Dick Clark To Bring Russian Pop To U.S.
Russian pop boy band Na-Na! will soon bring its pop music to an American audience via Access Records, a new label founded by dick clark productions (DCP), with Edward J. Fishman and Tristan Shaun Del.Russian pop boy band Na-Na! will soon bring its pop music to an American audience via Access Records, a new label founded by dick clark productions (DCP), with Edward J. Fishman and Tristan Shaun Del. "We are extremely pleased with this new entertainment venture," DCP chairman/CEO Dick Clark said in a statement. "We are also very excited to be introducing Na-Na! to an American audience. We anticipate that their unique musical style will appeal to Western listeners as well as it has in Russia."
Na-Na! -- which is comprised of Vlad Politov, Pasha Sokolov, Vova Asimov, and Slava Zherebkin -- has sold more than 60 million albums and performed more than 3,000 sold-out concerts in its homeland, according to the statement. The act has received seven of Russia's Ovation awards, including the best pop group of the decade honor at this year's ceremony. Access hopes to release the group's U.S. debut early next year.
Last month, Russian culture minister Mikhail Shvydkoi proposed to Yuri Koptev, head of the country's space program, that a member of the group be put into space, according to the Izvestia newspaper. "Their healthy optimism, stability and sense of tradition could be a symbol for young Russians," Shvydkoi was quoted as saying.
Access principals Fishman and Del have long been involved with developing and promoting Russian talent, through Frishman-Freer Productions and USSU Arts Group, respectively. The label will be presided over by Larry Klein, producer of DCP's "American Bandstand," "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" specials, and the annual American Music Awards ceremonies.