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Regina Spektor Biography

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Born: 1980/02/18
Birth Place: Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Years Active: 1999–present
Genres: Antifolk, Alternative Rock, Indie Rock, Acoustic, Blues

Regina Ilyinichna Spektor (born February 18, 1980) is a Russian-born American singer-songwriter and pianist. Her music is associated with the anti-folk scene centered in New York City's East Village.

Her first self produced album “11:11” was self-released in 2001 on CD and sold at her early shows. It currently is only available in digital format.

2002’s follow-up “Songs” was recorded in its entirety on Christmas Day of 2001 and all of the songs were recorded in one take.

In 2004, she signed a contract with Warner Brothers' record label Sire Records to publish and distribute her third album “Soviet Kitsch,” originally self-released in 2003.

Her fourth album “Begin to Hope” was released June 13, 2006. The album debuted at number 70 on the Billboard 200, but due to the popularity of the single "Fidelity", it peaked at number 20 and was labeled a "pace setter" by Billboard. Rolling Stone magazine named it the 21st-best album of 2006. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA for shipments to U.S. retailers of 500,000 units. Its sales have since surpassed 600,000 according to Nielsen/Soundscan. The album was nominated for the 2007 Shortlist Music Prize.

“Far” was released in Europe through Sire Records on June 22, 2009 and North America on June 23, 2009. “Far” entered the official UK Albums Chart at number 30. It also sold 50,000 copies in its first week, entering the US Billboard 200 number three. On the Canadian Albums Chart, “Far” debuted at number 16. The album has spent nineteen weeks on the Billboard 200.

"Live In London," her first live album, was recorded at the Hammersmith Apollo Theatre, in London, during her Far Tour, and released worldwide through Sire Records on November 22, 2010.