Another week comes to an end and that means it’s New Music Friday! So it’s time to share the best new releases from the Eurovision world this week. Over the following pages is everything you need to know for your weekend playlists!
ABBA – Voyage (Album)
First up on this week’s New Music Friday. After a 40 year wait, the super troopers of Sweden return! Eurovision 1974 winners, ABBA bring a Voyage of new hits on their ninth and final studio album. You can read more about the album and new tour dates below!
Westlife – ‘My Hero’
Back in 2016 it was Nicky Byrne putting the ‘Sunlight‘ on the Eurovision stage for Ireland. Now he’s back with his former bandmates as they release new single ‘My Hero’. With an illustrious career, spanning over 20 years, ‘My Hero’ is taken from forthcoming 12th studio album, Wild Dreams. After a difficult time for a band used to travelling the world on tour, this new song reflects on the heroes in our own lives that have pulled us through the last 18 months. Co-written with Ed Sheeran and Steve Mac, the emotional ballad resonated with millions of viewers on last night’s Pride of Britain Awards. Now normality is slowly returning, fans of Westlife can look forward to finally seeing the band on their 2022 arena tour, which had been delayed through the pandemic.
‘My Hero’ has such beautiful lyrics. It is a powerful, heartfelt song which has such a strong meaning for all of us. The single reminds us of the heroics people have shown over the last 18 months and it also reflects on our own loved-ones who so often have been our personal heroes. The track is packed with emotion and has the potential to really connect with people. Performing it for millions of Pride of Britain viewers was the perfect launch for ‘My Hero’ which will be included on our upcoming new album Wild Dreams.Westlife, (speaking to the Daily Mail)
VICTORIA – ‘THE WORST’
Earlier this May, VICTORIA proved she was not the worst, with a respectable 11th place for ‘growing up is getting old‘. Following the contest and debut EP ‘a little dramatic‘, she releases her first post-Eurovision single, ‘THE WORST’. As a teaser of The Next Page in the chapter of her life, this is a shift in style for VICTORIA. Although in keeping with her gentle melodic vocal, now it blends effortlessly with electro-guitar and piano beats. Back together with her Eurovision songwriting team, this is a revenge anthem that speaks to anyone that was made to feel as though they were the villain of a relationship.
Emmelie de Forest – ‘Typical Love Song’
Since winning Eurovision in 2014, the ‘Only Teardrops’ singer Emmelie de Forest has developed her music craft. From the floaty, folk melodies, to now combining that with a more modern pop sound. After two years away Emmelie returns with latest single, ‘Typical Love Song’. Yet despite the title, this is much more. Here we have a love story played out in song. Not typical, is that there are no choruses. Which gives this a poetic tone, as Emmelie takes us back to the early naughties with a Britney Spears vocal and a clever music video reminiscent of the pop girlie tropes from the past.
Jeangu Macrooy feat. Pete Philly – ‘A Little Greener’
After representing the host country in Rotterdam with ‘Birth of A New Age‘, Jeangu Macrooy took time away to reflect and grow. Now reborn and full of spirit once more, he returns with his first single since the contest, with Dutch rapper Pete Philly. Together they deliver the intimate ‘A Little Greener’. A soulful number that blends elements of jazz and funk. Expect a new album from Jeangu in 2022, which is currently in production.
Timmy Trumpet x Cascada x Harris & Ford – ‘Never Let Me Go’
Hold onto your pacemakers, Cascada returns and the beats are harder than ever! As one of Germany’s biggest music exports, Eurovision 2013 alumni Cascada have been filling dancefloors since 2004. Now lead singer Natalie Horler teams up with German DJs, Harris & Ford and Australian hardcore DJ, Timmy Trumpet. ‘Never Let Me Go’ is a tribute to the classic house and happy hardcore sound that made Cascada famous, combined with modern EDM and techno elements. Those looking for a new workout anthem will enjoy this a lot!
Robin Bengtsson – ‘If I Was You’
Always a regular on New Music Friday is Sweden’s Eurovision 2017 star Robin Bengtsson. Still showing he can go on, today he releases new single ‘If I Was You’. This guitar driven track might seem laid back, but it’s the story behind the melody that packs a punch. As Robin croons with no remorse over a broken relationship. One relationship still going strong though, is his with Melodifestivalen. Next year he will take part in the competition for the fourth time!
David Guetta feat. Ty Dolla $ign & A Boogie Wit da Hoodie – ‘Family’ (Annalisa & Julie Bergan versions)
A two for the price of one deal here on New Music Friday! Last week David Guetta released his new single ‘Family’. The worldwide commercial release features pop superstar Bebe Rexha alongside rappers Ty Dolla $ign and A Boogie Wit da Hoodie. However as an innovator of music production, David Guetta has taken the concept of family one step further. Now the single has been exported to include regional versions of the song, such as Sofia Reyes for Central America and IZA for South America. Of course Eurovision fans will notice two familiar names for Europe. They are former Melodi Grand Prix 2013 artist Julie Bergan, who brings her own pop-rap edge to the track. Meanwhile Italian Sanremo star Annalisa gives us a slice of Southern Europe Summer and a rare glimpse of her English vocals!
I am honoured to be part of this choral project and to have been chosen by David Guetta, the number 1 DJ in the world, to represent Italy. Being in this “Family” is exciting and being alongside urban superstars like A Boogie wit da Hoodie and TY Dolla Sign is an incredible artistic stimulus. The song talks about friendship and family and this idea of sharing between various countries makes this piece even more special.Annalisa
Philippine – ‘Parlons de nous’
Although Barbara Pravi took the C’est vous qui décidez! 2021 crown, another breakout star of that national selection was young singer Philippine with the catchy ‘Bah non‘. Now with a softer chanson, she returns this week with ‘Parlons de nous’. This melodic pop-ballad meaning ‘Let’s Talk About Us’ in English is just as artistic as the music video depicts. Here Philippine is bringing a message of reconnection and trying to build bridges after difficult times. It is a song of hope for those learning to find themselves after what the world has been through in the last two years.
Hanna Ferm – ‘Flyg Fula Fluga Flyg’
Last up this week on New Music Friday, Melodifestivalen star Hanna Ferm returns with Swedish language single ‘Flyg Fula Fluga Flyg’. Through a collaboration with Spotify, the ‘Brave‘ singer is able to showcase herself as one of Sweden’s up and coming talents. Of course Sweden is the home of Spotify. So it makes sense to highlight the best and brightest singer-songwriters from across the country on their platform. With the Studio It’s Hits programme invited artists can exclusively present their covers and original pieces. Despite its cheery beats, this pop entry is far from it! Here Hanna is a woman scorned and wants whoever upset her to know it as she asks them to fly away and take the rose-tinted glasses of a relationship now in tatters, with them.
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