She’s known as the Dutch queen of rock. And in 2013, Anouk was the first Eurovision act from The Netherlands to qualify for the grand-final in nine years. With her career still flourishing, the star has released the new tracks “It’s A New Day” and “Million Dollar” for us all.

So, grab your headphones and make sure to take a listen. Naturally, when Anouk is selling, we are buying!

“It’s A New Day”

“It’s A New Day” has a powerful and strong message behind it. Although the lyrics itself are not very original, with “It’s a new day” repeated frequently, the accompanying music video takes it to another level. In it we see Anouk portraying a series of iconic women.

The singer explains why she chose these particular women in a Facebook post:

Some of these women are the first to be acknowledged in their field of expertise, some had the courage to stand up for themselves and take the first step towards gender equality and some are present day leaders and activist, but there is one thing they all have in common: they all fight for what they believe in and therefore set a great example to today’s society and are an inspiration to young girls all over the world.

Some of the powerful women who Anouk portrays are Meghan Markle, Michelle Obama, Serena Williams, Oprah Winfrey, Malala Yousafzai, Audrey Hepburn, Rosa Parks and Mother Teresa.

Check out the full lyrics of the song at the end of the article.

“Million Dollar”

Earlier in February, Anouk also released the single “Million Dollar”, which has a totally different vibe to it.

This song sees the “Birds” hit-maker return back to the basics of her career. Using her wonderful rock voice to great effect, Anouk sings about how she doesn’t count each dollar that she spends. However, rest assured, she’s got that million dollar on her mind.

Anouk – “It’s A New Day” Lyrics

From mother to son
From father to daughter
We are climbing the staircase
It is what life is about
This journey provides
Rooms without carpets
Just go on and reach for what you want in life

Because it is a new day
It is a new day
It is a new day for us

To new destinations where winds come and go
Raw washed up places out of your control
We are still waking up to beautiful music
And a life without purpose is no life at all

Because it is a new day
It is a new day
It is a new day for us
Yeah, it is a new day
It is a new day, baby
It is a new day for all of us

Yeah, it is a new day
It is a new day, baby
It is a new day for us
Yeah, it is a new day
It is a new day
It is a new day for all of us

From mother to son
From father to daughter
Let us go on and reach for what you want in life

What do you think of the new songs from Anouk? And would love for her to return to the Eurovision stage with this kind of music? Let us know in the comments!

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It’s still really Euro-American centric.

Luk
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Luk

Amazing song
I’like song Lost

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Cool!
I got confused as Anouk already had a song called, “New Day” (which was awesome).

Jonas
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Jonas

I love Anouk, I love the song, I love the video – but a couple of nitpicks…her Oprah looked more like Hillary Clinton (who should have been included in her own right). Margaret Thatcher is nobody to admire, it jarred when I saw that, likewise I’m not sure what Meghan Markle has done to warrant comparison to the other women portrayed, and lastly I didn’t realize Mother Teresa had her upper arm covered with tattoo ink. 🙂

Jonas
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Jonas

You mean Margaret Thatcher, who invaded Argentina over some small rocks thousands of miles away from the UK? She’s there, look closer.

Nicky91
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Nicky91

Anytime i see Srbuk i think of Anouk lmao

ESCFan2009
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ESCFan2009

“Birds” was and is so beautiful and emotional! Anouk is great <3
Btw, did anybody else noticed the radical changes in her style? In 2013 she looked so different on stage with long hair and now she looks more "harder, rock-alike". Maybe some Dutch people could give me proper information if there was a special development you noticed from 2013 to today?

Jonas
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Not really. There has been no major change. If you look at her making her way down to the stage during the opening flag parade of 2013 you can definitely see the rock attitude was present back then too.

Otto
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Otto

Shes always been a rock chick, with birds she took a different turn with a more emotional soft album. Kinda feel she could have done even better at Eurovision with one of her Rock-Pop songs.

Robyn Gallagher
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Feeling a little emotional seeing Anouk paying tribute to the prime minister of my country.

Skiwalko
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Duh, Jacinda Ardern is freaking amazing. I wish my country had a prime minister like her.

Roelof Meesters
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Roelof Meesters

Beautiful song and gorgeous clip, this is amazing. Wow

Skiwalko
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I simply love Anouk. Did anyone see the similarities between “It’s a New Day” and Nina Simone’s “Feeling good”?

haron
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haron

She was my winner in 2013.. just adore her