Monday, July 24, 2017

The Latest At The Copenhagen Collection

Click the country to go to their entry's page.

Netherlands - 2nd Place, Semi 1 winner. Ilse and Waylon are (were?) The Common Linnets, Album info. # 1 hit, European Charts,  cdsingles, UK promo, Deluxe album with new Waylon-free version of CATS. Finnish, Flemish, Swedish and more covers. Gronings cover update
Denmark - 9th place Ol' Cliché for Basim, what the føk? Acoustic and Clean versions, remixes update
Poland - Donatan Cleo My Słowianie, Boobs, remixes out now, Boobs, New version Slavica. Coverversions not to be missed. Hiper Chimera album, updates
Austria - Conchita Wins Eurovision 2014, Updates, CDsingle . #1 hit, 24 Austrian hits history. DMC remix out now, 2015: Conchita, the album, Japan release.
Estonia - Tanja is Amazing, digital release update, Estonian Voices cover.
Spain - 10th place Ruth Lorenzo Dancing In The Rain, CDsingle out April 29. Belated German chart hit, Cahill remixes. Album Planeta Azul finally out in November.
Italy - Empress Emma Marone and her city, promo info, E-Live CD
Malta - Firelight is Coming Home. Backdrop Of Life album out now.
Ireland - Heartbeat by Can-linn and Kasey Smith, remixes, corrections
Latvia - Aarzemnieki has a Cake To Bake, version update
Sweden - 3rd place 7th time lucky for Sanna Nielsen. Undo my grammar, remixes, Album "7" with new acoustic version.
Romania - It's A Miracle: Paula and Ovi return, Ovi reclaims The Piano on new album, Remix kit, cdsingle
Belarus - TEO serves Cheesecake realness, versions update
CD releases of 2014, cdsingles official 2CD DVD, Artists albums, updates
Finland - Something Better by Softengine, new version, promo update
Georgia - Earth to Georgia: The Shin and Mariko Ebralidze take off (and crash), updates
Hungary - 5th place Running with Kállay-Saunders, updates
Macedonia - Spectacle: To The Sky with Tijana Dapčević, free download Serbian version Voli Me. Promos
Azerbaijan - Arson!, Dilara Kazimova starts a fire, Azerbaijani version, Remix EP, Turkish version.
Russia -  7th place Grown up juniors Shine. Russian version
Ukraine - 6th place Maria Yaremchuk, time's ticking, promo updates
Iceland Pollapönk and the technicolour t-t-t-racksuits, No Prejudice out now! Ooops. Euro Club Mix by Oggi, more versions.
France - Twin Twin grows a Moustache (not a beard)
Slovenia - Finally Flutewoman Tinkara! Versions updated, digital release 9 versions.
Moldova - Cristina's Wild Soul, versions update
Germany - Elaiza band wins ticket to CPH, early LP release, cdsingle. Dance cover.
Israel - Mei Finegold's Same heart, update
Armenia - 4th place Aram MP3, digital single, remix update. Actually alone on stage.
United Kingdom - Molly goes universal, signs with Warner, promo updates
Switzerland - SEBalter: Hunter Of Stars, update
Albania - Herciana Matmuja, Eurovision version presented, promo info
Greece - Rise Up!, Summer remix and Jazz version digital release
Rainmaker, Jessica Mauboy and other bits.
Norway - 8th place Carl Espen wins MGP, order CDsingle, updates. Remix.
Montenegro - Sergej Ćetković, promo info
Portugal - Returns to Eurovision with Suzy, updates
San Marino - Valentina III, Maybe and Forse out now. Album Sensibilità out in April, promo info
Lithuania - Attention! - Vilija Matačiūnaitė, album out now!
Out Now! The 2014 Copenhagen Handbook / ESCzine.
Belgium - Eurosong CD out now, Axel takes his Mother to CPH
Absent Friends - They're no longer with us

There you have it, the Copenhagen Collection's pages are counted. 37, one for each country (and a few extra).
Bringing you all the details on the releases and  versions of the 2014 Eurovision songs and 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.

Thanks! to all who have sent their info, corrections and scans. Couldn't have done it without you.
Special thanks to Jean-François for monitoring the digital releases and more.

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Netherlands - Calm After The Storm - The Common Linnets


2 - 238 pts / 1 - 150 pts in semi 1
The Netherlands were represented in Copenhagen by The Common Linnets. The Common Linnets are Ilse DeLange and Waylon, both established solo artists in their home country.
Calm After The Storm won the first semi-final held on Tuesday May 6. The 2nd place in the final is the best result for the Netherlands since the 1975 victory by Teach In in Stockholm, 39 years ago.

The duo, who know each other since childhood, had been working on a country roots album together for some time and the Eurovision entry is one of the albums tracks.
The song title Calm After The Storm was announced on March 4. The first song intruduction was on March 12, the Eurovision version was premiered on March 13.
Listen to the studio version at th'Linnets Tube
Calm After The Storm is written by Ilse DeLange, JB Meijers, Rob Crosby, Matthew Crosby and Jake Etheridge.


Single Releases
Calm After The Storm was released digitally on March 14, a 1-track cd single a week later (Universal 0602537788972).
A promo edition includes the same track and an added disc (cd-rom) with info, photos and other press material.
A 2-track cdsingle is expected in Europe on May 30, it includes Hungry Hands from the Common Linnets album as track 2. (Universal 0602537888559).
A 1 track promo (cd-r) was issued in the U.K. by Polydor.
U.K. promo
The Album
The Common Linnets album is out since May 9 (Universal 0602537800957)
A deluxe edition CD includes a DVD (Universal 0602537803897)
A week later the album was also released on LP.
The digital release is out in most territories but not in the USA. CD release is May 26 for other European countries.
The album has 13 tracks, Calm After The Storm features in a longer version with a different intro.
See below for full tracklist.
The Common Linnets album reaches platinum in the Netherlands within a week (50.000 copies sold).
The album enters the Dutch charts at #1 (not surprising with a platinum award) and also at #45 in Ireland, # 40 in the U.K., #20 in Germany, #15 in Austria, #12 in Denmark, 16 in Switzerland, 42 in Spain, 14 in Belgium (FL), 52 in Belgium (WA)
The Common Linnets Album

Common Linnets EP
A new digital EP is released on November 14. It features five acoustic versions of tracks of the Common Linnets album plus a Christmas song Christmas Around Me.
One of the Acoustic tracks is Calm After The Storm, this time recorded without Waylon.
The EP will also be included with a physical re-release of the Common Linnets album. In Germany this comes in a special sleeve with a dedication to the fans (see pic).
The German 2CD The Common Linnets (Limited Deluxe Edition) is on on Universal on November 14. (Universal 00602547072603)


The Common Linnets (Limited Deluxe Edition, Germany)


versions
Calm After The Storm - single version
- cd single, Copenhagen CD
Calm After The Storm - album version
- on the album The Common Linnets
Calm After The Storm - Acoustic version
- on digital EP and German Deluxe edition album
Calm After The Storm - Karaoke
- on the official karaoke album, digital release


Charts
The Linnets enter the Dutch singles charts at #1, reportedly the day after release they outsold the # 2 by twenty times. In the week of the Eurovision semi the song exploded on the international iTunes charts and in the Dutch top 100 the song went back to #1 (from 49) in its 8th week on charts.
In the Flemish charts CATS enters at #1, the first Dutch entry to reach the top spot in any Belgian chart ever.
Netherlands sales charts top 100: [1-27]:  1, 11, 30, 36, 31, 26, 49, 1, 1, 2, 1, 2, 11, 16, 22, 29, 32, 41, 50, 42, 55, 56, 72, 83, 64, 91, 99, -,
Germany top 100: [3-41]: 3, 21, 20, 20, 21, 18, 13, 10, 10, 10, 12, 10, 12, 11, 15, 16, 22, 29, 29, 33, 35, 40, 43, 47, 46, 43, 41, 49. 69, 71, 62, 77, 87, 82, 56, 86, 90, - re-entry in March 97, -, 98, -, 79, 70
Austria top 75: [2-34]: 45, 3, 5, 2, 2, 2, 4, 3, 4, 7, 8, 5, 8, 10, 12, 16, 17, 17, 21, 23, 29, 30, 36, 40, 40, 44, 46, 22, 28, 48, 54, 56, -, 69, 52, -
Switzerland top 75: [3-20]: 71, 3, 23, 49, 56, 68, 67, 62, -, 51, 57, 42, 41, 48, 38, 49, 40, 44, -, 70, 62, -, 72, -, 73, -
Belgium (Flemish charts): [1-12]: 1, 4, 7, 11, 13, 20, 30, 37, 39, 37, 37, 49, -
Ireland top 100: [4-6]: 50, 4, 29, 38, 64, 78, -
U.K. Top 100: [9-3]: 95, 9, 54, (145), -
Belgium (Walloon charts): 25, 20, -
France top 200: [102-2]: 102, 143, -
Denmark top 40: [2-5]: 2, 2, 11, 25, 38, -
Spain top 50: [5-4]: 5, 5, 14, 40, -
Sweden top 60: [36-2]: 36, 55, -
Sweden Digilistan top 60*: [1-6]: 1, 1, 21, 19, 42, -, re 47, -
* The official charts in Sweden have gone crap, with mainly Spotify as source. The Digilistan is now the main sales based Swedish chart.
Australia top 100: [66-1]: 66, -
CATS also charts in various lists in Estonia, Latvia, Lithania, Malta, Greece, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Iceland, Slovenia, Poland and Slovakia.
In july CATS charts in the iTunes charts of Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Macau.



After The Hurricane
Ilse DeLange has enjoyed chart success with 13 albums, seven going #1 in the Dutch charts.
Her debut album World Of Hurt (1998) sold five times platinum in the Netherlands and also charted in Belgium (17/30).
Her second album Dear John is a live album dedicated to the songs of John Hiatt.
10 years after her debut another album reached the 5x platinum status: Incredible was a #1 1 and spent 97 weeks on the Dutch charts.
All Ilse de Lange albums went top 5 in the NL album charts. 8 reached the Belgian (Flemish) top 100.

Her most recent album is a greatest hits collection After The Hurricane - Greatest Hits and More, released in November (of 2013).
She scored 23 chart hits since 1998 including #1 So Incredible from 2008.
In 2005 Ilse recorded Blue (co-written by u2's Bono) with Zucchero and the single was a #10 hit.

Heaven after midnight
Waylon (Willem Bijkerk) has enjoyed six chart hits and two top 10 albums.
He released two solo albums as Waylon Young, but got his big break after finishing second in Holland Got Talent.
Eurovision anoraks may know him from his Dutch National Final attempt in 2005. With Rachel (Kramer) he sang Leven Als Een Beest (Living like an animal) but the song stranded in the semi rounds.
(Youtube, a studio solo version is here at YT)

After All
Waylons most succesful album is Wicked Ways from 2009. Released on Motown (no less), the album reached #3 and spent 80 weeks on the Dutch album top 100. It also includes the single Wicked Way, his biggest chart hit (8/10).

In 2012 Waylon had a duet, You Are, on Lionel Ritchies country music project Tuskegee.
Waylons most recent album is After All from 2011, his new solo album Heaven After Midnight is postponed to September.

More Netherlands
The whole country rejoiced when Anouk took her Birds to the Eurovision final after 8 years of missing out.
Joan Franka (2012), 3JS (2011) and Sieneke and her organ (2010) all scored a #1 hit at home but failed to impress Europe. The Toppers got the coveted closing slot in their semi in Moscow, but ended with only 11 points, of which 10 came from the Albanian jury.

Links and sources:
The Common Linnets FB
Ilse DeLange website
Waylon website
Songfestival.nl
The Common Linnets at BeaRecords
Common Linnets page at Universal Germany (in German)
Thanks to Jean-François.

Coverversions
Lisa Del Bo, Belgiums 1996 Eurovision singer has recorded a Dutch/Flemish version of CATS.
It's titled Stilte Na De Storm and it is released as her new single (itunes).
Later it was released on the CD Voor Een Moeder, Door Een Moeder (APR Works 217)
The Waylon bits are sung by Lisa's son Eli. Watch the video here at CNR's Youtube.
Lisa Del Bo facebook

A version in Gronings (A Dutch regional language) is recorded by the band Zuver Scheerwol.
They recorded CATS as Piene In Mien Haart (Pain in my heart) for their album Doalders released in 2015. (Amlow records 0150028, also on CD and Spotify)


In Finland Calm After The Storm becomes Myrskyn Jälkeen Kirkastuu and it was recorded by Tommi Soidinmäki ja Saija Tuupanen who released it as a digital single in September (Listen here at Magnum music). 

A Swedish version titled Lugn Efter En Storm is recorded by 
Andreas from dansband Sannex and Erica from Drifters. It is released on the Drifters CD Blå blå Känslor (Neptun records, out November 5).
Neither Drifters or Sannex are strangers to the occasional Eurocover. Drifters recorded The Dutch and Danish entries of 2010, Sannex recorded Lyssna Till Ditt Hjärta, Swedens 2001 entry.

Another coverversion (in English) is by juniors Polle and Myrthe.
Watch, listen and find out more here at Eurocovers.

U.K. New Age composer and spiritual musician Asher Quinn a.k.a. Asha also recorded a version of Calm After The Storm for his album Sun, Sorrow, Flowers, Moon. out on Novermber 1.

Gab Veläzquez is a dutch DJ who has a stab at creating a clubby version of CATS.
It's on his album The Remixes out on december 2. (digital release through Ethernal Works)

An acoustic version with guitar only is released by Josh Oudendijk. You can find his CATS on his album Nylon. It's available (even on CD) through Bandcamp.
Josh Oudendijk website and FB.

2015: Acoustic guitar outfit Urban Beach from Germany release a live version of CATS on their CD Urban Vibes-Live in Hamburg.
Urban Beach are Farhad Heet and Martin Röttger.
Urban Beach website

There's also quite a few versions very similar to the original and sometimes the same version is available under different artists names. Here you go: The Campfires, Mix factor, MC Flipside, New Tribute Kings, Clara Oaks, Cream Cuts etc...

Tracklist The Common Linnets CD
1.  Calm After The Storm (album version)
2 . Hungry Hands
3 . Arms Of Salvation
4 . Still Loving After You
5 . Sun Song
6 . Lovers & Liars
7 . Broken But Home
8 . Before Complete Surrender
9 . Where Do I Go With Me
10. Time Has No Mercy
11. Give Me A Reason
12 . When Love Was King

13 . Love Goes On

Bonus EP
1. Broken But Home (Acoustic)
2. Calm After The Storm (Acoustic)
3. Time Has No Mercy (Acoustic)
4. Hungry Hands (Acoustic)
5. Still Loving After You (Acoustic)
6. Christmas Around Me

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Congratulations Conchita, Austria wins Eurovision 2014

Conchita Wurst is the winner of the 59th Eurovision Song Contest.
EU cdsingle
It's been a while, almost 50 years, but Austria clocked up their 2nd Eurovision victory with the much talked about song Rise Like A Phoenix by the even more talked about Conchita Wurst.

1 - 290 pts / 1 - 169 pts in semi 2
Conchita Wurst (Thomas Neuwirth to his mum) was chosen to represent Austria in the Copenhagen contest already in November 2013.
The song Rise Like A Phoenix was presented on March 18 in a morning radio show at Hitradio Ö3.
RLAP is written by Charly Mason, Joey Patulka, Ali (Alexander) Zuckowski and Julian Maas.
The music for Rise Like A Phoenix is recorded by the Hungarian Symphony Orchestra of Budapest.
Watch the video here. The song is released on iTunes and other digital sources.
A promo cds is issued including the Eurovision version and instrumental, an official cdsingle is in the shops* since the week after the contest.
(ORF Shop / Medienvertrieb Heinzelmann 9008798135646)
* In Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Versions
Rise Like A Phoenix - Eurovision version
- on official Copenhagen 2CD, promo, cds
Rise Like A Phoenix - Karaoke (is actually fully instrumental)
- on official Copenhagen karaoke album (digital release), promo, cds
Rise Like A Phoenix (DJ Ivan Santana remix)
- on DJ only CD DMC Commercial Collection 377: June 2014 
Promo cds image
Remix
In June a remix of Rise Like A Phoenix surfaced on a DJ only CD released by DMC.
The 2CD DMC Commercial Collection 377: June 2014 features the DJ Ivan Santana R N B remix.
More remixes can be found, but so far this seems to be the only one getting a release of some sorts.
DMC albums are DJ only, but deep in our hearts we're all DJ's and you can find the album for sale at Juno and other webshops.
DMC website
2015: Conchita The album
On May 15 2015 Conchita Wurst finally releases her debut album. Initial tracklists (iTunes!) did not include Rise Like A Phoenix but it seems that it will be on the CD after all.
The album also includes follow up singles Heroes and You Are Unstoppable.
There will be a regular CD release and a limited edition digipack issue. And of course the album will be available through your favorite digital stores.
See full tracklist below (Sony Music Austria 0888750538123 &  0888750538423 (digipack sleeve)
The album is also released in Russia (Sony Music Russia  0888751226326) and Australia (Sony Music Australia)
The digital release features two bonus tracks.

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Conchita, the album is released in Japan on July 1st. The CD includes 4 extra remixes of You Are Unstoppable. (Sony Music Japan SICP 4462). See tracklist below

Charts
Rise Like A Phoenix enters the Austrian top 75 at 51 (April 4) but falls out the following week. Conchita re-enters the charts at #35 (published on May 16)* and goes to #1 after the victory (charts published 23-5).

Austria top 75: [1-16]: 51, -, 35*, 1, 2, 3, 4, 14, 21, 24, 32, 41, 38, 52, 42, 58, 61, -
Denmark top 40: [6-2]: 6, 10, -
Belgium (Flemish charts): [8-4]: 8, 9, 45, 49, -
Belgium (Walloon charts): [19-2]: 19, 21, -
Ireland top 100: [10-2]:10, 47, -
Spain top 50: [8-3]: 17, 8, 41, -
Netherlands sales top 100: [3-2]: 3, 64, -
Sweden top 60: [27-2]: 27, 56, -
Sweden Digilistan top 60 (Digital sales charts): [2-4]:2, 2, 19, 23, -
- The official charts in Sweden have gone crap, with mainly Spotify as source. The Digilistan is now the main sales based Swedish chart. 
France top 200: [39-3]: 44, 39, 168, -
U.K. top 100: [17-2]: 17, 64, -
Germany top 100: [5-4]: 5, 38, 57, 55, -
Switzerland top 75: [2-4]: 2, 21, 44, 50, -
* includes sales up to friday before the final

That's What I Am
The singer already participated in the Austrian selection for the 2012 contest. The song That's What I Am ended up in the 2-song superfinal but lost out 49/51 to Trackshittaz Woki Mit Deim Popo.

Conchita's career took off in 2006 after a second place in talent show Starmania, finishing behind Nadine Beiler.
Debut single Unbreakable was a # 32 hit in the Austrian charts in 2011. NF song That's What I Am did even better reaching #12.

The songwriters
Charlie Mason already gave us L 'Amore È Femmina, the Italian 2012 entry by Nina Zilli.
Ali Zuckovski co-wrote and produced Hurt Lovers, the follow up single from Blue after their Eurovision hit I Can. He also wrote for MarieMarie and Betty Dittrich, both German National Final stars.
Julian Maas is a composer of musical scores for TV and film including several episodes of Tatort.

Coverversions
The yearly Kiddy Contest doesn't let us down. The Kiddy Contest vol 20 features a German language version of Phoenix titled Traume Sind Kino performed by Estelle Lath. (Sony 88843048942).

There's talent shows in Italy too, and Laura Fantauzzo performed RLAP at Giovani Talenti.
The album with young talents is released digitally through Top Records (November 17)

Another Italian singer is Antonio Cusimano who has RLAP as the second track to his digital single Tra Tegole E Cielo. (Out through Bao Bello music)

Some more: One bleepy  instrumental version ended up on a collection called Minecraft Note Block 
Songs 2 (No, I'm clueless). Another one with a heavy Spanish accent can be found on a 
compilation called Orquesta Television: Orquestas De Galicia.


Acapella septet Piccanto recorded a coverversion of I Am Yours for their album Seven. (Ariola).
The CD also includes a coverversion of Rise Like A Phoenix.
Piccanto are the winners of the Choir version of Die Grosse Chance, a talent show from Austrian TV.

Piccanto FB

There's some even trashier covers too. Even though they are released under different artists names, 
several are the same recording: Michael Green Ostin, Look up to the billboard, Mix factor, Singers Edge,
DJ Carlo showcase, Music Blits, Eurosingers, MacKo, The Bearded Ladies. Sigh....

The Hits In Austria
After a hesitant start, the victory propelled Rise Like A Phoenix to #1 of the Austrian charts.
Udo Jürgens' 1966 winner only made it to #2. Conchita's is the 5th Eurovision entry to go #1 in Austria.
Here's a list of the hits for Austria in the home charts. (Highest/Weeks on chart)
1976 - My Little World / Meine Kleine Welt - Waterloo and Robinson (1/20)
2014 - Rise Like A Phoenix - Conchita Wurst (1/16)
1989 - Nur Ein Lied - Thomas Forstner (1/14)
1982 - Sonntag - Mess (1/12)
1984 - Einfach Weg - Anita (1/10) (The only one entering the charts at #1)
2012 - Woki Mit Deim Popo - Trackshittaz (2/16)
2015 - I Am Yours - The Makemakes (2/15)
1966 - Merci Cherie - Udo Jürgens (2/8)
1965 - Sag Ihr Ich Lass Sie Grüssen - Udo Jürgens (4/8)
1991 - Venedig Im Regen - Thomas Forstner (5/6)
2003 - Weil Der Mensch Zählt - Alf Poier (7/22)
1983 - Hurricane - Westend (8/6)
2011 - The Secret Is Love - Nadine Beiler (9/14)
2007 - Get A Life, Get Alive - Eric Papilaya (9/13)
1992 - Zusammen Geh'n - Tony Wegas (9/8)
1977 - Boom Boom Boomerang - Schmetterlinge (10/12)
2002 - Say A Word - Manuel Ortega (11/16)
1985 - Kinder Dieser Welt - Gary Lux (11/8)
2016 - Loin d'Ici - Zoë (13/13)
2017 - Running on air - Nathan Trent (18/2)
2005 - Y Asi - Global Kryner (23/16)
1990 - Keine Mauern mehr - Simone (23/5)
2013 - Shine - Natalia Kelly (26/3)
1988 - Lisa Mona Lisa - Wilfried (27/2)
1999 - Reflection - Bobbie Singer (30/3)
1996 - Weils D'r Guat Got - George Nussbaumer (36/1)
2004 - Du Bist - Tie-Break (44/10)
Austrian charts from Februari 1965, so we don't know the results of the very early entries. There also was no chart in 1972 so we don't know about the sales of 1972 entry Falter Im Wind. The other entries not in this list did not chart.

Charts range from a top monthly 10 in the 60's to the weekly top 75 that is published since 2001.
You can find all Austrian charts here at the charts portal.
For the list above some alternate sources have been used (Eurovison Collectors Guide editions 1989 to 2005)
Only four other Eurovision songs were #1 in the Austrian charts:
1967 - Puppet on a string - Sandie Shaw (UK)
1981 - Making your mind up - Bucks Fizz (UK)
1982 - Ein bisschen Frieden - Nicole (Germany)
2012 - Euphoria - Loreen (Sweden)

More Austria
Natália Kelly didn't make it to the final in 2013 with her song Shine and neither did the Trackshittaz in 2012 with their booty shaking Mühlviertel Rapfest Woki Mit Deim Popo.
A little more succes for Nadine Beiler. With her ballad The Secret Is Love Austria returned to Eurovision after a three year absence. She made it to the final and ended 18th. Beiler was the only one to make it to the Eurovision final from a semi for Austria, until Conchita came along of course.

Links and sources:
Conchita Wurst FB and website
Thanks to Jean-François and to René at Genie & Wahnsinn.

Tracklist Conchita
01. You Are Unstoppable
02. Up For Air
03. Put That Fire Out
04. Colours Of Your Love
05. Out Of Body Experience
06. Where Have All The Good Men Gone
07. Somebody To Love
08. Firestorm
09. Pure
10. Heroes
11. Rise Like A Phoenix
12. The Other Side Of Me
13. You Are Unstoppable (Phunkstar remix) (Japanese edition CD)
14. You Are Unstoppable (Drums of Death remix) (Japanese edition CD)
15. You Are Unstoppable (7th Heaven remix) (Japanese edition CD)
16. You Are Unstoppable (LTBC remix (Japanese edition CD)

Portugal - Quero Ser Tua (Como A Lua É Do Luar) - Suzy

Promo cds
11 - 39 pts in semi 1
Portugal returned to Eurovision after skipping the Malmö edition due to limited cash.
The winner of the Festival da Canção 2014 is Quero Ser Tua (Como A Lua É Do Luar) (I want to be yours as long as the moon provides the light) by Suzy (Susana Guerra).
The song is written by Emanuel.
Listen and watch the semi performance here at RTP's Youtube channel.
The song has been released through Amazon, iTunes and other digital sources.
A 2 track promo is issued. It has the original version and karaoke version

Digital release image
Suzy was planning on recording Spanish, French and Russian versions of her song. Sheasked for the help from the fans to write the lyrics.
Not sure if these versions will see the light of day though....

Versions
Quero Ser Tua - ESC version
- promo cds
Quero Ser Tua - Original version
- on the official Copenhagen 2CD.
Quero Ser Tua - Karaoke
- On the official karaoke collection, digital release

Who's Suzy?
With a simple name like Suzy Google is not your friend. But I managed to find a few things on the Portuguese singer.
As a kid she was a member of Onda Choc*, a kids group with ever changing membership.
In 1999 she has some success with Christmas single Nesta Noite Branca (This white night) with the popular portugese band Os Anjos*.
We've seen several girls and boys dress up as stewardesses in Eurovision history, but Suzy worked as a real air hostess for Emirates Airlines, !.

* Onda Choc recorded coverversion of Eurovision evergreens Non Ho L'Eta (Italy 1964) and Hallelujah (Israel 1979) for their 1992 CD Não Tenho Idade Para Amar-te.
Eurocovers fans know Os Anjos from their successful coverversion of the Spanish 1966 entry Yo Soy Aquel.

More Portugal
Half of the past four entries made it to the final. In 2009 Flor De Lis ended 15th and a year later Filipa Azevedo made it to 18.
Portugals answer to the Village People, Homens Da Luta and their shouty protest (or was it comedy?) song A Luta é Alegria failed and so did Filipa Sousa's Vida Minha.

Links and sources
RTP
Suzy Facebook and Facebook
Thanks to Jean-François and to Marek

Norway - Silent Storm - Carl Espen

Digital release image
8 - 88 pts / 6 - 77 pts in semi 2
The Norwegian selection Melodi Grand Prix was won by Carl Espen (Carl Espen Thorbjørnsen) and his song Silent Storm.
The song is written by Josefin Winther, who is Carls cousin.
The song has been released through your usual digital sources (Sony Music Norway).
Listen to the song here at Sony's Youtube.


CDsingle and EPK
On Carl Espens website a cdsingle is available.
It's a 1 track and the man is named Carl E on the sleeve.
You can find it in the Merch section on Carls website where you can also shop for a hoody and a t-shirt with the black and white image also on the cdsleeve and digital release images.
The promotional issue is the usual NRK Electronic Press Kit (EPK), one disc in a DVD case.
It features the song (mp3 at 192kb) and the instrumental version (wave file), biography, lyrics and pictures and Silent Storm Video


Picture from carlespen.com
Rykkinnfella Remix
On May 9 a remix of Silent Storm is released. It's the Rykinnfella remix by Alexander Austheim and Jean-François spotted it first on Amazon. It's also on Spotify.

Versions
Silent Storm - Eurovision version
- cdsingle, official Copehagen 2CD, EPK
Silent Storm - Karaoke version (is instrumental)
- on official karaoke album (digital release) and EPK
Silent Storm - Rykkinnfella Remix
- digital release

Charts
Denmark top 40: 28, -
Ireland top 100: 34, -
Netherlands sales top 100: 20, -
U.K. top 100: 97, -
Germany top 100: 47, -
Switzerland top 75: 40, -
Austria top 75: 39, -
Sweden Digilistan top 60 (Digital sales charts): 21, 49

No MGP CD
Last year DA works records came to the rescue when no CD was going to be released, but this year it's no such luck. The 15 songs from the Norwegian Melodi Grand Prix are only released digitally (and separately).

More Norway
Alexander Rybak's Fairytale won the contest in Moscow breaking all kind of records in the process.
Home entry My Heart Is Yours by Didrik Solli-Tangen didn't fair as well, ending only 20th. Even worse for Stella Mwangi in 2011, her Haba Haba didn't even make it to the final. Tooji's Stay made it to the final but ended last. Remarkable fact is that Stay was co-written by Peter 'Bassflow' Boström, who won the same contest by co-writing Loreen's Euphoria.
In 2013 Norway were back on track. The majestic I Feed You My Love by Margaret Berger ended at no. 4 in the Malmö final.

Links and sources
Carl Espen FB and website
NRK Melodi Grand Prix pages
Thanks to Hmmmmm (see comments) and to Jean-François

Moldova - Wild Soul - Cristina Scarlat

16 - 13 pts in semi 1
Copenhagen promo (2nd promo)

Moldova was represented in Copenhagen by Cristina Scarlat.
Her song Wild Soul won the final of O Melodie Pentru Europa 2014. The song is written by Ivan Akulov and Lidia Scarlat.
You can watch the official video here at Cristina's Youtube channel.
An early 1-track promo is issued, it was used at the Amsterdam Eurovision In Concert event.

Versions
Wild Soul - Eurovision version
- 2nd promo
Wild Soul - Original version
- 1st promo, official Copenhagen CD
Wild Soul - Karaoke version
- on official karaoke album digital release

1st promo cds
The promo cds used in Copenhagen has Wild Soul in the version as performed at the contest. It also includes 4 other songs by Cristine Scarlat.
The sleeve also mentions video and other content, but it is not included.
1. Wild Soul (Eurovision version)
2. I Pray (Moldovan NF 2013)
3. Everyday Will Be Your Day (Moldovan NF 2011)
4. Volya
5. Refugiu In Iubire



In 2013 Cristina Scarlat participated in the Moldovan national final. She ended 3rd with the song I Pray by the same songwriters as for Wild Soul.
In 2011 she entered with Everyday Will Be Your Day. (12th place)


Picture from Teleradio Moldova (TRM)
More Moldova
Ever since everybody's favorite grandma Boonika stormed onto the Eurovision stage in 2005, Moldova have only missed the final once. But until now they never repeated the success of that brilliant first entry.
Pasha Parfeny (2012) and his protegée Aliona Moon (2013) both made it to 11th place.
Zdob Şi Zdub weren't So Lucky to better their 2005 result in 2011. Sunstroke Project ft. Olia Tira (2010) gave us the immortal Epic Sax Guy but only got to no. 22.
In 2009 Hora Din Moldova by Nelly Ciobanu ended 14th.


links and sources
Cristina Scarlat FB
TRM Eurovision
Thanks to Koen and to Jean-François

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Germany - Is It Right - Elaiza

18 - 39 pts / not in semi
Newcomers Elaiza won the German selection Unser Song Für Dänemark with the song Is It Right.
Elaiza are Ela (Elżbieta Steinmetz, vocals and piano), Yvonne Grünwald (accordion) and Natalie Plöger (bass).
The song is written by Elżbieta Steinmetz, Adam Kesselhaut and Frank Kretschmer.


A digital EP has Is It Right and Fight Against Myself, the other song Elaiza performed in the German selection. Also includes a video of Fight Against Myself (Heart Of Berlin records) and another song Without (Live At Emil Berliner Studios).
A 2 track cdsingle was released on March 28. It includes Is It Right and Fight Against Myself. (Heart Of Berlin 4250594901009)


March 28: The Berliner Direct To Disc Recordings
In September 2013 Elaiza released an LP (Vinyl!) titled March 28: The Berliner Direct To Disc Recordings. This LP features 8 tracks, including Is It Right, all acoustic tracks recorded on, you guessed it March 28. (Berliner Meister Schallplatten BS 1307).
I haven't found any other physical release than the Vinyl LP.

Gallery
The release of Elaizas full album Gallery was planned for May but has been pulled forward to March 28.
It includes Is It Right and Fight Against Myself.
Gallery will also be released on vinyl LP, out May 2.
The album was also issued as a promo edition in card sleeve with the same tracklist.
There's also a Polish edition of the Gallery album, released through Magic Records.

versions
Is It Right - Eurovision edit
- Official Copenhagen CD
Is It Right - Single version
- on cdsingle, CD Gallery, digital release
Is It Right - first recording
- on LP March 28: The Berliner Direct To Disc Recordings
Is It Right - karaoke (of Eurovision edit)
- on official karaoke collection, digital release


charts
Elaiza enters the German singles top 100 at 41. A week later Fight Against Myself also charts (one week at 50).
German top 100: [4-18]: 41, 4, 10, 9, 10, 11, 13, 13, 10, 8, 26, 35, 40, 49, 42, 61, 86, 99, -
Austria top 75: 71, - re: 48, 49, 50, 40, 14, 41, 54, 71, -, re: 72, -
Denmark top 40: [39-1]: 39, -
Ireland top 100: [83-1]: 83, -
Switzerland top 75: [43-1]: 43, -
Sweden Digilistan top 60 (Digital sales charts): [30-1]: 30, -
U.K. top 200: 161
Elaiza also scores in several charts in Poland and Slovenia.

Coverversions
Next to some lame copies of Is It Right by creative names like Eurosingers, Tikki Club and even Songcontest Singers, a collection of Dance remixes is released by the cheekily named Ariana Azalea. Their digital release includes
- Eurovision remix
- Extended Grand Prix mix
- Workout Gym Mix
- Karaoke edit
- Karaoke extended
- Drum Beats mix
- Acapella Vocal Voice mix
Not very good, basically singing in the style of Elaiza with added beats and synths.
Maybe Spotify is just enough, but it's also for sale at iTunes and Amazon.

USFD
For more release info on the entries of the German national final, please check this page at our facebook.

More Germany
In 2013 CascadaGlorious didn't do as well as expected for a singer with worldwide #1 hits on her name (21st place). Roman Lob fared much better. He was 8th in 2012.
Lena (2011) the artist formerly known as Lena Meyer Landrut (2010) has royally snatched Nicole's crown as German Empress Of Eurovision. She won in 2010 with Satellite and courageously sang 12 songs in the German selection a year later to end up with the broody Taken By A Stranger in Baku(10th place).
Alex Swings, Oscar Sings had a little help from supermodel Dita von Teese but it only got Miss Kiss Kiss Bang to place 20. But it inspired the Knight Rider, Baywatcher the Hoff, David Hasselhoff to record a fabulous coverversion. In Afrikaans! Find out more about thàt gem here at Eurocovers.

Links and sources
Elaiza Website and FB
Berliner Meister Schallplatten

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Greece - Rise Up - Freaky Fortune ft. RiskyKidd

Digital release image
20 - 35 pts / 7 - 74 in semi 2
Rise Up by Freaky Fortune ft. RiskyKidd is the Greek entry for Copenhagen.
The self penned song has been released through iTunes and Amazon in several territories (Panik records)
A 1-track promo is issued, it includes the Eurovision version and comes in a long folder sleeve (see pic below)
Listen and watch here at MadTV's Youtube.

Freaky Fortune are Nikolas Raptakis and Teo Pouzmpouri (Νικόλα Ραπτάκη and Θεόφιλο Πουζμπούρη).
RiskyKidd is a Greece born rapper from the U.K.
Freaky Fortune have been a duo since 2011 and released their debut single Our Destiny a year later. Follow up singles Stronger and This Summer This Life were radio hits in Greece.
In 2012 RiskyKidd had a club hit with a cover of Rick James' All The Time, a track by Playmen ft. Helena Paparizou, Courtney Parker and RiskyKidd.

Promo sleeve
Digital EP
Four versions are released on a digital EP on May 26.
The pack has the Eurovision version, radio version. Summer Nostalgia remix and Jazz version.
(Panik records / Minos)

versions
Rise Up - Eurovision version
- on the official Copenhagen CD
Rise Up - Radio version (first version)
- digital release
Rise Up - Summer Nostalgia remix
- Freaky Fortune's Youtube, digital release
Rise Up - Jazz version
- on FF's Youtube, digital release
Rise Up - karaoke version
- on the official karaoke album, digital release

Charts
Ireland top 100: 73, -
Austria top 75: 67, -
Sweden Digilistan top 60 (Digital sales charts): 32, 52, -
U.K. top 200: 110

More Greece
Greece hasn't missed a final since the semi final system was introduced and only missed out on the top 10 once in the past 10 years. (now that's changed in CPH, ed.)
In Malmö the promise of free booze took the bearded Koza Mostra and moustachiod Aganthonas Iakovidis to to number 6.
In 2009 Sakis Rouvas tried to repeat his 2004 no. 3 success but This Is Our Night ended 4 places lower.
Giorgos Alkaios and his Friends Opa'd to no. 8 in 2010. Watch My Dance by Loucas Yiorcas and Stereo Mike ended 7th in 2011. 2012's Aphrodisiac by Eleftheria Eleftheriou despite having like 140 oh's, ended only 17th.


Links and sources
Freaky Fortune FB, Special Rise Up! FB
RiskyKidd FB
Thanks to Jean-François and to Bastiaan.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Belgium - Mother - Axel Hirsoux

14 - 28 pts in semi 1
Axel Hirsoux has won the final of the Belgian Eurosong selection 2014 with the song Mother written by Rafael Artesero with lyrics by Ashley Hicklin.

The 56th Belgian entry for Eurovision was selected through the revitalized Eurosong series with a final on March 16.

It's the 4th Eurovision entry for Rafael Artesero. He wrote the Andorran entries of 2005 and 2006 and the Spanish entry of 2011.
For a list of his entries and preselection songs (20+!), check the Spanish post at the Düsseldorf Collection.

Digital release image
Versions
Mother
- on official Eurosong and Copenhagen albums.
Mother - Karaoke (is actually instrumental)
- on official karaoke album, digital release.
No cdsingle or promo disc was issued.

Charts
Mother enters the Ultratop at # 8. Nine Eurosong tracks made it to the top 50 (Flemish Belgian Charts).
A week later Hirsoux also enters the charts in Wallonia.
Belgian Ultratop (Flemish) top 50: 8, 7, 33, 41, 49, -, re: 38, -
Belgian Ultratop (Walloon) top 40: 32, -, re: 50, -

All (new) songs from the Belgian Eurosong marathon are released on a CD Eurosong 2014 (CNR Entertainment, out March 10). It also includes four potential entries by the artists that were axed in an early stage of the competition.
The digital release also features karaoke versions of all songs, not sure if they will be released on CD.
See tracklist below.

Euphoria
Newcomer Hirsoux released one other song in his career so far: a coverversion of Euphoria, Loreens 2012 Eurovision winner.
It has appeared on various digital compilations. The earliest is various artists collection Euphoria (Bif Artista records) released in July 2012.
Also available as seperate track.

More Belgium
Belgium qualified to the Eurovision final twice in the past five years. Tom Dices Me And My Guitar ended 6th in 2010 and last years Love Kills by Roberto Bellarosa ended 12th.
Copycat a.k.a. Patrick Ouchene (2009), Witloof Bay (2011) and Iris (2012) didn't make it to the final night.

Full tracklist Eurosong 2014
1. Bandits – One
2. Petra – Killer Touch
3. Day One – Who Ever You Are
4. Sil – What’s The Time In Tokyo
5. Yass – Need You Tonight
6. White Bird – Fire & Ice
7. Tisha Cyrus – Kitty Cat
8. Udo – Hero (In Flanders Fields)
9. Axeela – Chasing Rainbows
10. Axel Hirsoux – Mother
11. Nelson – Wild Side
12. Eva Jacobs – Nothing Is Impossible
13. Joyce – I Think I
14. Mr. Jones – Still Believe
15. 2 Fabiola feat. Loredana – She’s After My Piano
16. Jessy – Beautiful

Links and sources
Axel Hirsoux FB
VRT Eurosong pages
Thanks to Jean-François

Russia - Shine - The Tolmachevy Sisters


7 - 89 pts / 6 - 63 pts in semi 1
The Tolmachevy Sisters (Сёстры Толмачёвы, Masja and Nastya Tolmatsjeva) represented Russia in Copenhagen.
promo cds (see below)
The song is titled Shine and is written by Dimitris Kontopoulos and Philippe Kirkorov with lyrics by John Ballard, Ralph Charlie and Gerard James Borg. The lyrics to the Russian version are written by the sisters themselves.
promo front
The song is released through iTunes.
Listen to the song at the sistersYoutube. You can also listen to the Russian version.
You can download the Russian version at the Soundcloud of the producers Arnold Sound Studio.

A promo with audio and video is issued. It comes in a sleeve with a front (pic right) that folds away and reveals the sisters (top picture).
It includes:
Shine - Full version
Shine - Karaoke version
Polovina - Full version
Polovina - Karaoke version
Shine - Video

Digital release image
versions
Shine - English Eurovision version
- on the official Copenhagen 2CD, promo cds
Половина (Polovina, half) - Russian version
- both at the sisters Youtube., also on promo cds
Shine - karaoke
- on the official karaoke album, digital release. also promo cds
Половина (Polovina) - Karaoke
- on promo cds



The composers.
It seems an odd bunch of songwriters but they have some Eurovision entries between them.
Philippe Kirkorov (Фили́пп Кирко́ров, pictured in the top image) is of course known from Russia's second ever entry Kolbelnya Dlya Vulcana (17th in 1995) that he forgot to tell us was covered from a 1983 LP by Moldovan singer Anastasia Lazariuc.
Dimitris Kontopoulos (Δημήτρης Κοντόπουλος) composed many Greek (and a few Russian) National Final entries. With John Ballard Ballard and Ralph Charlie (Al Fahel) he wrote last years entry for Azerbaijan, Hold me by Farid Mammadov (2nd place). Ballard had a few Melodifestival entries in the 80's and worked with Ace Of Base.
Gerard James Borg co-wrote five Maltese entries and is a keen supplier of songs to national finals of any country that allows foreign songwriter input. Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Greece, Romania, Bulgaria, France and Iceland all had one or more Borg songs assimilated into their preselections.
He had 43 songs in the Maltese selection since1999, four songs in 2014.


In a way they already won Eurovision. In 2006 that is, and it was the Junior version. Their song Veseniy Jazz  (Весенний джаз, Spring jazzwon the kiddie contest in Bucharest, Romania. But the girls have grown a bit, and now they're in the competition for the grups.

More Russia
Russia has never failed to get to the Eurovision final. Dina Garipova ended 5th with her sincere song of peace and love for everyone. The evil grannies Buranovskiye Babusky partied their way to #2 in 2012.
Alex Sparrow (2011) ended only 16th and both Peter Nalitch (2010) and home entry Mamo by Anastasia Prikhodko (2009) ended at place 11.

Links and sources
Eurovision.tv