SONG OF THE DAY: #29 ALEKSEEV [BELARUS-ESC]

 

Nikita Vladimirovich Alekseev, known professionally as simply Alekseev, is a Ukrainian singer and songwriter. He first began his career in 2014 after placing as a semifinalist on season four of The Voice of Ukraine. He subsequently released the single “Pyanoye solntse”, which went on to become a number-one hit throughout the CIS and kickstarted his music career. He will represent Belarus in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Portugal.

Born on 18 May 1993 in Ukraine’s capital of Kiev. When he was one and a half years old his family moved to Chita, two years later his family returned to Kiev. Alekseev attended Kyiv Specialized School No. 106. Among his childhood music preferences, Alekseev notes the music of Queen (band), Led Zeppelin, Michael Jackson, George Michael and Justin Timberlake. Alekseev graduated from university with a degree in Marketing. At the age of 12, Alekseev became very interested in music and singing and was taught by Konstantin Pona. He later started his own band called “Mova”.

The Voice

During the Voice blind auditions, Ani Lorak turned her chair for Alekseev, but he did not go beyond the 1st live broadcast. As a consolation prize, Ani Lorak helped Alekseev shoot the music video for his debut single “Everything is in Time”. But he did not gain popularity until after he appeared on Voice of the County: Reload where he covered Iryna Bilyk’s “I’m Drowning” and shot a music video for it.

Debut – 2017

In September 2015, Alekseev released Pyanoye solntse (Drunken Sun), with lyrics by Vitaly Kurovsky and music by Rusland Quint. The next month, a music video directed by Alan Badoyev in which Alekseev kills his alter ego after breaking up with a girl was shot. In late May 2016, he received the RU.TV award for best song. He also received a Yuna Award for “Drunken Sun”. The subsequent singles, “Dreams of Shards”, “Oceans of Steel” and “Feeling Soul”, had their music videos directed by Alan Badoev. On June 29, 2016, he performed the song at Miss Ukraine Universe 2016.

In June 2016, Alekseev won Breakthrough Artist of The Year at the Russian MUZ-TV Awards and Breakthrough Artist of The Year at the Ukrainian M1 Music Awards in December 2016. In March 2017, the artist won ZD Awards and Top Hit Music Awards in several categories: “Breakthrough Artist of The Year”, “Artist of The Year”, “Take-Off of The Year”, “Most Frequently Played on The Radio” for the track Dunken Sun and “Most Popular Radio Artist”.

On February 14, 2017, Alekseev started his first Ukrainian Tour. The final show took place on the artist’s birthday, May 18, at the Oktyabrsky Palace.

Eurovision Song Contest

One week after applying for the Ukrainian contest Vidbir, it was revealed that Alekseev had revoked his bid. It was then later revealed that he entered into Belarus’ contest instead. There was controversy following Alekseev’s entry. Eurovision rules state that the song performed is not allowed to have been performed before September 1 of the previous year. Alekseev, however, had been performing a Russian song named “Навсегда” at his concerts. He then shortened the song and translated the lyrics to English to get around this rule. On January 15, 2018, an article emerged claiming that 11 other finalists in the Belarus contest were threatening to withdraw if Alekseev was allowed to qualify for the contests’ final.

However, on February 16, 2018, it was revealed that Alekseev had won the Belarus contest and would be representing the country at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal. The first semi-final will be held on May 8, 2018.

Lyrics:

[Verse 1]
It must be something that we call love
Wherever I go I’m coming back
And time cannot knock me off my track
This resolution is final
It must be something that we call love
It’s when you’re craving to say her name
And my reality seems to break apart
With her arrival

[Chorus]
No need to worry, rain falling down
It’s our happiest story and there’s no one around
We will go for it and I know you’ll be mine forever
Windows wide open, flying so high
Both of us roaming through a magnificent sky
Rain keeps on falling and I know you’ll be mine forever

[Verse 2]
It must be something that we call a dream
When all you told me I know by heart
The type of beauty I call supreme
And how it’s driving me crazy

[Chorus]
No need to worry, rain falling down
It’s our happiest story and there’s no one around
We will go for it and I know you’ll be mine forever
Windows wide open, flying so high
Both of us roaming through a magnificent sky
Rain keeps on falling and I know you’ll be mine forever

[Bridge]
You’ll always sing me something new
I will always follow
When I first saw you here I knew
That I was blind before you

[Chorus]
No need to worry, rain falling down
It’s our happiest story and there’s no one around
We will go for it and I know you’ll be mine forever
Windows wide open, flying so high
Both of us roaming through a magnificent sky
Rain keeps on falling and I know you’ll be mine forever

May we meet again!

2 thoughts on “SONG OF THE DAY: #29 ALEKSEEV [BELARUS-ESC]

    • March 13, 2018 at 17:46
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      Well wait until next Monday, I changed up my schedule a lot so that I can put more time and energy into the posts I write in the hope that my content becomes better.

      May we meet again,
      Corne Weeda

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