Friday, December 02, 2016

ITALY: MARCO MENGONI GOES STRAIGHT TO NUMBER ONE

Marco Mengoni's latest, a live album with some added new tracks debuts at #1 in the official Italian charts continuing his enourmous success and becoming his sixth #1 album - out of six! 
In iTunes he also went straight to #1 and four songs off the album entered the iTunes Top-10. The album includes five new songs; a duet with Paloma Faith and his latest single Sai che among them, that reached #3 in the official singles chart and has already 11 million views on Youtube.
Mengoni is currently touring sold out venues in Italy before hitting some European cities before Christmas from Frankfurt to Amsterdam, Paris, Luxembourg, Zurich, Köln, Vienna and Warzaw. 

SWEDEN: MÅNS ZELMERLÖW RELEASES CHAMELEON

Eurovision 2015 winner Måns Zelmerlöw releases today his fifth studio album titled Chameleon. The first single off it was Hanging on to nothing (also in French) and the second one is Glorious.



CHRISTMAS CALENDAR 02 - CAROLA - HIMLEN I MIN FAMN


Thursday, December 01, 2016

SPAIN: LISTEN TO THE OBJETIVO EUROVISIÓN ENTRIES

RTVE has made public the 30 songs and artists that made throught the selection - out of 392 submittted songs -  to be voted online and fighting for the place in the televized national final later. Before than the ten most voted ones will face a jury that picks up three of them for the next stage. The voting opens tomorrow and closes on December 12. They will be joined in the final line up by some invited artists.
Among the artists we have Nicky Triphook from X Factor UK, as is Fruela who also works in Italy. Damián Montes aka Padre Damián is known from La Voz just like Brequette who is also very known to all Eurovision fans for losing to Ruth Lorenzo and backing Barei this year. Also Nieves and Rebeca are from La Voz.  Jávian is known from Operación Triunfo and Javi Soleil is an Eurovision veteran from Helsinki 2007 as a member of D'Nash. Milena has been to Eurovision already twice as a backing singer, for ESDM and Barei. Íñigo is an actor and experiences musical star. E-Twins are Victor and David Espinosa, previously known as VD. Nito is dancer & choreographer and Gio gives us a bit of gospel vibe. Ektor already tried the Swiss selection this year.
Quite a lot of hot Latin rhythms and hints of flamenco in here so it seems RTVE might be o the right track.... The first hearing got me interested in Dani J, Jon Josdi, Fruela, Shannel, Javián and Javi Soleil. Listen and judge yourself :-)

Lem Baquero - Hard to love you
Nicky Triphook - Daddy's little girl
Dani J - Sin ti
LeKlein - Ouch!
Jon Josdi - Donde estabas tú
Fruela - Live it up
Pedro Elipe - Del dolor
Shannel - Bailando
Padre Damián - Thousand suns
Brequette Cassie - No enemy
Javián - No somos héroes
Javi Soleil - Alas mojadas
Stvrkid feat. Silence of the Wolves - Sparkling lights
Milena - Momento
Nieves Hidalgo - Esclava
Rebeca Moss - Volveré por ti
Íñigo - Hoy es por mí
Gio - Vuelve a mi
Detergente Liquido - 131 bpm
Ektor Pan - Perfect storm
Alicia Nurho Band - Under the light
Ander & Rossi - Ahora soy yo
Paradise Phantoms - Madrifornia
Iranzo Iranzinix - Bye te digo
Wildback - Noches de verano
Romy Low - In love
Ivet Vidal - Do you want me
Carmel - Waiting for a better end
E-Twins - Chica del vestido rojo
Nito - Luna

ITALY: SANREMO - LISTEN TO THE AREASANREMO NEWCOMERS

The eight newcomers fighting for the two places in the final line up for the Sanremo's Newcomers 2017 (the other six will be chosen on December 12 out of these 12 hopefuls) in this two way selection. The qualifiers will be announced along with the other Newcomers finalists and the Big artists in Sará Sanremo show on Raiuno on December 12, 2016. And yes, in theory one of these could be the Italian Eurovision 2017 entry in Kyiv, if....

Carmen Alessandrello –Quell’attimo di noi
Carlo Bolacchi – Paolo Fox
Andrea Corona – Scappare da qui
Marika Adele - Giovane
Diego Esposito - Come fosse primavera
Valeria Farinacci – Insieme
Ylenia Lucisano- Riverbero

ITALY: EMMA MARRONE RELEASES ADESSO - TOUR EDITION

Emma Marrone does it again: her latest album Adesso is re-released for Christmas with an extra CD and a DVD. Included are also bonus tracks Nel posto piú lontano, You don't love me and Libre, her duet with Alvaro Soler, live versions of all tracks on the album and the DVD obviously has the best of backstage and on stage action.
The original album reached #2 in the Italian album charts and has sold platinum. Four singles has been released from it: Occhi profondi (#13, platinum), Arriverà l'amore (#5, platinum), Io di te non ho paura (#65, gold) and Il paradiso non esiste (#98). The duet Libre reached #26 and sold gold as well. Also the title track Adesso (ti voglio bene) was not released as a single but reached #66 anyways.

CHRISTMAS CALENDAR 01 - SAARA AALTO - WALKING IN THE AIR


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

BELARUS: HERE ARE THE FINALISTS - LISTEN

Not only Sweden but also Belarus revealed their cards today. Or even more so as their songs are already out for all of us to listen and judge (click the titles). A total of 61 artists were invited for live auditions today in Minsk and later tonight the chosen ones were announced - a lucky 13. Some familiar names among the qualifiers from Naviband to Nuteki and NAPOLI. 

01. Lexy Weaver (Aleksandra Tkach) – Be stronger
02. Kattie – Wild Wind
03. Vladislav Kurasov – Follow the Play
04. Navi band – Belarus – Historyja majho žyccia
05. Anastasiya Sheverenko – We'll be together
06. PROvokatsiya (Группа PROвокация) – #MYLOVE
07. Nuteki – Take My Heart
08. Nikita Hodas – Voice in my Head
09. Isaac Nightingale – Vadim Kapustin – On The Red Line
10. July – Children of the World
11. NAPOLI – Let's come together
12. LERMONT n JULIC – Heartbeat
13. Angelica Pushnova (Анжелика Пушнова) – We Should Be Together

SWEDEN: HERE ARE THE ONES FOR MELODIFESTIVALEN 2017 - KRISTA, LOREEN, CHARLOTTE, ROGER RETURN...

The biggest and best by some, the rather annoying and plastic filled musically often not-so-great national final has revealed its cards for the next season. These Melodifestivalen 2017 entries made the cut amongst the 2.478 submitted entries along with the ones the producitoon team invited and encouraged to send a bit.  Clara Henry, David Lindgren and Hasse Andersson will be hosting the shows this time.
Among the songwriters we have Thomas G:son (four songs), Tim Schou, Dr Alban, Ola Salo and Robin Stjernberg,  and among singers 87-year debutant Ove, Finnish Krista Siegfrids and Juha Mulari, ten songs in Swedish (curiously by the veterans Charlotte, Roger and Krista among others).

It seems Charlotte decided to jump in about two weeks ago only but Loreen beats her by doing so only this Monday.... Charlotte also says Melodifestivalen and her self penned song is like therapy.... Both previous Eurovision winners are not thinking about winning this time but just having an experience. Right. And The Fooo Conspiracy loses one member as Oscar Molander has left the group.
Göteborg February 2:
Adrijana - Amare
Boris Rene - Her kiss
Nano - Hold on
Charlotte Perrelli - Mitt liv
Dinah Nah - One more night
De Vet Du - Roadtrip
Ace Wilder - Wild child
Malmö February 11:
Mariette - A million years
Benjamin Ingrosso - Good lovin'
Dismissed - Heart align
Roger Pontare - Himmel och hav
Lisa Ajax - I don't give a
Etzia - Up
Allyawan - Vart har du varit
Växjö February 18:
Ove Thörnqvist - Boogieman blues
Bella & Filippa - Crucified
The Fooo Conspiracy - Gotta thing
Jasmine Kara - Gravity
Robin Bengtsson - I can't go on
Anton Hagman - Kiss you goodbye
Krista Siegfrids - Snurra min jord 
Skellefteå February 25:
Wiktoria - As I lay me down
Les Gordons - Bound to fall
Sara Varga & Juha Mulari - Du får inte ändra på mig
Jon Hendrik Fjällgren  feat Aninia - En värld full av strider
Axel Schylström - När ingen ser
Alice Svensson - Running with lions
Loreen - Statements


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