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International Music News

10 years ago, the Eurovision Song Contest was significantly different, having just undergone a radical change with the inclusion of the 1 semi-final system apart from the fact that it was being hosted in Turkey, a country which no longer participates in the event. The winning artist on that occasion, Ruslana and her song 'Wild Dances', which she co-wrote with Aleksandr Ksenofontov, Jamie Maher, Michael Fayne and Sherena Dugani led to the beginning of a career, which has seen Ruslana sway from music to politics in an instant. In support of her native Ukraine, Ruslana has appealed to her fans…
Rui Andrade, one of the most well respected male vocalists in Portugal, having finished as the second runner-up at the Festival da Cancao in 2011, 2012 and 2014 has recently recorded a cover version of the song 'Angel', which Chiara had sung on behalf of Malta in the 2005 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. It was 9 years ago today, that 'Angel' had finished as the first runner-up following a stellar performance by Chiara on the Kiev stage. In the past couple of weeks, Rui had the opportunity to join the Russian Delegation at the international song competition, having…
Conchita Wurst, winner of the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Austria with the track 'Rise Like a Phoenix' has made the headlines across the world, receiving support from renowned stars such as; Elton John, Cher and Julio Iglesias. The latest support comes from Lady Gaga, a true superstar who has apparently gone one step further to invite the winner of the international singing copetition to be her opening act on a couple of dates during her upcoming tour; artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball. Lady Gaga, an artist whose reputation precedes her in every sense of the…
Traditionally, winners of the Eurovision Song Contest tend to have success in Europe and over the years, success post-competition is not always guaranteed. However, the 2009 winner, Alexander Rybak has managed to have one of his songs included on the soundtrack for the forthcoming DreamWorks animated movie How to Train Your Dragon 2. After sending the composition to DreamWorks, the violin-heavy song Into a Fantasy was well received and Dreamworks deemed it worthy as a part of the official soundtrack. The songs itself is a fitting song for a movie soundtrack and is in true Rybak style. Given the success…
As the curtain came down on yet another edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, the local music scene might have forgotten that apart from preparing for a mass of local competitions such as the Summer Hit Song Contest, Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and the International Festival of Maltese Song, the country will be partaking in the Eurovision Young Musicians, set to take place on the 31st May in Cologne, Germany. Kurt Aquilina, an 18 year old guitarist from Malta has been given the opportunity to be the first artist from the Mediterranean Country to grace the stage, as he plays the…
A Friend in London, a Danish group who finished in fifth place at the 2011 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song A New Tomorrow split up a couple of months ago, giving rise to a brand new solo career, that of lead vocalist, Tim Schou. Prior to the final of this year's edition of the international spectacle, Tim had the opportuntity to present his debut solo single Supernova whilst hosting the festivities at the Euroclub throughout the entire two weeks. Speaking to Deo Grech, who was reporting on behalf of iNews during the duration of the 2014…
Coming Home, written by Richard Edwards Micallef and performed by the group Firelight, on behalf of Malta at this year's edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, might have not lit up the scoreboard on Saturday evening but still managed to garner a considerable following for people to go to iTunes and purchase the song. The group, who have been busy recording their debut album, out soon, have just entered the first official music chart in their career, that being the one in Ireland. According to the Irish Recorded Music Association, which counts both physical and digital sales in Ireland, Coming…
Rise Like a Phoenix co-written by Charly Mason, Joey Patulka, Ali Zuckowski and Julian Maas with vocals provided by Conchita Wurst on behalf of Austria was the clear choice of both the professional juries and the public across the whole of Europe. It is also worth noting that first runner-up, Calm After the Storm performed by The Common Linnets was decided through a consensus even though the Maltese Jury made up of Paul Abela, Manolito Galea, Corazon, Elton Zarb and Pamela thought otherwise pushing it down to a bottom three position. Having thoroughly analysed the results, we have come to…
Firstly, we would like to thank you for selecting escflashmalta.com as your main source of information throughout the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. This evening, we are pleased to announce that in collaboration with the Romanian Delegation, we will run a competition which will see FOUR of you win a promotional package of the song Miracle which Paula & Ovi will be performing at position number #6 in the final tomorrow evening. The Question which we are asking; At the end of tomorrow evening, where will Romania be on the scoreboard? Send your answers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. till tomorrow…
Following the aftermath of the second semi-final, it has been decided by the European Broadcasting Union that Firelight and the song Coming Home written by Richard Edwards Micallef on behalf of Malta will perform in position number 22 this coming Saturday as the final of the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest takes place. Valentina Rossi, a photo model and nominee in the upcoming Malta Fashion Awards, has been selected by the Public Broadcasting Services to read out the votes during the final of the international competition following in the footsteps of Emma Hickey, Keith Demicoli, Kelly Schembri and…