Welcome to your weekly roundup from the team here at ESCBubble, showcasing the new singles released by former Eurovision artists and those who didn’t quite make it out of their National Finals.
Helena Paparizou – Kati Skoteino
Your 2005 winner for Greece has a long and successful relationship with the Eurovision Song Contest. Apart from her winning entry ‘My Number One’, she also finished third in 2001 for the same country, and also attempted a return in 2014 at Melodifestivalen (where she finished 4th).
Her latest single is called Kati Skoteino (Eng: ‘Something Dark’) and at the time of writing it stands at number 2 in Cyprus and number 3 in Greece on iTunes. A dark and brooding ballad, it shows off a more sensitive side of Helena’s work:
Dolly Style (Molly) – Hush Little Baby (VIP)
Your two time Melodifestivalen all girl group are back, but with a twist. Molly, Polly and Holly, the three members of Dolly Style will be releasing solo songs but still under the guise of the Dolly Style project. First up is Molly with the unusually titled ‘Hush Little Baby (VIP)’. The Dollies are also on tour at the moment and you can catch them on the 28th October in Stockholm!
Saszan feat Wac Toja – Zabierz Mnie Stąd
Saszan took part in this years Polish Eurovision selection ‘Krajowe Eliminacje 2018′ with her entry ‘Nie chcę ciebie mniej’ (Eng: ‘I don’t want less of you‘) which finished 6th. In September she became one of the 100 jurors on the Polish version of the the show ‘All Together Now.’ She has also just released her second album “hologram” from which she has also dropped the third single titled ‘Zabierz Mnie Stąd’ (Eng: ‘Take Me Away From Here’):
Nina Kraljic – Najlepši Dan
Croatia’s 2016 Eurovision entrant, Nina Kraljic is back! Following her success in reaching the Grand Final in 2016 with ‘Lighthouse’ (finishing 23rd with 73 points), her latest single is called ‘Najlepši Dan’ (Eng: ‘Beautiful Day’) and is written by Aljoša Šerić, member of the group Pavel. He had this to say about its composition
She came to me one year ago and asked me if I might write something for her. I had not had anything written for a while and luckily one idea came to my mind, I made a demo, my wife Tonka sang it, we sent it, she liked it very much, and then we finished the arrangement in Scania’s studio, and luckily Nina Kraljić was such an artist that she took my final idea completely into a certain world.
Even some of the phrases changed, which I do not usually allow, I am very explicit about this issue, but I have allowed her because she really does it in a special way, not that she did not mind if I didn’t accept, but she made the song really better. And I’m really pleased with the final result.
Here is ‘Najlepši Dan’:
Eric Saade – Sâ jävla fel
It’s all change for the 2011 3rd place Eurovision ‘Popular’ entrant from Sweden. He’s changed record labels and set up his own one. Now he has now released a very personal Swedish language song and it is the first single from a forthcoming album likely to be of the same theme. Here’s ‘Sâ jävla fel’ (Eng: ‘So Damn Wrong’):
Anna Rossinelli – Hold Your Head Up
Taken from the forthcoming album ‘White Garden’, the 2011 Swiss act Anna Rossinelli returns with a new single ‘Hold Your Head Up’. The group were a rare Grand Final qualifier for the country since the introduction of the semi finals, however their entry ‘In Love For A While’ went on to finish in last place:
Polina Gagarina – Камень на сердце (ChinKong Remix)
This single from the 2015 Russina representative, Polina Gagarina, was orginally released in early May as a powerful mid tempo bordering on being a ballad. However ‘Камень на сердце’ (Eng: ‘Stone On My Heart’) has now been transformed into a tropical bop by remixers ChinKong. Check out the radical new interpretation here:
ZiBBZ – Rich
We recently brought you news of a ZiBBZ single ‘Undun’ which was from their 2017 album titled “It Takes A Village”. It now seems like the 2018 Swiss Eurovision entrant siblings, Corinne and Stefan Gfeller, have moved on from that album by releasing brand new material in the form of a new single ‘Rich’:
Ani Lorak – Сон
The 2008 Ukrainian runner-up, Ani Lorak, is a regular to our column as her output remains quite prolific back in her homeland! This is her second single this year and follows the boppy ‘Сумасшедшая’. ‘Сон’ (Eng: ‘Dream’) is slightly more of a downbeat affair and the lyrics seem to imply Ani had a dream in which another woman was kissing her lover and she is afraid that this dream was prophetic. Ani recently filed for divorce from her husband Murat, so could this be a reference to that perhaps….
DoReDoS – Ручка
It’s great to see the 2018 Moldovan Eurovision entrants back with some new music. ‘My Lucky Day’ was the second entrant in a row that took Moldova into the Grand Final, and it finished it a very respectable 10th. ‘Ручка’ (Eng: ‘Pen’) is very much in that quirky, fun DoReDos style:
Ivan – Снова тебя забываю
Ivan memorably represented Belarus in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest, where his entry ‘Help You Fly’ was memorably staged with a nude Ivan and a wolf beside him! Unfortunately Europe missed out on seeing such a sight in the Grand FInal, after he finished 12th with 84 points. His latest single is called ‘Снова тебя забываю’ (Eng: ‘You Have Forgotten Again’) and you can listen to it here:
We’ve already brought you news of the return of Marco Mengoni here, and all 3 songs of his new songs can be found on our ESCBubble New Music Spotify playlist for October, along with all of the other songs mentioned today. You can find the whole playlist on our home page or by clicking here. Don’t forget to follow ESCBubble on Spotify to get all of the latest new music updated every week.
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