Eurovision 2021 may have come to a conclusion, but the music will always continue. A number of past Eurovision artists are thankfully still producing new music for us to enjoy.
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 our latest weekly roundup with a selection of just some of the songs and music videos released recently by Eurovision stars.
New music from Eurovision artists: 2021 | Week 20
Daði Freyr – Welcome
Ahead of finishing fourth at Eurovision 2021, Iceland’s Daði Freyr released the new EP Welcome. Containing six tracks, the EP features both his Eurovision 2020 and 2021 entries, a remix of the latter and his recent single “Feel The Love”. In addition, there are two other new songs – “Clear My Head” and “Somebody Else Now”. The first of these is a slightly mellower electro-pop song, while the latter builds throughout its second half and finishes with a spirited guitar solo.
Eleni Foureira & Mad Clip – “Mporei”
Eleni Foureira has teamed up with rapper Mad Clip for the new single “Mporei” (“It Can”). It’s an urban R&B song that sees the pair trying to hold on to a relationship that’s slipping away: “My soul falls into a coma / I do not want another body to touch you / Give me more time / You know for us that the time has not come”. Cyprus’ Eurovision 2018 silver medallist delivers half of the chorus, with Mad Clip adding his rapping stylings for the rest. In between the product placement, the accompanying music video features Eleni and Mad Clip performing in various rooms of a lavish mansion.
Sakis Rouvas – “Pare Me Agkalia”
Sakis Rouvas is hoping someone can hold him in their arms. The Greek star has released “Pare Me Agkalia” (“Hug me”). The song has a subtle soft-rock feel to it in the verses. But, it’s then fuelled by traditional instrumentation in the chorus, which gives it more life and a beat that you can somewhat dance to.
Samanta Tīna – “I’m The Woman”
Ahead of competing in Thursday’s second semi-final of Eurovision 2021, Samanta Tīna released the new single “I’m The Woman”. The Latvian star continues with the theme of empowerment and sings about how she will continue to forge her own path outside of society’s constraints: “Hear them say I should fit in the mould / But I’m not like that […] If you ever see me fall / I will learn to fly / You will see me do it all / I roll my own die / I’M THE WOMAN”. Samanta delivers a song that falls somewhere between her two Eurovision entries “Still Breathing” and “The Moon Is Rising”. The production has the slightly erratic nature of the former, but it also has the empowered queen vibe of the latter.
Bilal Hassani – “Lights Off”
France’s Bilal Hassani has dropped the new single “Lights Off”. The Eurovision 2019 alum delivers a pop song with an almost flamenco undertone owing to the percussion rhythms. Bilal spends the song thinking about a bad deed he’s done and the impact this has on himself: “‘Why arе my lights turned off? / I need to check, someonе’s knocking on my door / If you lie again, you’re gonna get cut off’ / My neighbour told me as I pushed him on the floor”. The music video explores this story a bit more and shows Bilal being hunted down by a couple of people in balaclavas as a result of whatever he’s done.
Benjamin Ingrosso – “Smile”
Benjamin Ingrosso has been focussing on Swedish-language music recently. But the Eurovision 2018 star has now returned to English for the new single “Smile”. The cheery pop song is dedicated to the Swedish singer’s sister Bianca Ingrosso and their strong relationship: “I see me when I’m looking at you / We both know all the things we’ve been through / When you cry you know I feel it too but / When you smile / I smile”. Benjamin spoke more about why he wanted to write a song for Bianca in a post on social media:
“Bianca! I could write a whole book about how much you mean to me…! You know me better than I know myself and I wouldn’t be the man I am today if it wasn’t for you! I waited a long time to write you a song, because it had to be the perfect one – Not too sad, not too happy but still melodic and hopeful! I hope as many people as possible can relate to this song and I would truly wish for everyone to have a Bianca in their life! I love you sister! So freaking much! This ones for you.”
The Black Mamba – “Crazy Nando”
Owing to being stuck inside their hotels whilst not rehearsing, the delegations of Eurovision 2021 had a fair amount of spare time on their hands. Portugal’s The Black Mamba decided to use the time to film a music video for their new single “Crazy Nando”. The band don their most stylish wigs to tell the story of Fernando, a man who gets caught in a bit of a love square. Musically, the song is more upbeat and funky than their Eurovision entry, and it showcases another side to The Black Mamba’s music repertoire.
Guy Sebastian & Human Nature – “Broken Humans”
Australia’s first Eurovision representative Guy Sebastian has released the single “Broken Humans” with vocal group Human Nature. The five singers join together for a moody pop-ballad in which they discuss the pain that everyone on earth goes through at some point in their lives: “We’re broken humans / There’s a world we all deserve / Buried underneath the hurt / Of being human”. The accompanying music video is a journey from darkness to light and focuses on Guy and Human Nature’s eyes.
Duncan Lurence – Small Town Boy (Deluxe)
Eurovision 2019 champion Duncan Laurence finally has a successor following the grand final of this year’s contest. Although the Dutch star couldn’t attend in person on Saturday due to a positive Covid-19 test, Duncan still performed during the interval act remotely. He sung his winning entry “Arcade” and also the new single “Stars”. The latter of these appears on Duncan’s new album reissue Small Town Boy (Deluxe), which was released just ahead of the Eurovision 2021 grand final. The LP also features two other new songs – “Sad Old Me” and “I Got You”.
Eneda Tarifa & Walter Ricci – “Udherkryq”
Eneda Tarifa is competing in Albanian music festival Kenga Magjike 2021. The Eurovision 2016 star has now presented her song for the competition, which she is performing alongside Italian singer Walter Ricci. “Udherkryq” (“Crossroads”) is a mid-tempo track with Cuban influences that you can imagine dancing sensually to under the tropical sunset. During their song presentation, the pair performed in front of a casino scene and were backed by four dancers.
Nina Zilli & Clementino – “Señorita”
Italy’s Nina Zilli has released “Señorita” alongside rapper Clementino. It’s a nice blend of pop and rap with a sunny Mediterranean charm running throughout it. The Eurovision 2012 star contributes the chorus and part of the verses, while Clementino adds in his rap at various moments. Nina reminds people that she’s not an innocent girl and is quite capable of enjoying a night out on the town: “Among the people in the bars, the night is never over / This rhythm that hits me hard like a machine gun / If I get lost in the lights tonight, what’s the harm? / But do you know how much sand went through my fingers? / I am not a señorita”.
Michael Rice & HalfTraxx – “Falling For You”
Michael Rice is delivering a proper banger with his new single “Falling For You”. The Eurovision 2019 star has teamed up with Irish producer duo HalfTraxx for this track. An EDM-pop song, it’s a great upbeat party track that also still showcases Michael’s vocal ability. The British singer has a particular person on his mind and is hoping that they might feel the same way: “I just wanna know / If you feel exactly how I’m feeling / When I’m with you my whole world stops / You’re the dream I’m almost dreaming / I think I’m falling for you now”.
SuRie – “We’ll Still Be Here”
“We need sunshine after this past year and this song brings it”, commented British star SuRie upon announcing her new single. “We’ll Still Be Here” is an uplifting ballad about resilience and unity. The Eurovision 2018 alum is accompanied by a piano for the first verse and then the instrumentation swells into the chorus to create a rich and full sound. SuRie sings about the importance of persevering and staying strong in difficult times: “We’ll still be here when the storm is over / Always believing / We’ll never give up / We’ll never let go / I want you to know”.
Tulia – Półmrok
Since competing at Eurovision 2019, Tulia have been working on their new album. And now, the Polish trio have finally released Półmrok (Dusk). The LP features 12 songs, including singles “Rzeka”, “Burza”, “Marcowy” and their Eurovision entry “Fire of Love (Pali się)”. Tulia continue their folk style, but also mix in a bit of rock to a number of the songs.
To coincide with the album’s release, Tulia have uploaded a homemade music video for the LP’s song “Przepięknie”. It features various clips of the group, including from their Eurovision journey.
Joci Pápai & T.Danny – “Ne ébressz fel!”
Joci Pápai is getting in the summer mood with his latest single “Ne ébressz fel!” (“Do not wake me up!”). It’s a sunny guitar-driven pop song in which the Hungarian star is joined by singer T.Danny. Instead of heading to the beach, the pair bring the beach to them for the music video and chill out in an indoor tub. Lyrically, the two-time Eurovision alum isn’t ready to move on from the dream of spending time with his loved one: “Don’t wake me up yet / We have one dream / We dream of two of us/ Wherever you get lost / I’m waiting for you”.
Artsvik & Ragda Khanieva – “Stay”
Eurovision 2017 star Artsvik has collaborated with Ragda Khanieva for the song “Stay”. Although the duet starts off more ballad orientated, the second verse adds in a drum and bass beat to change things up a bit. As can be probably ascertained from the song title, the lyrics see Artsvik and Ragda asking someone to remain by their side. They console this other person and tell them to ignore those who would wish to seperate them: “Stay here by my side / Leave the world behind / Stay, never believe in those lies”.
Ermal Meta – “Uno”
Earlier this year, Ermal Meta released his latest album Tribù Urbana. The Italian star has now put together a music video for the LP’s latest single “Uno” (“One”). The video features a group of young people spending time together and playing a game of football. There’s one girl who is stuck inside under the watch of her father, but who eventually breaks her barriers down and heads outside to join the others. This tries to tie in with the lyrics of the song, which see Ermal singing about how activities such as football help bring people together: “And a child kicks a ball over the wall / They separate us but the sky is one / Heaven is one, one / Heaven is one, one”. Musically, the Eurovision 2018 alum delivers an upbeat track with a whistle refrain in the chorus that listeners will quickly pick up on.
Can Temiz (feat. Can Bonomo) – “Misafir”
Can Bonomo’s latest single is less of a full song and more of an art piece. Turkey’s Eurovision 2012 alum has collaborated with musician Can Temiz for “Misafir” (“Guest”). The sound here is rather dark and punk. It mixes elements of rock with interludes of electronic production. There’s also a lengthy spoken word section that takes up most of the second half. In the lyrics, Can Bonomo discusses his distress and how he no longer feels at home in his own body: “Every morning in my lungs, a killer, a murderer, with a breath of sulphur smelling / I’m stuck in a corner, like a guest, guest, embarrassed in my soul”.
Aram MP3 & Sona Rubenyan – “Siro Nver”
Armenia’s Aram MP3 recently collaborated with Sona Rubenyan for the duet “Siro Nver”. The pair deliver a passionate ballad that increasingly grows in power through its four minute duration. The Eurovision 2014 star kicks things off by singing the first verse. After Sona takes over for a bit, the duo then come together for the chorus.
Vanja Radovanović – Baš je glupo što sam mrtav
Vanja Radovanović represented Montenegro at Eurovision 2018. He’s recently released the new album Baš je glupo što sam mrtav (I’m so stupid I’m dead). While Vanja delivered a Balkan ballad at Eurovision, the songs on this LP showcase more breadth to the star’s music. Following an intro, the ten songs on the album whisk through soft-rock, jazz, big band and more.
Click on the links below to read our individual articles about other new songs released by Eurovision stars in the past week:
Blas Cantó (feat. James Newman) – “I’ll Stay”
Which of these new songs 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.
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