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Maruv
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Background information
Birth name Anna Borysivna Popeliukh
Also known as Shlakoblochina
Born 15 February 1991 (1991-02-15) (age 30)
Pavlohrad, Ukraine
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Years active 2013–present
Labels

Anna Borysivna Korsun (Ukrainian: Ганна Борисівна Корсун, Russian: Анна Борисовна Корсун; née Popeliukh; born 15 February 1991), known professionally as Maruv (stylized in all caps), is a Ukrainian singer, composer, poet and producer. She lives and works in Kyiv. Korsun used to be part of the band Maruv from February 2017 to March 2018. It was the successor of the band The Pringlez. Later, Korsun gave an interview in which she explained that from then on she would be working on her own under the pseudonym.

Biography and creativity

Early life and The Pringlez period

The singer was born as Anna Popeliukh in the Ukrainian city of Pavlohrad. In school she studied music and dance. In 2014, she graduated in a non-musical subject from the Polytechnic Institute in Kharkiv. Despite this, Popeliukh participated and reached the final of the contest The Voice of Ukraine. She is married to Oleksandr Korsun, whom she met while studying at the institute. Oleksandr was the PR manager of The Pringlez. The team included a drummer, guitarists, a songwriter, and also a photographer and sound engineer.

In 2015, the group represented Ukraine at the New Wave competition. In addition, one of their songs – "Easy to Love" – made it to the final of the Ukrainian selection for Eurovision 2016.

2017: Transition to Maruv and first album

In 2017, the band changed its name to Maruv. In addition to this, the group members decided to change the concept of their work. The old group name was left in the past, as well as their pop-rock performance style. They decided to leave behind their “teenage” creativity, and adapt a modern and popular style. In May 2017, the band released its debut album, Stories. It includes seven tracks written in three languages – Ukrainian, Russian, English. On 23 September 2017, the band presented the album at a concert at their hometown of Kharkiv.

2017–2018: Maruv & Boosin and Black Water

In 2017, Korsun met guitarist, DJ, and performer Mikhail Busin (also known under the pseudonym BOOSIN). Later, Korsun and the Busin co-created a label called Zori Sound. They realised that their voices were in harmony and decided to work further under the name of Maruv & Boosin. Their first joint song was "Spini". Later, they recorded a second joint song, "Drunk Groove", which became famous, even hitting the overseas charts. The track was released on 15 December 2017. Korsun was the author of the text, and Busin authored the music.

Maruv performed "Drunk Groove" at the opening of Muz-TV 2018. They gave a concert on 10 June in Moscow to mark the opening of FIFA World Cup 2018. The performance took place on Sparrow Hills. On 30 July 2018, they released a follow-up single to the lead track "Drunk Groove", titled "Focus on Me". It is the second single from their album Black Water, which was released on 28 September 2018, as a visual album.

2019–present: Eurovision Song Contest and withdrawal

On 23 February 2019, Maruv won the final of Vidbir for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 . Her win was marred by controversy about her concerts in Russia. The rights to her Eurovision song, "Siren Song", belong to the Russian record label Warner Music Russia and the label had organised her first ever solo concert to be held in Moscow at Izvestia Hall on 6 April 2019. After it became clear that she would be performing in two concerts in Russia the following months, Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Culture Vyacheslav Kyrylenko stated that artists who toured Russia or "did not recognise the territorial integrity of Ukraine" should not take part in Eurovision.

During the final, when asked on stage whether Crimea is part of Ukraine, she replied affirmatively, but when asked if Russia was an aggressor, she replied: "If the country has a bad president, that doesn't mean that all the people who live there are evil". After the show, when Ukraine's Channel 24 asked her to describe what was happening in Donbass and her position towards it, she replied:

This is a very difficult question for me to answer, because my relatives have lost their homes there and it is very difficult for me to talk about it. But I want peace to come at last and all this to be over.

On 24 February the National Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine (UA: PBC) offered Maruv a contract; one of the terms forbid her to hold concerts in Russia. Maruv saw no harm in performing in Russia claiming “performing concerts is my way of bringing peace,” later she confirmed she was willing to postpone her concerts. Maruv stated that the issue of not touring in Russia was not critical to her, and the major disagreement was about other conditions of the contract which she described as a cabal. She said that she is a tax-paying citizen of Ukraine and genuinely loves her country, however she is not ready to turn her participation in the contest into the "promo-action of Ukrainian politicians". "I am a musician, not the baseball bat on the political arena", she said.

The next day it was revealed that UA: PBC and Maruv were not able to reach an agreement on her participation in the contest. Ukraine withdrew from participating in Eurovision 2019 as a result of the controversy, which they had been tipped to receive a high score. The song "Siren Song" became a huge hit in CIS countries. It received three platinum certifications in Russia. On 29 November 2019 She released EP Hellcat Story.

In 2020 Maruv presented her alter ego Shlakoblochina and released an EP Fatality under this name. She also recorded Russian version of the song "More" for the game League of Legends.

Personal life

Anna Korsun is married to Oleksandr Korsun.

Discography

Studio albums

  • Stories (2017)
  • Black Water (2018)

Extended plays

  • Hellcat Story (2019)
  • Fatality (2020) (as Shlakoblochina)

Singles

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UKR
BUL
CIS
LIT
POL
RUS
"Сонце" 2017 Stories
"Let Me Love You"
"Спини" Non-album single
"Drunk Groove"
(with Boosin)
1 8 1 8 1
  • ZPAV: 2× Platinum
Black Water
"Focus on Me" 2018 1 2 1
"Black Water" 112
"For You"
(with Faruk Sabanci)
57 43 44 Non-album singles
"Siren Song" 2019 2 1 70 2
"Mon Amour"
(with Mosimann)
64 56
"Mezhdu nami" 225
"To Be Mine" Hellcat Story
"Don't Stop"
"Don't U Waste My Time"
"If You Want Her"
"Novaya sila kiski"
(as Shlakoblochina featuring Fearmuch)
2020 Fatality
"Samoletnaya"
(as Shlakoblochina)
"I Want You" 4 3 Non-album single
"Sad Song" 10 6
"More"
"Est tolko mig"
(with Danya Milokhin)
"Maria"
"VIP"
(as Shlakoblochina)
2021
"Crush"
"Call 911"
(with Sickotoy)
91 81
"Komilfo"
(with Filipp Kirkorov)
632
"Candy Shop" 248
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.

Awards and nominations

Award Year Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Category Result Ref.
M1 Music Awards 2018 Herself Best Alternative Artist Nominated
Breakthrough of the Year Nominated
"Drunk Groove" Dance Parade Won
2019 "Siren Song" Dance Parade Nominated
MTV Europe Music Awards 2019 Herself Best MTV Russia Act Won
Yuna Music Awards 2019 Herself Breakthrough of the Year Won
Black Water Best Album Nominated
Maruv & Boosin Best Duet Won
"Drunk Groove" Best Video Nominated
Best Song in Another Language Won
Best Electronic Song Won
2020 Herself Best Performer Nominated
"Siren Song" Best Song in Another Language Nominated
Best Electronic Song Won
2021 "I Want You" Best Electronic Song Pending
Culture Music Awards 2020 "Sad Song" Best English-language song Pending
Novoye Radio Awards 2021 Herself Best Female Artist Pending
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