Sunday, May 31, 2015

Switzerland | Celeste Buckingham - "Unpredictable"

BRAND NEW

Swiss singer Celeste Buckingham is back to our blog to blow our minds off with her newest single! "Unpredictable" is classy, explosive and totally uplifting, and we are sure you'll be dancing on your tiptoes by the chorus. Celeste's voice is just impressive in this one!

Sweden | Kastrup - "Thieves"

RECENT

We met Kastrup some months ago, when they released the amazing "Lydia" and became one of our last songs of the week in 2014. Well, here they slay again but in a different vibe. "Thieves" is a more relaxed tune, which adds an amazing electronic beat to their rock atmosphere, not to mention the anthemic chorus. A truly delightful track!

Lithuania | Audrius Janonis - "Noriu šiąnakt"

RECENT

New talent rising in Lithuania! Andrius Janonis was born in Kaunas in 1995. He has been part of the Lithuanian version of The Voice last year, arriving to the finals of the contest. His most recent single is the uplifting "Noriu šiąnakt". The electronic beats combine with a very potent vocal performance to deliver a true dance floor anthem!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Germany | Lena - "Traffic lights"

BRAND NEW

We're finally hearing from Lena again! One of the most epic Eurovision winners of all times, she is currently releasing her new album "Crystal sky" and is gracing us with a gorgeous single. "Traffic lights" meets the lovely charisma of Lena with electronic pop. We got so addicted to it that it was obvious it would become our song of the week!

Finland | Hätä-Miikka - "Kuuntele"

RECENT

We now travel to Finland, where we meet Hätä-Miikka. He is working on his first solo album, and it's time to check "Kuuntele". It's a cool single with a very well marked and kind of speedy melody. Quite an interesting track.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Germany | Alexa Feser - "Glück"

RECENT

Alexa Feser was firstly introduced to the readers of Sounds European! the past October, with "Wir sind hier". She went on to participate on the German National Final for this year's Eurovision Song Contest. She didn't manage to win the selective (even though who won isn't really going to Vienna), but "Glück" has called our attention. It's a great pop song with a very interesting mood.

Finland | Jannike - "Into the Sun"

BRAND NEW

Jannike is a Finnish singer hailing from Helsinki. After taking part of the Finnish version of Idols in 2008, she worked as a backing vocalist for several artists, and now she is launching a new single. "Into the Sun" is a fresh breath of pop: soft and tender, it melts into a lovely chorus, and ends up catching you on tenterhooks!

Spain | Andrés Suárez - "Te doy media noche"

RECENT

Andrés Suárez is a Spanish singer who was born in 1983 in Ferrol. He has just released a new single, named "Te doy media noche". It's a sweet ballad which is taken perfectly by his smooth and beautiful voice.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

United Kingdom | Leona Lewis - "Fire under my feet"

BRAND NEW

Leona Lewis has become one of those artists that need no introduction. Her chilling voice and her classy rhythms have seen the light once more in her brand new single. "Fire under my feet" is the meeting of soul and R&B, portraying a very movemented melody and Leona's outstanding vocals.

Poland | Agata Dziarmagowska - "Blisko mnie"

RECENT

After showing all her energy with "Drop, drop", Sounds European! remeets the Polish singer Agata Dziarmagowska. This time, she shows all her groove in a more midtempo pop track. "Blisko mnie" is a very cool track whose melody is hypnotizing.

France | Hélène Segara - "Tout commence aujourd'hui"

RECENT

Hélène Segara is a very famous French singer, who was born in 1971 in the city of Six-Fours-les-Plages. We'll now listen to her recently released "Tout commence aujourd'hui", which is a beautiful song. It's a very well-produced song with a sweet and involving melody and endearing vocal work.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Portugal | Virgem Suta - "Ela queria"

BRAND NEW

Virgem Suta is a Portuguese band from the city of Beja. Their latest single is just adorable: "Ela queria" is a very sweet pop song, with the lovely nostalgia that's featued in Portuguese songs, and a retro feeling that fulfills every corner of your heart!

Russia | Alexey Goman - "Ne khvatayet polovinki"

RECENT

Alexey Goman is a Russian singer who was born in Murmansk in 1983. He got famous after winning the first season of Narodniy Artist, the Russian version for the franchise Idols. He has just released "Ne khvatayet polovinki", which is a beautiful ballad with amazing instrumentation.

United Kingdom | Young Guns - "Daylight"

BRAND NEW

Young Guns is one of our favourite British rock bands. Their latest single is "Daylight", and it has rocked us from head to toes: a powerful introduction and verses leading to an explosion of guitars and strength.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Sweden | Noonie Bao - "I'm in love"

RECENT

Noonie Bao is a Swedish singer from Stockholm. Her single "I'm in love" is extremely cool. It has an alternative mood in it, but keeping some mainstream touches. The vocal work is unique and very well adapted to the song's proposal.

Serbia | ZAA - "Slide baby"

RECENT

ZAA is a Serbian band which was formed in Kruševac in 2008. They offer a mix of ska, punk and jazz in their music. This interesting blend can be felt on their new single "Slide baby", which also has some spices of reggae in the melody.

United Kingdom | RHODES - "Close your eyes"

BRAND NEW

David Rhodes hails from Baldock, in Hertfordshire, United Kingdom. His singing career officially started two years ago, and with his latest single he is ready to show the world that he came to stay. "Close your eyes" is the classic anthemic pop ballad, filled with emotions and a very beautiful orchestration.

Monday, May 25, 2015

The Charts Day #92 (part 2)

CHARTS

Belgian singer Stan van Samang is currently taking part of Liefde voor Muziek, a Belgian TV show which puts famous singers to cover famous Belgian songs. His cover of "Een ster", originally sung by Christoff, has made it to the top of the Belgian charts this week!

The Charts Day #92 (part 1)

CHARTS

We talked about "Ain't nobody (loves me better)", the hit single by German DJ Felix Jaehn and British singer Jasmine Thompson, some weeks ago. Well, their single is now a hit in Germany: it's the #1 on their charts!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Finland | Ellinoora - "Ei hävittävää"

RECENT

We were missing Ellinoora. After the amazing "Sellainen mies", we were really expecting new songs by her. And now our wish has finally come true, with "Ei hävittävää". It's a very soulful song, which shows the singer's versatility and quality.

Poland | OCN - "Na zawsze"

BRAND NEW

We've talked about Polish band OCN when they released the great "Definicja" together with Jamal. Now, it's time to get an update about what the band has released recently. The amazing "Na zawsze" is an empowering rock song, with strong vocals and a very potent melody.

Norway | Sonny Alven feat. Cayo - "Where do we go"

BRAND NEW

Sonny Alven is the stage name of Sondre Alvestad, a Norwegian producer who has just released his first single. It's "Where do we go", which features the vocals by Cayo. The song is a very soft party starter: a mellow sound flowing into a more upbeat chorus, yet mantaining the soft atmosphere it created from the first second.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Sweden | Ninsun Poli - "Great leap forward"

BRAND NEW

Ninsun Poli is a Swedish singer who will definitely blow your mind. Her latest single is "Great leap forward", and it has all the elements to captivate you: a haunting voice, an uptempo melody which blends pop and electronic with an outstanding quality, and one of the catchiest choruses we've heard this year so far. With such a shower of greatness, it is no doubt that Ninsun has the song of the week!

Poland | Stashka - "Ocean mysli"

RECENT

Stashka is the stage name of Katarzyna Stasiak, singer who was born in Szczytno, a city in the Northern part of Poland. Her single "Ocean mysli" is a catchy uptempo mix of rock and pop. The melody is very contagious and inviting.

Iceland | Of Monsters and Men - "Empire"

BRAND NEW

Icelandic indie band Of Monsters and Men keep conquering hearts with their soft and mellow rhythms. After the lovely "Crystals", they are building an "Empire" of cosiness in their latest single: a beautiful melody and a very calm set of vocals create a very nice atmosphere!

Updated on August 8th, 2015, with the official video.

Portugal | D.A.M.A - "Às vezes"

RECENT

Sounds European! has firstly met the Portuguese group D.A.M.A last year, with their hit single "Luísa". Now they are back with "Às vezes", which is a great display of how their mix of pop, rap and hip-pop can have a very sweet result. It's such a delightful song!

Friday, May 22, 2015

United Kingdom | Lianne La Havas – "Unstoppable"

BRAND NEW

Born in London and portraying the exotic blend of a Jamaican mother and a Greek father, Lianne La Havas is one of the new names of the year coming from the British isles. Her single "Unstoppable" is the perfect mixture of indie and alternative sounds with a lovely R&B blues.

Slovenia | Alenka Godec - "Kličem te"

BRAND NEW

Alenka Godec, born in Ljubljana in 1964, is one of the most famous Slovene singers of all time. Artists only become unquestionable stars with talent. And "Kličem te", Alenka's new single, is just one more sample of how talented she is. Such a great track!

France | Pia Studlé - "Ai-je tort?"

RECENT

Pia Studlé is a very young and talented French singer. She was born 17 years ago in the small commune of Brumath, holding French, German and Brazilian origins. After getting famous recording cover version for some famous songs, she is releasing her own work. "Ai-je tort?" is one of those classy tracks only music in France can produce.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Macedonia | Darko Ilievski - "Nikoj kako ti"

RECENT

Darko Ilievski is a Macedonian singer from Skopje. He is releasing a beautiful new single: "Nikoj kako ti" is a great ballad, which displays his amazing voice and his capacity to transmit feelings during a song.

Czech Republic | Adam Mišík - "Tak pojď!"

BRAND NEW

Czech singer Adam Mišík is back to our site with a very sportive song! "Tak pojď!" is meant to be a way to promote sports in the country, and we can tell its purpose just by hearing it: a great electronic beat which invites to shake your body along, and can be very well used at gymnastics as well!

Norway | Ellen Xylander - "Reckless hearted"

RECENT

Ellen Xylander is a Norwegian singer who was born in Oslo. She has just released a new single, named "Reckless hearted". The song has a very interesting melody, well defended by great instrumentals, and Ellen's cool vocal work.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Russia | AKVA - "Igra s ognem"

RECENT

Anna Kornileva (whose stage name is AKVA) is a young Russian singer who was born in Vladivostok in 1997. She has released "Igra s ognem", which is a very catchy pop song. Its dancy melody is extremely inviting.

Updated on October 15th, 2018, with the new stage name of the artist.

Austria | Ramona Rotstich - "Tausche mann gegen schuhe"

BRAND NEW

Ramona Rotstich is an Austrian singer from Vienna. She took part of the first edition of The Voice of Germany, making it through the blind auditions. This is her latest single: "Tausche mann gegen schuhe" gives an electronic twist to the traditional German schlager: a very entertaining and fun song to hear!

France | Patrick Fiori - "Choisir"

RECENT

The French singer Patrick Fiori is back to Sounds European!'s pages with a very cool pop-rock song. "Choisir" has a great mix of instruments and voices, and a very easy-listening chorus. The backing vocalists help building a great mood for this one.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

United Kingdom | Jessie J - "Flashlight"

BRAND NEW

Time to remeet British star Jessie J. She is releasing her new single, "Flashlight", which is part of the soundtrack for the movie "Pitch perfect 2". It's a very cool midtempo ballad which explores Jessie's talent very well.

Finland | Vilma Alina - "Ota mut niin"

BRAND NEW

We've showed you Vilma Alina upon the release of her first single, "Hullut asuu Kallios", and we fell in love with her second single as well! "Ota mut niin" is a haunting mixture of pop and alternative electronic sounds. An explosive chorus and sweet verses complete a lovely mix!

Portugal | Moullinex - "Take a chance"

BRAND NEW

Nope, we're not talking about any device for cooking. Moulinex is the artistic name of Luis Clara Gomes, who was born in the surroundings of Lisbon and established in Munich. Probably this mixture of cities accounts for the mixture of his music: pop and electronic as rarely seen in Portuguese music blend in "Take a chance", a very cool and entertaining track!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Russia | Nina Sublatti - "Warrior"

EUROVISION

From May 12th to May 18th, Sounds European! will review the best entries of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, which is going to take place in Vienna – with semifinals on May 19th and 21st and the final on the 23rd.

Born in Moscow, Russia, in 1995, but Georgian by heart, Nina Sublatti is a singer and songwriter who won the 2013 season of the reality show Idols in Georgia. She is going to Eurovision with the self-written "Warrior", one of the few genuinely uptempo entries of 2015. And what a powerful track it is!

Belgium | Loïc Nottet - "Rhythm inside"

EUROVISION

From May 12th to May 18th, Sounds European! will review the best entries of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, which is going to take place in Vienna – with semifinals on May 19th and 21st and the final on the 23rd.

Born in Courcelles in 1996, Loïc Nottet finished second in the third season of the Belgian version of The Voice. He was chosen to represent his home country in Viena with "Rhythm inside", a dark and intense indie pop song which quite reminds the successful singles by New Zealand's star Lorde.

Malta | Amber - "Warrior"

EUROVISION

From May 12th to May 18th, Sounds European! will review the best entries of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, which is going to take place in Vienna – with semifinals on May 19th and 21st and the final on the 23rd.

Amber Bondin is a Maltese singer who was born in Kalkara in 1991. In 2012, she was on Eurovision, in Baku, as a backing vocalist to Kurt Calleja. Now, she will be back to the festival, but as the lead artist. After five consecutive years reaching the final of her country's National Final, she has finally won it this year, with "Warrior". This song is a powerful symphonic midtempo which displays the best of Amber's voice.

Lithuania | Monika Linkytė feat. Vaidas Baumila - "This time"

EUROVISION

From May 12th to May 18th, Sounds European! will review the best entries of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, which is going to take place in Vienna – with semifinals on May 19th and 21st and the final on the 23rd.

Monika Linkytė and Vaidas Baumila were one of the competitors of Eurovizijos, the Lithuanian national selection. They both arrived to the final of the contest. Them both as well as the third finalist sang the previously selected "This time" separatedly, but Monika and Vaidas also gathered forces in a duet that conquered the hearts in Lithuania. The song is an uptempo country pop song which talks about love in a very entertaining way.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

United Kingdom | Ann Sophie - "Black smoke"

EUROVISION

From May 12th to May 18th, Sounds European! will review the best entries of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, which is going to take place in Vienna – with semifinals on May 19th and 21st and the final on the 23rd.

Ann Sophie was born in London in 1990 to German parents. At a very young age her family went back to Germany, where she developed her whole career. This year, she took part of Unser Song für Österreich, and she won after some controversy (which we explained when we showed you the second place of the selection). "Black smoke" will be the German representative: an intense set of lyrics with an equally intense chorus that stole our hearts!

Czech Republic | Marta Jandová feat. Václav Noid Bárta - "Hope never dies"

EUROVISION

From May 12th to May 18th, Sounds European! will review the best entries of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, which is going to take place in Vienna – with semifinals on May 19th and 21st and the final on the 23rd.

Marta Jandová and Václav Noid Bárta are two Czech artists with a lot in common. They were both born in the country's capital city, Prague, and have their music history related to rock and metal bands. Now, one more thing unites them, since they will represent their country on this year's Eurovision together. Their single "Hope never days" is a very interesting rock ballad.

Ireland | Molly Sterling - "Playing with numbers"

EUROVISION

From May 12th to May 18th, Sounds European! will review the best entries of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, which is going to take place in Vienna – with semifinals on May 19th and 21st and the final on the 23rd.

Born in Puckane, County Tipperary, Molly Sterling is one of the youngest singers of this year's Eurovision. She won the Irish National Final, Eurosong, with "Playing with numbers", a very sweet and mellow ballad which totally fits in the mood of contemporary ballads being released currently, such as the ones by Birdy or Sam Smith.

Macedonia | Daniel Kajmakoski - "Autumn leaves"

EUROVISION

From May 12th to May 18th, Sounds European! will review the best entries of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, which is going to take place in Vienna – with semifinals on May 19th and 21st and the final on the 23rd.

The Macedonian singer Daniel Kajmakoski, who has appeared on SE! twice before, is back to our site. This time, with his Eurovision Song Contest entry. After winning Skopje Festival with "Lisja esenski", he will go to Austria with its version in English, "Autumn leaves". It's a beautiful track, with a melody which helps building a unique mood.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Sweden | Måns Zelmerlöw - "Heroes"

EUROVISION

From May 12th to May 18th, Sounds European! will review the best entries of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, which is going to take place in Vienna – with semifinals on May 19th and 21st and the final on the 23rd.

Since 2007, when "Cara mia" wasn't selected to represent Sweden in Helsinki – and even more after "Hope & glory" lost in 2009 –, many Eurovision fans were dreaming about the day Måns Zelmerlöw would finally go to the festival. And the day has come: he will be in Vienna with "Heroes". And the fans' dream couldn't have gone better: his entry is excellent, and uses the best of his talent. It's our favorite of this year's edition, making it also our song of the week.

Spain | Edurne - "Amanecer"

EUROVISION

From May 12th to May 18th, Sounds European! will review the best entries of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, which is going to take place in Vienna – with semifinals on May 19th and 21st and the final on the 23rd.

Edurne is a multifacetic artist who was born in Madrid in 1985. She is a quite popular name within the Spanish scene, having released five albums up to date. She took part in several reality shows, appearing for the first time in Operación Triunfo in 2005 and arriving to the finals of the Spanish versions of Dancing With The Stars and Your Face Sounds Familiar (which she eventually won). The Spanish song in Eurovision will be "Amanecer", an adventurous pop ballad which grows into an epic chorus.

Slovenia | Maraaya - "Here for you"

EUROVISION

From May 12th to May 18th, Sounds European! will review the best entries of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, which is going to take place in Vienna – with semifinals on May 19th and 21st and the final on the 23rd.

If there is one name Sounds European!'s readers should recognize on the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest, it is the Slovene duo Maraaya. They had the second best song of 2014, on our top 50 of the year, and they also gave us an amazing interview. Now, they'll represent Slovenia on the festival with "Here for you". It's a very classy and catchy song. Marjetka's voice is amazing in it. Slovenia has surely got some chances of breaking the country's best result in the contest.

Italy | Il Volo - "Grande amore"

EUROVISION

From May 12th to May 18th, Sounds European! will review the best entries of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, which is going to take place in Vienna – with semifinals on May 19th and 21st and the final on the 23rd.

Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble are Il Volo. They first appeared to the public in 2009, when they competed in the Italian reality show Ti lascio una canzone. They went on to become one of the main names within the current Italian music scene. They won the popular Festival di Sanremo with the song "Grande amore", a romantic and very dramatic display of love in form of an operatic pop ballad.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Netherlands | Trijntje Oosterhuis - "Walk along"

EUROVISION

From May 12th to May 18th, Sounds European! will review the best entries of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, which is going to take place in Vienna – with semifinals on May 19th and 21st and the final on the 23rd.

Trijntje Oosterhuis was born in Amsterdam in 1973. She is one of the most popular singes in the Netherlands, and is currently one of the judges of The Voice of Holland. She will represent her home country with "Walk along", a very modern pop song with an infectious chorus and a very gentle melody. The song is composed by the 2013 Dutch representant Anouk.

Portugal | Ella Nor - "Há um mar que nos separa"

EUROVISION

From May 12th to May 18th, Sounds European! will review the best entries of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, which is going to take place in Vienna – with semifinals on May 19th and 21st and the final on the 23rd.

The editors of Sounds European! aren't the biggest fans of the recent history of Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest (with some few excepions). But this year, we are very happy with the country's choice for the festival: "Há um mar que nos separa", by Ella Nor (Leonor Andrade, born in Quinta do Anjo in 1994), delivers everything we expect from Portuguese music. A deep song which overflows rhythm and great vocals!

Updated on December 25th, 2017, with the new stage name of the artist.

Montenegro | Knez - "Adio"

EUROVISION

From May 12th to May 18th, Sounds European! will review the best entries of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, which is going to take place in Vienna – with semifinals on May 19th and 21st and the final on the 23rd.

Born in Cetinje in 1967, Knez will represent Montenegro with "Adio". The song was composed by a known name to the Eurovision family, Željko Joksimović. And we can totally see his hand in the song: it is a very traditional Balkan ballad, which starts with a very beautiful instrumental part and grows into an epic finish.

Russia | Polina Gagarina - "A million voices"

EUROVISION

From May 12th to May 18th, Sounds European! will review the best entries of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, which is going to take place in Vienna – with semifinals on May 19th and 21st and the final on the 23rd.

When the first news regarding Polina Gagarina's representing Russia on Eurovision started appearing, our team doubted it. But then she was confirmed, and we couldn't be more glad! The Russian diva will go to Vienna with "A million voices", a strong ballad which explores the best of her voice.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Serbia | Bojana Stamenov - "Beauty never lies"

EUROVISION

From May 12th to May 18th, Sounds European! will review the best entries of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, which is going to take place in Vienna – with semifinals on May 19th and 21st and the final on the 23rd.

Bojana Stamenov is a Serbian singer who was born in 1986 in Belgrade. She rose to fame after being fourth place on the Serbian version of the reality show Got Talent. Bojana was selected to represent her country on this year's Eurovosion. Her entry is entitled "Beauty never lies", and it is a very powerful pop dance track.

Belarus | Uzari feat. Maimuna - "Time"

EUROVISION

From May 12th to May 18th, Sounds European! will review the best entries of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, which is going to take place in Vienna – with semifinals on May 19th and 21st and the final on the 23rd.

Belarus is coming strong this year! The very young Uzari, who was born in Minsk in 1991, will do the singing, while Maimuna, a very talented violinist born in Saint Petersburg in 1980, will provide some violin power! They won the Belarusian Eurofest in the end of 2014 with "Time". The song is a very nice uptempo song completed grandiosely with the mellow sounds of the violin.

Romania | Voltaj - "De la capăt (All over again)"

EUROVISION

From May 12th to May 18th, Sounds European! will review the best entries of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, which is going to take place in Vienna – with semifinals on May 19th and 21st and the final on the 23rd.

Voltaj is a Romanian band which was formed in Bucharest in 1982. They are one of the most famous and traditional bands from the country. Now, they'll represent it on Eurovision, with "De la capăt (All over again)". It is a touching song with very well developed instrumentals, convincing vocals and a great message behind. The rare use of the Romanian language is another detail to praise – it is only the third time Romania has an entry with it since 2000.

Iceland | María Ólafs - "Unbroken"

EUROVISION

From May 12th to May 18th, Sounds European! will review the best entries of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, which is going to take place in Vienna – with semifinals on May 19th and 21st and the final on the 23rd.

The sweet María Ólafsdóttir was born in Blönduós, Iceland, in 1993. She won the Icelandic National Final, called Söngvakeppnin, with the song "Unbroken", a beautiful and pure pop smasher with a very catchy chorus.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Estonia | Elina Born feat. Stig Rästa - "Goodbye to yesterday"

EUROVISION

From May 12th to May 18th, Sounds European! will review the best entries of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, which is going to take place in Vienna – with semifinals on May 19th and 21st and the final on the 23rd.

A duet for Estonia. The very young singer Elina Born will join forces with the popular singer and songwriter Stig Rästa. The duet won landslide the popular Eesti Laul and will flag the Estonian flag with "Goodbye to yesterday", a dramatic pop song with a very cool retro feeling.

Cyprus | Maria-Elena Kyriakou - "One last breath"

EUROVISION

From May 12th to May 18th, Sounds European! will review the best entries of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, which is going to take place in Vienna – with semifinals on May 19th and 21st and the final on the 23rd.

For Sounds European!'s readers, the name of Maria-Elena Kyriakou isn't new. The Cypriot-born singer, who was elected The Voice of Greece, was here last year with the amazing "Dyo angeloi stin Gi (Un angelo disteso al Sole)". She will now represent the Greek colors in Austria with another beautiful ballad: "One last breath" is an incredible grower, which is extremely enjoyable.

Albania | Elhaida Dani - "I'm alive"

EUROVISION

From May 12th to May 18th, Sounds European! will review the best entries of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, which is going to take place in Vienna – with semifinals on May 19th and 21st and the final on the 23rd.

Elhaida Dani was presented by us in 2013, right after she had won The Voice of Italy. In the very last days of 2014 she won the traditional Festivali i Këngës, the National Final of Albania, with the song "Diell". After some controversy, she finally changed her Eurovision song to "I'm alive", a very smooth ballad which grows as it happens, displaying all the power of Elhaida's voice.

Latvia | Aminata - "Love injected"

EUROVISION

From May 12th to May 18th, Sounds European! will review the best entries of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, which is going to take place in Vienna – with semifinals on May 19th and 21st and the final on the 23rd.

Aminata Savadogo, born in Riga in 1993, is an example of how the world can be a melting pot: her mother is Latvian with Russian descent and her father is from Burkina Faso. Aminata will defend the flag of Latvia in Vienna with "Love injected", a very deep pop track which explores her voice to the most.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

France | Nadav Guedj - "Golden boy"

EUROVISION

From May 12th to May 18th, Sounds European! will review the best entries of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, which is going to take place in Vienna – with semifinals on May 19th and 21st and the final on the 23rd.

Born in France, but raised in Israel, Nadav Guedj is one of the several very young talents who will be on the Eurovision stage in Vienna. The 16-year-old singer will represent Israel with "Golden boy" with a mission: take his country back to the contest's final, feat which doesn't happen since 2010. His song is greatly entertaining! It starts slow, then becomes a catchy dance track, for later exploding into a very traditional chorus.

Norway | Mørland feat. Debrah Scarlett - "A monster like me"

EUROVISION

From May 12th to May 18th, Sounds European! will review the best entries of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, which is going to take place in Vienna – with semifinals on May 19th and 21st and the final on the 23rd.

Norway's Melodi Grand Prix 2015 found its winners in the Norwegian singer Mørland and Swiss-born Debrah Scarlett. Their song, "A monster like me", is a very emotional and soulful ballad. A very soft and broken first two minutes eventually lead to an epic finish, including a beautiful orchestration. Delicious one!

Austria | The Makemakes - "I am yours"

EUROVISION

From May 12th to May 18th, Sounds European! will review the best entries of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, which is going to take place in Vienna – with semifinals on May 19th and 21st and the final on the 23rd.

The Makemakes are an Austrian rock band which was founded in 2012 in Vöcklabruck. They'll have the honour of representing their country exactly when it is hosting the contest, after almost 50 years from the previous time. Their entry "I am yours" is a very beautiful rock ballad, which reminds us of some of the work by the bands The Beatles and Coldplay.

Switzerland | Mélanie René - "Time to shine"

EUROVISION

From May 12th to May 18th, Sounds European! will review the best entries of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, which is going to take place in Vienna – with semifinals on May 19th and 21st and the final on the 23rd.

Mélanie René was born in Geneva in 1990. She won the Swiss national selection, called Die Entscheidungsshow, last January with "Time to shine". The song is a haunting pop with folkloric elements, very nice chorus and a tremendous display of Mélanie's vocals.

Monday, May 11, 2015

The Charts Day #91 (part 2)

CHARTS

The highest positions of all the charts are mostly composed of new songs, or hits of the moment. Well, there is always an exception to every rule, and we found the exception to this one in France. Norwegian singer Maria Mena released the beautiful "Homeless" in 2011, but it is this week's #5 in the French charts!

The Charts Day #91 (part 1)

CHARTS

Kenny B was born in Paramaribo, Suriname, in 1961, but has developed his music career in the Netherlands. No wonder that the fresh and sweet "Parijs", his latest single, is being a hit in the European country: the song has arrived to the top of the charts this week!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Russia | Natasha Kors - "Pesok"

BRAND NEW

Natasha Kors was featured on Sounds European! when she released the fantastic "Detka", and she returns to slay with a fantastic pop song. "Pesok" is powerful, flows gently in the verses and explodes in the chorus. Exactly as we like!

France | Vitaa - "Vivre"

RECENT

Vitaa is the stage name of Charlotte Gonin, French soul singer who was born in Mulhouse in 1983. She has just released a new single, named "Vivre". It's a very contagious uptempo pop, with a dance feeling which is quite rare to find in French music. Very cool one!

Italy | Cecilia - "Mornings like this"

BRAND NEW

Cecilia is an Italian harpist and singer born in 1989. She jumps in the wave of Italian people singing in English with "Mornings like this", an infectious pop single which will put you on your feet and dancing right away!

Saturday, May 09, 2015

United Kingdom | Florence + The Machine - "Ship to wreck"

BRAND NEW

Florence + The Machine are a British indie pop and rock band formed in London, led by the extremely talented singer Florence Welch. They are working on their third studio album, named "How big, how blue, how beautiful". From it, we have the new single "Ship to wreck". It is a masterpiece song, with amazing melody and, of course, all the vocal quality of Florence. We couldn't resist: it's our song of the week.

Ukraine | Ani Lorak - "Korabli"

BRAND NEW

Ani Lorak is, without a doubt, one of the biggest divas of Ukraine. Every single of hers leaves us with our jaws dropped to the floor, and "Korabli", her most recent song, is no exception. It is a pop ballad with a very marking chorus and a great beat, and shows that Ani still knows how to give us what we like!

Czech Republic | Slza - "Celibát"

RECENT

Last November, Sounds European! introduced the Czech duo Slza. Their "Lhůta záruční" was absolutely amazing, and so is their new single "Celibat". They show they're masters of great melody with this one: it's very addictive!

Friday, May 08, 2015

United Kingdom | The Shires - "State lines"

BRAND NEW

No, we didn't make any mistake. You are hearing country pop as made by Americans, but made by British. And it is really amazing! The Shires are Ben Earle and Crissie Gudgin, and they teamed up in 2013. They are releasing their first album this year, entitled "Brave", which is where "State lines" comes from. Simply gorgeous!

Russia | Bazil - "Ai-yai-ya"

RECENT

We now travel to Russia, where we meet the band Bazil. They have just released a very cool single named "Ai-yai-ya". The instrumentals are extremely well done, and the vocals make the song quite catchy and enjoyable. It's as fresh as a pop-rock can be!

Sweden | Darin - "Ta mig tillbaka"

BRAND NEW

Swedish singer Darin made quite a change for his latest single. From being hommaged as one of the Swedish pop kings at the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 to a soft indie pop is something to highlight! "Ta mig tillbaka" shows a more intimate, sweet side of Darin, which is still as fantastic as his more explosive one!

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Netherlands | Jeroen van Koningsbrugge - "Wit licht"

BRAND NEW

Born in Roosendaal in 1973, Jeroen van Koningsbrugge is a Dutch singer and actor. His new single "Wit licht" is hitting the charts in the Netherlands, and it has everything to please you too! It's a very strong and incisive song, with imposing vocals and electric melody.

Ukraine | Myata - "Ya ne revnuyu bol'she"

BRAND NEW

Pop music in Ukraine is one of the most distinctive and tasteful you can find. That is exactly what Myata's music is about. The singer from Kiev has released "Ya ne revnuyu bol'she", a soft-paced pop song that got us into the mood for more of her!

Austria | Allessa - "Adrenalin"

RECENT

One of our schlager divas is back with a new single! Let's remeet the Austrian singer Allessa, this time with "Adrenalin". It's a song with great pace and a perfect match of voice and melody. It's catchy, gluey... it's as good as schlager can be!

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Norway | AURORA - "Running with the wolves"

BRAND NEW

Aurora Aksnes is a Norwegian singer and songwriter from the city of Bergen. The success of her first singles turned her into one of the names to keep an eye on in the nordic country, and her latest song confirms this statement: "Running with the wolves" is a mellow indie pop, captivating from start to end.

Russia | Polina Gagarina - "Lyubov' tebya naydet"

BRAND NEW

It's time to remeet one of the biggest divas of Russian music. Polina Gagarina has just released the single "Lyubov' tebya naydet", which is part of the soundtrack for the movie "Odnoy levoy". It's a beautiful ballad which displays Polina's great voice in a wonderful way.

Denmark | Citybois - "Things we do"

RECENT

Anthon Edwards Knudtzon and Thor Blanchez Farlov are Citybois, a Danish pop duo. They took part of the eigth season of the Danish version of The X Factor, in which they came fourth. Their single "Things we do" has been a chart success in their country: an infectious pop with a very cool retro feeling will be successful anywhere!

Updated on September 20th, 2015, with the official video.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Macedonia | Skyrise - "Love song"

RECENT

Great rock coming from Macedonia! Meet the band Skyrise, from the city of Tetovo. They're releasing "Love song", which is a great rock track. Instrumentals and vocals mix perfectly, resulting in a very strong song.

United Kingdom | Seafret - "Atlantis"

BRAND NEW

Seafret is a British duet formed by Jack Sedman and Harry Draper in Bridlington. The duo has been touring around the United Kingdom for some time already, and are now ready for the big jump. And let us tell you: if all their singles are as great as the melancholic "Atlantis", we will soon be hearing about them everywhere!

Norway | Nico & Vinz - "Fresh idea"

BRAND NEW

We will now remeet one of the current most successful duos of Europe. Nico & Vinz went over the Norwegian borders and took the world with their music. They are now with a song being played on a TV campaign, and it has just gotten its own video clip. "Fresh idea" is as fresh as the title suggests. Delightful track!

Monday, May 04, 2015

The Charts Day #90

CHARTS

Carly Rae Jepsen is the Canadian singer who conquered the world some years ago with "Call me maybe". This year she returned with "I really like you", and it seems that her new single is following the smashing hit's steps: it's already #3 in the United Kingdom!

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Ukraine | Oleynik - "Zabavnaya"

BRAND NEW

Vadim Oleynik is a very talented Ukrainian artist from Chernivtsi. He is also known for being part of the duo DiO.filmy, together with Vladimir Dantes. He has just released a solo single. "Zabavnaya" is quite a groovy song. Very enjoyable!

Italy | Lorenzo Fragola - "The rest"

BRAND NEW

Lorenzo Fragola is quickly becoming one of the biggest names of the current Italian music scene. His versatility to sing both in Italian and English makes him have a small differential and create a name of his own in the international music scene as well. "The rest", his most recent release, is a beautiful ballad which fits very well into the pattern of sweet, emotional and beautifully instrumented ballads that are being a worldwide hit.

Romania | Randi - "Visator"

BRAND NEW

Randi is a Romanian singer from the city of Pitești. He is known for being part of the very famous group Morandi, together with Marius Moga. Now, he is releasing solo work, and here's his new single "Visator". It's such an involving song. Definitely a grower!

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Lithuania | GJan - "Nobody around"

BRAND NEW

Greta Jančytė is the real name of GJan, a Lithuanian singer and songwriter born in Vilnius in 1995. She is quite unique within her country's music market, mixing the very modern sounds of pop with some R&B tunes and a very intense way of singing. Her latest single is "Nobody around", a fresh and energetic pop song which conquered our ears and became the song of the week!

Italy | Francesco Renga - "Era una vita che ti stavo aspettando"

BRAND NEW

Some people say no country makes better romantic songs than Italy. Well, we have one more argument for this theory: the new single by Francesco Renga, former Festival di Sanremo winner who was born in Udine in 1968. "Era una vita che ti stavo aspettando" is a masterpiece for love. Just beautiful!

Russia | Dante - "Pod kozhu"

BRAND NEW

Dante is the stage name of Alexey Ismailov. He is a singer and producer from Moscow who gives a twist to the Russian pop scene, adding some elements more related with the Western-European pop music. You can clearly see this in "Pod kozhu", his latest single: an explosion of sounds in a very fine pop with a very accurate mingling of electronic beats.

Friday, May 01, 2015

Ukraine | Sonya Kay - "Obnimi menya"

BRAND NEW

Sonya Kay is the stage name of Sophia Khlyabich, singer who was born in Chernivtsi, a city in Western Ukraine. She has just released "Obnimi menya", which is everything you can expect from female Ukrainian pop. Great voice, involving melody and an addictive chorus.

United Kingdom | SYKES - "Best thing"

RECENT

British electronic pop at its best. SYKES are from South London. Their most recent single is the delicious and soft "Best thing", a song that flows gently from start to end and will have you dancing on your tiptoes after the first chorus!

Greece | George Sabanis - "Prin peis s 'agapo"

RECENT

It wasn't very long ago that Sounds European! has firstly presented the Greek singer George Sabanis, with "Kaneis den xerei". He is already back to the site, with another beautiful track. "Prin peis s 'agapo" is already becoming a hit in Greece, and we surely understand why: it is very intense, and counts on a great vocal performance by Sabanis.