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New Music Friday – this week with The Rasmus, Blanco, Eleni Foureira, Pia Maria and more!

Ten of the best new songs from Eurovision artists!

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, and they’re busier than ever as the door on the 2022 season closes. Over the following pages is everything you need to know for your weekend playlists!

The Rasmus – ‘Rise’

First up on New Music Friday are Finland’s Eurovision 2022 rockers, The Rasmus. Following on from Turin, the band return with latest single, ‘Rise’. Back to their dark anthemic best, ‘Rise’ is a song for every misfit and outsider. Besides the aggressive guitar solos and angst, is a message to rise above the things trying to hold you back. Later this year The Rasmus will release new album, also titled ‘Rise’, September 23.

Rise is about the struggle of fighting a battle against depression. COVID was the last straw for many people having mental health issues, including myself. In the music video, the dancers playing ‘the roots’ represent the evil force and they are trying to pull us down underground. Still, the song has a positive message, which is not to give up no matter how hard life treats you.”

Lauri Ylönen speaking to Blabbermouth.net

Blanco – ‘Nostalgia’

One half of Italy’s Eurovision 2022 duo is already releasing new music. Following the huge domestic and international success of ‘Brividi‘, host representative Blanco is feeling the ‘Nostalgia’ on New Music Friday. Always the eclectic musician, Blanco brings a frantic production of electronic and punk fusion, however he still punches through with melodic moments, as he delivers a powerful rebuke to a love he’s desperately clinging onto.

Eleni Foureira – ‘Poli_Ploki’ (Album)

Not since 2017 – before her Eurovision participation, have we been treated to a full collection of Eleni Foureira songs. Finally the five year wait for a new Eleni Foureira album is over! Recently the Cyprus 2018 runner-up dropped Poli_Ploki. A twist on the Greek word, poliploki – which means complex or complicated in English. Yet far from complex, the new album brings the familiarity of Eleni bangers together with fresh trap, pop and laika production. Several collaborations feature within the 12-track album, as well as the most recent with Evangelia, ‘Fotiá’.

Eleni Foureira releases new album Poli_Ploki

Pia Maria – ‘I Know U Know’

Although her Eurovision journey in Turin ended early in the Semi-FInals, Pia Maria is already following up ‘Halo’ with new music. Now finding her own identity, this debut solo single ensures we know exactly who Pia is. In ‘I Know U Know’ Pia wants more and is done hiding her true self as the video shows Pia shining a light into the dark spaces of her mind. Meanwhile the song itself is a dark-pop banger with a catchy guitar riff.

Pia Maria releases solo single ‘I Know U Know’

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Lisa Bird

My first Eurovision memory was watching 1994 as a hatchling. I've been tapping my talons to the bops and bangers from Europe and beyond ever since! I finally spread my wings to attending the contest in Lisbon 2018 and am now a regular at many events and national finals - especially my regular nest at Eesti Laul.

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