The Eurovision 2023 season is beginning to heat up. 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 associated with Eurovision are thriving.
Here is our latest weekly roundup with a selection of the songs and music videos released recently by Eurovision stars.
New music from Eurovision artists: 2023 | Week 3
Måneskin – RUSH!
Since winning Eurovision 2021, Måneskin have been caught up in a RUSH! of fame and popularity that’s taken them across the globe. With more international fans, the Italian band’s music has also evolved. Thus, rather than doing Teatro d’ira – Vol. II, Måneskin have leaned much more into English this time around. If you’ve been a fan of the singles Måneskin have released over the past year then there’s a good chance you’ll also enjoy the vast majority of RUSH!, as there’s a familiarity running throughout the jam-packed 17-song LP. Sometimes this is good, allowing listeners to dive straight into songs from the first seconds, such as the riveting “BABY SAID”. Other times it’s not so good — “BLA BLA BLA” feels like a poor rehash of “MAMMAMIA”.
For those looking for something more akin to their Italian artistry of past albums, you’ll want to head towards the end of the LP. There are three 100% Italian-language songs — the energetic “MARK CHAPMAN”, the driving “LA FINE”, and the ballad “IL DONO DELLA VITA”.
Kate Miller-Heidke feat. Marcus Bridge – “The Last Day on Earth”
Kate Miller-Heidke first released “The Last Day on Earth” in 2009. Now the Australian singer has returned to the song for a new rendition, which has been made for the upcoming Paramount+ series Last King Of The Cross. This new version features Marcus Bridge, who is part of heavy metal band Northlane. Marcus’s screamo vocals and the additional electric guitars add an extra edge and angst to the second half of the song.
Laura Tesoro & OSKI – “These Nights”
Laura Tesoro plans on enjoying every moment of “These Nights”. Belgium’s Eurovision 2016 star has joined forces with rising star OSKI for the new single. The result is a catchy pop-rap song that captures the feeling of spending time with friends and loving life: “Taking it in, in a different way / High on the night at the end of the day / Nothing can top all the memories of these nights / Gonna hurt so good tomorrow”.
Kristian Kostov, Tra$h, YKEY – “Sorry”
“Think of this song as a warm hug. I think that many of us need this right now.” Kristian Kostov hopes you’ll get a little comfort from his new lo-fi and chill single “Sorry”. It’s produced by Tra$h and features singer YKEY, who provides the second verse in Chinese. Kostov sticks to English, with Bulgaria’s Eurovision 2017 star realising he’s incompatible with another person: “Breakfast, lunch and lonesome dinner / Ever since you made it clear that / You’re a taker, I’m a giver / And there’s no way to press undo”.
Paula Seling – “My Sweet and Tender Beast”
By the end of Paula Seling’s new video you should know a bit more about the different attractions of northeast Romania. The two-time Eurovision star is involved with a tourism-related campaign for the region. The song itself incorporates music from Eugen Doga’s waltz “My Sweet and Tender Beast”. Additional lyrics see Paula singing about true love: “Love me like noone has loved before / Kiss me like there will be no tomorrow / When you touch me, it feels like you’re tasting my heart / Nothing can keep us apart / My only love”.
Max Mutzke – “Hoffnung”
Max Mutzke is taking a page from STEFAN’s book. Germany’s Eurovision 2004 singer has released a new single titled “Hoffnung” (“Hope”). A mid-tempo offering, it starts off with piano accompaniment before percussion and backing vocals are added into the chorus.
Musiqq – BIJIS, IR UN BŪS
Musiqq’s new EP — BIJIS, IR UN BŪS (Was, is and will be) — is dedicated to Latvian hard rock band Līvi. The Eurovision 2011 alumni take songs from Līvi’s back catalogue and update them with new arrangements. The end products are quite a contrast from the originals, with Musiqq instead delivering mid-tempo R&B and pop offerings. The EP includes previous singles “Bijis, ir un būs” and “Ar tevi Kopā”.
Lucía Pérez – “La Penúltima”
RastaBenji feat. Stig Van Eijk – “Bounce in this Club”
Ahead of participating in semi-final three of Melodi Grand Prix 2023, Stig Van Eijk has featured on the new song “Bounce in this Club”. Written by German artist RastaBenji, it’s a reggae/dancehall track. Stig Van Eijk, Norway’s Eurovision 1999 representative, delivers most of the vocals, singing about how he’ll be putting happiness before love: “I don’t want to be in love / I just want to bounce in this club”.
Guè feat. Mahmood – “Lontano Dai Guai”
Italian rapper Guè dropped his new album Madreperla (Mother of pearl) last week. In amongst the various featured artists is two-time Eurovision star Mahmood. He joins for “Lontano Dai Guai” (“Away From Trouble”), delivering the chorus: “Don’t blame me if I put you on hold / Keep believing, yes it’s the usual excuse / Away from cash, from trouble / Never make the mistake of wasting years”.
Amir & Black M – “Grandir”
Amir, France’s Eurovision 2016 star, recently collaborated with rapper Black M. Their joint offering is the R&B-pop track “Grandir” (“Grow up”). The pair wonder whether it was really beneficial to loose their carefree childhoods in order to become adults: “Unanswered questions, things I don’t see coming / Come on let’s stop before we grow up / I want to understand, is it worth it?”. You can watch the music video here.
Anxhela Peristeri & Labinot Tahiri – “U deshtem”
Eurovision 2021 star Anxhela Peristeri has teamed up with Labinot Tahiri. They come together for the ballad duet “U deshtem” (“I failed”). Mainly featuring soft percussion and woodwind, the song gets some extra grit in the final chorus courtesy of electric guitars. In the music video, this is also where we see the big failure — a groom leaving the bride at the altar.
Zdob și Zdub – “Să ne fie Bine și Frumos”
“May you have a year full of light, may it be warm in the house and in the soul! See you in the new year, with new songs, concerts and hundreds of roads to beat. Let’s go!”
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.