Tuesday, August 21, 2018

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.

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.
Cyprus - Eleni Foureira is on Fire!, Fuego revealed, Spanish version out now. 2nd place in Final. Magazine edition. New remix ouut now
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
Sweden - Melodifestivalen CD out now, Benjamin Ingrosso to Lisbon. Remixes out now.
Hungary - A Dal 2CD out now, Let's get loud with AWS, Listen to Summer gone, all versions updated
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
Croatia - Stop! Franka's going Crazy/Home, Midnight session and remixes out now
Iceland - Söngvakeppnin's choice is Ari Ólafsson, versions, updates. Not Europe's choice
Let's Get Physical - Quick list of physical releases, now with Book section.
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
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
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.
Italy - the 68th Sanremo. CD out on Februari 9. Sanremo Vinili, Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro win the ticket. ESC version
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.
If there's any content here that belongs to you and you don't want it here, let us know and we'll remove it.
We also have a Facebook page. Here you'll find the occasional bit of release news and even some opinion of yours truly. A visit would be much appreciated or even a Like (if you have one to spare).
If you have anything to add or correct, please leave a comment with as much details (links!) as possible. 
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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.

Israel - Toy - Netta Barzilai

Congratulations Netta!                      ברכות לישראל
and Jubilations to Israel who clocked up their 4th victory in Eurovision history.
And mazzeltov to the songwriters Doron Medalie and Stav Beger who told us many moons ago that they thought that had a potential winner on their hands. How nice it is to be right!
Now get working on that cdsingle, 12"inch with remixes and a full Netta album for us millions to enjoy.

1 - 529 pts / 1 - 283 pts in semi 1
Digital Release Image
Netta Barzilai (נטע ברזילי) represented Israel in Lisbon and lead the country to victory.
She won the televote in the final and aso won her semi-final.

Israel selected their singer for Eurovision through reality show / singing competition HaKokhav HaBa (The Next Star, הַכּוֹכָב הַבָּא). The song is titled Toy and was officially revealed on March 11.
(even though it leaked two days before that).

Toy is written by Doron Medalie and Stav Beger. Doron Medalie also wrote the Israeli entry Golden Boy from 2015.

Watch the Toy videoclip here at Eurovision.tv
Two versions have been released as digital singles, the original single version at most sources and the video version.
It's the single version that ended up on the official Lisbon album but the video version was performed at the contest.

No physical release or promo has been released (Bad Netta!).
The picture discs and Russian CD's offered at e-bay are counterfeit, unofficial, without permission, illegal etc. Don't buy them.

Remix DRI
A remix by Sagi Kariv is now uploaded to Netta's Youtube and released digitally.
An extended remix is at Sagi Kariv's Soundcloud.
Not all digital sources have all released versions, you'll have to do some searching for yourself.
The Chen Leiba remix was released on March 3 along with its instrumental.

Netta Barzilai considers herself a Looping Artist which more or less means she performs while synthesing her own sounds in her songs to be used as soon as they happen. It's like what JOWST did last year but our Netta takes it to the next extreme. Can't wait to see how it will work at Eurovision.

Chen Leiba Remix DRI
Toy - music video version
- video at Eurovision.tv, digital release
Toy - single version
- digital release, the official Lisbon album
Toy - Sagi Kariv remix
- video, digital release
Toy - Sagi Kariv Extended remix
- Sagi Kariv Soundcloud, digital release
Toy - Chen Leiba remix
Toy - Chen Leiba remix instrumental
- Chen Leiba mixes are digital releases
Toy - karaoke (= instrumental of the single version)
- digital on the official karaoke album

Belgium (Flanders) top 50: 29, 35, -
Sweden top 100: 5, 10, 34, 55, -
Netherlands top 100: 60, 72, -
Ireland top 100 (IRMA): 63, -
U.K. top 100: 49, -
German top 100: 19, 53, -
Norway VG lista 40: 19, -
France top 200 (Ifop): 16, 74, -
Switzerland top 100: 34, -
Austria top 75: 15, 44, -
Spain Physical+Digital sales top 50: 4, 37, 47, -
Spain top 100: 16, 25, 65, 82, -
Finland top 20 (Ifpi): 10, -
Suisse Romande top 20: 14, -
US Billboard Dance Songs top 50: 35, 26, 19, 16, 11, 6, 3, 2, 1
+ TOY - Karaoke version !
Spain Physical+Digital sales top 50: 39, -

Pic sampled from Netta's Facebook
Links and sources:
Thanks to Frederick and to Nigel.
Netta Barzilai: Facebook, Instagram
The Next Star at Mako.co.il
More Eurovision gems from Israel: 20172016 - 2015 2014 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009

Monday, August 20, 2018

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 and 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.

The magazine edition
Magazine TV24 included a bonus CD with their May 24 issue. It has the same tracks as the Lisbon promo album.

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.

Golden Girl
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.

Remix DRI
- digital release
Fuego - Spanish version
- digital single
Fuego - Playmen Festival Remix
- digital release
Fuego - karaoke
- digital on the official karaoke album
Fuego - instrumental
- all except Spanish on promo album(s)

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
Spain top 100: 9, 18, 22, 26, 27, 29, 33, 40, 35, 40, 35, 37, 40
Austria top 75: 35, -
Portugal top 100: 18, 51, 97, -

2017 CD Βασίλισσα (Vasilissa)
Links and sources:
Super Mega Special Thanks to Frederick!
Elena Foureira: Website, Facebook, Instagram
More Cyprus in Eurovision: 2017 -  2016 - 2015 - 2013 - 2012 2011 - 2010 - 2009 

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Greece - Oneiro Mou - Yianna Terzi

Digital release image
14 - 81 pts in semi 1

Gianna (or Yianna*) Terzi (Γιάννα Τερζή) represented Greece in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.
A National Final with five songs was planned but after two disqualifications and two not paying the contribution only Terzi was left.

The song is Oneiro Mou ( Όνειρο μου, My dream) written by Aris Kalimeris, Dimitris Stamatiou, Mihalis Papathanasiou and Gianna Terzi herself.
Listen here at Panik records Youtube

Oneiro Mou was a released as a digital single on Februari 16.
*The digital stores use the name Gianna, her own website and FB say Yianna.

A promo cds was issued, it features the Eurovision version, karaoke and instrumental.
The digital release writes the title as Oneiro Mou, the promo reads Oniro Mou.

An English version, Eternity, was released on June 6 as a digital single.

On june 16 a Remix pack with seven remixes was released through all your favorite digital sources.

Remixes DRI
Oniro Mou - single version
- digital release, Lisbon 2CD
Eternity - English version
- digital release
Oniro Mou - karaoke
- digital on the official karaoke album
Oniro Mou - instrumental
- promo cds
Oniro Mou - AzeR remix
Oniro Mou - Jasmin's Club mix
Oniro Mou - PADE Remix
Oniro Mou - DJ Piko & Giannoussis remix
Oniro Mou - Pilarinos & Karipidis remix
Oniro Mou - T-Bat deep mashup
Oniro Mou - V Koutonias - DJ Pitsi remix
- all remixes are digital releases. 

English version DRI
Links and sources:
Thanks to Frederick
Yianna Terzi: Website, Facebook, Instagram
The recent entries from Greece are here:
2017 - 2016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Czech Republic - Lie To Me - Mikolas Josef

New version DRI
6 - 281 pts, 3 - 232 pts in semi 1

Lie To Me by Mikolas Josef is the Czech entry for the 2018 contest. He wrote the song himself.
The original official video is here at MJ's Youtube.

Lie To Me was released as a digital single on November 19.
The lyrics are pretty raunchy and contain the occasional F-bombs so I'm pretty sure we'll see another version for the Eurovision contest and CD. (current lyrics at Musixmatch)
The videoclip has the F-words faded out a bit, but doesn't leave much to the imagination...
On March 11 the Eurovision version was released, fixing all the explicit issues.

A Spanish/English version was revealed on July 20, it was released as a digital single on July 27. You can listen here at Mikolas' Youtube channel.

No cdsingle or promo cd was issued. For promotion a USB stick with a pair of glasses was used. The USB features audio (Eurovision version), video and info.

The Czech Republic selected their Lisbon entry through an online National Final thingy.
The songs were voted for for two weeks (until January 22) with the official Eurovision.tv Voting app. The final reveal, including a jury vote, was on Januari 29.
You can listen to all six finalists here.

First Digital release image
Lie To Me - new single version / Eurovision version
Lie To Me - Original single version (Explicit)
Lie To Me - Instrumental
- digital releases
Lie To Me - censored version of original
- videoclip only
Lie To Me - Spanish/English version
- to be released, audio-video already out now

Sweden top 100: 21, 24, 51, 97, -
Germany top 100: 29, 61, 83, 96, -
France top 200 (Ifop): 122, -
Austria top 75: 9, 14, 24, 23, 50, -
Spain Physical+Digital sales top 50: 19, -
Spain top 100: 39, 58, -
Portugal top 100: 82, -

Links and sources:
Thanks to Frank
Mikolas Josef: Website,  Facebook, Soundcloud, Instagram
CTV Eurovision Pages, Facebook
Some more Czech Eurovision efforts: 20172016 - 2015 - 2011

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Austria - Nobody But You - Cesár Sampson

promo cds
3 - 342 pts, 4 - 231 pts in semi 1

César Sampson's Nobody But You was the winner of the jury in the Lisbon final.

Already in December ORF introduced Cesár Sampson as the singer of the Austrian Eurovision entry for Lisbon.
Singer and songwriter Sampson already had a little Eurovision experience: He was a backing vocalist for the Bulgarian entries of 2016 and 2017.

Nobody But You is written by Boris Milanov, Sebastian Arman, Joacim Persson and Johan Alkenäs.
Milanov and Persson were also behind the Bulgarian entries of 20182017 and 2016.
(Arman was a co-writer in 2016 too)

The video was revealed on March 9, the digital single was released on March 10.
Karaoke and instrumental were added on March 28.
Watch and listen here.
Remixes will be released soon, watch this space.....

A promo cds is issued. It has the original, instrumental and karaoke versions.
The picture discs offered at e-bay are counterfeit, unofficial, without permission, illegal etc. Don't buy them.

Nobody But You - The EP
A digital EP was released on June 29. It has three previously unreleased versions plus the original karaoke and instrumental.

Digital Release Image
Nobody But You - single version
Nobody But You - karaoke version
Nobody But You - instrumental version
- digital releases, all on promo
At the contest the intro was cut and it opens with the vocals.
Nobody But You - blues version
Nobody But You - acoustic version
Nobody But You - DJ Burlak remix
- digital releases

Austria top 75: 64, 1, 13, 41, 45, -
Sweden top 100: 55, -
Germany top 100: 93, -
France top 200 (Ifop): 97, -
Switzerland top 100: 45, -
Spain Physical+Digital sales top 50: 16, -
Spain top 100: 80, -

Alternate Digital Release Image
Links and sources:
Thanks to ORF for the prize!, Thanks to Marek.
Cesár Sampson: Facebook, Instagram
Austria's Eurovision glory: 20172016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 2011

At the end of the 2014 Conchita post at the Copenhagen Collection you can find a list with all charts results of Austrian entries in the home charts. (1965 to 2017)

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Boarding essentials: The Handbook for Lisbon

The Handbook For Lisbon
Like every year, OGAE have published their yearly guide to the Eurovision Song Contest.
If you want to find out about all the artists of the Lisbon contest, this is the book to get.

The full colour 160-page, A5 size handbook is a wonderful companion to your Eurovision nights and beyond.
You'll find backgrounds on all the artists and their songs and the National Selections and other many of them had to conquer to get the ticket to Lisbon.
All is illustrated with pictures of the artists.
The foreword is by Jon Ola Sand.

Special thanks to Ivor Lyttle.

The 160 page booklet is also available here through BeaRecords.

Contact your local OGAE club: List of OGAE NationalFan Clubs.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Belgium - A Matter Of Time - Sennek

Digital Release Image
12 - 91 pts in semi 1

Sennek a.k.a. Laura Groeseneken represented Belgium in the 2018 contest. This year it was the Flemish broadcaster VRT who took care of the Belgian Eurovision entry.
The song, A Matter Of Time was leaked before the official reveal.
Listen here at the VRT news site.

A Matter Of Time is written by Alex Callier (of Hooverphonic fame) and Maxime Tribeche.
A digital single was released on March 6.
An acoustic version was released on May 25.

No physical release or promo was made.

Here's a nice clip of Laura performing her (English) version of the 2017 winner Amar Pelos Dois on Flemish TV.

A matter Of Time - single version
- digital release
A Matter Of Time - acoustic
- digital release
A Matter Of Time - karaoke
- digital on the official karaoke album

Belgium top 50 (Flanders): 33, 26, 19, 23, 24, 24, 27, 23, 11, 13, 9, 46, -

Links and sources:
Laura Groeseneken/Sennek: WebsiteFacebook, Instagram
More Belgium in recent contests: 20172016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Switzerland - Stones - ZiBBZ

3 track cdsingle
13 - 86 pts in semi 1

Sister and brother duo ZiBBZ (siblings, ZiBBZ, get it?...) entered their song Stones for Switzerland in the Lisbon contest.
They wrote the song themselves with Canadian singer/songwriter Laurell Barker.

The original version of Stones was released as a digital single on January 9.
A new version was revealed on March 13.
The new version was released as the Revamp version on March 23 along with its karaoke and instrumental (6003 records). (iTunes)
The version we heard at the contest is the Show Edit from the promo cds. (see below)
The promo also has biographies, videos and photos.

Promo (folder)
ZiBBZ are Corinne Gfeller (Coco) and Stefan Gfeller (Stee). They are currently based in Los Angeles where they recorded their second album It Takes A Village which was released in September 2017.
See full discography below.

Switzerland had six songs to choose from in their ESC 2018 Entscheidungsshow on February 4.
You can listen to all songs here at SRF's Youtube channel.

Promo and cdsingle
The promo used in Lisbon is a cd with added data content. It comes in an A5 folder.
This one has 4 versions of Stones (see versions below).
There's also a cdsingle on sale through the Zibbz website, available with the album It Takes A Village.
This cdsingle has three versions. (6003 Records 7896600318019)

Stones - Show edit
Picture from Zibbz shop/website
- promo only, this is the one used at the contest
Stones - Revamp version a.k.a. Radio edit
- on the Lisbon 2CD, cdsingle and promo
Stones - (Revamp) karaoke
- cdsingle and promo
Stones - (Revamp)  instrumental
- cdsingle and promo
Stones - Original single version
- first digital release
- all are also digital releases except the Show edit

Switzerland top 100: 62, -

Original Digital Release Image
Links and sources:
Special thanks to Rico at ZiBBZ HQ and to ZiBBZ.
Thanks to Julia at SRF and thanks to Nigel
ZiBBZ: Website, Facebook, Youtube Channel, Instagram
SRF Eurovision pages
More Swiss entries to check out: 20172016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009

ZiBBZ discography
2013: Ready? Go! (CD and digital, #14 on the Swiss charts)
2017: It Takes A Village (CD and digital, #11)
CD's are available at the ZiBBZ shop.
2011: WWW.Ahh
2012: One Shot
2013: Wake Up!
2013: Neonlights
2014: Dynamite Blonde
2014: Undone
2017: Paperplane
2017: Run
2018: Stones
All singles are available through digital sources. 

Slovenia - Hvala, Ne! - Lea Sirk

Promo cds
22 - 64 pts, 8 - 131 pts in semi 2

Lea Sirk won EMA 2018 and represented Slovenia in Lisbon with the song Hvala, Ne! (Thanks, No!).
The song is written by Lea Sirk, Anej Sirk and DJ Tomy DeClerque.
Watch and listen here at the EMA youtube channel.

All songs in the EMA were performed in Slovenian and Hvala, Ne! was performed in Slovenian in Lisbon.

A digital single was released on March 2.
A promo cds is made for Lisbon, it has the single version, karaoke and instrumental.

A jazzy version featuring the Tomi Purich Trio was released on May 14.

Slovenia selected the 2018 Eurovision entry through the 2 round EMA 2018.
16 in the first round from which eight proceded to the final on February 24.
The line up included previous Eurovision singers Tanja Ribič (1997) and ManuElla (2016)

Digital Release Image
Hvala, Ne! - single version
- digital release
Hvala, Ne! - Eurovision karaoke
- digital on the official karaoke album
Hvala, Ne! - Eurovision instrumental
- all on promo cds
Hvala, Ne! - TrapJazz version ft, Tomi Purich Trio
- digital release
The Eurovision version is different from any of the released versions. Obviously there's the break, but also the intro is cut and some beats are changed.

Picture from Lea Sirk's Facebook
Lea's EMA's
Lea Sirk attempted to get to Eurovision on three previous occasions but she didn't get very far:
2009 Znamenje Iz Sanj (Sign of dreams, 9th)
2010 Vampir Je Moj Poet (The vampire is my poet, 10th)
2017 Freedom (4th in semi final)
In 2014 Lea was a backing singer for Tinkara Kovač at the Copenhagen Eurovision.
So far Lea Sirk has released one album, Roža from 2014.

2014 CD Roža 
Links and sources:
Thanks to Marek.
Lea Sirk: Facebook, Website (new), Instagram
EMA Evrovizija Facebook
Slovenia in recent Eurovisions: 20172016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Australia - We Got Love - Jessica Mauboy

Cd single cover
20 - 99 pts, 4 - 212 in semi 2

Jessica Mauboy represented Australia in the 2018 contest. It was the 2nd time we saw her on the Eurovision stage: She performed her single Sea Of Flags in Copenhagen (2014) when she presented Australia in the interval of the 2nd Semifinal.

The song We Got Love is released as a digital single on March 10. (Sony)
A cdsingle is out now (May 11). The single version is longer than the Eurovision version. (see versions below).
Check out Jessica's website for details on ordering.
(Sony Music Australia 19075837742)

7th Heaven DRI
A 7th Heaven remix is made and approved and will hopefully get a decent release soon.
There's a snippet here.
Four remixes were released (digital) on May 18, see versions below.

We Got Love is written by David Musumeci and Anthony Egizii (both of DNA Music) with Jessica Mauboy herself.
Musumeci & Egizii also wrote the Australian songs of 2016 and 2017 so they're fast becoming the Ralph Siegel or Thomas G:Son of Australia.

Jessica Mauboy scored 25 times on the Australian charts (9 top 10 hits) since her debut in Australian Idol in 2006.
She currently stars in the TV series The Secret Daughter for which she also recorded two albums with music from the shows. The first Secret Daughter album reached No. 1 in the Australian album charts, the 2nd one got to No. 2. Both albums feature mostly coverversions of well known hits.(but no Eurovision tune in sight).

Tobtok remix DRI
We Got Love - Eurovision edit
- official Lisbon 2CD
We Got Love - single version (3:22)
- digital release, (forthcoming) cdsingle
We Got Love - 7th Heaven remix 
We Got Love - Tobtok remix
We Got Love - Glammstar remix
We Got Love - Country Club martini Crew remix
- remixes digital releases, all are radio edits
We Got Love - 7th Heaven remix *
We Got Love - Tobtok remix *
We Got Love - Glammstar remix *
- * these three remixes are the full mixes only distributed to DJ's
We Got Love - karaoke version
- digital on the official karaoke album

Australian top 100 (Aria): 47, -, 31, -
Sweden top 100: 86, -
France top 200 (Ifop): 148, -
Spain Physical+Digital sales top 50: 44, -

Digital Release Image
Links and sources:
Thanks to Marsman and to Frederick
Jessica Mauboy: Website, Facebook, Instagram
More Australia: 2017 - 2016 - 2015 - (2014)

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

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Denmark - Higher Ground - Rasmussen

Second DRI
9 - 226 pts, 5 - 204 in semi 2

Higher Ground by Rasmussen was the 2018 Eurovision entry for Denmark. The song is written by Niclas Arn and Karl Eurèn.
The song is sung in English but there's one line in Icelandic sung by the backing vocals: "Taka stökk til hærri jörð, taka" (Take a jump to the higher ground, take...)

Higher Ground has been released as a digital single along with instrumental and karaoke versions.
On May 9 the Acoustic version was released along with it's karaoke, instrumental and acapella.

Four remixes were released on May 15 under the tantalizing title of Higher Ground Remixes Vol. 1. (digital release, see versions below)

A counterfeit, fake, illegal cdsingle has been spotted, don't buy it. No physical release or promo was made.

Acoustic versions DRI
Jonas Flodager Rasmussen a.k.a. Bon Jonesy is the lead singer of rock cover band Hair Metal Heröes.

Higher Ground - single version
Higher Ground - karaoke
Higher Ground - instrumental
- first digital release.
Higher Ground - Acoustic
Higher Ground - Acoustic karaoke
Higher Ground - Acoustic instrumental
Higher Ground - Acoustic acapella
- Acoustics are digital releases (May 9)
Remixes Vol 1 DRI
Higher Ground - Renegade remix
Higher Ground - 5&Dime remix
Higher Ground - 5&Dime remix extended
Higher Ground - Dany Comaro remix
- above 4 remixes digital in Remixes Vol. 1 (May 15)
A Matt Pop remix and its instrumental have been made but have not been officially released (yet). Have a listen at Matt Pop's Youtube.

Danish Tracklisten top 40: 9, 15, 30, -, 10, 40
Sweden top 100: 29, 74, -
Germany top 100: 89, -
France top 200 (Ifop): 65, -
Switzerland top 100: 43, -
Austria top 75: 49, -
Spain Physical+Digital sales top 50: 50, -

Denmark announced their list of hopefuls for the 2018 contest on January.
The songs are released on February 5, the final is on February 10.
It seems most are now available outside Denmark. Higher Ground is available worldwide, but the Sannie song isn't.

One of the contestants was Sannie, the artist formerly known as Whigfield. I have so many fond memories of her 1994 hit Saturday Night. She didn't make it to the final three.
The full list is here at DR.

1st Digital release image
Links and sources:
Thanks to Marek and to Marsman (see comments) and to Frank
Rasmussen: Hair Metal Heröes Facebook, Bon Jonesy Instagram
DR Eurovision / MGP pages
Denmarks recent entries: 20172016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009 

Monday, May 14, 2018

Moldova - My Lucky Day - DoReDoS

Digital Release Image
10 - 209 pts, 3 - 235 in semi 2

DoReDoS won the Moldovan  National Final O Melodie Pentru Europa on the 24th of February.
Their song My Lucky Day is written by Russian Eurovision star Philippe Kirkorov and Swedish songwriter/producer John Ballard.
Listen here at DoReDoS Youtube

A new version of the song was revealed on March 13. It's here.
The digital single was released on iTunes on March 23 and on Amazon on April 6.

The promo cd has nine versions, see versions below. It also has a bonus track Constantine and a video of MLD.

A Russian version is recorded (video) and a Romanian one may follow, watch this space.....
Remixes of the English and Russian version were released on May 11.
The Russian version was released as a digital single on May 18.

DoReDoS are Marina Djundiet, Eugeniu Andrianov, and Sergiu Mita.
They have two more Eurovision attempts to their name.
In 2015 they ended 6th in the Moldovan final with Maricica.
In 2016 they ended 4th with Funnyfolk

DoReDos composer and mentor Philippe Kirkorov is a bit of a Russian legend. He participated in the 1995 Eurovsision himself without much success but he has been involved with Eurovision on many occasions as songwriter, producer, jury and all round uncle. He co-wrote the Belorussian entry in 2007 (Work Your Magic by Koldun) and the 2008 entry for Ukraine (Ani Lorak's Shady Lady)
He also recorded many Eurocovers (coverversions of Eurovision songs), I'll see if I can get into that later....

John Ballard co-wrote several Eurovision entries: Azerbaijan 2013, Russia 2014, Russia 2016 and Greece 2017.
He also entered in the Swedish Melodifestival (as a singer) in 1983 and 1984.
In the 90's he wrote and produced several hits for Ace Of Base

Remix DRI
My Lucky Day - Eurovision version*
- On the Lisbon 2CD
My Lucky Day (a.k.a. Мой Счастливый День) - Russian version
- video
My Lucky Day - Shantel remix
- DoReDos youtube
My Lucky Day - Russian Shantel remix
My Lucky Day - Remix by Ra
My Lucky Day - DJ Katya Guseva remix*
My Lucky Day - DJ Katya Guseva remix (Russian)*
My Lucky Day - Shantel remix karaoke
My Lucky Day - Karaoke Instrumental *
- all above on promo cds, versions marked * have been released digitally
My Lucky Day - First version
- DoReDos youtube

Picture from DoReDos Facebook
Links and sources:
Thanks to DoReDos
DoReDos: WebsiteFacebook, Instagram
Moldova's greatest bits: 20172016 - 2015 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009