Also in May 2003, Shapovalovo was arrested after arranging filming for the group's music video "Show Me Love" in Moscow's Red Square despite his application for filming being refused. A statement by Channel One suggested that there were grounds to believe that the contest results could be much different for Russia. Volkova stated, "He [Ivan] spends his time thinking up scandals instead of planning our artistic work.
Voitinskij left the project, and Shapovalov decided to sign Elena Kiper as co-producer and co-writer for their debut album. T.u.'s most memorable song, "All the Things She Said", and helped produce most of the English album 200 km/h In The Wrong Lane.
They also enlisted the help of Trevor Horn to write the universal version of "Ya Soshla s Uma". While working with Shapovalov, the group was "controlled" by him and it was reported that he was "strict" while in the process of the album.
Its Russian counterpart was released on 19 October, titled Lyudi Invalidy. Volkova's illness forced the cancellation of a concert in Santa Clara, CA, and the singer was not seen in public until the wedding of producer Sergey Konov on 5 July 2008. would be the face of fashion designer Marc Jacobs's fall and winter campaigns in Russia. The songs were also made available internationally through the i Tunes digital music store. appeared on Vladimir Polupanov's "The 7 Premieres" to promote their new album.
The album did not match its previous English album, but managed to sell over 2.5 million copies worldwide. Soon after the video was released, the group's management replaced drummer Roman Ratej with Steve "Boomstick" Wilson, and appointed a new bassist, Domen Vajevec. The duo returned to work in late August, when it was reported that t. The name change reflected sarcastic comments about the state of the Russian music business made by Volkova and Katina in an interview with Moscow's Time Out Magazine. Upon its release, it became apparent that the album essentially had two covers --- the astronaut cover was a slipcase, while the original design used for "Upravleniye Otbrosami" appeared inside. They are also the subjects of an ongoing mini-reality series on the website T.u were awarded the Legend of MTV at the MTV Russia Music Awards 2008.
This was followed by the third single "30 Minut", only available as a music video.
The studio album proved to be a huge success in Europe, selling over 2.5 million copies worldwide.
The song describes the turmoil in a girl's soul because she is in love with another girl, but is afraid, as society frowns upon this. Elena Kiper has been credited with the song, explaining that the idea came to her when she fell asleep at her dentist's office and had a dream in which she kissed another woman. Their first album, 200 Po Vstrechnoy was released on .
Their second single was "Nas Ne Dogonyat" which was only released in music video form rather than as an official CD single, although a promotional conjoined "Ya Soshla s Uma/Nas Ne Dagonyat" was released in Poland.
Many musical journalists, publications and music critics had branded the group's music as "paedophilic pop." On 25 February 2003 the women mocked NBC's insistence that they neither kiss nor comment on the Iraq war by performing "All the Things She Said" in white "T-shirts that bore the Russian language message Khuy Voyne! ) across the front, and by blocking their faces with their hands as they kissed during a break in their performance." The "Fuck the War! show and replaced with T-shirts that said "Censored". The next single "Not Gonna Get Us" was released in May 2003. represented Russia at Eurovision Song Contest 2003, where they placed third. There were many rumors around the split until the show aired, which depicted the group leaving due to a lack of interest and care from their producer.
Though not popular as the debut single, it managed to have success in most record charts. After the contest, Russia's Channel One complained that Irish broadcaster RTÉ (Ireland's national television broadcaster) had used a back-up jury, and that it had cost them victory; RTÉ did not use the televoting results after some network problems. The documentary revealed that the girls were not lesbians, and chronicled the group as they took part in Eurovision, earlier in the year. They also claimed the quality of the music being produced was too low, and that Shapovalov was only interested in creating scandals.
The album was eventually released in Japan, where it was certified Gold by RIAJ.