The Azerbaijani-born, Russia-based singer-songwriter has released 14 albums since 2006, the most recent a Russian-language double-album that dominated the Russian charts. Touring constantly, he plays sold-out, 3000-capacity shows across the Russian Federation. In his adopted hometown of Moscow his last concerts, in December 2018, packed in 15,000 Muscovites over two nights. In Baku, capital of his home country, he regularly plays to 10,000 people.

The Azerbaijani-born, Russia-based singer-songwriter has released 14 albums since 2006, the most recent a Russian-language double-album that dominated the Russian charts. Touring constantly, he plays sold-out, 3000-capacity shows across the Russian Federation. In his adopted hometown of Moscow his last concerts, in December 2018, packed in 15,000 Muscovites over two nights. In Baku, capital of his home country, he regularly plays to 10,000 people.

Yet his grandest show, an open-air event in the historic heart of St. Petersburg in 2017, was bigger still. Much bigger. “There were 50,000 people in Palace Square, and it was televised on PBS across the US and broadcast to 50 million people worldwide. It was myself and David Foster onstage,” Emin explains of the multi-million-selling and 16-times-Grammy-winning Canadian producer, arranger and mentor behind the likes of Michel Bublé and Celine Dion.

Yet his grandest show, an open-air event in the historic heart of St. Petersburg in 2017, was bigger still. Much bigger. “There were 50,000 people in Palace Square, and it was televised on PBS across the US and broadcast to 50 million people worldwide. It was myself and David Foster onstage,” Emin explains of the multi-million-selling and 16-times-Grammy-winning Canadian producer, arranger and mentor behind the likes of Michel Bublé and Celine Dion.



“It’s Impossible to get a permit to play at the Hermitage in St. Pete – only Paul McCartney and Madonna managed it before,” continues Emin. But with his history, success and profile he was able to convince the authorities, “how important it is to show the city to the rest of the world, and improve the tourism. And that’s how we got it.”



“It’s Impossible to get a permit to play at the Hermitage in St. Pete – only Paul McCartney and Madonna managed it before,” continues Emin. But with his history, success and profile he was able to convince the authorities, “how important it is to show the city to the rest of the world, and improve the tourism. And that’s how we got it.”

Then, when he’s not performing upwards of 100 gigs a year – including regular performances to his fanbase in the US and Canada – Emin is also a businessman, with interests in retail, fashion, performance venues and restaurants.

He is, then, you might say, busy and successful enough.

Then, when he’s not performing upwards of 100 gigs a year – including regular performances to his fanbase in the US and Canada – Emin is also a businessman, with interests in retail, fashion, performance venues and restaurants.

He is, then, you might say, busy and successful enough.

But Emin is a music man to his heart and soul. Having grown up with Western rock and pop, and having attended school and college in America, he has a wide-ranging passion for artists ranging from Elvis Presley to Nile Rodgers to Engelbert Humperdinck. It’s an enthusiasm that has seen his talents embraced by collaborators as diverse as the great Nile himself (on 2015 single Boomerang, a hit across Europe) and British producers Brian Rawling (Cher, Enrique Iglesias) and Fraser T. Smith (Adele, Stormzy).

But Emin is a music man to his heart and soul. Having grown up with Western rock and pop, and having attended school and college in America, he has a wide-ranging passion for artists ranging from Elvis Presley to Nile Rodgers to Engelbert Humperdinck. It’s an enthusiasm that has seen his talents embraced by collaborators as diverse as the great Nile himself (on 2015 single Boomerang, a hit across Europe) and British producers Brian Rawling (Cher, Enrique Iglesias) and Fraser T. Smith (Adele, Stormzy).

“I’m really happy that I do have an audience in pretty much every city in the world I go to,” he says with palpable gratitude. “In some the audiences are obviously smaller, and I don’t mind – I played a 300 capacity club in Amsterdam, for example, and that was just as much a thrill to me as an arena show. It is, he adds, all part of the same desire and drive. “The ultimate goal is to stay afloat in this business – and to see if I can climb some high-rises at some point.”

“I’m really happy that I do have an audience in pretty much every city in the world I go to,” he says with palpable gratitude. “In some the audiences are obviously smaller, and I don’t mind – I played a 300 capacity club in Amsterdam, for example, and that was just as much a thrill to me as an arena show. It is, he adds, all part of the same desire and drive. “The ultimate goal is to stay afloat in this business – and to see if I can climb some high-rises at some point.”

Hence the hard work that’s gone into Emin’s latest English-language album. Good Love has indeed taken three years, but the man behind it wouldn’t have it any other way.

“The interesting thing with the album is, we never had a deadline. That’s the first time I’ve had the luxury of that. I decided I wanted to make an album where every song could potentially be a single. The benchmark was to constantly replace any older songs on the album with better songs – with songs that are just great.

Hence the hard work that’s gone into Emin’s latest English-language album. Good Love has indeed taken three years, but the man behind it wouldn’t have it any other way.

“The interesting thing with the album is, we never had a deadline. That’s the first time I’ve had the luxury of that. I decided I wanted to make an album where every song could potentially be a single. The benchmark was to constantly replace any older songs on the album with better songs – with songs that are just great.

Sparkling current single Let Me Go is a case in point. A showcase for Emin’s smooth vocals, it’s a collaboration with acclaimed German DJ/producer Robin Schulz.

Then there’s the last single, Got Me Good. It’s already caused an online storm, notably because of its video. The clip featured lookalikes of Mark Zuckerberg, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump – a reference to the fact that Emin has known Trump for several years and been mentioned in reports of Trump-Russian collusion.

Sparkling current single Let Me Go is a case in point. A showcase for Emin’s smooth vocals, it’s a collaboration with acclaimed German DJ/producer Robin Schulz.

Then there’s the last single, Got Me Good. It’s already caused an online storm, notably because of its video. The clip featured lookalikes of Mark Zuckerberg, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump – a reference to the fact that Emin has known Trump for several years and been mentioned in reports of Trump-Russian collusion.

Emin's media appearances include BBC Breakfast, Extra, ITV's Daybreak, Fox, Entertainment Tonight, Pro 7, The Today Show, E!, among others. He's been featured in The Sunday Times, The Sun, Bilt, Wall Street Journal, The Independent, GQ, Esquire, OK!, Hello among others.

Emin's media appearances include BBC Breakfast, Extra, ITV's Daybreak, Fox, Entertainment Tonight, Pro 7, The Today Show, E!, among others. He's been featured in The Sunday Times, The Sun, Bilt, Wall Street Journal, The Independent, GQ, Esquire, OK!, Hello among others.

World Music Award winner 2014
Most stylish musician in Russia - GQ Awards 2016, 2018
“Emin is fast-becoming a global superstar” - Irish Sun
“He’s the Russian Ricky Martin” - Today Show
“[Emin’s] songs are catchy, smooth and polished” - FHM Magazine
“Rising pop star Emin is positioned to be the first male Russian pop star
to crossover into international mainstream pop.” – Yahoo

World Music Award winner 2014
Most stylish musician in Russia - GQ Awards 2016, 2018
“Emin is fast-becoming a global superstar” - Irish Sun
“He’s the Russian Ricky Martin” - Today Show
“[Emin’s] songs are catchy, smooth and polished” - FHM Magazine
“Rising pop star Emin is positioned to be the first male Russian pop star
to crossover into international mainstream pop.” – Yahoo