With the U.S. release of its official remix album “Waste Management Remixes” last Tuesday (Mar. 29), Russian pop duo t.A.T.u. has found a nice spot to end its decade-long career and pursue solo material, according to singer Lena Katina.
“We’ve been doing our own thing for over two years now, and it was a logical conclusion. It’s time to move forward,” Katina, who formed t.A.T.u. with Yulia Volkova in Moscow in 1999, tells Billboard.com.
t.A.T.u. earned mainstream success in the early 00s — and raised some eyebrows — with the infectious single “All The Things She Said,” whose music video features the two female singers kissing and has notched 10.9 million YouTube views. But Katina says that the group’s legacy will extend beyond 2002 debut “200 km/h in the Wrong Lane,” which included “Things” as well as follow-up single “Not Gonna Get Us” and has sold 831,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
“People will remember us for great songs, being free, taking life as it is and not being afraid of anything,” says Katina. “[There were] provocative images of two girls kissing each other, but the second thing was the really great music.”
Before t.A.T.u. went on indefinite hiatus, “Waste Management Remixes” resulted from an online remix contest in which unknown producers could submit reworked tracks from the duo’s 2009 album “Waste Management.” The top 14 songs made the cut, along with a track from the Chattanooga Ska Orchestra and a collaboration between producers Alex Theory and Gaudi.
Both Katina and Volkova will devote themselves to solo projects moving forward — Katina says that she is experimenting with pop-rock and co-writing the new tracks herself. The singer doesn’t rule out a t.A.T.u. reunion, but says that it won’t happen anytime soon.
“Maybe in 10 years, we’ll say, ‘Hey, let’s do something together.’ But I have no idea,” she says, adding, “There’s no illusion in my head of [my solo work] getting t.A.T.u.’s success, but I’m just doing what I love.”