Thursday, December 13, 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.

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 on the way
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.
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
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
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.
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).
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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.



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.



[ˈdʌz(ə)n]
In 2019 SuRie releases her new album  [ˈdʌz(ə)n] (Dozen) which will feature 12 tracks, coverversions of selected songs for every month of the year. As a bonus track on the limited CD release an exclusive version of Storm will be added.

Acoustic version DRI

Versions
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 forthcoming CD  [ˈdʌz(ə)n]

Charts
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....

Versions
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.

Charts
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.

Identification
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
Versions
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.

Charts:
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, -

Melodifestivalen 
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

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

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.

The Riddler remixes were released on September 15. Digital only.

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
Versions
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 - Riddler Dub remix
Toy - Riddler Festival remix
Toy - Riddler Future Vocal remix
Toy - Riddler Future instrumental remix
- Riddler remixes  are digital release
Toy - karaoke (= instrumental of the single version)
- digital on the official karaoke album

Riddler remixes DRI
Charts
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, 7, 12, 13, 38
+ 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
Versions
Fuego
- digital release, promo albums
Fuego - Spanish version
- digital single
Fuego - Playmen Festival Remix
- digital release
Fuego - karaoke
- digital on the official karaoke album, promo albums
Fuego - instrumental
promo albums

Charts
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
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
Versions
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
Versions
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

Charts
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
Versions
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


Charts
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.

Versions
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

Charts
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)

Versions
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


Charts
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
albums
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.
singles:
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.