Sunday, August 21, 2022

The latest at the Stockholm Collection

France - Amir found the way to Stockholm, English version Looking For You, Spanish version Yo Busqué, updates, remix, deluxe album and acoustic version. 1 Year on French charts
San Marino - Serhat didn't know, remixes out now, Goes Disco for STHLM, French, Italian versions out now, You need more remixes, updates. New 2017 versions with Martha Wash out now on cdsingle. 2018 US Club hit, 2022 2LP out now 2CD out now
Ukraine - Smile, Jamala made it to Eurovision! 1944 CD EP out now, Jamala Wins the 61st Eurovision Song Contest!, 1944 The Album, 2017 Symphonic version out now, 2017 Remixes. White Vinyl LP 10.
Australia - Dami Im flies the Australian flag. cdsingle out now, 7th Heaven remixes released. 2019 Live Sessions EP.
Poland - Michał Szpak wins Konkurs Piosenki Eurowizji, promo updates, 2018 concert version
Switzerland - Rykka to Stockholm, remix out now, updates, Album version info.
Russia - Sergey Lazarev says You Are The Only One, Metal version, updates, Russian version, Paparizou duet version.
Bosnia-Herzegovina - BiH returns with Disco Deen and gang, download the song Ljubav Je. English version: Listen to Love Is All. 2017 Remix EP
Austria - The French Song for Zoë, updates, Debut Deluxe has remix, acoustic, French digital single release
Croatia - returns with Nina Kraljić, Listen to Lighthouse, cdsingle out now. Album out now
Bulgaria - If Love Was A Crime for Poli Genova, Chipmunk updates, corrections, Greek coverversion by Demy.
Cyprus - Minus One presents Alter Ego, promo update.
Slovenia - ManuElla's Blue And Red, get the App, updates
Moldova - Falling Stars for Lidia Isac, versions update, remix free download
Spain - Say Yay! to Barei. In the Spanish charts, new version, Throw The Dice re-issue, Six remixes out now
Czech Republic - Gabriela Gunčíková, Listen to I Stand. Updates
Latvia - Justs to Eurovision in a Heartbeat, remixes out now, another remix and even more remixes: 12 remixes and counting...
Sweden - MF CD details, MF charts update, Frans wins and goes quadruple platinum, Frans wins the chart race. 2 sets of remixes out now. Dinah Nah cover.
Israel - Hovi (made of) Star(s), it's a ballad now, versions updates, Sagi Kariv remix out now.
Ireland - Westlife's Nicky Byrne, Sunlight single, album and remixes released, updates.
Georgia - Young Georgian Lolitaz Midnight Gold, updates
Malta - 8th Wonder, Ira Losco returns walking on water, updates.
Belgium - What's The Pressure Laura already scores #2 hit. Versions update.
Norway - Arctic Agnete breaks the ice and goes south to Stockholm, updates
Let's Get Physical - Quick list of CDs and cdsingles available in the shops
The Netherlands - Slow Down Douwe Bob, The Bar, The Fool, The LP.
Absent Friends - Who is in and who is out
Montenegro - Highway rocks The Real Thing, remix, updates
Highly recommended shopping: The 2016 OGAE ESC-zine
Germany - Jamie-Lee Kriewitz gives us the Ghost. CDsingle  out now. Berlin album details, Remix EP
Azerbaijan - Samra Rahimli, Listen to a Miracle, remixes by N'evergreen and some other DJs, more mixes
Finland - Sandhja Sings It Away, album on April 29.
Romania - A Moment Of Silence for Ovidiu Anton please
United Kingdom - Voices Joe and Jake unite for the kingdom, single, Cahill remixes
Iceland - 30 years of Söngvakeppni Sjónvarping, Greta Salóme to Stockholm
Lithuania - Donny Montell gets another chance, album #BLCK
Italy - Sanremo 2016 CD out now, Runner up Francesca Michielin
to Stockholm with revamped Sanremo song.
Serbia - Sanja Vučić ZAA band, Listen to Goodbye, free downloads
Albania - Eneda Tarifa wins FiK, Fairytale for Stockholm
Macedonia - Kaliopi the Third, Listen to Dona.
Hungary - A dal CD out now, Freddie wins.
Denmark - Compilation CD out now, Soldiers Of Love wins DMGP
Belarus - Ivan, flight instructor
Armenia - Iveta Mukuchyan listen to LoveWave, remix and jazz excercise
Estonia - Play with Jüri Pootsmann, cdsingle
Greece - Argo T.A.F.K.A. Europond to Stockholm, Listen to Utopian Land.

Welcome to the Stockholm Collection.
Like every year we’ll be bringing you all the details on entries of this years Eurovision stars from Argo to Zoë.
You'll find all official releases (physical and digital), promo info (as much as possible) and the odd coverversion, chart position and important trivia.
The latest updated pages are at the top of this list
Please note only links to official / legal downloads are used in the Stockholm Collection.

Digital release info may not apply to all territories, you gotta do some investigating yourselves there.
All digital release images (DRI's) are taken from iTunes and/or Amazon or otherwises noted sources.

Digital release also includes streaming (like Spotify), but not all release can be found there.

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Due to my working hours I won’t always be able to get the latest news first, but the Stockholm collection will be your Collectors
Guide to the 2016 contest and it will be here to stay for future reference.

France - J'ai cherché - Amir

Digital Release Image
6 - 257 pts / not in semi

On intercalary day France 2 announced Amir as the Eurovision representative the country in the 2016 contest with the song J'ai Cherché (I have been searching). The song is in French and English.
It has been written by Nazim Khaled, Johan Errami and Amir Haddad himself.

J'ai Cherché was first released as a digital single (the longer radio edit).
It is also included on the new album Au Cœur De Moi, out on April 29.
(Tracklist below)

An full English version, Looking For You, is also released (digital) and can be found on the Stockholm promo.
A Spanish/English version Yo Busqué is also recorded. Listen here at Amir's Tubestation.
4-track promo

A 1-track promo cds is issued as well as 4 track promo with remix and English version.
Tracks on the 4-track promo
1. J'ai cherché (Radio Edit) 3:32
2. J'ai cherché (Eurovision Edit) 3:00
3. J'ai cherché (The Story Tellers Remix) 3:24
4. Looking For You (English Version) 3:31
A 6-track album promo including J'ai Cherché was also issued.

Remix DRI
There's a remix on the promo (The Story Tellers remix) and a remix released on June 24.
The latter is the Tom Maiz remix, available through various digital stores. (Update: The Tom Maiz remix is releasion on the album Au Cœur De Moi (Edition Collector) out on 11 November.

A Star Is Born
In 2006 Amir (Amir Haddad) participated in the Israeli version of talent show A Star Is Born (Kokhav Nolad), the show that already gave us Eurovision stars Shiri Maimon, Harel Skaat, Boaz Mauda and Mei Finegold.
But his star really started rising after his third place in The Voice - La Plus Belle Voix (2014).
In 2015 he scored a minor radio hit in France with Oasis. His 'The Voice' version of John Legends All Of Me also charted.
His only album (until 2016's Au Cœur De Moi) is Vayehi from 2011, with songs in Hebrew, released in Israel.

Au Cœur De Moi
Amir release his album Au Cœur De Moi on April 29 (see tracklist below) and a deluxe edition is out on November 11.
The deluxe edition subtitled Edition Collector features 7 bonus tracks including several versions of the Eurovision hit. See below for full tracklist.
The set includes a DVD with clips of J'ai Cherché and follow up single On Dirait as well as an interview and the acoustic session where most of the bomus tracks come from.
The new edition will be released on CD/DVD and of course digitally. There's also a special collectors box with a beanie hat and a poster in a deluxe box.
Ahead of the album release the acoustic version of J'ai Cherché is released as a single track on Oktober 7.

Amir even made a faux pic sleeve for 2022

2022 R3ssources
A vinyl LP,  R3ssources, with new acoustic versions was released in September 2022. Also on a 3CD set with the original Ressources album & deluxe bonus tracks. 
It includes the new R3ssources version of J'ai Cherché.
(Warner Music France 9029621965)
3CD & digital August 19, Vinyl LP in September
(Warner Music France 0190296219658)
A picture disc vinyl of the R3ssources LP is releásed on December 2.
(Warner Music France 5054197221583)
Fnac has it and so does JPC

J'ai Cherché - ESC edit
4 track promo, Stockholm 2CD, 
J'ai Cherché - single version/Radio edit
4 track promo, 1-track promo, digital single, Au coeur de moi CD
J'ai Cherché - The Story Tellers remix
- 4 track promo
Looking For You - English (single version)
4 track promo, digital release, CD Au Cœur De Moi (Edition Collector)
Yo Busqué - Spanish/English
- CD Au Cœur De Moi (Edition Collector)
J'ai Cherché - Tom Maiz remix
- digital release 24-6, CD Au Cœur De Moi (Edition Collector)
J'ai Cherché - Acoustic version
- digital release 7-10, CD Au Cœur De Moi (Edition Collector)
J'ai Cherché - r3ssources version (french/english)
- LP/3CD R3ssources (2022)
DRI English version
J'ai Cherché - karaoke
- official karaoke album (digital release)
Another remix, the Holderz remix appears on an unofficial digital collection Hot Summer Workout Hits 2016. (No label)

One of the biggest Eurovision hits is France. On August 11 2022 it was rewarded a Diamond award from the
Syndicat National de l’édition phonographique  (SNEP) 
France top 200: 88, 164, 85, 144, 168, 129, 110, 103, 60, 13, 9, 2, 7, 9, 9, 5, 9, 11, 11, 12, 16, 18, 20, 26, 24, 25, 32, 41, 44, 63, 74, 66, 60, 54, 67, 76, 90, 38, 35, 53, 68, 67, 65, 42, 43, 56, 70, 65, 80, 107, 82, 60, 93, 148, 101, 152, 133, 166, 187, 186, 176, -, 151, 175
Belgium (Wallonia) top 50: 47, 30, 15, 11, 11, 12, 8, 4, 6, 6, 5, 5, 8, 10, 9, 8, 10, 13, 13, 47, -
Sweden top 100: 45, 97, -
Germany top 100: 80, -
Switzerland top 75: 59, -
Switzerland Suisse Romande top 20: 11, 15, 17, 12, 10, 9, 13, 13, 16, 15, 14, -, 17, -
- The charts of the French language region of Switzerland.
Austria top 75: 58, -
Spain top 50: 33, -

Album, picture from Amirs Facebook
Links and sources
Thanks to Nigel.
Amir website and FB
Eurovision France 2 FB
Listen here at Amirs Youtube

Tracklist Au Coeur De Moi CD
1. J'ai cherché (single version)
2. On dirait
3. Au coeur de moi
4. Ma vie, ma ville, mon monde
5. A ta manière
6. I Know
7. Très haut
8. Je reviendrai
9. Lost
10. Oasis
11. Broken Heart (feat. ABI)
12. Il est temps qu'on m'aime
Edition Collector
Bonus tracks on Edition Collector
13. J'ai cherché (Acoustic)
14. On dirait (Acoustic)
15. Il est temps qu'on m'aime (Acoustic)
16. Silence (Acoustic)
17. Yo Busque (Spanish version of J'ai cherché)
18. Looking for you (English version of J'ai cherché)
19. J'ai cherché (Tom Maiz remix)

Past entries from France to check out
2015 - Lisa Angell
2014 - Twin Twin
2013 - Amandine Bourgeois
2012 - Anggun
2011 - Amaury Vassili
2010 - Jessy Matador
2009 - Patricia Kaas

Monday, July 11, 2022

San Marino - I Didn't Know - Serhat

cds promo
12 - 68 pts in semi 1

San Marino surprisingly sent a Turkish singer to the Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm.
The singer is Serhat (Ahmet Serhat Hacıpaşalıoğlu) and his song is titled I Didn't Know.

The Eurovision entry is written by Olcayto Ahmet Tugsuz and lyricist Nektarios Tyrakis.
The song is in English but is also recorded in Italian (Non Ero Io), French (Comment savoir) and other languages*

The original I Didn't Know was revealed on March 9, But later it was decided to change the version going to Stockholm.
The so called Disco version is an edit of the Club remix of the first released digital EP, a second EP with new mixes was released on April 8.
It now has the Eurovision version (a.k.a The Disco version edit) as the lead track.
The original version is now named the Love version.

That's How I Feel
In 2019 Serhat released his album That's How I Feel. A promo cds was made and in 2022 a 2LP version was released in Turkey. In August 2022 a 2CD version was released as well.
See Serhat's 2019 entry Say Na Na Na for more details on the album/2LP release with tracklists.

Watch and listen here (Disco version edit)

2017 Martha Wash
A new version recorded with none other than Martha Wash of The Weather Girls fame is released on November 3. Out digitally through Cap Sounds. CDsingles are also available (CAP sounds, no cat.numbers)
The cdsingle and  digital release has five versions of the song.
I Didn't Know - single version
I Didn't Know - Cutmore radio remix
I Didn't Know - Markus Adler remix
I Didn't Know - Extended version
I Didn't Know - Cutmore Club remix
Martha Wash was one of the Weather Girls who had a legendary hit with It's Raining Men in 1982. She's also the voice on 90's dance anthems like Gonna Make You Sweat  by C+C Music Factory plus Everybody Everybody and Fantasy by Blackbox.

The duet version enters the US Billboard Dance charts in May 2018:
Billboard Dance Club Songs top 50: 47, 38, 30, 27, 25, 25, 34, 35, 41

1st digital EP 
First digital EP tracks
I Didn't Know - original version
I Didn't Know - Markus Adler remix
I Didn't Know - Dance version
I Didn't Know - Promostella remix
I Didn't Know - Club remix a.k.a Disco version
I Didn't Know - Karaoke
- Released through the Cap-sounds label. Some digital stores have different subs (like Amazon has track 5 as Club remix, iTunes calls it Disco version)

Comment Savoir - French version
Non Ero Io - Italian version
- French and Italian digital releases, they are versions of the original mix (not the ESC mix)
I Didn't Know - single version with Martha Wash
I Didn't Know - Cutmore radio remix with Martha Wash
I Didn't Know - Markus Adler remix with Martha Wash
I Didn't Know - Extended version with Martha Wash
I Didn't Know - Cutmore Club remix with Martha Wash

2nd digi EP
Second digital EP Tracklist
I Didn't Know - Eurovision version
I Didn't Know - Mike Rizzo Funk Generation Mix
I Didn't Know - Cutmore Club Mix
I Didn't Know - Mike Rizzo Radio Edit
I Didn't Know - Cutmore Radio Edit
I Didn't Know - Eurovision version karaoke
- Released through the Cap-sounds label. 

Eurovision version also on the Stockholm 2CD
Eurovision karaoke also - on the official karaoke album (digital release)

A promo cd (cdr) was issued including 7 tracks
1. I Didn't Know - ESC Version
2. I Didn't Know - Markus Adler Remix
3. I Didn't Know - Love Version (= Original version)
4. I Didn't Know - Dance Version
5. Non Ero Io - Italian version
6. Comment Savoir - French Version
7. I Didn't Know - Extended Disco Version

The press kit also includes a USB with above 7 tracks in mp3 and wave formats, biographies, photos and San Marino info.
The cds is still available at Bearecords.

DRI Italian version
Serhat (Ahmet Serhat Hacıpaşalıoğlu) is a singer, dentist, producer and TRT TV host from Istanbul. He started his TV career in 1994 and cut his first single in 1997.  In 2004 he recorded a single Total Disguise with one time Eurovision host Viktor Lazlo.
His most recent outing is Je m'Adore (in French).

The songwriters:
Tugsuz already gave us some classic Turkish entries: Hani (1982) and Şarkım Sevgi Üstüne (1987).
Tyrakis wrote the lyrics to Saki's Shake it (Greece 2004) and Love Me Tonight (Angelica Agurbash, Belarus 2005)

DRI French version
Links and sources
Serhat website and FB
Serhat at BeaRecords
Serhat's Youtube channel has Je m'Adore and other videos.
* according SMTV press release but we haven't heard any yet.

Check out these Sammarinese masterpieces
2015 - Michele Perniola and Anita Simoncini
2014 - Valentina Monetta III
2013 - Valentina Monetta II
2012 - Valentina Monetta I
2011 - Senit

Monday, February 10, 2020

Ukraine - 1944 - Jamala

Winner of the 61st Eurovision Song Contest

1- 534 pts / 2 - 287 pts in semi 2

Ukraine took a year off because of other pressing matters but they're back with a vengeance.
1944, the winner of the national final, is a song by Jamala (Джамала) reportedly about the deportation of the Crimean Tatars by Stalin. (Check the history book on the shelf people)
It's sung in English and Crimean Tatar (Qırımtatarca).
The song is written by Jamala and Art Antonian.

The song was performed live in May 2015 (in the Crimean Tatar language) as Our Crimea (Бизим Къырым). This was not outside the current EBU rules for early disclosure of the songs.

1944 has been released as a single through several digital outlets.
For a few weeks 1944 and the 1944 EP were deleted from all digital stores, including the possibility to buy it as a seperate track from the Stockholm 2CD. But the single track is now back on under a different licence (Enjoy records / Comp music)

1944 EP
A five track EP including 1944 was released on May 7. Also out on CD. (Enjoy records).
It also features four previously released songs.
You can listen to all tracks here at Jamala's Soundcloud.
See full tracklist below.

1944 - The Album
A 12-track album is released (Universal). It features nine songs in English and three in Ukrainian. All tracks except 1944 come from earlier Jamala releases, see full details and tracklist below.
The album has been released through most digital sources, no CD release has appeared.
In 2017 the digital album was re-released with the Symphonic version of 1944 as a bonus track.

10 The Album
In 2019 another compilation including 1944 was released.
The album celebrates Jamala´s 10 years on stage.
This time it´s also available on white vinyl LP. Available at Jamala´s Facebook shop
The digital version has 22 tracks, the LP just 10.
I have a very uncomfortable question for you Jamala, Why is Smile not on this LP ?

1944 - 2017 version
Sweden top 100: 46
France top 200: 49
Switzerland top 75: 73
Austria top 75: 54
Spain top 50: 32

In the first semifinal of the 2017 Kyiv contest Jamala performed a new version of 1944. This version with symphonic orchestra has been released as a digital single now.
Remixes by Roy Malakian were released in November 2017. (Soundcloud has one of them)

Jamala, (Susana Jamaladinova, Сусана Джамаладінова) came to the Eurovision worlds attention with Smile, the ill fated preselection song from 2011 that wasn't to be.
After dissatisfaction with the validity of the results with Mika Newton as the winner, a rematch final was planned between the top three songs of 2011, but the other contestants Jamala and Zlata Ognevich withdrew, leaving Mika Newton with the Eurovision ticket. But you probably knew all that.

2010 single It's Me Jamala (DRI)
But on a personal note, with Smile and the videoclips of Jamala covering songs of one of my all time music heroes Yma Sumac, the Ukraïnian singer stole my heart and I've been a devoted fanboy ever since.
She released a host of singles like the wonderful You're Made Of Love, the crazy It's Me Jamala, All These Simple Things and more recently Zaplutalas (Заплуталась) and Innye (Иные). Most accompanied by amazing videos.
She has released three full albums
- For Every Heart (2011)
- All Or Nothing (2013)
- Podykh (Подих) a.k.a. Dykhaniye (Дыхание) (2015)
(The CD has the first title, but the digital version I bought is titled Дыхание, what's with that Jamala?)
In 2012 a live CD/DVD was released: For Every Heart: Live at Arena Concert Plaza, the DVD also includes video clips of her first five singles.

single digital release image
Jamala also contributed songs to several soundtracks. For the 2014 movie The Guide, in which Jamala portrays jazz singer Olga, the love interest of the main characters father, she recorded You're My Thrill, made famous by Billie Holiday.

She recorded songs in Ukrainian, English, Russian and Crimean Tatar.
On the 2011 album For Every Heart there's Pengereden (From the window) and on All Or Nothing you can find Unutmasan (Don't forget), both recorded in the Crimean Tatar language.
In 2011 I wrote a blogpost about For Every Heart, read it here at Eurocovers.

1944 digital EP
1944 - single version
- digital release, Stockholm 2CD, 1944 EP and album
1944 - Symphonic version
- digital release
1944 - Roy Malakian full vocal remix
1944 - Roy Malakian radio vocal remix
- remixes digital release 2017
1944 - karaoke version
- on the official karaoke album (digital release)

Tracklist 1944 EP
1. 1944
2. Watch Over Me ***
3. Hate Love **
4. I'm Like A Bird *
5. Thank You ***

Tracklist 1944 Album
1. 1944
3. Hate Love **
4. Watch Over Me ** *
5. Perfect Man ***                           
6. My Lover ***
8. You've Got Me ****
9. Thank you ***
10. With My Eyes (Очима, in Ukrainian) **
11. Way To Home (Шлях додому, in Ukrainian) **
12. Breath (Подих, in Ukrainian) **

* From CD All Or Nothing (2013)
** From new album Podykh (Подих) a.k.a. Dykhaniye (Дыхание) (2015)
*** From the Thank You EP (2014)
**** English version of Чому Cаме Tебе from new album Podykh (Подих) a.k.a. Dykhaniye (Дыхание) (2015)   
Smile DRI

Links and sources
Jamala website,  FB and VK
Listen at Jamala's Youtube, Soundcloud
Jamala at Eurocovers - The One That Got Away

Check out these Ukrainian Eurovision gems
No participation in 2015
2014 - Mariya Yaremchuck
2013 - Zlata Ognevich
2012 - Gaitana
2011 - Mika Newton
2010 - Alyosha
2009 - Svetlana Loboda

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Australia - Sound Of Silence - Dami Im

cdsingle sleeve (signed)
2 - 511 pts / 1 - 330 pts in semi 2

SBS, Australia's Eurovision broadcaster announced Dami Im as the representative in Stockholm.
The song is titled Sound Of Silence, written by Anthony Egizii and David Musumeci of DNA Songs.
Watch and listen here

Two versions of the song were released digitally.
A cdsingle was released on April 1 in Australia (Sony Music Australia  88985317652)

Two remixes by 7th Heaven were released on May 20 (digital, Sony)
(See versions below)

2019 live EP
January 2019 saw the release of a 6-track live EP by Dami Im. The Live Sessions was first released digitally but saw a CD release on April 19. It includes Sound Of Silence and five other tracks.
(Sony Music Australia 19075936852)
1. Dreamer
2. I Hear A Song
3. Like A Cello
4. Super Love
5. Sound Of Silence
6. Amazing Grace
Available at Sanity, who sell worldwide. The got signed copies.

Who's Dami Im?
Dami Im was born in South Korea as 임다미 and moved to Australia when she was nine years old.
Dami is an accomplished pianist (she started at the age of five) and singing followed at the age of 14.
Dami's rise to fame started with winning X-factor in 2013 and following it up with a Number 1 single (Alive) and album (Dami Im).
Before that she released the Album Dream in Korea (2010).
Digital release image
The album Dami Im (2013) includes her No 1. single Alive and a number of cover songs she performed in X-Factor. (like U2's OnePurple RainBridge Over Troubled Water (!) and ..... And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going from the musical Dreamgirls)
Alive also charted in South Korea and Singapore.

The 2014 album Heartbeats featured all new songs written for (and with) Dami Im. It includes the hits Super LoveGladiator and Living Dangerously.
Dami Im has scored nine top 50 hits in Australia.

Dami Im has released a new album on the way, but it's logical that Sound Of Silence isn't included as it's an album with coverversions of songs made famous by legendary American pop duo The Carpenters.
Classic Carpenters was released on April 22 and includes classics like Yesterday Once More, We've Only Just Begun, There's A Kind Of Hush and (They Long To Be) Close To You. (Sony Music Australia).
And for you youngsters out there: The Carpenters were American brother and sister duo Karen and Richard Carpenter who scored many hits (and hitalbums) in the 70's. 12 top 10 hits in the U.S, many of them classics now. Karen Carpenter is no longer with us. Go and do your Wiki's and Youtubes.
Find out a bit more here at Eurocovers, includes track by track details and a little review.
Classic Carpenters enters the Australian album charts at #3.

Remixes DRI
Sound Of Silence - short edit
Sound Of Silence - single version/radio edit
- both on cdsingle, digital releases
Sound Of Silence - karaoke
- Official karaoke album (digital)
Sound Of Silence - 7th Heaven radio edit
Sound Of Silence - 7th Heaven club mix
- 7th Heaven remixes digital release
Sound Of Silence - Glamstarr radio edit
Sound Of Silence - Glamstarr club mix
Sound Of Silence - Glamstarr instrumental
DJ Brett Austins Glamstarr remixes have not been released officially yet but can be heard if you browse the Tube. According to Austins Facebook They were approved for release on May 15.

7th Heaven are U.K. remixers Jon Dixon and Andy Wetson. Next to helping out superstars like David Bowie, Agnetha Fältskog, Katy Perry, Kylie Minogue and Ariana Grande they have remixed several Eurovision entries in the past years: HeroesEuphoriaUnbreakable, Je Ne sais Quoi  and withdrawn entry We Don't Wanna Put In
They also gave this years entries of Nicky Byrne and Justs a makeover.

Short version DRI
Sound Of Silence initially enters the Australian charts at number 68 but leaves after just one week, after the contest it re-enters at No. 5.
Australia top 100 (ARIA): 68, -, 5, 25, 32, 32, 31, 29, 49, 77, 84, 84, -
Sweden top 100: 17, 35, 51, 99, -
Even though the chart history doen't seem impressive, Sound Of Silence was awarded  Gold status in Sweden on July 4.
Netherlands top 100: 100, -
France top 200: 69, -
Germany top 100: 57, -
Switzerland top 75: 55, -
Austria top 75: 39, -
Spain top 50: 37,

Links and sources
Dami Im Website and  FB
SBS (Australian TV) Eurovision pages
Dami Im at BeaRecords
Thanks to Alexandre, DJ Alan T, STHLM mix (see comments) and Grant.

Australia's Eurovision History is relatively short, find out more:
2015 - Guy Sebasian

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Poland - Color Of Your Life - Michał Szpak

Digital release image
8 - 229 pts / 6 - 151 pts in semi 2

Poland is represented in Stockholm by Michał Szpak and his song Color Of Your Life.
The song is written by Kamil Varen and Andy Palmer.

Color Of Your Life can be found on last years Szpak CD Byle Być Sobą. (Sony Music  88985303292)
The album version has also been released as a digital single. A Eurovision edit can be found on the Stockholm 2CD.

A 5-track promo cd was issued for Stockholm with the Eurovision song and four other tracks from the album Byle Być Sobą.
1. Color Of Your Life
2. Jesteś Bohaterem
3. Tic Tac Clock
4. Bo Życie Takie Jest
5. What A Shame

3-track promo
There's also a three track promo issued by Sony
1. Color Of Your Life (album version)
2. Rosanna
3. Real Hero
The extra tracks are also from Szpak's album Byle Być Sobą.

In 2018 (September 7) Szpak released a new album Dreamer.
The Special edition of this release includes live bonus tracks  including Color Of Your Life.
(Sony Music 19075877792)

Color Of Your Life - ESC version
- Stockholm 2CD
Color Of Your Life - album version
- CD Byle Być Sobą, digital single
Dreamer 2018 Special edition
Color Of Your Life - Karaoke (Instrumental)
- Official karaoke album (digital)
Color Of Your Life - Concert version (2018)
- CD Dreamer, Special edition

France top 200: 156
Austria top 75: 66

Links and sources
Thanks to Frederick
Michał Szpak website and FB
Listen at Michał Szpak's Vevo

Album Byle Być Sobą
Polish entries from a few years gone by
2015 - Monika Kuszyńska
2014 - Donatan Cleo
No participation in 2012 and 2013
2011 - Magdalena Túl
2010 - Marcin Mrozinski
2009 - Lidia Kopania

Monday, March 13, 2017

Bosnia-Herzegovina - Ljubav Je - Deen and Dalal with Ana Rucner and Jala

Digital release image EP
11 - 104 pts in semi 1

After a three-year absence Bosnia-Herzegovina decided to return to the Eurovision stage with Deen and Dalal with Ana Rucner playing cello and Jala doing a bit of rapping.

The song Ljubav Je (Love it) was presented on Februari 19 and can be downloaded at the BHRT (see links and sources below).
The song is written by Dalal Midhat-Talakić en Almir Ajanović.

A 4 track EP (digital) is out on April 3* which also includes the English version Love Is All plus an instrumental version and karaoke of the original version. (Tempo Production).
The release features a new verion with some added backing vocals and a slightly different arrangement.
Listen to the English version here at Tempo productions Youtube
* It seems to be postponed.
The original version is on the Official Stockholm 2CD

A single track Ljubav Je was released as a digital single on March 30 through the usual sources.
(see versions below)
A promo cdsingle includes the Eurovision version, English version and instrumental.

Remix EP DRI
2017 EP
A digital Ep featuring 7 versions is released in 2017.
1. Ljubav je
2. Love Is All
3. Ljubav je (instrumental)
4. Ljubav je (Clubmix)
5. Ljubav je (Dubmix)
6. Ljubav je (Radiomix)
7. Ljubav je (Singback)
Track 1 is the ESC version, the singback is of the Radio mix
It's on Spotify under Various Artists so you'll have to browse with the title or use the spotify link below.
Thanks to Marek for spotting. (see comments)

Single track DRI
Bunny loving Deen (Fuad Backović-Deen) is still deeply carved in most Eurovision fans's memory for his dancetastic 2004 entry In The Disco. (8th place in Istanbul, 7th in the semi).
Dalal (Dalal Midhat-Talakić) once was a member of R'n'B Duo Erato and Deen and her have been friends for 20 years.
Ana Rucner is an acclaimed classical cellist from Croatia and Jala (Jala Brat) is a popular rapper from Sarajevo.

Ljubav Je - ESC version
Love Is All - English
Ljubav Je / Love Is All - Instrumental
Ljubav Je - karaoke
- Official karaoke album (digital)
- all above on digital EP, all except karaoke on promo cds
Ljubav Je - Original
- Stockholm 2CD
Ljubav je - Clubmix
Ljubav je - Dubmix
Ljubav je - Radiomix
Ljubav je - Singback

- the mixes are digital streaming releases


Links and sources
Thanks to Marek
Deen website and FB
Dalal FB
Download the song here at BHRT
Ana Rucner website, FB, Soundcloud
Jala FB
The entry is released by Tempo productions
Eurovision Collectors Guide 1956-2005.
Deen at Bearecords

Check out these Bosnia-Herzegovina entries
2012 - Maya Sar
2011 - Dino Merlin
2010 - Vukašin Brajić
2009 - Regina
Deens 2004 In The Disco cdrom
So I dug up the old Deen's 2004 promo and it still works!. Technology has changed a lot since 2004 and nothing comes close to HD or even LD, but still a great item in anyone's Eurovision collection.
Deen's 2004 entry In The Disco was recorded twice. The first version was available at the BiHTV website, a new version was recorded for Eurovision and that one ended up on the (widely distributed) promo cdrom above.
In The Disco was written by Vesna Pisarović who represented Croatia in 2002 with Everything I Want (Sasvim Sigurna) ending 11th.
The disc features a TV show highlighting the Bosnia-Herzegovina entries from 1964 (for Yugoslavia) to 2004. Also included are the In The Disco video, lyrics and biographies.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Austria - Loin d'Ici - Zoë

Promo artwork
13 - 151 pts / 7 - 170 pts in semi 1

Last years host country is represented in Stockholm by Zoë and her French language song Loin d'Ici (Far from here).
Loin d'Ici is written by Zoë Straub and Christof Straub. Christof is Zoë's paps, who himself is very successful as a member of Austrian folk duo Papermoon.

The song was first released October 2015 on Zoë's album Debut. The Eurovision version was released as a digital single on Februari 5. All releases through Global Rockstar.
Debut entered the Austrian album charts at its highest peak: No. 5. (Tracklist is below).

Zoë (Zoë Straub) entered last years Austrian selection with the song Quel Filou (What a cheat) which can also be found on the album Debut. Back then her song (out of six) didn't make the final two. The song spent one week on the Austrian charts.
Follow up single Mon Cœur A Trop Aimé spent 16 weeks on the top 75, reaching No. 12.

Debut Deluxe
Zoë's album Debut gets a re-release on April 29 as Debut Deluxe. It includes the ESC version of Loin d'Ici as well as the acoustic version and a remix (see versions below) plus some extra tracks (Full tracklist at the end of this post).
The original album version of Loin d'Ici is not on the new Deluxe edition
The CD will be released in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. (Global Rockstar / Sony Music 0889853261925)
Digital release will be worldwide.

Digital release image
Loin d'Ici - ESC version
- digital release, CD Debut Deluxe, Promo cds, Stockholm 2CD
Loin d'Ici - Album version
- CD Debut, promo cds
Loin d'Ici - Acoustic
- CD Debut Deluxe, French digital single release, U.K. promo
Loin d'Ici - Stone Van Brooken remix
- CD Debut Deluxe 
Loin d'Ici - radio edit
- French digital single release
Loin d'Ici - Karaoke 
- Official karaoke collection digital release, promo cds
No other language versions will be recorded.

France DRI
The promo cds has the ESC version, karaoke and album version.
It comes in two different editions, one in card sleeve, the later one in jewel case (cd single case) with fold over and booklet.

A digital single was released in France on September 16. It features the radio edit, previously only released as video, the acoustic version and album track Devinez.

Follow up single Danse Avec Moi was issued as a promo in the U.K., this cd-r features the acoustic version of Loin d'ici.

jewel case cd inlay
Zoë's Loin d'Ici enters the Austrian charts at number 14, peaking at 13 after the contest.
Austria top 75: 14, 33, 39, 64, 53, 74, 68, 68, -, 70, -, 68, 33, 13, 50, -
Sweden top 100: 66, -
France top 200: 99, -
In the 2014 post about Conchita you can find a list with all chart results of Austrian Eurovision songs from 1965 to 2016.

Links and sources
Special thanks to Christof at Global Rockstar and to Pablo for the message.
Plus special thanks to ÖRF for the prize:)
Zoë FB
Zoë at Global Rockstar (new link) listen to Loin d'Ici and some other songs at the video page
Wer singt für Österreich pages at ÖRF
Listen at Spotify
The Youtube video also has digital shopping links

Austria's recent Eurovision gems
2015 - The Makemakes
2014 - Conchita Wurst
2013 - Natália Kelly
2012 - Trackshittaz
2011 - Nadine Beiler
No participation from 2008 to 2010 for Austria

Tracklist Debut Deluxe
1.         Loin D'ici - ESC Version (3:00 min)
2.         Devinez
3.         Danse avec moi
4.         Rien ne va plus
5.         Quel filou
6.         Adieu
7.         Mon ange
8.         Mon cœur a trop aimé
9.         Je t'aime
10.       Je m'en fous
11.       Rends-moi mon cœur
12.       Pourquoi alors je pleure?
13.       Loin d'ici - Acoustic version (4 :21)
14.       Devinez - Balduin Remix 
15.       Loin D'ici - Stone Van Brooken Remix (3:11)
16.       Royals
17.       Your Eyes 

Album "Debut"
Tracklist Debut (2015)
1.         Je m'en fous
2.         Devinez
3.         Danse avec moi
4.         Rien ne va plus
5.         Quel filou
6.         Adieu
7.         Mon ange
8.         Mon cœur a trop aimé
9.         Je t'aime
10.       Rends-moi mon cœur
11.       Pourquoi alors je pleure?
12.       Loin d'ici (album version)