Eurovision 2022 may have come to a conclusion, but the music will always continue. A number of 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 associated with Eurovision 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: 2022 | Week 21
Montaigne feat. Daði Freyr – “make me feel so…”
Neither Montaigne nor Daði Freyr were able to perform live at Eurovision 2021. And now they’ve put their experience of working remotely to good use by collaborating on the new song “make me feel so…”. Montaigne sings much of the song, discussing how her partner makes her feel cared about: “I’m a freak but I feel normal / You make me feel so… adorable / You make me feel, you make me feel / So at home, so good, so nice, so loved”. Daði Freyr enters for the third verse before the Australian and Icelandic singers come together for the final chorus.
Waylon – “Speak Up Now, City of Silence”
In February 2013, 13-year-old Sedar Soares was shot and killed whilst playing out in the snowy streets of Rotterdam. The shooter has never been found and the investigation remains open as a cold case. To encourage people to come forward with new evidence, Dutch singer Waylon has collaborated with the Rotterdam Police Unit to release the new song “Speak Up Now, City of Silence”. The two-time Eurovision star sings from the perspective of Sedar Soares: “Speak up now, city of silence / Can you hear me down below, I don’t want to be alone, tonight / They’re all talking about the bullet, like the bullet has a name / But remember me, the boy that was a boy that could have been just about anything”.
Robin Bengtsson – “Don’t You Dare”
“If you’re questioning the fact that you belong here / You better think again / So don’t you dare, don’t you go away / Don’t you dare let it go to waste”. Robin Bengtsson is imploring his loved one to shake off the doubts they’re having about their relationship. And the Eurovision 2017 star doesn’t just do it in English – there are also a few lines in Swedish to add a little twist into the pop track.
Elena Tsagrinou – “Mykonos Kai Santorini”
Summer is just around the corner and Elena Tsagrinou is planning on spending the time in “Mykonos Kai Santorini” (“Mykonos And Santorini”). Cyprus’s Eurovision 2021 star wants to take her lover to the Greek islands in order to escape the gaze of people at home: “Let’s go to Mykonos and Santorini / Let’s go wherever we can and whatever happens / With our hands open, we go away from everything / Let your embrace give me wings”. A bright pop track with traditional Greek influences, the summer vibes are very clear from start to end.
Stella Mwangi – “I Do What I Want”
Stella Mwangi is making it clear that nobody can constrain her: “Look at me now everybody wanna be me / Y’all already know I’m here to stay / Best believe me, ow / I do what I want”. Norway’s Eurovision 2011 representative delivers a bold track with “I Do What I Want”. It’s filled with swagger and attitude that quickly builds up the listener’s confidence.
Luka – “Blame”
Luka is in a slight dilemma. Belgium’s Eurovision 2020 entrant and former Hooverphonic member has found someone she is head over heels for. However, Luka’s obsession with this person is stopping her from seeing some of the red flags. Thus, she has to decide whether to sever the tie between them: “Not trying to blame you / But my head is everywhere, I can’t think straight anymore / And I know / I can’t forgive you / As long I’m with you, my love”. Musically, “Blame” is a punchy pop rock offering that helps capture the turmoil and angst of the lyrics.
Roxen & Mausio – “Ghost”
It’s about to get spooky! Roxen is seeing spirits – specifically the “Ghost” of her ex-partner who is haunting her every move: “Your hearts gone cold / I’ve been trying my best to leave you / But I think I just saw your ghost / You’re everywhere / I swear to God / You’re never letting me let go”. Romania’s Eurovision 2021 star has collaborated with German music producer Mausio for the catchy dance-pop track.
Ulrikke – “Talk to Me”
Ulrikke is ready to have a long conversation with her lover. Norway’s Eurovision 2020 entrant wants to know everything about them so they don’t have any secrets. This includes the good, the bad and the ugly: “Everything I don’t wanna hear, tell me / All the details, the hurtful truth, baby / Talk to me, tell me / All bout you, baby”. Sonically, “Talk to Me” is a cute pop track that flows by in an effortless manner.
Dada Yorel feat. Jessy Matador – “Lola”
France’s Eurovision 2010 star Jessy Matador has collaborated with Dada Yorel for the new song “Lola”. Dada Yorel credits himself as a creator of afrotón, a blend of Afrobeats and reggaetón. This fusion comes together for “Lola”, with Jessy Matador contributing lines for the chorus. The music video premieres on Tuesday.
Kasia Moś – Karin Stanek
Kasia Moś is honouring Polish rock and roll singer Karin Stanek with her new album. The Eurovision 2017 alumna has recorded 11 cover songs, including recent singles “Autostop” and “Tato kup mi dżinsy”. Kasia puts her own spin on the songs, so few retain the original rock and roll style. Instead, many have a more dramatic feel to them with a mix of drums, guitars, piano and strings.
Slavko – “Ko smo mi?”
Slavko has shared the new song “Ko smo mi?” (“Who are we?”). It’s a song of three parts. It opens with a spoken word section from Montenegro’s Eurovision 2017 star. Slavko then transitions to singing while the production retains a mysterious aura. From just after the halfway point we move away from legato melodies and towards staccato percussion beats to end in a more dramatic fashion.
Samira Said – “Yallah Rouh”
Samira Said’s new single is “Yallah Rouh”, which is sung in the Moroccan dialect of Arabic. Despite hailing from Morocco, and representing the country at Eurovision in 1980, this is the first time in a while that Samira has released a song in Moroccan Arabic. The acclaimed star more often performs in Egyptian Arabic.
Anggun – “Mon homme est un gangster”
The award for best song title of the week goes to Anggun. France’s Eurovision 2012 act is set to star in the new musical Al Capone, which opens in January 2023. Centred around the infamous American gangster, Anggun will play the role of Lili, “the poisonous mistress of Al Capone”. Ahead of the show’s opening in January 2023, we can now listen to Anggun’s rendition of “Mon homme est un gangster” (“My man is a gangster”).
Nina Badric – “Bez tebe”
At Splitski Festival 2021, Nina Badric performed a concert covering some of the greatest hits of the festival since its inception in 1960. The concert was recorded and Croatia’s Eurovision 2012 star will soon be releasing it as a live album, titled Sentimenti. Ahead of the LP, Nina has shared her rendition of “Bez tebe” (“Without you”), originally written by Zdenko Runjić.
Clouseau – “Nu Gaat Het Gebeuren”
Clouseau’s new single is “Nu Gaat Het Gebeuren” (“Now it’s going to happen”). It’s a shortened version of the track included on their recent album Jonge Wolven. Belgium’s Eurovision 1991 duo deliver an uplifting song with trumpet backing in the chorus. Clouseau sing about the joy that comes with seizing the day as your own: “Now it’s going to happen / Today will be the day / That I’ve been wanting to experience for so long”.
Victor Crone & K-391 – “Lonely World”
Victor Crone has provided vocals for “Lonely World”, the new song by Norwegian music producer K-391. It’s a solid electronic dance song with an effective beat drop. In the lyrics, Estonia’s Eurovision 2019 star notes that, even though the world may seem lonely at times, we all always find people to connect with: “Am I just a zombie? / In this lonely world / In this lonely world / I found my friends in this lonely world”.
Bermudu Divstūris – Vidēji Glīts
Supernova 2022 contestants Bermudu Divstūris, who also participated at Eurovision 2011 under the name Musiqq, have released the new album Vidēji Glīts (Moderately Handsome). The LP is filled with ten songs, including their Supernova track “BAD” and other recent single “Līgava”. Whilst the Latvian duo are best known for party songs, this new album sees Bermudu Divstūris exploring other musical styles. This includes the title track, for which a music video has been released in tandem with the album. Alongside the rap from Bermudu Divstūris, “Vidēji Glīts” features traditional folk melodies courtesy of singer Olga Rajecka.
Les Fatals Picards – Le syndrome de Göteborg
Following on from December’s release of “Le syndrome de Göteborg” (“Gothenburg syndrome”), Les Fatals Picards have now dropped a full album under the same name. France’s Eurovision 2007 act include 11 songs and spoken-word interlude on the LP. Many of the songs showcase their quirky punk-rock style, but there are softer offerings as well – including a Christmas-themed song with sleigh bells.
Vincent Bueno – “Rays On A Shell”
“I’ll sing to you (coz) / No matter where you are / You’ll always hear / I’m near”. Vincent Bueno has dedicated his new song to his cousin Rachelle, who sadly passed away after battling brain cancer for two years. “Rays On A Shell” is an emotional ballad centred around Vincent and a piano. In the music video, Austria’s Eurovision 2021 star is joined by family members who stand in front of video projections of Rachelle. Vincent spoke more about his cousin on social media:
“Everyone copes with grief differently. I had to write another song for you, Rachelle. Because your soul and your energy left a huge blank and empty space in our hearts. We have to reorder that space and fill it with the unforgettable memories we have had with you. I thought, what word or phrase would rhyme with your name? Rachelle …. Ray… Shell… then this image of the cover popped into my mind. Rays On A Shell. A shell that has been broken and opened. That was the picture I felt when I was thinking about how it would feel to lose you. You’ve fought this relentless cancer with such a brave heart and an immense strong willpower. Thank you for showing us how to fight hard and not give up.”
Margaret Berger – “Gjennomsiktig”
Margaret Berger’s new single is “Gjennomsiktig” (“Transparent”). It’s a steady indie pop track with electronic flourishes. Norway’s Eurovision 2013 star sings in the pre-chorus, “Saw you first at the discotheque / Danced off us time and place / Sang duet on karaoke and I laughed with open mouth / And then we went home to you”.
Dave Benton / Efren Benita – “Un cambio den mi bida”
Dave Benton (birth name Efrén Benita) has released the new single “Un cambio den mi bida”. Estonia’s Eurovision 2001 winner includes his birth name in the credits as he’s singing in Papiamentu – an official language of Benton’s birth country, Aruba. Starting off as a piano ballad, the song increasingly brings in more orchestration as it progresses.
For those who don’t speak Papiamentu, Benton has also released an English-language version of the song, titled “Changes”.
Sertab Erener & Sezen Aksu – “Yavrucanım – İyilikle Büyüsün”
Lullabies seems to be becoming Sertab Erener’s speciality. After an EP and album of them, the Eurovision 2003 champion has another one for us. “Yavrucanım – İyilikle Büyüsün” (“My baby – May they grow up with kindness”) sees Sertab collaborating with fellow Turkish singer Sezen Aksu. The pair will help get your little one to bed as they sing, “Sleep and grow / Walk together / Always Smile / My baby”.
Srbuk – “Siro Ritm”
With acoustic guitar accompaniment and a clapping beat, Srbuk’s new song almost has a flamenco feel to it. Armenia’s Eurovision 2019 star also mixes in a spoken word section into “Siro Ritm”. This rhythmical feeling is also captured in the lyrics, which see Srbuk doing the dance of love with her lover: “Your fingers caress my face / I’m not satisfied with your scent / We dance crazy with love rhythms / Where there are no rules”.
Arvingarna – “Morfar har berättat”
Arvingarana are inviting you to spend the summer with them. Sweden’s Eurovision 1993 group have recorded the new TV series Arvingarnas sommar (Arvingarna’s summer), in which they’ll be joined by special guests and share new music with viewers. The premiere episode saw them perform “Morfar har berättat” (“Grandpa has told me”) with Eurovision 2021 star Tusse, though the digitally released song only features Arvingarna. The song was originally recorded by Lasse Dahlquists.
Ahead of the second episode, airing tonight, the quartet have released their rendition of “Inbjudan till Bohuslän” (“Invitation to Bohuslän”).
Maya Sar – “Ljubav”
Maya Sar recorded “Ljubav” (“Love”) in January 2019 at a studio in Zagreb. Over three years later, and the song has finally been released. It was recorded in the style of a live session, with Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Eurovision 2012 act singing alongside a jazzy accompaniment. Maya commented more about the inspiration behind the song on Instagram:
“‘Ljubav’ is a song about love. The greatest, unconditional, uncompromising. I wrote it when my daughter was born, under the impression of a torrent of emotions of happiness, excitement, anxiety, responsibility, which in terms of strength can often be on the same level, when you love someone so much. And we all love it! Sometimes such feelings are easier to sing and sing than to utter. As my friend says – unpolished emotion!”
Pasha Parfeni – “Не стреляй”
Pasha Parfeni has shown his support for Ukraine by releasing the song “Не стреляй” (“Do not shoot”). Opening with a piano melody, the production becomes increasingly dramatic as Moldova’s Eurovision 2012 star sings to the Russian soldiers who have invaded Ukraine: “Homes are waiting for you alive / Don’t shoot, go home / My city is invincible / Go away, you’re a stranger here”. In a post on social media, Parfeni talked about why he wanted to show his support:
“When this war began on February 24, it was hard to believe that THIS was actually happening. In one day, we began to appreciate the word ‘PEACE’ in a new way. It was hard to believe that murder and terror filled the entire airwaves. Even less believed that there are those who justify it, although there are not so many of them. […] Today the whole free world feels like a Ukrainian. Today, Ukrainian roots are a reason for pride. I am proud that my grandmother is from Ukraine. The tragedy of Ukraine is also my personal tragedy. But the fighting continues. Every 7-8 hours a child dies in Ukraine because of this war. For what? What can justify this?”
Click on the links below to read about more songs released in the past week by Eurovision stars:
Brooke – “Tongues”
Subwoolfer – “Space Kelly”
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.