The Eurovision 2024 season is beginning to heat up. Over the course of the next few months, we will all fall in and out of love with scores of new national final and Eurovision entries. But that doesn’t mean we forget about the artists from past contests.
Contrary to the commonly perpetuated myth about the song contest killing careers, we’re always thrilled to report that singers associated with Eurovision are thriving.
Here is our latest weekly roundup with a selection of the songs and music videos released recently by Eurovision stars.
New music from Eurovision artists: 2023 | Week 44
Silia Kapsis – “Night Out”
We’re kicking off this week with a track from a future Eurovision representative. Silia has been chosen to represent Cyprus at Eurovision 2024 in Malmö, and we’re all extremely excited about her participation and eagerly looking forward to hearing her Eurovision track. In the meantime, let’s take a sneak peek at the new music she’s releasing, and her latest song is guaranteed to put you in the perfect mood for a night out. Silia’s sweet voice perfectly complements the track, which is infused with influences from the ’90s. The lyrics convey the message of living in the moment whilst embracing life and love to the fullest: “It’s not about tomorrow/ It’s all about tonight.” Silia has also filmed a music video for her song, set to be released on November 7th, and she’s all set to get everyone dancing. You can find out more about her song in our recent post.
Mahmood – “COCKTAIL D’AMORE”
Mahmood, the famous Italian artist, is a well-known figure in the Eurovision scene, with a double participation, first as a solo artist in 2019 and later in 2022 in a duet with BLANCO. His latest song, titled “Love Cocktail,” is a heartfelt ballad in which Mahmood bares his feelings, insecurities, fears, and future hopes. The lyrics express his sense of being lost and out of control, with a glimmer of hope that a “love cocktail” might provide the solution: “Why do I need to hit rock bottom to feel good?/ I’d be a liar if I’ll show you that I have everything under control/ But the more I laugh, the colder my heart becomes/ You say stay away from drugs/ To give you my best kiss/ I need a love cocktail.” The song further delves into the desire to find a certain state of feeling good, as Mahmood longs for “the wings of Pegasus.” It also carries a hint of self-criticism for not being more careful when it comes to his beloved one: “If it’s cold, I’ll give you my jacket/ If you hurt, I’ll be a motherf****r.” The entire song brings a very sincere and personal vibe.
Gustaph – “Already Know”
Gustaph proudly represented Belgium in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Liverpool. His latest song is yet another club anthem that you’ll undoubtedly fall in love with. Not only does the song have excellent radio potential, but its lyrics are also incredibly compelling. They touch on the theme of recognizing that your partner is not feeling ready, sensing their insecurities, and understanding what’s about to happen: “Cause now I feel the emptiness/ That you just can’t deny/ Never thought that dreams could get lost/ On their way to paradise/ Know you’re looking for the words/ To make the pain subside/ But don’t you bother/ Cause I already know.” The track is a perfect blend of retro vibes and a modern sound that will get you up and dancing.
Achille Lauro – “Stupidi Ragazzi”
Achille Lauro is a widely recognized Italian artist who proudly represented San Marino in the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest. His latest song is titled “Stupid Guys.” The song has a dark and mysterious atmosphere while blending elements of alternative pop. It uses numerous metaphors to describe love, which, for Achille, feels like a movie directed by Michel Gondry. According to the lyrics, “There is no perfect love/ If it didn’t hurt a little,” and love often involves shedding “aquamarine tears.” Love seems to occur within a simple cinematic scene, and the feeling of love is described as “a jungle.” Even when faced with the toughest times and when everything seems to be falling apart, the one thing that lasts is love: “And while the buildings fall/ Stupid guys/ Before leaving/ They are the last people to love each other (…)/ A kiss and a hundred thousand orgasms.”
Anouk – Deena & Jim
Anouk, who represented the Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2013, has recently released her latest album, Deena & Jim. Anouk selected this title particularly as the album largely focuses on relationships. This album marks her fourteenth studio album and is the first to be fully recorded with a symphonic orchestra. It contains 12 individual songs, but if you want play them all together uninterrupted then there’s an additional 55 minute track that contains all of them.
While all the ballads on the album are incredibly beautiful, there are three specific songs that we would like to discuss. “From the Bottom to The Top” is the first song of the album and it contains a recording of Anouk making a confession at the end that offers insight into the meaning behind the album’s title:
“Well, consider this record as a love letter to those in despair. Uhm, Deena & Jim… It’s like I’m a Deena, I’ve been a Deena, I am a Deena, like you are a Jim… And uhm, I just hope with this record, you know, some of my words and music will touch your heart. And I hope it encourages people to maybe turn the tide, you know? Interrupt a certain cycle which needs to be changed and create a world for them where their love can thrive. You know? That would be beautiful.”
“Deena and Jim” tells the story of two lovers, but the lyrics do not present a happy love song; instead, they portray a troubled relationship, a cycle that needs to be broken: “Deena and Jim, mostly hated themselves for things/ Things they’ve never said, stuck in their heads/ They’re walking on pins and needles and mental strength/ Until the clouds began to rain/ Someday they will learn the golden rule/ Of love and care instead of being a fool.” The lyrics harmonize perfectly with the symphonic arrangement, and Anouk pours all her emotions into this track.
In addition to the album, Anouk released a music video for “Are You Done Running.” The song seems to carry the essence of a letter to oneself, centered around the idea of ceasing to run away from life’s challenges and confronting them head-on. The black and white music video is visually striking, featuring scenes that seem to be out of a movie.
Chanel & Maikel Delacalle – “Loka”
Chanel returns with a BOP that will make you crazy! Impossible to forget her after she represented Spain in Eurovision 2022. Her latest song, a collaboration with Maikel Delacalle, will create quite a buzz for sure. The music video has a social media live vibe and showcases Chanel’s incredible fashion and styling, leaving you mesmerized. Even more exciting news is on the horizon, as Chanel is set to release her debut album, ¡AGUA!, on January 12, 2024. “Loka” will be featured on the album, and fans are eagerly anticipating what other BOPs will be included.
The song “Loka” touches the theme of feeling crazy, not because of love, but due to the aftermath of a heartbreak. It captures the emotional roller coaster of trying to move on while still yearning for the attention of a specific person: “I already deleted all your photos/ I don’t know anymore, I don’t know what the hell to do with you anymore/ I gave you everything/ But you, but you only gave me a little/ That’s why I remove all your chatter/ That gives me a bad vibe/ And I block it from my life.”
Alessandra – “Heavy”
Alessandra, who represented Norway in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Liverpool, is still our queen of the kings. Her new song, a heartfelt ballad, has the power to stir deep emotions and may even bring tears to your eyes. The fact that it comes with a performance video full of emotions makes everything even more touching. The song serves as a reminder that life can sometimes become complicated and messy, but we are not alone in facing its challenges. Alessandra’s lyrics offer comfort and reassurance, delivering words of support that anyone going through a turbulent period should hear: “When life gets too heavy/ I’ll take the weight if you let me/ Babe, it’s okay to lose control.”
Sanja Vučić – Remek-Delo
Sanja Vučić is indeed a cherished Serbian representative in Eurovision’s history. She has had a double participation in the competition, representing Serbia both as a solo artist in 2016 and with the female trio Hurricane in 2021. Her new album, Remek-Delo, is a real treat for her fans. Not only does it feature eight masterpieces in Serbian, but there’s also a music video for each of the songs. The album’s title, Remek-Delo, meaning “Masterpiece,” sets high expectations, and it seems to deliver on that promise. The album showcases a diverse range of musical styles and moods.
“Remek-Delo,” the title track, is a touching and elegant ballad that allows Sanja’s voice to shine. “Zumbul” is a colorful and warm song that showcases her vocal abilities beautifully. “Đene Đene” and “Ruzmarin” bring traditional Serbian influences to the forefront, offering a delightful experience.”Lako je njoj” takes a step into the pop-dance direction, offering a change of pace from the previous tracks. “Ološi” and “Kerozin” are the lively dance songs that can add energy to your playlist. The album concludes gracefully with “Možda,” a beautiful ballad that brings a wonderful variety of musical genres to a close.
Demy – “Thelo Na Me Kratas”
Demy, who represented Greece in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, has recently released a remake of the famous Greek song, “Thelo Na Me Kratas” (I want you to hold me), originally sung by Iro in 2001. Demy’s rendition takes the song in a dance direction, infusing it with her own style and creating a fresh and cool sound. While it offers a different take on the song, it also pays homage to a well-known Greek hit. The lyrics of Demy’s version convey a message of love, making it a perfect choice for anyone who’s in love: “I want you to hold me forever/ To get lost in your two eyes/ You know I don’t live far from you.”
Kállay Saunders, ENELI & Claydee – “If You Never”
Kállay Saunders, the beloved Hungarian representative from the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, continues to make a mark in the music scene. While Eurovision fans eagerly await Hungary’s return to the contest, Kállay Saunders has released a new single featuring collaboration with Romanian artist ENELI and Albanian singer Claydee. This collaboration results in a wonderful blend of pop styles.
The accompanying black and white music video adds a cinematic touch to the song, presenting life with all its ups and downs, joys, and pains. The lyrics emphasize the balance between happiness and pain, the roller coaster of life’s experiences, and the valuable lessons that can be learned from them: “If you’ve never been young, then you’ll never get old/ And if you’ve never felt pain, then you’ll never know joy/ If you’ve never been broke, then you’ll never know love/ These are the words of a wise man’s soul.”
The Busker – “Bulletproof”
The Busker, who represented Malta in the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest in Liverpool, are making waves with their new track. This latest song appears to have a delightful blend of elements, including a retro dance vibe, rap, and even an epic saxophone. It’s no surprise that their music is addictive and you will want to hit the replay button. Furthermore, the depth in their lyrics suggests that their music offers more than just catchy tunes. It provides intriguing insights into life and those days when you may feel inadequate and like you are not enough.
KEiiNO – “Insomnia”
KEiiNO, who captured the hearts of the audience when they represented Norway in the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, continue to delight us with their signature style. Their new track maintains that wonderful blend of pop and authentic Norwegian elements that the Eurovision fans love so much. The lyrics of their new song speak about feeling forever young, the search for a lost utopian paradise, and the experience of enjoying the colors of the night during bouts of insomnia: “In our insomnia/ Dreaming of a lost utopia/ We could live forever, never die/ So close to heaven I need you by my side.” About their new song, KEiiNO added: “Do you have a desire for things to never end? We’ve made a song about it…”
Darude – Together
Darude, the globally recognized DJ, is back with an exciting new album. He is no stranger to the Eurovision Song Contest, having represented Finland in 2019 alongside Sebastian Rejman. His latest album features 12 EDM and electro-dance tracks that are tailor-made for club parties. If you’re a fan of Darude’s previous work, you’re likely to find this album equally appealing. The album includes great musical collaborations with several talented artists, such as Gid Sedgwich, House Body, Oskr, Bianca, Leah Lou, and Evan Henzi. One notable collaboration that stands out is with the former Eurovision artist PAENDA from Austria (2019) on the track “Alive (Are You Near Me).” This song is a beautiful declaration of love set to a fantastic EDM tune, combining the artistry of both Darude and PAENDA.
Cliff Richard – Cliff With Strings – My Kinda Life
Cliff Richard, who gained fame in Eurovision history by representing the UK twice (1968 and 1973), has continued to delight fans with his incredible musical releases over the years. His latest album is a departure from his previous work, as it’s based on strings and has an acoustic feel. This album comprises 12 covers and remakes of some of his very famous songs, featuring new orchestrations. Listeners can enjoy Cliff Richard’s renditions of classic tracks like “The Best of Me,” “Carrie,” “My Kinda Life,” and “Wired for Sound.” This album offers a fresh take on his well-known hits, with the new orchestral arrangements bringing these timeless songs back to life.
Soraya – “Cuando Estás Bien”
Soraya, who represented Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009, is all about getting the party started with her latest track. The song is a celebration of life and friendship, featuring an energetic and joyful sound that’s perfect for creating a lively and cheerful atmosphere. The accompanying music video enhances the festive vibe, capturing the joy of fun-filled nights. The title of the song, which could be translated as “When You Are Fine,” sets the tone for the lyrics, which emphasize the happiness and fulfillment that a single person, or a group of friends, can bring into your life by sharing simple moments together: “I’ve been thinking about you for months and I haven’t seen you/ We stumbled without looking for each other in that place/ And now I’m not afraid to fly/ So many nights that we lived to remember/ So many series started that have to be finished.” About the song, Soraya expressed:
“It’s good when you’re good, right? Well yes ! What a feeling of happiness, of closing your eyes and spinning around, of jumping and singing the chorus of your favorite song with your people..”
Nevena Božović – “Ne moraš”
Nevena certainly adds a splash of color to this week’s New Music Roundup, after the huge number of black and white videos we’ve seen before. Her vibrant and summer-inspired video is sure to evoke nostalgia for warm summer days and create a bohemian atmosphere for viewers. Her new song, “You Don’t Have To,” is an emotional ballad that allows Nevena’s voice to shine and tug at the heartstrings of listeners.
Lauris Reiniks, Rūta Reinika-Preisa & Ričijs Rū – “Tīram zobus kārtīgi”
As part of the group F.L.Y., Lauris represented Latvia in 2003. His new song is perfectly created for children. The song features the lovely character, Ričijs Rū, a bear. The song called “I Brush My Teeth Properly” teaches kids with its lyrics and a series of drawings to take care of their teeth and to brush them properly. The song has some very easy dance-along moves for the small ones too.
Marko Škugor & Danijela Martinović – “Ono nešto”
This week’s roundup concludes with a touching love song titled “That Thing,” performed by two former Eurovision artists, Marko and Danijela. Marko represented Croatia in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest with the group Klapa s Mora, while Danijela competed in Eurovision for Croatia twice, first in 1995 as part of the group Magazin and then in 1998 as a solo artist. The song “That Thing” was composed by Marko, who initially recorded a demo by himself. Danijela was immediately drawn to the song and accepted the invitation to join without hesitation. With its dreamy and romantic atmosphere, the song is sure to captivate the hearts of listeners.
Which of these new songs is your favourite? Have we missed out on any? Do you have any artists you want to shout out to? Let us know in the comments.