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Rihanna. Madonna. Shakira. GooGoosha? Meet The Latest Pop Princess

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

Move over Rihanna, Madonna, Adele, Pink, Shakira, Ke$ha, Fergie, and Beyonce. There's a hot new one-named female singer in town.

Gaga, meet GooGoosha, whose eponymous first album in English went on sale on iTunes, Amazon.com, and elswhere across the United States, Europe, and Asia on June 5.

Who is GooGoosha?

Her website, lavishly adorned with all manner of glamour shots of the blonde bombshell, says she's a "poet, mezzo soprano, designer, and exotic beauty." Many citizens in her native, impoverished Uzbekistan would describe her as a robber baron and a thief with shadowy links to mafiosi. (UPDATE: The website appears now to have been taken offline.)

Everyone else knows her as Gulnara Karimova, the 39-year-old jet-setting, jewelry-making, fashion-designing, and fabulously wealthy daughter of Islam Karimov, who has ruled Uzbekistan -- one of the world's worst abusers of human rights and press freedoms -- with an iron fist since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

GooGoosha is said to be Karimov's pet name for his eldest daughter. (Oh, isn't that cute. Maybe there's a gooey chewy center underneath Karimov's crusty carapace after all?)

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A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

Rihanna. Madonna. Shakira. GooGoosha? Meet The Latest Pop Princess

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