Kazaky is a Ukrainian-based synthpop dance boyband from Armenia, Ukraine, Italy, made up of Kyryll Fedorenko, Artur Gaspar and Artemy Lazarev. Assembled in Kiev in 2010 by former original member Zhezhel, a skilled choreographer, the group has released two albums and several singles so far.
The band is originally made up of Kyryll Fedorenko, Artur Gaspar, Stas Pavlov and Oleg Zhezhel. The group's first single, ''In the Middle'', was released at the end of 2010, earning them the ''Breakthrough of the Year'' award at the 2010 Myway Dance Awards. The video features the four group members dancing in boy clothes at first, and then transitioning into a more androgynous look with their signature stiletto heels. It quickly went viral on YouTube. It was then followed by the video for their second single, ''Love,'' shot in black & white, which furthered their online popularity. In June 2011, the group performed at the Dsquared Men Spring/Summer 2012 runway show. On 16 July 2011, they made their American debut at Club 57 in New York City, and performed their third single ''I'm Just a Dancer'' for the first time. In August 2011, original member Pavlov left the group and was replaced by Italian singer Francesco Borgato.
With this new line-up, they released two more singles, called ''Dance and Change'' and ''Last night'' until they released the group's debut album The Hills Chronicles on October 22, 2012. In 2012, Kazaky are featured as cameo as background dancers in the Madonna music video ''Girl Gone Wild''. On February 26, 2013, Borgato announced his departure from the group to pursue a solo career. Former original member Stas Pavlov rejoined the group immediately after Borgato's departure, and he is featured in the group's new track and video, ''Crazy Law'', released on March 4, 2013. It will serve as the group's first single of their second studio album, titled I Like It, which is set to be released in two parts. The first part has been released in June 9, 2013, while the second part has been released in December 12, 2013. The follow up singles were ''Touch Me'' and the promotional single ''Doesn't Matter'', both released in 2013. In December 12, 2013, founder Zhezhel announced on their official Facebook page that he won't perform with Kazaky anymore, leaving them as a trio, thus he added that he will continue to produce the group's music and choreographies. He stated he won't leave Kazaky.
In 2014, original member Pavlov left the band for a second time and was soon to be replaced by new member Artemy Lazarev. In 2014, the follow up singles ''The Sun'', ''Magic Pie'' and ''Pulse'', which music video has been shot by director Radislav Lukin, and the promotional single ''Horizon'' have been released. In September 29, 2014, Kazaky were featured in the song ''Strange Moves'' by The Hardkiss, to be released as a single with a music video. Zhezhel makes a special cameo appearance in ''Strange Moves'' alongside his former bandmates.
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