Rich and Famous… or Maybe Broke?

The Russian rock band DDT (ДДТ) has recently caught the attention of Forbes magazine. The magazine placed DDT’s lead singer Yuri Shevchuk number 45 on their list of 50 most influential Russian celebrities.

In their Russian-language version, Forbes wrote that Shevchuk earned $1 million last year. Shevchuk had a bone to pick with Forbes over this statement. He said that he’s actually in debt, that Forbes’ claim of his millions has ruined his reputation, and that he resents being placed on the list of Russian “oligarchs.”

In Russia, art is only done for the sake of art. It’s rude to speak about the financial worth of the artists.

“Autumn, I haven’t seen you for a long time.”

Like most Soviet and Russian rock bands, DDT’s music is non-conformist. Unlike many of today’s bands, DDT also performs benefit concerts for various charities. Last year, Shevchuck was seen singing “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” with Bono at U2’s first concert in Russia. The concert benefited the charity ONE Campaign Against AIDS.

Check out the music video for one of DDT’s most popular and iconic songs, Osen’ (Осень, “Autumn”):

DDT’s newest album Inache (Иначе “The Other Way”) comes out this year. It has already generated a huge amount of interest both in Russia and abroad.