New Wave (Russian: Новая волна, Novaya volna, Latvian: Jaunais Vilnis) is an international contest for new stars, which usually lasts for six days: 3 contest days, 2 special event days and, at the end, the day where the contest's results are announced followed by an ending concert.
New Wave is a contest for young performers of popular music which was founded by a Russian composer Igor Krutoy and by Latvian pianist and composer maestro Raimonds Pauls in 2002 and later enhanced by a very famous Russian superstar Alla Pugacheva. New Wave used to be held in the Latvian coastal city of Jūrmala (Dzintari), but due to difficult Latvian-Russian relations, the contest was moved to Sochi, Russia in time for the 2015 contest. Although meant to popularize new stars from all over Europe, the countries of the former USSR and USA, many present and former superstars play an important, if not the most important, role in it.
2015 Croatia Damir Kedžo
2014 Georgia Nutsa Buzaladze
2013 Cuba Roberto Kel Torres
2012 Russia Niloo
2011 United States Jayden Felder
2010 Armenia Sona Shahgeldyan
2009 Indonesia Sandhy Sondoro & Ukraine Jamala
2008 Georgia Duo Georgia
2007 Moldova Natalia Gordienko
2006 United StatesAngelina La Rose
2005 LatviaIntars Busulis
2003 RussiaNastya Stotckaya