Culture & Press news Embassy 16 April 2009
Pop tsar sings at Embassy
They call her the 'Red Madonna' and while Russian superstar Valeriya might be a platinum blonde with 100 million album sales under her tightly cinched belt, not even Madonna can count Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and football oligarch Roman Abramovich as fans. Nor has Madonna launched a pop album in an ambassador's residence, the same place where Winston Churchill toasted the end of World War II and Margaret Thatcher met Mikhail Gorbachev for the first time.
Russian Ambassador Yury Fedotov looked a little star-struck introducing the singer, who seemed equally awe-struck by the setting for the UK launch of her new album Out Of Control.
Nibbling on caviar, the audience watched Valeriya perform three songs from her latest album - unplugged (her own musicians were unable to get visas in time - casualties of the Points-Based System!)
The most moving performance of the night was an acoustic version of the ballad Come Back To Love, about the crime of trafficking women. Valeriya is a goodwill ambassador for the International Migration Organisation and uses her fame to raise awareness of this modern-day slavery. Proceeds from the single will be donated to charities helping trafficked women.
To find out more, visit www.valeriya.co.uk.