Alsou Ralifovna Abramova (; ; née Safina), better known as just Alsou (; born on June 27, 1983), is a Russian singer. She competed in the Eurovision Song Contest 2000 in which she came in second place giving her recognition across Europe. Alsou hosted the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 held in Moscow.
Алсу is the self-titled debut album by the Russian pop-singer Alsou. The album was recorded and released in Russia on September 6 1999. By March 2000, nearly 500.000 copies of this album were sold in Russia and more than 200.000 copies in other CIS countries. To support this album, Alsou gave some live performances in Russia and other countries during the 2000, and beginning of 2001.
Alsou was the first English album by Alsou, a Russian singer who was best known at the time of the album's release as the second-place finisher in the Eurovision Song Contest 2000. The album was released in Russia on June 28, 2001, and later in Germany, Norway, Poland, the Czech Republic and Malaysia.
The album's lead single, " Before You Love Me", which was released on April 30, 2001, in Australia and the United Kingdom and in May 2001 in various countries throughout Europe, failed to chart in Australia, but in the United Kingdom it peaked at number twenty-seven. A lack of promotional support from Alsou's record company meant that no further releases occurred in either Australia or the United Kingdom, with the release of the Alsou album cancelled in both regions. The single was, however, effective in producing the hype it needed throughout Europe for the album to be released and proper promotion to take place.
A follow-up single, "He Loves Me", was released only in Germany on October 15, 2001.
The album features 14 songs, including "Teardrops", which was completely written by Alsou, and "Now I Know", which is an English version of her self-written Russian song "Angel".
A new version of her first English single, " Solo", was also included on the album. This version was produced by Steve Levine. The sales of album exceed 1,000,000 legal copies.