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 before we all settle into festive mode. Over the following pages is everything you need to know for your weekend playlists!
Alexandra Rotan – ‘O Helga Natt’
First of all on New Music Friday is KEiiNO vocalist Alexandra Rotan. Some of you will have noticed that Alexandra has been away from the group lately. That is because she took part in Norwegian reality singing show Stjernekamp 2021, where she finished runner-up. During the show, celebrities take on different genres of music each week. However in ‘O Helga Natt’ is taking us on a nostalgic festive trip in this Norwegian tribute to the traditional ‘O Holy Night’ classic. Meanwhile as a group, KEiiNO recently released ‘A New Beginning‘. So indeed it will be, as the trio will return to Australia to perform at Australia Decides 2022, as well as embarking on a new Australian tour!
Hurricane – ‘Set The World On Fire’
Never was there a more accurate song title. Fresh from their recent visit to New Music Friday, the trio are sending us loco once more as they start a fire tornado across the Balkans with their latest banger, ‘Set The World On Fire’.
Elena Tsagrinou – ‘Savvatovrada’
Earlier this year Elena Tsagrinou continued Cyprus’ successful qualification Eurovision run with ‘El Diablo‘. Now she’s back with new music and giving her heart to Saturday nights instead of the devil. ‘Savvatovrada’ sees Elena inspired by the 70s Disco-Synth vibes, with no sleigh bell in sight for this party track. Below you can see Elena joined by fashion designer Ioanna Touni for the song’s premier at MadWalk 2021.
Giusy Ferreri – ‘Gli Oasis Di Una Volta’
Last week Rai revealed the song titles for the artists competing in Sanremo 2022 next February. Already Giusy Ferrari has wasted no time in getting fans excited for her Sanremo return, after her previous appearance in 2017. Over the years Giusy’s legacy of hits has ensured she holds the record for the most weeks spent at the top of the Italian charts. In ‘ Gli Oasis Di Una Volta’ or ‘Oasis of Yesteryear’ Giusy hopes to add to that record. Although a departure from her recent Summer bangers, this new single is no less powerful. The melancholic ballad showcases Giusy’s range as she narrates through song, a toxic relationship. Next year, fans can look forward to an as yet untitled sixth album.
Enzo – ‘Tic Tac (L’Album)’
Last Sunday, Enzo followed Valentina’s victory with third place for the host nation. Already the young French star has released his debut album ‘Tic Tac (L’Album)’. One for the Christmas stocking, the album features 13 tracks. Of course the Junior Eurovision entry bookends the album in its original version, as well as an acoustic rendition. Meanwhile the album introduces us to more of Enzo’s skills as a rapper and singer. Whilst also getting to learn the issues that matter to Enzo.
It’s an album that is very close to my heart. There are lots of songs that I love, lots of messages. I have a song called ‘Black’, which is about racism, another called ‘La Vie en couleur’, which Alban Lico wrote for me – he is the composer of ‘Tic Tac’ – and I also wrote two songs. I love this album, and I hope to make more!Enzo, (bfmtv.com)
Eimear Quinn – ‘Winter Solstice’
On the 21st December, the Northern Hemisphere celebrated its Winter Solstice. This is the moment when the North Pole is at its maximum tilt away from the Sun. Of course that also means we have the shortest day of the year, with the least daylight. Through that darkness, Ireland’s Eurovision 1996 winner, Eimear Quinn shines the light of her ethereal voice in her latest single. ‘Winter Solstice’ is a tribute to the ancient traditions of the natural wonder of Winter time.
“I’ve always loved this day. Not only for the optimism it brings, but also for the ‘holding’ that I feel our Earth mother gives us as she tips to her furthest extreme from our life-giving sun. The stillness of the dark, and the acknowledged need for rest and dormancy, before the cycle starts again. I hope you enjoy my new hymn to this sacred day. (I made the video alone on my iPhone…. So, as Adele might say… go easy on me.”Eimear Quinn, (Facebook)
Franka x Sara Jo – ‘On’
During the past week, more news about Dora 2022 and the Serbian 2022 selection was revealed. So what better way to enjoy that, than with a crossover of two of their Eurovision acts? Together with former Moje 3 star, Sara Jo – Croatian 2018 representative, Franka presents ‘On’. This is a light-hearted take on how seriously some women can feel about relationships getting in the way of their friendships. As the pair serve tango-tastic, Latin beats, while consoling each other in their sacrificial act.
An unusual idea, but we’re here to push the boundaries. Two friends successfully get rid of a guy in a hundred ways. It’s quite a fiery video and different from something people expected to see from both me and Sara, but that’s why we joined forces to do something different.Franka, (IN magazine)
Ayana – ‘Million To One’
Once more on New Music Friday, we reflect on the recent Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Despite finishing in last place with ‘Mata Sugu Aō Ne‘, that has not stopped Ayana continuing her music dreams. Today she releases a cover of Camila Cabello’s recent single, ‘Million To One’. Here, Ayana’s uplifting vocal brings youthful optimism into the song, as it speaks to her own journey. Below she is that one already, as the video filmed in Paris shows there will always be lasting memories of the experience. You don’t have to win, to feel personal reward and enjoyment of a new adventure.
Elena Gheorghe – ‘Colinda Craciunului’
From ‘The Balkan Girls‘ to a Balkan Christmas Carol now, as Romania’s Eurovision 2009 representative, Elena Gheorghe shares the heavenly, ‘Colinda Craciunului’. The spirit of nativity and religious meaning to Christmas is brought together by ELENA’s angelic vocals harmonising with the festive chorus of symphonic violin instrumentation.
Michael Rice – ‘Did You Even Love Me’
Finally on New Music Friday we have a new sorrowful ballad from Michael Rice. The ‘Bigger Than Us‘ singer delivers a big emotional vocal on his new break-up anthem. ‘Did You Even Love Me’ is a relatable song for many, as Michael bares his soul and asks the questions of his cheating partner. Over on TikTok, Michael shared a snippet of the single, which amassed over 500k views within 24hrs of posting!
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