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ESC 2021: Dates and new rules

Posted by Eurovision On Top on June 18, 2020 at 7:10 PM

The Eurovision Song Contest has announced a change in its rules to ensure it can continue every year, whatever the global circumstances. The new rule, announced by new Executive Supervisor. Martin Österdahl will come into effect next year as one-year trial and will allowed recorded backing vocals.


As official charts reported today: "The idea behind the move is to allow participating broadcasters to explore new creative ideas and reduce the technical burdens on the hosting country. Sustainability was also a contributing factor: the use of backing vocals means smaller teams from each country traveling to the contest.It also means producers and songwriters can present their music as closely as possible to the original composition on the night.The use of recorded backing vocals will only be optional - a combination of live and recorded backing vocals is also allowed. "

The new supervisior daid: "We have updated the rules of the Eurovision Song Contest so that, should it be necessary, we are able to make modifications to the format of the shows and the organization of the event that would allow the Contest to still take place despite restrictions imposed on us by a now unknown scenario. The old rules did not allow this. " But why hasn't this happened this year?

Dates for next year have already been announced. Semi-finals will take place on May 18 and May 20 and the Grand Final on May 22.


source: Rob Copsey / Official Charts

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.

https://www.eurovisionontop.com/apps/videos/videos/show/19079536-amir-la-f-te


 

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.

https://www.eurovisionontop.com/apps/videos/videos/show/19079212-jurijus-apie-ja


 

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.

https://www.eurovisionontop.com/apps/videos/videos/show/19079521-jan-johansen-blue-desert-what-s-a-man


 

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."

https://www.eurovisionontop.com/apps/videos/videos/show/19079518-eimear-quinn-hibernia


 

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.

https://www.eurovisionontop.com/apps/videos/videos/show/19079539-gusgus-out-of-place-


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.


All Time ALBUMS CHART Top 150 : The number 1

Posted by Eurovision On Top on June 7, 2020 at 7:00 AM

And finally the number 1!

1293 persons voted for this album and it was considered by our readers as the number 1 at the All Time ALBUMS CHART Top 150: L'amore si muove by Il Volo.


It is the fourth studio album by Il Volo and It was released internationally under the title Grande amore. The album is a mix of original songs and cover versions, in Italian, English and Spanish. The album debuted at number 2 in Italy and reached the top spot on its second week. It was certified double platinum in Italy but peaked at number 1 on the Billboard Top Classical Albums and Billboard Latin Pop Albums, and at number 2 on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart. It included the ESC song Grande Amore. 


The band was considered in 2016 as band of year in our AWARDS but the album was only voted 3rd as Album of the year! The album winner was at the time for Conchita. Now the revenge has come and the album is now the #1 at the All Time ALBUMS CHART Top 150. Check the full list here: https://www.eurovisionontop.com/all-time-albums-chart-top150

Thanks to everyone who voted!

Our team decided to create a list of all the albums from ESC artists that every fan must have! We spent allmost one year creating it and because ESC 2020 is cancelled we decide to present it you now! Of course we couldn't consider all the artists and of course it might have some we forgot.There are some criteria that we had to consider such as the innovation of an album for its time, its creative aspect, its success, its importance in the history of music and also, not to repeat albums by the same artist. The task was hard and so there is a lot of responsibility. It is not easy to order albums with the tastes of more than 10 people, so we decided to leave the best 25 (in our opinion) in the hands of our readers. Voting took place in the Eurovision week of 2020!


All Time ALBUMS CHART Top 150 - Number 2

Posted by Eurovision On Top on June 7, 2020 at 5:05 AM

Voulez-Vous, the sixth studio album by the Swedish group ABBA, released in 1979 is for you the best 2nd album by a ESC artist. It features a number of hits such as "Chiquitita", "Does Your Mother Know" and "I Have a Dream" and showed the group embrace disco music, which was at its peak at the time. The album topped the charts in a number of countries like Japan, Germany or Sweden and was one of the top five-selling albums in the UK for that year. 

In total more than 10 times Platinum albums and lots of Gold albums around the world. Chiquitita, the first single, peaked 1 in the charts of more than 10 countries around the Globe. 

1134 persons voted in this album! Full chart: https://www.eurovisionontop.com/all-time-albums-chart-top150


Our team decided to create a list of all the albums from ESC artists that every fan must have! We spent allmost one year creating it and because ESC 2020 is cancelled we decide to present it you now! Of course we couldn't consider all the artists and of course it might have some we forgot. There are some criteria that we had to consider such as the innovation of an album for its time, its creative aspect, its success, its importance in the history of music and also, not to repeat albums by the same artist. The task was hard and so there is a lot of responsibility. It is not easy to order albums with the tastes of more than 10 people, so we decided to leave the best 25 (in our opinion) in the hands of our readers. Voting took place in the Eurovision week of 2020!



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