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Philippa & Bettina Cassar, Kurt Vella, Sean Borg, Pete Farrugia and Ryan Paul Abela are collectively known as The New Victorians, a new age project managed by Howard Keith of Jagged House Studios, the same individual responsible for acts such as Airport Impressions, Tribali, The Rifffs and Ira Losco. In releasing their first original single, The New Victorians have gone for a quirky sound, an equally intriguing music video and lyrics which at first might not make sense, but the whole package is one which brings up a sense of professionalism, awaiting for comes next.

"Dustpile" was officially launched during the Farsons Great Beer Festival where The New Victorians were the supporting act of international singing sensation Lauren Aquilina, who has recently signed with a major record label in the United Kingdom, following the success of her three extended-plays. Howard Keith has gone on to state on several occassions that The New Victorians are a professional bunch to work with and people will enjoy listening to the sound they create once the debut album is released. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: The New Victorians (Facebook)

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Mużika Mod Ieħor, a blog with a critical eye on the several releases in the local music scene was founded several years ago by Dr Toni Sant, an individual who has managed to slide in and out of the scene through various methods, having been part of the board that used to organise the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in the past as well as a disc jockey on multiple radio stations. At the end of the year, an awards system is put in motion in order to bestow a couple of honours upon some artists who might have either been overlooked or who had still garnered popularity throughout the year.

The project is divided into five categories; TOP ALBUM, TOP SINGLE/EP, TOP VIDEO, TOP ONLINE RELEASE and TOP OVERSEAS RELEASE, in a clear bid to make sure that no one is left out of the running in the several awards. Voting could take place through one’s personal account through Facebook on the official website, and then also follow the standings which are updated on an hourly basis. Artists from the Eurovision Song Contest, including none other than; Chris & Moira (1994), Ira Losco (2002) and Gianluca Bezzina (2013) are all nominated.

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Artists which escflashmalta.com has promoted in the past including; Jean Claude Vancell, Scarlet Sally, Cryptic Street, Karma Skies, nosnow/noalps, Winter Moods, Joseph Calleja, Lauren Aquilina, Jon Lukas Woodenman and The Crowns are amongst the many who have been nominated. We urge you to cast your vote, as escflashmalta.com aim to support this venture from this year onwards with the support of the likes of people like Dr Sant who aid improve the local music industry, giving it a voice across the world.

Source: Mużika Mod Ieħor '13

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Published in Local Music News

Sinners, an extended play released by Lauren Aquilina managed to peak at number #66 in the United Kingdom with fan support through social media including Facebook and Twitter. It wasn't the first success though noting that her debut release, that entitled Fools also peaked at number #72 suggesting that her fan-base is on the increase. As the rules of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014 were published by the Public Broadcasting Services in the past forty-eight (48) hours, it comes as no surprise that local fans would like her to put her name forward. Those who think it's not possible are wrong especially due to the fact that Lauren could very much apply for a dual citizenship and thus making her eligible. Nevertheless, this will not be the case at least for next year according to a post on social networking website, Facebook.

Darren Cassar posted the escflashmalta.com article about the release of the regulations on her wall asking her to possibly consider a role within the selection process but his efforts proved futile with her reply being a categorical 'hahahaha noooooo I can't! xx' and in technical terms she might be right considering that she has a tour planned in February, one which might not allow her to take up any more commitments for the time being. One artist who has already stated her intentions in favour of a second participation within the Malta Eurovision Song Contest is none other than Davinia, the second runner-up at this years' edition of the competition. A photo with the tag #eurovision was posted whilst in the studio with Matt Mercieca signalling that she is working with the same individuals behind Betrayed. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

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OGAE Malta, the local representative committee within the international fan club of the Eurovision Song Contest has decided to open the selection for the annual OGAE Video Contest to the general public in a bid to make sure that the chosen entry is one which receives the full backing from everyone, something that has not always been the case. Last year, it was Italy who were winners of the competition with the track E' L'Amore Che Conta performed by Giorgia. Malta has never triumphed within the competition but has managed a sixth place finish on two occasions, first time round in 2005 with video for the song I'm In Love Again by Ira Losco and second time round in 2006 with the video for the track Love On The Radio sung by Fabrizio Faniello.

On the 15th August 2014, the voting officially commences with the public having the opportunity to select their favourite music video from a selection of ten (10) songs which OGAE Malta have internally selected amongst their members. As has already been noted in a previous article, it was impossible to shortlist the music video for the track Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat with vocals provided by Gianluca because entries from the Eurovision Song Contest are prohibited for taking part. Despite this particular inconvience, the list of music videos shortlisted feature artists from the whole spectrum of the local music scene including former Eurovision Song Contest representative; Ira Losco as well as national final participants; Kelly Schembri and Davinia Pace.

The Person I Am - Ira Losco

Sinners - Lauren Aquilina

Indecisive - Cryptic Street

I'd Rather Die - Carrie Haber

Sweet Sister - Chris & Cheryl

You are My Home - Davinia

In Time - Yews

What I'd Give - Ira Losco

Strip Search - Honorebel ft Kelly Schembri & Stephen Davids

Fools - Lauren Aquilina

Just above, you could watch the videos of the competing entries in an individual manner yet the organisers have also prepared a playlist for those who wish to view them all at one go. When a decision has been made, you should send your votes in 'Eurovision Format' to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. till the 15th September 2013. It is important to denote that each person has one vote and cannot make alterations to the vote after it has been sent. Make sure to include your name, surname and country of origin within the email. The editorial board gladly support this brand new venture organised by OGAE Malta because it increases transparency and also gives the public the right to decide on something which will still represent the nation. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com as well as the Official Facebook Page of the competition for all of the latest news.

Source: OGAE Malta

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Published in Local Music News

OGAE Malta, the local representative committee within the international fan club of the Eurovision Song Contest has just unveiled a brand new selection format for the annual OGAE Video Contest which was last year won by Italy and the video of the song E' L'Amore Che Conta performed by Giorgia. Since it's inception back in 2003, Malta has been present and has also peaked at sixth place on two occasions, the first time in 2005 with the video for the song I'm In Love Again by Ira Losco and second time round in 2006 with the video for the track Love On The Radio sung by Fabrizio Faniello.

In an official press release sent out by Deo Grech, a long time representative of OGAE Malta, it has now been announced that the selection process will be completely open for the public. The voting will officially commence on the 15th August 2013 but nevertheless, you could still get acquainted with the shortlist of entries as selected by the organising body. Tomorrow, co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat with vocals provided by Gianluca could not be included within the list due to the regulation that the songs cannot be from that years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Nevertheless, artists whose videos have been selected include former representative; Ira Losco as well as former national final participants; Davinia and Kelly Schembri.

The Person I Am - Ira Losco

Sinners - Lauren Aquilina

Indecisive - Cryptic Street

I'd Rather Die - Carrie Haber

Sweet Sister - Chris & Cheryl

You are My Home - Davinia

In Time - Yews

What I'd Give - Ira Losco

Strip Search - Honorebel ft Kelly Schembri & Stephen Davids

Fools - Lauren Aquilina

escflashmalta.com proudly supports this venture having been in contact with OGAE Malta in the past with the hope of opening up the selection to the general public after receiving several emails from fans of the event. The Maltese selection for the OGAE Video Contest 2013 is being held through social networking website, Facebook, although more details about how and where to send the votes will be made public in due course. The current aim is to let the public know about this brand new feature and to ultimately familiarise themselves with the songs. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com as well as the Official Facebook Page of the competition for all of the latest news.

Source: OGAE Malta

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Published in Local Music News

In Malta, Lauren Aquilina has already been denoted a star and made several appearances on both local radio and television stations in recent days since she landed as she prepares for her performance at the Farsons Beer Festival on Wednesday, 31st July. Her debut extended play, Fools was a major success managing to peak at number #1 on both the Maltese and British versions of digital store, iTunes. Nevertheless, everyone has been hanging by the skin of their own teeth as the second extended play Sinners was put out a couple of days ago. Success in the United Kingdom is quite difficult but only through digital release, Sinners as a single has managed to enter the official music charts.

At number #66, Sinners is actually the fourth most successful new entry of the week following One Direction at number #2 with Best Song Ever, Scouting for Girls at number #52 with Millionaire and Nina Nesbitt at number #55 with Way in the World. Lauren Aquilina is surely a talented eighteen year old but also hard working in every possible way noting that she interacts with her fans on a daily basis on both Twitter and Facebook where she has Official Accounts. Lauren whose father is Maltese is the third artist in as many months with Maltese heritage to enter the charts following Joseph Calleja, a leading tenor and Gianluca Bezzina who represented Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest earlier this year. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Official UK Charts

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Lauren Aquilina, the eighteen year old vocalist who has defied the odds of succeeding without the backing of a major recording label. The secret to success has been relatively simple, attract a loyal fanbase and make sure that they are always kept on top of the decisions made and it seems to be working considering that her debut extended play Fools was awarded a Gold Disc apart from making the Official Charts in the United Kingdom. Her sophomore release, Sinners slated for release on the 22nd July is currently available to pre-order through iTunes.

At this point in time, Lauren Aquilina is looking to promote her music as much as possible and following the release of the music video for Sinners, she has now recorded a beautiful live version of another track, entitled Irrelevant which is also found on this brand new extended play. Lauren will be performing for a local audience here in Malta during the Farsons Beer Festival, on the same night when Airport Impressions will be making their much anticipated comeback performance. Irrelevant is described as an emotional song with the female vocalist 'hoping that the emotion comes across'. The recording of the performance took place at the Bush Hall found in London.

In a recent article posted by Eurovision Ireland, in collaboration with escflashmalta.com, it was reported that Lauren Aquilina would definitely be one of the most fantastic choices to represent Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014, if she were allowed to do. The rules for next years' edition of the competition are yet unknown, and so is the format technically but nevertheless, a number of artists have taken part without living in Malta including Michelle Farrugia, Kelly Schembri and Saska Hunt amongst others. The public has warmed up a lot to Lauren Aquilina and seeing her on the stage of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest would be amazing. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Official Facebook Page

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Published in Local Music News
Tuesday, 02 July 2013 22:00

Malta: 'Sinners' Hits Top Spot on iTunes

On the 22nd July 2013, Lauren Aquilina will be officially releasing a second set of original songs in an extended play entitled Sinners following her highly successful debut bearing the name Fools. It seems that the public is warming up to Lauren quite quickly considering that the extended play is currently released on pre-order and is already topping the chart ahead of Gianluca and Ira Losco who are at number #7 and number #8 respectively. Her previous collection which is still available to purchase through iTunes as well could be found at number #13.

As already noted, Lauren Aquilina has a predominantly strong fan-base in Malta and has also been contacted by organisers of the Farsons Beer Festival in order to be added to the strong line-up which is yet to be fully revealed. Sinners, as an extended play seems to feature the genre that is attributed to the performer featuring strong synths in a pop/ballad type of manner. The single off the four track compilation is the eponymous song for which an official music video has also been recorded. In just a matter of hours, the accompaying video managed to garner more than 10,000 views which is astonishing within itself. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available and do not forget to purchase your copy of Sinners

Source: iTunes

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Lauren Aquilina, the eighteen year old singer/songwriter from the United Kingdom with Maltese roots is still reeling off the success achieved from her debut extended play enitlted Fools which was awarded a gold disc earlier this week for sales of more than 25,000 units. Aqulina has set the standard extremely high for upcoming artists noting that without the backing of a record label, she has achieved a lot in a limited period of time. She has always stated that her fans are amongst the best in the world and such statistics support her claim. She is currently preparing the release of her second collection of original songs.

Mark the dates, on the 22nd July 2013, Lauren Aquilina will be dropping her second extended-play release entitled Sinners which will include four brand new tracks, all of which will reflect the typical musicality and originality that Lauren has become known for. It was revealed prior to the release of her debut extended play that Lauren makes a yearly visit to Malta and following her international success, the organisers of the Farsons Beer Festival have decided to add her to the annual line-up. She will be performing at the Ta' Qali Grounds on the 31st July 2013. We encourage you to visit escflashmalta.com on a daily basis for all of the latest news from the local and the foreign music markets, inter-relating with local artists as well as the Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: Official Facebook Page

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One of the most lucrative markets in the music industry is based in the United Kingdom for the simple reason that homegrown artists have successfully exported music abroad. It is not straightforward to achieve success but one vocalist whose extended play entitled Fools managed to crack the top hundred in the past couple of months was the British/Maltese, Lauren Aquilina. On the 23rd June, she will be turning eighteen and when one puts things into perspective, it is truly an honour to know how far a seventeen year old can get too with pure determination. She has been busy performing across the country recently but nevertheless, she is a proud supporter of charity and is currently doing her bit as well with the release of a special original track entitled Wanderlust.

Lauren Aquilina is a singer/songwriter who resides just outside of London in the United Kingdom but comes to Gozo, Malta's sister island every year to meet up with the rest of her family. As a matter of fact, in a recent diary page posted online she states that Malta 'is a small but beautiful island with lots of hidden caves'. Wanderlust, the brand new track has been specifically written for Comic Relief, a British charity founded in 1985 in response to the famine in Ethiopia. Several renowned personalities have been known to contribute during the day and it is very much the British version of what the Maltese know as L-Istrina. You can visit her official website, where you could listen and also get your free copy of Wanderlust but remember to donate to Comic Relief, a truly admirable cause. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news on Lauren Aquilina.

Source: Official Facebook Page

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