They’ve finished either last or second-to-last at Eurovision three years in a row. So that’s why it has never been more important for Germany to focus on their more successful attempts, namely their most recent winner Lena. The 26-year old is back with new material – and it’s getting personal!
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Lovely Lena‘s private life is of continuous interest to the German media. However, the Eurovision 2010 winner has always kept it, well, private – until now.
On Tuesday, she dropped her latest single “If I Wasn’t Your Daughter”. As the title already hints, it’s a very personal song. Upon its release, fans immediately began guessing who exactly she was singing about. But everything became clear once the “Satellite” hitmaker performed it on the Sing meinen Song TV show.
If I wasn’t your daughter, I could’ve loved you better,
If it wasn’t important, could have walked away.
Whatever you did, you made me like this, I’m one of your great mistakes.
Whatever it is, Daddy I’m here, whatever you need to say. […]
Tell me what happened, Daddy – what happened?
Don’t you wanna know a thing about me, a thing about me?
Obviously Lena misses her dad, who is no longer in touch with his famous daughter. The subject has cropped up in the press from time to time, but Lena has never commented on it. Which is why it’s so surprising to hear such an honest and intimate song from her now. Of course we don’t know what exactly happened in the past. The “Taken By A Stranger” popstar hasn’t given any extra context.
However, right before she performed it live, she said:
I want this song to stand for its own, without trying to explain anything. […] I felt like I HAD to sing about the feelings I have inside regarding my fatherly situation. I’m extremely grateful that I have this song now, since normally I’m a very private person. But I don’t want to insist on singing about my real feelings in my songs.
Subject matter aside, “If I Wasn’t Your Daughter” is a very current, well-produced ballad. Something we’re used to when it comes to Lena. As with so much of her work, there are already many comparisons to Ellie Goulding.
The accompanying music video is simple yet looks expensive and ready for an international audience. And it seems that the Germans like it. It hit number one on the German iTunes chart within a couple of hours.
Lena “If I Wasn’t Your Daughter” (Official Music Video)
The song’s success can be partially attributed to Lena’s Sing meinen Song appearance. One of Germany’s most popular TV shows, the concept is simple — seven singers hang out, talk and sing. Each week a different one of the seven takes the spotlight.
This week it was Lena’s turn, meaning everyone had to reinterpret her hits. That’s how it happened that Mark Forster, another famous German singer, sang the Eurovision winning “Satellite“, while rockabilly act The BossHoss tackled her 2011 entry “Taken By a Stranger“.
Lena “Catapult” (Official Video)
Lena fans are truly spoilt at the moment, as the “Traffic Lights” artist has also released two music videos in recent weeks. The songs themselves aren’t new and are taken from her critically acclaimed 2015 album Crystal Sky.
“Home” is about a good friend of Lena’s who died at a very young age, while “Catapult” features the R&B singers Kat Vinter and Little Simz. Together they create an experimental sound which we’re not used to hearing from the all-conquering German pop princess.
Lena “Home” (Official Music Video)
Lena’s post Eurovision career
Lena, of course, won Eurovision seven years ago and has gone on to be one of Germany’s most successful popstars. She’s released four albums so far, three of which reached gold or platinum status.
She’s won multiple awards, worked with big international songwriters and become a fashion icon. Since 2013, she’s been a popular judge on The Voice Kids and – most impressively – she’s the brand ambassador for L’Oreal Germany. Because she’s worth it!
What do you think of Lena’s new work? Do you think it’s good to see another, more personal side to her? Let us know in the comments below.
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