Saturday, May 31, 2014

Ukraine | Olga Romanovska - "Taynaya lyubov'"

RECENT

Olga Romanovska is a designer and singer who was born in Ukraine in 1986. Her single "Taynaya lyubov'" is everything you can expect from a Ukrainian pop: the instrumentals and the chorus are what you typically listen to in the best pop tracks from the country.

Cyprus | Mavrikios - "Vuotia sto keno"

RECENT

Cypriot singer Mavrikios was born in Limassol in 1991. His career is rising rapidly, and singles as the heartfelt "Vuotia sto keno" just confirm he is here to stay!

Croatia | 2CELLOS - "Thunderstruck"

RECENT

2CELLOS is a Croatian duo formed by the cellists Stjepan Hauser and Luka Sulic, whose work goes from playing Bach and Vivaldi to cello versions for AC/DC. And it's exactly a version for a hit by the band AC/DC, "Thunderstruck", which we'll highlight here.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Spain | Russian Red - "John Michael"

RECENT

We've already featured Russian Red in "Casper". Now, it's time to meet the catchy "John Michael", the most recent track of this very popular Spanish indie singer.

Italy | Biagio Antonacci - "Ti penso raramente"

RECENT

Biagio Antonacci is a great musician and composer from Italy. His work composing was already quoted before here on SE!, with Alessandra Amoroso's "Non devi perdermi". He has released "Ti penso raramente", a groovy pop-rock track.

Netherlands | Sven Hammond Soul - "Golden"

BRAND NEW

Here comes a surprise! Dutch band Sven Hammond Soul present us "Golden", a fantastic melody with a brilliant groove and intense vocals. Start adding it to your playlists!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Romania | Holograf feat. Antonia - "Intoarce-te acasa"

RECENT

Meeting of two big names of the Romanian music. Band Holograf meets pop star Antonia for "Intoarce-te acasa", a great pop-rock track with the best of both added together: great instrumentals and voice!

United Kingdom | Ed Sheeran - "All of the stars"

BRAND NEW

Ed Sheeran is one of the most popular acts from the United Kingdom. He was already shown here on SE!, when he recorded the soundtrack for "The hobbit: the desolation of Smaug", and now he is back with us and with another soundtrack. This time, we are talking about "All of the stars", the soundtrack of the film version of the best-seller "The fault in our stars".

Russia | Katya Gordon - "Mig"

RECENT

Katya Gordon is a singer who was born in Moscow, Russia. Her new single "Mig" is a very interesting ballad. Her voice fills the song in a very beautiful way.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Spain | David Bisbal - "No amanece"

BRAND NEW

David Bisbal is on fire this year! He released many songs, which we showed here in Sounds European!, and how he is back with "No amanece", a single which is closer to a happier pop when compared with his previous singles.

France | Zaz - "Gamine"

RECENT

After appearing on Sounds European! in November with the ballad "Si", Zaz is returning with an uptempo. "Gamine" has an exciting melody, fun instrumentals and, as usual, the great voice of Zaz.

United Kingdom | James - "Moving on"

BRAND NEW

Mancunian band James is back after a break! Their comeback single is "Moving on", and it keeps all of his fans calm: they are still in great shape!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Ukraine | Goryachiy Shokolad - "O nom"

RECENT

Ukrainian trio Goryachiy Shokolad firstly appeared on Sounds European! in November, with their single "Ne mogu otvyknut'". They are now back with a new release, the pop ballad "O nom". It is an extremely enjoyable song!

Poland | Rafal Brzozowski - "Magiczne slowa"

BRAND NEW

One of the biggest names in the current Polish music scene is Rafal Brzozowski, who was already with us some months ago with "Nie mam nic". His latest single confirms why he is so big: "Magiczne slowa" is just a fantastic pop-rock song!

Slovenia | Stone Orange - "Pride and pain"

RECENT

Start this Tuesday with all the power and strength of the Slovene hard rock band Stone Orange, from Ljubljana, and their song "Pride and pain"!

Monday, May 26, 2014

The Charts Day #47 (part 2)

CHARTS

Conchita Wurst took the crown at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014, but she also caused a big impression in the world: she was all over the news in remote countries such as the United States, Brazil or Argentina. Her winning song "Rise like a phoenix" is rapidly becoming a worldwide hit, but the first #1 on charts come from her home, Austria.

The Charts Day #47 (part 1)

CHARTS

Sam Smith grew as one of the big new names to emerge from Great Britain this year. We've already featured him having great success with "Money on my mind", and now he is climbing to the top of the Irish charts with "Stay with me".

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Poland | Crab Invasion - "One day"

RECENT

Crab Invasion is a Polish band from the city of Lublin. Their single "One day" is a very interesting pop-rock. It has an '80s feeling in it, with the instrumentals and the vocals giving it an extremely involving ambience.

United Kingdom | You Me At Six - "Cold night"

BRAND NEW

We've already presented You Me At Six, one of Britain's most popular rock bands from the last decade, with "Lived a lie". Their latest single is the powerful "Cold night", and we are sure it will be one we will listen to a lot!

Croatia | Pavel - "Čuvaj me"

RECENT

Pavel is a band from Zagreb, the capital city of Croatia. Their new single is entitled "Čuvaj me". It's a smooth pop-rock with very cool chorus and smooth melody.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Romania | Alexandra Stan - "Thanks for leaving"

BRAND NEW

After playing all around the world with "Mr. Saxobeat", Alexandra Stan came back this year with an anthemic pop ballad. We are talking about "Thanks for leaving", a real downpour of the heart that makes it to be the song of the week!

Greece | STAN - "Na me eroteftis"

RECENT

STAN is Stratos Antipariotis, a Greek singer who was born in the beautiful island of Paros. His single "Na me eroteftis" is a very passionate pop track. The melody is involving, the instrumentals are hot and the vocals and the chorus are very charming.

Norway | Röyksopp feat. Robyn - "Do it again"

BRAND NEW

This is what happens when two Scandinavian gods of electronic pop music meet and release a song together. Norwegian band Röyksopp and Swedish diva Robyn released "Do it again", a brilliant song with a fantastic beat!

Updated on August 2nd, 2014, with the official video.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Russia | Jenya Topol - "Ostryye nozhi"

RECENT

Jenya Topol is a Russian singer who was born in the city of Chelyabinsk. She has just released "Ostryye nozhi", a very nice pop-rock ballad.

Slovenia | Boris Janev - "Z mano zaspi"

BRAND NEW

Boris Janev is a Slovenian singer. His most recent single is a very sweet and happy pop song. Meet "Z mano zaspi" and grasp the love in it!

Finland | Jenni Jaakkola - "Minä ja siipeni mun"

RECENT

There is no country in Europe which is currenyly producing as many talented singing kids and teenagers as Finland. One of them, who we showed with "Tämä on unta", is Jenni Jaakkola. The winner of the reality show KIDSing has just released a new single, which is just great!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

United Kingdom | Natives - "Ghost"

BRAND NEW

We can't deny they are wonderful. After their successful "Can't say no", Natives are back with us to show "Ghost", a more powerful track. We simply love it!

Portugal | Kika - "Stars"

RECENT

The big talent and the sweet voice of Kika were presented when we introduced her version for "I want you back". They all return, since she has released "Stars", which is a piano-based ballad which highlights her beautiful vocal performance.

Finland | Robin Packalen feat. Lord Est - "Tilttaamaan"

BRAND NEW

Sounds European! is closely following the rising career of some young stars. Finnish Robin Packalen is one of them. He is now releasing "Tilttaamaan", featuring reggae duo Lord Est. It's a very catchy and danceable song with some reminiscences of latin pop rhythms. Great tune!

Updated on February 17th, 2019, with the new stage name of the artist.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Lithuania | Donny Montell feat. One Element - "Parodyk man kitaip"

RECENT

Donatas Montvydas, who uses the artistic name Donny Montell, is a Lithuanian singer who was born in Vilnius. He took part of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest with "Love is blind". He got together with One Element, also from Lithuania, to release the dance pop "Parodyk man kitaip".

Updated on October 18th, 2015, with the artist's stage name.

United Kingdom | Prides - "Messiah"

BRAND NEW

Scottish breakthrough act Prides have not long ago released a mindblowing track. We are talking about "Messiah", a very exotic mixture of rock and synth.

Italy | Elisa - "Un filo di seta negli abissi"

RECENT

Elisa is one of the most important names of the current music scene in Italy. Her songs have a unique style, which is soothing and deep. "Un filo di seta negli abissi" totally follows this pattern.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Slovenia | Polona Kasal - "Tihe so njive (Silence in the field)"

BRAND NEW

Slovenian singer Polona Kasal was already with us when she released "Kamor gres". Now, she is back with the beautiful and melancholic "Tihe so njive (Silence in the field)".

Ukraine | Antitela - "Nad polyusami"

RECENT

The Ukrainian pop-rock band Antitela firstly appeared on Sounds European! last year, with "Nevidimka". Their new single "Nad polyusami" is an interesting track, with very cool vocals over a well-marked melody.

Bosnia and Herzegovina | Daria Hodnik - "Iza tvojih rijeci"

RECENT

Daria Hodnik, formerly known as Daria HodMar, is a Bosnian singer who was born in Travnik in 1975. Daria has a lot of experience in music, and is already a very consolidated name in the Balkan region. Let's meet her single "Iza tvojih rijeci", a strong mixture of ballad and rock with a very powerful vocal performance!

Updated on August 7th, 2018, with the new stage name of the artist.

Monday, May 19, 2014

The Charts Day #46 (part 2)

CHARTS

It is not strange that after the big final of the Eurovision Song Contest the songs that took part in the competition start popping up in the charts around the continent. This time, we don't find the winner but the second place topping the charts in the Netherlands and in Belgium. Well done for The Common Linnets and "Calm after the storm"!

The Charts Day #46 (part 1)

CHARTS

The British charts are among the most movemented ones around Europe. This week's #1 has changed again, and the big honor goes to Rita Ora's "I will never let you down"!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Netherlands | Only Seven Left - "Let go"

BRAND NEW

We've already featured the Dutch band Only Seven Left some times before. Now, they have released a downtempo track, which is equally good as the others: meet "Let go"!

Slovenia | IN&OUT - "Zgodba zase"

RECENT

The Slovene boy band IN&OUT are becoming a frequent visitor of SE!. Their song "Zgodba zase" is another great pop-rock track, with the style they are usually presenting: cool ballad with strong and marking chorus.

United Kingdom | Janet Devlin - "House of cards"

RECENT

Janet Devlin finished fifth in the eighth series of The X Factor, but since then she didn't stop releasing fantastic songs. Her last release is "House of cards", in which she mingles pop and folk with perfection!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Sweden | Sarah Dawn Finer - "Rise with me"

BRAND NEW

A true diva makes it to be the song of the week. Sarah Dawn Finer is a prolific artist: she sings, hosts, and acts, and we could already see all of them. She took part in Melodifestivalen twice, in 2007 with "I remember love" and in 2009 with the epic "Moving on". She also hosted the show in 2012 and, that same year, introduced us to Lynda Woodruff, her lovely alter ego. This year she surprised everybody by releasing a fantastic track: "Rise with me". Do we need to say we love it?

Italy | Modà - "La sua bellezza"

RECENT

The great music of the Italian band Modà isn't new to our readers: "Non è mai abbastanza" was displayed here in October. Now, they released "La sua bellezza", which is even greater than their previous single. Intense, powerful and passionate... the specialty of Italian music!

Ukraine | Yaroslava - "Eto ya"

RECENT

"Eto ya" is the new single by the Ukrainian singer Yaroslava, who was here on SE! before with the great "Nebo v ladonyakh". Her new song is energetic and catchy, and has a special Latin touch.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Norway | Tommy Fredvang - "Kom igjen"

BRAND NEW

Norwegian singer Tommy Fredvang comes to us with a very provocative song. The downtempo rock "Kom igjen" has a very sexy video to convey a strong and powerful image!

Netherlands | Nielson - "Kop in het zand"

RECENT

Dutch singer Nielson was shown for the first time on our site in July, with "Hoe", song which featured Miss Montreal. Now, he is back and flying solo, with "Kop in het zand". It is a very entertaining pop, with catchy rhythm and great vocals.

United Kingdom | Ella Henderson - "Ghost"

BRAND NEW

British singer Ella Henderson is stepping strong with her latest single. The song is called "Ghost", and it has everything it needs to be a hit: a classy and sophisticated pop to start infecting the charts!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

France | Kyo - "L'équilibre"

RECENT

Kyo appeared on SE! in March, having "Le Graal" as a song of the week. Now, it's time to introduce a ballad of theirs. "L'équilibre" is a very soothing song, which shows they can keep the high quality, no matter the style.

Denmark | Oh Land - "Cherry on top"

BRAND NEW

Danish singer Oh Land has achieved quite a few hits already, such as "Son of a gun" and "Speak out now". Now, she is back with a more dark and trip hop influenced song titled "Cherry on top".

Ukraine | Makhno Project - "Pulya"

RECENT

Makhno Project was created in Kiev, Ukraine, and have Alexander Khimchuk, Dima Tsoy, Jenya Kibelev, Jenya Moskalenko as members. Their single "Pulya" is a deep and involving pop.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Ireland | Hudson Taylor - "Battles"

BRAND NEW

For some time already, Hudson Taylor have been one of the most acclaimed duos of Irish folk scene. They have not long ago released a fantastic track, "Battles", with an empowering use of guitars and a very delicate ambience.

Turkey | Bedük - "Koyver kendini"

RECENT

Bedük is a singer who was born in Ankara, the capital city of Turkey. His single "Koyver kendini" is a very fun dance pop track. Entertaining from first to last second. Even more when watching the video clip!

Germany | Broilers - "Ist da jemand?"

RECENT

German band Broilers was formed in Düsseldorf in 1992. They released "Noir", their sixth studio album, this year. The powerful rock "Ist da jemand?" is the first single to come out of "Noir".

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Denmark | Carpark North - "Renegade"

RECENT

Carpark North is a very cool band from Denmark, which was here on SE! before with the huge hit "32", featuring Stine Bramsen. Now "alone", their new single "Renegade" is an interesting pop-rock with a bit of electronic, almost dubstep, in the chorus.

United Kingdom | Canterbury - "Think it over"

RECENT

Canterbury are an English rock band formed in 2005 in Farnham. "Think it over" is a powerful rock song taken out from the band's latest album, "Dark days".

Russia | Julia Kogan - "Lyubov'"

BRAND NEW

Julia (also referred to, sometimes, as Yulia) Kogan, was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Her new song "Lyubov'" is extremely beautiful. Julia's voice is amazing in it. One of the strongest ballads ever to come on Sounds European!.

Monday, May 12, 2014

The Charts Day #45 (part 2)

CHARTS

British artists keep topping charts. This time, we move down to Italy, where we meet Coldplay and their gorgoeus "A sky full of stars" as the #1!

The Charts Day #45 (part 1)

BRAND NEW

George Ezra is one of the new names to come out of Great Britain. He is being a huge success around Europe, and the #1 in Austria this week confirms his great moment!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Slovenia | Nino - "Jutro"

RECENT

One of the most talented singers in Slovenia, Nino was introduced by SE! in October, with the amazing "Simfonija". Now, he is back with a new single. "Jutro" is another cool pop ballad track by the Slovene singer.

Italy | Nek - "Hey Dio"

BRAND NEW

Italian singer and songwriter Nek is not a new face for us. His most recent single is "Hey Dio", a song which takes him to a whole new level: the beauty of the powerful Italian rock.

Russia | Zemlyane - "Mama"

BRAND NEW

Zemlyane is one of the most traditional Russian bands ever. They were formed in 1978 in Saint Petersburg, when the city was still called Leningrad. Their new single "Mama" show they still got it: it's as great as rock can get!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Sweden | ISA - "What are we"

BRAND NEW

ISA is a Swedish singer who follows the current big trend of talented Scandinavian kids (such as Robin, Molly and Jenni Jaakkola). She is only 15, but she is described as being a multitalented artist, street dancer and songwriter. What we know for sure is that her latest single, "What we are", is a ballad we will remember for a long time!

Ukraine | Tania BerQ - "Davay ischeznem"

BRAND NEW

Tania BerQ is a very talented Ukrainian singer. She has just release "Davay ischeznem", a beautiful pop-rock ballad which highlights her vocal quality.

Spain | Virginia Labuat - "Night & day"

RECENT

Spanish singer Virginia Labuat was the winner of the 2008 edition of Operación triunfo. Last year, she released her third studio album, "Night & day", which is also the name of her most recent song. The single portrays Labuat's characteristic oldie feeling in fabulous pop songs.

Friday, May 09, 2014

Spain | Ruth Lorenzo - "Dancing in the rain"

EUROVISION

From May 3rd to May 9th, Sounds European! will review the best entries of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, which is taking place in Copenhagen – with semifinals on May 6th and 8th and the final on the 10th.

Spain is showing, year after year, they are learning what kind of music works on Eurovision. This year, they've given a more daring step, which is trying an entry sung mostly in English. "Dancing in the rain" is a huge display of Ruth Lorenzo's vocal quality. Amazing song!

United Kingdom | Molly - "Children of the universe"

EUROVISION

From May 3rd to May 9th, Sounds European! will review the best entries of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, which is taking place in Copenhagen – with semifinals on May 6th and 8th and the final on the 10th.

There was a lot of fuss around the name that would represent the United Kingdom. After two years with old glories of the country, the BBC came out with a developing artist: Molly Smitten-Downes. And they couldn't be more accurate this time. Her entry "Children of the universe" is that song that can easily sneak into any radio station and that truly represents the contemporaneous pop scene. No wonder she's one of the favourites to win!

Germany | Elaiza - "Is it right"

EUROVISION

From May 3rd to May 9th, Sounds European! will review the best entries of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, which is taking place in Copenhagen – with semifinals on May 6th and 8th and the final on the 10th.

For this year's Eurovision, Germany decided to make a National Final with several well-known names included. Well, surprise surprise, the winners were Elaiza, a group formed very recently and which was given a wildcard to participate in the show. Their song in Copenhagen will be "Is it right", a very unique mixture of pop, folk and indie.

France | Twin Twin - "Moustache"

EUROVISION

From May 3rd to May 9th, Sounds European! will review the best entries of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, which is taking place in Copenhagen – with semifinals on May 6th and 8th and the final on the 10th.

Twin Twin is a French music group from Paris. It was formed in 2009 by twins Lorent and François Ardouvin, and Patrick Biyik. They were the winners of a national selection (which included two other artists) with "Moustache", a very rhythmic song that will surely get everybody dancing!

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Denmark | Basim - "Cliche love song"

EUROVISION

From May 3rd to May 9th, Sounds European! will review the best entries of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, which is taking place in Copenhagen – with semifinals on May 6th and 8th and the final on the 10th.

Basim was born in 1992 in Copenhagen. He took part in the Danish version of The X Factor 2008, and released some albums and singles afterwards. This year, he won the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, which earned him the honor to be representing the host country at the Eurovision Song Contest. He will pour some energy in the stage with the very catchy "Cliche love song"!

Slovenia | Tinkara Kovač - "Round and round"

EUROVISION

From May 3rd to May 9th, Sounds European! will review the best entries of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, which is taking place in Copenhagen – with semifinals on May 6th and 8th and the final on the 10th.

Tinkara Kovač is a very important name of Slovene music. She was born in Koper, one of the most beautiful cities of Slovenia, in 1978. Her song for this year's Eurovision, "Round and round", is one of the best bets RTVSLO has made in the recent years. It is a very competent entry, and one of the favorite ones of the SE! editors.

Switzerland | Sebalter - "Hunter of stars"

EUROVISION

From May 3rd to May 9th, Sounds European! will review the best entries of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, which is taking place in Copenhagen – with semifinals on May 6th and 8th and the final on the 10th.

Born Sebastiano Paù-Lessi in Ticino, Switzerland, Sebalter won Die Große Entscheidungsshow, the Swiss selection for Eurovision. His song is "Hunter of stars", a folk-pop song which features one of the most addictive elements of this year: the whistling!

Norway | Carl Espen - "Silent storm"

EUROVISION

From May 3rd to May 9th, Sounds European! will review the best entries of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, which is taking place in Copenhagen – with semifinals on May 6th and 8th and the final on the 10th.

Born in 1982 in Bergen, Carl Espen was the big winner of the Norwegian Melodi Grand Prix. His deep, intense and heartbroken "Silent storm" captivated the ears of the voters, who made him win the competition with a wide margin over the second placed.

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Macedonia | Tijana Dapčević - "To the sky"

EUROVISION

From May 3rd to May 9th, Sounds European! will review the best entries of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, which is taking place in Copenhagen – with semifinals on May 6th and 8th and the final on the 10th.

Tijana Dapčević is not a new name to Sounds European!. She was here before, in January, with "Suze od pepela". She'll represent her country, Macedonia, on the 2014 Eurovision with "To the sky". It is, for sure, one of the best songs of this year's edition. The rhythm is contagious, the vocals are great, and the chorus is as catchy as it gets. Where do we go now? To the sky!

Finland | Softengine - "Something better"

EUROVISION

From May 3rd to May 9th, Sounds European! will review the best entries of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, which is taking place in Copenhagen – with semifinals on May 6th and 8th and the final on the 10th.

Softengine is a band from Seinäjoki, in Finland. They were chosen to the Finnish representatives on the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, following the country's recent history of investing in rock tracks. "Something better" is as energetic as a rock song needs to be for ESC, without being too heavy for the fans' taste. It has the potential to work very well.

Austria | Conchita Wurst - "Rise like a phoenix"

EUROVISION

From May 3rd to May 9th, Sounds European! will review the best entries of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, which is taking place in Copenhagen – with semifinals on May 6th and 8th and the final on the 10th.

Conchita Wurst is the drag persona of Tom Neuwirth, who was born in Gmunden, Austria. After trying to go to Eurovision in 2012, with "That's what I am", Conchita is finally going to the 2014 edition, with the grandiose "Rise like a phoenix". The song sounds like those James Bond movies ones, and the vocals are impeccable.

Malta | Firelight - "Coming home"

EUROVISION

From May 3rd to May 9th, Sounds European! will review the best entries of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, which is taking place in Copenhagen – with semifinals on May 6th and 8th and the final on the 10th.

Firelight are a very new Maltese band which mixtures folk, pop, country and indie. They won this year's Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014, the island's national selection, with their sweet "Coming home", a very catchy country-folk song.

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Ukraine | Mariya Yaremchuk - "Tick-tock"

EUROVISION

From May 3rd to May 9th, Sounds European! will review the best entries of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, which is taking place in Copenhagen – with semifinals on May 6th and 8th and the final on the 10th.

Ukraine is home to the biggest revamp of this year's Eurovision. The "Tick-tock" which won the National Final was one, not that good, and the "Tick-tock" which will go to Copenhagen is another one, totally changed, and much better than the initial proposal. Ukraine keeps their great recent history with another amazing entry.

Ireland | Can-Linn feat. Kasey Smith - "Heartbeat"

EUROVISION

From May 3rd to May 9th, Sounds European! will review the best entries of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, which is taking place in Copenhagen – with semifinals on May 6th and 8th and the final on the 10th.

The biggest winner of the history of Eurovision, Ireland, will go for the 2014 edition with Can-Linn and Kasey Smith. Their "Heartbeat" is a track which mixes contemporary pop with very traditional Irish sounds. An interesting approach, which usually works well in the festival.

Russia | Tanja - "Amazing"

EUROVISION

From May 3rd to May 9th, Sounds European! will review the best entries of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, which is taking place in Copenhagen – with semifinals on May 6th and 8th and the final on the 10th.

Despite being born in Russia, Tanja Mihhailova will represent Estonia. Born in 1983, she has starred several musicals and been part of many bands until launching her solo career. Tanja will go to Copenhagen with "Amazing", a contemporaneous pop-dance song. If you are blown away by the song, wait until you see the dance!

Moldova | Cristina Scarlat - "Wild soul"

EUROVISION

From May 3rd to May 9th, Sounds European! will review the best entries of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, which is taking place in Copenhagen – with semifinals on May 6th and 8th and the final on the 10th.

Cristina Scarlat is a Moldovan singer who was born in her country's capital city, Chișinău. Her entry for Eurovision is an intriguing and dark electropop. The rhythm is involving and exact to the song's proposal. Interesting participant.

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Sweden | Sanna Nielsen - "Undo"

EUROVISION

From May 3rd to May 9th, Sounds European! will review the best entries of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, which is taking place in Copenhagen – with semifinals on May 6th and 8th and the final on the 10th.

After six attempts to represent her country on the Eurovision Song Contest, Sanna Nielsen finally won this year's Melodifestivalen. Composed by the brilliant Fredrik Kempe, her ballad "Undo" is a masterpiece that is being quoted as a favourite to win this year. Will she take the contest back to Sweden?

Russia | Tolmachevy Sisters - "Shine"

EUROVISION

From May 3rd to May 9th, Sounds European! will review the best entries of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, which is taking place in Copenhagen – with semifinals on May 6th and 8th and the final on the 10th.

Russia puts their hope in the Tolmachevy Sisters, who won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2006. "Shine" is a very traditional pop, which may even sound a bit dated, but works very well. The melody is involving, and the sisters' voices fit it very well.

Albania | Hersi - "One night's anger"

EUROVISION

From May 3rd to May 9th, Sounds European! will review the best entries of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, which is taking place in Copenhagen – with semifinals on May 6th and 8th and the final on the 10th.

Herciana Matmuja, performing under her stage name Hersi, won the 52nd edition of the traditional Festivali i Këngës, which granted her a flight to Copenhagen. "One night's anger" is a very intriguing and haunting song, which mingles some traditional sounds with a more powerful rock beats.

Montenegro | Sergej Ćetković - "Moj svijet"

EUROVISION

From May 3rd to May 9th, Sounds European! will review the best entries of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, which is taking place in Copenhagen – with semifinals on May 6th and 8th and the final on the 10th.

Sergej Ćetković is a very important name in the Montenegrin music industry, showing the country really wants to bet on quality for this year's edition. And they were exact: "Moj svijet" is the kind of Balkan ballad which really appeals well to the public of the contest, and can specially work in a year when Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina (which are masters in this style of music) are not competing.

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Italy | Emma - "La mia città"

EUROVISION

From May 3rd to May 9th, Sounds European! will review the best entries of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, which is taking place in Copenhagen – with semifinals on May 6th and 8th and the final on the 10th.

Emma Marrone is a very known name to SE!: her songs were published here several times before. In Italy, she is currently one of the biggest names of the national music scene. Which means the Italian broadcaster RAI has decided to go big for the 2014 Eurovision, since they chose her to represent the country in Denmark. And "La mia città" is as high quality as everything else we are used to get from her. Its melody is powerful, her voice is amazing and the instrumentals are involving. It's our editors' favorite song of this edition, and that's why it's our song of the week.

Azerbaijan | Dilara Kazimova - "Start a fire"

EUROVISION

From May 3rd to May 9th, Sounds European! will review the best entries of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, which is taking place in Copenhagen – with semifinals on May 6th and 8th and the final on the 10th.

Dilara Kazimova was born in Baku in 1984. She was one of the favourites to win Böyük Səhnə, the Azerbaijani National Final, and eventually stood up with the first place after winning almost all the previous rounds. Her song was presented some days after her victory. It is called "Start a fire" and shows a very sweet and soft arrangement of instruments accompanied perfectly by her brilliant voice.

San Marino | Valentina Monetta - "Maybe (Forse)"

EUROVISION

From May 3rd to May 9th, Sounds European! will review the best entries of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, which is taking place in Copenhagen – with semifinals on May 6th and 8th and the final on the 10th.

Valentina Monetta isn't a new name in the contest: it's her third consecutive participation on ESC. Even though her song this year is much better than her first try – the awkward "The social network song" –, "Maybe (Forse)" is not as epical as last year's "Crisalide (Vola)". It misses a spark which may cost her a qualification for the final.

Armenia | Aram Mp3 - "Not alone"

EUROVISION

From May 3rd to May 9th, Sounds European! will review the best entries of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, which is taking place in Copenhagen – with semifinals on May 6th and 8th and the final on the 10th.

Aram Mp3 has the full package: singer, songwriter, comedian and showman. He was born in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, in 1984, and has had a quite successful career in his country. He was selected internally to fly the Armenian flag in Copenhagen with "Not alone", a very subtle ballad that grows into an explosive mixture of classical instruments and dubstep rhythms. Definitely one not to miss!

Friday, May 02, 2014

Austria | Lilja Bloom - "More and more"

BRAND NEW

Austrian singer Lilja Bloom mixes electronic, jazz and pop. This may sound a bit exotic, but once you listen to delightful songs such as "More and more", you definitely can't have enough of her!

Croatia | Lollobrigida feat Svi Na Pod! - "Uzalud"

BRAND NEW

Lollobrigida is an electropop/synthpop band which was created in Zagreb, Croatia, and is formed half by Croatian, half by Slovene members. They gathered with Serbian Svi Na Pod! for the very intense song "Uzalud".

Ireland | Picturehouse - "Rules of science"

RECENT

After almost a decade out of the business, Irish band Picturehouse returned last year with the release of "Evolution", their fifth studio album. One of the singles to come out of it is "Rules of science", a very sweet pop ballad.

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Poland | OCN feat. Jamal - "Definicja"

BRAND NEW

OCN (formerly known as Ocean) is a band which was formed in 2001 in Wroclaw, Poland, and has established itself over the years. "Definicja", their new single, featuring Jamal, is an amazing rock track. Intense and energetic, it's impossible not to fall in love with it!

Sweden | Mando Diao - "Black Saturday"

RECENT

Mando Diao is one of the most popular rock bands in Sweden, having produced hits such as "Dance with somebody" or "Gloria". They have recently released new songs, among which we can find the old-school rock "Black Saturday".

Russia | Alexey Vorobyov feat. Friend - "Vsegda budu s toboy"

BRAND NEW

Alexey Vorobyov is a Russian singer who won The X Factor and Dancing With The Stars in Russia, and got famous in Europe after taking part of the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest, with "Get you". His new single, featuring Friend (also known as FrendY), "Vsegda budu s toboy", is a very cool song. Groovy and catchy!