Friday, March 31, 2017

Denmark | Lukas Graham - "Drunk in the morning"


Lukas Graham are living a wonderful phase! After the exciting "Take the world by storm", the Danish band have just released another stupendous single. It's "Drunk in the morning", a very catchy song with entertaining melody and instrumentals. It's totally worth the listen!

France | Priscilla Betti - "La vie sait"


Priscilla Betti is the stage name of Préscillia Betti, a singer, dancer and actress born in Nice in 1989. Her career started when she was only 12 years old, and has since released several albums and singles. Her most recent song is "La vie sait", a very good sample of contemporary pop.

Romania | Adda - "Se vede pe fata ei"


Whenever Romanian diva Adda releases a new song, expectations rise. And she never disappoints: "Se vede pe fata ei" is, as usual, meeting the high expectations! It's a stupendous ballad with a marvelous chorus.

United Kingdom | Where Fires Are - "I've got the time"


Formed in 2013 by Nick Banks, James Clegg, Matt Exton, Robbie Gillespie and Ash Reynolds, Where Fires Are have become one of the most promising acts in the alternative rock scene in the United Kingdom. Their most recent single surely shows why: "I've got the time" is a hurricane of power!

Serbia | Marina Viskovic - "Bensedini"


Marina Viskovic is a Serbian singer from the city of Zemun. She has just released a single entitled "Bensedini". And it's totally worth the listen! It's an irresistible song, with an involving melody and a very catchy chorus.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Germany | Max Giesinger - "Roulette"


German singer Max Giesinger is living a very good moment of his career, having achieved a big success with his previous singles. Now, it's time to unveil one more song: "Roulette" is a milder and calmer kind of pop.

Bulgaria | Philipp Kirkorov - "Lyubov' ili obman"


Even though he was born in Varna, Bulgaria, Philipp Kirkorov is one of the most influential names of the Russian music scene. And he has just released an outstanding new single. "Lyubov' ili obman" offers a great mix of pop and modern Oriental influences. It's a very effective and addictive song!

Romania | Alina Eremia - "Poarta-ma"


Romanian singer Alina Eremia is back to our site with her most recent single. We are talking about "Poarta-ma", a tender pop that evolves to a more agitated chorus, all wrapped with irresistible R&B beats!

United Kingdom | Mallory Knox - "Better off without you"


It's time to remeet British band Mallory Knox, and their powerful new single. "Better off without you" is rock at its best. Its potent instrumentals create a marking and intense melody, which leads the song from first to last second. A special highlight for the chorus: it's superb!

France | Fréro Delavega - "À l'équilibre"


French duo Fréro Delavega is back to Sounds European! thanks to their most recent single. We are talking about "À l'équilibre", a song which exudes with soft pop-folk sounds.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Slovenia | Klara Jazbec - "Milijon in ena"


Klara Jazbec is a young new talent coming from Tržič, city in Northern Slovenia. She came to prominence after taking part of the sixth season of Slovenija Ima Talent (her country's Got Talent), where she reached the semifinals. "Milijon in ena" is a beautiful display of her sweet voice. Such a lovely song!

Belgium | Ozark Henry - "A dream that never stops"


Belgian singer Ozark Henry has recently released a new single. "A dream that never stops" is an ethereal alternative pop that creates a very relaxed atmosphere.

Romania | Jean Gavril - "Tocuri"


Sounds European! remeets Romanian star Jean Gavril, who has just released another cool single. "Tocuri" offers everything we expect from a great song from Romania: top-quality melody, an entertaining chorus and great vocal performance. It's a very good track!

United Kingdom | Stealth - "How much further"


We remeet British singer Stealth in his most recent single. "How much further" brings his unique voice in an upbeat, retro melody which explodes with pop-rock vibes in the chorus.

Lithuania | Patruliai - "Per ilga diena"


Patruliai are Algirdas Radzevičius and Juozas Butnorius, a duo from Vilnius, in Lithuania. Their new single, entitled "Per ilga diena", is a party on its own! Its catchy melody and addictive chorus remind us of some of the biggest classic songs of European music. It's so fun!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Netherlands | Vinchenzo - "Steady love"


Vinchenzo Tahapary is a Dutch singer hailing from the city of Tiel. He recently made headlines after finishing third in the seventh season of the local version of The Voice. Within the show, he presented his debut single: "Steady love" brings a very cool jazzy twist to contemporary pop.

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

Sweden | Nano - "Hold on"


Nano Omar is a Swedish singer who was born in Botkyrka in 1986. He was one of the main highlights of this year's Melodifestivalen, the Swedish National Final for Eurovision. His "Hold on" was a fresh candidate among the usual contestants, and quickly became one of the true contenders for the ticket to Kiev. It didn't win, but its quality has really marked the edition.

Updated on September 7th, 2017, with the official video.

Hungary | Freddie - "Ez a vihar"


Hungarian singer Freddie is back with us for his latest single. The song is entitled "Ez a vihar", and it is a fantastic pop-rock number. It starts soft and explodes in the chorus, letting Freddie explore and show off his vocal range.

United Kingdom | Mike + The Mechanics - "Don't know what came over me"


Mike + The Mechanics are a British pop-rock band which date back to the 1980s. They're a side project of Genesis founder Mike Rutherford. After having Paul Young and Paul Carrack as lead singers, Andrew Roachford and Tim Howar are currently in charge of the vocals. Their new single "Don't know what came over me" is an amazing sample of their talent. It's highly addictive!

France | Léa Paci - "Adolescente pirate"


French singer Léa Paci returns to our site thanks to the release of her second single. The song is entitled "Adolescente pirate" and is another amazing single which, different from "Pour aller où?", leaves the electronic beats for a while to deliver pure pop!

Updated on September 10th, 2017, with the official video.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Greece | Demy - "When the morning comes around"


Demy will represent Greece on Eurovision with the great "This is love". But it wasn't the only song which called our attention during the show which selected an entry for her to take to Kiev. "When the morning comes around" was also an amazing track: it's a beautiful ballad, with a very captivating melody.

Sweden | Johanna Beijbom - "A.S.A.P."


Pop at its best! That's what Swedish singer Johanna Beijbom offered to Danish audience during Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, their National Final for Eurovision. "A.S.A.P." is an excellent piece of pop music: it's impossible to listen to it and not find yourself dancing to it! It ended the show with an honorable third place – plus many fans' hearts.

This song doesn't have a full-length video on YouTube, but you can listen to it on Spotify.

Estonia | Kerli - "Spirit animal"


There is no doubt about it: Kerli's "Spirit animal" is going to be kept by many Eurovision fans as the one song they wish had won a National Final, but didn't. The track, an easily addictive electropop, was the favorite of several fans to win Eesti Laul, in Estonia. It surely had the potential to achieve a good result in Kiev!

Slovenia | Nika Zorjan - "Fse"


Slovene star Nika Zorjan took part of this year's EMA, her country's National Final for Eurovision, with "Fse". The song had a very interesting peculiarity: it was sung in Prekmurje Slovene, a regional dialect which is spoken in specific locations of Slovenia and Hungary. "Fse" didn't win EMA, but it was clearly one of the best songs in competition. It's surely a must-listen!

Sweden | Isabell Otrebus - "Voiceless"


Isabell Otrebus is a very talented young singer who was born in Sweden. She has tried to represent Poland on this year's Eurovision Song Contest with "Voiceless". And what a great song it is! It's catchy, contagious and captivating. Addictive from first to last second. We love it!

Finland | Emma - "Circle of light"


Finland is going to be represented by "Blackbird" on this year's Eurovision. But "Circle of light", by Emma (singer from the city of Kokkola), was the favorite of many fans of the contest during the Finnish National Final. And it would also have been a great choice: it's an awesome pop with catchy melody and a very effective chorus!

Estonia | Elina Born - "In or out"


Estonian star Elina Born tried to represent her country once again on Eurovision Song Contest. And, even though she didn't win Eesti Laul (the National Final of Estonia for the competition), her song caused a wonderful impression on us. "In or out" is as catchy as a track can be: it has a great melody and a very cool chorus.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Sweden | Mariette - "A million years"


Swedish singer Mariette returns to her site with her newest single. "A million years" was his bid to win this year's Melodifestivalen (the Swedish National Final for Eurovision), and it captivated us from the first listen. A catchy pop melody and beautiful lyrics, the song couldn't win the competition, but it surely won a place in our hearts!

Slovenia | Nino - "Za tvoj nasmeh"


Slovene pop star Nino has just released a new single. And it's an awesome one! "Za tvoj nasmeh" has a captivating melody, an extremely catchy chorus and, as usual, a wonderful vocal performance by Nino. It's totally worth the listen!

Italy | Benji & Fede - "Adrenalina"


Italian duo Benji & Fede are promoting their music career in Spanish-speaking countries with a massive hit. "Adrenalina" is a true shower of pop which will wrap you in its rhythm and make you dance along with its contagious melody!

United Kingdom | Lucie Jones - "Never give up on you"


Lucie Bethan Jones is a British singer who was born in Pentyrch, Wales, in 1991. Lucie came to prominence after taking part of the sixth season of The X Factor in the United Kingdom, and now she will represent her country on Eurovision. Her "Never give up on you" has former Eurovision winner Emmelie de Forest as one of its composers. It's a beautiful ballad, which got a deeper ambience and bigger effectiveness after its revamp.

Iceland | Svala - "Paper"


Svala Björgvinsdóttir is an Icelandic singer, songwriter and entrepreneur born in Reykjavík in 1977. She is a very popular name in the island, having released two successful albums and also joined the judging panel of the Icelandic version of The Voice, in 2015. Svala has won this year's Söngvakeppnin, the Icelandic National Final for Eurovision, and thus will represent her country with the song "Paper". The single is a captivating alternative pop.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Finland | Suvi Teräsniska - "Sinä olet kaunis"


It's time to remeet Finnish star Suvi Teräsniska. And get ready: her new single "Sinä olet kaunis" is excellent! It exudes charisma from first to last second. Its captivating melody and beautiful chorus make it impossible for anyone not to fall in love! We totally did: it's our song of the week.

This song doesn't have a full-length video on YouTube, but you can listen to it on Spotify.

Sweden | Robin Bengtsson - "I can't go on"


This year's Melodifestivalen had several good songs competing. But the ultimate winner was Robin Bengtsson with "I can't go on". The song is a contagious bomb of pop, which combined with a very entertaining staging secured a win in the National Final and a ticket to represent Sweden on this year's Eurovision!

Russia | Dmitry Korolev - "Nebo za nas"


Dmitry Korolev is a Russian singer who was born in Blagoveshchensk in 1978, but currently lives in Minsk, Belarus. He has just released a new single, entitled "Nebo za nas". It's pop at its best: catchy, potent and extremely addictive. We love it!

Netherlands | Sharon Doorson - "Golden trophy"


Dutch singer Sharon Doorson has recently released a brand new single. "Golden trophy" shows the singer's amazing versatility by gifting us with an emotional ballad with intense R&B beats.

Greece | Aris Makris - "Ta spasame"


Sounds European! remeets Greek star Aris Makris, who has recently released a great new song. "Ta spasame" is a very catchy pop-rock, with a powerful and extremely marking chorus. It's fresh and quite exciting!

Updated on April 21st, 2017, with the official video.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Latvia | Justs - "Message to you"


Latvian singer Justs is back to our site thanks to his most recent single. "Message to you" brings a more groovy side of the singer, with a song that will for sure make your body shiver with rhythm.

Moldova | The Motans feat. Delia - "Weekend"


The Motans is a new talent coming from Chișinău, the capital city of Moldova. He has gathered with Romanian diva Delia to release "Weekend". It's an excellent single, with outstanding melody and a very effective and addictive chorus. It's surely a must-listen!

Sweden | Wiktoria - "As I lay me down"


Swedish singer Wiktoria recently took part of Melodifestivalen, the Swedish National Final for Eurovision, with her latest release, "As I lay me down". The song brings a lovely combination of pop and country, and lets Wiktoria display her fantastic voice from beginning to end.

Denmark | Off Bloom - "Falcon eye"


Meet Off Bloom, new group arising in the Danish music scene. They have just released an amazing single entitled "Falcon eye". It's an irresistible electropop: its hypnotizing melody can make anyone start dancing.

Russia | Kristian Kostov - "Beautiful mess"


Russian-born singer Kristian Kostov was recently confirmed as one of the acts for this year's Eurovision Song Contest. He will represent Bulgaria with his latest single, "Beautiful mess". The song is a beautiful and heartbreaking ballad, that shows us the softer side of Kristian's music.

Updated on April 2nd, 2017, with the official video.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Netherlands | Isabel Provoost - "Nothing"


Isabel Provoost is a Dutch singer from Middelburg. She was a finalist of both the third season of The Voice of Holland Kids and the seventh season of The Voice of Holland (the adult one). "Nothing" is her single from the finals of the adult version. It's a stupendous song which displays all her talent very well.

Sweden | Loreen - "Statements"


Swedish singer Loreen caused a huge turmoil when she was announced as part of the line up for this year's Melodifestivalen, the Swedish National Final for Eurovision. The public had huge expectations in her entry, and she definitely knew how to please us: her song "Statements" is a haunting mix of pop and alternative beats, wrapped amazingly by an emotional vocal performance.

Serbia | Lexington Band - "Sprava"


It's time to go to Serbia, to listen to one of the most influential bands of the region. Lexington Band, from Belgrade, has just released "Sprava". It offers an exact summary of what they make best: a great mix of pop, rock and Balkan folk elements. The result is unique and wonderful!

Spain | Dvicio - "Casi humanos"


Spanish band Dvicio are back to Sounds European! with a lovely new single. "Casi humanos" is a sweet and captivating pop ballad which begins with the soft sound of a guitar and evolves to a more movemented track.

Portugal | Benshee - "Dancers"


Get ready to listen to an awesome single coming from Portugal! "Dancers" is the new release by Benshee, band from the cities of Alenquer and Lisbon, formed by Diogo Caramujo, Tiago Caramujo, Hélio Ferreira and Paulo Dias. It's an addictive track which explores some of the most contemporary influences of worldwide music. We love it!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Finland | Jenni Vartiainen - "Turvasana"


Finnish singer Jenni Vartiainen is back to the music business after a small break. And her sounds couldn't have returned more captivating! Her newest single is "Turvasana", a blend of Jenni's pop with contemporary alternative beats.

Russia | Evgeniya - "Ne poteryay moyu lyubov'"


Evgeniya is a Russian singer from Moscow. She has just released an outstanding new single. "Ne poteryay moyu lyubov'" is a great ballad, with excellent melody and a very marking chorus. It's a song to listen on repeat!

Moldova | Sunstroke Project - "Hey mamma!"


Sergei Yalovitsky, Anton Ragoza and Sergey Stepanov are Sunstroke Project, a Moldovan group formed in Chişinău in 2007. They rose to fame after taking part in the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest, featuring Olia Tira, with the song "Run away". Since then, they have released several singles, the latest of them being "Hey, mamma!". This cheeky, contagious pop will bring them back to Eurovision next May, also representing their country.

Turkey | Özge Doğru - "Mutlu son"


Özge Doğru is a Turkish singer from the Istanbul region of Şişli.She has just released an amazing new single, entitled "Mutlu son". It's an addictive track, with an irresistible melody: it's impossible to listen to it without dancing along!

Sweden | Ace Wilder - "Wild child"


Swedish singer Ace Wilder took part once more of the popular Melodifestivalen, the Swedish National Final for Eurovision. This time, her competing entry was "Wild child", a highly entertaining song with a hint of her edgy pop that we really love!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Romania | Ilinca feat. Alex Florea - "Yodel it!"


Romania is one of the countries which offers the biggest variety of styles and genres to Eurovision Song Contest. And they've done it again this year! Ilinca (stage name of Maria Ilinca Băcilă, 18-year-old singer from Târgu Mureș) and Alex Florea (Alexandru Ionuț Florea, 25-year-old singer from Constanța) will go to Kiev with "Yodel it!", a unique and very catchy mix of pop, rap and yodeling.

Updated on May 10th, 2017, with the official video.

Switzerland | Debrah Scarlett - "Cynical youth"


Swiss-born singer Debrah Scarlett has recently presented her much awaited new single. The song is "Cynical youth", and it is a unique approach to pop with alternative sounds and a really emotional vocal performance.

Netherlands | PLEUN - "What hurts the most"


PLEUN is Pleun Bierbooms, a Dutch singer who was born in Lieshout in 1998. She has just won the seventh season of The Voice of Holland, becoming the youngest winner of the show's history. Her single "What hurts the most", presented during the finals, clearly displays the vocal qualities which took her to the victory.

Updated on June 16th, 2018, with the new stage name of the artist.

Norway | JOWST feat. Aleksander Walmann - "Grab the moment"


Joakim With Steen is the real name of JOWST, a Norwegian DJ, producer, singer and songwriter born in Trondheim in 1989. He has recently won Melodi Grand Prix, the Norwegian National Final for the Eurovision Song Contest, and thus will represent his country in Kiev with "Grab the moment". The song features the vocals of Aleksander Walmann, a singer and songwriter born in Porsgrunn, and is a great electronic pop with powerful beats and a very cool melody to dance along.

Sweden | Johnossi - "Hands"


It's time to remeet Swedish duo Johnossi, and their new single. "Hands" is a strong rock song with a powerful message, both in its lyrics and in its video. Its melody is very interesting, and helps building the perfect ambience for the track.

Monday, March 20, 2017

The Charts Day #173


British singer Ed Sheeran has caused a gigantic impact with the release of his new album, "Divide". His previous singles, "Shape of you" and "Castle on the hill", had a tremendous success in charts, and his newest song is bound to follow that path. "Galway girl" is this week's #8 in Austria and Germany, #7 in Norway, #2 in the United Kingdom and #1 in Ireland!

10 Questions For: Natives


British music scene gifts us with some of the most talented artists and some of the most enjoyable songs Sounds European! is able to present. And we were very honored to be able to chat with one of our favorite names from the country. It was honest, deep and, as their music, very entertaining! These are our 10 questions for Jack Fairbrother, of Natives:

Sounds European!: Let's begin this interview talking about your history. How did you guys get to know each other? Who were your idols at that point? And how did you come up with the name of the band?

Jack Fairbrother (Natives): Myself, Andy [White, drums and percussion] and Greg [Day, bass] have been friends since school. We met Jim [Thomas, vocals] through the local band scene in our village when we were younger. My idols growing up were Noel Gallagher and Tom DeLonge. The band name came about after the end of our previous band. We wanted to take everything back to basics, back to the bones of what it's all about and where we had come from musically. Natives seemed to sum that up nicely. We also wanted a band name which was vague enough that people wouldn't judge us before listening.

SE!: You name your sound "tribal pop". Could you define what that means, and describe the style of your music? You are also very praised by your lyrics. What can you tell us about them? And how is your process of songwriting?

JF: It's always difficult to be objective about your own music, but I'd say we play alternative pop with a world music influence. I think our lyrics, particularly with the new album, are more in line with a theatre musical than traditional pop lyrics.
98% of the time, we write together at a studio in Buckinghamshire. Our approach is to soundtrack a narrative, rather than write our own diaries – although the concepts are definitely born through personal experiences. Even though people tend to naturally shift to specific roles, we try and write for instruments which we don't play individually – for instance, we encourage Andy, not being a guitarist, to write guitar parts and come up with ideas. He has no muscle memory on that instrument, and therefore will write with his ears and a new perspective. Sometimes that comes up with more interesting ideas than the person who has years of experience and habits playing an instrument a certain way. We'll then often hand the part back to the best player to finesse.

SE!: You have released one album so far. It was very well received by the public, and also by the critics. When you are making an album, do you think about either of them? Or do you focus on yourselves? Plus, how does it feel to have your music reach such recognition?

JF: Looking back now at the first album, I think subconsciously we did care about what people thought and, without realising or intending to, we were writing what we felt people wanted to hear. With the new album, which is out soon, it's been a conscious effort to just please ourselves as songwriters and, if people like what we've created, then that's a bonus! There's no denying it's nice when people praise something you've worked hard on, but the real satisfaction is in creating something completely uncompromised.

SE!: Your music has taken you to work abroad. What are some interesting places and situations you have lived on the road? Is there a location you dream of going, but haven't by now? And is it an objective of yours to keep expanding your music internationally?

JF: We've been very lucky in that respect. The top three experiences for us would be our trip to Morocco (where we learned so much about music and culture), our trip to Los Angeles to record for our first album (which felt like a childhood dream) and our trip to the Philippines (an incredible part of the world which we'd likely never have had the chance to see without music). We'd definitely like to see more of Africa – there's so much great music there which we'd love to experience first hand. We've also always wanted to visit Japan, hopefully we can do that on this album cycle. We're so influenced by world music that it's essential for our band to keep expanding internationally.

SE!: You have just finished an extensive tour with British band Busted. And you have also played alongside names such as Red Hot Chili Peppers and Empire of the Sun. What can you tell us about those experiences?

JF: All of those were very positive experiences – we absolutely love the challenge of supporting other bands, playing in front of an audience who probably has no idea who we are and making it our goal to entertain and convert them to Natives' fans. We've been lucky to play with a really wide variety of bands. You learn a lot from those situations – Empire of the Sun, for example, was a lesson in putting on a theatrical performance that anyone can enjoy, fan or first-timer.

"We're so influenced by world music that it's essential for our band to keep expanding internationally" (Picture: official Facebook page)

SE!: Talking more specifically about your experience with concerts. What does it mean, for you, to be on stage? What are your concerts like? How does it feel to perform and have your songs well received by the audiences?

JF: I love how personal performing live feels. So much of the way we connect these days is online – which is brilliant, because you reach so many people –, but nothing beats connecting with people face to face. I think our concerts are full of energy and fun. We want to send out a positive vibe. We hope than anyone can enjoy our show, whether they're a die hard fan or are watching us for the first time.

SE!: British music scene is one of the biggest ones in the world. What challenges have you faced while making music in such an extensive and competitive market? What would you say is your biggest differential?

JF: We try not to think about it like that. I don't want to think about our music as a product too much – I'm scared it will drain the life out of what we do. In our experience, we have the most success and, more importantly, happiness, when we just do what makes us happy and put it out there for people to see. That said, we're told all the time that people have never heard of or seen a band like us before, so I guess our world music influence and the percussive elements of the live show make us stand out.

SE!: We know you will soon start a new tour. What can you tell us about it? And what else can Natives' fans expect from you in the near future?

JF: We're really excited about our headline tour. We've done three tours in a row now supporting other bands, which we love, but it's a different experience – you're trying to give people an overview, a snapshot of your band in 30 minutes and win them over. With the headline tour, everyone has bought a ticket to come and see our show – they're familiar with the band, so we have the opportunity to delve far deeper into what Natives is all about and put that on show. Fans can expect a lot of new music from us, very soon!

SE!: Who would be some British and international artists you would like to tour, or maybe collaborate, with?

JF: Good question! Internationally, we'd love to collaborate with Ladysmith Black Mambazo – their vocals are incredible and I think we could make something really cool together. As far as British acts go, I think it would be fun to tour with Years & Years. I love diverse lineups and I don't think anyone would expect us to tour with a band like that, but I think their audience would enjoy Natives.

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

JF: I think "Chasing lions" is a good introduction to our band, so I'm going to say that. I think our band is quite sonically diverse, but this song does a good job of introducing you to what we're all about!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Greece | Demy - "This is love"


We love when countries choose a super star to represent them on Eurovision. This year, it's the case with Greece, for example: they chose Demy for the task (we guessed it would happen, by the way). Her "This is love" promises to put Kiev into full dance mode!

Sweden | Victor Crone - "California"


Sounds European! remeets Swedish singer Victor Crone, who has just released another awesome song. "California" is a fresh and entertaining guitar-based song with a grower and very catchy melody. It's impossible not to listen to it on repeat!

This song doesn't have an official video on YouTube, but you can listen to it on Spotify.

Serbia | Tijana Bogićević - "In too deep"


Tijana Bogićević is a Serbian singer who was born in Novi Sad in 1981. Tijana is going to represent Serbia on this year's Eurovision Song Contest, in Kiev. Her entry will be "In too deep", a deep and involving electropop with a very effective chorus. Will we see the Serbians reaching another good result?

Germany | Soolo - "Tage aus licht"


Soolo are Tom Albrecht and Sarah Buehler, a German duo from Düsseldorf and Münster. They have just released "Tage aus licht", and it's surely a must-listen! It's so good, catchy and captivating! And their voices work greatly together, being the cherry on top of it all.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

North Macedonia | Jana Burčeska - "Dance alone"


North Macedonia was one of the last countries to release its entry for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. But the wait was totally worth it! "Dance alone", by Jana Burčeska (singer from Skopje who rose to prominence placing fifth on the Macedonian version of Idols), is one of the best songs of this year's competition. It's highly captivating, undeniably contemporary, and as catchy as a track can be. With music like this, no one will dance alone: it's our song of the week!

Slovenia | Tim Kores - "Open fire"


Tim Kores is a Slovene singer who was born in Maribor in 1989. He was part of the group IN&OUT, formed during the local The X Factor, and is now working solo. Tim took part of this year's EMA, the Slovene selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. He didn't win, but his "Open fire" has surely got a special place in our hearts: it was an awesome song, one of the best in competition.

Poland | Kasia Moś - "Flashlight"


Kasia Moś is the stage name of Katarzyna Moś, Polish singer and songwriter who was born in Ruda Śląska in 1987. Kasia is going to represent Poland on the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest with "Flashlight". It's a deep and involving power ballad which explores her voice very well. It's quite a good entry for the competition!

Finland | Mikko Harju - "Sinä riität"


Mikko Harju is a Finnish singer and songwriter from Helsinki. He has just released an outstanding single entitled "Sinä riität". It's a well-paced pop-rock with great vocal performance and a very catchy chorus – one of the most captivating ones we've listened so far this year. It's surely a must-listen!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Italy | Michele Zarrillo - "Mani nelle mani"


This year's Festival di Sanremo has gifted many treasures to our ears. One of them was "Mani nelle mani", by Michele Zarrillo, singer and songwriter from Rome. It's such a captivating song! Its retro-spiced melody is awesome, and the chorus is fully involving. We love it!

Germany | Joy Denalane - "Alles leuchtet"


Joy Denalane is a German singer and songwriter who was born in Berlin in 1973. She is known for mixing soul, R&B and African folk in her music – and her new single "Alles leuchtet" is a great sample of it. It's such an entertaining pop, with great instrumentals and a very cool chorus. It's irresistible!

North Macedonia | Thea Trajkovska feat. Pancho - "Rushevini"


Two of our favorite Macedonian artists got together to record a new single. And the result is very cool! Thea Trajkovska and Pancho, of DNK, released "Rushevini", a groovy and intense pop song which mixes their talents quite well.

Updated on December 11th, 2018, with the new stage name of the artist.

United Kingdom | Michael Baker - "Revolving doors"


It's time to remeet British singer and songwriter Michael Baker and his new single. "Revolving doors" is a beautiful song with captivating melody and instrumentals. Michael's smooth voice fills the song with emotions in a very special way. The result is extremely delightful!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Italy | Levante - "Non me ne frega niente"


Italian singer Levante returns to Sounds European! with her newest release. "Non me ne frega niente" brings her alternative sounds mixed with the best from Italy's current pop. The strong beat in the chorus makes it an unforgettable song!

Azerbaijan | Dihaj - "Skeletons"


Diana Hajiyeva is the real name of Dihaj, a singer born in Baku in 1989. She was recently confirmed as the Azerbaijani representative on the 2017 Eurovision with the song "Skeletons". Contemporary and captivating, the single is a very interesting blend of pop and alternative sounds.

Spain | Alvaro Soler - "Animal"


Spanish singer Alvaro Soler is back with yet another amazing single. "Animal" brings all the best from him: a catchy melody, memorable lyrics and a chorus that rushes through your veins at once. It's a perfect track!

United Kingdom | Dua Lipa - "Thinking 'bout you"


British singer Dua Lipa surprised everybody with her most recent single. "Thinking 'bout you" leaves aside the edgy, catchy pop to bring us a tender, more intimate side of Dua's music. The song, driven by a guitar, is amazing in so many levels!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Albania | Stanaj - "Bad woman"


Albanian-born singer Stanaj makes another stunning appearance on Sounds European! with his latest single. "Bad woman" brings all the groove of R&B to a super contemporary pop that has all that it takes to become a great success!

Estonia | Renate - "Täiskuuööl"


Renate Saluste is a young Estonian singer. Born in 1994, her career is already quite prolific, having released two albums and several singles so far. Her most recent song is "Täiskuuööl", a very sweet and tender ballad.

Norway | Bodin - "You"


23-year-old Mathias Bodin hails from Olso. He is launching his music career with a fantastic debut single: "You" brings together the unmistakeable sounds of Scandinavian pop and the electronic beats that are conquering Norway's music scene. The chorus will send blood rushing through your veins with every beat!

Ireland | Brendan Murray - "Dying to try"


Born in Galway in 1996, Brendan Murray was part of the successful Irish boyband HomeTown. After the band announced a break, Brendan started pursuing his solo music career. And his first step is already a very big one: he will represent his country on this year's Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Dying to try", a classic, beautifully instrumented ballad.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Spain | Lori Meyers - "Siempre brilla el Sol"


Formed in Loja in 1998, Lori Meyers have consolidated as one of the top Spanish indie-rock acts. This year, they are releasing their eighth studio album, "En la espiral", and they have just graced us with the first single to come out of it. "Siempre brilla el Sol" is a catchy sample of pop-rock which incorporates both retro and modern sounds. The result is amazing!

Denmark | Sada Vidoo - "Northern lights"


Meet Danish artist Sada Vidoo. She took the world by storm with her appearance on the British version of The X Factor in 2016, and her rising popularity earned her a spot on the Danish National Final for the Eurovision Song Contest this year. In home soil, she released "Northern lights", an exquisite pop which revealed not only the fantastic voice of Sada, but also her captivating interpretative skills.

Montenegro | Slavko Kalezić - "Space"


Slavko Kalezić was born in Podgorica, Montenegro, in 1985. He is an actor, singer and songwriter who is currently part of the staff of the  Montenegrin National Theatre. He rose to fame after taking part of the regional version of The X Factor in 2011, and has since released one studio album and several singles. The latest of his releases is the song that will represent his country on this year's Eurovision Song Contest: "Space" brings together Balkanic and international dance pop in a very catchy melody that, for sure, will put everybody to dance!

United Kingdom | Take That - "Giants"


British boyband Take That are soon releasing a new album, "Wonderland". And, to give us a small tease of it, they've already unveiled the first single to emerge from it: "Giants" is a shower of pop, from the beginning to the end, driven by a very catchy melody. It's impossible not to like it!

Updated on March 18th, 2017, with the official video.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Belgium | Blanche - "City lights"


Blanche is the stage name of Ellie Delvaux, a singer born in Brussels in 1999. She began her career in 2016, when she took part in The Voice Belgique. On the team of Cats On Trees, she made it to the live shows before being eliminated. After the reality, Blanche was confirmed as the artist who would represent Belgium on this year's Eurovision. The song she will sing in Kiev is "City lights", an ethereal synthpop track that captivates with Blanche's low and intriguing voice.

Netherlands | O'G3NE - "Lights and shadows"


Dutch girlband O'G3NE were one of the first acts to be confirmed for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, but it wasn't until recently that they unveiled their song. "Lights and shadows" is a beautiful pop ballad that really lets the girls voices shine through!

Updated on April 2nd, 2017, with the official video.

Austria | Nathan Trent - "Running on air"


Nathan Trent is the stage name of Nathanaele Koll, a young singer born in Innsbruck, Austria, in 1992. Nathan released his debut single, "Like it is", in 2016. And, now, he was confirmed as the Austrian representative on this year's Eurovision Song Contest. The song he will sing in Kiev is "Running on air", a very sweet mix of pop and R&B beats.

Estonia | Koit Toome feat. Laura - "Verona"


Two very big names of the Estonian music scene have gathered on a single. Koit Toome and Laura teamed up for the lovely "Verona", a single which they brought to compete on the Estonian National Final for Eurovision. Well, guess what? They earned the ticket to Kiev!

Updated on April 2nd, 2017, with the official video.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Russia | Evgeny Leks - "Krome nas..."


Sounds European! remeets one of the best new talents arising in the Russian pop scene: Evgeny Leks has just released a new single. "Krome nas..." is a thrilling electropop, with exciting melody and great vocal performance.

Norway | AURORA - "Winter bird"


Norwegian singer AURORA has recently released a very captivating new single. "Winter bird" is a soft alternative ballad which enchances you with a tender instrumentation and grows to a more movemented chorus.

North Macedonia | Simona Popovska feat. Tamburasi Gezme - "Kako da zaboravam"


One of our favorite Macedonian artists, Simona Popovska, has just released a new single. Along with Tamburasi Gezme, she has recorded "Kako da zaboravam". It's a unique song which offers pop with a lot of folk elements. The result is quite interesting.

Latvia | Triana Park - "Line"


Our friends from Triana Park are going to Eurovision! The band has recently won the Latvian National Final, Supernova, with their song "Line", and are heading to Kiev. The track is a powerful and captivating electronic pop.

Updated on April 2nd, 2017, with the official video.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

United Kingdom | Robbie Williams - "Mixed signals"


British singer Robbie Williams is having a great return to the music bussiness with his album "The heavy entertainment show". The album, which has been #1 in the Netherland, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, has just produced its third single: "Mixed signals" is Robbie Williams's classic pop with a pinch of rock and a chorus as anthemic as ever. We have no doubt: it's our song of the week!

Slovenia | Raiven - "Zažarim"


Slovenia has chosen "On my way" to defend its flag on the Eurovision Song Contest in May, in Kiev. But there were other great songs on EMA, the country's National Final. Among them, our main highlight goes to our favorite of the NF, "Zažarim", by Raiven (stage name of Sara Briški Cirman). It's an excellent and very deep song, which had everything to reach a good result in Ukraine.

Cyprus | Hovig - "Gravity"


Born in Nicosia in 1989, Hovig Demirjian is a singer of Armenian origin. His music career took off in 2009, when he took part of the Greek version of The X Factor. After finishing seventh in the reality, he released some singles which reached local success. Hovig was selected to represent his Cyprus on this year's Eurovision Song Contest, and he recently presented his song. "Gravity" is a powerful and captivating pop driven by intense R&B beats.

Germany | Tokio Hotel - "What if"


German band Tokio Hotel have just released a new single, and we are totally addicted to it! "What if" is high-quality entertainment from first to last second. It displays the best worldwide contemporary pop-rock music currently has to offer.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Belarus | Diana Shimanovskaya - "Chist"


Get ready to listen to an excellent song coming from Belarus! Diana Shimanovskaya has just released "Chist", and we are totally in love with it. It's an addictive pop song with awesome ethnic spices which build a unique ambience to it. It's surely a must-listen!

Slovenia | Omar Naber - "On my way"


We remeet Slovene singer Omar Naber! He has recently won the 2017 edition of EMA, the local National Final for Eurovision. His song "On my way", an intense and heartfelt ballad, did the trick and will represent his country in Kiev.

Updated on April 2nd, 2017, with the official video.

Switzerland | Beatrice Egli - "Federleicht"


Huge hit: that's what we always expect when we see Swiss star Beatrice Egli has a new single. And, as usual, she didn't disappoint us with "Federleicht". It's a very involving schlager pop song, with some interesting electronic spices added to it. Such an entertaining track!

Greece | Melisses - "To kyma"


Greek band Melisses have captivated us with their newest release. They left aside the pop and rock sounds that is their trademark and gave us a fantastic instrumental ballad instead: "To kyma" is strong and intense, and it retains a slight touch of that Greek sound that makes us melt every time.

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Switzerland | Timebelle - "Apollo"


Timebelle is a multinational band formed in Bern, Switzerland. Composed by Swiss Samuel Forster and Romanians Miruna Mănescu and Emanuel Daniel Andriescu, the band has recently won the Swiss National Final for Eurovision with the song "Apollo". The single is a very interesting contemporary ballad, sung beautifully by Miruna's deep voice.

Updated on March 12th, 2017, with the official video.

Russia | ELTON - "Tayali goroda"


Elton Ibragimov is a singer who was born in Moscow, Russia, and currently lives in Kiev, Ukraine. He has just released an outstanding new single, entitled "Tayali goroda". It's pop at its best: enticing, entertaining and highly addictive. We love it!

United Kingdom | White Lies - "Hold back your love"


Time to remeet British rock band White Lies! They are returning to Sounds European! with a fantastic new single: "Hold back your love" is a really good mix of the classic Brit rock sound with enhancing synth beats. The chorus will finish the trick of having you hooked on the song!

North Macedonia | Aleksandra Janeva - "Solza za kraj"


It's time to remeet Macedonian singer Aleksandra Janeva, who has just released another great single. "Solza za kraj" is a deep and incisive ballad which explores her voice beautifully. The result is quite involving.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Ukraine | O.Torvald - "Time"


Hosting nation Ukraine has just selected the song which will defend the Eurovision Song Contest trophy in Kiev in May. It's "Time", by O.Torvald, an exciting rock track which sticks to one's brain after a single listen. O.Torvald also break a long sequence of female voices flying the Ukrainian flag on the festival.

Malta | Claudia Faniello - "Breathlessly"


Claudia Faniello was born in Qawra, Malta, in 1988. She has grown to be one of Malta's most prolific singers, releasing one studio album but several singles throughout her career. She recently won Malta Song for Europe, her country's National Final for Eurovision, with the song "Breathlessly". Loudly acclaimed by the public, the song is a classic ballad that fits Claudia's voice like a glove!

Updated on March 10th, 2017, with the official video.

Italy | Lele - "Ora mai"


Italian singer Lele, who we have previously presented with the awesome "Through this noise", has given another important step on his career. He has just won the Nuove Proposte section of this year's Festival di Sanremo – and it was totally deserved! "Ora mai" is an outstanding single, and will surely help him pave a solid path towards success.

Poland | Jula - "Dobrego dnia"


Polish singer Jula is returning to our site! Her most recent single is "Dobrego dnia", a song that starts as a sweet and relaxed pop and evolves to a contemporary, electronic-induced pop that will surely get you dancing along!

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Spain | Manel Navarro - "Do it for your lover"


Born in Sabadell in 1996, Manel Navarro is a young singer, songwriter and guitarrist. His incipient career is beginning with a great first shot: Manel will be representing Spain in this year's Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Do it for your lover". The track brings summer vibes and a relaxed mood.

Updated on March 10th, 2017, with the official video.

Sweden | Death Team - "Work"


Swedish rap-pop duo Death Team are back to Sounds European! with another exciting single. "Work" is a highly groovy song, which explores some of the best current influences of contemporary music, specially when building its bridge and chorus. Such an addictive track!

Albania | Ermal Meta - "Vietato morire"


Albanian-born singer Ermal Meta was among the singers who stood up on the stage of this year's Festival di Sanremo. His song "Vietato morire" finished third overall, and we can absolutely see why: it's a fantastically built pop-rock!

Ukraine | IVONA - "Lyubov' ni pri chem"


IVONA, also known as Ivona Star, is the stage name of Ukrainian singer Natalia Ivanova. She has just released a new single, entitled "Lyubov' ni pri chem". It's a delightful pop song with very entertaining melody.

Monday, March 06, 2017

The Charts Day #172 (part 2)


American DJ duo The Chainsmokers have become one of the top electronic acts in the decade thanks to a huge chain of hits. The latest one of them is "Paris", their newest single, who is this week's #9 in the United Kingdom, #7 in Finland, Ireland and Norway, #6 in Austria, #5 in Belgium, #4 in Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden, and #3 in Denmark!

The Charts Day #172 (part 1)


Singaporean-born Norwegian producer Kygo has teamed up with American pop star Selena Gomez to release "It ain't me". And, having two very successful acts together, the song became a hit worldwide: #9 in the Netherlands, #7 in the United Kingdom, #6 in Spain, #4 in Switzerland, #3 in Austria and Germany, #2 in Ireland and #1 in Norway!