Tuesday, January 31, 2017

United Kingdom | Tom Chaplin - "Still waiting"

BRAND NEW

British singer Tom Chaplin is really hitting all the jackpots with his solo music career. His newest single has the potential to turn into another hit: "Still waiting" is a soulful ballad with beautiful instrumentation.

France | Tibz - "Nation"

RECENT

We're finally hearing back from French singer Tibz! His most recent single is a splash of summer: "Nation" mixes French and English in an electropop melody which also brings tropical flavors to the mix. The result? An addictive sound with a very catchy set of lyrics!

Romania | Aner - "Stay with me"

RECENT

Aner is a Romanian singer hailing from Turda. Listen to his captivating sounds in his most recent single: "Stay with me" is a piano-driven ballad that lets Aner's voice shine and which evolves into a very catchy R&B infused pop song.

Portugal | Diogo Piçarra - "História"

BRAND NEW

After a 2016 in which he confirmed his status as one of the most beloved and prolific Portuguese contemporary singers, Diogo Piçarra started 2017 by dropping a new single. The song is "História", a calm, nostalgic pop ballad with a powerful bass base.

Monday, January 30, 2017

The Charts Day #171 (part 2)

CHARTS

The Weeknd and Daft Punk had already gathered for the successful "Starboi", but they had another single together to gift us with. And guess what? The song is also a hit! "I feel it coming" is this week's #10 in Norway, #9 in Belgium, #8 in Switzerland, #6 in Denmark and the Netherlands, #3 in France and #2 in Portugal.

The Charts Day #171 (part 1)

CHARTS

British singer Zayn joined forces with American artist Taylor Swift for the sequel of the super successful "50 shades of Grey". "50 shades darker" will have their voices on "I don't wanna live forever", a song that is already charting in many countries around Europe. The single is this week's #10 in Finland, #9 in Austria, #6 in Germany, #4 in Denmark and #3 in Norway and Sweden!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Poland | Brodka - "Up in the hill"

RECENT

Sounds European! remeets Polish star Brodka, with her new single. "Up in the hill" is another great sample of Brodka's versatility. She explores retro music, adding a spice of modern indie pop to it, gifting the fans with a unique song.

France | Léa Paci - "Pour aller où?"

RECENT

Léa Paci is a 20-year-old singer hailing from France, who is debuting her music career with a stunning first single. "Pour aller où?" is a brilliant electronic pop, driven by a gently melody and the romantic touch that only the French language can produce.

Albania | Alban Skenderaj - "Stoli i trendafilave"

RECENT

One of our favorite Albanian stars has a new single! Alban Skenderaj has recently released "Stoli i trendafilave". It is a fresh and well-paced pop with a light ambience and a very cool chorus.

Croatia | Jacques Houdek - "Kraljica"

RECENT

Jacques Houdek was born in Zagreb in 1981. He is one of the most popular singers in his country, having released several albums and many hit singles. His most recent one is "Kraljica", a song that combines the sweetness of Balkan sounds with traditional pop-rock in a great way!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Ukraine | Alina Palii - "Trymay mene"

RECENT

Alina Palii is a Ukrainian singer who was born in Kryvyi Rih. Her most recent single, "Trymay mene", is surely a must-listen. It has an excellent melody and a very contagious chorus. Its well-paced beats lead a hypnotizing ambience which is surely gonna get you. We love it: it's our song of the week!

Belarus | NAVIBAND - "Historyja majho zyccia"

BRAND NEW

We met Belarusian band NAVIBAND more than three years ago, so we were already happy to see them among the participants of this year's local National Final for Eurovision. They eventually won the competition, and will be representing Belarus in the contest in Kiev with their song "Historyja majho zyccia". The track is an uplifting mixture of pop, folk and traditional sounds!

Iceland | Milkywhale - "Rhubarb girl"

RECENT

Melkorka Sigríður Magnúsdóttir and Árni Rúnar Hlöðversson are Milkywhale, a duo from Reikjavik, Iceland. Listen to their most recent single: "Rhubarb girl" keeps the nostalgic atmosphere that is traditional of Icelandic songs, but adds a very interesting twist of electronic and pop beats.

Romania | Cristina Vasiu feat. What's UP - "Hot de inimi"

RECENT

Sounds European! finally remeets Romanian singer Cristina Vasiu. She has gathered with What's UP, stage name of Marius Ivancea, who was born in 1989 in Bucharest, to release "Hot de inimi". It's pop at its best: catchy, contagious and very entertaining!

Friday, January 27, 2017

Spain | Second - "Nos miran mal"

RECENT

Spanish band Second always deliver great rock music. And "Nos miran mal" totally respects this rule: it's another solid and interesting single. Its melody is well paced and involving, and the chorus is very marking.

Germany | Mark Forster - "Chöre"

RECENT

German singer Mark Forster dazzled us once more with his music. His most recent single, "Chöre", starts with an enhancing piano and develops to an upbeat and very entertaining chorus.

United Kingdom | The Vamps feat. Matoma - "All night"

RECENT

British group The Vamps gathered with Norwegian DJ Matoma (stage name of Tom Stræte Lagergren) to release "All night". It's a very entertaining single, which mixes the best of contemporary pop and electronic music.

Kosovo | Shkurte Gashi feat. Flori Mumajesi - "Tu luta"

BRAND NEW

Time to listen to some ethnic sounds! Shkurte Gashi (from Kosovo) and Flori Mumajesi (born in Tirana, Albania) teamed up for "Tu luta", a sensual and very captivating downtempo pop which explodes in folkloric sounds.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Hungary | Tamás Veréb - "Előttem a kép"

RECENT

Born in 1994 in Miskolc, Hungary, Tamás Veréb is a singer and actor who was crowned the winner of the Hungarian version of Your Face Sounds Familiar last year. By the end of 2016, he also released a great single: "Előttem a kép" brings the best of electronic and synth beats into a great pop track!

Finland | Ideomotor - "We can't work"

RECENT

Ideomotor are a Finnish indie pop duo formed by Erkka Wennonen and Kimmo Myllyviita. Their new single "We can't work" is very cool. Its hypnotizing melody leads the listener until a very catchy chorus. It's highly involving!

Greece | Stella Kalatzi - "Allazο tropo zois"

RECENT

Stella Kalatzi is a Greek singer born in Athens in 1995. Meet her sweet voice in her most recent single: "Allazo tropo zois" is a beautiful and heartfelt ballad. The chorus explodes in traditional sounds and lets Stella show all the power of her voice.

Germany | Jonas Monar - "Die andern"

RECENT

It's time to remeet German new talent Jonas Monar, who has a great new single. "Die andern" is a great piece of pop music, with a captivating melody and a very effective chorus. Jonas's voice is perfect for this set!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Russia | Alexandr Buinov - "Sto nedel'"

RECENT

Alexandr Buinov, who was born in Moscow in 1950, is one of the most important names of the Russian music scene. And he has just released an oustanding single! "Sto nedel'" is a stupendous pop song, with very catchy melody and an outstanding chorus.

Albania | Anxhela Peristeri - "Afer meje"

RECENT

Born in Korçë, Albania, in 1982, Anxhela Peristeri is a singer and songwriter. Her most recent single is a very interesting pop track: "Afer meje" is entertaining and invites to dance along!

Netherlands | Thomas Azier - "Talk to me"

BRAND NEW

Sounds European! remeets Dutch singer Thomas Azier, and his new single. "Talk to me" is a light electropop with smooth and hypnotizing melody. Thomas's voice seems to be made for this kind of music: if fits perfectly!

Germany | Yvonne Catterfeld feat. Bengio - "Irgendwas"

RECENT

German singer Yvonne Catterfeld makes a stunning return to our site. In her new single, which features Bengio (German singer and songwriter who was born in Fulda in 1993), she gives us a perfect mixture of ballad and pop!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Greece | Maria Karlaki - "Pos ginetai"

RECENT

Maria Karlaki was born in the city of Drama in 1984. She has been working with music since she was very young, and last December she gifted us a great single. "Pos ginetai" brings the heat of Greek music blended with the finest pop you can find!

Turkey | Demet Akalın - "Hayalet"

RECENT

Demet Akalın is a Turkish singer who was born in Gölküc in 1972. Her most recent single, "Hayalet", is Turkish pop at its best. It mixes pop with traditional local instrumentation, in a melody with strong and marking beats.

Kosovo | Nevena Božović - "Siesta"

RECENT

Kosovar singer Nevena Božović returns to Sounds European! with a very sweet melody. "Siesta" may suggest an intense, very uptempo track, but instead Nevena gives us a sweet pop with some country flavors to the mix.

Germany | Resaid - "Waterfalls"

RECENT

It's time to check another great version for a classic of the '90s! Resaid's rendition to TLC's "Waterfalls" is as cute and light as one can be. It gives a new look over this worldwide hit, and it makes us want to listen to both versions over and over again!

Monday, January 23, 2017

The Charts Day #170 (part 2)

CHARTS

On the first part of The Charts Day #170, we talked about the success of "Castle on the hill", but British singer Ed Sheeran is enjoying an even bigger joy with "Shaepe of you". The song is charting this week as #4 in Bulgaria and #1 in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom!

Uptaded on February 4th, 2017, with the official video.

The Charts Day #170 (part 1)

CHARTS

As we explained earlier this month, British singer Ed Sheeran started 2017 releasing two singles at once. And both of them are enjoying great success on European charts. "Castle on the hill" is this week's #5 in Norway and #2 in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Estonia | Koit Toome - "On suures linnas vaikne"

BRAND NEW

Estonian singer Koit Toome is back to our site, this time on his own, to present us his most recent single. "On suures linnas vaikne" is a tender electropop, the kind of song to relax your body with a soft dance!

Finland | Janna - "Anna mä puhallan"

RECENT

Look who's back! Janna, one of the coolest stars in Finland, has recently released a new single. "Anna mä puhallan" is a light electropop with a very captivating chorus. Janna's voice shines throughout the entire track!

Germany | Bosse - "Außerhalb der zeit"

RECENT

It's impossible not to fall for Bosse's singles. And his most recent one has us hooked again! "Außerhalb der zeit" is a beautiful pop ballad which gently grows into a sweet pop-rock chorus.

Macedonia | Anita Micova - "Sneg"

RECENT

Meet Anita Micova, a very talented Macedonian singer from Struga. Anita has just released "Sneg", which is a beautiful guitar-based song with lovely melody and outstanding vocal work. It's quite captivating!

Updated on February 3rd, 2017, with the homemade video.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Russia | BURANOV - "Lyudi"

RECENT

Stop everything you are doing, and listen to Danil Buranov, or simply BURANOV, Russian singer who was born in Zelenodolsk. His new single "Lyudi" is a masterpiece of pop music. Its melody is exciting and entertaining, and it grows until exploding in an outstanding chorus. We are fully addicted to it: it's our song of the week!

Updated on March 8th, 2019, with the new stage name of the artist.

Greece | Lena Papadopoulou - "Pes mou ti na kano"

RECENT

Let's remeet Lena Papadopoulou! The Greek singer returns to our site with the beautiful "Pes mou ti na kano", a ballad filled with the classic sounds of her country which help her voice shine through!

Sweden | Death Team - "Messed up"

RECENT

Death Team are a Swedish duo formed by Mayka Edd and Johen Rafael Tilli. Their aim is to offer a genre-blurring cross between Abba and Eminem. And let us say: they are right on target with it! Listening to their single "Messed up" is being sure the description of their music is quite exact.

Germany | Balbina - "Die regenwolke"

RECENT

Meet Balbina, a German singer hailing from Berlin and who has a very unique approach to music. Her most recent single will show you why: "Die regenwolke" captivates you with the intense use of classic strings and evolves into a unique mixture of pop and indie sounds.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Hungary | Benjámin Pál - "Father's eyes"

BRAND NEW

Benjámin Pál is a Hungarian singer hailing from Budapest. After his participation on the local version of The X Factor in 2013, he continued with his music career and will now take part of A Dal, the Hungarian National Final for Eurovision. His bid is "Father's eyes", an entertaining pop-rock with a very catchy chorus.

Poland | Adam Stachowiak - "Mamo"

RECENT

Meet Adam Stachowiak, Polish singer and songwriter who was born in Międzychód in 1997. He has just released an amazing single, entitled "Mamo". His voice offers a unique level of sensibility and emotion, which fills the beautiful piano-based melody. The result is heart touching!

Latvia | Toms Kalderauskis - "We won't back down"

BRAND NEW

Some National Finals for the Eurovision Song Contest have already started. Such is the case of Latvia's Supernova, which presented its participants earlier this month. One of them is Ogre-born Toms Kalderauskis, who will compete for a ticket to Kiev with "We won't back down". The song is a fantastic pop-rock single with an anthemic chorus that you won't be able to get out of your head!

Uptaded on February 4th, 2017, with the official lyrics video.

Romania | Human - "You"

RECENT

Romanian project Human is back with a new single. "You" is a very entertaining electronic pop with groovy melody and a very effective choryus. It's impossible to listen to it without finding yourself dancing along with it!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Germany | Yasmin Sidibe - "River"

RECENT

Yasmin Sidibe is a 19-year-old singer from Frankfurt, who rose to prominence after taking part of the latest season of The Voice of Germany. No one can have Beyoncé, Lauryn Hill and Whitney Houston as idols without having to deliver outstanding music. And Yasmin does! "River" is an excellent single!

Bulgaria | Poli Genova feat. Grafa - "Sluhove"

RECENT

Two of the biggest pop stars in Bulgaria teamed up for a single together. And the result could be nothing but perfect. Poli Genova and Grafa released "Sluhove", a very intense and captivating pop with electronic and R&B beats.

Netherlands | Orange Skyline - "Sound & fury"

RECENT

It's time to remeet Groningen-based indie band Orange Skyline. We've just listened to their single "Sound & fury", and we can surely recommend it. It has a very strong melody, which gets even better during the chorus. The vocal work is perfect for the genre, taking the song to another level.

United Kingdom | Ed Sheeran - "Castle on the hill"

BRAND NEW

After around a year away from music, British singer Ed Sheeran started 2017 by popping up not one, but two fantastic singles. One of them is "Shape of you", but it's "Castle on the hill" the one that really captivated us. The song is a very interesting mix between the melancholic sound that characterizes Ed's work and the fine British pop-rock that everybody loves.

Updated on January 23rd, 2017, with the official video.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Belarus | Alexander Rybak - "5000 letters"

OLDIE

Sounds European! is proudly reaching its 5000th post! And, as it is our tradition, we celebrate this accomplishment by presenting a song with, now, "five thousand" in its title. Alexander Rybak's "5000 letters" is an endearing song which is perfect for the moment!

Spain | Funambulista feat. Pablo Alborán - "Sólo luz"

RECENT

Spanish band Funambulista's new single shows they are quite versatile, and capable of adapting to artists of very different styles. After working with Antonio Orozco and releasing a song which really fits his genre, an energetic pop-rock, they have now gathered with Pablo Alborán and gone much more his way. "Sólo luz" is a delicate pop with beautiful instrumentation and outstanding vocal performances.

France | Alma - "Requiem"

BRAND NEW

French singer Alma is back to Sounds European! to dazzle us with her second single. "Requiem" has a perfect balance between classic, retro French sounds and the current beats of pop music. It is really a treat! The song was chosen to represent France at this year's Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev, Ukraine. The version to be presented in the contest experimented some changes (and you can check by clicking here).

Updated on February 9th, 2017, with the official video and the Eurovision Song Contest label.

United Kingdom | Salt Ashes - "If you let me go"

RECENT

Salt Ashes is the stage name of Veiga Sanchez, Brighton-based artist who is a lover of British electronic music. Her single "If you let me go" is highly addictive. It has a touch of retro which took us back in time to the best of classic pop music.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Slovenia | Nino - "Kozarec vina"

BRAND NEW

Whenever Slovene star Nino releases a new single, one can be sure it's time to listen to great music. "Kozarec vina" is not an exception: it's an excellent pop-rock! Its melody is completely contagious, and the chorus is as catchy as one can be.

Spain | Fangoria - "Espectacular"

BRAND NEW

Spanish duo Fangoria are back with a brand new single. And let us tell you: it's as catchy and groovy as the previous one! "Espectacular" is a great pop with a dance background beat and some exotic electronic sounds.

Updated on February 16th, 2017, with the official video.

Germany | Jonas Monar - "Playlist"

RECENT

It's time to meet another amazing new talent hailing from Germany. Jonas Monar, from Berlin, has an excellent single to offer. "Playlist" has a very captivating melody, and a chorus which sticks to the head after a single listen. We love it!

United Kingdom | Cortes - "Facing my fear"

RECENT

British band Cortes are back with us with yet another fantastic rock track. "Facing my fear" has raw guitar riffs, a catchy beat and a very cool and powerful chorus!

Monday, January 16, 2017

The Charts Day #169 (part 2)

CHARTS

Spanish-language American band CNCO, formed with the winners from the reality TV La Banda, has had a huge impact in music around Latin America last year. And now their success is expanding to Europe: this week, their band's biggest hit, "Reggaeton lento", is #4 in Spain!

The Charts Day #169 (part 1)

CHARTS

Norwegian DJ and producer Alan Walker continues his chain of success after success with "Alone", his most recent single. The song is this week's #4 in Germany and Sweden, #2 in Finland, Norway and Switzerland and #1 in Austria!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Germany | Michael Caliman - "If I had to"

RECENT

Michael Caliman is a 26-year-old German singer from Cologne. He is another wonderful talent presented during the latest season of The Voice of Germany, and his single for the show's final stages is great. "If I had to" is catchy and very captivating. It's impossible to listen to it without getting fully involved by its melody!

Sweden | Frida Sundemo - "We are dreamers"

RECENT

Time for us to remeet Swedish singer Frida Sundemo! Her most recent single is the spectacular "We are dreamers", a song that oozes electronic beats and pop sounds.

Czech Republic | Mikolas Josef - "Believe (Hey hey)"

RECENT

Mikolas Josef is a Czech singer and songwriter who was born in Prague in 1995. His new single, entitled "Believe (Hey hey)", is surely worth a listen! It's a very modern pop, with a mix of influences which go from electronic to R&B. The result is very involving and captivating!

Spain | Manuel Carrasco - "Desde aquí del otro lado"

BRAND NEW

Spanish singer Manuel Carrasco keeps promoting his most recent work, "Bailar el viento". But, in the meantime, he released a single which was not included in the album: "Desde aquí del otro lado" is a beautiful ballad, filled with that unique romantic Spanish touch.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

France | M. Pokora - "Comme d'habitude"

RECENT

French singer M. Pokora gave us his own rendition of the eternal classic "Comme d'habitude". Written by Claude François and Jacques Reveaux in 1967, the song made it all around the world in many different versions ("My way", by Frank Sinatra, being one of the most popular ones). M. Pokora's rendition is less classy and more fresh, closer to his own musical style but without losing the epic feeling it has attached. No doubt that such an exquisit blend of sounds would become our song of the week!

Poland | Szymon Chodyniecki - "Wylacz stres"

RECENT

It's a simple rule: whenever Szymon Chodyniecki has a new release, one can be sure it's time to listen to great music! "Wylacz stres" is an excellent piece of pop music: it's contagious and captivating, and its chorus is as catchy as it can get.

Armenia | Iveta Mukuchyan - "Keep on lying"

BRAND NEW

Armenian singer Iveta Mukuchyan started 2017 releasing yet another amazing single. "Keep on lying" is an exotic mixture of alternative sounds dealt with an exquisit tenderness.

Russia | Alexander Balykov - "Zapolnyayet"

RECENT

Alexander Balykov is a Russian singer who was born in the city of Chelyabinsk in 1985. He has just released a single entitled "Zapolnyayet", and it's surely a must-listen! Its powerful and intense melody is highly electrifying. It doesn't take long until one is fully involved with it!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Portugal | Amor Electro feat. Pité - "Sei"

BRAND NEW

Portuguese band Amor Electro has just released a new single. "Sei" has the participation of rapper Pité, member of group MGDRV, from the city of Amadora. It's a very interesting electropop, with a very strong chorus.

Italy | La Rua - "Tutta la vita questa vita"

BRAND NEW

Formed in Ascoli Piceno in 2004, La Rua is an Italian band who is unique in its kind: they mix pop, rock and some folk sounds to convey music that is rare to their country. Their most recent single is a proof of that: "Tutta la vita questa vita" is a contagious and very energetic single!

Germany | Resaid - "I want it that way"

RECENT

There is no doubt: Resaid is the best way to remember the classics of '90s pop. They give a fresh new sound to some of the coolest songs of the decade, such as Backstreet Boys's "I want it that way" – arguably one of the ten best songs of the period. The result is lovely!

Armenia | Lucy - "Best of me"

BRAND NEW

Lucy is the stage name of Lusine Aghabekyan, an Armenian singer born in Abovyan in 1990. She recently released a very interesting single: "Best of me" is an intense pop with electronic and synth beats.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Germany | Friedemann Petter - "Mein herz singt"

RECENT

Hailing from Leipzig, Germany, Friedemann Petter is a singer born in 1989 who took part of the sixth season of The Voice in his country. In the reality (where he made it through until the semifinals), he released his first single: "Mein herz singt" is a groovy mixture of pop and rock.

Croatia | Nina Kraljić - "Snijeg"

BRAND NEW

Croatian singer Nina Kraljić is back with a new single. And the wait was rewarded with a very beautiful song. "Snijeg" is a cool pop track with soft ambience and great instrumentals. Nina's voice is perfect for this kind of music, and makes everything even more special.

Ukraine | Bloom Twins - "Set us free"

BRAND NEW

Bloom Twins are Sonia and Anna Kuprienko, a set of 20-years-old twins born near Kiev. Meet them in their most recent single: "Set us free" is an excellent pop that starts downtempo and grows into an explosive chorus with the help of R&B beats.

Spain | Abraham Mateo - "Mi vecina"

RECENT

After the addictive "Mueve", with Argentine star Lali Espósito, the new Spanish sensation Abraham Mateo has released a new single. "Mi vecina" goes in a totally different path from his previous release: it's a beautiful ballad which explores his voice very well and shows all his versatility.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Finland | Nelli Matula - "Lemmikki"

BRAND NEW

It's time to meet a great new talent coming from Finland! Nelli Matula, from Espoo, is giving the first steps of her career having R&B stars as her inspiration. And her single "Lemmikki" shows she is on the right path: it's a groovy song which is catchy from first to last second. We love it!

Poland | Virgin - "Kopiuj-wklej"

RECENT

Virgin is a quite popular Polish band formed in 2000 in Warsaw. Last year, they returned to the music business after a nine-year break (in which their lead singer, Doda, developed a successful solo career) with a new album, "Choni". They finished 2016 with a new single: "Kopiuj-wklej" is a very seductive and interesting pop-rock song.

Macedonia | Nokaut - "Noemvri"

RECENT

No song whose theme is the month of November can be bad (spoiler alert: one of our editors was, surprise surprise, born in November). And "Noemvri", by Macedonian band Nokaut, is not an exception to this rule. It's an outstanding track!

Italy | Samuel - "Rabbia"

BRAND NEW

Italian singer Samuel keeps teasing us singles from his anticipated first solo album, "La risposta". This time we meet him in "Rabbia", a song that's intense in the use of synth beats and captivates you with its grandiose chorus.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Germany | Flo Unger - "Allein zu zweit"

RECENT

Florian Unger is a 23-year-old singer from Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany. He took part on the sixth edition of the German version of The Voice, reaching the semifinals of the reality. Within the show, he released his first single: "Allein zu zweit" is a very sweet guitar-driven pop ballad which shows Flo's voice in full display.

Ukraine | VIA Gra - "Kto ty mne?"

BRAND NEW

Sounds European! finally remeets Ukrainian girlband VIA Gra. They have just released a new single, entitled "Kto ty mne?". It is a powerful pop song, exhaling energy from first to last second, as it's usual with their music.

Sweden | Kim Cesarion - "Therapy"

BRAND NEW

Kim Hugo Leonel Niko Cesarion is a singer, songwriter, musician and producer born in Stockholm in 1990. He finished last year with a great new single: "Therapy" starts as a calm pop and evolves to a very groovy song!

France | Lili Poe - "Une larme"

RECENT

Meet Lili Poe, a very talented singer hailing from Paris. We have just listened to her single "Une larme", and we are in love with it. It offers that kind of artistic anguish we can only feel in songs coming from France. Beautiful!

Monday, January 09, 2017

The Charts Day #168 (part 2)

CHARTS

Canadian singer Shawn Mendes has enjoyed a very fruitful 2016. And it seems 2017 will be no different! This week, his most recent single, "Mercy", is charting as #10 in the Netherlands and #8 in Portugal.

The Charts Day #168 (part 1)

CHARTS

American vocal ensemble Pentatonix are reacing high positions on charts around Europe with their single "Hallelujah". This week, their peaks can be found in all the German-speaking countries: #7 in Switzerland and #4 in Austria and Germany!

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Italy | Eva - "Voglio andare fino in fondo"

BRAND NEW

Eva Pevarello is a 26-year-old singer from Thiene, in Italy. She took part of the tenth edition of The X Factor in Italy, eventually finishing in third place in the competition. She recently released her first single: "Voglio andare fino in fondo" is a very unique ballad, that one that is unmistakeably Italian both because of the instrumentation and because of the beautiful singing.

Germany | Boris Alexander Stein - "Losgeloest"

BRAND NEW

Boris Alexander Stein, from Hamburg, is another German talent to be presented to the audience by The Voice of Germany. His "Losgeloest" is a great sample of his talent. It's a song with a contagious beat and a very captivating chorus.

United Kingdom | George Shelley - "Soldier"

RECENT

Former Union J member George Shelley has launched his solo career in the end of last year with a very catchy pop single. "Soldier" is a simple, yet very catchy uptempo ballad.

Macedonia | Guximtar Rushani - "Urdher i shpirtit tim"

BRAND NEW

Guximtar Rushani is a Macedonian singer from Struga. He has just released "Urdher i shpirtit tim", a song in Albanian – and it's a great one! The melody, the voice, the video clip: everything in it is beautiful. Love is in the air, and we always root for it!

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Spain | Funambulista feat. Antonio Orozco - "Quiero que vuelvas"

RECENT

Funambulista are a Spanish band from Murcia, led by Diego Cantero. They have gathered with compatriot Antonio Orozco to release "Quiero que vuelvas". And it's an excellent song! Its melody is highly exciting and energetic, and the voices work very well together. Plus, the chorus is extremely catchy and entertaining! We are in love with it: it's our song of the week.

Sweden | FO&O - "Buzzkill"

RECENT

Swedish boyband FO&O are consolidating their career with a succession of tremendous hits. The latest one of the chain is "Buzzkill", a contagious and really happy song that will pump up your energy!

Updated on March 27th, 2017, with the new stage name of the group.

Germany | Lucie Fischer - "Alles gut"

BRAND NEW

Meet Lucie Fischer, from Wiesbaden, another talented new singer presented by The Voice of Germany. Her "Alles gut" is arguably the best single coming from the show's latest season. It's pop at its best, with perfect vocal work and extremely catchy melody and chorus.

Italy | Andrea Biagioni - "Il mare dentro"

BRAND NEW

Born in Pietrasanta, 27-year-old Andrea Biagioni came into the public eye after participating in the tenth edition of the Italian version of The X Factor, in which he finished fifth. And he finished 2016 with a first single published! "Il mare dentro" is a soulful ballad which shows Andrea's voice and all its power!

Friday, January 06, 2017

United Kingdom | Rebecca Ferguson - "Superwoman"

BRAND NEW

British singer Rebecca Ferguson keeps promoting her new album, "Superwoman". And now it's time to listen to the song that gives the release its name: "Superwoman" is a classy and tender downtempo pop, highlighting Rebecca's superb voice.

Poland | Sylwia Grzeszczak feat. Mateusz Ziółko - "Bezdroża"

BRAND NEW

It's time to present a great duet on Sounds European!. Polish diva Sylwia Grzeszczak gathered with Mateusz Ziółko, from Zubrzyca Dolna, winner of the third season of The Voice of Poland, to release "Bezdroża". It's a beautiful song which explores the best of their voices together.

Spain | Javi Soleil - "Alas mojadas"

BRAND NEW

Javi Soleil is a Spanish singer born in Seville in 1983. He was one of the four guys who composed D'Nash, a boyband which was quite popular in Spain and even represented the country on the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest with the song "I love you, mi vida". After the band put an end to the joint work, Javi has relentlessly worked on his solo music career. And, last month, he presented his latest single. "Alas mojadas" is a fantastic pop-rock with a very folkloric sound attached.

Finland | Krista Siegfrids - "Be real"

RECENT

Finnish star Krista Siegfrids has a new single. And this can only mean one thing: it's time to listen to great music! "Be real" is a very modern pop, with spices of electronic which grow during the song's chorus. Quite captivating!

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Slovenia | Ina Shai - "Overload"

BRAND NEW

It's time to remeet one of the best new talents from Slovenia: Ina Shai has a new single. "Overload" is a beautiful ballad, which explores Ina's voice to its peak of sensibility and emotions. The result is endearing and captivating.

United Kingdom | JP Cooper - "September song"

RECENT

JP Cooper is a British singer and songwriter born in 1983 in Middleton. His most recent single is a very beautiful blend of sounds: "September song" mixes pop and contemporary electronic beats in a tender and unique way.

Germany | Lina Maly - "Meine leute"

RECENT

German music scene is living a special moment, presenting several great new talents to the public. And Lina Maly is one of them. Now, Lina is gifting our ears with her single "Meine leute". It has a very nice melody, which allows her voice to shine in a very special way.

Latvia | Aminata - "Red moon"

RECENT

Latvian singer Aminata is back with us for a fantastic new single. "Red moon" presents her signature mixture of pop and electronic beats, with intense bass riffs and a very captivating atmosphere.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Germany | Robert Ildefonso - "Breaking out"

BRAND NEW

The last edition of The Voice of Germany revealed amazing new artists, and Robert Ildefonso is one of them. Born in Kiel, this 23-year-old singer released "Breaking out" as part of his passing through the reality. The song is a fantastic mixture of sounds which combines perfectly with Robert's unique voice.

Russia | Pravada - "Zemlya"

BRAND NEW

Whenever Russian band Pravada releases a new single, Sounds European!'s editors are sure great music is coming. And they never disappoint! "Zemlya" is a solid rock song, with a catchy melody and an effective chorus.

Sweden | Sabina Ddumba - "Did it for the fame"

BRAND NEW

Swedish singer Sabina Ddumba is rapidly growing as one of the strongest names within the pop scene. Her new single simply confirms that she is made to be an international superstar: "Did it for the fame" is a very classy song that will tangle yourself in its beats from the moment you press play!

United Kingdom | Blank Parody - "Locket picture"

RECENT

Blank Parody are a British alternative rock band from Birmingham, formed in 2014 by Liam Howard, Joby Fitzgerald, Connor Hodgkiss and Freddie Shaw. Their new single "Locket picture" is rock 'n' roll at its best form: powerful, incisive and highly contagious. We love it!

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Ukraine | Oleynik - "Ostanovis'"

BRAND NEW

Ukrainian superstar Oleynik is back with a new single. "Ostanovis'" is a fresh pop song with cool beats and a very entertaining melody. Oleynik gifts us with a top-quality vocal performance throughout the entire track.

Armenia | Iveta Mukuchyan - "Amena"

BRAND NEW

After her impressive performance on last year's Eurovision Song Contest with "LoveWave", Armenian singer Iveta Mukuchyan has been working non-stop. She was a judge on her country's National Final for this year's contest while working on more music of hers – which she recently presented. "Amena" is a haunting and vibrating electronic pop with a mindblowing chorus!

Updated on November 29th, 2017, with the official video.

Germany | Sebastian - "Hvězdy"

BRAND NEW

German-born Czech star Sebastian is back with a great new single! "Hvězdy" is an amazing light pop-rock. Its captivating melody and chorus are the perfect set for his unique voice to shine through the whole song. Lovely track!

United Kingdom | Club Drive - "Leaving"

RECENT

It's time to remeet British band Club Drive! Their most recent single is a very catchy and uplifting pop-rock: "Leaving" starts gentle and will have you bobbing your head up and down by the chorus!

Monday, January 02, 2017

The Charts Day #167

CHARTS

British singer George Michael was yet another star to leave us last year. The charts around Europe are hommaging his prolific career with one of his many hits: "Careless whisper" (a song released in 1984 and which reached #1 in 25 different countries back then) is this week's #7 in France, and it has also charted in Ireland (#73), United Kingdom (44), Netherlands (34) and Portugal (22).

10 Questions For: La Oreja de Van Gogh

INTERVIEW

Starting a new year with an interview is a classic of Sounds European!. But when the talk is with one of the biggest names in Spanish-speaking music history, and a favorite act of the editors, we can't help but feeling there could be no better start. These are our 10 questions for Xabi San Martín, of La Oreja de Van Gogh:

Sounds European!: Let's start this talk with your background. How did you guys get to know each other? Who are your influences, the artists you had as examples when you were starting your career?

Xabi San Martín (La Oreja de Van Gogh): We started 20 years ago. We were friends from university and decided to gather mostly as a hobby, with no kind of professional interest and such. We liked the bands which played at that time. Nirvana, Pearl Jam, U2 – those were the groups everybody listened, the ones which took us to choose instruments and try to copy them. Our whole history happened by chance. We actually never thought music would be our life. This is how everything began – 20 years ago, at university. And then, little by little, after performing many covers, we tried to create our first songs, using the ones we liked as role models. Thus, we learned to play and to make music.

SE!: You are one of the most successful and influential Spanish bands of all times. And your music has crossed the borders of Spain and got to Latin America, where you have become one of the most important Spanish acts. How does it feel to have achieved so much with your career? And what else do you still dream of achieving?

XSM: Well, thanks a lot! It really sounds very big when you tell it. As I told you, we have never even thought we would record an album – not even that! So what has happened with us is something incredible, that none of us could expect. I believe our ambition right now is not selling more records and such. That hunger for success we once had is totally gone and has been left behind. Our biggest ambition now is to continue enjoying music, keeping together above all, and growing old together, writing songs.

SE!: We can perceive a very distinct pop-rock sound in all your albums. But we feel a very important differential in your work: every single album, you try to add a unique element, in genre and style. Is it a deliberate intention of yours to present new elements with every new release? If so, how do you pursue these new sounds? And, in the midst of such a wide musical range, how would you describe your own music?

XSM: Well, actually yes. With every new album, we want not to repeat ourselves. We try, on one hand, not to repeat old formulas – so that our fans and people who listen to us won't feel that we are just repeating ourselves. But, on the other hand, we also don't want to go so far seeking for innovation that it makes us lose our own identity. That's why we always have our songs to follow a similar concept, as you said, but adding a new element to it on each album.
At times, it can happen that an album sounds more electronic because of how we have recorded it, or that it is suddenly more acoustic. I guess our state of mind gives shape to the sound of our work. We can say each album by La Oreja de Van Gogh is an emotional picture of that period.
About describing our music... that's a really, really tough one! Especially because our work is very heterogeneous and there are songs of many genres within the same album. But I believe it's pop-rock music, with singer-songwriter songs, performed in a group.

SE!: Many people accross Spanish-speaking countries praise the lyrics of your songs. Some even say that they are your distinctive feature. What do you try to express in your lyrics? Is there any special time or place for you to come up with new lyrics?

XSM: Wow, thanks, it's really nice to hear that! The key, for us, is arousing emotions. We always write about situations or everyday feelings that we, or people close to us, have lived. In other words, we steal something from reality and turn it into a song. Our goal is to reproduce stories, feelings and everyday thoughts in our music.
We want the public to feel the same we have felt living the original stories. I believe this is what inspires us: life itself and everyday feelings.

SE!: Most of your albums and singles were well received in countries which do not speak Spanish. What does it mean to have conquered these audiences, especially when you have such strong lyrics in a language most of them can't understand? And have you ever thought about releasing albums in other languages?

XSM: This is really impressive, and it gives you the dimension of how music can reach beyond the literary content. Take when we played in Tokyo or Nagoya, in Japan, as examples. We've seen people singing our songs by just repeating phonetically what we were singing – probably without even knowing what they meant. We've played in London, in the Middle East, in Israel... It is really impressive to reach the hearts of so many people with music. And imagine when Spanish speakers understand what we say! I believe the message is multiplied even more!
About singing in other languages, we don't discard that idea for the future. But if we ever decide to do it, we would need to do it really, really well. We've seen how some groups which sing in English didn't manage to make their lyrics in Spanish fit so well. So, if you don't do it well (or if the decision is political or economical), it may sound too artificial. It sort of undermines the message and the poetry of your music. So, if we ever dare, it would have to be under our supervision and doing it with very much care.

"Each album by La Oreja de Van Gogh is an emotional picture of that period" (Picture: official Facebook page)

SE!: You've toured all around the world. Is there any place you feel is a must-go when you are planning a tour? And how is the experience of going on stage, for you?

XSM: There are countries which cannot be out of our tours. There are three places where everything happens: Spain, Argentina and Mexico. Spain is our home country. Argentina cannot be missed because, from there, we're in reach of the rest of South America (Chile, Colombia, Peru, Equador, Uruguay, Venezuela...). And Mexico – from there, we're in reach of the United States and the rest of Central America. However, there is a country which is our biggest dream. We have not been there yet and we must go before we die: Brazil. We've always been close to visiting São Paulo or some other cities near the border with Argentina but, for one reason or another, we could never go.
About being on stage, it is pure adrenaline. Every concert, we are reminded that performing live is the real reason we make music. Albums are very nice, and playing on radios and TVs is also great – they make the group be known. But actually, the purest and most direct experience is during the concerts, on stage. We write our music for the people who attend our shows. All the other things are simply means to be known. That is what we really feel: it is music in its purest expression, on stage. That's why it is what we enjoy the most.

SE!: You have just released "El planeta imaginario", your seventh studio album. What can the public expect from it?

XSM: All fans of La Oreja de Van Gogh will be thrilled with these 12 new songs. I think that, this time, 20 years after starting, our lyrics and our music are a bit more "adult", a bit more ambitious and complex. We could surely say that it is one of the deepest and most emotional albums of ours. But it's really hard to describe music, right? I believe the best thing is for people to go directly to Spotify and listen to our album. I could try to keep explaining, but what's good about music is that it explains itself.

SE!: What are your plans for promoting your new album? And what else can your fans expect in 2017?

XSM: As you can imagine, we're in the middle of our promotion in Spain, Mexico, Argentina and the rest of Latin America, with videoclips, promotional advertisement in radios, the usual stuff. This new year, 2017, will be fully dedicated to concerts, presenting this album on stage. We will start in Spain, then we'll continue in the United States, Latin America and finally once again in Spain. And, if we're lucky, who knows, in Brazil – maybe we'll finally make it. This will be the year of live music!

SE!: You've released many duets with artists from many different places. Is there anyone missing in your list? Who would be some Spanish and international artists you'd like to collaborate with?

XSM: There would be so many! What happens with duets and collaborations is that we always try to think about the music, not about politics or marketing. That's our biggest ambition. At times, we notice most of duets are decided in an office of some recorder. But we want the decision to be musical. That's why it is important for the music to exist before the duet. When we have new songs, I'm sure more duets from Spain or any other country will follow. But, as I'm saying, it would be the music taking us to the protagonist – not the protagonist before the music.

SE!: We would like to finish this interview with a song of yours. What is your favorite song by La Oreja de Van Gogh, and why?

XSM: This is really hard! Imagine that we have written more than 100 songs in 20 years... Plus, any of us five is the least accurate one to say which is our best song – for us, all of them have their meaning. But "Diciembre", which will be the second single from "El planeta imaginario" (at least in Spain), is a song which is really important for us. We really care for it and we feel it will start playing everywhere. If you put it and people enjoy it, then we'll be very happy.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Italy | Nek - "Differente"

BRAND NEW

Sounds European! remeets Italian superstar Nek, who has released a great new single. "Differente" is a beautiful downtempo song with a highly captivating melody and passionate chorus. It's impossible to be, pun intended, indifferent to it!

France | Mickael Carreira - "Imaginamos"

BRAND NEW

French-born singer Mickael Carreira is on fire with his new releases! By the end of last month, he gifted us with the great "Imaginamos". The song is a powerful and involving pop with soft flavors of electronic beats.

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Kosovo | Lindita - "Botë"

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It's almost unbelievable it's already time for another season of National Finals for Eurovision Song Contest. But here it is, again! Albania, as usual, was the first country to choose an artist and song to go to Kiev in May. Kosovar singer Lindita Halimi (whose "S'të fal" was already our favorite for being the country's representative in 2015) won the traditional Festivali i Këngës with "Botë". This time, we wouldn't have changed the song at all: it was perfect as it was. And actually, very little was changed for the Eurovision version (which you can check here). It's the best Eurovision entry to come from Albania in several years!

Updated on March 16th, 2017, with the link for the Eurovision version.

Sweden | Helena Paparizou - "Agkaliase me"

BRAND NEW

It's impossible not to fall in love with every new single by Helena Paparizou. The Swedish-Greek diva has finished 2016 releasing a very beautiful ballad: "Agkaliase me" is that kind of grandiose ballad that only voices like Helena's can fulfill!