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Jimmy Martin: Berlin and the fooftball players

Posted by eurovision on top on October 25, 2016 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)


Jimmy Martin's new Album is probably one the most awaited comebacks of 2016, specially for the Rock Eurovision Fans! The last interview he gave us was 2 years ago when he released a Christmas song with Robin Beck. The new album is out now after Wild at Heart (2013) and it's not called Luxembourg but Berlin. Get to know why in this interview and find more about the career of this great artist and of course his thinkings about the Eurovision Song Contest!


"Today's new rock stars are the football players!"


Congratulations for the new Album and for having reached the number 1 in our Chart. Is My Sharona an important song for you? Why did you decide to cover it?

Thank you I really do appreciate it. My Sharona was a monster hit when I came to the US in 1980 and that guitar riff is history in music! When the original songwriter died a couple of years ago, I felt like re-recording it in his honour!

 

It's almost 30 years since you joined Fisc, and a lot of work after that, how do you describe yourself as an artist?

Wow, already 30 years ago...but I'm only 35 (lol), just joking!! I've always stayed true to my musical roots: I like rock music with guitars and great melodies; I've never tried to jump on a bandwagon just to do what's hip at that moment. For My Sharona I felt like combining rock with rap and had Tony Corleone a rap artist from San Diego contributing the rap parts and he did an amazing job, he really spiced it up! So I'm not opposed to try out new things as long as I like them and they work for me in my music!



Your biography "Die Jimmy Martin Story" written by author Frederick from 2011 showed an amazing career and life. What kind of frustrations has an artist like Jimmy Martin?

No frustrations, just a few wrong decisions that I wish I go back to, but hey, isn't that the same for all of us? I just deplore that the music biz has gone downhill and that artists today have to work much harder to have a little piece of the cake and that their careers usually only last for a very short period of time! Today's new rock stars are the football players!


The new album "Berlin" features the most popular singles from the past decade among other surprises. What can we expect from Berlin? Is there any Tour on the way?

"Berlin" features my most successful singles, and they were all recorded in Berlin and produced by my good friend Tommy Remm who is an outstanding producer and musician! When we were trying to find a name for the album we came up with all these names...finally I said, why don't we just call it "Berlin" as a hommage to the most successful period of my career! “Berlin” also features the duets with superstars Rick Springfield and Robin Beck.

There is no tour in the making as I'm fully booked with writing and production work, but never say never...!

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Robin Beck or Rick Springfield are some of the artists with whom you made some collaborations. We are sure that a lot of new artists will be proud to do music with you but if you had the chance to work with a new artist, who will be? Why?

Hmm, I never thought about that... there are a lot of talented artists around, it would be hard to choose, Ellie Goulding comes straight to my mind, I think she's an Incredible artist. I love new american country where Taylor Swift comes from and I absolutely love Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts..! Great melodies and stories to their songs!

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"Luxembourg will never take part again in Eurovision"


What would you say to the new Eurovision fans about what changed in Eurovision since 1993?

A lot more rules in those days: the songs had to be in the official country's language, you had to use the same symphony orchestra that were placed in front of the stage as everyone else did, everything that came from the stage had to be live...no backing tracks...yeah it was quite different! There were less countries, 25 in total if I remember well!

 

Do you have any particular memories from that time, any special story?

Not really, everything went so fast to realise...I only remember having huge fights with my then wife as she was so jealous of my hot looking female bass player Ruth...so I had to be careful not to be around Ruth, otherwise my then wife's explosive temper was to be heard..!



Every year, we see around 40 artists in Eurovision, some of them will be forgotten in 1 or 2 years; How did the contest change your career?

Well the Eurovision didn't affect my career at all because I already had a career before. Modern Times was only a project formed by my song writing partner and myself especially for the Eurovision, it wasn't due to last, only for a couple of shows afterwards, then call it quits...unless major success came which was not the case! The same year I started writing and recording my album "Kids of the rocking nation" in France and Los Angeles.


Is still Eurovision an opportunity in the actual musical globalization? What's the difference between Eurovision and the TV Shows like The voice or X factor?

I think all of these formats are opportunities for artists, Eurovision features many times stars in their own countries, compared to X factor, The voice...where there are mainly unknown artists. These shows give them tremendous feature via TV. Sadly most of them usually disappear as soon as next season's episode starts...they only have a quick shot at fame!

 

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Two years ago you told us “I have offered them numerous times to write and produce a song”. Even if Luxembourg is not taking part in Eurovision and if you had that chance will you try it again? Why? Could you consider another country?

First of all Luxembourg will never take part again in the Eurovision! I don't think I would participate as an artist on stage, but producing and writing the song, of course! I am a member of the Valicon producer's forum in Berlin who has seen Lena and Elaiza recording their Eurovision songs with us!

 

Thanks so much and we wish you lots of success for Berlin!


 





Albums coming soon

Posted by eurovision on top on October 22, 2016 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Christmas is coming and the next two months are the fruitful for new releases such that if you are a collector you will get mad specially your pocket! But don't worry, from january to march you will be busy downloading and watching songs from the national finals.


Aminata just released the new album with a not unexpected name Red Moon. Unfortnally the videos on youtube are not many but thanks to spotify you can listen all.

The israeli ESC singer from 1975 Shlomo Artzi just released a double new album OSEF SHIRIM SHEHISTATRU.

Patricia Kaas will release her new album on the 11th of November, now that two singles are known. Rykka will release her Beatitudes in two day but Jimmy Martin and Anouk gave us good news tomorrow with Berlin and Fake it till we die respectively.

Carolas new album will be out next week and it is one more time, a celebration of Christmas DRÖMMEN OM JULEN.

Längtan from Geir Ronning is also on the way in a very awaited comeback such as Les Fatals Picards that has release their album Country Club Fatals Picards. From Armenia we know that Sirusho is about to release the new Armat.

Cliff Richard will also release one more album specially for their fans: Just... Fabulous Rock 'n' Roll and it will include a duet with no more than Elvis Presley. And to complete the british set a new album from Michael Ball is also on the way!




Greta Salóme: Seven Nation Army

Posted by eurovision on top on October 20, 2016 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Greta Salóme received a challenge from her fans on social media last month to do something different than what she would normally do, where only her voice and violin were permitted. She was challenged to make her version of the song Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes.


 

Greta rose to the challenge and went an untraditional route with the arrangement of her version of the song by using the violin for drums, chords, and all other instruments. She even transformed a part of the song into rap, which is very unusual for her as a singer.


"Seven Nation Army" is a song by American rock duo The White Stripes. It was released as the lead single from their fourth studio album, Elephant, on March 7, 2003. This song peaked the number 1 in the US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks and selled around 250 000 copies in the UK!


Row, a single by Great, is actually in the chart of Eurovision On Top. Seven Nation Army is also available for voting.


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Anggun joins Enigma

Posted by eurovision on top on October 15, 2016 at 6:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Anggun, the french representative of 2012 joined the band Enigma for their eighth studio album The Fall of a Rebel Angel.


Anggun is one of the album's vocal features and the first single is no more than Sadness (part II)! On it, it is obvious the voice of Anggun!

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Yes, Sadness was the 1990 song that was a massive hit all over the world. It was the first of four singles from the project's first album, MCMXC a.D., and upon its release, it became an international smash hit, reaching number one in 24 countries and the top ten in many others. In the United States, the song peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on its dance chart.


Michael Cretu and Anggun talks about their collaboration for Sadeness (Part II) in the video linked below:


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Albums: a selection for October

Posted by eurovision on top on October 13, 2016 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Autumn is here and so are the cold nights! For this month we chose 10 albums that will warm you for sure. Two ESC winners and some very awaited comebacks that only our website will tell you about!


Cleo – Bastet

The polish singer released her second CD and peaked the place 3 in the Polish charts.

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Raphael Gualazzi – Love life pece

Gualazzi is already in the charts! He is the responsable for the Italian good comeback in Eurovision. The first single is L'estate di John Wayne, already in our #EOT TOP20+5

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Teapacks – Manual work

They pushed the button in Eurovision but their success was not that big. The new album features some collaborations and a very big influence on World Music.

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Lovebugs - Land ho!

The awaited comeback of the swiss band Lovebugs cames with the new album. During the summer they released two tracks in youtube.

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Lordi – Monstereophonic

The only finish winner from Finland released their new album some weeks ago. They peaked the number 10 in Finland and entered the charts of Switzerland and Germany. This is the promised album! The first single is already in our Chart.

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Isabelle Aubret - Allons enfants

One more Eurovision winner in a very unexpected return. But it feels like Un premier Amour!

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Vaiko Eplik – Kirevase

We understood the band of Vaiko Eplik in Eurovision was something different. Do you remember 80s coming back from the Estonian band Rufus? Now he is getting jazzy and one of the biggest stars in his country.

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Il Volo - Notte Magica

This album is a tribute to the Three Tenors and comes with the help of Placido Domingo. Singing brilliant covers of classical hits, the album is now in the Billboard Top200!

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Dj Bobo- Mystorial

Reaching the number 5 in the charts of Switzerland, Dj Bobo is proving that he is one of most sucessfull artists that went to Eurovision.

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Nina Kraljic – Samo

The croatian singer from this years contest released her first album. Something beautiful to discover!

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Find more about past lists of our recommended albums here:

www.eurovisionontop.com/esssentialalbums.htm