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Our choice for the week (w33)

Posted by Eurovision On Top on August 18, 2020 at 10:55 AM

Another week in midsummer for us to make our choices. This is our 5 recomendations!


The return

Jalisse go around and around trying to reach the general public and when they do, they always edit great songs. The most recent, in a register that we are used to, is a beautiful love song. Maybe a little more rock than usual, at a time when this genre is starting to get a little trendy, but as the 90s are back ... Jalisse are in a good moment!


Abandoning Eurovision

The Australian girl who hung on a pole understood that the song that led to Eurovision was just that, a silly little song for Eurovision! In a record more pop than the previous collaboration of the previous album, with Michael von der Aa, she returns with a record that reminds other pop singers of the moment.


In progress

Vasil continues to show that the style he would take to Eurovision this year is his own style; with a lot of ethnic influence, well mixed and with feeling. This new song, accompanied by a very well made video, would be up to a song for Eurovision. Why not?


The mistake

It was perhaps the Swedish injustice in Eurovision, for the many times that the Scandinavian country has benefited, should not have happened to this brilliant singer. But sometimes it has to be like that, fail to win later. Anna is undoubtedly one of the most interesting singers in Sweden today.


Welcome back

It is with Balkan sounds and some mix of flamenco that Jelena Tomasevic returns to new releases. The song is nothing that Jelena has not used to us before, but it is something that always works well! and thankfully it is so!

Our choice for the week (w26)

Posted by Eurovision On Top on June 28, 2020 at 7:25 AM Comments comments (0)

For this week, our proposal goes to 4 songs with a summer atmosphere and for all tastes.


A song to wake up

Imagine waking up at home with this song loudly on your mp3. Everyone will like and remember Madonna's Hit, but also remember the summer and want to dance. The day will certainly be brighter with this holiday cover by Kate Ryan.


A song to warm up

The temperature rises with this song by Eleni Foureira. It's summer calling for us. Beach setting and in the late afternoon maybe, at a party by the sea. Sure it's going to be a hit.


A song to dream

Victoria will be Bulgaria's singer in the 2021 Eurovision and nothing better than starting the promotion now with a new clip, well done and with an electronic base  that makes us dream and maybe contemplate the sky this summer.


The return

Mixalis Xatzigiannis has had some ups and downs in his career, but consolidates his talent with his return. Horevo brings again a summer hit to dance in a party atmosphere for the young and old.

The year so far at the TOP20+5

Posted by Eurovision On Top on June 28, 2020 at 7:05 AM Comments comments (0)

We are in the middle of the year, precisely on week 26! So far 113 songs have entered the Top20 + 5 this year. But which one is ahead in this annual race?

This is the TOP 10 of 2020, so far, as voted by you:

1. Viceversa Francesco Gabbani

2. Ono malo srece Zdravko Colic

3. Purva bridejs Intars Busulis /Abonementa orkestris

4. Dejo vientulibu Intars Busulis /Abonementa orkestris

5. Monsters Tamara Todevksa

6. Étsi Einai I Fasi Helena Paparizou / Sakis Rouvas

7. Comme un voleur Madame Monsieur / Jérémy Frérot

8. Koik Tanja

9. Escriurem Miki Nuñez

10. Polunochnoye taksi Dima Bilan


Our choice for the week

Posted by Eurovision On Top on June 16, 2020 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

This week we highlight 5 of the new themes launched by artists from Eurovision.


A song to cheer you up

Amir has released his new hit "La Fête", extract from a future album in preparation. His new song wants to be a party in these times that we are living. The official clip will be published on June 17th.


A song to listen to while driving

The extremely dramatic lyrics of the song, which speaks of a painful separation, reflect one of the periods of Jurijus life. Even if the lyrics are not exactly cheerful, the sound and energy it transmits is worth listening to while driving on a spring afternoon that is already ending.


A song to fall in love

Completely recovered and freshly married, Jan Johansen is in a good moment of his life. What's a Man with the Blue Desert Band reminds us of those days of Se pa meg. The song even seems biographical and reflects the love for life and the growth and maturity in a man's life.


A song to relax

Hibernia is the second breakthrough on Eimear Quinn's new album, one that was one of the winners of the 90s by Ireland. Perhaps with a timeless song like this she would have another victory. This is our proposal to relax listening to this calm and ethereal song with "lyrics in 3 languages, weave a path from ancient to current times. The song speaks to the intrinsic human spirit present in us all; a core strength exclusively owned by the individual that can never be taken or broken."


The return

This week we selected the return of Gus Gus, Daniel Águst's band that performed Nina on Eurovision 1989. GusGus has already released two remix albums, titled Remixes Are More Flexible Pt.1 and Remixes Are More Flexible Pt.2, respectively, and the premiere single Out Of Place. A song saturated with nostalgia, based on retro synth-pop sound, certainly appealed to fans of the group. Now the band decided to release a music video for it. It is not yet known when the new studio album GusGus will be released. It is also unknown whether Out Of Place is a preview of any major release. The band's last full-fledged album came out in 2018 and was called Lies Are More Flexible. Formerly, the band released two Arabian Horse and Mexico longplays, very well received by listeners and critics.

Are Eurovision artists producing more music during the pandemic?

Posted by Eurovision On Top on June 16, 2020 at 1:55 PM

In the last few weeks we have seen a huge amount of new music released by Eurovision artists when compared to the world record production that has also been affected by the COVID pandemic.

In fact, the music industry has been very shaken in recent times, not only by physical sales but also by constant cancellations of concerts and tours, something that streaming and digital sales will not have been able to compensate for.

According to the World Economic Forum (WEF): "The global music industry is worth over $ 50 billion, with two major income streams. The first, live music, makes up over 50% of total revenues and is derived mainly from sales of tickets The second, recorded music, combines revenue from streaming, digital downloads, physical sales and synchronization revenues (licensing of music for movies, games, TV and advertising). Recorded music today is close to the industry's pre-piracy peak, a testament to the growing adoption of streaming services by both music labels and consumers. Streaming now makes up almost half of recorded music revenue. "

But even streaming has been affected despite changes in habits and the closure of physical stores: "In terms of the amount of music consumed, initial data showed a reduction in streaming of 7-9% in some markets - though this appears to have recovered. At the same time, on-demand music video streams have increased. The reasons are linked to a change in behaviors: the pandemic has intensified peoples ’focus on news media (especially TV), while fewer commuting journeys and the gym closures have shifted listening to different parts of the day." (WEF)

There have also been cuts in promotion and sponsors. It is estimated that a quarter have stopped campaigns and 46% have reduced spending.

The artists' effort to give concerts from their homes has been very great although the return has not been greater, except perhaps for those who already have a very wide range of fans worldwide. "Artists are going direct to fans from their own homes, using services like Twitch, Instagram TV and others. This is not new, but the pandemic has expanded the audience available, and record labels are facilitating it by providing live streaming equipment to performers. Streaming platforms have also enabled new monetization methods, including memberships to artist channels that allow early or exclusive access to content, as well as virtual gatherings and paid-commenting features. " Attempts to have new ways to engage with fans go through concerts from home, which has been usual with many artists such as OG3NE or Sertab Erener. But not many Eurovision artists will enter this way of making money.


Generally, releases by publishers are accompanied by a big promotion, which has not existed or has been greatly reduced. "Professional artists release music via one of the big three record labels - UMG, Sony Music or Warner Music - or alternatively through an independent publisher. This operating model represents 97% of recorded music." But most Eurovision artists are not part of these big release promotional campaigns. They are mainly independent artists or linked to small local publishers.


The big tours and festivals have been canceled all over the world: Billie Eilish, Alice Cooper, Bob Dylan, Madonna or even the mythical Coachella, in addition to Eurovision, which is also a television show and find his way this year with Eurovision Shine a Light.


On the distribution side, there is a growing list of artists delaying releases to later in the year as Deep Purple, Luke Bryan, Alicia Keys or Sam Smith. On the other hand, more than 40 new songs by artists linked to Eurovision are launched every week on digital platforms (youtube, spotify, iTunes, ...). According to Rollign Stone magazine "Independent Artists Are Making More Music Than Ever: In the last week, we've seen record volumes," says Zach Domer, brand manager for Soundrop, which has around 45,000 users. "Artists are saying, 'What can I do right now?' The answer is: Record music at home and put it out. ” For those who have a decent studio at home, recording themes and producing them can be relatively easy, if done with creativity, and being linked to a small publisher that does the remastering and the final production can achieve a good result.

This is how Eurovision artists have mainly made their effort and investment at this low time for concerts and performances. And this trend for this type of artists is here to stay, so it is increasingly important for artists to participate in Eurovision as a form of international promotion.