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New releases from Russia and Ukraine

Posted by eurovision on top on September 26, 2016 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Autumn is a great time for releases since the Euphoria of all the Summer Hits that surrounded our ears are just memories.

Since taking part in Eurovision is more or less a synonimous of success, at least in Russia and in Ukraine, we can  find new songs from several artists from the former Soviet countries.

And if you are asking why we put russian and ukrainian artists in the same post, just check the charts of both countries and you will be surprised!


Olexandr Ponomoryev

 

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Elena Teknikova (former Serebro)

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Dima Bilan

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Svetlana Loboda

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Buranovkiye Babushki

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Zlata Ognevich

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Lena Katina (former TATU)

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Mariya Yaremchuk

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Philipp Kirkorov

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Ani Lorak

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Aleksey Vorobyov

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iTunes: Sweden is the most successfull song

Posted by eurovision on top on May 16, 2016 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

iTunes is full of ESC songs this year prooving that the quality is good as all the songs radio plays... we think maybe better!


And of course the audience is having a good reaction at least a quick good reaction in Itunes.Yesterday, one day after the big final and the victory of Ukraine, 22 songs entered the WORLD iTunes TOP 200! 21 songs entered the EUROPEAN iTunes TOP 200!


The best ranked song is If I were sorry from Sweden and of course 1944! The song from Frans is now charting in the TOP 10 of 19 countries and it's number 1 in Estonia, Latvia and Slovenia.


1944 is in the TOP 10 of 17 countries but topping only in Ukraine. Jamala's entry is also number 2 in Belarus, Russia and Cyprus.


The Australian entry is ranked in the TOP 10 of 12 countries and it's number 1 in Malta, while the russian entry is number 1 in Russia and we can find it in the TOP 10 of 9 countries.

The polish entry is now number 3 in Belarus but it's also popular in Poland and in Ukraine.


Check the full results below along with some ESC songs and the last hit from Mans Zelmerlow presented in the final last saturday.



 

 

The country that aparently included more songs is Austria will all of the songs ranked in the box above.

Press: The day after

Posted by eurovision on top on May 15, 2016 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)

According to the Ucranian Newspaper 2000, the executive producer of "Eurovision" Norwegian Jon Ola Sand expressed confidence that Ukraine, despite the difficult situation in the country will be able to ensure the safety of participants in the contest next year. Director General of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) Ingrid Deltenre explained that the contest organizers want to send a clear signal that despite the "polarity of reactions in Europe." "This is a signal of tolerance, openness and diversity of views," - she said.


The NSDC Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov, expressed that “Ukraine must do everything to make guests not see the difference between Kiev and Stockholm”.


 

Is true that Ukraine wants to show a signal of tolerance but in the other side of the border, Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda says that “Gays were afraid to go to Russia - but they still do not understand what is waiting for them in Ukraine .” The same newspaper, with clear signs of negative reactions write on the title of the article “European jury robbed Lazarev victory”. In an interview to the newspaper, Philip Kirkorov states that “In 2008, when Russia brought victory Dima Bilan, the rules were different. Then it was only a spectator voting. And no jury was not. If such rules would be 2016, then, of course, Sergei would hold this cherished award is now in the hands. But every year, different rules.”


In Czech Republic, Aktualne wrote, that Russia was the favourite but for Kremlin it is a matter of national honor. An honor that was questioned last night and that the same magazine reports “Russia calls for a boycott of the competition, Politics beat art”. In many European newspapers we can read things about a politics victory due to the fact that the Ukrainian singer sang a song about the deportation of Crimean Tatars Soviet dictator Josef Stalin. In fact, criticism is growing against Ukraine.


Many believe that the song has a political message, which is against the rules of the ESC because it has been speculated that the song is about the tension between Ukraine and Russia after Russia two years ago took control of the Crimean peninsula.. Now EBU responds to the criticism, says the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet:

”To criticize the choice made by the jury and the audience, I think is not entirely justified, says Sietse Bakker, spokesman for the EBU.”


The song has previously been criticized for containing a political message, which is against the rules of the Eurovision.

Jamala have herself denied that the song would have a political message. According to her, it's about her family history and she dedicates it to his great-grandmother who had to flee the country. Sietse Baker points that: “In the written text is not a political statement or political references. What happens is that people read between the lines and interpret the message in a song. It is possible to read political messages in many songs.” He concludes by saying that everyone is entitled to their opinion and points out that the EBU had not approved the song in the first place if it had been such that it broke the rules - the decisions were taken in March.


 

The Portuguese newspaper Publico explains: “In 1944, about 200,000 Tatars living in the Crimea region, then belonging to the Soviet Union, were forcibly deported to Siberia, to Stalin's orders. Thousands died. One of the people forced out of their home was the great-grandmother of the Ukrainian Jamala, who sang about these events in 1944, the theme winner of the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday. "I would prefer that all these terrible things had not happened to my great-grandmother. Rather that this music did not exist, "said the singer, thrilled at the press conference that followed the festival in Sweden after a journalist had asked what Jamala I would say the great-grandmother.”


Petro Porochenko, President of Ukraine, congratulated the singer on Twitter: "A benefit and a great victory! All Ukraine sends you a big thank you, Jamala "

 

Only after the fall of the Soviet Union is that the Tatars were able to return to Crimea. Hundreds of thousands did so. In 2014, the West saw Russia annex the Crimea, further fueling the tension that already lived in the area. In 2015, the Ukrainian parliament recognized the 1944 deportation to have been a genocide - a resolution that wait for international approval.


 

 

In Spain, El Mundo, talks about the victory of Jamala but above all, the bad place of Barei and wondering if it was fair now that Spain tried the English language.


 

 

One thing is for sure, the song of Jamala is on the mouth of half world and of course Eurovision too!

 

And with the previous voting system?

Posted by eurovision on top on May 15, 2016 at 7:25 AM Comments comments (0)

The after Eurovision season is starting now and with it, some frustrated fans, some happy fans, countries returning, maybe countries withdrawing and some of the delegations already planning!


This year we faced a new voting system, and it was clearly exciting till the end of the show! Of course not everyone liked the winner (LIKE EVERY YEAR), of course not everyone loved the new system, but we must respect the rules! YES, Eurovision has rules and in every contest it's very necessary! You may like the rules or not, but no one has the right to protest after the result!

So, we have a winner!!!


It's the song political? Maybe! Jamala won with the actual rules? YES!!

Like last year with Il Volo the same happened now with Australia vs. Ukraine! But once again, you got RULES! Ukraine might not have been the 1st in the televoting or 1st in the jury; but as Mathematics show, if Australia or Russia would have been the 1st in both juries or televoting should have won!


But we spent the morning calculatin how would it be with the previous system, and with some marge of errors (we've been partying), we show you the results below with Australia winning the contest! But hey!!! And if Australia had won? Surely a lot fo people would have been complaining all night saying that it is not Europe, and on, and on!! Is there a consensual winner? No, never!! So, Congratulations Ukraine!! Congratulations Jamala!!




5 things about Jamala

Posted by eurovision on top on May 7, 2016 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Jamala finally got her ticket to Eurovision! Do you know her story?


1. Jamalas real name is Susana Jamaladynova.


2. She was born in Osh, Kyrgyzstan, to a Crimean Tatar father and an Armenian mother. Jamala and her father are Muslim, while her mother is Christian.


3. She made her first professional recording at the age of 9, singing 12 children and folk Crimean Tatar songs.


4. In 2011, she took part in the Ukrainian national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Smile" however, due to a controversy of miscounting votes, another final was set for March 3 but Jamala decided to withdraw from the competition.

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5. She has not visited her family in Crimea since the summer of 2014. Following the 2014 Russian annexation of Crimea Jamala claims that her relatives are abused and she is portrayed as an "American stooge" or "a fascist" for emerging to side against Russia.