It’s been a good 2 months since we discovered the ‘land of Fire’, Azerbaijan, so time we cover it once more with more details about Azerbaijani singer Emin.
After having performed during the interval of the Eurovision Song Contest, for no less than 150 million people worldwide, the singer released his new album ‘After the Storm’, preceeded by the single ‘Baby Get Higher’.
The second single, ‘Walk Through Walls’, will be released on August 27 in the UK and is described as an uplifting song of hope and optimism. Keeping it in tune with the Olymic spirit awww. The track was written by Bran and Bnann (Infadels) with Emin as co-writer, produced by Tim Bran (Charlatans, The View) and mixed by Ash Howes.
Not a bad song at all, and something tells us this pop direction of Emin could well see him return to the Eurovision stage representing Azerbaijan.
While their usually not the first to talk about their plans for Eurovision, Dutch broadcaster TROS has been grabbing a few headlines in the local media after it emerged they rejected to select rock singer, Anouk internally as their Dutch representative for 2013.
Anouk Teeuwe rose to fame in Europe in 1997 when she released ‘Nobody’s Wife’ reaching the top ten in France, Germany, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Finland and her native the Netherlands. Although she hasn’t succeeded to match the same success in most of the countries, she remains a high profile artist in the Netherlands and Belgium. In fact the singer released her seventh studio album last year called ‘To Get Her Together’.
The pop rock singer is rumoured to have a killer song ready for the Eurovision song Contest, yet TROS has its eyes set on a preselection format with 6 heats, similar to the Swedish selection process ‘Melodifestivalen’. The news has been confirmed by a spokesman of the Dutch broadcaster who also read the following statement: “We are delighted that Anouk thinks about the contest, but (she) must take part in a national final” a ” She is obviously disappointed… but we want the Dutch public and a jury to decide what is the best song for Eurovision.”
The Netherlands have overall opted for a national final to choose their representative. The only exceptions to the rules in the past few years have been Edsilia Rombley (2007) and Hind (2008) who were internally selected including their entries. In 2009 and 2010, the Dutch representatives were internally chosen, but the audience was given the chance to vote for their entry, before the broadcaster went back to a full scale national final in 2011 .
The Netherlands are yet to qualify from the semi finals since the introduction of the current system. The last time the Netherlands were present in the final was in 2004.
Watch the video of Anouk’s debut hit single ‘Nobody’s Wife’ below:
An update in regards to Anouk and the Eurovision Song Contest can be found here
Only a few weeks ago, we presented the new summer single of Demy here on GloPop. Non-Greek fans of the lady will be pleased to find out that she has now unveiled the English version of her latest number 1 hit single ‘Poses Xiliades Kalokairia’ as ‘Love Light’.
The track, originally composed and produced by Dimitris Kontopoulos and Nick Moraitis, two of the most distinguished authors in Greece, has been given a slightly difference arrangement and slightly transformed now to a massive club track with the help of Maltese songwriter Gerard James Borg (not a stranger for the Eurovision fans).In our original post, we mentioned that many Greeks would love to see this beautiful young talended lady representing Greece at Eurovision in 2013. Is working with Gerard James Borg, a Eurovision song writer veteran, the first step into that direction? Who knows… Watch this space.
The Greek version, is currently a massive hit in her native country Greece, making it her fourth consecutive number 1 within a year. With the English version now released, releases abroad and an international career seem the next step forward.
Demy’s ‘Love Light’ version is expected to be released across Europe in the summer through Panik Records. The original Greek version ‘Poses Xiliades Kalokairia’ is out now.
Only a few moments ago, the organizing Swedish broadcaster of the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 has confirmed their host city for the annual event; Malmö has won the bid over Stockholm to host the Eurovision Song Contest in 2013.
According to an article, published on the official website of Eurovision.tv, ‘ the decision about the host city was open till the very last minute’ and a very difficult one to make according to Martin Österdahl, who recently has been announced as the Executive Producer of the 2013 contest.
Explaining the reason behind their choice: “We chose Malmö because there is a very good infrastructure and we have good experience of holding Melodifestivalen [the Swedish national selection] and the Eurovision Song Contest there,” he explains. “The choice of Malmö is based on an overall assessment of the environment in which we think is best for the format of the Eurovision Song Contest, both in terms of TV shows and on the preparations.”
The three shows, will find their home at the Malmö Arena where international superstars like Britney Spears have performed on their world tour, and has hosted several sport competitions including 2011 World Men’s Handball Championship and 2011–12 Svenska Superligan finals. For Eurovision fans the arena is best known for its appearances and host location during one of the semi final heats of Melodifestivalen since 2009. The arena itself is in many ways similar to the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland where the Eurovision Song Contest was held in 200.
The mayor of Malmö is happy to see the contest return to his city and has announced to be ‘extremely proud and happy today’. Malmö has organized the contest once in 1992, after Carola won in Italy the year before. The city of Malmö is t he third largest city in Sweden and one of the largest ones in Scandinavia (664,000 people).
It was previously reported that the city of Malmö had undertaken action to receive an early response by SVT in regards to hosting the contest as freezing hotel rooms for the period, was having a negative impact on local business.
Loreen, who won the Eurovision Song Contest back in Baku, has officially unveiled the music video for her winning track ‘Euphoria’. Her winning track is one of the most successful tracks to come from the contest, being in the top of the charts all over Europe since she took victory in Azerbaijan at the end of May.
The video sees the singer in a misty forest, dancing in the rain. It’s all very mysterious and Kate Bush. We so like it!
The singer has also confirmed she will be releasing a new version of her 2011 hit ‘My Heart is Refusing Me’ later this year , which was her first try in the national preselection of Sweden last year . Though it didn’t reach the final, it became a huge fan favorite.
With the 2012 edition only just over, the first rumors and gossip for Eurovision 2013 have begun. While the focus has mainly been on host country Sweden, who’s been revealing more details about their host city bids, and their production team, the Slovenian broadcaster RTVSLO has apparently approached superstar and 2001 representativeNuša Derenda to represent them again at the forthcoming event..
Derenda, born Anuška Žnideršič, has been one of the countries most popular singers since she released her first single in 1999. In 2001, she was approached by the Slovenian broadcaster to represent her Slovenia at the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, Denmark, with the song ‘Energy’, achieving a high respectable 7th place. To date it’s still Slovenia’s best result in the competition.
Whether Nuša Derenda will actually be picked as the Slovenian representative is yet to be seen. If she does, she’ll be succeeding Eva Boto, who represented the country this year with the ballad ‘Verjamen’ but failed to qualify for the grand final.
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Year chart 2012
These are GloPop Music's most listened tracks of 2012.
1 Florence + The Machine - Spectrum
2 Woodkid - Run Boy Run
3 Lana Del Rey - National Anthem
4 Solange - Losing You
5 Nina Zilli - L'Amore E Femmina (Out Of Love) (Italy '12)
6 Ellie Goulding - Anything Could Happen
7 Loreen - Euphoria (Sweden '12)
8 Adele - Skyfall
9 PSY - Gangnam Style (강남스타일)
10 Ivi Adamou - La La Love (Cyprus '12)
11 GuGabriel - Salvation
12 Christophe Willem - Starlite
13 Bright Light Bright Light - Waiting For The Feeling
14 Girls Aloud - Something New
15 Paloma Faith - Never Tear Us Apart
16 Calvin Harris ft Ne-Yo - Let's Go
17 David Guetta ft Sia - She Wolf (Falling Into Pieces)
18 Alphabeat - Vacation
19 Passion Pit - Take A Walk
20 George Michael - White Light
21 Azealia Banks - 212 ft Lazy Jay
22 Matt Corby - Brother
23 Sam Sparro - I Wish I Never Met You
24 Rebeca Ferguson - Glitter & Gold
25 Elton John vs Pnau - Good Morning To The Night
26 Scissor Sisters - Let's Have A Kiki
27 Voltaire Twins - Solaris
28 Marina & The Diamonds - Power & Control
29 Muse - Survival
30 Will Young - Losing Myself
31 Saint Lou Lou - Maybe You
32 Coldplay - Princess of China ft Rihanna
33 Lana Del Rey - Blue Jeans
34 Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill 2012
35 The Wanted - I Found You
36 Stooshe - Black Heart
37 Aiden Grimshaw - Curtain Call
38 Alphabeat - Love Sea
39 Gaitana - Be My Guest (Ukraine '12)
40 Caravan Palace - Rock It For Me
41 Roman Lob - Standing Still (Germany '12)
42 Afro-Dite - The Boy Can Dance
43 Rita Ora - R.I.P ft Tinie Tempah
44 Justin Bieber - Beauty & A Beat ft Nicki Minaj
45 Misha B - Do You Think Of Me 125
46 Kelly Clarkson - Stronger (What doesn't Kill You)
47 Katy Perry - Wide Awake
48 Jessie Ware - Wildest Moments
49 terminal - Don't Worry My Love
50 Labrinth - Beneath Your Beautiful ft Emeli Sande
51 Madonna - Girl Gone Wild
52 Elton John vs Pnau - Sad
53 Nicki Minaj - Pound The Alarm
54 Gotye & Kimbra - Somebody That I Used to Know
55 Kylie Minogue - Flower
56 Rihanna - Where Have You Been
57 Swedish House Mafia - Greyhound
58 One Direction - Little Things
59 Tulisa - Young
60 Archeo - The Payback
61 Christina Aguilera - Your Body
62 Avicii - Silhouettes
63 Cover Drive - Explode
64 Beyonce - End Of Time
65 Charlie Simpson - Farmer & His Gun
66 Usher - Climax
67 Chris Brown - Don't Wake Me Up
68 Aiden Grimshaw - Is This Love
69 Lawson - Taking Over Me
70 No Doubt - Settle Down
71 Madeon - Finale
72 Jakwob - Electrify ft Jetta
73 Shawnee Taylor - Colors
74 Playmen ft Riskykidd, Courtney & Elena - All The Time
75 Lana Del Rey - Ride
76 Celeste Buckingham - Run Run Run
77 Alex Clare - Too Close
78 SHM ft Knife Party - Antidote
79 Lil'Wayne - Mirrors Ft Bruno Mars
80 Pastora Soler - Quedate Conmigo/Stay with Me
81 Scissor Sisters - Only the Horses
82 Delta Goodrem - Dancing With A Broken Heart
83 FEM ft Cover Drive - Turn Up the Love
84 J.Lo ft Pit Bull - Dance Again
85 Jodie Harsh ft Mel C - Set Me Free
86 Bruno Mars - Locked Out Of Heaven
87 Tom Dice - Out At Sea
88 Paloma Faith - Picking Up The Pieces
89 Usher - Scream
90 Burns - Lies
91 Michael Kiwanuka - Home Again
92 Gossip - Perfect World
93 Jess Mills - For My Sins
94 Dune - Shoestring
95 The Script - Hall of Fame Ft Will.i.AM
96 Swedish House Mafia - Don't You Worry Child
97 terminal - Together We Are One
98 Little Mix - DNA
99 Icona Pop - I Love It
100 Yasmin - Light Up The World
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