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sod_logo_smallThere are times when I really miss the daily blogs followed by instant reactions that usually developed into full-on electronic dialogues. But for better or worse, I can only count on a few minutes here and there to post my regular (or nowadays “irregular”… My bad!) updates. Not surprisingly, though, it takes me so long to actually get to the computer for these overdue “news blogs” that I tend to forget half of them by the time I’m typing away yet again!
So, first things first… Earlier this afternoon, we heard from our European counterpart that the authors of “Is It True” (Christopher Neil, Oskar Pall and yours truly) performed most gloriously by Yohanna, have been awarded for the #1 Eurovision Song of the Decade as voted by the ESC viewers and ESC Today readers worldwide. Did we really beat some of the greats, such as Andrew Lloyd Webber, Diane Warren, Ronan Keating, Patricia Kaas, etc. to name but a few? I’m still reeling from this, to be honest!
And from Sweden – this very song was performed at the Swedish Idol semi-finals (and won the semi’s!) by Erik Gronwall last week… which, by the way, you can hear (and see) right here.
Now, on a political note… As I’m getting ready to return to the UN Radio HQ next week to resume my weekly UN Uncovered show on Progressive Radio Network (it’s been over a month, I can’t believe it!) I am still trying to keep up with international political affairs… Believe it or not, I do read the Financial Times – still, even a year after the August War back home… So…. The other day, as I was surfing the web and reading the online Friday edition of the FT, I came across this article:
“Iceland after a year of financial crisis
Financial Times – London, England, UK
‘Is it true? Is it over? Did I throw it away?’ Seldom can the words
from an entry in the Eurovision Song Contest be more appropriate…”
To read more, please go to: FT.com
If you read on, you’ll be equally surprised by the sudden twist – a pop song lyric in a heavily political piece? I couldn’t be more excited, though, I admit!
And pop songs aside, I can proudly confirm that I am about to start working with the great Timothy Graphenreed, who wrote my very first song for me back when I was 16 years old, on our Broadway-themed concert to take place in NYC (theater, date, etc. TBC) in the new year – a variety of songs, ranging from American standards and some of my own tunes… Quite a challenge, but I’m extremely excited and really, really psyched!
While brand new material is on its way, I can already give you a quick hint – there’s about 4-5 new tunes that I’m dying to post on here asap, but it will have to wait until it’s been sent to my publishers at Kobalt Music and straight onto my homepage.
Please do stay tuned for more news and I promise to keep this blog up to date as much as possible… But for now, happy holiday to everyone (Columbus Day, if you haven’t noticed – some of the stores are closed today…. Brrrr…..!)

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pds-toseThe track was released today through Music2Mix/Media2Radio, the pioneers in radio marketing… And it’s immediately gone to #1 as the top rated track !

Radio spins in the USA, UK and throughout the World, on many ground-breaking music shows via the radio and club DJs on the extensive Media2Radio database will follow shortly…

But so far here’s the M2M Top 10 chart and the official press release from M2M on Tinatin and “Thinking of Someone Else”….

Watch this space for more!!!

Top rated tracks – the Media2Radio Top 10

1. Tinatin – “Thinking of Someone Else” – Vox Humana
2. Ralf GUM feat. Daniel Thomas – “Higher High” – GOGO Music
3. Mixgeselle – “Weekend Warm Up Show 5”
4. DJ Dealer – “Whatcha Gonna Do” – Look At You
5. Tristan Garner vs. Crystal Waters – “Gypsy Woman” – Pool e Music
6. Seamus Blake Quartet – “Way Out of Willy” – Jazz Eyes
7. Radio Slave – “Koma Koma” – Rekids
8. Daddy’s Groove vs Little Mark – “Violin Theme – Fairy Tale” – Test Pressing Records
9. Phil England Pres. Sunstitute Ft Larisa – “Open Up (Retribute)” – BoomBoxx Records
10. Spencer Gray – “Spencer Gray Radio Sampler” – Loveslap!

Tinatin – “Thinking of Someone Else” – Vox Humana

Tinatin – Thinking Of Somebody Else – the Puerta Del Sol Vs To SEFast Distance Presents Suncoast Tinatin DJ Simon Cox Rework is wave after wave of melodic lines over relentless rhythms this track gets into your heart and pulses like a 100ml shot of serotonin – euphorically building, sending the eyes of the dance floor heaven bound. This UK remix is a masterpiece of studio work. EG

Tinatin – an artist of infinite pedigree who writes and performs, has her own Radio show interviewing powerful people as a UN correspondent in New York City, writes songs that get accepted as the national entry into this years 2009 Eurovision song contest. She is the model of a sophisticated professional – then she lets her hair down and gives the dance world a track to really take her to their hearts. The American media from Billboard right across are on her case – she’s destined to be known in everybody’s home this girl. Tinatin, ain’t she something…….

In addition, apart from her weekly UN radio show on Progressive Radio Network, “United Nations Uncovered”, Tinatin’s brand new show on Break Thru Radio “Russkiy in the Mix” features some of the hottest post-USSR hits from the other side of the Iron Curtain, along with interviews and exclusive live performances from the modern-day New Russia’s biggest alternative bands and top dance outfits. Russkiy in the Mix is currently the only English-language source of fresh Russian music on totally American radio, where Tinatin brings her listeners a monthly dose of what’s fresh and “happening” in Moscow, St. Petersburg and beyond…

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russkiy-logoYou thought you knew everything?

Not really! 🙂 And here’s why…

As most of you already know about my passion for radio and the current PRN radio show that I host and produce from the United Nations called “U.N. Uncovered”, I have recently embarked on a new parallel journey that I’m very excited about and have been counting the weeks to finally share the offspring with you all!

Break Thru Radio, one of the most open-minded and musically diverse stations amid today’s commercial overload on all fronts, has become the catalyst and the driving force behind my most recent adventure – Russkiy in the Mix with DJ Tinatin.

You can hear the show anytime by visiting the BTR http://www.breakthruradio.com website or just follow one of the links above to explore other BTR shows in the Program Guide – you won’t regret it, there’s everything for everyone ranging from Jazz to Country, Japanese, German and Australian pop/rock to Russkiy in the Mix… How cool is that?!

So stay tuned – every first Tuesday of each month or simply by clicking right here to hear the only English-language source of fresh Russian music on US radio with a monthly dose of what’s fresh and “happening” in Moscow, St. Petersburg and beyond…

For those of you who know too little about Russian modern music but are fascinated by the nation’s immense culture and history, be sure to check it out…

And by the way, if you’re wondering why those lengthy blogs have disappeared from my homepage, here’s your new source from now on – on weekly basis, every Wednesday there’s a brand new Tinatin-penned Feature Article on http://www.breakthruradio.com — voila a few of the latest links:

Freedom of Speech
Russian America

Evolution of Music

Politicians vs. Popstars – Equal?

A Wednesday featurette entitled “Loli-Pop” will be available first thing tomorrow morning on BTR’s website – check it out and stay tuned for more! 🙂

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logoTinatin Interview – The Georgian Times 03.03.2009

“It is definitely one of my goals to finally return to my roots when the time is right and introduce myself to my audience back home as “one of their own.”

Probably most Georgians would feel proud to hear that over the Atlantic a 24-year-old girl, Tinatin Japaridze, is on her way to reaching the heights of two careers: as a writer and a musician. Heralded by Billboard Magazine as one of the “fresh faces to keep an eye out for in 2008,” she was a finalist in the worldwide John Lennon Song Contest and her song “Wild” was hailed as a 2007 year-end Billboard Top 10 Critics’ Pick.

Years ago in London Tinatin, together with Christopher Neil who is also her Executive Producer and Vocal Producer and Oskar Pall Sveinsson wrote a song called “Is It True?” which has become Iceland’s Eurovision Song Contest Entry for 2009. The song won the national finals by a staggering 44% and will be competing with at the international finals to be held in Russia in May.

Tinatin’s music career began in 1998 when she auditioned with Professor Luigi Alva at La Scala and was offered a place at the Academy. At 14, she began classical vocal lessons with renowned Maestro Gocha Bezhuashvili, who has worked with La Scala, The Metropolitan Opera and Covent Garden. In the summer of 1998, Tinatin was invited to open the 1st Festival of Russian Films in Cannes and was then asked by the Mayor of Nice to close the annual Carnival of Flowers with her version of Jacques Brel’s “Quand On Na Que L’Amour.”

Three years later, she went to London to study journalism—and while there, launched her first promotional tour, organized by Event One, Jeff Chegwin and Yegor Shishkovsky, the latter of whom is a widely popular Russian-born journalist and radio personality. Live performances and TV/radio interviews with Tinatin were featured on BBC, Channel 5 and ITV’s “London Tonight,” where Capital FM’s Neil “Doctor” Fox referred to her as having a “really fantastic and beautiful voice. She’s unbelievable. It’s a voice that you would want people to put money behind.”

Born in Georgia and raised in Moscow, Tinatin has written in Russian for the leading Russian Newspaper in America, in English for the United Nations (where she is the United Nations Radio Correspondent) and in Georgia she has both written and been written about – including a story about her in Cosmopolitan – for which Cambridge Jones, the UK’s top photographer, took portraits.

Tinatin is currently working on two literary projects, fiction and non-fiction. Her songs are top hits on UK Radio stations and in clubs. Catapulting into mainstream success with a current dance/club hit in the UK, “Thinking of Someone Else,” Tinatin is adding final touches to her debut album with a number of the industry’s top producers and scribes.

As her collaborator Sahin has described, Tinatin’s voice is very soft and just floats over the music. The basis for this, he believes, could be the Georgian culture she is coming from.

“One of the highlights of my early days came when I was asked by my all-time heroes, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, to perform ‘A Piece of Sky’ from ‘Yentl’ at the Creative Arts Awards honouring Marilyn, who alongside her husband wrote some of the most touching and beautiful lyrics that I was brought up listening to,” says Tinatin. That performance marked her American debut, where she was presented to Mayor Rudy Giuliani and consummate Broadway composer Cy Coleman by the legendary conductor, arranger and composer Marvin Hamlisch, and accompanied by jazz piano great Mike Renzi.

To find out more about Tinatin we took our chance to ask her several questions as well:

Q: What are your expectations concerning Johanna Gudrun Jonsdottir, as you are the co-writer of her Eurovision song with Oskar Pall Sveinsson and Christopher Neil?

A: My long-time collaborators Oskar Paul Sveinsson, Christopher Neil and I co-wrote Is It True? several years ago in London as one of the few songs recorded for my pending album at the time. As often happens in creative situations, we somehow ended up putting the song aside after its completion. Many songs and years later, I got a call from Oskar asking if I had any objections to his idea of submitting it for this year’s preselection process in Reykjavik.

In an announcement made by RÚV Television, just over 69,000 votes were cast by the public when they chose our song as the nation’s representative out of the 217 entries. It was so unexpected – Chris Neil was away and Oskar was in hospital, so you can only imagine our excitement when the news finally arrived!

As for my expectations of the ESC finals in Moscow, it’s very hard to predict the outcome at this point – had you asked me last year if I was planning to participate in Eurovision 2009, I would have rolled my eyes and said, “I doubt it”, for no reason other than the simple fact that planning anything ahead of time is nearly always a complete waste of energy!

Thanks to Oskar, we discovered the wonderfully gifted and beautiful Johanna, and she did a great job! As a singer, I was inevitably “picky” but couldn’t find a single flaw in Johanna’s performance, which in itself was extremely gratifying. I think she’s got a lot to offer at this year’s competition, so we’re very proud and definitely very much looking forward to it!

Q: Currently you are writing an autobiography, will it be available for Georgian readers?

A: This autobiography is definitely something I have long wanted to write, but now more than ever before, it seems like the right moment for me to share my story, which will be published in the UK later this year.

Hopefully, it will resonate with my compatriots, as in many ways this book also represents my journey from Tbilisi, my hometown, to Moscow where I moved at the age of nine, and my final destination – the United States of America, where I’ve been living for the past four and a half years.

Q: When did you obtain Russian citizenship and what was the reason for this?

A: We moved to Moscow in the early 90’s during the upheaval in Georgia when my dad, the architect and painter Givi Japaridze, was offered the opportunity to pursue his professional career in Russia.

It was the beginning of a difficult transition, but it was also a challenge that I chose to embrace, along with many other Georgian émigrés in Moscow at the time. I pursued my studies at the International School of Tomorrow and at the Moscow State University, until I finally moved abroad: first stop – London for several years, and only later – New York.

Q: You’re at #2 on the Dance Radio Top 25 along with Madonna, Donna Summer and Jennifer Hudson with the song “Thinking of Someone Else,” how do you intend to continue catching the attention of your fans?

A: To be honest, that’s a very tricky question! I’ve often been told that a lot of twists and turns that I took in my early career have never really followed a set pattern of a debutante – it all happened ”upside down”.

For example, while most artists become involved in political issues much later, a couple of years ago, the former President of the UN Correspondents’ Association, Ian Williams, suggested that I compose a piece of music based on the United Nations Charter as a one-of-a-kind ”UN song”. Less than a year later, I was standing onstage at the UN Headquarters singing “We the Peoples” at the request of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, honoring Sir Richard Branson. It suddenly dawned on me that yes, sometimes we do have the craziest ideas, and yes, everyone will tell you not to do it, but with a little bit of luck, effort and belief, everything is within our reach – even the most insane and ridiculous fantasies!

I suppose trying to calculate the next move, no matter how predictable, is one of the most difficult tasks for me. And while my heart inevitably lies in contemporary music, I consider classical training and particularly bel canto to be an absolute must for any vocalist in any given genre; and needless to say, Maestro Gocha Bezhuashvili has certainly become one of my most trusted mentors.

Q: Do you plan any tours in the future and would Georgia be one of the countries on the list?

A: It is definitely one of my goals to finally return to my roots when the time is right and introduce myself to my audience back home as “one of their own.” The fact that this has not yet happened was certainly not my decision.

These days, I often get fan mail from young Georgian people asking me why I still haven’t made any effort to appear publicly in Georgia and have somehow managed to remain the country’s “best-kept secret for much too long”… I admit that singing foreign songs and working on an English-language project did not necessarily work in my favour in Tbilisi. Some accused me of unpatriotic tendencies, while others simply didn’t care much for American songs sung by a Georgian girl who was being produced by some of the leading European and American scribes and producers. Why? Because I wasn’t singing in Georgian!

I have to be honest and say that, to a certain extent, I was slightly disappointed by the unexpected reaction of my fellow Georgians. There is absolutely nothing wrong with our compatriots achieving success and recognition in other parts of the world – if anything, doesn’t their popularity abroad promote our own country and its citizens beyond the ramifications of geography and politics?

Eka Bilanishvili
2009.03.03 18:55

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