February 21, 2020

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Sony Music, Warner Music and da Works have announced that they may potentially boycott the Norwegian national final after a new ruling from the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) in collaboration with record label Universal Music have announced that all competing songs in the Eurovision Song Contest are to be released as a part of the official album as well as single tracks available for download.

All profits from the Eurovision Song Contest songs will then bypass other labels and go directly to the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and Universal Music. Understandably, this has irked many in the music industry as Eurovision Song Contest songs are a guaranteed revenue generator. However, it has been cited that representatives from record companies have been forced to sign into this agreement. This has certainly been the case for Carl Espen whom would not have been able to represent Norway if the agreement had not been signed. 

Leif O. Ribe from Sony Music told Norwegian newspaper VG that it also creates difficulties for record companies to promote their artist in other countries. Executive Producer for the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) Jan Ola Sand, has said that all countries were made aware of this but Norway is not the only country to react negatively. Regardless, this may have future implications for entrants to the Eurovision Song Contest. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: VG


NDR, broadcaster responsible for the participation of Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest is unfortunately coming off a disappointing result with Glorious performed by the group Cascada only managing eighteen (18) points to finish in twenty-first place. The market share of the viewership was still strong despite the result and therefore, Germany were quick to reveal that they will be present in Denmark but are nevertheless even quicker in commencing preparations for next years' selection process. Record labels have already been asked to send in their respective proposals for evalutation and it seems that one of the acts put forward by Sony Music Germany is none other than one hit wonder, Lou Bega.

Promipool.de has recently been in contact with Lou Bega who in turn stated that he was 'actually asked' by his 'record company'. Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit Of...), his debut single was a number #1 hit in several countries including; Germany, Australia, Austria, Finland, France, Sweden, Switzerland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. It set him up for bigger and better things but the follow-up single was a relatively modest success and his material has not really troubled the charts much in recent years. He has also released five studio albums, the latest being A Little Bit of 80's which is a collection of covers recorded in a different manner. No official confirmation on any of the acts has been made by the German broadcaster although the first names will be revealed in due course. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: promipool.de


In the past couple of days, there has been a lot of controversy in the Mediterranean nation of Cyprus due to the fact that the Government has not yet approved the budget of the broadcaster leaving their respective participation with Ivi Adamou and her entry La La Love in tatters. Many fans believe that this is the best song that the country has presented in a very long time and could obtain a result that has become characteristic with their neighbouring country of Greece noting that it is fairing better than Eleftheria Eleftheriou in polls and also charts. One has to note that both artists are actually Greek-Cypriot and therefore success on both counts will be celebrated.

Ivi Adamou is a well known name in the industry and is signed to one of the most prestigious music companies at the moment, being of course Sony Music and in this case, the Greek division. Eleftheria had also been signed to the same company when she was set to try her luck to represent the country last year but backed out and signed a new deal with Universal Music Greece instead as both ladies had the same style. The crisis that Cyprus was dealing with seems to have been averted whatever the vote, which is taken this evening decides and this is due to the fact that Sony Music Greece believe that this is the right platform for Ivi at the moment and that they will be covering all of the respective costs. 

This is going to be quite an interesting matter as this can mean that they will now also take up creative control. Nevertheless, CyBC might have just found a solution for years to come with this, as this is the way that Greece does it nowadays by entrusting a record label to cover all of the respective costs. Stay tuned to www.escflashmalta.com as we continue to follow the saga in Cyprus. 

Source: Sony Music