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Taylor Swift meets Carly Rae Jepsen is the best way to describe Fed Up, the debut single of thirteen year old female vocalist, Maxine Pace who is slowly moving out of the festival circuit and into a radio friendly zone. During last nights' concert of Kurt Calleja, representative of Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2012 with the track This Is The Night which he co-wrote alongside Johan Jämtberg and Mikael Gunnerås, Maxine was a supporting act. The line-up she joined was pretty impressive noting former Eurovision Song Contest representatives; Chiara and Gianluca as well as former Malta Eurovision Song Contest runner-up, Amber.

Throughout the years, Maxine Pace showed great tenacity and talent as she took part in the pre-selections which led to Malta's participation in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Her most spirited performance which many people thought should have definitely done better was the one of the song Toy Soldier back in 2009, a year which was ultimately won by Double Trouble performed by Francesca & Mikaela. Her debut single entitled Fed Up is co-written with singer/songwriter Ramzi who has already achieved success in the United Kingdom with his debut album Chapter One which was instantly certified Gold. The lyric video for the song was created by the production team of Where's Everybody. Stay tuned to for all of the latest news.

Source: Press Release

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In 2012, Kurt Calleja successfully saw the nation through to the final of the Eurovision Song Contest with his entry This Is The Night co-written with Johan Jämtberg and Mikael Gunnerås. Upon his return, the male artist started to work on a series of brand new tracks including; Boomerang which was a commercial success and helped get him a nomination for Best Solo Artist at the Bay Music Awards and Leap of Faith, a beautiful ballad with a heartfelt message. Kurt is currently laying down the final touches on his debut album recorded and produced by Peter Borg of Red Electrick fame at Railway Studios. 

In order to commemorate the release of his debut album, Kurt Calleja is giving a major concert in support of the organisation, Inspire which supports people who are excluded from society. Several of the leading artists in the country will be present, including former Eurovision Song Contest representatives; Chiara and Gianluca with former runner-up of the local national selection; Amber also present alongside former Junior Malta Eurosong finalist; Maxine Pace. Other artists who are expected to make an appearance include; Warren Bonello and Kevin Paul Calleja who had also joined Kurt in Baku, Azerbaijan and last but not least, Brooke who won the Best Solo Artist at this years' Malta Music Awards. The event is set to take place on the 10th July 2013 at the Inspire Grounds in Marsascala, remember that gates open at 7pm. is proud to help promote this event. Stay tuned for more.

Source: Official Facebook Page (Kurt Calleja)

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The festival will open on the 10th of May and will come to an end on the 17th of May and if last year’s event is anything to go by, this year’s festival will be better and even bigger, in fact they have moved the festival from their normal location to Bulebel. Slowly it is establishing itself as one of the event all the lovers of local music look forward to, in fact a number of people have been asking about the festival for quite some time. Each and every day has a special theme or a special act assigned to it which also includes a foreign tribute band of one of the biggest bands that ever existed.

Friday - 10th May at 21:00

Kevin Borg Live in Concert

Supported by: Glen Vella, Pamela, Barber’s Cut & Paul Curmi Dance Studio 


Saturday - 11th May at 21.00

Ira Losco Live in Concert

Supported by: Planet Seed & The New Victorians


Sunday - 12th May at 20.30

Pop Hits & Maltese Classics

Eleanor Cassar, Stephanie Zammit, Georgina, Franklin Calleja, Chris Grech, Olivia Lewis,

Luisana Bartolo, Nadine Barolo, Charlotte Bartolo & Gillian Attard’s Children Choir 


Monday - 13th May at 20:30

Red Electrick, The Riffs & The Crowns


Tuesday - 14th May at 20:30

The Green Gathering

Tarcisio Barbara, Kirstie Barbarbara, Kurt Galea, Naomi Balzan, Katoushka Mifsud, Malcolm Camilleri, Kirstie Balzan

Feast songs: Eleanor Cassar, Gillian Attard, Alexia Fenech, Stephen Mizzi


Wednesday - 15th May at 20:30 

Guns 2 Rose – Tribute Band

Supported by:  Fuse Box & Harriet Cohen


Thursday - 16th May at 20:30

Eurovision Song Contest – Second Semi-Final on a Big Screen (Malta’s Night)


Friday – 17th May at 20:30 

Bon Jovi Tribute

One can see the festival as an opening to the summer months activities as other activities take place all around the island during the summer months but most of them would not be held on such a grand scale. To organize such a massive event is not easy and Beland would not have been able to provide such a field with different artists were it not for the support they found from their sponsors. The event is free of charge but those in attendance are encouraged to give a small donation that will go directly to Puttinu cares as for another year, the event is being held in aid of Puttinu Care which works for such a noble case. So remember from the 10th of May to the 17th of May your entertainment spot should be in Zejtun at the Beland Music Festival. Stay tuned to for more information.

Source: The Beland Music Festival Facebook Page

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Wednesday, 06 February 2013 16:10

Radio International: Special Programme Tonight

The Team of Radio International is back from sunny Malta and invites you to the weekly Ultimate Eurovision Experience. Apart from the means of FM Radio in the Netherlands on FM 106.8 and the audio stream from the studio via and on Digital Cable 781 & cable 88.1Mhz 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 Eurovision fans can join in and chat amongst each other via the Chat Room and request their favourite Eurovision entry.

This weeks' focus of Radio International is definitely on the Malta Eurovision Song Contest which was indeed won by none other than a debutant in the form of Gianluca Bezzina with the song Tomorrow co-written by Dean Muscat and Boris Cezek We had the opportunity to have a chat with the twenty-three year old doctor about his experience in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and the track itself which is very cheerful. Well mannered, and spoken like a true gentlemen, he paid tribute to the artists that competing saying he just wanted to get through to the show on Saturday night. Nevertheless, at the post-result afterparty, we also had a chat with last years' representative, Kurt Calleja who was relishing his status to someone new. This Is The Night was quite the hit in Baku, Azerbaijan where it qualified and received eight (8) points from the nations' voting.

In the meantime, moving slightly away from Malta, there will also be another three interviews on the show, two conjoined into one because it features Christer Bjorkman and Edward Af Sillen who speak to Radio International about the challenges that the country faces in terms of hosting the Eurovision Song Contest and the Melodifestivalen noting that the standard of both has to be high considering the viewing figures of both shows in the nation. Scandinavian countries are known to follow the event in large numbers and therefore, production values have to be quite strong. One of the earlier acts to be chosen this year is also Emmelie de Forest with Only Teardrops and we had the chance to get a word with her as well thanks to our colleagues from escXtra.

Radio International is always keen to present songs during the show apart from the weekly features and therefore, collaborating the two ideas together will see the emergence of Eurovision UnverCover whereas tracks performed at the Eurovision Song Contest will be covered by other singers. The actual tracks will be played first followed by the cover and this will make things interesting. Apart from this feature which will officially commence as of tomorrow, there will be new material played on the show by a number of former representatives. All of the latest news is also covered during the weekly broadcast noting resources from and escXtra where Luke Fisher, the Editor makes a weekly round-up. The same applies with Dermot Manning who confirms national finals and this week, he turns to Lithuania and Switzerland. Follow the show through the official website and also send your requests through the contact link which is found on the aforementioned website.

Source: Press Release

89.7 Bay embarked on a mission a couple of years back to promote the local music scene and considering the astonishing amount of tracks that have been played on the radio station throughout this particular year, it seems that their efforts are paying off noting that success has become their trademark. The ninth edition of the Bay Music Awards which took place last night at the Bay Arena in St Julians were running under the theme Party Like It's The End of the World and there was a buzzing feeling in the crowd featuring people of all generations, representing the various artists who were nominated or performed. The build up was intense and several people were left on edge until the first performance, even preceding the introduction of the hosts took place. A lot was riding on the evening which included live performances for the very first time and apart from some mixing issues in the beginning of two performances, one could say it was a huge success.

89.7 Bay well represents the upcoming generation of artists and it seems that the fans that they are bringing with them are becoming more vocal when considering that the new guard was well promoted and ultimately ended up winning the most awards amongst seasoned veterans whose music is still very strong with the right to garner airplay and even nominations. Nevertheless, when tele-voting is the source of the actual vote, it is to be noted that the fan base becomes notorious and the younger generation have become accustomed to this element. Without a doubt, the live performances went down well with the crowd noting that Scar, BrookeChristabelleDimal ft Lyndsay and Red Electrick gave the show the much needed boost to make it stand out. The audience was in full support to the act pictures above though as announced at the latter stage of the evening by Benjamin Glover, one of the three hosts of the evening which also included Dorian Cassar of Bay Breakfast and Nathan D from Malta's Top Ten and the Drive-time Show.

The Bay Music Awards have become a welcome event in the local music calender and it was quite the evening when considering that following a two year break from the scene, Ira Losco made her return following her successful stint with her new single What I'd Give during the summer. The 2002 Eurovision Song Contest representative has been relatively busy in the past couple of months working on a brand new album which will be unveiled to the public in January. In the meantime, the biggest winners of the evening; Red Electrick are making headlines in several fields with one of their co-writes also competing in the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest which is taking place on the 1st and 2nd February 2013. We would like you to stay tuned to as our collaboration with 89.7 Bay continues to develop in the way that it has in the past couple of months.
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Monday, 03 December 2012 15:30

BMA 2012: Solo Artists That Stand Out

In the past, the local music scene was somewhat well adapted to promoting artists who had a solid solo career rather than possibly those who would team up and create a band although, the few which eventually did managed to release some stunning music as we pay them tribute. This has been a changing trend noting that there are a number of bands presently and they have been achieving a lot of success on both local and foreign waters, making them somewhat enviable at times. One should not fret about the other section of the industry though because the artists who are trying to do it on their own are also managing to find their feet with some funky modern music which is always enjoyed by the masses. 89.7 Bay has always been on the forefront to promote talent which is spectacular and easy on the ear. Therefore, it is not surprising to note that for the ninth edition of the Bay Music Awards, the Best Solo Artist of the past couple of months will be given an award during a ceremony which is taking place at the Bay Arena on the 12th December 2012 hosted by Ben Glover, Dorian Cassar and Nathan D, the latter of which is pictured below.
Five solo artists have been given a nomination and it is up to their fans and radio listeners alike to select the very best from the possible choices. It is worth pointing out that three females will be competing against two males and the former take precedence as per gesture. In fact, the first nominee is Christabelle, a talented young individual who has been around for quite some time by virtue of working her way into public perception in a number of showcases such as the Junior Eurosong and the Għanja tal-Poplu competition before heading out to try and conquer the world of local radio, something that she has so far achieved successfully. For the past three years, Christabelle has gladly taken up the award noting that she has released a number of number #1 singles including; Everything About You, I Wanna KnowEverytime I Bleed and most recently Say which will be unveiled once more at the awards show in a different manner. Her latest single was proudly released onto digital platforms online through the help of CAP Sounds, a German company which runs under the supervision of Universal Music Germany and which has taken care of several Maltese entries in the Eurovision Song Contest in the past.
The second artist to feature on the list of nominees does not need too much introduction either with Muxu building a solid fan-base over the years by virtue of releasing material in r'n'b format whilst also collaborating with a number of other artists along the way. The renowned male performer has managed to reach the higher echelons of the airplay at 89.7 Bay on several occasions including with tracks such as Still Missing You (ft. Talitha), Feel Good Song (ft. Davinia), Broken, Beat My DrumElectronicSo Good and his most recent release coming at the end of September entitled Pour Down On Me. Muxu has worked with several times, even releasing his last two music videos exclusively with this portal. He brings about variety and distinction and tends to stand out from the crowd just for the sake of being original. It is also worth noting that, just a couple of days ago, it was revealed that he is also one of the songwriters in the 2013 Malta Eurovision Song Contest as he penned the lyrics to the song Betrayed, composed by Elton Zarb, which will be performed on the semi-final of the showcase on the 1st February 2013.
Moving onto artist number three, a female who goes by the stage name of Brooke, a talented young artist who does not live in Malta anymore choosing to pursue her career in the United Kingdom where she is also studying. In a similar route taken up by Christabelle, Brooke started from the Junior Song for Europe before showing prowess in her later years and began performing with up and coming singer Daniele, an Italian on a regular basis. Just a couple of years later, she also recorded the track Echo with the Sanremo Giovani winner; Tony Maiello and performed the song live on The X Factor which back then used to air on RAI DUE. She has never looked back ever since and has released a series of hit singles including Achilles Heel, Love Not War, Fairytale and her latest being Bingo. She has been known to perform mainly generic pop with some fusion of r'n'b synths but what makes her wanted for more performances is the fact that she sounds great when she sings live, on most occasions, better than the recording. have been honoured to have also worked with her on the release of the video for the track Fairytale earlier this year.
According to the latest reports, the partner of the artist above is none other than Kurt Calleja, the fourth nominee in this years' solo artist category who has gained fame through the world of competitions. In fact, the male singer first appeared on the music scene alongside Kaya in the performance of Waterfall, before returning as a solo performer in 2011 with the track Over and Over, which reached third place and catapulted him to local success. Earlier this year, he entered with the song This Is The Night and ultimately won the competition over fan favourite Claudia Faniello and represented the country abroad making it through to the final selection of the event before ultimately only managing twenty-first place. Since returning back from the Eurovision Song Contest, Kurt Calleja has released a brand new track entitled Boomerang and is planning several more releases in the coming months including a debut album which will surely involve some cracking tunes that people will end up enjoying.

The final artist to have been nominated for the Best Solo Artist award is actually one who has been around in the local music industry the longest and has marked her return to the scene earlier this year with a strong number entitled What I'd Give. Ira Losco was one of the people who worked her way up to the top by reaching the best possible lengths in competitions including being the Maltese representative at the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2002 and also winning the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza back in 2001. At this point in time, Ira has released six studio albums including those for remixes and acoustic versions respectively. Following her stint at the international competition, the female performer started to reinvent herself and in fact, signed a record deal with Jagged House to start working with songwriter and producer Howard Keith. The collaboration has been a huge success and Ira has been rekindling her followers in anticipation for the release of a brand new album in the beginning of the new year. During the evening like all of the performers mentioned above, Ira will be performing live so make sure to enjoy the show.
This was the second  in a series of features that has planned for the 2012 edition of the Bay Music Awards and that is because people have to party as if it's the end of the world. In order to vote for the Best Solo Artist Award, it is vital to send an sms with either of these acts' respective name sakes as show in the article in bold to 50615304. Make sure that the vote you make is for the song which you believe deserves the award because it managed to make some sort of impact. The voting is open until the 5th December which is roughly just less than a month. Make sure to get cracking and stay tuned to both and 89.7 Bay for all of the latest updates from this years' edition of the prestigious music awards.
Source: 89.7 Bay,
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Thursday, 29 November 2012 14:45

Malta: Theme Song for 'L-Istrina 2012' Recorded

In the past couple of years, charity has been one of the most pivotal aspects that create a successful nation which despite being limited in resources is somewhat not lacking in generosity with record funds being targeted and somewhat achieved every year. The most popular charity event has surely been L-Istrina from which the funds are divided to various organisations with several beneficiaries. One of the methods on how to aid in the collection of the funds is the recording of a theme song which returns for another year in order to keep with the recently started tradition. This time round, a group of five singers have come together to record a song entitled Stay with the songwriting credits belonging to Steve Compagno and production being done by DJ Toby.

The five performers certainly do not need any introduction with the first being; Marilyn Mifsud, the lead vocalist of an upcoming band by the name of Cruz who have already been featured on in the past most recently with the release of their brand new single Good On You, the second artist is also a somewhat newcomer and is the songwriter of this track; Steve Compagno who has been working on a number of charity singles, moving onto the third artist; a runner-up in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest back in 2011 with the song Finally comes Richard Edwards and swiftly from the same edition of the competition is the fifth placed Raquela. Both artists are awaiting their faith for the upcoming edition of the showcase with the results set to be revealed during Xarabank tomorrow evening. One last name to have been added to the fray is that of Kurt Calleja who represented Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest earlier this year with This Is The Night qualifying to the final for the very first time in three years. Stay tuned to for all of the latest news and the actual release of the song as soon as it becomes available.

Source: L-Istrina 2012

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Wednesday, 21 November 2012 12:55

Greece: Promotional Visit to Malta for Eleftheria

Greece is known to be one of the most successful countries in the Eurovision Song Contest since the introduction of the semi-final system managing eight consecutive finishes in the top ten but the artist to manage to break that commanding record was none other than Eleftheria Eleftheriou who took to the stage with her ethnic dance inspired track entitled Aphrodisiac. The genre has worked wonders for the Hellenic nation in the past but did not manage to do the trick unfortunately despite receiving ample support from the fans of the renowned showcase. Nevertheless, despite the disappointment, Eleftheria is still enjoying a considerable amount of success in both Cyprus and Greece. It has recently been revealed that the performer will be making her way to Malta on a promotional visit where she will be performing during the Maltese Olympic Committee Awards on the 2nd December 2012.

The news is quite intriguing especially due to the fact that foreign guest stars have a tendency to come for a number of other showcases but this event will definitely be a mixture of sport and music considering that they have a star studded list of performers during the evening including the runner-up of the 2008 and the 2012 Malta Eurovision Song Contest; Claudia Faniello, the second runner-up of the 2005 Malta Song for Europe competition; Janvil, the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest representative; Kurt Calleja and Deborah C who has carefully garnered attention since winning the 2012 edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. The Awards show will be taking place at the Grand Ballroom of the Excelsior Hotel and will also be aired live on television. Stay tuned to for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Olivier Vanhoutte

89.7 Bay has been the leading radio station to promote the local Music scene and in fact, has helped artists develop their talent through the medium of broadcasting. In the past couple of years, there have been some distinct improvements in quality when it comes to the respective industry and therefore it is imperative that artists are rewarded for their talent through the annual Bay Music Awards which were officially launched this morning at the Intercontinental Hotel in Paceville. This will be the ninth year of the radio stations' music awards and it will be the biggest yet according to Kevin DeCesare, director of the Eden Leisure Group.

This years' edition of the Bay Music Awards will be taking place on the 12th December, the eve of a Public Holiday and will run under the theme Party Like it's the End highlighting the element that several people have been talking about this year. has been a stalwart in promoting both aspects of the local music scene although, one would have to note that there is a merge between the two due to the growing element of professionalism. In fact, there are several artists who have a connection with the Eurovision Song Contest, both on a local level as well as an international level. We are proud to be collaborating with 89.7 Bay on this years' ceremonies. In the meantime, please check out the nominees below.

Best Newcomer (50615301)

Cryptic Street


Lost Emotion

Planet Seed

Best Dance Tune or Remix (50615302)

'My World' - Carlo Gerada ft. Jan Cortez 

'Battle of Wills' - Corinna

'Love Hangover' - JJoy ft. Kelly Stelfox

'Defenceless' - Ruby ft. Laura Jae

'Louder' - Stevy Vee & Ross Paterson ft. Glen Vella

Best Band (50615303)

Dolls for Idols

Red Electrick


Saving Alexis

Three Stops to China

Best Solo Artist (50615304)



Ira Losco

Kurt Calleja


Best Song (50615305)

'My World' - Carlo Gerada ft. Jan Cortez 

'What I'd Give' - Ira Losco

'Paul' - Red Electrick

'White Lie' - Scar

This years' edition of the Bay Music Awards will be hosted by Nathan D, Ben Glover and Dorian Cassar who hold the most noted shows on the broadcaster. It also has to be noted that all of the performances of the evening will be live except those from the best newcomer category in order to get into their respective element. One of the awards to be given out during the evening will be based on the amount of screams for each respective performance so one has to make sure that the fans will be present during the evening. Regular tickets will be going on sale at €10 with the front section tickets being sold at €15 and the VIP tickets with an open bar and canapés will be going for €30. Tickets will be sold online through the official website.

Source: 89.7 Bay

Published in Local Music News
Saturday, 20 October 2012 03:01

Malta: The Quiet Girl with the Big Voice

Across the European continent and even further outside of the borders, it seems that the Maltese Islands have earned a respectable reputation for the sheer amount of vocal talent that tends to feature either annually or every now and then. There has been a progression with regards to the production of the songs that are being written for local artists and therefore, releases are now even earning rave reviews in foreign waters which have led to a number of performances abroad. Nevertheless, there is a lot of hype over the next edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and whilst we have absolutely no clue on whether such young talent is submitting, a feature would definitely do the artist justice nevertheless especially after being a focal point earlier this year. In fact, the quiet girl with the big voice that I have deemed is none other than Ylenia Vella, whom many will remember as to having backed Kurt Calleja up vocally.

Ylenia Vella burst out onto the music scene at a relatively tender age submitting entries for the Malta Junior Eurosong competition and coming extremely close to being the Maltese representative in 2009 actually with her track My One True Passion finishing in second place behind Francesca & Mikaela with their entry Double Trouble which also reached a respectable top ten finish abroad. Despite the fact that Ylenia never managed to triumph and finished in second, third and fourth place, she decided to not let the experience mar her career and therefore, submitted an application to be part of the showcase Don't Stop Me Now which was set to air on Television Malta and hosted by none other than Eileen Montesin and Christine Haber. Following a number of weeks of performances, Ylenia was crowned the winner of the competition, a stepping stone for the young performer and a chance to be recognized by not only the masses but even a host of songwriters on the Maltese Islands. She got the chance to perform with Kurt Calleja in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest as a female backing vocalist but unfortunately, it seems that she was replaced by another voice as Ylenia had described with Amber later on stating that the decision was taken up by the Public Broadcasting Services and that Ylenia had a fantastic voice which will represent Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest in the future. It will be quite interesting to see whether this will happen anytime soon but whatever the decision of Ylenia Vella will be, she will always have the stupendous voice of an angel.


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