Wednesday, August 14, 2019

The latest at the Lisbon Collection

Welcome to the Lisbon Collection
Like every year we’ll be bringing you all the release info on entries of this years Eurovision stars.

You'll find all official releases (physical and digital), promo info (as much as possible) and the odd coverversion, chart position and important trivia.
Always more to come, the latest updated pages are at the top of this links list.
Thanks to all record companies and delegations who sent info, much appreciated!
Special thanks to Frederick and to Nigel, couldn't have done it without you.

Iceland - Söngvakeppnin's choice is Ari Ólafsson, versions, updates. Not Europe's choice. Remix version.
Croatia - Stop! Franka's going Crazy/Home, Midnight session and remixes, CD S Tobom out now.
Let's Get Physical - Quick list of physical releases, now with Book section. Upadtes 2019.
Hungary - A Dal 2CD out now, Let's get loud with AWS, Listen to Summer gone, all versions updated. CD, Live CD/DVD
Cyprus - Eleni Foureira is on Fire!, Fuego revealed, Spanish version out now. 2nd place in Final. Magazine edition. Remix, Platinum edition CD out now
United Kingdom - Eurovision you decide, songs out! SuRie Storms to Lisbon. New version released, 7th Heaven remixes out now! calm after the Storm: Acoustic version out now, CD album out now
Italy - the 68th Sanremo. CD out on Februari 9. Sanremo Vinili, Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro win the ticket. ESC version, Live album in 2019.
Sweden - Melodifestivalen CD out now, Benjamin Ingrosso to Lisbon. Remixes out now. Identification CD out on 19-10.
Israel - Netta Barzilai wins HaKokhav HaBa and comes a'cluckin'.  single version, remixes released. Winner Eurovision 2018. #1 in US dance charts but still NO physical release. More remixes out in September.
Greece - NF axed, Yianna Terzi to Lisbon and back home again. English version released in June. Remix Pack out now!
Czech Republic - Eurovision Song CZ, Mikolas Josef wins the ticket to Lisbon. Explicit issues fixed, new version(s), Spanglish version.
Austria - Cesar Sampson to Lisbon, listen to Nobody But You, updates, 3rd Place and winner of the Jury Final. Home #1 hit, new versions on The EP.
Belgium - A matter of (out of) time for Sennek?. Acoustic version out now.
Switzerland - ZiBBZ siblings win Die ESC 2018 Entscheidungsshow, Revamp versions out now, versions updates. It takes a village to get the cdsingle. Updates cds/promo
Slovenia - Lea Sirk wins EMA 2018, Thanks, No! Yes! Final! Great! Music Please! Jazz version!
Australia - Jessica Mauboy returns to Europe, for serious this time. 7th Heaven remix on the way? cdsingle update, Remixes out now.
Denmark - Melodi Grand Prix Songs Out (if you're in Denmark), Rasmussen wins. Acoustic versions out now, Remixes Vol. 1.
Moldova - O melodie pentru Europa won by DoReDos, New version, Russian version. More remixes out now, updates
Germany - Michael Schulte's Lied Für Lissabon. Dreamer album info, cdsingle on May 4.
Lithuania - Ieva Zasimauskaitė wins Eurovizijos Atranka, English and Lithuanian versions released, Jovani remixes out now
Macedonia - Eye Cue Lost and found and Lost again, but a new remix is out now, without the reggae bits!
Norway - Melodi Grand Prix picks a winner: A Fairytale come true? Rybak returns, winner of Semi 1
Ukraine - Нацотбора Євробачення. Youlovin Mélovin?
Serbia - Beovizija songs online, Sanja Ilić & Balkanika win, versions update
Ireland - Ryan O'Shaughnessy to Lisbon  To the Final but not in China.
Netherlands - Outlaw Waylon back after the storm, CD / LP The World Can Wait out now. Create your own Outlaw poster
Armenia - Sevak Khanagyan wins Depi Evratesil, Back to the Motherland with Remix.
Albania - The first song for Lisbon, new Eurovision version remains in Albanian, promo info update
Finland - Finland sends Monsters. Again! WWW album info, Remixes out now, Twilight version
Estonia - Eurolaul goes Classic: La Forza to Lisbon, Remixes out now!
Bulgaria -  Equinox got some Bones to pick. Listen now, Listen to the Remix Competition mixes

Spain - Operación Triunfo revived, Alfred & Amaia to Eurovision, Eurovision Gala CD on February 23. New version of the Cancion and even more OT CDs, cdsingle(s) out now, Your Song in English
Your Boarding pass, the Handbook for Lisbon
Belarus - Еўрабачанне-2018, Alekseev wins, new version out now, The Forever EP, remix, No bed of roses for Alekseev!
France - Destination Eurovision for Madame Monsieur, Mercy already a top 10 hit. Vu D'Ici album info, promo English & Spanish versions, remixes, listen
Romania - Selecţia Naţională won by Humans!, remixes, promo updates, Goodbye indeed.
Montenegro - Vanja Radovanović wins Montevizija, updates
Georgia - Georgia on your mind?, Ethno Jazz Band Iriao is there For You.
San Marino - First time ever National Final result! Digital release.
Portugal the country - Cláudia Pascoal wins Festival da Canção. FdC CD out now
Poland - Gromee and Lukas win Krajowych Eliminacji Eurowizji 2018, CD Chapter One on March 16. promo info
Malta - MESC 2018 won by Christabelle's Taboo. update
Russia - Yulia Samoylova, allowed in Lisbon, won't break but something broke: Russia run of consecutive finals.
Latvia - Supernova do Brazil, Laura Rizzotto
Azerbaijan - Aisel Cross your heart and hope to ... win! get home safely
Absent Friends - Let's raise a glass...

About the Lisbon Collection:
The Lisbon Collection, a "branch" of the Eurovision Collectors Guide, collects info on all official releases (physical and digital), promo info (as much as possible) and the odd coverversion, chart position and important trivia. 

Digital release info may not apply to all territories, you'll have to do some investigating by yourself there.
All digital release images (DRI's) are taken from iTunes and/or Amazon or sources noted otherwise,
Digital release also includes streaming (like Spotify), but not all releases can be found there.

Please note only links to official / legal downloads are used in the Lisbon Collection.
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Due to working hours I won’t always be able to publish the latest news first, but the Lisbon collection will be your Collectors Guide to the 2018 contest and it will be here to stay for future reference.

Iceland - Our Choice - Ari Ólafsson

Picture from digital presskit
19 - 15 pts in semi 1

Ari Ólafsson represented Iceland in Lisbon with his song Our Choice.
The song is written by Þórunn Erna Clausen.
Here's the video of the English version, the Icelandic one (Heim) is here.

Four versions of Our Choice (see below) were released on the digital Söngvakeppnin album(s). The Eurovision version can of course be found on the official All Aboard! 2CD with all this years Eurovision entries.
Update Our Choice was released as a  seperate digital single remix. The release date seems to be May 8 2018, but we missed that at the time. It doesn't mention the song as being a remix at your digital stores and streamers.
But the Youtube version on the composers channel confirms it is made by StopWaitGo, (They also remixed the 2015 Icelandic entry)
(Thanks Rick!)
All promotional material is digital, there is no physical release.

Remix version DRI
Who's Ari?
Ari Olafsson's road to stardom began when he played the title role in the musical Oliver (by the National Theatre Of Iceland) when he was 11 years old.
"Our" Selma Björnsdottir (ESC 1999 and 2005) was the one to discover Ari and he's been busy ever since.
In 2015 he participated in The Voice Iceland and in 2017 he was a backing singer at the Icelandic Eurovision selection Söngvakeppnin.
After Eurovision Ari will continue his musical studies at the London Royal Academy Of Music.

Þórunn Erna Clausen
In 2011 songwriter Þórunn (Thorunn) Erna Clausen wrote the lyrics to Coming Home / Aftur Heim, the song to be performed by her husband Sjonni Brink in the Söngvakeppnin of that year.
You know the sad story: Sjonni died just before the national contest and a group of his friends performed the song and went on to the Eurovision final.
She wrote at least eight Söngvakeppnin from 2011 on.
Þórunn will be on stage with Ari as pianist an backing vocalist. She will also direct the staging.
The CD and cdsingle of Sjonni Brink and Sjonni's Friends are still available here at BeaRecords.

Söngvakeppnin 2018
Iceland's Eurovision entry was selected in the Söngvakeppnin 2018 final on March 3.
12 songs were competing. All have been recorded in Icelandic and 11 of them also in English. You can listen to all songs here at RÚV's Eurovision pages.
All songs have been released through digital sources.
The releases include Icelandic versions, English versions, Icelandic karaokes and English karaokes.

Digital album image
Our Choice - English version
- also on the official Lisbon 2CD
Our Choice - remix version (by StopWaitGo)
Heim - Icelandic version
Our Choice - karaoke
Heim - Icelandic karaoke
- all digital releases

Links and sources:
Thanks to Davíð Lúther at Ari's HQ. Thanks to Frederick.
Ari Ólafsson: Facebook, Instagram
RÚV Eurovision pages
Icelands recent Eurovision tunes: 20172016 - 2015 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Croatia - Crazy - Franka

Digital release image
17 - 63 pts in semi 1

Franka participated in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest for Croatia.
Her song Crazy is written by Branimir Mihaljević with lyrics by Franka (Franka Batelić) herself.
A digital single is released on March 9 along with the instrumental version.
Watch and listen here

An acoustic version subtitled Midnight Session was released on April 25.
Remixes were released on may 4.
See full list of versions below.

No cdsingle or promo cd was issued.
A USB stick with audio's, video, bio's and photos was used for promotion in Lisbon.

S Tobom
On December 8 Franka released her album S Tobom. (Karpo Media CD 10181202)
It includes Crazy and the Midnight version of the song.
I've seen the CD available at a few Croatian online stores like Cedeterija and Dancing Bear but I have no experience with buying (internationally) from these sources.
I bought mine through, after asking Franka's management but it is complex (they send you a bill first) and took two months to arrive.
And there's always digital.
CD S Tobom
Franka tried to get to Eurovision before. In 2009 she performed Pjesma Za Kraj (The final song) in the Croatian selection Dora and finished 7th.
In 2010 she ended 7th again in Dora with Na Tvojim Rukama (In your arms).
In 2011 she recorded one of the early versions that eventually became Celebrate (by Daria Kinzer). HRT shared this one to the public through soundcloud two years ago. Listen to it here.

Midnight session DRI
Songwriter Branimir Mihaljević co-wrote the 2010 Croatian entry Lako Je Sve by Feminnem.
This one didn't make it to the final ending 13th in the 2nd semi.

Crazy - single version
- Lisbon 2CD, CD S Tobom
Crazy - instrumental
- digital release, the official karaoke album has the same instrumental
Crazy - Midnight session
- single version and Midnight session on CD S Tobom
Crazy - Blacksoul & Mark De Line Remix
Crazy - Blacksoul & Mark De Line Dub Mix
Crazy - Blacksoul & Mark Instrumental mix
Crazy - Blacksoul & Mark De Line Radio Mix
- Remixes are digital releases (Karpo Media)

Picture from Franka's Facebook
Remixes DRI
Links and sources:
Franka: Website,  Facebook, Instagram
Croatia's songs from the past few years: 2017 -  2016 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009

Monday, March 25, 2019

Let's Get Physical

The first cdsingle of 2018
Here's a quick checklist of this year's physical releases (CD's, vinyl) available in the shops.
For promo and digital info please check each country's individual post.

it's very quiet still, on the cdsingle front but we have a limited edition vinyl: Italy.
Spain's cdsingle is out on March 23. Two of the pre-selection songs were also released as cdsingles.
Australia's cdsingle is expected on May 11. (better late than never)
Germany has a cdsingle planned for May 4.
Switzerland ZiBBZ sell their cdsingle in combination with their CD album It Takes A Village.

National Final Albums
Spain - All Spanish pre-songs are available on a special edition Operacion Triunfo 2CD
Also limited edition CDs of both Alfred and Amaia are released.
Sweden - Melodifestivalen 2018 is out on 2CD
Hungary - A Dal 2018 out on 2CD
Italy - Sanremo 2018 all songs on a 2CD
Portugal: 25 of the 26 Festival da Canção Cançãos are out on one CD

This Years Artists Albums
SuRie's Dozen
Poland - Gromee's album Chapter One is out now (March 16)
France - MM's album Vu d'Ici is out on April 20.
Netherlands - Waylons new CD has Outlaw On 'It. (April 13) CD and LP.
Italy - Both Ermal Meta and Fabrizio Moro have new albums in the shops (both on CD and LP).
Ermal Meta also released a live CDset with two versions of the Eurovision tune.
Germany - Dreamer: The Best Of Michael Schulte is out on May 3, CD and 2LP
Finland - Saara Aalto's CD Wild Wild Wonderland is out on April 27.
United Kingdom - SuRie released her album Dozen in 2019, the CD includes an exclusive new version of Storm.
Croatia - Franka's CD S Tobom has two verions of Crazy
Cyprus - A re-issue of Eleni's album Vasilissa includes three versions of Fuego including the Spanish one.
Sweden - Benjamin Ingrosso has released his CD Identification, also on limited edition vinyl.
Hungary - AWS released a CD Fekete részem including two versions of Viszlát Nyár. A live CD/DVD Madách also includes the Eurovision song.
Lea Sirk (Slovenia) released her album 2018 in 2018

Gromee seems happy with his CD
The Official Album and stuff
The 2CD with all 43 entries of 2018 was released on April 20.
The karaoke versions are available too, but only digital.
I guess the extravagant vinyl 4LP box of 2017 was a difficult seller, as there will be no similar release this year.
However, if you've got too much money, there's all kinds of other Lisbon 2018 stuff, t-shirts, sweaters, coasters, balloons, fridge magnets, still no condoms though, oh well....
The new Eurovision Board Game is not tied to this contest especially and will last a bit longer, so that may be a nice souvenir.
The DVD release is on June 23. It has three discs and will include unseen behind the scenes material (Universal)
The official site has a shop here.

The Essential Lisbon Handbook is out now, read all about it here.

Dos Abba a Salvador Sobral
If you're in Portugal you can check the bookstores for a new book on Eurovision. It's in Portuguese though, but if that doesn't trouble you...
Eurovisão: Dos Abba a Salvador Sobral by Nuno Galopim tells the 63 year old Eurovision story from a Portuguese perspective. If you're not in Portugal you can buy it at Fnac.
Author Nuno Galopim was the Portuguese commentator for the Kyiv contest and is now a creative consultant for the 2018 contest.
The book is available from May 4. (ISBN 9789896268541)

Portugal 12 Pts.
Another book from Portugal is Portugal 12 Pts by João Carlos Callixto and Jorge Mangorrinha. Inspired by the 2017 victory, this is a trip through Eurovision history with a focus on the Portuguese entries. The book is in Portuguese. (ISBN 9789727806423) and is avialable at Fnac from April 30 on.

Hungary - Viszlát Nyár - AWS

Digital Release Image Original version
21 - 93 pts, 10 - 111 in semi 2

AWS, metal band, represented Hungary in Lisbon.
Their song Viszlát Nyár (Goodbye summer) won the 2018 edition of A Dal.
AWS have been around since 2006 and have released three albums and a few EP's.

Viszlát Nyár was already released as a digital single on the 21st of October 2017.
An English version titled Summer Gone was revealed on April 19 (videoclip at AWS Youtube)
English was released to the digital stores on May 10 along with the acoustic version (in Hungarian)

A promo cds includes five versions, see versions below.
A USB stick with photos, mp3's, info and videos was also made for promotion.

A (dubstep-ish) remake / remix by Cloud9+ ft. AWS was released as a digital single on October 18.

AWS released their album Fekete Részem a few weeks after the contest. (CD: Edge Records EDGECD 282). This includes Viszlát Nyár in the original and acoustic versions.
A live album featuring an acoustic concert from September 27 was released on a CD/DVD set. This includes a live acoustic version of the Eurovision song (Edge Records EDGECDVD 288)

A Dal
Hungary continued their successful A Dal preselections to find a Eurovision entry for Lisbon.
30 songs, 3 heats, 2 semi finals and a final on 24 februari.
The 2CD with all 30 songs is out since February 2. (see picture below for tracklist. (MTVA 1271)

Viszlát Nyár - Eurovision version
- A Dal 2CD
Viszlát Nyár - original single version
- CD Fekete Részem
Viszlát Nyár - Eurovision karaoke
- all above digital releases
Viszlát Nyár - Acoustic version
- CD Fekete Részem
Viszlát Nyár - English version a.k.a. Summer Gone
- video
- all above on promo cds, all digital releases
Viszlát Nyár - Cloud9+ ft AWS
- digital release 18-10-18
Viszlát Nyár - Live acoustic
- CD/DVD Madách

Links and sources:
Thanks to Thomas.
AWS: Facebook, Instagram
A Dal Website,  Facebook
More about Hungary's entries here: 20172016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013 2012 - 2011 - 2009
AWS at BeaRecords

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Cyprus - Fuego - Eleni Foureira

Digital Release Image
2 - 436 pts, 2 - 262 pts in semi 1

Eleni Foureira (Ελένη Φουρέιρα, born Entela Fureraj) sang for Cyprus in Lisbon and clocked the best result for the country since the started their Eurovision adventures in 1981.

Her song Fuego is written by Alex Papaconstantinou (a.k.a. Alex P.) Geraldo Sandell, Viktor Svensson,  Anderz Wrethov and Didrick.
The song was revealed on March 2 and released as a digital single on March 9 (Panik records)
Watch and listen here at Panikrecords Youtube.
A demo version by Helena Paparizou has leaked onto the net.

A Spanish version was released as a digital single on May 11.
A remix, The Playmen Festival Remix, was released on July 27. (digital only)

A promo set is issued. It features a CD album (similar to her Vasilissa CD but now with Fuegoand CDRom with info and videos.
Both discs include the Eurovision version of Fuego, the instrumental and karaoke.
The picture discs offered at e-bay are counterfeit, unofficial, without permission, illegal etc. Don't buy them.
Magazine TV24 included a bonus CD with their May 24 issue. It has the same tracks as the Lisbon promo album.

Update: In December 2018 Eleni's album Vasilissa (Βασίλισσα, Queen) was re-issued as the Platinum Edition. This 16 track edition includes Fuego plus the Spanish version and Playmen remix.
The Platinum Edition CD

Golden Girl
So far Eleni Foureira (born Entela Fureraj) has released four solo albums, the most recent being Vasilissa (Βασίλισσα, Queen)
In 2010 Eleni featured on the Greek National Final entry Kivotos Tou Noe (Noah's Ark) by Manos Pyrovolakis which ended 2nd.

Eleni Foureira  recorded a greek version of Golden Boy the Israeli entry of 2015.
The song is itled Στο Θεό Με Πάει / Sto Theo Me Paei and you can have a listen at the tube of Panik records.
The track is also included on the promo album and magazine version (above).

For Alex P. it's the 4th Eurovision song that features him as a co-writer.
2007 - Yassou Maria - Sarbel (Greece, 7th place)
2009 - Always - Aysel & Arash (Azerbaijan, 3rd)
2012 - La La Love - Ivi Adamou (Cyprus, 16th)
He also wrote songs for Antique and Elena Paparizou solo.

- digital release, (promo) CD albums, 
Fuego - Spanish version
- digital single, Platinum Edition Vasilissa CD
Fuego - Playmen Festival Remix
- digital release, Platinum Edition Vasilissa CD
Fuego - karaoke
- digital on the official karaoke album, promo albums
Fuego - instrumental
- on both promo albums

The magazine edition

Sweden top 100: 15, 14, 21, 38, 44, 88, -
Netherlands top 100: 96, -
Ireland top 100 (IRMA): 50, -
U.K. top 100: 64, -
Germany top 100: 84, -
Norway VG lista 40: 24, 17, 17, 16, 21, 33, -
France top 200 (Ifop): 70, -
Switzerland top 100: 46, -
Spain Physical+Digital sales top 50: 23, 2, 20, 11, 27, 36, 35, 33, 43, 18, 27, 45, 32, 42, 31, 36, 32, 30, 39, 31, 36, 22, 32, 23
Spain top 100: 9, 18, 22, 26, 27, 29, 33, 40, 35, 40, 35, 37, 40, 43, 44, 47, 54, 56, 61, 60, 69, 69, 71, 77, 78, 91, 98, 99, 97, -, 86, -
Austria top 75: 35, -
Portugal top 100: 18, 51, 97, -

Remix DRI
Links and sources:
Super Mega Special Thanks to Frederick for the Magazine!
Thanks to Thomas.
Elena Foureira: Website, Facebook, Instagram
More Cyprus in Eurovision: 2017 -  2016 - 2015 - 2013 - 2012 2011 - 2010 - 2009

Thursday, December 13, 2018

United Kingdom - Storm - SuRie

Digital release image
24 - 48 pts, not in semi

SuRie won the BBC's Eurovision You Decide with her song Storm, written by Nicole Blair, Gil Lewis & Sean Hargreaves.

The six songs competing in the U.K. selection were revealed on January 24 and can all be heard here at the BBC's Eurovision pages.

A new version of storm was recorded for Eurovision. It has been released as a digital single, along with an instrumental, on March 7.
Watch and listen here.

7th Heaven have made two remixes of Storm. Both the Radio edit and the Club mix are available through the usual digital sources. (Released on April 9, MMP Ltd).

An acoustic version was released on April 23 (digital, MMP ltd).

[ˈdʌz(ə)n] artwork by Anna Ståhl, pic from SuRie's Facebook
A counterfeit, fake, illegal cdsingle has been spotted, don't buy it. No physical release or promo was made. (so far....)

SuRie (Susanna Marie Cork) released her full debut album Something Beginning With... in 2016 (CD and digital).
This album includes a song (also) titled Storm but it's a different one from the Eurovision entry.
Before that she released a 5 track EP SuRie.
In 2017 she released a single Lover, You Should've Come Over.

In 2019 SuRie release her new album  [ˈdʌz(ə)n] (Dozen) featuring 12 tracks, coverversions of selected songs for every month of the year. As a bonus track on the limited CD release (only) an exclusive version of Storm is added.
At this moment the CD version is still available at
Streaming and downloading links are all here.
It really is a beautiful album, go get it!

Acoustic version DRI

Storm - single version
Storm - instrumental (= karaoke)
- both digital releases
Storm - original
- has been on BBC sites
Storm - 7th Heaven Club mix
Storm - 7th Heaven Radio edit
- digital releases
Storm - acoustic
- digital release
Storm - exclusive CD version
- on CD  [ˈdʌz(ə)n]
A Video edit of the 7th Heaven remix can be found here (video only)

U.K. top 100: 50
France top 200 (Ifop): 103
Pic from SuRie's facebook
Links and sources:
SuRie: WebsiteFacebook, Instagram
BBC Eurovision pages, Facebook
The U.K. have their moments here: 2017 - 2016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 2011 - 2010 - 2009

You'll find details on all Eurovision remixes made by 7th Heaven at the end of the 2017 U.K. post about Lucie Jones

Bring Back Eurovision To The U.K..

Italy - Non Mi Avete Fatto Niente - Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro

Eurovision version DRI
5 - 308 pts, not in semi

Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro won the 68th Sanremo festival with their song Non Mi Avete Fatto Niente. The song is written by Ermal Meta, Fabrizio Moro and Andrea Febo.

With the Sanremo victory the wond the right to go to Lisbon and they took the ticket.

The Sanremo winner was released as a limited edition vinyl single on Februari 28. See below for all vinyl releases of this years Sanremo entries. A second batch of the vinyl was expected in April, but it seems there's nothing yet.....

The Eurovision version (edit) was released as a digital single on March 30. A 1-track promo cds with the ESC version was made.

Non Mi Avete Fatto Niente can also be found on Ermal Meta's new album Non Abbiamo Armi (out now on Mescal records on CD and LP) and on Fabrizio Moro's new "best of" album Parole Rumori E Anni. (RCA CD and 2LP). The latter also includes Moro's Sanremo songs of 2007, 2008 and 2017 as well as his own version of the Noemi song Sono Solo Parole from from Sanremo 2012. (see Chi sono... below).

The live album
Non abbiamo armi - Il concerto
A live verion will be released in Januari 2019 on a CD/DVD box set Non abbiamo armi - Il concerto
More details later....

Non Mi Avete Fatto Niente - Eurovision version
- digital release, promo cds, Lisbon 2CD
Non Mi Avete Fatto Niente - single version
- various albums, vinyl single
Non Mi Avete Fatto Niente - instrumental version
- b-side vinyl single
Non Mi Avete Fatto Niente - Eurovision karaoke
- digital on the official karaoke album
Non Mi Avete Fatto Niente - Live
- forthcoming CD/DVD Non Abbiamo Armi - Il concerto

Digital release image
Chi sono...
Fabrizio Moro has released 11 albums since 1996. His first Sanremo was in 2000 with the song Un Giorno Senza Fine (13th in the newcomers section).
In 2007 he still had to go through the newcomers section (now named Sezione giovani) and ended at #1 with the song Pensa, which became a #1 hit in the Italian charts.
In 2008 he finished 3rd in the Big section with Eppure Mi Hai Cambiato La Vita. In 2010 his Non è Una Canzone didn't make it to the final 10 and 2017 he ended 7th with Portami Via.

Moro also participated in Sanremo as a songwriter. He wrote Sono Solo Parole for Noemi in 2012 (3rd place) and Finalmente Piove for Valerio Scanu in 2016 (13th place).

Ermal Meta first competed solo at Sanremo in the 2016 newcomers section Nuove proposte) with the song Odio Le Favole placing 3rd. But his earliest Sanremo appearance was with the band La Fame Di Camilla. With their song Buio E Luce they entered the newcomers section (Nuovo generazione) but didn't proceed to the final four.
In 2017 he ended 3rd in the big artsist Sanremo with Vietato Morire.

The Sanremo 2CD
The Italian Sanremo festival took place from February 6 to February 10.
Some familiar names were in the contest: Riccardo Fogli (Eurovision 1983), Luca Barbarossa (1988), Decibel with Enrico Ruggeri (1993) and Nina Zilli (2012)

The 2CD with all Sanremo 2018 songs incl. all songs from the new artists section (Nuove proposte) was released on Februari 9. (RCA)

Sanremo Vinili
Last year the Sanremo contest produced six vinyl 7" inch singles for the collectors. (Including the winner by Francesco Gabbani) (list here)
It must have been a success as this year there are many vinyl Sanremo singles on the calender. Will the winner be among them?
Most are limited editions on coloured vinyl. All release dates between Februari 9 and Februari 28.

Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro - Non Mi Avete Fatto Niente (Columbia)
Red Canzian - Ognuna Ha Il Suo Racconto (BMG)
Mudimbi - Il Mago (Warner)
Diodato e Roy Paci - Adesso (Carosello records)
Renzo Rubino - Custodire (Warner)
Noemi - Non Smettere Mai Di Cercarmi (Red Sap)
Roby Facchinetti & Roccardo Fogli - Il Segreto Del Tempo (RCA)
Decibel - Lettera Dal Duca (RCA)
Ornella Vanoni - Imparare Ad Amarsi (RCA)
Mario Biondi - Rivederti (Columbia)
Ron - Almeno Pensami (RCA)
Annalisa - Il Mondo Prima Di Te (Warner)
Enzo Avitabile - Il Corraggio Di Ogni Giorno (RCA)

And then there's another interesting vinilo out now, the 1958 Italian classic entry Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu get a limited edition 60th anniversary re-issue. Read more about that here at Eurocovers.

Website Altro Spettacolo has a list and lots of info on all Sanremo artists new albums. Find it here.

Non Mi Avete Fatto Niente climbs the Italian charts to #2, pipped to the post by Sanremo's #2 Una Vita In Vacanza by Lo Stato Sociale. Non Mi Fatto gained platinum status in Italy.
Italy top 20: 19, 2, 2, 7, 11, 15, 20, -
Switzerland top 100: 16, 65, -
France top 200 (Ifop): 134
Spain Physical+Digital sales top 50: 33

Links and sources
Ermal Meta: Facebook, Page at Mescal records, Instagram
Fabrizio Moro: WebsiteFacebook, Instagram
RAI Sanremo pages.
Altro Spettacolo
Italy's entries since they came back from a very long break: 2017 - 2016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Sweden - Dance You Off - Benjamin Ingrosso

Digital Release Image
7 - 274 pts, 2 - 254 pts in semi 2

Benjamin Ingrosso won the 17th edition of the "modern" Melodifestivalen.
His song Dance You Off is the Swedish entry for the Lisbon contest.
Dance You Off is written by Benjamin Ingrosso, MAG, Louis Schoorl and K Nita.
The song was released as a digital single on February 24 and can also be found on the Melodifestivalen 2CD (see below).

The Litek Remix was released on May 4. (digital release).
The Galavant mix was released on May 11
The extended version (also on the promo) is released on May 18 in the digital stores.

A promo cd has the Eurovision version and the extended version.

Dance You Off is also out on the Benjamin Ingrosso album Identification. CD out on October 19.
The digital version was released on September 28.
There's also a vinyl LP but that appears to be promo only.

Dance You Off was Ingrosso's second MF entry. In 2017 his Good Lovin' ended 5th in the final.

Benjamin is only 20 but he's been a singer and recording artist for over half his life. In 2006 he won Lilla Melodifestivalen (kids MF) with Hey Sofia and in 2007 he had a No. 2 hit with Jag Är En Astronaut, a coverversion of Ricky Wildes (Kim's bro) 1972 single I Am An Astronaut.
He starred in several musicals but decided to focus on his solo work in 2014.

MF entry Good Lovin' was a No. 10 hit in Sweden and he scored two minor hits after that.
Benjamin Ingrosso is a prolific songwriter and he wrote most his singles himself.  (and a few for other artists as well).
An album is in the making and is planned for release later this year.
See below for his singles discography.

Of course we have to mention the family ties here because we, the Eurovision fans, love that kind of trivia. Benjamin's mom is Pernilla Wahlgren who entered the Swedish Melodifestival five times, but never made it to the Eurovision stage.
Her Piccadilly Circus (MF 1985) became a Swedish classic. Pernilla currently has a real life TV show Wahlgrens Värld (Wahgrens world) where Benjamin drops by from time to time.
Dad is Emilio Ingrosso, songwriter and dancer. Sebastian Ingrosso (of Axwell Λ Ingrosso) is his cousin and Charlotte Perrelli néé Nilsson is (or rather was I guess) his aunty.

Remix DRI
Dance You Off - Eurovision/MF version
- Melodifestivalen 2CD, digital single
Dance You Off - extended
- promo cds, digital release
Dance You Off - Litek remix
- digital release
Dance You Off - Galavant remix
- digital release
Dance You Off - karaoke
- digital on the official karaoke album
The official videoclip has a longer intro.

Swedish top 100: 17, 7, 2, 3, 7, 10, 16, 19, 47, 50, 44, 11, 32, 50, 65, 79
France top 200 (Ifop): 78, -
Spain Physical+Digital sales top 50: 7, -
Spain top 100: 69, -

You know the recipe by now, four heats and a second chance round all in different cities culminating in a final on in Stockholm. 28 songs in all.
The Melodifestivalen 2018 2CD with all songs was released on February 25.

The official Melodifestivalen album has been the #1 selling album of the year in Sweden every year since 2007 but the 2016 edition got stuck at #3 and it got even worse in 2017 when it ended at #7. 
In 2004, 2005 and 2006 it was #2, in 2003 it was #4, in 2002 it was #13.
At the end of this page you can find statistics of all the chart activity of MF entries since the 'modern' MF was introduced.

Links and sources:
Thanks to Johanna and Therese at TEN records
Benjamin Ingrosso: FacebookInstagram, Page at Ten Music Group
SVT Melodifestivalen pages.
Charts at Sverige Topplistan.
Find out more about these Swedish entries: 2017 -  2016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009

Benjamin Ingrosso Singles Discography
2017 hit Good Lovin' (DRI)
2018 Dance You Off (MF winner, #2 on the Swedish charts)
2017 One More Time (#79 on the Swedish charts)
2017 Do You Think About Me (#87)
2017 Good Lovin' (MF 2017, #10)
2016 Love You Again
2015 Home For Christmas
2015 Crystal Clear
2015 Fall In Love (#56)
All the above are still available at your favorite digitessen and streaming services.
and the early ones...
2007 Jag Är En Astronaut (cdsingle, #2 hit in Sweden)
2006 Hej Sofia

MF In the charts
So Melodifestivalen is big business and it makes Lotta Svenska Kronor, but it's good to see a good part of money going to good production of both the TV shows and the records. And a large part of the often recordbreaking televoting revenue always goes to charity, åååååh....

Below are the chart results of Melodifestivalen and Eurovision hits in the Swedish top 60 since 2002, when the 32 song MF was introduced.
In a sudden change, 2010 saw only a few entries released on cdsingle, and it showed decline in the number of MF hits.
Since a few years downloads are the main factor in  the Swedish charts so several Eurovision hits chart without being released on cdsingle. Some only chart one or two weeks just after the contest.

Melodifestivalen (and Eurovision) in the Swedish charts
2018 top 100: 21 MF hits - 7 top 10 hits - 1 #1 hit - 1 Eurovision hit
2017 top 100: 21 MF hits - 6 top 10 hits - 0 #1 hits - 9 Eurovision hits
2016 top 100: 26 MF hits - 9 top 10 hits - 2 #1 hits - 12 Eurovision hits
* 2016 Digilistan top 60 - 17 MF hits - 9 top 10 hits - 2 #1 hits
2015 top 100: 19 MF hits - 6 top 10 hits - 1 #1 hit - 6 Eurovision hits
* 2015 Digilistan top 60: 22 MF hits - 9 top 10 hits - 1 #1 hit - 14 Eurovision hits
2014: 17 MF hits - 5 top 10 hits - 1 #1 hit - 6 Eurovision hits
* 2014 Digilistan top 60 2014: 22 MF hits - 10 top 10 hits - 2 #1 hits - 18 Eurovision hits
2013: 22 MF hits - 6 top 10 hits - 1 #1 hit - 4 Eurovision hits
2012: 17 MF hits - 7 top 10 hits - 1 #1 hit - 4 Eurovision hits
2011: 18 MF hits - 7 top 10 hits - 1 #1 hit - 2 Eurovision hits
2010: 28 MF hits - 10 top 10 hits - 3 #1 hits - 9 Eurovision hits
2009: 28 MF hits - 12 top 10 hits - 2 # 1 hits - 16 Eurovision hits
A record breaking 15 Eurovision hits in the week after the contest, most on downloads alone
2008: 30 MF hits - 14 top 10 hits - 1 #1 hit - 9 Eurovision hits
2007: 28 MF hits - 10 top 10 hits - 2 #1 hits - 7 Eurovision hits
2006: 23 MF hits -10 top 10 hits - 3 #1 hits - 6 Eurovision hits
2005: 23 MF hits - 9 top 10 hits - 4 #1 hits - 3 Eurovision hits
2004: 22 MF hits - 8 top 10 hits - 1 #1 hit - 3 Eurovision hits
2003 : 17 MF hits - 8 top 10 hits - 3 #1 hits - 2 Eurovision hits
2002 : 13 MF hits - 4 top 10 hits - 1 #1 hit - 3 Eurovision hits

* 2014: The official charts in Sweden have gone a bit crap, with Spotify and other steamers as a much too infuential source. This list is still the 'official chart' but we'll feature the digilistan as well.
The Digilistan is now the main (digital) sales based Swedish chart.
Changes in 2015: The MF has only 28 entries and the official charts have gone up to a top 100.
Changes in 2016: The method for the official Swedish charts has changed again, now it is almost the same as the digilistan.

You can check your Swedish charts weekly at Sverige Topplistan