|Posted by Eurovision On Top on October 15, 2017 at 2:30 PM||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”.
|Posted by Eurovision On Top on October 15, 2017 at 2:15 PM||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.
Listen the album here: www.radio.obozrevatel.com/playlists-music/o-torvald-2017-bisaydi-1006.html
|Posted by Eurovision On Top on October 15, 2017 at 11:55 AM||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.
|Posted by Eurovision On Top on September 25, 2017 at 1:05 PM||comments (1)|
In 2009 The Toppers shined at Eurovision but their story is older than that and their success is a continuous during 13 years old!
The group was formed in 2005 by three Dutch solo singers Gordon, René Froger and Gerard Joling (who particpated in Eurovision with Shangri-la). In late 2008, Joling was replaced by Jeroen van der Boom. However, on 2 December it was announced that Gerard Joling returned to The Toppers.
The actual members are René, Gerard and Jeroen and their recorded Live Concert is back on the charts. Since 2005, when they released the first Live album they are on the charts every year with a new Live recording.
Toppers in concert 2007, 2011 and 2015 reached the number 1 in the charts of the Netherlands but allmost all of their anual CDs were certified as Gold.
This year, the themed concert "Wild West, Home Best" was published as a DVD and CD and it's already in the charts of Belgium and the Netherlands. Jan Smit joined the team!
Let them Shine, Shine, Shineeeeeeeeeeeee!
|Posted by Eurovision On Top on September 21, 2017 at 12:25 AM||comments (1)|
1191 weeks in the Official Chart of United Kingdom, equivalent to more than 22 years, since 1992.
The compilation album of ABBA is the best seller album ever of the swedish band with sales of 30 million, and it is one of the best selling albums worldwide!
Severall editions were made in different countries but in the UK the compilation is back to the TOP40! With so much popular songs the compilation includes all the greatest hits of ABBA and it is not a surprise that the winners of 1974 are back again in the charts! Right now the album GOLD is in the charts of 5 european countries but it's common to see it enter and leaving the charts a lot of times!
Since 1992, it was ranked in high positions in the charts all over the world as you can see below (peak positions) :