Although we’re officially into the Eurovision 2023 season, it will still be some time before we hear any national final and Eurovision songs. Thankfully, the music will always continue and a number of Eurovision artists are still producing new songs 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 39
Marius Bear – “Waiting for Love”
Switzerland’s Eurovision 2022 star is yearning for intimacy in his new single, “Waiting For Love”. The song was written in the same week and same Berlin studio as Marius Bear’s Eurovision entry, and follows his signature waltz ballad style. With a warming 1960s beat and epic key change, the song is the perfect listen for a melancholic autumn’s day. (Edd)
Svala & Haffi Haff – “I Wanna Dance”
Grab your boogie shoes as Svala and Haffi Haff are taking us to the dancefloor. Iceland’s Eurovision 2017 star has joined forces with the Söngvakeppnin 2022 entrant for the new single “I Wanna Dance”. Svala delivers the chorus of the song, with Haffi Haff making an appearance for the first and second verses. Lyrically, the pair encourage us to get up and find the freedom to move: “I wanna dance with you baby / I wanna dance with you now / I’m gonna dance and caress your body / Baby let me show you how”.
Tim Schou – “Liar”
Tim Schou brings us a mid-tempo pop track with his new single “Liar”. Denmark’s Eurovision 2011 singer has entered his rebellious phase and isn’t afraid of telling a few porkies. Schou adds in a sense of attitude and swagger to the song as he reveals all the fibs he’s been dropping in conversations: “I’m just a liar / Said I don’t like her / Bragging to my friends that I’ve got other girls beside her / I’m just a liar / My pants on fire / Put my phone on silent when I lay down beside her”.
Brooke – “Enough”
Brooke has released her debut EP, Chaotic Heart. Fans will already know 80% of the tracks, as it includes her Eurovision entry “That’s Rich” as well as previous singles “Attention”, “Heartbreaker” and “Tongues”. The brand new song on the EP is “Enough” (though the Irish star has already shared a live performance). A contemporary ballad that builds to a rousing conclusion, it closes the record off on a more emotional note. In the lyrics, the Eurovision 2022 act discusses how her partner is failing to keep their relationship afloat: “You think I’m beneath you / It should be enough / To make you feel loved, to make you feel loved / But the way you treat us / It’s like a game and you play it too rough / And it’s tearing me up”.
Lena feat. Chris Hart – “life was a beach”
Lena first released “life was a beach” as part of her 2019 album Only Love, L. Now the Eurovision 2010 champion has added an international flavour to the song by dropping a new version alongside American-born Japanese singer Chris Hart. Chris sings his verses in Japanese, but Lena sticks with the original English: “When you were with me, mh-na-na / Life was a beach, yeah, mh-na-na / Now I can see the tracks at your feet / They don’t lead up to me”.
Tina Karol – Scandal
Ukraine’s Tina Karol releases a lot of her music in her native language. However, the Eurovision 2006 star doesn’t want to forget about her English-speaking fans and so has now released the English-language album Scandal. Most of the songs are English versions of Karol’s previous hits: “Scandal” = “Скандал”; “Crazy” = “Красиво”; “Good Guy” = “Хороший парень”; “2bl Paradise” = “Двойной рай”; “Life is Great” = “ВІЛЬНІ. НЕСКОРЕНІ”.
Tusse – “Dream Of Gold”
Tusse has a “Dream Of Gold” and he isn’t afraid to chase after it. Much like his Eurovision 2021 entry, this latest release is an anthemic ballad. The Swedish star sings about perseverance and giving up everything in order to make his dreams a reality: “I’ll surrender my love / Just to know I’ll have it all / Even when the times are tough / I’ll be fighting in the rain”. Tusse hopes we’ll all have the courage to go after our dreams, as he commented on social media:
“Dare to dream big and don’t let reality get in the way. We all have the ability to follow our dreams, just believe in yourself and don’t let adversity and naysayers stop you. Everything has its time but I know it’s never too late to start pursuing your dreams.”
Michael Ball & Alfie Boe – “The Gambler”
With an upcoming album all about Las Vegas, it’s perhaps no surprise Ball & Boe have included a song titled “The Gambler”. First recorded by Bobby Bare, the country song was made a mainstream hit by Kenny Rogers in 1978. Eurovision 1992 alum Michael Ball turns the song into a duet alongside tenor Alfie Boe: “You never count your money / When you’re sittin’ at the table / There’ll be time enough for countin’ / When the dealin’s done”.
Natasha St-Pier – Jeanne
Natasha St-Pier’s new album is Jeanne. It’s centred around Joan of Arc, one of the patron saints of France (where she’s known as Jeanne d’Arc). France’s Eurovision 2001 representative delivers a number of touching ballads, many of which see Natasha accompanied by lovely piano and string melodies. There are 12 tracks in total, including recent singles “Jeanne” and “Me croirez-vous?”.
ArtifexLV feat. Intars Busulis – “Atpakaļ”
ArtifexLV is a project where music producer Juris Ludženieks works with a number of Latvian singers. For the latest single, “Atpakaļ” (“Back”), Juris invited Eurovision 2009 alum Intars Busulis to provide the vocals. Intars sings about the different things that can help us relive memories from the past: “The pictures slip under your fingers and go back in time / To yesterday when it snowed and even further back / So day by day and a year already dreamed back”.
anatu feat. Kállay Saunders, Arif Erdem Ocak & Zubi – “prayers”
Kállay Saunders has collaborated with producer anatu for the R&B track “prayers”. The Hungarian singer provides vocals for a verse, discussing the woman he still has feelings for: “Another night I’m out in the club / Dancing on a girl I’m never going to love / Yeah, she’s cute, but she ain’t you”. Saunders is joined on vocals by Zubi, while Turkish percussion guitarist Arif Erdem Ocak is also involved in the track.
This week, Kállay Saunders has also released the music video for “Traka” alongside Young Trabajo. Although the Eurovision 2014 star is involved with the song, Kállay’s voice is heavily processed for his sections.
Feminnem – “Ima Li Nas Sutra”
“Ima li nas sutra” (“Will we be there tomorrow?”), ask Feminnem in their new single. The two-time Eurovision entrants pose the question on behalf of all brides-to-be who are on the cusp of everlasting love. The love ballad would certainly be a good choice for a first dance at a wedding. In the music video we see the trio singing in the forest, with their flowing dresses giving them the appearance of fairies. Towards the end, Pamela and Nika begin preparing Neda for her special day.
Petra Frey – “Wenn du einmal Feuer fängst”
Petra Frey is here to set a fire ablaze in our hearts. Austria’s Eurovision 1994 representative brings us a classic schlager track with “Wenn du einmal Feuer fängst” (“Once you catch fire”). Petra sings about taking control of our lives and living it exactly as we want. Once we’ve lit that flame then the power is in our hands.
Anggun et al. – Al Capone (Comedie musicale)
Anggun is set to star in the new comedy musical Al Capone at the start of 2023 (yep, all about the American gangster). After previously releasing the French star’s solo song “Mon homme est un gangster”, we now have the full cast album to listen to ahead of the show’s opening. You’ll find the Eurovision 2012 alumna in three of the other tracks – “Celui que j’aime”, “Tu es ma source” and “Votre amour d’enfance”.
Manizha – “Люди вернутся в людей”
At 1:12 minutes in length, Manizha’s latest single is short but sweet. Russia’s Eurovision 2021 star sings over a guitar but also the sounds of a train station. This ties in with the lyrics of “Люди вернутся в людей” (“People will return to the humans”). Manizha sings about waiting for a train to arrive that will bring people back to a sense of humanity, where they realise we are all members of the same home planet: “The people will return spreading their light / Wide backs, wider than rockets / They say so carefully, while they look me in the eyes / That their homeland is planet Earth”. The title lyric was taken from an interview by Russian rockstar Yuri Shevchuk, who was prosecuted earlier this year for making an anti-war speech.
Anastasia Prikhodko & IKSIY – “Голос народу”
Anastasia Prikhodko has taken a football chant and transformed it into an empowerment dance track. The Eurovision 2009 alumna first heard “Голос народу” (“The voice of the people”) almost 20 years ago, when fans of football club Dynamo Kyiv chanted it in support of their team. Now, Prikhodko has collaborated with music producer IKSIY to make the song an anthem of support for the Ukrainian people during the ongoing war.
Rosa Linn & Alfa – “SNAP (Italian)”
Despite finishing 20th at Eurovision 2022, Rosa Linn’s “SNAP” has become the hit of the year thanks to social media. Following numerous remixes, the Armenian star has now shared another new version of the song. This one is a nice full-circle moment for Rosa Linn as, after performing “SNAP” at Eurovision in Turin, the song now has a little Italian flavour. Rosa Linn is joined by Italian singer Alfa, who contributes lyrics in his native language.
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.
I’m looking forward to Rosa’s new single “WDIA”
I’m most excited to see the Al Capone musical! I hope it tours somewhere I can get to or has a proper DVD release. It has the amazing Bruno Pelletier in it so I know it’s going to be great and Anggun is an added bonus!
Marius Bear – “Waiting for Love” is a very cute and beautiful song. Maybe it would have been the better choice for Eurovision?
And Petra Frey‘s song is simply ridiculous, it doesn’t get any more Schlager than this. Love it.