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Franklin Calleja, a respected male vocalist whose ascent to the top of the local music scene has been well documented through the depth of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, was recently selected to represent Malta in the next edition of the OGAE Second Chance Contest, following a democratic voting process.

"Still Here", written by Alexander Rybak, the male singer/songwriter who won the Eurovision Song Contest for Norway back in 2009, was the overwhelming winner. For the second time in as many months, the first runner-up was "Rush", written by Elton Zarb and Matt 'Muxu' Mercieca with vocals provided by Christabelle. Furthermore,  the second runner-up was "Secretly", written and performed by Corazon. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from the local music industry.

Source: OGAE Malta

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Alexander Rybak, winner of the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest, made the headlines in Malta, for penning the lyrics and the music to one of the competing entries in the 2015 Malta Eurovision Song Contest. “Still Here”, sung by the talented male vocalist, Alexander Rybak, attracted the attention of local and international fans of the competition, so much so, that the song was a hit, both in terms of sales on iTunes and Radio Airplay.

Released through CAP-Sounds, “Still Here” has recently been play-listed by one of the three radio stations owned by Belgischer Rundfunk (BRF), representative of the German community in Belgium. The song entered the chart at number #38, and with your support can rise even further, because the broadcaster is taking into account fan-votes which are submit to their official website. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news from the local music industry.

Source: Belgischer Rundfunk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziIHcsbRmG4

Published in Local Music News

Alexander Rybak, a male singer/songwriter whose ascent to fame came as a result of a record breaking triumph at the 2009 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Fairytale" is somewhat targeting a return to the competition, albeit as a songwriter. Recently in the entertainment headlines over the title track of the movie "How to Save Your Dragon 2", the male singer/songwriter is currently enjoying a resurgence in popularity.

Back from Malta, where Alexander Rybak's entry "Still Here" performed by Franklin finished in 5th place, totalling 26 points including 8 from the public, now it's time to turn his attention towards his native Belarus, where his submission "Accent" is set to be performed by a manufactured girl group, Milki. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2015 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, Austria.

Source: Alexander Rybak (Facebook, Twitter)

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Wednesday, 03 December 2014 17:22

Greece: Federica Amongst Eurostar Award Nominees

It has become custom for the international fansite oikotimes.com to organise the "Eurostar Award" in recognition for the hard work or special talent of a given individual, in line with events organised by the European Broadcasting Union or any of the member states. Malta is represented by no less than three acts; Federica Falzon (JESC 2014), Ekklesia Sisters (MESC 2015) and Nathalie Bonnici (JESC 2014 Transport Coordinator). Cast your vote by clicking here.

With 10 nominees on the list, one has to denote that it features no less than 3 previous winners of the Eurovision Song Contest; Conchita Wurst (2014), Alexander Rybak (2009), Ruslana Lyzhychko (2004) as well as former participants; Sanna Nielsen (Sweden 2014), Alex Panayi (Cyprus 1995, 2000) and András Kállay-Saunders (Hungary 2014). We urge our readers at escflashmalta.com to support the Maltese nominees, especially with Federica Falzon, Malta's star participant in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2014, currently in second place. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: oikotimes.com

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Due to the fact that a compilation album with all the songs competing in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest was not issued since 2011, a number of record labels, including CAP-Sounds and Jagged House have stepped in, with the hope of releasing the songs through digital services such as iTunes, Deezer, and Spotify for the general public to purchase or stream.

"Still Here" written by Alexander Rybak, "Chasing a Dream" written by Paul Abela and Joe Julian Farrugia as well as "Something in the Way" written by Mans Ek and Charlie Mason, performed by Franklin Calleja, Trilogy and Daniel Testa are the three songs which have been made available thus far, all through the German based company, CAP-Sounds, who have a distribution deal in place with Universal Music Germany.

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"Still Here" and "Chasing a Dream" have been the most successful of the three thus far, both managing to peak at number #2 on the iTunes Chart in Malta, kept off the top spot by Band Aid 30 and their cover of the song "Do They Know It's Christmas?" We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: CAP-SoundsiCam Photography

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On the 21st and 22nd November, the Public Broadcasting Services will be hosting the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest at the Marsa Shipbuilding. 20 acts will be taking centre stage, in hope of representing the country at next year's edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, being held in Vienna, Austria. Over the next couple of weeks, escflashmalta.com will be publishing a series of interviews with all the participants. Whilst thanking the Public Broadcasting Services for this opportunity, Let's continue and follow things up with Franklin Calleja.

Would you kindly introduce your entry to our readers and also identify the meaning behind the lyrics?

Hello Everyone! This is ‘Still Here’ composted and written by Alexander Rybak. A song which talks about the persistence for love. If you love someone, you’ll do everything and anything to be with them again.

In Malta, the Eurovision Song Contest is considered to be a major outlet for the music industry, and you stand here as one of the semi-finalists. What does the whole experience mean to you?

It means everything! Music is a big part of my life! Since young, I used to watch the Malta Eurovision song contest from home and now I’m taking part in it. I can’t imagine myself not being in the contest now a days. Obviously like every other singer, I would love to have the privilege to represent my small country in front of Europe one day.

Recently, Malta has been rather successful at the Eurovision Song Contest, making the final on four of the last five participation attempts. What do you think is the reason for this success, and do you believe that your entry has what it takes to continue this positive trend?

I believe that us Maltese has a great potential in the music industry but unfortunately our country is too small to make a hit in the charts. Always in my opinion. I believe that this year I have a song who everyone can relate to and also it’s a powerful modern ballad. All Eurovision Fans love ballads do we? :P

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If you were given the opportunity to sing another one of the competing entries in the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, which one would it be and why?

I would do a mash up, with all the refrains of all the songs haha! You can’t choose. All the songs are really good.

Do you have any plans to release more music in the future, and do you have any particular projects in the pipeline?

I would love to keep on going with my music career, and spread the love to my fans through my music.

Would you like to say anything to our readers at escflashmalta.com?

Hiya everyone, I really hope that you enjoy my song as much as I do. Hope to see you in the nearer future! Thank you for the wonderful support! Much love xx

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Published in Interviews

Apart from the means of FM Radio in the Netherlands on FM 106.8 and the audio stream from the studio via www.radiointernational.tv and on Digital Cable 781 & Cable 8.1Mhz in the Netherlands, the show will also be web-televised via the Radio International TV Channel from the studio and linking up the many international Eurovision fans and friends and play your requests and read your messages out on air. The simulcast will be from 2000 – 2300 hours CET when fans can join in and chat amongst each other via the Chat Room and request their favourite Eurovision entry.

Radio International has built a name for itself throughout the years by bringing about exclusive video and audio interviews with some of the most notable names to have either participated in the Eurovision Song Contest or even in national selections preceding the continental event. In this week's episode, listeners will have the opportunity to hear interviews with; Federica Falzon, Malta's representative at the 2014 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest; Vladislav Yakovlev, Executive Supervisor of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest and Alexander Rybak, singer/songer who won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009.

As the curtain on the 2014 season of the Eurovision Song Contest is brought down, David Mann will continue to look at cover versions from the event whilst the latest news from escXtra and escflashmalta.com will be read out. In the meantime, former representatives of the Eurovision Song Contest are always looking for ways to please their fans and thus new music is being recorded and published throughout the year. Radio International will be playing the most recent singles as sent in by several record labels. We urge you to tune into Radio International this evening at 20:00 CET in order to request your favourite entry from the Eurovision Song Contest and listen to the special features.

Source: Press Release

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Alexander Rybak, male singer/songwriter who ascent to fame came to fruition following his triumph at the 2009 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with his "Fairytale" has made it public knowledge that he has 'a clear desire to write a song for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest', thus confirming the recent rumours published by escflashmalta.com when the Norwegian/Belarusian artist was in Malta for a short visit just a couple of days ago. The local artist he met up with was none other than two-time Malta Eurovision Song Contest participant, Franklin Calleja.

In an interview with The Sunday Times of Malta, Alexander Rybak also showed willingness to support the Public Broadcasting Services in putting on this year's edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, stating that he 'would definitely on a great show for all of you to enjoy'. The singer/songwriter's scope of the interview was to promote his latest release, "Into a Fantasy" which has in turn been included in the soundtrack for the DreamWorks Motion Picture, 'How To Train Your Dragon 2'. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook & Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Times of Malta

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Surprise! Alexander Rybak, winner of the 2009 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with “Fairytale” is currently on a short private visit to Malta, most likely inter-related to either the upcoming edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest which is being staged in the Marsa Shipbuilding on the Mediterranean Island or to work on a track for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with rumours connecting him to two-time Malta Eurovision Song Contest participant; Franklin.

Since winning the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2009, Alexander Rybak has had an extremely respectable career, releasing four studio albums, and most recently having had a song included in the soundtrack of the DreamWorks Motion Picture “How to Train Your Dragon 2”. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest which is taking place on the 21st and 22nd November at the Marsa Shipbuilding, home of the 2014 Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: Alexander Rybak (Official Facebook Page), escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiVWvrt6jKw

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 of the first movie and the big budget sequel, this is an excellent achievement for Alexander and here at escflashmalta.com we are looking forward to see how this is received in the States. Five years after winning the contest in Moscow, Alexander has landed himself a track on a Hollywood soundtrack. I am sincerely glad this guy has not faded into Eurovision obscurity. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Olivier Vanhoutte (Alexander Rybak Management)

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