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Since 2011, all songs competing in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, have not been published through a compilation album, as previously done, and therefore a number of record labels such as CAP-Sounds stepped in, releasing a number of songs on digital platforms such as; iTunes, Deezer, Amazon and Spotify for the general public to purchase or stream.

"12, Baker Street" written by Jan Van Dijck and Emil Calleja Bayliss, and, "Close Your Eyes" written by Elton Zarb and Emil Calleja Bayliss, performed by Karen DeBattista and Danica Muscat are the latest songs which have been released through the German based company, CAP-Sounds, who have a distribution deal in place with Universal Music Germany.

"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, "Rush" written by Elton Zarb and Matthew Mercieca, performed by Franklin Calleja, Trilogy, Daniel Testa and Christabelle were published days following the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

Three of the aforementioned songs have managed to peak at number #2 or better, signally the intent of the public in purchasing the most successful songs from the competition. 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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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.

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

"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

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

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 16:22

Netherlands: Amber Bondin on Radio International

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. This week's episode will be somewhat centred on what happened during the past two weeks, with both the Junior Eurovision Song Contest winner; Vincenzo Cantiello and the Malta Eurovision Song Contest winner; Amber both given the limelight. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWKveH5_DY8

As the curtain on the 2015 season of the Eurovision Song Contest is beginning to ope, 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 ReleaseDaniel M Photography

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4KEgc5uduM

It has been an extremely busy couple of weeks, with the Junior Eurovision Song Contest and the Malta Eurovision Song Contest staged at the Marsa Shipbuilding. In the former, it was Vincenzo Cantiello with "Tu Primo Grande Amore" on behalf of Italy whilst in the latter, it was all about Amber and her entry "Warrior", composed by Elton Zarb to the lyrics of Matt Muxu Mercieca. It was a groundbreaking victory, taking maximum points from all the jurors, including the public, who were on their feet as the results were being announced.

Amber, competing in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest for the fifth time, with the sixth entry, has been close to victory on several occasions, finishing in 4th place for the last two editions with entries "Because I Have You" and "In Control", both composed by Paul Giordimaina to the lyrics of Fleur Balzan, and also finishing in 3rd place back in 2012 with "Answer With Your Eyes" composed by Ray Agius to the lyrics of Alfred C Sant. 

In 2010, Amber came onto the scene, making her way into the final of the Malta Hit Song Contest with the song "Take It Easy" composed by Ray Agius to the lyrics of Alfred C Sant, before eventually winning her first competition in 2011, the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, with "Trid Tapprezza" composed by Ray Agius to the lyrics of Alfred C Sant. It is yet unknown whether "Warrior" will be the entry that will represent Malta with Anton Attard, CEO of the Public Broadcasting Services stating that a decision will be taken in the coming weeks.

On behalf of escflashmalta.com editorial team, I would like to congratulate Amber, Matt Muxu Mercieca, Elton Zarb and the rest of the team for their achievement. You will definitely have all our support all the way to Vienna, Austria. We urge you to keep tuned to escflashmalta.com, even through Facebook and Twitter, for all the latest news about the Eurovision Song Contest 2015.

Source: escflashmalta.com, Gordon Roxburgh (Image)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4KEgc5uduM

After an amazing show, we got to know who will be the 14 (fourteen) competing in the Maltese National Final tomorrow evening. There are some of the qualifiers which were a bit of a surprise to see them go through to the next stage, but after tonight's performances, we can say that all the acts did brilliantly and it was a wonderful show.

At the end of the evening, there were 6 eliminated acts; Lyndsay, Iona Dalli, Raquel, Domenique, Danica and Corazon. People in the venue were surprised at the outcome, noting that there were seriously surprised to see Danica and Raquel miss out on a place in the final. The only explaination for this, is to ensure that there is diversity in terms of genres.

At the post-showcase press conference, Head of Delegation and Public Broadcasting Services Chief Executive Officer, Anton Attard congratulated the qualifiers, whilst thanking the other 6 acts for their contribution to an extremely high standard.Following the draw of the first and last slots in the running order, the producer came up with a finalised version of the draw, one which you may denote below.

01. "Breakaway" - Glen Vella (Kevin Borg / Simon Gribbe)

02. "12, Baker Street" - Karen DeBattista (Jan Van Dijck / Emil Calleja Bayliss)

03. "Once in a While" - Dominic (Elton Zarb / Rita Pace)

04. "Chasing a Dream" - Trilogy (Paul Abela / Joe Julian Farrugia)

05. "Closed Doors" – Chris Grech (Chris Grech / Edward Mifsud / Peter Borg / David C Torreggiani)

06. "Love and Let Go" - Ekklesia Sisters (Philip Vella)

07. "Fandango" - Jessika (Philip Vella / Gerard James Borg)

08. "It's OK" - Deborah C (Elton Zarb / Matthew Mercieca)

09. "Warrior" - Amber (Elton Zarb / Matthew Mercieca)

10. "Beautiful to Me" - L-Aħwa (Erik Anjou)

11. "Still Here" - Franklin Calleja (Alexander Rybak)

12. "Rush" - Christabelle (Elton Zarb / Matthew Mercieca)

13. "The One That You Love" - Lawrence Gray (Elton Zarb / Lawrence Gray)

14. "Something in the Way" - Daniel Testa (Charlie Mason / Mans Ek)

On behalf of the editorial team at escflashmalta.com, we would like to congratulate the 14 qualifiers, and the 6 non-qualifiers for putting up a great show. We urge you to stay tuned even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2015 Malta Eurovision Song Contest as soon as it becomes available. Just a quick reminder, that during the Final, a LIVE report will be conducted by Clifford Jo Zahra, who was at the venue during the semi-final.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O71C93FXTww

Friday, 21 November 2014 00:07

MESC 2015: Hype Returns at the Shipbuilding

Here in Malta, the hype did not come to an end right after hosting the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, it is still going on and will continue up till next Saturday. This is due to the fact that the tiny nation in the middle of the Mediterranean will have a representative for the next edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, taking place in Vienna, Austria. Without a doubt, it goes without saying that rehearsals are in full swing and the Shipbuilding has never looked so beautiful and energetic, except for last Saturday.

After three days of rehearsals, each and every singer had two (2) rehearsals. Therefore we have seen the twenty (20) competitors twice on the magnificent stage presented to Europe last weekend. Later on this morning, a couple of hours before the actual show commences, there is the dress rehearsal which will allow all the singers to utilise the stage in the manner that they will during the semi-final stage of the competition which will take place later on in the evening.

The artists, songwriters, producers, and teams are happy with the output, noting that the Public Broadcasting Services have really pulled out all of the stops to ensure that everything is organised in a professional manner. They are happy with their performance, and the way that their song has been brought to life on that massive stage, blending in the right amount of shots, with the perfect backdrop. 

We highly recommend that you sit down and enjoy the show, either in the arena or at the comfort of your own home. escflashmalta.com will be on hand to provide song-by-song commentary, courtesy of This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. during the semi-final, and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. during the final. We remind you that this will take place on Facebook and Twitter. Stay tuned to this portal for all the latest news about the 2015 Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: escflashmalta.com, tvm.com.mt (image)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAGepcIs8W8

Published in Local Music News
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 17:29

Netherlands: Malta Special on Radio International

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. This week's episode is special though, noting that I will be having a listen to the entries competing in the 2014-2015 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest along with David Mann.

As the curtain on the 2015 season of the Eurovision Song Contest is beginning to ope, 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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAGepcIs8W8

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 Karen DeBattista.

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

My song is called ‘12, Baker Street’, with lyrics by Emil Calleja Bayliss and music by Jan van Dijck. I consider my song for this year’s Malta Eurovision Song Contest as one with a mixture of genres, all combined together to create a wonderful harmony. Apart from the music, the lyrics of the song also help to draw in people since it is a sweet love story which shows that if it is true, love will find a way.

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?

I feel privileged to be one of this year’s semi-finalists. From a very young age, I dreamt of performing for such a large crowd on a magnificent stage and luckily enough this year I have the opportunity to do so. It is an experience which will definitely help me grow both as an artist and in developing my music. 

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 the main factor for our success as a country would be the fact that we chose a young and fresh group of people with a catchy and fun song to represent us. That is what the people want: something that will make them smile and feel good. That, and more importantly, good marketing techniques when it comes to promoting our entry in participating countries.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPNciOqu8R4

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 think it would be Corazon’s song ‘Secretly’. In my opinion, both our styles are similar, apart from the fact that her song is one of my favourites in this year’s competition. 

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

Definitely. That has always been my aim, although I like to take things one step at a time. We’ll see what the future will bring. 

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

I would like to thank all the readers of escflashmalta.com for the constant support towards all artists, both in the Malta Eurovision as well as in the Eurovision Song Contest. I hope that you’ll all like my song “12, Baker Street”!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQ8W37Ygpsw

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 Raquel Galdes.

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

Stop Haunting Me is produced by Elton Zarb and written by Muxu.

It is a song that is personal to me and my songwriter. It talks about the moment you finally move on from a bad stage in your life, and you are finally doing good, and have found peace within yourself, but your past keeps haunting you and reminding you of all that once happened, You finally found peace within yourself to let go of it all, and just want your past whether its your ex or someone who has done you wrong to let go of you  and let you be free, and most importantly happy.

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?

I don’t consider Eurovision as a competition. I consider it as an opportunity for the 20 semi-finalists to be really exposed to the public, make new friends in the music industry and also a European Music Feast! I am so so so glad to be with the semi-finalists, and am enjoying every second of the whole experience!!

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?

Year after year every performing artist is taking Eurovision with more passion and determination which is finally leading us to have beautiful and powerful songs representing Malta. Also, there is a great team of professionals behind every winning song which helps a lot!

I fully believe in my song and the whole package. Considering what the song is really about, the style and the hard work me and my team are doing - I think that we have all it takes to continue the positive trend!! 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3hX7XIeR5U

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 love all the entries but on the other hand, none of songs are my style to sing so I would rather stick with mine :) :)

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

Last September I was one of the 400 artists who auditioned at Downtown Artists London. I have been one of the 5 chosen artists and so I am currently working on my new album, which will be hopefully released in the beginning of next year. 

There may be other opportunities which may arise in the coming days, which I will absolutely take! 

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

I would like to thank everyone who is supporting my song. I am really overwhelmed with all the positive comments and feedback. All this give me more motivation to keep on working hard as well as feeling satisfied that all the work hard is finally paying off! THANKYOU!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14YogUpHZhw

Friday, 14 November 2014 11:42

MESC 2015: In-Depth Interview with Deborah C

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 Deborah C.

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

‘It’s OK’ evokes a simple message that everyone can relate to. Unfortunately, we all go through stuff that makes us upset whether it’s a heartbreak or any other form of pain, but we all move on because we live in hope that it will be ok. In life, we experience many things and they normally sort themselves out after a while. So it’s fine, you can cry, you can feel sad but not for too long as we only live once and we must try and enjoy every moment of it. So to sum up, the song is about accepting that things will not always go your way and it’s ok, you can handle it anyway :)

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?

Speaking for myself as a singer, Eurovision is a big music platform which may unlock new doors and provide international opportunities. All artists including composers and authors taking part in it will have the occasion to demonstrate their talent to a numerous multitude.

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?

Personally, I think that in the past four years the singers/band that represented Malta had delivered an outstanding performance and also all songs were particularly catchy. I believe my entry has a very catchy melody yet is very simple and easy to remember.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1q4cz0RWKSw

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 think it would be ‘Love and Let Go’ by Eklessia Sisters because it’s a sweet song based on a true story.

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

Yes definitely! I’ll be working on more original songs and hopefully to be releasing an Album.

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

We become artists and we continue to succeed in life thanks to the followers for keeping our music shine and alive!! A huuuuuge Thank You goes to all of you out there who have been constantly supporting me through the years…I really appreciate it! Thanks so much for all your positive feedback ;)

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

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