Thursday, March 21, 2019

EUROVISION: NEW SOUNDS FROM ROSSINELLI, RIZZOTTO, SEVERINA AND MICHAEL SCHULTE

Once again some more or less recent releases from Eurovision stars. Enjoy!
Anna Rossinelli has kept her career going nicely and this Hold your head up comes from her Swiss #1 album released this January. The video has an interesting floating in the milk kind of imaginary, that Italian Dolcenera took a step further in her Piú forte....
Also Laura Rizzotto has been very active post-Eurovision and her latest is Tightrope. As usual she has written the song herself. There's also a remix
Severina has been dropping hits the past two years including Halo, and finally released a new album this year. She keeps on breaking regional records on Youtube, like having 1,3M views in a day of a new video. Not bad. And no wonder. At 46 she still shows the girls who's the hottest....
Michael Schulte is another example that Eurovision won't hurt your career. He has been going strong ever sinc his top-5 finish. Back to the start is excellent catchy pop song, a bit the same genre Måns Zelmerlöw likes to do these days.... 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

EUROVISION: NEW SOUNDS FROM HAREL SKAAT, DIOGO & ANTONIO, SALVADOR SOBRAL AND JAMALA

More more or less recent releases from Eurovision winners and stars. Enjoy!
Fan favorite and Next Star Eurovision judge Harel Skaat has released late last year this בחיי (Honestly), a happy little pop tune, that honestly doesn't change the world or become an evergreen but it's fun 3+ minutes, catchy and earworm so be aware!
Match Portugal's biggest star (who sadly missed Eurovision at home) Diogo Piçarra and Spanish ex-Jesc runner up and The Voice winner Antonio José and a dramatic ballad A dónde vas with mixed lyrics and this is where it leads you to. 
Staying in Portugal we have Salvador Sobral coming to ruin the plans in Anda Estragar-me Os planos. It's off his new album Lisboa, Paris, out March 29. Simple and kinda funny. No fast food!
Jamala has been in the medias lately for all the wrong reasons but she keeps also releasing music. Самға (Samğa) is in Kasakh language if I have understood right, which makes it even more interesting. She has developed her own sound and this fits into it like a glove. 

Monday, March 18, 2019

FINLAND: KRISTA SIEGFRIDS - DING DONG DIVORCE!

Marry me, she sung to the whole of Europe back in 2013, when she and Janne Grönroos had been together already almost ten years. The year after Janne finally took the hint and proposed to her in Maledives but it would take another three years when they finally got married late 2017. Less than two years later the marriage is sadly over. Krista comments on her social medias:


We got to grow up together with Janne. He has taught me a lot and made me a better person. We have experienced a lot together, downhill and uphill. Life changes people, as well as their needs and dreams. We have decided together to continue the journey as friends. I am really grateful that we have shared all these years together. I will appreciate and love you forever Janne.❤ We hope that we will get the peace we need to recover from our divorce. We do not comment on this further.

Janne shared pretty much the same text in his social media while both shared the same aphorism:
Janne has been working in Stockholm since March 2017, while Krista has been working between Finland and Sweden mostly. 

EUROVISION: AMSTERDAM CALLING 2019!

If you are heading to Eurovision In Concert in Amsterdam on April 6th be sure to make it a day, or  a night earlier because on 5th there's the pre-party in Melkweg! Organized by OGAE NL the event features previous Eurovision winners and stars to have a great time mingling with the other fans and enjoying the music. Marga Bult aka Marcha is not only performing her Rechtop in de wind but also being the hostess of the evening. More info here

EUROVISION: NEW SOUNDS FROM KALIOPI, SHIRI MAIMON, BRAINSTORM AND VINCENT GROSS

Another look & listen of what Eurovision (related) artists have been releasing lately...
The Balcan Queen Kaliopi released late last year  Hajde da pjevamo  asking us all to sing along in her pop rock song looking 50+ fabulous topped with her one of a kind voice. 
Shiri Maimon is back with  נשימה (Breathing) off her new album, first in seven years. It comes with a simple yet effective video. She has been busy with musicals and tv-projects the past few years, including the Next Star for Eurovision....
Latvian Brainstorm aka Prāta Vētra perform the main theme Мотив (The motive) of a Russian romantic comedy Семь ужинов (Seven dinners) and even star in the film's final scene. Very nice song indeed!
Vincent Gross has gone a long way since his attempt to represent Switzerland in Eurovision. Now he has teamed with German Stereoact for Nicht allein sein, a catchy fun pop song that flirts with tradition and more modern sounds. One day he will make it to Eurovision... I am waiting!



Sunday, March 17, 2019

ITALY: MAHMOOD'S SOLDI REMIXED BY DENIS FIRST

After the Benny Benassi remix here comes another one by Denis First. Enjoy!

EUROVISION: NEW SOUNDS FROM ZOË, IMRI, GUY AND LENA

Another look & listen of what the Eurovision stars have been up to lately....
Ever lovely ZOË has released already late last year this wonderful feelgood tune C'est la vie. Catchy and 100% ZOË, what could you ask for more? Only more of this same....
Imri has been bitten by the Latin fever it seems and has released earlier this month this summer song with mixed Hebrew and Spanish lyrics. Imrico, Ay que rico!
Also released already late last year Guy Sebastian's Before I go that sounds like works of Symphonix with its beat and gospel choirs. The same pool Sweden is fishing this year. Great song anyways.
Eurovision 2010 winner Lena is also having a minor Latin vibe in Don't lie to me, second single off from her new album out in April. Her previous single Thank you already gave glues of this new sound. 


Saturday, March 16, 2019

EUROVISION 2019: YOUTHFUL AND MALE. FROM ZENA TO SERHAT

From 16 to 54, that's the (known*) age range of this year's Eurovision song contest in Tel Aviv. 
Zena from Belarus is the youngest turning 17 in September while San Marino's very own Turk Serhat will celebrate his 55th birthday in October. Malta's Michela, Belgium's Eliot and Croatia's Roko are also born in the 2000's.
The oldest artists besides Serhat come from the north: Finland's Darude (43) and Sebastian Rejman (41) with Tom Hugo (39) of Norway's KEiiNO. They're also the only artists born in the 1970's (and  Serhat the only one in the 1960s).
Nineteen artists were born in the 1990s - 1994 being the most common year (Ester, Luca, Nevena, Duncan, Srbuk and Sarah). Thirteen were born in the 1980's with 1989 having the most (Katerine, Oto, Lake Malawi's Albert, Paenda, Conan and Fred of KEiiNO). 
One could say it's a very youthful edition. And a very masculine one, too. It's also a year of masks, crowns and underwater videos.


*Missing data of band members of D-Mol, Tulia, Hatari, Carousel and rest of Lake Malawi, and Zala & Gasper. 

Friday, March 15, 2019

EUROVISION: NEW SOUNDS FROM BILAN, SAMPSON, MORO, ZELMERLÖW

Last few weeks have had some Eurovision related releases outside the national final bubble from previous winners and other well placed acts. Enjoy!
Dima Bilan released last year his yet another addition to his endless string of hits at home soil. Океан (Ocean) is an atmospheric ballad and comes with a nature filled beautiful video....
Fabrizio Moro has released today video for Ho bisogno di credere (I need to believe), first offering from his new and 10th studio album Figli di nessuno, out April 12. It's a melancholic ballad with some pseudo rapping (and no trademark screaming) and video that fits nicely with the overal mood. Very good!
Last year's Eurovision 3rd placed César Sampson has finally released a follow up to his Nobody but you called Stone cold. Maybe not as catchy as his entry was but this has all the same ingredients from beats to gospely choirs and César's beautiful vocals. 
Eurovision winner and all around man Måns Zelmerlöw is prepairing new album and the first taste is this duet with Dotter, Walk with me premiered in this year's Melodifestivalen's Andra Chansen.  Not bad at all....

AUSTRIA: CONCHITA IS DEAD, LONG LIVE WURST!

Thomas Neuwirth, Eurovision song contest 2014 winner has been flirting with the idea of getting rid of his alter ego Conchita Wurst already for years and it seems the time has come. 
A week ago he released a video Trash all the glam where he was potrayed in a latex jumpsuit like a crisalide to be born and heading to the new direction, Wurst. 
And here he is now, without glamour, wigs and evening gowns as a bearded man and and not a lady, in Hit me. Wurst is reborn.

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