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Il Volo, Pojavis and Minus One prepares new material

Posted by eurovision on top on October 21, 2017 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (3)

If an artist is not going to release a new album before Christmas, they will do it in the beginning of the year. Our ESC artists are not an exception. Il Volo, Minus One and Andrius Pojavis are working hard on stage:


In just 10 days, Il Volo finished the recording of the disc that will begin a new stage in his career. The announcement was made by Gianluca Ginoble on social networks. The project will be revealed in early 2018. Emilio Estefan (Gloria Estefan husband and one of the most renowned producers in the Latin market) will be behind the new facet of the trio. Rumours say that the band invited Maluma to perform in the record, but to confirm it we must wait a bit more.


But we still in Italy since Andrius Pojavis went to Rome for "another chapter of my career...new songs new album new....???" - that's what Andrius shared in his facebook account just one 1 year since "Seven", his latest album, was released. Link to buy the CD: www.andriuspojavis.com/shop-1


Minus One announced right before the new lead singer man Andreas Kapatais got married that "The recordings for our new album will kick off at the end of November at Medley Studios in Copenhagen, Denmark. We are happy to have the mighty Soren Andersen behind the wheel !!" Soren Andersen is a Danish guitarist, producer and songwriter, located in Copenhagen, Denmark. Besides his solo project Electric Guitars, Soren works as a touring guitarist for Glenn Hughes and Mike Tramp. 




43 in Lisbon 2018

Posted by eurovision on top on October 21, 2017 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (2)

Today the RTP program that addresses subjects directed to the viewer has been about Eurovision 2018. Jorge Wemans made this approach due to the multiple requests of the viewers about the next edition of the Festival da Canção and the Eurovision Song Contest to take place respectively in March and May of next year.


About the chosen city and about the venue it was said to be 800 tons of material that will be transported to the Altice Arena which has the capacity to accommodate 20 thousand people standing. The new named Altice Arena will be the Arena of ESC 2018 in the new modern "centre" of Lisbon, in the northern part of the portuguese capital. The host city will have to meet requirements such as the proximity of hospitals and accessibility such as airports with severall connections in Europe. 


As already announced by Gonçalo Reis at the Jornal Economico it was said that at this phase of budget and planning the staff believes that they will make the cheapest Eurovision Song Contest in recent years. The big announcement was that 43 countries will take place in Lisbon and that from dozens of persons working on it, sonn it will be hundreds, from technicians to volunteers that will be recruited soon. 

Countries might be (without any specific order):

  1. Sweden
  2. Denmark
  3. Finland
  4. Iceland
  5. Norway
  6. Belgium
  7. Serbia
  8. Malta
  9. Germany
  10. Switzerland
  11. Poland
  12. France
  13. Latvia
  14. Estonia
  15. Romania
  16. Portugal
  17. Ireland
  18. Azerbaijan
  19. Lithuania
  20. Austria
  21. The Netherlands
  22. Georgia
  23. Israel
  24. Hungary
  25. San Marino
  26. Armenia
  27. Moldova
  28. Cyprus
  29. Ukraine
  30. Australia
  31. Belarus
  32. Spain
  33. Greece
  34. Croatia
  35. United Kingdom
  36. Italy
  37. Slovenia
  38. Bulgaria
  39. Montenegro
  40. Czech Republic
  41. Albani
  42. Russia
  43. FYR Macedonia
It was also revealed that the postcards will be filmed in different parts of the country with the participants. It will be done by the Tourism of Portugal in order to promote the country.


Interview with RAINER HOEGLMEIER: the face of Fur Alle

Posted by eurovision on top on October 15, 2017 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

We are not pretty sure if the name RAINER HOEGLMEIER sounds familiar to every Eurovision fan but by saying Fur Alle (Germany 1985) you will recognize him. We had the chance to talk with Rainer about his life, Eurovision and his career. Did you know that he had a great success in Brasil? Do you know he lives in the US? Get to know better the great artist that is more than the face of Fur Alle!


You took part in Eurovision in 1985. Which memories do you keep from your participation on it?

I have many fond memories from the ESC but especially remember all the press that was there all the rehearsals and I heard every song so many times. We were treated very well and welcomed in Sweden it was an amazing experience. I also remember that we were very nervous when we started to sing and Petra who sang in the front with me grabbed my hand and then we just immersed in our song. The audience was also amazing!!


Was that participation important for you as an artist? What did you learn from it?

Yes, it was the most important station in my career something I will always cherish. I also learned what the ABBA song “The winner takes it all” really means. Even though we made a close second place the winner got all the attention. I also learned to enjoy every moment of the experience as it goes by quickly. My songwriters, producers and record company were extremely supportive and taught me a lot. I had a ton of fun and we worked as a team. I also learned never to cross anyone that helps you on your way as you will meet them again someday. I am still friends with my writers, producers and my band members.


For some of the first fans of Wind, you might still be the face of the band. Why did you leave Wind?

I left the band because I got married to an American and moved to the US. It was a hard decision but I did not want to stay in the way of the band’s success that’s why I left as soon as they found a replacement for me.


Do you think the career of the band would have been different with you?

I am sure it would have been different but not sure if it would have been better. The person that replaced me is a very talented vocalist and has a lot of charisma.


In the album Mittendrin you included Für alle and With Bleib wie Du bist you also included there Wind hits? It seems you still have a sentimental connection with Wind. Will we see a reunion one day?

As far as a reunion goes that depends on the rest of the band I am always open to that and always like meeting up with my former band members. And of course I am sentimental (in general) as well as my songs I recorded with Wind they were great songs for example “Herz aus Stein” was written by Rainer Pietsch who also was our conductor at the ESC and a incredible person as well as a brilliant writer so it was an honor to re-record this song with the lyrics of Bernd Meinunger also a friend of mine and one if not the most successful lyricist in the German music industry. Lass die Sonne in dein Herz which I recorded for my last Album was written by Ralph Siegel who was also my producer and writer and just such a cool song that it had to go on my CD as I always wanted to record this song.


How do you see Eurovision now? Do you follow it? Have you think in doing it again?

I follow the ESC over the internet as it is not being shown on TV here. With the right song I would love to get a second chance however I also realize that the contest is not what it was back then.


Moving to the USA might have been a big change in your personal life. What did you expect from it as an artist?

I had big dreams moving here as far as being a recording artist and also made some connections however nothing really worked out. I recorded a song with a local Producer that was also the brains behind Glenn Medeiros that had a big hit world wide with “Nothings gonna change my love for you” the business is much tougher here than anywhere else.


We read you are a hairdresser. What are the similarities between that job and music?

Lol its actually not true I am not a hairdresser I am one of 3 equal partners in a chain of hair salons (6 locations) my area of expertise is in Computers and marketing. That being said I have been in the fashion and hair industry since 1982 and these industries are very similar to the music biz there are many talented artists and it does not matter weather you create hair styles, clothing or music its all art.

In 1988 your song "Just a little love" entered the big Brazilian market because of a soap opera. How did it happen?

Until recently I had no idea this song was even available there so I can not even comment on that just happened to see it on Youtube. This song was produced by Ralph Siegel (a ESC icon) and written by a good friend of mine Wolfgang Keilhauer which I thanks to Facebook have ver much contact too. Wolfgang also wrote a great song for Boney M called “Somewhere in the World”.


In your website it is possible to read “I notice that the German Schlager really missed me ...”. Is it the way you expected?

I think the correct translation is I missed the German Schlager and yes until the age of internet I really missed German Schlager and just in general European music.


The Schlager industry in Germany is very big. Which advice would you give to a young artist that wants to have success?

Whatever it is you want to do is don’t stop believing in yourself and never ever give up. It took me many years and a lot of fortune and stars aligned the right way to get a break. The more you try the better chances you have and “READ EVERYTHING YOU SIGN CAREFULLY” Just because someone offers you a recording contract does not mean that anything will ever happen.


Tanz mit mir in den Sommer and Dream On are the new singles. What can we expect from you in the future?

On October 10th my Christmas album will be released. It has always been a dream of mine to release a Holiday CD in German and Englisch this made my dream come true. The CD has some newer and some previously released songs for the Holiday season along with a duett with my daughter that is called “Let there be Peace on Earth” which is fitting for the current international events and a song where my nephew played trumpets. The CD is called “Holy Night in New York / Da wo Du bist da ist Weihnacht”.



O. Torvald: comeback after the ESC experience

Posted by eurovision on top on October 15, 2017 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Straight to number 1 in the iTunes Ukrainian albums chart. By releasing the new album Бісайди (Bisaydi) O. Torvald made their comeback after Eurovision. 

Last week the band reveals the magazin Viva! that they passed, perhaps, the most difficult test in their career - participation in the Eurovision Song Contest-2017, after which they heard a lot of critics.

After the defeat at the Eurovision Song Contest-2017 and the press's attention, O.Torvald took a sharp step back. The group moved to a new base for rehearsals, changed the situation and what it would not cost - completely disconnected themselves from communication with the outside world: "In this crazy spring, we dreamed of one thing: to return to the studio and work on new music". This album is a collection of singles since it includes five absolutely new songs and three bonus tracks.


In November the band will present songs from the mini-album Beisaidi at concerts in the framework of their Ukrainian tour, and on December 2 at a big solo concert in Stereo Plaza.


Tracklist:

  • 01. Марі
  • 02. В Подушках
  • 03. Ліхтарі
  • 04. Не Я
  • 05. Бисайды
  • 06. L.V. (Скрябин Cover)
  • 07. Вечер в Рио (feat. Бумбокс)
  • 08. В Подушках (Nick Niker remix)

Listen the album here: www.radio.obozrevatel.com/playlists-music/o-torvald-2017-bisaydi-1006.html

Source: Viva!



Jessica Mauboy achieves big success in Australia

Posted by eurovision on top on October 15, 2017 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

The Secret Daughter Season Two: Songs from the Original 7 Series is the second individual soundtrack album by Australian recording artist Jessica Mauboy, featuring music used in the second season of the television series of the same name, which stars Mauboy. The album was released on 6 October 2017 through Sony Music Australia and entered the Australian albums chart straight to number 2!


Even Jessica only did the interval act she was the first representative from Australia. One year after, Guy Sebastian took the Australian flag to Eurovision getting the 5th place, Dami Im in 2016 was the runner up and Isaiah placed 9th this year!


Other artists from Australia already took part in Eurovision representing other countries. Olivia Newton John or Gina G are the major examples. 


Mauboy rose to fame in 2006 on the fourth season of Australian Idol; she became the runner-up and subsequently signed a recording contract with Sony Music Australia.


Mauboy was chosen by SBS to perform at the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, in recognition of Australia's love affair with the annual event. She performed the single "Sea of Flags" during the second semi-final in Denmark, making her the first solo artist from outside Europe to perform on the contest as a guest. SBS screened the documentary, Jessica Mauboy's Road to Eurovision on 10 May 2014 before their coverage of the second semi-final.





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