Welcome to this week’s New Music roundup from the team at ESCBubble. We’ve cast our nets far and wide so you can continue to follow the musical careers of the acts who’ve been to and attempted to get to the Eurovision Song Contest. It’s been a busy week of new releases!
Demy – Too Late
Greece’s 2017 Eurovision representative and Grand Finalist, Demy, has had an interesting few weeks! Recently she took part in the annual New Wave contest held in Russia and finished third overall. She’s now released her entry ‘Too Late’ as a single, but we’re wondering is it ‘too early’ for a Eurovision return?
Sevak Khanagyan – ПУСТОТА
Although Sevak had a difficult Eurovision experience this year, a rare non qualifier for Armenia, he’s more than upped his game when it’s come to post ESC music releases. We’ve already told you about his song ‘Serkala’ in a previous new music roundup and now he’s back with his follow up ‘ПУСТОТА’ (Eng: ‘Emptiness’):
Mendez feat Linda Pira & Danny Saucedo – Latino Americano
A double treat of Melodifestivalen artists here – three times entrant Mendez (2002, 2003 & 2018) is the lead artist and it features another multiple participant Danny Saucedo (2009 with E.M.D., 2011 and 2012). The other featured artist is one who hasn’t yet made it to Melfest, the Swedish rapper Linda Pira, will her collaboration on ‘Latino Americano’ be the inspiration for her to become a contender in 2019?
Soraya – Yo Brindo
2009 Spanish Eurovision entrant, Soraya Arnelas, has continued to sustain a productive musical career with several more hits on the Spanish download charts. Her latest release is titled ‘Yo Brindo’ (Eng: ‘Cheers’) and is certainly a bop that we recommend you check out!
YOHIO – Tick Tack (Genius)
You may remember YOHIO, the two time Melodifestivalen entrant, who had an androgynous appearance based on a Japanese visual kei look. He was the hot favourite to win in 2013 but a low score from the international jury scuppered the chances for ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ and he eventually finished second. He competed once again in 2014, this time placing 6th with ‘To The End’. He’s now back with a new single which you can listen to below:
ela – Immer noch
The name ela may not seem obvious to you, but you’ll probably remember Elaiza, the 2014 Eurovision representatives from Germany. ela, real name Elżbieta Steinmetz, was their lead singer and their entry ‘Is It Right’ finished 18th in the Grand Final. After a second album called ‘Restless’ in 2016 ela decided to go her own way and this is her debut single ‘Immer noch’ (Eng: ‘Still’):
Linnea Dale – Like A Bullet
It’s not often I give an opinion in these weekly articles, but Linnea Dale’s ‘High Hopes’ is one of my favourite National Final songs ever. The brooding synth pop number came second in the gold final of the 2014 Norwegian Melodi Grand Prix but lost out to the eventual winner and Eurovision 8th placer ‘Silent Storm’. Linnea was also a former Norwegian Idol contestant finishing 7th in 2007! Here’s her new track ‘Like A Bullet’:
ISA – Shy
ISA is a two time Melodifestivalen contestant, the uptempo bop ‘Don’t Stop’ finished 7th in 2015 whilst the ballad ‘I Will Wait’ didn’t make it past the Andra Chansen round in 2016. Outside of Melodifestivalen she’s not quite broken into the Swedish charts but she’s hoping for a breakthrough with her new song ‘Shy’:
Makree feat Justs – Position In Here
When Justs finished 15th in the 2016 Grand Final, his entry ‘Heartbeat’ received the remix treatment from Latvian DJ Makree. Here Justs returns the favour and is the featured vocalist on Makree’s latest single titled ‘Position In Here’. You can have a listen here:
Aleksander Walmann – Waiting For Your Love
Former The Voice runner up on the Norwegian version in 2012, Aleksander became better known to Eurovision fans in 2017 when he along with JOWST won the Melodi Grand Prix with ‘Grab The Moment’, finishing 10th in the Grand Final. He returned again in 2018 as a solo artist with ‘Talk To The Hand’ (also co-written with JOWST) and finished in the top 4 before being eliminated. This is his first release since then and it’s titled ‘Waiting For Your Love’:
Alvaro Estrella – Taking You Home
Alvaro has been able to show a varierty of talents at Melodifestivalen. In 2012 he was a dancer for Danny Saucedo on the second placed song ‘Amazing’. He returned as a singer in 2014 but unfortunately only finished 6th in his semi final with the energetic ‘Bedroom’. This is his third single release since his last appearance, ‘Taking You Home’:
We’ve already brought you the news about 2018’s Melodifestivalen second placer FELIX SANDMAN bringing out an album this week.
You can sample two songs from his album and all of the songs mentioned above on our ESCBubble September New Music Playlist, which you can find on our home page or by clicking here.
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