Sunday, November 30, 2014

Denmark | Medina - "Når intet er godt nok"

BRAND NEW

It's not the first time that we talk about Danish pop diva Medina, who was with us before upon the release of "Jalousi". Now, it's time to welcome another great track of hers: "Når intet er godt nok" is a very charming, calm and soft electropop song, of those she is a master in releasing!

Updated on January 10th, 2015, with the official video.

United Kingdom | Coasts - "A rush of blood"

BRAND NEW

It's time to meet Coasts, from the United Kingdom. And get ready: "A rush of blood" is one of those songs which you listen once and then you can't get it off the head anymore. Vocals, instrumentals, melody... everything in it is highly addictive!

Romania | Alina Eremia - "Cand luminile se sting"

BRAND NEW

Born in Buftea in 1993, Alina Eremia is a popular singer in Rumania. She represented her country at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2005 with the song "Ţurai", eventually finishing fifth. Her latest single is "Cand luminile se sting", a very deep and interesting ballad.

Poland | Mrozu - "Poza logiką"

BRAND NEW

The Polish singer Mrozu is becoming a recurring name on Sounds European!. And we are glad he is: the songs he produces are just great, and his new single "Poza logiką" is another fine example of that. It's such an enjoyable song, with great vocals and totally involving melody!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Moldova | Dima Trofim - "Cresesc iubire"

BRAND NEW

Dima Trofim was born in Chișinău, the capital of Moldova, in 1989. He was the finalist of the reality show Star Factory in 2009, and has not stopped since then. His latest single is simply superb. "Cresesc iubire" is a very cool pop-rock that conquered the managers of Sounds European!: it became the song of the week!

Slovenia | FaušDur Band feat. Dare Kaurič - "Čisto na dnu"

RECENT

From Northern Slovenia, we meet FaušDur Band, who is hitting the national radio charts with a song featuring Dare Kaurič, singer from the city of Idrija. "Čisto na dnu" is a greatly instrumented single, with beautiful vocals. It sounds very epic!

Finland | Vilma Alina - "Hullut asuu Kallios"

BRAND NEW

Meet Vilma Alina, a brand new name upon Finnish pop scene. And meet her first single ever, "Hullut asuu Kallios". A bit of electronic touch in a pop song, with an epic and exploding chorus and the addition of some light trumpets to top it off. Mag-ni-fic!

Greece | George Sabanis - "Kaneis den xerei"

BRAND NEW

George Sabanis, also known as Giorgos Sabanis, is a Greek singer. He has just released the amazing "Kaneis den xerei". Its melody is extremely catchy, George's voice is outstanding... everything adds up to create a wonderful masterpiece!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Finland | Robin Packalen - "Paperilennokki"

BRAND NEW

Finnish singer Robin Packalen is a very recurring name on Sounds European!. Anyone who visits us often is watching him grow up and develop his music. Now, it's time to listen to one more brand-new single of his. "Paperilennokki" is a groovy ballad song, which shows a singer who is every time more mature.

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

France | Calogero - "Le portrait"

BRAND NEW

Born in  Échirolles, France, in 1971, Calogero is one of the biggest names in the French music scene. His latest single is the touching ballad "Le portrait", which mingles the characteristic French touch with a very good pop-rock ambience.

Spain | David Barrull - "Burbujas de amor"

BRAND NEW

From the region of Cantabria, in Spain, meet David Barrull, who was the winner of the second season of La Voz, the Spanish version for the reality show The Voice, trained by Malú. He has just released a version for a classic of Latin music, "Burbujas de amor". It's as spicy and upwards as anyone can expect a Latin-blooded song to be!

Russia | Mark Evich - "Khuzhe-luchshe"

RECENT

Stas Markevich, the real name of Mark Evich, is a Russian singer, composer and producer hailing from Moscow. His music mixes hip hop, funk, pop and soul in a very unique way, as his latest single, "Khuzhe-luchshe", wonderfully shows.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Romania | Antonia feat. Jay Sean - "Wild horses"

RECENT

Romanian singer Antonia has released a fabulous new single, this time featuring 35 year-old English singer Jay Sean. The song is called "Wild horses", and it's a very good pop ballad that captures the best of Antonia's voice and adds a great complement with Jay Sean's vocal performance.

Netherlands | Glennis Grace - "Zeg maar niks"

BRAND NEW

Glennis Grace, stage name for Glenda Hulita Elisabeth Batta, is a Dutch singer who was born in Amsterdam in 1978. She represented the Netherlands on the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest, with "My impossible dream". Her new single "Zeg maar niks" is a beautiful ballad.

Greece | Pantelis Pantelidis - "Na sou po"

BRAND NEW

Athens-born Pantelis Pantelidis was already featured in our blog with the single "Tetia agapi den axizo". Now, he is back with us for another superb track. "Na sou po" is all you can expect from a Greek song: an explosion of traditional sounds in a very happy and cheerful mixture. Pantelis' voice tops it off exquisitely!

Latvia | Musiqq - "Sekundes"

RECENT

Musiqq is a Latvian duo which was formed in 2009 by Marats Ogļezņevs (born in 1983) and Emīls Balceris (1992). They got internationally known after taking part on the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest with "Angel in disguise". They have just released "Sekundes", a very interesting electropop.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Italy | Valerio Scanu - "Parole di cristallo"

BRAND NEW

The Italian singer Valerio Scanu appeared for the first time on SE! in February, with "Sui nostri passi". Now, he is back, with the release of his new single, "Parole di cristallo". The song has a beautiful melody, and Valerio's special voice is the perfect completion for it.

Denmark | Mother Empire - "Worthless"

BRAND NEW

Mother Empire is a Danish band coming from Copenhagen. As they claim in their description, they are a twist to British and American alternative music scenes: a very cool mixture of both that can be wonderfully appreciated in the 90's influenced rock song "Worthless", their most recent single.

Netherlands | B-Brave - "Bad"

RECENT

Last March, Sounds European!'s readers were introduced to the Dutch boyband B-Brave, with their "Als je van mij bent". They are now back with "Bad", a very groovy and involving pop song. Contagious track!

Hungary | Zséda - "Hány percet élsz"

RECENT

Zséda was already with us last year, when she released the mindblowing "Hétköznapi mennyország". And now she is back with another fantastic song! "Hány percet élsz" is an uptempo pop track with very cool country influences.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Finland | Sima feat. Neon 2 - "Tää on rakkautta"

RECENT

We met Neon 2 not long ago upon the release of their infectious song "Kaunis". And now they appear again, featuring in "Tää on rakkautta", a very cool and groovy single by Sima (Finnish pop duo formed by Jussi Tiainen and Mathias Hermansson). Definitely one not to miss!

Greece | Giorgos Mazonakis - "Terma"

BRAND NEW

The Greek singer Giorgos (also called sometimes Yiorgos) Mazonakis dazzled us in 2013 with the great "Kalos sas vrika". Now, he is back with "Terma", another amazing single of his. It has beautiful instrumentals, and a mix of melody and voice which is quite entertaining!

Updated on January 18th, 2015, with the official video.

Croatia | Učiteljice - "Nisam ja tvoja učiteljica"

BRAND NEW

Učiteljice is a powerful Croatia trio made up by Matea, Ana and Silvia. Their interesting mixture of pop and folk is evident in their latest single, "Nisam ja tvoja učiteljica", which will capture you for their sweet music and strong singing performance.

Germany | Jennifer Rostock feat. Nico Webers - "Kaleidoskop"

BRAND NEW

It's not the first time Sounds European! and the German rock band Jennifer Rostock meet ways. This time, they are receiving Nico Webers, from Berlin, to release "Kaleidoskop". It's a very strong and heavy rock track.

Monday, November 24, 2014

The Charts Day #73 (part 2)

CHARTS

It's not a surprise that One Direction are owning the charts with their single "Steal my girl". This week, the guys are #3 in Ireland!

The Charts Day #73 (part 1)

CHARTS

Sam Smith has been featured some times on Sounds European!, with the release of "Stay with me" and the success of "Money on my mind". His latest single, "I'm not the only one", is being a great success around Europe. This week, the song is #5 in Portugal.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

United Kingdom | Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding - "Outside"

BRAND NEW

It's not the first time the producer and DJ Calvin Harris and the singer Ellie Goulding join forces and record a song. With "I need your love", it was a huge success. Now, with "Outside", it seems the result will be as positive as with the previous single. This new song is incredibly catchy, and the mix of instrumentals, strong beats and Ellie's unique voice makes it all very special.

Netherlands | MainStreet - "Runaway"

RECENT

The Dutch boyband MainStreet was firstly introduced on Sounds European! in August, with the addictive "The missing piece". They are now releasing their next single, "Runaway", which shows they know the exact recipe to make first-class pop tracks. It's just great!

Spain | La Musicalité - "Bailando en la oscuridad"

RECENT

The Spanish band La Musicalité, from Palma de Mallorca, has the distinction of starring the first post ever in the history of Sounds European!, with the excellent "Última noche en la Tierra". They are now releasing their new album, "6", whose new single is "Bailando en la oscuridad". It is a cool uptempo pop-rock, with cathy melody and a very happy mood.

Italy | Tiziano Ferro - "Senza scappare mai più"

BRAND NEW

Tiziano Ferro, who was born in the city of Latina in 1980, is one of the biggest stars of Italian music. After many years without releasing a new album, and more than a year without having a new single, he is now back with his first the-best-of collection ever. To celebrate it, he has recorded "Senza scappare mai più", a very groovy and intense pop track.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Turkey | Sıla - "Reverans"

RECENT

Sıla Gençoğlu (who appeared on SE! last year with "Aslan gibi") is a 34-year-old Turkish singer who was born in the city of Acıpayam. Her new single "Reverans" is very good. It's an interesting mix of electronic and pop-rock, spiced up with several traditional Turkish elements. The result is unique and quite enjoyable, making it our song of the week.

Sweden | Carola - "Tell me this night is over"

RECENT

Carola Häggkvist is one of the most important names of Swedish music and of Eurovision Song Contest. She took part of the contest on three occasions, in three different decades (1983, 91 and 2006), having won in 1991. Currently, she is participating in the fifth season of the reality show Så Mycket Bättre, where famous singers make versions for each other's biggest hits. We now present her very cool cover for "Tell me this night is over", originally performed by Ola Salo, vocalist of the band The Ark (which also went to Eurovision, in 2007).

Netherlands | The Elementary Penguins - "Magic"

BRAND NEW

The Elementary Penguins are a indie rock band from Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. They have just released "Magic", a single which mixes perfectly the best of the current indie rock scene with some very cool retro elements. Quite a mood!

Macedonia | DNK - "Sever i Jug"

BRAND NEW

DNK is a Macedonian duo formed by Andrej (Andreja Gorgieski) and Pancho (Vladimir Blažev, who has already appeared here on SE! before, in a duet with Sara Markoska). They were both born in Skopje, respectively in 1982 and 79. Their new single "Sever i Jug" is a very intense power ballad.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Ireland | HomeTown - "Where I belong"

BRAND NEW

Ireland is so different that their new boyband has six guys singing instead of five. And let us tell you, they sound fantastic! Josh Gray, Dean Gibbons, Brendan Murray, Cian Morrin, Dayl Cronin and Ryan McLoughlin are managed by the legendary manager Louis Walsh, who is also responsible for the music of Boyzone and Union J. HomeTown's (that's the name of the new band, by the way) first single is called "Where I belong", and if you like boybands, you will not be disappointed!

Updated on March 29th, 2015, with the official video.

Hungary | Ákos - "Igazán"

RECENT

Ákos Kovács is one of the most prolific Hungarian pop musicians. Born in 1968 in Budapest, he has released innumerous albums and had collaborated with Phil Collins for the Hungarian version of Disney film Tarzan. His latest single is called "Igazán", a haunting indie pop track.

Russia | Pravada - "Suka"

BRAND NEW

More rock power from Russia. This time, we are featuring Pravada, a very recent band formed in Saint Petersburg. Their latest single is "Suka", a very cool rock track which can be easily compared to the top contemporaneous British-styled rocks.

Sweden | Seinabo Sey - "Pistols at dawn"

BRAND NEW

Seinabo Sey (born in Södermalm in 1990) is a Swedish soul singer who has gained great popularity this year. And her latest single shows why: "Pistols at dawn" is a very captivating indie track which will instantly captivate you.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Ukraine | Loboda - "Ne nuzhna"

BRAND NEW

You kind of know her name already: Loboda has a new single, and it's all you can expect from her! "Ne nuzhna" is a powerful ballad which will chill your bones. Get ready to start seeing it all around the charts in the region!

Updated on March 26, 2015, with the official video.

Belgium | Selah Sue - "Alone"

BRAND NEW

Selah Sue, born in Leefdaal in 1989, enchanted everybody in 2011 with the release of her first album, "Selah Sue". Her charm got a bit more uptempo, maintaining the great quality and groove: her latest single is "Alone", a song that will rock your body!

Finland | Siru - "Kaksi naista"

BRAND NEW

Epic ballad from Finland. Ah, that already caught your attention, huh? Siru comes from the gelid country up North with a grand voice and a superb song called "Kaksi naista". It gave us all chills!

Denmark | Lighthouse X - "Kærligheden kalder"

RECENT

Søren Bregendal, Johannes Nymark and Martin Skriver are three young Danish musicians making up Lighthouse X. The newly formed band does not only play music: they want their work to be meaningful, so they decided to choose a cause to which donate part of their profits. Their latest single is the touching "Kærligheden kalder", an explosion of pop music!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Italy | Giorgia - "La mia stanza"

BRAND NEW

After a sequence of ballads as singles, the Italian diva Giorgia strikes back, but now with an uptempo electropop! "La mia stanza" is a very energetic song. It's impossible to listen to it and not find yourself dancing along its inviting melody.

Sweden | Miriam Bryant - "Dragon"

RECENT

The Swedish singer Miriam Bryant has firstly appeared on SE! with "Last soul on Earth", which was elected our #2 song of 2013. Now, she is back with a new single, "Dragon". And it's surely another great song of hers! The vocals are flawless, and the melody is as contagious and catchy as one can be. Very addictive!

Slovenia | Muff - "Uspavanka"

BRAND NEW

After taking part of the last EMA, the Slovene National Final for Eurovision Song contest, with the excellent "Let me be (myself)", the band Muff is back with a new single. And their song "Uspavanka" shows that their EMA entry wasn't an accident: they are indeed great, and their work is extremely classy and enjoyable!

Czech Republic | Slza - "Lhůta záruční"

BRAND NEW

Meet your new favourite Czech pop duo. Lukáš Bundil and Petr Lexa make up Slza, a brand new act formed in Petra and which promises to have a fantastic career. At least that's what we can guess by his latest single, the absolutely amazing "Lhůta záruční".

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Bosnia and Herzegovina | Boris Novković - "Još sam uvijek tvoj"

BRAND NEW

Despite being born in Sarajevo, Boris Novković developed his career mostly in Croatia. He even represented Croatia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2005, together with Lado singing "Vukovi umiru sami", which ended 11th in the final. His latest single is a very cool pop-rock song: "Još sam uvijek tvoj" also features folkloric elements, composing a very traditional song.

Ukraine | Lampochka - "Bez paleva"

RECENT

From a town in Ukraine comes Lampochka, a very young and illuminated artist. Here comes her latest single, "Bez paleva", a very simple and charming ballad which shows all the potential of her beautiful voice.

Ireland | The Coronas - "Just like that"

BRAND NEW

The Coronas were shown in August with their single "All the others", and they are making their return to Sounds European! with yet another great single. "Just like that" is, simply put, a very effective rock song. It will chill your bones at the first listen!

Sweden | The Glass Child - "Yesterday"

BRAND NEW

The Glass Child is the artistic name for Charlotte Eriksson, an 18-year-old Swedish girl living in London. In a really short amount of time she launched her music career and a record label of her own. She is releasing her career worldwide, and by the sweetness of her latest single, "Yesterday", we can only think of great success for her!

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Charts Day #72 (part 2)

CHARTS

Time to travel to Bulgaria, where we'll see the extremely entertaining "Take shelter", by the British group Years & Years, leading the charts.

The Charts Day #72 (part 1)

CHARTS

We start this 72nd The Charts Day going to Austria, where a new song has taken the crown of #1 in their national charts: it's "Fade out lines", by The Avener, from France.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Finland | Stig - "Roy Orbison"

BRAND NEW

The electronic indie pop of the Finnish singer Stig is very known to SE! readers – with this post, it's already the fourth time he is appearing on our site. And the reason is very clear: we love his work! His new single "Roy Orbison" is a great example of his cool (and unique) music style. Such a soothing and addictive track!

Montenegro | Sergej Ćetković - "Zar je kraj?"

BRAND NEW

Sergej Ćetković is one of the most important names of the Balkan music scene. Born in Podgorica in 1976, Sergej is also known for being the first artist ever to take Montenegro to the final of Eurovision Song Contest (earlier this year, with the beautiful "Moj svijet"). He has now released another touching song, the endearing "Zar je kraj?".

Sweden | Jari Sillanpää - "Sinä ansaitset kultaa"

BRAND NEW

It's not the first time Sounds European! talks about Jari Sillanpää, singer who was born in Sweden (in 1965, in Ludvika) but has his career developed in Finland. After "Tanssii kuin John Travolta", it's time to listen to "Sinä ansaitset kultaa", a very high-quality ballad pop song. It's a track which grows little by little, in the proper amount, until a great chorus.

Slovenia | Flora&Paris - "To je plan"

RECENT

Flora&Paris is a Slovene group which is named after Flora Ema Lotrič (who was fifth place on Misija Evrovizija, reality show created to select an artist for the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest). They were already on Sounds European! in January, when the beautiful "Olje in voda" was our song of the week. Now, to celebrate the release of their debut album, "Jutranja rosa", we listen to their current single, the delightful "To je plan".

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Denmark | Scarlet Pleasure - "The strip"

BRAND NEW

Not long ago, we met the Danish band Scarlet Pleasure with the groovy "Under the palm trees". Now, it's time to check their brand-new single "The strip". The song has a very classy retro feeling. It's impossible not to dance along its catchy melody! The clip, which basically shows the boys of the band having genuine fun in LA, fits it all perfectly. It's a great track to improve anyone's mood, specially for a Saturday night out. So enjoy it before going out tonight: it's our song of the week.

Azerbaijan | Nigar Jamal - "Yalan"

BRAND NEW

Nigar Jamal, also known as Nikki Jamal, is a singer who was born in Baku, Azerbaijan, in 1980. She is better known for being part of the duo Ell & Nikki, winner of the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest with "Running scared". She has just released "Yalan", a great pop song filled with groove.

Poland | LemON - "Jutro"

BRAND NEW

LemON is one of our favorite names from the current Polish music scene. And their new single "Jutro" is another clear example of why we love them: their melody and instrumentals are totally involving, and the vocals are totally fitting to it, creating a unique and very pleasant blend.

Finland | Don Huonot - "Salaisuus"

BRAND NEW

Don Huonot was one of the greatest bands of the Finnish rock 'n' roll scene of the '90s. They've gathered once more for the project We Want More (a reality show which brings back bands which were successful in the past). Their new single "Salaisuus" is such a cool rock ballad! It's a perfect match of great instrumentals and soothing voice.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Sweden | Ace Wilder - "Riot"

BRAND NEW

Ace Wilder, born Alice Kristina Ingrid Gernandt, is a 32-year-old Swedish singer from Stockholm. She was the runner-up of the 2014 Melodifestivalen, the National Final of Sweden for Eurovision, with the energetic "Busy doin' nothing". Now, some months after the competition, she is back with another powerful dance pop song, "Riot".

Spain | Pablo Alborán - "Pasos de cero"

BRAND NEW

The Spanish singer Pablo Alborán is a recurring name on Sounds European!. And now he is back again, with his new song "Pasos de cero". It displays his beautiful voice, in a track which explores the best Spanish music can offer.

Updated on January 25th, 2015, with the official video.

Denmark | Bryan Rice - "Hear me as I am"

BRAND NEW

Bryan Rice is the stage name of Brian Risberg Clausen, a Danish singer who was born in Roskilde in 1978. We love him here on Sounds European!, so we were very happy with the news of his releasing a new single: now, we can finally write a post about him! It took long, but the wait was worth. "Hear me as I am" is a great song, one of those pop tracks which slowly grows, but then explodes in an extremely catchy chorus.

Poland | Johnny Bravo feat. Darya Sergiyenko - "Ain't nobody"

BRAND NEW

International meeting on Sounds European!. From the Polish city of Olsztyn, the DJ Łukasz Karol Kalinowski, better known as Johnny Bravo, meets the Ukrainian singer Darya Sergiyenko, from the city of Lugansk. They are releasing "Ain't nobody", a very groovy electronic pop.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Armenia | Betty - "People of the Sun"

JUNIOR EUROVISION

As we did with the "adult" contest in May, Sounds European! will review the best songs competing in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, which will take place in Marsa, Malta, on November 15th.

Easily the grooviest contestant of this year's Junior Eurovision is Betty, the Armenian representant. She was born in 2003 and has become one of the most popular children in Armenian media. Her song is a blast of happiness: "People of the Sun" is extremely fun and catchy!

Malta | Federica Falzon - "Diamonds"

JUNIOR EUROVISION

As we did with the "adult" contest in May, Sounds European! will review the best songs competing in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, which will take place in Marsa, Malta, on November 15th.

The little girl with the big voice. Lyric singer Federica Falzon, born in Safi in 2003 (nope, I didn't make any mistake with the date) will represent the hosting nation Malta. Among previous recordings of hers, we have Eurovision hits like "Flower of the South" and "La voix". The song she'll sing is "Diamonds", a chilling operatic pop ballad.

Slovenia | Ula Ložar - "Nisi sam (Your light)"

JUNIOR EUROVISION

As we did with the "adult" contest in May, Sounds European! will review the best songs competing in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, which will take place in Marsa, Malta, on November 15th.

Ula Ložar was born in 2002 in Ljubljana. She has already had some experience in recording thene songs for cartoons, and the experience is clear in the song she'll sing in Malta: "Nisi sam (Your light)" is a very emotional and touching ballad.

Belarus | Nadezhda Misyakova - "Sokol"

JUNIOR EUROVISION

As we did with the "adult" contest in May, Sounds European! will review the best songs competing in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, which will take place in Marsa, Malta, on November 15th.

Nadezhda Misyakova was born in Minsk in 2000. She has been part of the Zaranak ensemble at the National Centre for Musical Arts in Minsk, as well as taken part twice of the Belarusian selection for the Junior Eurovision before. The song she'll sing in Malta will be "Sokol", a beautiful ethnic pop track.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Sweden | Julia Kedhammar - "Du är inte ensam"

JUNIOR EUROVISION

As we did with the "adult" contest in May, Sounds European! will review the best songs competing in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, which will take place in Marsa, Malta, on November 15th.

Ah, Swedish pop in miniature - could this be any cuter? Julia Kedhammar was born in Skogås in 2000. She won the ticket to Malta after winning the Junior Melodifestivalen 2014 with "Du är inte ensam", a very cool uptempo song.

Italy | Vincenzo Cantiello - "Tu primo grande amore"

JUNIOR EUROVISION

As we did with the "adult" contest in May, Sounds European! will review the best songs competing in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, which will take place in Marsa, Malta, on November 15th.

Born in 2000 in a small town near Naples, Vincenzo Cantiello will be the first Italian representative on Junior Eurovision. Don't be tricked by his youth: he has a voice to conquer hearts. His song, "Tu primo grande amore", is a real proof of his potential.

Bulgaria | Krisia feat. Hasan & Ibrahim - "Planet of the children"

JUNIOR EUROVISION

As we did with the "adult" contest in May, Sounds European! will review the best songs competing in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, which will take place in Marsa, Malta, on November 15th.

Meet the trio that is said to be the hot favourite to win the whole thing. Krisia is a mini diva with a growing music career, while Hasan & Ibrahim are twin brothers that will bring their piano talent on stage. Together they make up the fantastic "Planet of the children", a very cool track!

Russia | Alisa Kozhikina - "Dreamer"

JUNIOR EUROVISION

As we did with the "adult" contest in May, Sounds European! will review the best songs competing in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, which will take place in Marsa, Malta, on November 15th.

Born in Leningrad-Oblast in 2003, Alisa Kozhikina is full of freckles and full of voice. The winner of The Voice Kids earlier this year will represent Russia with a powerful ballad titled "Dreamer". It will surely stick in your head!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Ukraine | Sympho-Nick - "Pryyde vesna"

JUNIOR EUROVISION

As we did with the "adult" contest in May, Sounds European! will review the best songs competing in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, which will take place in Marsa, Malta, on November 15th.

Marta Rak, Sofia Kutsenko and Amaliia Kryms'ka met in Music Academy of Eurovision, and became very good friends with each other. Together they make up Sympho-Nick, a girl trio which will sing "Pryyde vesna", a very cool ethnic pop song.

Serbia | Emilija Djonin - "Svet u mojim očima (World in my eyes)"

JUNIOR EUROVISION

As we did with the "adult" contest in May, Sounds European! will review the best songs competing in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, which will take place in Marsa, Malta, on November 15th.

Emilija Djonin was born in Vrsac in 2000. She has been a passionate for music since a very young age, and she even took part in the Serbian version of Got Talent in 2011. Her song, "Svet u mojim očima (World in my eyes)", is a very nice pop-rock ballad.

Netherlands | Julia - "Around"

JUNIOR EUROVISION

As we did with the "adult" contest in May, Sounds European! will review the best songs competing in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, which will take place in Marsa, Malta, on November 15th.

Born in the city of Zeewolde in 1999, Julia van Bergen (whose stage name is Julia) will be flying the Dutch flag in Malta. She won the popular Junior Songfestival with "Around", a very simple yet really cool and catchy pop song.

Cyprus | Sophia Patsalides - "I pio omorfi mera"

JUNIOR EUROVISION

As we did with the "adult" contest in May, Sounds European! will review the best songs competing in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, which will take place in Marsa, Malta, on November 15th.

Sophia Patsalides was born in Nicosia in 2000. She has been singing since a very young age, and has developed an interesting career as a guest on numerous TV shows. She will be flying the Cypriot flag with "I pio omorfi mera", a very uplifting pop song.

Monday, November 10, 2014

The Charts Day #71 (part 2)

CHARTS

Indila has already been quoted before several times, and this one is thanks to her success across Europe. It wouldn't be strange to have her breaking charts in France or Belgium, but this time she is a bit more exotic. Her single "S.O.S" is currently #2 in... Bulgaria!

The Charts Day #71 (part 1)

CHARTS

Here comes once more David Guetta, who was with us before with his single "Lovers on the Sun". This time, he features Sam Martin in the uplifting "Dangerous", who has reached the #6 on the Dutch charts!

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Romania | Lora - "Arde"

BRAND NEW

Lora is a singer who was born in Vaslui, a city in Eastern Romania. She was part of a group called Wassabi before starting her solo work. Her new single "Arde" is a very classy midtempo pop track. Very cool track to close the weekend with quality!

You've Seen Here: 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards (part 3)

MTV EUROPE MUSIC AWARDS

Later tonight, the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards will take place in Glasgow. And we spent the day remembering the nominees who had already appeared on Sounds European! before. Closing this recap, we'll go to the second half of the European regional nominations.

From Norway on, it's time to remeet:

Best Norwegian act: Anders Nilsen and Nico & Vinz (second post; worldwide hit with "Am I wrong", shown below).
Best Polish act: Grzegorz Hyzy (second post), Jamal and Mrozu (second post).
Best Portuguese act: Amor Electro and David Carreira.
Best Romanian act: Andra, Antonia (second post), Elena (second post), Maxim and Smiley (second post).
Best Russian act: Serebro.
Best Swiss act: Bastian Baker and Sinplus.
Best United Kingdom and Ireland act: Calvin Harris, Ed Sheeran (second post, third post and fourth post), One Direction and Sam Smith (second post).

You've Seen Here: 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards (part 2)

MTV EUROPE MUSIC AWARDS

We now continue remembering all the artists and songs which are competing for awards on the 2014 MTV EMA, which will take place tonight in Glasgow, and you have seen here on Sounds European! before. As we always say, it's a great opportunity to relive great tracks!

This post starts reviewing the regional nominations, focusing (obviously!) the European categories. The first half of the list of regions will be on this text. The second one will come still today, a bit later.

You've seen here:

Best Adria act: Van Gogh.
Best Belgian act: Netsky, Stromae (second post) and Triggerfinger.
Best Dutch act: Kensington (second post) and Mr. Probz (second post).
Best French Act: Indila (second post and third post) and Julien Doré.
Best German act: Cro, Milky Chance and Revolverheld (second post; 2014 Bundesvision winner, with the song below).

You've Seen Here: 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards (part 1)

MTV EUROPE MUSIC AWARDS

This Sunday, the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards will take place in Glasgow. Usually, this event is a great summary of the best which is happening in the European pop music scene. And, if you are a regular visitor of Sounds European!, several names which will appear throughout the ceremony won't be unknown.

As in 2013, we decided to take a day to remember all the times when the nominated artists have been posted here during the year. There will be three posts for it: this first one, for the main categories; the two following ones, about the European regional nominations.

So, let's see them?

5 Seconds Of Summer (second post and third post): best new act, best pop, best Push Act and best fans.
Ariana Grande: best song (feat. Iggy Azalea), best female, best new act, best pop, best Push Act and best fans.
Avicii (second post): best electronic.
Calvin Harris: best electronic.
Charli XCX (second post): best new act and best Push Act.
Coldplay (second post): best rock.
David Guetta: best electronic.
Ellie Goulding (second post): best World Stage Performance.
Eminem: best song (feat. Rihanna), best male and best hip-hop.
Enrique Iglesias: best World Stage Performance.
Flo Rida: best World Stage Performance.
Iggy Azalea: best song (feat. Ariana Grande), best hip-hop and best look.
Imagine Dragons: best rock and best World Stage Performance.
John Newman (second post and third post): best Push Act.
Katy Perry: best song (feat. Juicy J), best video, best pop, best live act and best look.
Kiesza: best video, best new act and best Push Act.
Lorde: best alternative and best Push Act.
One Direction: best pop, best live act and best fans.
Pharrell Williams: best song, best video, best male and best World Stage Performance.
Rita Ora: best look.
Sam Smith: best song (with "Stay with me", shown below), best new act and best Push Act.
Sia: best video.
Taylor Swift: best look.
Zedd: best Push Act.

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Russia | Lena Katina - "Who I am"

BRAND NEW

The first time SE!'s and the Russian singer Lena Katina's ways met was last year, when she released the very enjoyable "Lift me up". The second time, now, is even more grandiose! Her new single "Who I am" has fascinated us in the best way possible. The melody is exciting, the singing is perfect for it, and the chorus is as addictive as one can imagine. We are in love: it's our song of the week.

United Kingdom | James Bay - "Hold back the river"

BRAND NEW

James Bay was born in Hitchin, Hertfordshire. His latest single is titled "Hold back the river", and is a great show of all his vocal power and the delicate music which characterizes him. You will totally fall in love!

Slovenia | Darja Švajger - "Sončen dan"

BRAND NEW

Few artists in the Slovene music scene are as important and as grandiose as Darja Švajger. Born in 1965 in the city of Maribor, Darja is internationally known by her two participations on the Eurovision Song Contest (in 1995, which is up-to-date the best result ever for Slovenia in the competition, and 99). Darja's new single, the beautiful ballad "Sončen dan", has just won the very traditional song festival Slovenska Popevka in the public voting section. It's her first victory with the audience – in 2010, she had won the jury section.

Ukraine | Julia Dumanska - "Mama, prosti"

BRAND NEW

Time to remeet Julia Dumanska, whom we met before in June with the great "Tanya". Here she comes with her latest single, "Mama, prosti", a fantastic soothing pop track of those we so like from Ukraine!

Friday, November 07, 2014

Italy | Tommaso Pini - "Sweet dreams"

RECENT

Some months ago, we showed you the work of Tommaso Pini with "La perfezione non c'è". The Italian chap keeps releasing great singles, as the one below: "Sweet dreams" is a haunting turn to the smashing hit by Eurythmics. Truly one to check!

Macedonia | Lambe Alabakovski - "Dojdi mi"

RECENT

It's not the first time Sounds European! shows the work of 26-year-old (almost 27) singer Lambe Alabakovski, from the Macedonian city of Bitola. Some months ago, we listened to the great Balkan ballad "Ke te cekam jas". Now, he is back with "Dojdi mi", a song which is a bit more uptempo, and has a very cool chorus.

Russia | Melnitsa - "Kontrabanda"

BRAND NEW

It's not often that you meet a Russian folk act. Specially Melnitsa, who have been together since 1999, forging a great and prolific music career. Their latest single is called "Kontrabanda", and it is an explosion of sweet sounds, a beautiful voice and a really soothing melody to convey one of the greatest tracks to emerge from Russia this year.

Germany | Mrs. Greenbird - "Everyone's the same"

BRAND NEW

Mrs. Greenbird is a German duo from Cologne, formed by Sarah and Steffen. They present a very entertaining country song with "Everyone's the same". Simple, but extremely effective.

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Italy | Antonella Lo Coco - "Optional"

BRAND NEW

Italian singer Antonella Lo Coco, from the city of Palermo, rose to fame after being third place on the fifth season of the Italian version of The X Factor. Since then, she has released some great singles – most of them, more directed to electropop. It's also the case of her new one, "Optional", which is intense and delightful to listen.

Poland | Ewelina Lisowska - "Na obcy ląd"

RECENT

Ewelina Lisowska was already presented to you with her single "We mgle". Now, she is back to Sounds European! with her latest single, which is the happy tune "Na obcy ląd". Contagious song!

Macedonia | Sarah Mace - "Nambareja"

BRAND NEW

Born in 1990 in the capital city of Macedonia, Skopje, meet the very talented singer Sarah Mace. Her brand-new single "Nambareja" presents a very interesting mix of classy instrumentals, deep singing and precisely growing melody.

Russia | Timur Rodriguez - "S dnem rozhdeniya"

BRAND NEW

Russian singer Timur Rodriguez makes his third appearance on Sounds European! with a very soft and touching ballad. "S dnem rozhdeniya" is a growing pop ballad which shows a very sweet side of Timur.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Denmark | Oh Land - "Head up high"

BRAND NEW

Oh Land (who was here before with "Cherry on top") shows her amazing skills in "Head up high". A very Scandinavian synthpop song with her superb vocal performance turns out to be a real addiction!

Italy | Ada Reina - "Dipendenza"

BRAND NEW

Ada Reina was born in Italy, but she is very proud of her Latin American blood: both of her parents come from the region. She got famous after participating (with her birth name, Ornella Felicetti) of the third season of the Italian version of The X Factor – which was won by future Sanremo champion Marco Mengoni. Her new single "Dipendenza" shows all her style and quality, in a very groovy pop song.

Ukraine | Natalia Valevskaya - "Skazhi mne da"

BRAND NEW

Natalia Valevskaya is a Ukrainian singer born in 1981 in the city of Khmelnitsky. Her long and prosperous career includes many awards and recognitions for her music, and she has also worked in a number of charity organizations. Her latest single will bring your mood to the sky: the upbeating "Skazhi mne da" is a fantastic dance pop track!

Russia | Helene Fischer - "Marathon"

RECENT

As previously said, Russian-born singer Helene Fischer is one of the biggest and most important names of the German music scene. Two great songs of hers, "Fehlerfrei" and "Atemlos durch die nacht", have already been highlighted here on Sounds European!. Now, it's time for "Marathon", another amazing single!

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Germany | Despina Vandi - "Kane kati"

BRAND NEW

After dazzling us with the uptempo pop-rock "Xano esena", the German-born singer (but with career in Greece) Despina Vandi has a totally different song to present. It's "Kane kati", a very beautiful traditional Greek ballad.

Updated on January 18th, 2015, with the official video.

United Kingdom | Shannon Saunders - "Silly little things"

BRAND NEW

Shannon Saunders first step in the music world was in 2010, when she won My Camp Rock 2, a talent competition organized by Disney Channel. Well, if you expected a Disney-like song, you are kind of wrong: "Silly little things" is a very mature indie-pop song with a cool touch of electronic.

Macedonia | Aleksandra Mihova - "Nisto ne ostana"

RECENT

Aleksandra Mihova is a Macedonian singer who was born in the city of Kavadarci. And you'd better be without body ready to shake, because her new single "Nisto ne ostana" is just as groovy as it gets!

Ukraine | Eva Bushmina - "Nel'zya pomenyat'"

BRAND NEW

We last heard of Eva Bushmina with the catchy "Leto naprokat". Now, it's time to go into a deeper and more mysterious side of the singer: her single "Nel'zya pomenyat'" is as haunting as it can get!

Monday, November 03, 2014

The Charts Day #70 (part 2)

CHARTS

Girlband VIA Gra is one of the most important names in the current Ukrainian music scene (and also one of our favorite ones here on SE!). Their success in Ukraine can be seen on the national charts: #3 for their single "U menya poyavilsya drugoy", with the Georgian rapper Vahtang.

The Charts Day #70 (part 1)

CHARTS

It's the second time we are talking about Mr. Probz on The Charts Day. After the hit "Waves", he is now back with "Nothing really matters", which is on the top of the charts in the Netherlands this week.

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Sweden | Tove Lo - "Talking body"

BRAND NEW

Tove Lo, one of the Swedish names of the year, is back to our blog with a more uptempo single than her previous ones. "Talking body" still has deep lyrics, but the melody is much more leant to an upbeat pop.

Updated on January 17th, 2015, with the official video.

Spain | Ruth Lorenzo - "Gigantes"

BRAND NEW

Some days ago, SE! presented one of the new songs which were recently released by Spanish singer Ruth Lorenzo, the intense "Renuncio". Today, we highlight another great one, "Gigantes", which is a less direct but also greatly effective track.

Italy | Noemi - "Se tu fossi qui"

BRAND NEW

Italian singer Noemi dazzles us once more. The amazing singer has a new single called "Se tu fossi qui" which starts as a ballad, but hold yourself until the chorus. If you are not blown away by that, you must be made of stone!

Switzerland | Beatrice Egli - "Auf die plätze, fertig, ins glück!"

BRAND NEW

Let's start this Sunday remeeting one of the most recurrent names of Sounds European!: the Swiss singer Beatrice Egli. We just love her work, and her new single "Auf die plätze, fertig, ins glück!" is another example of why we do. It's a perfect mix of schlager and pop!

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Poland | Curly Heads - "Reconcile"

BRAND NEW

Dawid Podsiadło, Tomek Szuliński, Tomek Skuta, Oskar Bała and Damian Lis make up Curly Heads, a Polish band formed in 2011. Their latest single is just mindblowing: "Reconcile" is a very cool revival of the old school British rock. The editors of Sounds European! liked it so much that it became the song of the week!

Denmark | Too Young To Die - "Patrick Swayze"

RECENT

Time to meet the Danish duo Too Young To Die, formed by Erwin Thomas and Troels Holdt. Their new single "Patrick Swayze" is simply stupendous! It takes us back in time, to the best dance songs of past decades. Catchy, groovy, well-sung... it's impossible not to love it!

Finland | Neon 2 - "Kaunis"

BRAND NEW

Here we have another single to come out of the Finnish reality show We Want More. Neon 2, whose last album was released in 1995, came back on track with "Kaunis", a very cool pop-rock song. It will for sure stick to your ears!

Germany | Tokio Hotel - "Love who loves you back"

BRAND NEW

Tokio Hotel are one of the greatest bands of Germany. They were founded in Magdeburg in 2001, and have reached success (and the charts) in many European countries. They have just released their new album, "Kings of suburbia", which includes the new single "Love who loves you back". It's a very cool electronic song.