In recent years, the Eurovision Song Contest has been regaining prestige with music labels across the continent due to the fact that exposure is guaranteed especially for those who make it through to the final and therefore get to be seen by millions of people across the world. Malta, for the second consecutive year will be participating tomorrow evening with all of the success definitely merited to Anton Attard, Head of Delegation for Malta who has redesigned the selection procedure from the initial stages in order to attract the foreign whilst keeping the product genuine and local.
Tomorrow, co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat with vocals provided by Gianluca is a track which has a happy go lucky feeling and the charm and grace of the lead vocalist has been essential towards the success of the semi-final last night. Commercial success is not easy to achieve and whilst This is the Night did managed to have such positive acclaim, it was only after the final rather than the semi-final. Tomorrow has entered the iTunes Charts in several countries, with the most predominant though being The Netherlands where he peaked at #55 as well as Norway where he managed to climb to number #80 apart from managing positions #2 and #3 in Malta. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for amore of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.
Kevin Borg is one of the most notable names in the local music industry having achieved fame and success in Sweden following his victory in the Idol competition held on TV4 and then signing a record contract with Sony Music. In fact, he ended up releasing a debut album entitled The Beginning managing to reach number #3 in the Swedish charts before being given a cold certified disc due to achieving more than ten thousand units of sales. Since then though, he has always been busy in the industry working on new tracks for other artists as a songwriter and also appearing in a host of theatre productions such as High School Musical amongst others. Following the release of his last single Unstoppable which was a major digital hit, he returns with Christmas Time, a track written for the holidays.
Kevin Borg earned a lot of respect in the beginning of his career in his native land noting that he was increasing his popularity with every performance especially when remembering that he did make it through to the finals of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest back in 2006 with the track You're My Dream and also in 2007 with Whenever both composed by Jason Paul Cassar and penned by Sunny Aquilina. First time round, he finished in eighth place and second time, he also managed a fourth place. The brand new track is a heartfelt ballad with astonishing vocal range which will definitely be noted in this time of sentiments and emotions. The Maltese are embracing the track especially considering that it is currently topping the chart on iTunes. Make sure to purchase your copy if you haven't through the official store. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.
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Jagged House is promoting this year to be quite the hallmark in the career of Ira Losco noting that her former international debut was set quite a couple of years back with some of her original material being showcased in a number of foreign countries including Germany and Italy but nevertheless, there has never been a formal digital release of her material through online music stores before this week. The renowned female performer, initially rose for fame following her 2002 experience at the Eurovision Song Contest with the track 7th Wonder composed by Philip Vella and penned by Gerard James Borg but she has really come a long way since then, ultimately releasing a total of five original studio albums, one with remixes and another one comprising of acoustic tracks totaling them up to seven. Nevertheless, her record label has decided that her material needs to be promoted even internationally hence forth why a collaboration between Jagged House Limited and Albam Records came into effect for the release of Love Me or Hate Me.
The title of the album has a lot of connotation for the performer because it bears the name of the debut single following her experience at the Eurovision Song Contest meaning, the first time that she released something of a different genre that would ultimately see her transform into the pop/rock chic she has become in the past couple of years. The album which costs only €7.99 features a total of thirteen tracks including some of the artists' greatest hits including Shoulders of Giants, Waking Up to the Light, Driving One of Your Cars, Every Day, a remix of her track Fortune Teller and last but not least, her latest single entitled What I'd Give which led the local charts on iTunes and also on 89.7 Bay for a couple of weeks. All of the tracks in the compilation album are actually written by Ira Losco and Howard Keith and have been published through Sony ATV and features a band made up of Alex Mallia on acoustic guitars, Peter Borg and Adam Bonello on electric guitars, Ivan Borg and Nadienne Sacco on bass guitar and Steve Muscat alongside Malcolm Pardon on the drums. There was also the addition of Adrian Brincat known as 'Ir-Russu' and Howard Keith on keyboards and additional guitars. You can purchase the album through iTunes where it currently lands at number #1 on the official charts. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com in the coming days and weeks for more exclusive announcements.
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Sweeping statements tend to hurt credibility of any individual within his respective line of work but then again, it has been noted on various occasions that there is a lot of local talent found in foreign waters due to the fact that several Maltese people had left the country many years back and thus ultimately creating their own respective families abroad where they would find their soul-mates. It seems that one of the latest discoveries in terms of artists in the scene is none other than Lauren Aquilina, a talented seventeen year old who is still breaking out with a raspy vocal very much in the vein of Birdy whose debut album Skinny Love reached number #1 in Australia, Belgium and The Netherlands as well as number #5 in France and #13 in the United Kingdom. Following the incredible vocals of Ira Losco, Natalie Gauci, Kevin Borg, Joseph Calleja, Fabrizio Faniello, Kurt Calleja and Chiara whose albums and singles have hit the charts abroad, here comes someone else, a completely new name and one which will definitely not remain unknown for too long.
Lauren Aquilina comes into the British music scene with the original track Fools which will be the debut release of an extended play which will be following in just a couple of weeks with October being the date put forth on the official Facebook page of the performer. The young teenager is extremely talented, so much so that a management has taken her under their wing and will be working to make sure that she receives all of the promotion possible. Malta has been looking for a fresh vocal who would be willing to do the honour at the Eurovision Song Contest and I must say that this would be a great representative, achieving what could be an extremely positive result but that is up to the people and the jury to decide in the long run. We are proud to carry her debut single which we urge you to purchase through iTunes and wish that you stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more news in the days weeks to comes.
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When the entries for the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest were being revealed, there was somewhat a moment in time when somebody stated that Sweden will be the song to beat this year as Loreen was set to take to the stage with the wonderful track Euphoria which mixes together pop and dance to create a song which many people would definitely listen to either in the sanctity of their very own homes or even within a club. Technically speaking, the song would have been an amazing winner one to be remember by many in years to come and when it was the runaway leader last night, it seemed that everything would be going perfectly right and so far that seems to be the case. Earlier on this evening, the Swedish Head of Delegation, Christer Bjorkman confirmed that the country is ready to host next years' event with a number of venues and cities to be confirmed even though the brand new arena in Stockholm which opened this year seems to be the early front runner. The winning song of this years' competition is already a huge hit in Europe.
Digital sales have somewhat become accountable to the way that things go about within the music industry at the moment and therefore, it definitely comes to no surprise that the people have already made their purchases of the track so much so that it has already climbed to the number #1 position in six countries being none other than Malta, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, Greece and of course Sweden but then again it is also found in the runner-up position of number #2 in a total of three countries, these being none other than Ireland, Norway and The Netherlands whilst one of the biggest markets in Europe, that being the one of Germany is also putting her in position #3 at the moment with the possibility of going higher very much realistic in the morning. We have compiled a list of the charts in Europe in order to show how much diversity there is when it comes to this entry. Below you will note the full lists of countries where the track has already hit the charts including the ones that have been mentioned above.
- Malta (#1)
- Cyprus (#1)
- Denmark (#1)
- Sweden (#1)
- Greece (#1)
- Finland (#1)
- Ireland (#2)
- Norway (#2)
- The Netherlands (#2)
- Austria (#4)
- Belgium (#5)
- Spain (#5)
- United Kingdom (#12)
- France (#32)
- Portugal (#39)
This is only the beginning because it is important to note that Loreen and this track have been somewhat leading over these iTunes charts for quite some time and when having a look at them this evening, there are many songs coming from the Eurovision Song Contest including that of Malta whose This Is The Night seems to have managed to keep up the number #2 position in Malta as well as a brand new placing of #122 within Estonia who this year managed to finish in sixth place. It is always an interesting couple of charts to keep an eye on especially due to the fact that success on other charts, the official ones does not stay too far away most of the time. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest updates from the world of the Eurovision Song Contest.
The Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2012 has proven to be one of the most successful ventures ever organized by the Public Broadcasting Services noting that there has been an overwhelming success of artists from the competition when it comes to the local iTunes shop where some of the songs were sold following respective arrangements between the songwriters and the performers. Up to this point, one could have noted down the release and peak of number #1 of both the winner being This Is The Night by Kurt Calleja who keeps to the top of the list for the second day running and also the first runner-up Pure by Claudia Faniello who managed to hold onto that elite number #1 position for a whole month just after the showcase. Nevertheless, another two songs have now made the cut including I Will Fight For You (Papa's Song) by Fabrizio Faniello and also Janvil with You Are My Life which is the latest to hit the chart.
One of the most esteemed professional artists in recent years, Janvil first rose to fame in the 2005 edition of the Malta Song for Europe when he entered the song You, one of the tracks which still defines him and had helped him reach fifth place. Nevertheless, he has returned in 2006, 2009, 2011 and now even in 2012. In the past two years, he decided to make a marked change from what the people were accustomed to see him perform and public perception has slightly been altered. Apart from being a seasoned performed, Janvil has also been a host on Television Malta with his greatest showcase also being the Malta Song for Europe in 2007 alongside the likes of Stephanie Spiteri, currently a host on NET Television. The song You Are My Life has managed to enter just below the #100 hundred mark and now finds its position at number #181 but you could help it to climb up by purchasing a copy of it here. Stay tuned to www.escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as it becomes known.
It has now been two months since the Malta Eurovision Song Contest came to an end with the winner being none other than Kurt Calleja with the song This Is The Night the performer who had paved the way for victory since the previous year when he had finished third with the extremely catchy song entitled Over and Over also a co-write between the artist and Johan Jämtberg. The overwhelming success of the performer continues to surprise the general public who grabbed their phones and voted in their masses during the final night of the local national final. A couple of days ago, it was revealed that the record label, BFM Digital is distributing the track as a general release. The renowned company has worked with the likes of Brian Lopez, Paulini, James Morisson and Da Professor amongst others. In recent years, CAP Sounds had been the company which took up the track apart from Chiara who worked with a distributor of EMI Music due to the her international songwriting collaboration.
The song has only been available for a couple of days and quickly climbed up to number #3 initially before succumbing to a number of brand new tracks which had just become available through the popular digital sales company. It is quite impressive that following the downfall, the sales picked up once more and in just two days and a couple of hours, the song sky rocketed to number #1 therefore recording yet another successful attempt by a Maltese artist on the chart. The time span in which he kept the position was a couple of hours, but anytime spent at the top is a great achievement. You can help him climb once more by buying the song here. iTunes in Malta has not been open for a long time but it seems that the local crowd enjoys making purchases noting the recent charting success of Fabrizio Faniello, Wintermoods, Claudia Faniello and Airport Impressions amongst others.
Almost two months have passed since Kurt Calleja got the right to represent our country at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest with the Pop/Dance track titled ‘This is the night’. The catchiest song of the evening had been awarded 84 points in total and was also the favourite with the tele-voters. It has been revealed that ‘This is the night’ can now be found on iTunes and is available for download.
The album consists of three (3) tracks; the studio version, promostella club remix and the instrumental/karaoke version. Those interested can click in the link provided on iTunes directly. One should also note that the official video has gained alot of popularity and there were also many positive comments on the new version of the song. Kurt was also promoted in several countries; Azerbaijan, Lithuania, Bulgaria and he is also going to promote our entry in The Netherlands. Regarding the betting odds, one can notice that Malta has risen in the chance of winning the contest even though the result is not that pleasant. We have to wait and see. In the meantime the team at escflashmalta.com wishes Kurt and his team the best of luck.
Following the announcement of all chosen entries for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, all songs are now running worldwide, and everyone is getting a listen to them. The Baku Eurovision Song Contest is only a month and a half away, thus, many are already pointing out their favourites. This clearly shows in the iTunes chart, in which we find Romania, Spain and Sweden in position number 143, 150 and 152 respectively.
This years’ Romanian Entry for the Eurovision Song Contest, Mandinga is going strong towards their appearance in Baku. As it was revealed earlier this week, Mandinga will be heading to both Belgium and the Netherlands to promote their entry ‘Zaleilah. This song might be heading to be one of the big hits of 2012. There is already huge interest in the song within several main record companies across Europe, amongst the German territory. In fact earlier this week an official record deal was signed between Mandinga’s Romanian company Catmusic and Universal Belgium to release Zaleilah within the next few weeks.
It came as no surprise when Loreen won Melodifestivalen, the Swedish selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, but she did it with record figures; more than 670,000 of the four million viewers called in to vote for her song Euphoria. Afterwards Loreen was simply overwhelmed: “A fantastic feeling, I almost started sobbing... but now I want to see what I can do better. Two months of preparation can do miracles!” Euphoria, written and produced by Peter Boström and Thomas Gson, is Loreen’s third single release and has already spent three weeks topping the Swedish charts quickly surpassing Platinum status. Neighbouring Norway and Finland were quick to discover this uplifting future anthem and are currently also reporting no.1 positions. Loreen's highly anticipated debut album is scheduled for a September release. Italy was also present in the iTunes chart, but Nina Zilli and her feminnine song seems to be still one of those songs that have yet to be truly appreciated.