The Eurovision 2023 season is now in full swing and no doubt fans will have the songs from this year’s contest on repeat until we crown a winner in May. But that doesn’t mean we forget about the artists from past contests – they’re still bringing us a lot of new music 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 the songs and music videos released recently by Eurovision stars.
New music from Eurovision artists: 2023 | Week 18 part 2
With so many new songs this week, we’ve split the roundup into two smaller halves. You can find part 1 here.
Voyager – “Prince of Fire”
Even if their busy with preparing to represent their country at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, Australia’s Voyager are still focused on releasing new music too. This week they released their new EP, Prince of Fire. It contains 3 songs: their newest track “Prince of Fire”, their Eurovision song “Promise” and their previously released song “Submarine”. “Prince of Fire” once again gives us a dose of progressive rock music at its finest: “The voices come/ The voices go/ The voices know/ Am I the prince of fire on the night patrol?”. What’s even more, their new album Fearless in Love is coming on 14 July so save the date.
The Glamrocks ft. Gerard Joling – “Sugar Baby Love”
“People, take my advice/ If you love someone/ Don’t think twice!” That’s the motto of this song! Dutch music legend, Gerard Joling (The Netherlands, 1988) collaborated with The Glamrocks for his new track, “Sugar Baby Love”. The iconic song, which was first officially released by The Rubettes in 1974, gets a new version that will certainly make you travel back in time. The music video tries to reproduce the authentic retro vibes, including a series of cinematographic fragments.
Riskykidd ft. Oge – “TOP G”
Riskykidd represented Greece in 2014 together with Freaky Fortune. His new song is a rap track that’s addictive, you should definitely check this out if you are into rap music. Oge is the producer of the song. The flow is incredible and Riskykidd’s voice takes control, impressing with his rapping skills. Play this song loud for a confidence booster, it’s totally savage.
ALYOSHA – “Я НА ВОЛІ Є”
ALYOSHA (Ukraine, 2010) comes with a powerful ballad that has a strong message against war. The lyrics are in Ukrainian, giving a voice to the Ukrainian nation and proving that their culture can’t be silenced. The title of the song is “I’m Free” and the music video features a series of images that show the real face of the war, the struggles that the Ukrainian nation has to deal with. The lyrics speak about staying free and hoping for a better future, about hoping for times of peace. It is meant to encourage and show support to everyone who’s suffering, whether they are on the battle front or they have to suffer the consequences of aggressions: “I already give you my wings/ I wanted to do it for so long/ Just choose where you want to fly/ You can go into the dark, you can go into the light/ My shadow is always next to you/ I will see through your eyes.” Her song represents the goal of her country: to be free, to be one whole.
About her new song, ALYOSHA states: “A free person has free thoughts. She begins to realise the meaning of the world, life, love and all manifestations of humanity. And this is exactly what all Ukrainians aspire to.”
Sudden Lights – “Backwards in Time”
Sudden Lights represent Latvia at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Liverpool. They recorded a live performance of “Backwards in Time” two weeks ago for Eurovision’s YouTube series Eurovision: A Little Bit More. Now the band have officially released the song onto streaming services for us all. The lyrics speak about going backwards in time in order to change the way in which certain things happened: “Ah-ha you punish me for unproven crimes/ Ah-ha you punish me for unproven crimes/ Ah-ha will you teach me, will you teach me how to move/ Ah-ha will you teach me how to move backwards in time/ Stay a little longer backwards in time.”
Monika Liu – Kodėl Tu Čia?
The Lithuanian queen who represented her country in 2022 is back with a new album, Kodėl Tu Čia? (Why Are You Here?). There are eight songs, including an extended eight-minute version of her Eurovision entry “Sentimentai”.
Earlier in the week, Monika revealed the final pre-release single, “Į Tave”. It’s a sentimental ballad, in Lithuanian. The song is in a retro style that’s so suitable for Monika, matching perfectly with her voice. The tittle of the song is “To You” and the lyrics are just like an open letter for a lover, to whom she travels to in a dream: “It’s quiet/ Everyone is already sleeping/ Only me alone/ I return to you in my thoughts/ After all, so much is left unsaid.” Night becomes a period when the intensity of her feelings grows, becoming hard to be controlled: “To you I’m/ Turning back in a dream/ Again and again/ All around is fog/ Maybe that’s why the night is too long for me.” The song is classy and it has a specific elegance that Monkika masters in her songs. It was written and produced by Monika herself.
Benjamin Ingrosso & Jonathan Johansson – “Stockholm”
Benjamin (Sweden, 2018) has his own series called Benjamin’s where he has different guests with whom he sings and chats. The series is in its third season and episode three featured (among other artists) the Swedish artist Jonathan Johansson. The song they performed together belongs to Jonathan and it was released in 2011. It’s sung in Swedish and it speaks about finding the power to overcome difficult moments in life and the importance of having somebody to lean on: “You say come/ And take me somewhere else/ All the walls creep closer and closer/ And you know/ You have to carry a weight on your shoulders.”
Miki Núñez, Carlos Sadness – “Suerte”
Miki represented Spain in 2019 with his song “La Venda” and he made everyone dance. His new collaboration with Carlos Sadness, “Suerte” (by its English title, “Luck”), is a cute summer love song, perfect to put a smile on your face and to make you anticipate the holiday. The lyrics are in Spanish and they speak about feeling lucky to find the person who perfectly completes you, your soulmate: “Lucky to meet you/ Lucky that you’ve come/ Lucky to hear your voice despite all this noise.” The song was released together with an adorable lyric video, which gives the impression of an animated collage.
ALIKA – “You”
ALIKA represents Estonia this year in Liverpool with her song “Bridges”. We all know by now that she has a powerful voice that touches your heart each time she sings. Her new song, “You”, speaks about what a blessing it is to love someone and to be loved in return. ALIKA showcases her flawless voice with this powerful and meaningful ballad. It has a very deep meaning for the Estonian artist and she shared the story of this song with her followers on Instagram:
“This piece was written at home. I was alone and wanted to make a special birthday present for my special person. A song. I reached out to take something from the ground and accidentally pressed A note in the 2nd octave on my piano. A whole melody built up in my head and it was the moment when the song was already written.”
Anna Rossinelli – “I Used To Be Young”
Anna Rossinlli competed at Eurovision for Switzerland in 2011. This week the group released a new song, “I Used To Be Young”, which is cozy, acoustic and nostalgic. The song is included on an EP with the same title that contains, beside this song, two songs previously released: “The World Is Yours” and “Mother”. The lyrics of this new song praise the days that are gone, but leave them in the past while she looks for a bright future: “There’s a box full of memories/ Hidden in my mind/ That I will hold tight till the day I die/ But there’s no goin’ back/ No there’s no goin’ back.” Anna confessed that this one is very special to her:
“‘I Used to be Young’ is a song about the ups and downs of my life, about a vague past that I’m reliving in my mind. I’ve collected endless memories over time and stored them safely in my memory, they make me the person I am today and that’s why it’s good the way it is. I look back on my life without regrets and am happy that I’m now living in today and no longer in yesterday, as nice as it was.”
Eugent Bushpepa & Renis Gjoka – “Rezisto”
Sometimes music is a powerful way of expression, and Eugent (Albania, 2018) proves this in his new collaboration with Renis Gjoka, where music becomes a way of protest against injustice. The new track is 100% a rock song, having a very strong instrumental that supports the strong message of the song. The English title of the song is “Resist”.
Céline Dion – “I’ll Be”
The legendary singer who won Eurovision in 1988 for Switzerland is back with another new song from the soundtrack for the movie Love Again, a romantic comedy in which Céline Dion appears too, playing herself. The movie is based on Sofie Cramer’s novel with the same title. No need to say that Céline’s voice is absolutely hypnotising! Here we have a love song (perfect for a romantic comedy) and its lyrics speak about always being there for the one you love: “You are a butterfly/ And I wanna be your blue sky/ You are a gypsy/ And I’m on your passenger side.” The music video has a series of scenes from the movie, but also photos of Céline Dion’s fans, with supporting messages for the artist.
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.
An extremely attractive voice. I will find songs related to him.
i go here with sugar baby love and alika away.
Dion’s song is by far the best song from this list.
100% agree, I’ve just seen her acting debut, she’s awesome and hilarious.
I’ve been listening to Sudden Lights’ most recent album (Miljards vasaru); it’s a good one that reminds me a lot of the grandly romantic records that Snow Patrol made at their peak. ‘Backwards In Time” appears to be a re-recorded version of the first song on that album with new English lyrics.