskeby on Saturday noon.

Source www.oa.no 23.06.2014. Author and photographer: Ingvar Skattebu. Translation by Tessa Lande. Revision by Anni Jowett

The people in Valdres love Alexander Rybak. And the feelings are mutual.

– I’ve been here on Valdres Sommersymfoni since I was … well … 12 years, maybe? Says Alexander Rybak, who gathered a large audience for an outdoor concert in the centre of Fagernes.
Even in a hectic program, he found time for this concert at Fagernes. Rybak flew in from Ukraine the day before, played in Oslo, then Fagernes, and went straight from Fagernes to Moscow as the next destination.

The talents: Alexander Rybak draws out the local talents, here together with the dancer Katelin June Haugen.

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Interview with Alexander Rybak about Kiev 18.06.2014.

Article was published on kiev.vgorode.ua

Author: Evgeniy Korovay

Translation by Julia B. Revision by Anni Jowett.

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We had a guest on our balcony – the winner of “Eurovision”, Alexander Rybak.

We were visited today by Alexander Rybak, the winner of “Eurovision – 2009”. Sasha is not a rare visitor in the capital of Ukraine, but we met for the first time. Vgorode took the opportunity to ask some questions. In particular we asked about Alexander’s favourite places in Kiev and about Maidan. The musician told us that he loves Kiev for the fact that, despite its status of metropolis, it is still a colourful and green city, it is not dusty like many other cities.

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Reviews of Alexander Rybak’s new song and video “Into a Fantasy”

Review by VG.no

Author: Stein Østbø

Tranlsation by Tessa Lande. Revision by Anni Jowett

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Alexander Rybak still sings about dreams, fantasies and adventures – with a rather familiar tone.

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“Into A Fantasy”
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There is something constantly uplifting and positive in the best and the most of what Alexander Rybak does. And so it is also in his new single “Into a Fantasy” which is derived from the sequel of the animated success “Dragetreneren”(How to Train Your Dragon” which has Norwegian premiere on July 4th.

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Alexander Rybak answers a questionnaire in Azerbaijani magazine “Nargis”

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Alexander Rybak answers a questionnaire in Azerbaijani magazine “Nargis”

Name: Alexander Igorevich Rybak
Date of Birth: 13.05.1986
Place of Birth: Minsk
Occupation: Singer, violinist

A questionnaire  was published on  nargismagazine.az 19.05.2014.  Author: Nigar Magerramova Translation by Sonya Luzina. Revision by Katie Anderson

1. What is it like to work with children?

It is a pure pleasure.

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