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Our choice for the week (w27)

Posted by Eurovision On Top on July 5, 2020 at 10:10 AM

This week we highlight 4 of the new songs launched by artists from Eurovision.

A song for dance

Zlata Ognevich sang a very different song in Eurovision from the kind of music she's doing now. From Dance music to ballads, Zlata is one of the most popular artists in Ukraine right now. This is her latest track that will make you dance!

A comeback

Patrick Fiori sings with heart his origins, his landmarks and his ties. And that's precisely the DNA of his new single "Un air de famille". A positive, playful and unifying title that he composed on a text written to measure by Marie Bastide ( Florent Pagny, Calogero, Louane, Céline Dion …;). An ode to the Family in all its diversity, an anchor to which we want to turn in these complicated times.  (FranceBleu)

A song to dream

Returning to the old melodies and letting ourselves be carried away by love is a dream. This is the new proposal of Goran Karan who, with his own unique style, leads us to dream with a song on a summer afternoon.

A song for the causes

The times we live in today, demonstrations, discrimination and aggressiveness are portrayed by Alex in this song where the causes sing louder. The video speaks for itself.

The Netflix film: Eurovision has become this

Posted by Eurovision On Top on June 28, 2020 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (20)

Netflix's Eurovision film has already premiered and we've seen it. "Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga" is a film full of stereotypes about the European competition and that has not gathered, like any comedy, a consensus, especially among fans.


With a rating of 6.7 / 10 on imdb, Will Ferrell's film ranks 30 in the most popular films on this platform specializing in cinema (28/6/2020). If for some it is "Will Ferrell's Best Comedy in Years" (David Sims, Atlantic) for others it is "The Real Eurovision Is As Absurd and Entertaining As Any Will Ferrell Movie" (Dave Holmes, Esquire). For David Rooney of Hollywood Reporter" the movie's obvious love for the bizarre excesses of Eurovision, and the fun it has with them, make you wish the filmmakers could have condensed all the messy plot padding and just harnessed the excitement of the show. "


But let's not mix things up, this film must be analyzed as a comedy film on the one hand, and on the other as a Eurovision film. Let's analyze it one by one, in our opinion.


The film:

It is a typical comedy by Will Ferrell, with many jokes and hilarious moments like the performance of the band Fire Saga in the semifinal - this is the highlight. It is a love story as it happens in almost all films that could take place in any other context and not in the Eurovision environment.

To be able to bring together a range of good actors like Pierce Brosnan or the always charming, and perhaps the best performance in this film, by Rachel McAdams is an indisputable feat. The best of Icelandic cinema is present in the film, with renowned actors such as Ólafur Darri Ólafsson or Björn Hlynur Haraldsson.

The excess of jokes about the male organ is something that Will Ferrell should say enough. All that is too much ...

About Eurovision:

It is very important to highlight the perception that Will Ferrell had about Eurovision. His reading of the event is very actual, especially in what Eurovision has become. For those who enjoy Eurovision and for those fans who like to laugh with Eurovision, with its artists and who don't take it too seriously, they will love the movie, specially the new fans. For the more conventional fan, who lived Eurovision with an orchestra, seriously, with a sense of voting, the seriousness of the songs, culture and languages, the offense will be big.

But it is clear that this is a comedy film and Will Ferrell managed to enjoy it, especially, and we say again, what Eurovision has become. For those who are not fans of Eurovision and for those who do not take it seriously and just do zapping, the portrait of Eurovision is reliable.

First, the ridicule of some songs and performers led to exaggeration. The Greek singer and especially Dan Stevens, take their roles to the extreme managing to ridicule songs that ... hey! do not take offense, we have already had a lot like that in Eurovision.

Something extraordinary that Will managed to portray was the backstage game of Eurovision, from the countries that do not want to win and what they do for not winning until the promotion and even those that already knows they will win, like te russian singer. About the promotion maybe Will didn’t get the point well, as well, about the Eurovision fans. But having the support of EBU, it was perhaps better as a way of flirting the United States and finally taking Eurovision to the other side of the Atlantic. The Eurovision fan is portrayed by the character of Will Ferrell who dreams of Eurovision and who creates a world of escape around this dream. How many fans don't live for Eurovision and make it their life? The gay bond is also subtly portrayed through the Russian character, where criticism of Moscow's policies on homosexuality is made. We say subtle because it could have been much more aggressive and thankfully it wasn't.

Fiction interpreters join some real interpreters in the film, curiously Eurovision icons like Netta or Conchita who are suitable for this Eurovision joke attempt, if we think about the common viewer who sees the program. It is not clear whether Eurovision can be taken seriously through this film or whether it helps to ridicule its role. Think of those who don't know these Eurovision winners and characters. They will certainly think that they are some more to enjoy. Perhaps Salvador Sobral's most serious performance may have been an attempt not to ridicule the event, even so, for those who do not know him, he will think that the music of a simple street musician is better than that of Eurovision even though he has been a song that won the contest. After all, not all Eurovision performances are ridiculous, they don't have choreographies or multi lights and fire. Perhaps some fans now understand why Sobral said "music is not firework". For the common viewer, Eurovision has become that.

Anyway, congratulations to Ferrell for the film that makes us laugh. But it won't be too much if everyone has a Eurofan by their side to demystify some of the things that go on in the film.

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.

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.

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