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  xTuesday, January 21, 2003

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Lena (right) and Yulia are the Russian pop duo Tatu

The latest pop sensation in Russia is a pair of perky teenage songstresses. That alone is nothing surprising, but the duo known as "Tatu" has a twist--the two female singers of the duo are said to be passionately in love with each other. However, promoters acknowledge that the duo's lesbian subtext is part of a carefully crafted image.
The act, whose name is an abbreviation of the Russian phrase "Ta lyubit Tu," or "This girl loves That girl", has sold a cool million and a half albums worldwide, monopolized music TV channels everywhere from the United States to Turkey and South Africa and gone on tours in numerous countries.

Sex -- specifically of the girl meets girl variety -- is indeed a key component of the group's appeal, along with a cheeky teenage rebelliousness against the grown-ups' world.

Tatu's official website shows Lena, an 18-year-old redhead, and 17-year-old brunette Yulia exchanging a passionate kiss on the mouth, and their songs' lyrics make no bones about their proclivities.

"Yes, we love each other," volunteered Lena in an interview with AFP at their producer's office in downtown Moscow, before teasingly adding in a touch of ambiguity about the true nature of their relationship.

In real life, however, both girls have boyfriends and their plans for the future include getting married and having children, they said.

And for all the displayed sexual interest they officially have in each other, their mutual attraction is mostly a marketing concept, Tatu's producer admitted.

Here's a FAQ on the pop duo, and their bios are available on their official site, which also has sample songs available for download.

Update: Long Story, Short Pier blasts critiques the "exploitation" and "objectification" of this "manufactured pop phenomenon taking on the trappings of marginalized sexuality for edgy thrills." (via Alas, A Blog) Update update: I exchanged some very courteous and informative emails with Mr. Kip Manley of Long Story, Short Pier, and he mentioned in passing that he didn't feel he'd "blasted" the group. While he by no means requested a change, after rereading his post I agreed and have made a slight alteration.





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