Who is the world's most influential pop star? Is it Adele, Beyonce or Ed Sheeran?
Well it may be someone that most people have never heard of before. Someone whose record sales and social media followers pale in comparison to those mentioned above. And yet this pop star was instrumental in bringing about the meeting between Donald Trump Jr., son of then Presidential candidate Donald Trump, with a Russian lawyer. Together with his brother-in-law Jared Kushner and Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, they met in the hopes that she may have dirt on Hillary Clinton (which is something this pop star denies).
The e-mails that were sent by British publicist Rob Goldstone to the younger Trump seeking a meeting were allegedly made in behalf of this pop star.
So, who is this celebrity who seems to have access with the Trump inner circle? His name is Emin Agalarov, known publicly by his first name of Emin. Yes, just like Madonna! He is actually quite famous in Russia and the former Soviet states, and is reputed to have sold over a million copies of his album in those territories. He sings ballads, and even released an entire album of Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley covers.
But why would the Trump family associate with a pop star half the world away, who is virtually unknown in the United States? Well, as it turns out, Emin is more than just an entertainer, he is the son of Oligarch, Aras Agalarov whose net worth is around $1.91 Billion. He has only one sibling, so presumably he is heir to half that fortune!
Seemingly, he is already being groomed to take over the family business. In addition to his music career, he also works as an Executive Vice President in his father's company. Also aside from his family's rumored strong ties to the Kremlin, he has his own personal political connection. He was once married to Leyla Aliyeva, the daughter of Ilham Aliyev, who has been President of Azerbaijan since 2003. They divorced in 2015 but have remained friends and they are raising their twin sons together.
Think of him as combination of Jared Kushner, Michael Buble, and Donald Trump Jr. Well, that must be why they get along so well .
It is because of business that the Agalarovs and the Trumps got together. In 2013, Donald Trump announced that the Miss Universe pageant will be held in Moscow to be hosted by Aras, Emin for his part sang during the long-gown competition.
The ties grew stronger since then. Emin was even able to persuade Donald Trump to appear in his music video for his song "Another Life" together with the 2013 Miss Universe contestants who were not paid for their appearance. According to The Washington Post, Aras himself served as a liaison between Putin and Trump during his visit to Russia during the event.
So, this guy practically has everything. His father is a billionaire, he is an executive, a famous good looking pop star, a former Presidential son-in-law with strong ties to the most powerful leaders in the world. But potentially the meeting he arranged could prove to be a smoking gun for investigations in the Trump campaign's alleged ties to Russia during the U.S. election. Whether that would bring down the Trump administration, only time can tell. Whether he wants to or not, he is now in the center of a major scandal, even if he is safe and secure back home.