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Aram Mp3
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Aram Mp3 at the Eurovision Song Contest 1st press conference in 2014
Background information
Birth name Aram Sargsyan
Born (1984-04-05) 5 April 1984 (age 39)
Yerevan, Armenian SSR, USSR
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • comedian
  • showman
Years active 2006–present
Signature
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Aram Avetiki Sargsyan (Armenian: Արամ Ավետիքի Սարգսյան; born 5 April 1984), better known by his stage name Aram Mp3 (Armenian: Արամ Mp3; often stylized as Aram MP3), is an Armenian singer and comedian. He represented Armenia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen with the song "Not Alone" and took the 4th place.

Early life

Aram Sargsyan was born on 5 April 1984 in Armenia's capital Yerevan. Ever since he was a child, he has been involved in a number of choirs and theatrical performances. He got a bachelor's degree in pharmacy at Yerevan State Medical University, from which he graduated in 2006. During his study at the YSMU, he played in the KVN comedy show, first among Armenian universities and later in the Armenian team Ararat in Moscow.

Career

2006–2012: Early beginnings

In 2006, Aram joined several other comedians—largely unknown to the public—to form 32 Teeth (32 ատամ) comedy show. During his first years in 32 Atam he often performed humorous covers of popular songs earning the nickname "Aram Mp3", referring the common audio format MP3. One of his colleagues, Vahagn Grigoryan, gave him that pseudonym. In 2007, he became the winner of Armenia 1's 2 Stars (2 աստղ) TV show.

During this time Aram started to perform live in jazz and blues clubs, record songs and shoot music videos. Famous TV formats such as X-Factor, Hay Superstar, My Name Is..., Power Of 10 were hosted by him and brought him more fame. In 2010 Aram and his friends created the Vitamin Club (Վիտամին ակումբ) stand-up comedy TV show, which was broadcast by Shant TV every week. He has also hosted several shows in Armenia TV. In particular, he co-hosted the Nice Evening program on Armenia 1 with Garik Papoyan.

2013–2014: Eurovision Song Contest

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Aram performing in 2013
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Aram performing during the first dress rehearsal of the first semi-final of the Eurovision 2014

In 2013 Aram began to work more on his musical career. He released his first solo music videos for his singles "Shine" and "If I Tried". Both songs were written by Aram himself and his friend, Garik Papoyan.

On 31 December 2013, Aram Mp3 was selected by the Public Television Company of Armenia to represent Armenia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Denmark. During the semi-final allocation draw on 20 January 2014 at the Copenhagen City Hall, Armenia was drawn to compete in the first half of the first semi-final on 6 May 2014. On 14 March 2014 it was announced that Aram will sing his song "Not Alone" in Copenhagen.

In the run-up to the competition, Aram criticised the Austrian performer, drag queen Conchita Wurst in remarks that were characterised as homophobic and transphobic, claiming that her lifestyle was "not natural" and that she should "eventually decide whether she is a woman or a man"; he later apologised and insisted his statements were "a joke" and had not intended to offend Wurst, though maintained that he considered homosexuality to be "unacceptable". He later met in person with Conchita and was photographed exchanging words and hugging with the artist, and put out another apology where he stated that he 'rejects homophobia'.

In the first semi-final, the producers of the show decided that Armenia would open the semi-final and perform 1st. Armenia qualified from the first semi-final and competed in the final on 10 May 2014. During the winner's press conference for the first semi-final qualifiers, Armenia was allocated to compete in the first half of the final. In the final, the producers of the show decided that Armenia would perform seventh. Aram finished the contest in 4th place with 174 points.

2014–present: After Eurovision

After Eurovision he was appearing as a guest star on many Armenian TV shows such as The Voice and X Factor. Aram's new single "Help" was released on 7 February 2015.

In 2016, he voiced Adult Simba, both speaking and singing, and was also the lead singer of Circle of Life in the Armenian version of The Lion King.

Starting in 2016, he participated as a judge and mentor on the Armenian Eurovision National final where his team was made up of Saro Gevorgyan, LUCY, Lilit Harutyunyan, and Jujo. However, they all got eliminated with LUCY placing 6th in the contest. In February 2017, Iveta Mukuchyan and Aram Mp3 released a collaborative single together titled "Dashterov". On 21 May, Iveta Mukuchyan announced a new traditional project with Aram MP3 called "Dashterov". The first song ("El Eghnim") of that project was released on 15 June and the second one ("Let the wind blow") was released on 22 June. In the same month, Sargsyan participated in a new project for helping all the Armenian children who suffer from cancer. Many Armenian prominent singers were also participating, such as Mihran Tsarukyan, Erik Karapetyan, Iveta Mukuchyan.

Personal life

Aram married Anna Margaryan in April 2008. Their son Arno was born in June 2011.

Discography

Singles

As lead artist

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
BEL
(WA)

AUT
DEN
GER
HUN
IRE
NLD
SWE
SWI
UK
"Positive"
(with Shprot)
2008 Non-album singles
"Shine" 2013
"If I Tried"
"Just Go On"
"Not Alone" 2014 36
31 21 44 11 60 94 45 53 88
"Help"
"Magic"
"You're My Sunshine"
(featuring The Sunside Band)
2015
"Asa" 2016
"Alabalanica" 2019
"Heriq eghav" 2020
"Heros tgherq"
(with Arame, Arabo Ispiryan, Mihran Tsarukyan, Mkrtich Arzumanyan and Arsen Safaryan)
"Kochari"
"Depi Bardzunq" 2023 2023 European Weightlifting Championships
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.

"Dashterov" collaboration

No. Title Length
1. "Ալ Էղնիմ" (Al Eghnim) 5:50
2. "Քամին զանա" (Qamin Zana) 3:59
3. "Ղափամա" (Ghapama) 2:39
4. "Նինո" (Nino) 3:05
5. "Ծիրանի ծառ" (Tsirani tzar) 2:59
6. "Գորանի" (Gorani) 3:17

Appearance

Television
Year Title Role Notes
2006–10 32 Atam (32 ատամ) Himself Comedy TV show
2007–08 2 Stars (2 աստղ) Singer Featuring Shprot
2010–15 Vitamin Club Himself Comedy TV show
2010–13 X-Factor Host
2011–12 Hay Superstar Host
2011 Gerdastane (Գերդաստանը) Tigran Main cast
2016 Full House (Ֆուլ Հաուս) Himself 1 episode
2016 The Lion King (Առյուծ արքան) Adult Simba Armenian dub
2016–17 Depi Evratesil (Դեպի Եվրատեսիլ) Judge/Mentor Armenian Eurovision National final
2017-19 Nice Evening (Լավ Երեկո) Host Featuring Garik Papoyan
2017 Benefis (Բենեֆիս) Presenter, guest Episode: Avet Barseghyan
2017 Hayastan Jan (Հայաստան Ջան) Contestant
2020-21 Velo MP3 (Վելո ՄՊ3) Host

Awards and nominations

Year Organization Award Recipient Result
2011 Luxury Magazine Advertising Face of the Year Himself Won
2014 Presenter of the Year Nominated
Comedian of the Year Won
2017 Armenian Europe Music Awards Collaboration of the Year Dashterov Won

See also

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