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17
July
2019

Maraaya remind us that the best things in life are for free on new single “Besplatno”

Maraaya remind us that the best things in life are for free on new single “Besplatno”

Maraaya

Maraaya is back with a new single titled “Besplatno”. It is an atmospheric, chill out song which reminds us of that some of the best things in life, which mean something, are for free.

Maraaya consist of vocalist and songwriter Marjetka and producer and songwriter Raay. They are married and have two sons, named Vid and Oskar. They have a private music school searching for and teaching young talented singers and musicians.

Since their participation at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015, where they finished 14th in the final, Maraaya have released a bunch of singles, which over all were well received in their native country of Slovenia. Actually, recently they became the most succesful artist in Slovenia with the most top 10 and number one singles at the official national music charts. Back in 2017, Maraaya was also the first Slovene artist, who signed a contract with Warner Music Group.

Although the single Besplatno, which translates to For Free, officially was released last week, Maraaya already performed the song a month ago. It happened in Vodice (Croatia) at one of the biggest music festivals in the region, where other familiar names such as Regina (Bosnia and Herzegovina 2009), Magazin (Croatia 1995), Severina (Croatia 2006) also performed.

Besplatno is a classic Maraaya track, where the duo worship electronic dance music and Marjetka’s crispy voice. It is cool, fresh summerish and relaxing. Furthermore, the song is describing today’s life, values and lack of empathy as we constantly forget that the best thing, which mean something for someone, are for free.

Below you can listen to the audio version of Maraaya’s latest release:

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16
July
2019

Isaiah is searching for his own “Spirit” on latest release

Isaiah is searching for his own “Spirit” on latest release

Isiah - Spirit

The Australian pop singer Isaiah, who represented his country at the Eurovision Song Contest two years ago, has recently launched a new single “Spirit”. It is a very emotional song about reconnecting with something you once was close with.

Back in 2017, Isiah Firebrace represented Australia at Eurovision finishing 9th in the grand final with the song Don’t Come Easy. Since then, he released two singles – Streets of Gold and Close To Me. Furthermore, Isaiah appeared as a guest quiz master on Have You Been Paying Attention (2018) and as a guest on the comedy show Get Krack!n as well.

Isaiah latest release Spirit is a very personal song which tells a story about rediscovering the things that make your life feel complete. His soft and passionate vocal fits Spirit perfectly as the song is filled with deep thoughts and emotions.

There is no doubt that Spirit means a lot to 29 years-old Australian, which he also explains further on Instagram.

This is a personal story about finding your connection again with something you were once close with, whether it’s your own self, family or friends, whether it’s a long lost passion, it could even been connecting back to your religion or culture or spiritual beliefs … All in all this song is about rediscovering your purpose and what makes you feel complete. It’s about finding your spirit!

Isaiah on Instagram

Isiah – Spirit lyrics

Oh the lights are turned down low
And I’m sitting here alone
Thinking “How’d I get so far from home”
Oh I guess nobody knows
And so the saying goes
You win some, you lose some, still trying to control
Oh since I’ve been away from you
I’ve been searching for a light I could not find
And I’ve been living for a love out of my mind
And I’ve been hanging on a prayer, then I wake and see you there

Spirit I haven’t seen you a little while
I got lost and you got set aside
I heard you been calling
Been busy falling
Spirit I’ve meaning to apologise
I’ve been running and I’m getting tired
I’ve been so foolish
Got no place left to hide

I, I lay my head down on your shoulder
I, I hear you singing it’s not over

Oh you came to me all dressed in gold
You’re the one I’ve always known
In your love I’ve found my home
Oh when I wake I feel you there
You take away all of my cares

Spirit I haven’t seen you a little while
I got lost and you got set aside
I heard you been calling
Been busy falling
Spirit I’ve meaning to apologise
I’ve been running and I’m getting tired
I’ve been so foolish
Got no place left to hide

I, I lay my head down on your shoulder
I, I hear you singing it’s not over

You come to me in the night
And dance around me like a satellite
You sing to me and I feel so high
You call to me when I cry
I was running and you hit me like a blinding light
All I need is you by my side

Breathe it, feel it, heal it, spirit
Breathe it, feel it, heal it, spirit

Below you can listen to Isiah’s new song. Maybe it can help you to find your own spirit: https://youtu.be/4Y7gXuNpP-Q

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14
July
2019

Benjamin Ingrosso sings about his own breakup on new single “Costa Rica”

Benjamin Ingrosso sings about his own breakup on new single “Costa Rica”

Benjamin Ingrosso

Benjamin Ingrosso, who represented Sweden at 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, has released a new single titled “Costa Rica”. It is a song about his own breakup.

The rumor about Benjamin Ingrosso ending his relationship with 23 years-old Linnea Wildmark turned out to be true as his latest track CostaRica, according to the singer himself, is a final confirmation of their breakup. It is also clearly demonstrated by the following lyrics: I want to go to Costa Rica so I can bring back my Linnea.” Costa Rica was apparently one of those places, Linnea loved to visit. Benjamin and Linnea have been an on-and-off couple for the last six years.

This is not the first time that Benjamin writes a song about breakup. The two songs that he performed i the Swedish selection Melodifestivalen. GoodLovin (2017) and Dance You Off (2018) are related to the same topic and the same girl, Linnea. Actually, Benjamin already mentioned it in March this year, that his relationship with Linnea is over. Back than, he released the song titled HappyThoughts, together with an other familiar face from Melodifestivalen – his best friend Felix Sandman. And guess what? This song was also about Benjamin’s crashed relationship.

Although the topic of CostaRica is anything but happy, the song appears pleasant and positive with lots of summerish and chilling vibes.

Costa Rica lyrics

Yeah
You are on your surfboard thinkin’ life is so good
I’m in London waiting for a phone call from you
You can see nothin’ else, only you and yourself
It’s a dream, it ain’t real, you don’t care ’bout how I feel
You fucking love la Costa Rica
But it makes you forget the real ya
Spendin’ the days drinking tequila
You think you live the Pura Vida
You think you live the Pura Vida
You fucking love la Costa Rica

You know
Life is so much more than spending nights on the beach
If you only can grow up, you’ll wake up and see
Girl, you need to find yourself, but that place even help?
You fucking love la Costa Rica (Lalalalala, lala)
But it makes you forget the real ya (Lalalalala, lala)
Spendin’ the days drinking tequila (Lalalalala, lala)
You think you live the Pura Vida
You think you live the Pura Vida
You fucking love la Costa Rica

Brrua
Babe, you are lying to everyone
Saying you love being on your own
All of your friends telling you to stay
‘Cause you got a new region everyday
You fucking love la Costa Rica (Lalalalala, lala)
But it makes you forget the real ya (Lalalalala, lala)
Spendin’ the days drinking tequila (Lalalalala, lala)
You think you live the Pura Vida
You fucking love la Costa Rica

(Babe, you are lying to everyone)
But it makes you forget the real ya
(Saying you love being on your own)
Spendin’ the days drinking tequila
(All of your friends telling you to stay)
You think you live the Pura Vida
(‘Cause you got a new region everyday)
You think you live the Pura Vida
(Babe, you are lying to everyone)
‘Cause it makes you forget the real ya
(Saying you love being on your own)
Spendin’ the days drinking tequila
(All of your friends telling you to stay)
You fucking love la Costa Rica
(‘Cause you got a new region everyday)
You fucking love la Costa Rica
(Babe, you are lying to everyone)
‘Cause you lonely, ooh
(Saying you love being on your own)
(All of your friends telling you to stay)
(‘Cause you got a new region everyday)
I want to go to Costa Rica
So I can bring back my Linnea

While we are waiting for Benjamin’s next release, which probably once more will deal with breakup, you can listen to CostaRica in the embedded video below:

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13
July
2019

Only two cities left in the run to host the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest

Only two cities left in the run to host the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest

Rotterdam

5 cities officially submitted a bid, but only two of them seems to have what it takes to host next year’s Eurovision Song Contest. The two cities will get a visit in the beginning of August to further visualize their plans.

First there were nine cities interested in hosting the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest. As they got the material with requirements five of them went on to submit a socalled “bid book”. The cities should use those to explain how they could host the contest next year in May. Some however also used it to explain why they don’t want to live up to the requirements. Utrecht, for example, did not want to guarantee enough hotel rooms or even provide each delegation with their own bus. They explained in their bid book that delegations can use bicyles or public transport like everyone else.

It’s not mentioned which two cities are still in with a chance to host the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest, but it is believed that it is Rotterdam and Maastricht. In the beginning of August, the Eurovision Commitee will visit the two cities – and in the second half of August, they expect to announce the winning city.

You produce perhaps the most complex TV show worldwide, It is important that you have a location where you have the space to do that. And then the city itself: do you have the hotel rooms and can you handle the logistics so that not only the visitors, but also all kinds of other people attracted to it can stay in the city centre?

Sietse Bakker, Executive producer Event

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10
July
2019

Emel França from D Moll goes solo with his summer track “Ljetnji Vjetar”

Emel França from D Moll goes solo with his summer track “Ljetnji Vjetar”

Emel França

Emel França, member of the band D Moll, that represented Montenegro at 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, is ready with his first solo project. Yesterday he released the song titled “Ljetnji Vjetar” which offers plenty of summer vibes and love emotions.

This year in Tel Aviv, the young Montenegrin band D Moll failed to qualify for the Eurovision grand final as they finished second to last in their semi-final performing the song Heaven. Although they still get along together, several of the group members are working on solo projects too.

Following this path, 19 years-old Emel França dropped his first single yesterday. LjetnjiVjetar, which translates to SummerBreeze, is a cool, summerish track about being in love. The sound is very contemporary and mainstream mostly relaying on reaggeton and modern pop vibes.

Ljetnji Vjetar is written and composed by Alisa Polumenta-Brulić, while the Bosnian producer RimDa was responsible for arranging the song.

Here is it! My first solo song. A very important day for me. Another one after my participation at Eurovision. 13 years-boy has fulfilled his dream after he made a promise to himself that he will never give up despite of stage fright and shaky voice during the very first appearance.

I am here, standing in front of you again. More confident and encouraged by Ljetnji Vjetar, which I am sure will awake the feelings which you were hiding from all.

This is not only my debut. This is also an expression of my endless desire, work and effort. This is a big step forward for me.

Thank you very much to my dear ones, that you believe in me and give me unconditional support! This song is for us! Let love and summer wind blow you up. love you!

Emel França on Instagram

Below you can watch the lyric video for Emel França’s Ljetnji Vjetar:

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09
July
2019

Poll – Eurovision 2010s: The favourite Serbian entry this decade is…

Poll – Eurovision 2010s: The favourite Serbian entry this decade is…

Bojana Stamenov

With two top 10 results, but also twice failing to reach the final, Serbia had quite mixed results the past ten years. They participated nine times this decade, but which one of them is actually the best one?

EuroVisionary look back at the previous Eurovision decade, and our average relative position placed Serbia 11th. They will be 10th if you exclude Turkey that hasn’t taken part since 2012.

Serbia took part, as an independent country, for the first time in 2007 – and won! Marija Šerifović’s Molitva is so far the country’s only win. In 2012, they achieved their second best result, a third place. In 2015, Bojana Stamenov secured Serbia their second top 10 result this decade with the song Beauty Never Lies.

Which of the nine Serbian entries this decade is the best one? We asked four of our writers about their thoughts, and below, we ask you to make your choice by voting in the poll.

Charlotte, Denmark

2015: Bojana Stamenov – Beauty Never Lies

I love a good pop song which I can sing along to, and Bojana delivers that. I am drawn in right from the start as I can sense where this song is going – and when the chorus quickly kicks in, I am not disappointed. Her voice sounds a bit stretched when the dance tune takes over the song, but the chorus remains strong and that makes it my favourite Serbian entry this decade.

Wouter, The Netherlands

2010: Milan Stanković – Ove Je Balkan

The balkan sound does something good to me, so when Serbia comes with an ode to that special kind of music it’s hard to resist. I’ve got no clue what he’s actually singing about, and for fear of being disappointed I’ve always resistend looking up the translated lyrics. Željko Joksimović’ comes in at a close second place, mostly because his Nije Ljubav Stvar, though beautiful, does not live up to the high bar he set with Lane Moje in 2004.

Ashleigh, England

2012: Željko Joksimović – Nije Ljubav Stvar

While I’m not a great lover of the song, I haven’t enjoyed many of the songs that Serbia have brought to the contest this decade and this one is the best that they have come up with. I like the use of the traditional instruments in the song and Željko’s performance was smooth with good vocals.

William, Northern Ireland

2011: Nina – Caroban

Its camp, its colourful and it was riding on the resurgence of 60’s style and music. It was never going to win, but it definitely was a fun and energetic performance and Nina’s vocals were good. I love the LED at the contest for this one as it was psychedelic and it got everyone in the mood to party at the end of the contest that year.

Poll – Vote for your favourite

What is your favourite Serbian entry this past decade? Tick your answer in the poll below:

Favourite Serbian entry the past decade?

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