This year's Eurovision Song Contest, to be held May 24 in Riga, the capital of Baltic state Latvia, will find teenage act t.A.T.u. representing Russia.

This year's Eurovision Song Contest, to be held May 24 in Riga, the capital of Baltic state Latvia, will find teenage act t.A.T.u. representing Russia. The female pair is the first act from Russia to reach No. 1 on both album and singles charts in most markets worldwide over the past six months. Its Interscope debut, "200 Km/h in the Wrong Lane," peaked at No. 13 on The Billboard 200; the single "All the Things She Said" reached No. 20 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The duo's new Russian-language song "Ne Ver, Ne Boysya" ("Don't Trust, Don't Be Afraid") was selected from several thousand entries to represent the country in this year's Eurovision. The track was recorded last winter for the group's second Russian album.

"We will be presenting a song outside of any format categories, with the aggressive sound of today," says Ivan Shapovalov, the mastermind of most of t.A.T.u.'s marketing, visual, and sonic/production concepts. "Moreover, it is in Russian and doesn't look like any of the songs performed by recent years' winners. This will be a chance for Russia to restore an adequate attitude towards the contest and a chance for Eurovision to broaden the audience."

"Speaking of t.A.T.u., it is much more important to do what we want in a place where others cannot afford it," he continued. "And anyway, a live broadcast all over Europe is very interesting irrespective of the contest's status."

"We are happy that the whole world now is talking about Russia and our music, and we see a lot of people starting to learn Russian now. We want to support our country, and do what we like!" said t.A.T.u.'s Julie and Lena.

Russia's highest Eurovision position was achieved by t.A.T.u.'s Universal Russia labelmate, Alsou, who placed second in 2000.

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