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MAX BARSKIH

Mykola Mykolaiovych Bortnyk  ( Ukrainian :  Микола Миколайович Бортник , born 8 March 1990), better known by his stage name  Max Barskih  ( Ukrainian :  Макс Барських , Russian:  Макс Барских , also written as  Max Barsky ) and alter-ego  Mickolai , is a Ukrainian singer and songwriter. He was raised in  Kherson , Ukraine, and moved to  Kyiv  after his graduation. He has released six studio albums, one compilation album and one extended-play. Max Barskih rose to fame in Ukraine and other  post-Soviet countries  in 2008 as participant of the Ukrainian talent show " Fabrika Zirok  2" (Star Factory 2). In 2010 , Max Barskih won his first big prize with being awarded "Best Ukrainian Act" at the  MTV Europe Music Awards .  Max Barskih also had his acting debut in 2010, when he starred in  Lara Fabian's  musical feature film  Mademoiselle Zhivago  (that was published in 2013). In 2012, Barskih entered the  Eurovision Song Contest  Auditions for Ukraine with the English version of his song "Dance",  but narrowly lost to  Gaitana  who represented Ukraine in  Baku  with her song "Be My Guest". Max Barskih has won numerous awards, including "Singer of the Year" Awards at the Baltic Music Awards 2011, the "Crystal Microphone" Awards 2011, the  M1  Music Awards 2017, the  GQ Men of the Year Awards  2018,  the New Radio Awards 2019,  the Love Radio Awards 2019 and at the Top Hit Music Awards 2020. Forbes Magazine USA  and  Vogue Ukraine  called Barskih "the internationally most successful Russian language singer". Throughout his career, Barskih has worked closely with  Alan Badoev , who is his producer and has also directed most of his music videos. Barskih's videos have gained popularity in the CIS nations. The director likes to use a variety of visual effects for many of his videos, such as in the music videos for "Теряю тебя" ("Lost in Love") which was released in 3D format in the CIS nations. Barskih composes the music  and writes the lyrics of his songs himself (and was e.g. nominated at the 2019  Russian National Music Awards  for "Lyricist of the Year"),  and partly also does the producing.  Most of his songs are in Russian,  but he has also sung in Ukrainian (e.g.  "Небо"  and  "Двоє" )  and in English (e.g.  "Z.Dance"   (partly in English) and  "Silence"   (entirely in English)). During the  2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine  Barskih joined the  Armed Forces of Ukraine .

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