Philipp Bedrosovich Kirkorov PAR (Russian: Фили́пп Бедро́сович Кирко́ров; Bulgarian: Филип Бедросов Киркоров, born 30 April 1967) is a Russian pop singer of Bulgarian origin. He is a five-time winner of the "Best Selling Russian Artist" title at the World Music Awards ceremonies.
Philipp Kirkorov was born on 30 April 1967 in Varna, Bulgaria. His father, Bedros Kirkorov, is a Bulgarian singer of Armenian descent. In 1984, he entered the Gnessin State Music School, graduating with honors in 1988. His musical style is mainstream Russian pop music with various Western influences and, like many Russian pop stars of the 1990s and 2000s, he frequently collaborates and records duets with other Russian pop artists. His mother, Victoria Kirkorovа, (née Likhachevа) was a Russian mistress of ceremonies.
In 1988, Kirkorov met Russian singer Alla Pugacheva for the first time. She invited him to take part in her New Year's concert show. The following year, Kirkorov toured and performed with Pugacheva in Australia and Germany. He was also a finalist in the Russian national "Song of the Year" competition.