The Eurovision season is hotting up. And over the course of the next few months, we will all fall in and out of love with scores of new national final and Eurovision entries. But that doesn’t mean we forget about the artists from past contests.
Contrary to the commonly perpetuated myth about the song contest killing careers, we’re always thrilled to report that singers and performers associated with both Eurovision itself and the various national selections are thriving.
Here is a selection of just some of the songs and music videos released in the last week or so.
New music from Eurovision artists: 2020 | Week 8
Loïc Nottet – “Heartbreaker”
Belgium’s Loïc Nottet is predominantly known for his artistic style. But, for his new song “Heartbreaker”, the Eurovision 2015 participant is serving straight-up pop. It’s fun, it’s catchy and it’s nice to see Loïc find the time to party amongst all the more serious/artsy offerings. On Instagram, Nottet also confirmed there’s plenty more to come from him over the next month – the video for “Heartbreaker” will be out on 2nd March, while his second studio album is set for release on March 20th.
Francesca Michielin feat. SHIVA – “GANGE”
Francesca Michielin buried her way into our hearts at Eurovision 2016. Now, the Italian singer has released the new single “GANGE”. The track features rapper SHIVA, who provides the first verse. Michielin’s smooth vocals then come in for the chorus onward.
Kristian Kostov – “Honest”
Eurovision 2017 runner-up Kristian Kostov has dropped the new single “Honest”. It’s a mid-tempo pop track that sees the Bulgarian singer asking his loved one to be honest with him. The accompanying video sees Kostov reciting the lyrics in a sequence of text messages. The star also announced to his Instagram followers that this is only the beginning of a bigger story and that we can expect more from him in the coming months.
Victor Crone – Troubled Waters
Yesterday, he sailed through to the Melodifestivalen 2020 grand final. Straight after the fourth semi-final, not only did Victor Crone release his Melfest single “Troubled Waters”, but he also dropped his debut album for us to enjoy. Troubled Waters features seven tracks from the Eurovision 2019 singer.
NaviBand feat. Tony Fadd – “Отпускаю”
NaviBand brought the Belarusian language to Eurovision for the first time in 2017. However, their latest song, “Отпускаю” (“Letting go”), is in Russian. The track has some strong credentials behind it. Grammy-nominated music producer Tony Fadd helped produce the song.
Brendan Murray – “Teardrops”
Ireland’s Eurovision 2017 act Brendan Murray has dropped his first new single of 2020. “Teardrops” is a guitar-driven ballad that showcases Murray’s angelic vocals. The Irish singer has back-up in the chorus, with a mysterious voice singing some of the words.
B-OK feat. Michela – “Say It First”
Michela took Malta back to the Eurovision grand final in 2019 after two-straight non-qualifications. Now, The X Factor Malta winner features on the new song “Say It First”. The track is produced by B-OK, which is the stage name of Bulgaria’s Borislav Milanov, who has written a number of Eurovision entries over recent years.
AISEL – “Она Не Твоя”
In 2018, AISEL represented Azerbaijan dressed in angelic white. But, her latest song has a slightly darker tone to it. “Она Не Твоя” (“She is not yours”) fuses some traditional Azerbaijani rhythms in with the production. The resulting combination is catchy and helps add dynamism to the relatively linear progression of the chorus.
PRoMete feat. Dihaj – “Hisslər Okeanı”
Dihaj brought chalkboards and horse heads to Eurovision 2017. Now, the Azeri singer has provided the vocals for the chorus of PRoMete’s new song “Hisslər Okeanı” (“Ocean of Emotions”). PRoMete brings more of a spoken word/rap element to the verses. Dihaj’s voice then comes in with an almost ethereal sound to it and takes the song in a new direction.
Madame Monsieur feat. Jérémy Frérot – “Comme un voleur” (Official Music Video)
Last month, Eurovision 2018 act Madame Monsieur dropped their new song “Comme un voleur” (“Like a Thief”). Now, the French duo have released the music video for the track. It sees Madame Monsieur – that’s Émilie Satt and Jean-Karl Lucas – as well as featured artist Jérémy Frérot singing inside a house, with clips of various children interspersed throughout.
Which song is your favourite? Have we missed out on any? Do you have any artists you want to shout out to? Let us know in the comments.