MALTA 🇲🇹 The much-anticipated music video for “Colors”, a song by American singer and songwriter Jason Derulo featuring Malta’s own Ira Losco has just been released. The song is the Coca-Cola promotional anthem for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The video brings together people from around the world to celebrate their respective flags and nationalities adding lots of colour. Ira losco also used colourful scenes alongside dancers and young football enthusiasts (male & female) using backdrops from Valletta M’Xlokk & Golden Bay backdrops. The unifying anthem is a rallying cry for fans around the world to embrace their “colours”, a concept that extends beyond country flags. Wyclef Jean, also of Haitian descent, represents his “colors” in a cameo. Howard Keith at Jagged House Studios mixed this version whilst Matthew Muscat Drago filmed the Malta scenes.
Ira Losco’s message in Maltese (with English subtitles) was also highlighted and included in a Global campaign bringing together several international artists and Coca-Cola Brand ambassadors. Her message was “Let’s not live in monochrome, Let’s all live in a multitude of Colours. It makes the world such an unbelievable place!”
This is not the first time the artist has been featured in the World Cup promotional anthem. 4 years ago she was also featured alongside X-Factor USA star David Correy. Ira losco has been the Coca-Cola brand ambassador ever since.
“I’m extremely excited and proud of this experience. I love collaborating with different artists. Music should be about sharing experiences and communicating. I think during times like these where the world needs to stop and listen to those urging the wonder of unity and diversity, a song like ‘Colors’ really does celebrate the multi cultural identity of the world we live in.” She added
Coincidently both Jason Derulo and Ira Losco are about to release their respective New Albums. In fact Ira losco dropped the pre-order link exclusive to ITUNES yesterday titled ‘NO SINNER NO SAINT’. Her double album will be launched on Thursday 21st June. This will include a physical release with 2 x CDs ‘NO SINNER’ with ‘NO SAINT’ with 12 tracks on each CD. The double album will also be released on all digital platforms.
Her double album coincides with her 15-year anniversary in music. Ira Losco is also expected to host a series of concerts and events throughout the year whilst Jason Derulo will be headlining ISLE OF MTV held in Malta on the 27th of June.
In the meantime FIFA World Cup 2018 has been celebrated all over Europe with various Eurovision stars releasing brand new music themed with the. event. Enjoy them
2016 Cypriot Eurovision participants are tying their knots to Denmark even closer. This afternoon, they announced that they signed with the Danish label Mighty Music, which already have a former Danish participant in their catalogue.
Denmark didn’t give any points to Cyprus at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest, but the Cypriot band Minus One has afterwards spent a lot of time performing and recording in the small Scandinavian country. In the future, they are likely to visit even more as they just signed a record deal with the Danish label Mighty Music.
Mighty Music is a label which specialize in rock, mainly heavy metal. They already have one former Eurovision participant in their catalogue; Mike Tramp. Mike was part of the band Mabel which represented Denmark at the 1978 Eurovision Song Contest. As the band split up, he went to the US and played in bands like White Lion and Freak of Nature. Today, he is a solo artist.
In the video below, remind yourself of Minus One’s Eurovision entry Alter Ego:
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Double Eurovision participant Sakis Rouvas is back with a new song titled “Colours”. It’s the official soundtrack for the Greek festival Colour Day, which takes place every year in the capital of Greece, Athens.
Colour Day is an annual summer festival in Greece, where people throw small balloons filled with colour powder at each other. At the end of the night, everyone is covered by this powder. There is one large stage where DJ’s and artists perform for the crowd. This is one of the most famous festivals in Greece with more than 40.000 people attending every year.
This year, Sakis Rouvas (Greece 2004 and 2009) collaborated with famous Greek DJ Xenia Ghali who is featured on the song, but also Tyler James Bellinger for the official anthem for this year’s edition. The song is titled Colours, and Mr. Rouvas invites the Greek people to quickly join the party through the lyrics of the song: “Say that we can paint the sky -we are running out of time”.
Sakis and other famous artists, such as Tamta and Josephine (Greek NF 2014), are waiting for the people to join them on the 30th of June and the 1st of July in OAKA Stadium. In the video below you can listen to the song:
For the second year, ESC Insight partnered with Radio Six International in the hour before the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 to preview the show on radio stations around the world. Now you can have the chance to listen again to the show online.
We’ve made a few edits to the broadcast to cut out the full-length music track, but you can still picture the scene. Lisbon… 2018… one hour to go…. and as the excitement builds, Ewan and Lisa-Jayne preview the upcoming show, invite some guests into the studio, and generally get all excited ahead of the Song Contest.
With special thanks to Tony Currie and Radio Six International, Ade Bradley, and Gianluca Allaria.
Eurovision Insight Podcast: Lisbon 2018’s Radio Preshow
Join Ewan Spence and Lisa-Jayne Lewis and a cavalcade of Eurovision guests including Australia’s Jessica Mauboy, Germany’s Michale Schulte, the EBU’s Jon Ola Sand, and RTE’s Marty Whelan… but there are many more, enjoy the journey. First broadcast on Radio Six International and affiliate stations on Saturday 12th May 2018.
Lisbon is be over, but we have Junior Eurovision 2018 and Eurovision 2019 to look forward to. Keep listening to the ESC Insight podcast over the summer for more Eurovision news, fun, and chat. You’ll find the show in iTunes, and a direct RSS feed is also available. We also have a regular email newsletter which you can sign up to here.
Speakers on loud, and one particular Norwegian national final entry on repeat for at least 100 times. That was one of the tasks, Norwegian police was called out for this weekend.
In 1989, Britt Synnøve won the Norwegian Melodi Grand Prix final and represented the country at the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Venners Nærhet. In Kristiansund, the western part of Norway, at least one person probably disagrees with that choice however.
Triple Eurovision participant Jahn Teigen (Norway 1978, 1982 and 1983) also took part in the 1989 national final. His entry Optimist finished outside top 3, but is today one of his most songs. But listening to it 100 times in a row – for high volume – can be too much for some.
Norwegian Tidens Krav tells how the Police in Kristiansund Saturday evening got a call from a citizen who could not handle anymore of Jahn Teigen’s Optimist. According to Operation leader at the Police John Bratland, the neighbour should have been playing the same song on and on again, and after at least 100 times, it was time for the police to step in.
At 23:16, Police were at the address for the first time. At that time things had apparently settled down, but at 00:30 they were back again and told the host to turn down the volume.
In the video below, you can take a look at Jahn Teigen’s performance of Optimist in the Norwegian Melodi Grand Prix final in 1989:
We have our winner, the summer stretches out in front of us, and this Eurovision Song Contest journey is over. But as it comes to a close, we all gather for falafel to say goodbye to Lisbon and the 63rd Contest.
Eurovision Insight Podcast: Our Final Podcast From Lisbon, Sunday 13th May
Our final edition of the podcast from the Big Orange Sofa in Lisbon – ESC Insight and friends of the parish take a light-hearted look back at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. With thanks to Ink Cafe in Lisbon for hosting.
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