Monday, June 24, 2019

MADONNA SCORES HER 9TH #1 US ALBUM WITH MADAME X

Despite her rather unsuccesful performance in the Eurovision song contest's interval in Tel Aviv, string of singles released so far and none of them really making an impact the album Madame X is proving a critical success and also one of her most fortunate ones in charts for a long, long time. It has become her 9th Billboard Top-200 number one album, and it topped the iTunes charts in 58 countries upon its release. 
She's now only second to Barbra Streisand (she's got 11)  as a female artist, and above her are only besides Streisand The Beatles (19), Jay-Z (14) and Bruce Springsteen (11). Fun fact is Bruce Springsteen is #2 in the charts, just like in 1985 with their albums Like a virgin and Born in the USA. In UK they also top the charts but Springsteen takes the #1 spot, Madonna #2.
Madonna is also the artist with most Top10s in all every Billboard charts combined: 163. This week besides topping the album chart Medellin tops the Hot Dance Club songs, becoming her 45th #1 in that chart. 
On a personal note and being a Madonna fan since the beginning Madame X is a fabulous album. Totally different from the rest, strangely the songs work as a concept and a whole even if listened one by one as singles may sound like nothing. And thank goodness those horrible American rappers are gone and those sounds of 2010s are replaced by more ageless beats and enriched with Latin and Portuguese vibe. She also sings in Portuguese and Spanish and even the use of autotune fits in. A great album that needs a few listenings to open up. One of her bests. Worth mentioning are Killers who are partying, Extreme occident, Faz gostoso (#1 in Brazil for weeks already) and Looking for mercy

Medellin
Dark ballet 
Crave 
I rise 
Bonus tracks:
Maluma feat Madonna - Soltera

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

ITALY: OVER 100.000.000 TIMES OF SOLDI ON YOUTUBE

 
After hitting number one in every possible chart in Italy, breaking also a few all time records what comes to streaming (most streamed Italian song ever with 81 milion) and such, selling multiple platinum at home, platinum in Switzerland and gold in Spain, hitting number on in Israel and Greece and making the official singles charts in over 20 countries the success has no end: the live video from Eurovision song contest has become the most watched Italian entry ever on official Eurovision channel (over 12 milion), and the video itself has reached and passed 100 million mark becoming the fifth (and soon 4th) most watched Eurovision entry ever. 
While the winner Duncan Laurence is appearing here and there while prepairing his fall/winter tour around Europe, Mahmood is touring Italy and making appearances in Sweden (also a first!) and Spain where he apparently right now recording a new single. Soon he will be also in Switzerland. Check below his tour dates that have regular additions and updates for more gigs...

Below is the all time most watched Eurovision videos (with their viewing figures when writing this), where Francesco Gabbani is reigns high above everyone else, he broke the 100 million already before Eurovision. (One can only wonder how this Rybak video is by some random Eurovision GR?)
Most likely he will shortly pass also Rybak and move to the 4th place and then Netta making it a totally Italian Top-3. Eurovision superpower Sweden, ha?
221 342 244
157 351 839
118 255 649
103 193 092
100 207 787

Mahmood on Tour
28/06 Senigallia (AN), Caterraduno
05/07 Igea Marina (RN), Notte Rosa @ Beky Bay
07/07 Barolo (CN), Collisioni Festival
08/07 Montreux (Switzerland), Montreux Jazz Festival (with Rita Ora)
10/07 Spoleto (PG), Festival Dei Due Mondi
13/07 Ortona (CH), Unconventional
21/07 Olbia, Olbia Tattoo Show
27/07 Giffoni Film Festival, Giffoni Valle Piana (SA)
28/07 Montecosaro Scalo (MC), Mind Festival
31/08 Bassano del Grappa (VI), Ama Festival
27/09 San Vito Lo Capo (TP), Cous Cous Fest
31/09 Bologna, Tutto Molto Bello



Monday, June 17, 2019

GREECE: HOLIDAY MUSIC BY ANASTASIOS RAMMOS Αναστάσιος Ράμμος

I'm off to Greece for holidays so here's meanwhile some Greek artist for you 
to discover and enjoy....
In the end of this journey I may have found a new favorite :-)
and with Έλενα Παπαρίζου


Sunday, June 16, 2019

Monday, June 10, 2019

GREECE: HOLIDAY MUSIC BY ANNA VISSI Άννα Βίσση

I'm off to Greece for holidays so here's meanwhile some Greek artist for you 
to discover and enjoy....

GREECE: HOLIDAY MUSIC BY MICHALIS HATZIGIANNIS Μιχάλης Χατζηγιάννης

I'm off to Greece for holidays so here's meanwhile some Greek artist for you 
to discover and enjoy...
Off with a goodie but oldie of my all time Greek/Cypriot artist and his summer banger from a long time ago.... hits the mood still every time! 



Tuesday, June 04, 2019

FINLAND: KASMIR WAS DARUDE'S FIRST CHOICE?

The rumors have been confirmed by Kasmir himself. Namely that he was also approached by Darude to sing in UMK and Eurovision but he said "no thanks" due to other projects like recording new album and releasing a new single and such. After this Darude convinced Sebastian Rejman to take up the opportunity.
It's worth remembering the final three songs might and most likely would have been different ones with Kasmir, after all he's a succesful songwriter for many artists besides himself, and Look away was co-written by Sebastian himself... Things could have turned out differently but we will never know...
Kasmir has been around since 2014 when he scored a huge hit with Vadelmavene. Before that he was active in EDM trio HeavyWeights so that fits with Darude. He has released two gold selling solo albums and about 30 singles solo or in various collaborations including eight Top-20 ones. 

Monday, June 03, 2019

ITALY: SUMMER SOUNDS FROM LOREDANA BERTÈ, BENJI & FEDE, EINAR, IRAMA


FINLAND: UMK2020 JOIN FORCES WITH YLEX AND GOES OPEN AGAIN

After two disappointing internal choices what comes to success in the Eurovision song contest YLE and UMK are returning to open competition for everyone and no wonder - no one wanted to do UMK the way they were dealing it - but this time they seek help from youthful YleX radio channel, that has been awarded also as the Music Media of the Year. Its music boss Tapio Hakanen will join the team as well. Their aim is to create a new event to unite the whole music branch in the years to come. Good luck with that!
Earlier UMK also asked the public how they would like the entrant chosen and 53% of the commentators wanted an open competition back. 
The application period for UMK2020 will be from November 1 to 8, 2019. Apparently the radio channel will be in charge choosing the artists and songs.... How that will work? More details will be revealed later.

YleX  is one of the major radio stations of the Yle featuring pop music and cultural programming. The station started as Radiomafia, and name changed to YleX in 2003. Programming targets the younger age group (17 to 27, or variously 15 to 34) as its audience .

Saturday, June 01, 2019

SWEDEN: OMG - LENA PHILIPSSON IS BACK!

 Lena Philipsson is back with a self written perfect tune for the summer: Maria Magdalena (which is actually her real given name!)  with a video that fits her like a glove: name another true Diva who potreys herself shopping in Lidl in evening gown and sitting on toilet apparently having a sh*t? And all filmed on her mobile phone. A day in a life of  Lena Ph, I mean Maria Magdalena Philipsson.....

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