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The local music scene has turned away from typical bland material and is opting to show itself in a more radical way by becoming more contemporary. One of the main promoters of such musical talent is surely Bay Radio whose dedication has been shown through the fact that songs by local artists have been making their playlists in recent years. At the end of the week, one of their headlining individuals, Nathan D, counts down the order in which the songs were played during the whole week. The system is quite an interesting one to follow yet this year has been somewhat incredible for the music scene with so many various genres taking centre stage.

Due to some technical issues, we could not bring you last weeks update of the chart but we have made sure to note certain notices about the songs that are currently making the cut on the aforementioned station. It seems that this past week everyone has been a mover in someway or another and therefore we are going to commence with the songs that have somewhat lost some of their sparkle and have been dwindling down the chart. Both songs that are losing support have been at the helm of the chart and have occupied their places for quite some time and therefore it is somewhat normal for them to be moving down now. The first song which is heading down could be found in position number #7 and bears the title 'Never Meant', a track by Carlo Gerada Feat. Scott Walker & Chess which was the number #1 song just two weeks ago whilst still at the elite position of number #3, there is the song 'King of the Night' by JJoy which led the chart just last week.

As entries go down and head out, there have to be brand new songs to come in and this week, there have been two tracks which seem to be garnering interest amongst the listeners of Bay Radio. Both tracks enter at the lower echelons of the chart with the first one coming in position number #10 in the form of 'I Need You' a song which features Kristina Casolani, Dj Ruby and Mark U Bahn and the next one could be found in position number #9 performed by the duo known as 'Of The Owl' whose track 'I Meant It ... I Want It' seems to have hit the right chords with listeners as well.  It is vitally important that one of the songs which entered last weeks' chart was that of the group Relikc whose new single 'Nothing On My Mind' is making headlines at the moment and with its rise to peak position of number #8, we will be introducing this weeks' rising entries.

The next song which has risen and could now be found in position number #6 has been hanging around the chart for quite some time. It comes in the form of 'Can't Be Friends' performed by Andre and featuring IM. This song was going down last week but has not only maintained its position but has regarned airplay. Also moving on upwards and now finding itself in position number #5 in this new chart update is the 'Feel Good Song' sung by former chart leaders Muxu and Davinia. This is their first time collaboration and it is defintely proving successful at this point in time following their second rise in three weeks. Joining their rise and could be found just one position above them are the group Bridget Bone whose song 'Jackie The Stripper' is now at position number #4 continuing a steady rise. The top two has seen a number of changes this time round and finding themselves in the runner up position at number #2 hoping to emulate what they did with their first single are the group, The Crowns whose second track 'Out Of Nowhere' is receiving a lot of promotion through a number of events. Still at least for this week, they were pipped by none other than the group Saving Alexis whose long stint in the chart has been rewarded with a number #1 position with the song 'High On July'.

It is important to point out that the new song by Thea Garrett was premiered in full throughout the programme. It is hoped that the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest representative makes the chart with the song 'Walk On By' which is composed by the same team behind her number #1 charting 'Frontline' meaning John Galea and Dean Muscat. We would like to wish her the very best of luck as she tries to take on the charts.

Source: Bay Radio

The countdown for the end of the season of summer is now upon us and that means that the programming that has been ongoing in the past couple of weeks will also be coming to an end making way for a brand new television season, one which is anticipated by quite a number of television viewers. One of the shows which has garnered a lot of interest in recent weeks has been reality music show 'Don't Stop Me Now' hosted by none other than the well known Eileen Montesin whose sole aim has been to find local talent with a brilliant personality to match and with only four programmes to go, it will be quite interesting to see how the rest of the competition will ultimately shape up.

For yet another week, the ten participants will be fighting to gain a total of twenty points, ten of which will be given by the weekly judges on the performances which will circling around the theme of local songs from the past. The judges include none other than former Eurovision Song Contest representative Moira Stafrace, musical theater performer Ray Mangion and media personality Catherine Mifsud. In the meantime, one of the acts will also be singing a duet with none other than this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest runner-up Richard Edwards and if the performance is liked by the judges, an extra five points may be given to the respective artist. Christine Haber will also be on hand within the show to perform at the end of the programme but she will also be treating the contestants to yet another task which will also see another ten point handed out. Make sure to tune in to Television Malta (TVM) watch the show tomorrow night after the news at 20:00 CET in order to watch the programme.

Source: Press Release

The preparations for the 2012 edition of the annual musical showcase known as the 'Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza' began quite a couple of months ago when it had been announced that one of the finalists for the established category would ultimately be chosen through a talent show hosted through 'Sas-Sitta' a production by Spiteri Lucas Entertainment. The progress has been quite swift and the two finalists; Simone Gauci and Marie Claire Attard Bason will be fighting it out in a couple of weeks time with the hope of garnering access. Nevertheless, whilst this portion is concluding, the local music scene is buzzing as the rules and regulations for the upcoming edition were released on the internet yesterday.

Past winners of the competition include none other than Claudette Pace (1999), Ira Losco (2001), Lawrence Gray (2002), Eleanor Cassar (2005), Claudia Faniello (2006), Annabelle Debono (2009), Amber (2010) and Mike Spiteri (2011) amongst others. All of the mentioned including others have managed to make their mark on the industry through other competitions and music releases and the next artist to finish on top should have the same fate. The Committee decided that the early release of the regulations would give the songwriters along with the artists, more time to prepare their prospective entries with the hope that submissions increase and even improve in quality where possible. Skimming through the regulations, one would easily note that there have not been a lot of changes but some of the amendments have been introduced in order to improve the competition.

When it comes to the Teenage Category, the main change is surely in the way that the result is decided noting that from this year onwards, it will be 60% Jury and 40% Tele-Voting instead of the 50% on both counts. This is to point out the attributes of talent more than popularity, which sometimes is forgotten when it comes to such competitions. When it comes to the Established Category, there have been a number of small changes including the introduction of the possibility of having live backing vocals. The committee of the 'Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza' will be promoting this stance throughout the competition in fact, even adding the fact that despite the rule to have six (6) people on stage, the backing vocals will not be part of that number so that the performance can be as elaborated as possible within the context of the event itself.

The acts who eventually make it to the finals have to adhere to the competition regulations when it comes to applying hair and make-up noting that no other companies will be accepted backstage on the day apart from those appointed by Media.Link Communications whilst the people who will be on hand backstage with the artists have to be given a pass and have to be part of the performance only. One last point which the committee will be strictly adhering to in 2012 is that those participating in the 'Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza' cannot compete in other music competitions or talent shows between July and September of the same year. The fee of submitting a song has remained at the respectable sum of €50 and submissions will be accepted on Friday 4th May 2012 between 09:00 and 19:00 CET at the offices of Media.Link Communications.

The judging phases will be taking place on the two Saturdays following the submission. We would like to give everyone who would is considering submitting an entry a round of applause for keeping in mind that the local music scene should also be promoted within a national context of the Maltese language. ESCflashmalta would also like to thank Media.Link Communications and NET Television for the general involvement. Make sure to stay tuned for more information here and also through the official Facebook Page of the 'Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza' which will be updated with news, videos and other interesting items along the next couple of days, weeks and months. You can find the rules here, and the forms here for the Established Category and here for the Teenage Category as well as the main page of the website.

Source: Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza Committee 2012

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The Public Broadcasting Services is celebrating fifty years since their inception in 2012 and they have carefully re-assessed their schedule becoming more current and in touch with the present world within the content of their programmes. Monday nights have become quite notable on Television Malta actually with the musical series 'D.R.E.A.M.S' amassing quite a large audience of all respective demographics. One would prepare a nice cup of tea, maybe a snack and sick down in front of Television Malta to once more enjoy another episode. Following the performance of the main cast at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, they have somewhat become even more popular as they have also captured the hearts of an international audience who were enchanted to hear the Maltese language being sung within a national selection.

Last week, the entangled web of various storylines continued growing deeper with most of the main characters getting some form of recognition and continuation. Emma (Kayleigh Cassar) speaks to Jake Perry (Jean Paul Carbonaro) about her past and the fact that she had always been a star pupil, an element which ultimately led to her downfall and to imagining Petra (Maria Farrugia). As soon as he acknowledges that he wishes to help her, she believes that she does not require the help and storms off without an explaination. In the past couple of episodes, Greta who used to go out with Peter Fava (Johann Curmi) found out that he and her best friend; Jessica Spiteri (Mary Louise Wiffen) were in a relationship and this did not bode well with her creating a rift between the new couple. Peter decides that for the sake of his new found love interest, he would speak to her and hope that eveything settles down but will it be enough? The issues of Jade Vella Petroni (Rachel Genovese) stem to her mother it seems who seems to want her to keep her figure. The attitude that she brings in when hearing there was food at the party was alarming with her charming character turning into a spiteful one.

One last story which also gained some more traction is that of Professor Clive Cortis (Dorian Micallef) whose wife is phased with him fathering a daughter without ever telling her. She decides to leave and move from the house taking the children with her. This week should prove to be quite interesting especially with a scene that seems to feature a lot of rage from Jade Vella Petroni towards a member of her group Jasmine Vassallo Grima (Rachael Tedesco Triccas). The story quickly turns towards Samantha Hearts (Samaryah Sammut) who seems to be in the hospital after suffering from a concution. The issue is that she would like to reconnect with her father, Professor Clive Cortis whilst she would not like to press charges but nevertheless, she is still a minor and is not the one to hold such a decision. It seems that Jake Perry and Emma do not know what trouble they are getting into when they steal out of an innocent bystander from a local supermarket. The return to the normal life of the Vassallo family meaing Joe (Martin Catania) and Doreen (Mariella Chetcuti Delmar) might be put in questio when his wife asks him to provide her with the office hours so that she can work aroud them in preparing things at home.

This television series is the original work of Evelyn Saliba La Rosa and Michael Vella Haber who in turn write the lyrics to all of the tracks performed as opposed to the music which is written by Ray Agius, the man who wrote the last two winners of the 'Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza' as well as the Maltese Eurovision entries in 1995 entitled 'Keep Me In Mind' and in 1997 bearing the name 'Let Me Fly'. A number of supporting members of the cast have stunning musical credentials including former Junior Eurovision Song Contest representatives; Nicole Azzopardi and Daniel Testa, former Malta Eurosong finalist and host; Ruth Sammut Casingena, former Sfida Contestant Rachel Genovese, performer Rachael Tedesco Triccas and the ever so stunning winner of 'ID'; Analise Psaila. Therefore don't forget to tune in to Television Malta (TVM) this evening after the special broadcast from the Maltese Parliament at about 21:20 CET for another episode of 'D.R.E.A.M.S'.

 

Source: Press Release, Jessica Vella De Sauveterre

 

After the release of Lyndsay’s latest hit single “Love Sick” this Summer, which is written and produced by Kenny D’Ugo and Dave Calleja, comes the official music video directed and produced by Ready Set Go Productions. It is going to be launched on the teen show “Crazebook” aired on Net TV, tomorrow, Saturday 5th November at 6:10 pm. The single “Love Sick” is yet another release from Lyndsay Pace’s upcoming album, which has already been hand picked by the local airwaves including the number 1 spot on Malta’s Top 10 Charts on the island’s most leading radio station, 89.7 Bay.

In the past few years or so, Lyndsay's music career had gradually been building up as she had managed to show off her good qualities and achieve positive results in a variety of contests and other musical event. Apart from her solo career, Lyndsay had been selected to be part of Malta's first and ultimate girl band "Vieve" during 2008 in conjunction with Silverscope music and XFM which was a thrilling and exciting project as the 4 girl band members were hand picked for this once in a lifetime opportunity. Having said that, Lyndsay had also been chosen as a resident singer on most of the popular TV shows these past few years such as "Pjazza", "Saturday Night", the entertainment day time program "Hadd Ghalik" and recently on the Saturday afternoon show “Sibtek”.

Lyndsay is working on her first pop/rock upcoming album at the moment, being the expression of her emotions and feelings through music itself as she is developing herrepertoire of new releases (apart from the latest single “Love Sick”) which have already hit the top local charts such as "System Overload", "Zip It Up" and “Going Under” (together with a music video). In the near future, she will be releasing more singles from her repertoire. She continues to talk about the sound of the album and says that “the style we’re heading for is the pop/rock genre with an edgy twist combined including a mixture of attitude, pure energy, wild style and versatility at it’s best!” In addition, she also describes her songs as “the body of music with attitude”.

Last year, Lyndsay had been nominated for Best Solo Artist at the most awaited local music event of the year - The Bay Music Awards, which was definitely a turning point for her career during that time and also another achievement to be considered. This year, she has been nominated for two Awards; “Best Solo Artist” and “Best Song” (for the song “Love Sick”. Ongoing preparations are underway for an exclusive performance on the night.

With so much yet to offer, Lyndsay continuously tries her best to bring out the right elements to satisfy the diverse music taste in this industry, being that her main ambition is that she truly ends up leaving a major impact and making a successful mark in the music scene as an established artist sooner or later regarding the local area, or better yet, the international one.

Source: Official Website, Myspace, Facebook

Malta as a nation has been blessed with a number of incredible vocal talent but standing the test of time in the past couple of years has been none other than Joseph Calleje who has been complimented on numerous occasions of having 'a golden age voice that routinely inspires comparisons to “legendary singers' without adding that he 'has become one of the most sought-after tenors on both sides of the Atlantic'. The tenor keeps his home country close to heart and has promised to keep presenting a concert every year bringing well known acts to join him in haunting and enchanting the enthusiastic crowd present at the Floriana, Granaries. His accolades continue to grow but in the past twenty four hours, he has surely been positive about the way his career is heading with one of his performances garnering a nod for the upcoming edition of the Grammy Awards.

Earlier this year, he performed alongside the incredible mezzo-soprano; Hayley Westenra and the Italian Icon; Lucio Dalla but that might not truly have been the highlight of the year which has also included being asked to perform at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert, performing on 'Ti Lascia Una Canzone' shown on RAI or even making music charts all over the world including the higher echelons of the top ten in both the United Kingdom and the United States. The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States has just announced the nominations for the upcoming edition of the Grammy Awards taking place in February 2012 and Joseph Calleja alongside his colleagues Renée Fleming, and Thomas Hampson have gained a nomination for the Best Opera Recording having performed in the Metropolitan Opera's recording of Doctor Faustus and the Royal Opera House recording of La Traviata. This is an outstanding achievement for Joseph Calleja and we would like to wish him the very best of luck with such a nomination maybe he can become the first Maltese artist to win a Grammy Award and would like to wish him a very happy holiday season filled with joy and success.

Source: CBS

Two Young-Maltese artists; Enya Magri and Maxine Pace got the right to participate in “The World Championships of Performing Arts” in Hollywood. This competition is also known as the Artists’ Olympics. It was their very first time in this type of competition where they got satisfying results.

Enya and Maxine arrived in Hollywood, earlier this month, on the 15th of July. On the first day, they had to wear the Maltese traditional costume just like the contestants from the other forty (40) other participating countries. Then, the second day consisted of a boot camp where they attended some musical lectures from a number of high profile individuals within the music industry such as Dorian Holley. For 23 years, Holley supported the King of Pop; Michael Jackson as backing singer. They also met Seth Riggs who is considered to be the best vocal coach.



After the opening ceremony, the young artists set off to the competition where they sang in four (4) different categories. Both Enya and Maxine made it through to the semi-finals. In the stage of the competition, two categories; (5-10yrs & 11-15yrs), has been joined together, from which only five (5) made it through to the finals. One of the two local girls; Enya, was the youngest competitor; and what do you know made it as one of these five finalists! The following day, the results of every category were revealed. Maxine won two (2) gold and one (1) bronze medal whilst Enya won two (2) gold medals with one being that of a finalist, one (1) silver medal and the last one being a golden medal as she was awarded the winner of the world champion division.

They were all very happy and satisfied with the results as they should be. A round of applause should also go to their vocal coach; Kaya (Priscilla Psaila) who did her best to prepare them for the competition. The Editorial Team of ESCflashmalta would like to congratulate these young artists on their achievements.

Source: Press Release


The year is quickly coming to an end and seriously, this year has been astounding in various areas but it has to be commended that the level of the private television stations has seriously increased in the past couple of months. It is a season to be jolly and with cold days ahead, there is some serious consideration to stay inside. Television is surely going to keep people company and once more this evening comes an episode of the fictitious yet real life situation drama known as 'Déjà Vu' which airs on NET Television as from 20:30 CET onwards. The pace of the story has been quickly developing now and for fans of local music, then you are always in for a treat as one (1) to two (2) songs are interpreted by the cast of the series. According to the recent survey accounted for by the Broadcasting Authority, they stated that the series is one of the most watched productions on the private broadcaster garnering a large share of audience figures, somewhat a noted success, something that the producer, Eileen Montesin is known for.

The story continues to gain promise with the main characters all making appearances during this evenings' episode. Kicking off things with Jacob (Jurgen Manicolo), the lad who has a thing for two of the characters in the storyline being Beth (Christine Haber) and Sharon. He is making it too apparent that he likes the latter though and in fact, he is somewhat skeptic of her when she speaks to him in a kind manner. He is always portrayed as the one down on his luck and therefore, this change of heart is quite an interesting turn of events. Coming back from Italy, most notably Taormina, Louise (Mary Spiteri) is still feeling a little bit furious noting that her weekend with the Mayor (Mark Haber) was a bust having to take her secretary (Eileen Montesin) instead. The person that ends up being the one to get in the way of the bad mood of the Headmistress is Hazel (Clare Agius) who is also the same individual whom the Mayor had asked her to hire in order to spearhead the after-school classes at St.Louis College.

Hazel has her own problems noting that the Christmas show might prove to be quite poor in design without any props and therefore turns to Chris for brand new ideas. In fact, this character will be seen in a brand new light to see what he is actually trying to do within the story, what his role will be and whether he will take over the whole Christmas show at the sixth form. The literal idea of Christmas is given prominence through the trimming of the tree noting the shots of various characters including Nicole who is also quite furious and Beth who manages to enter this story-line as well. Then again, her mother, decides to buy a brand new Christmas tree but something happens and when Jacob loses his mobile phone. There are several innacuracies which will be divulged during this episode, therefore stay tuned for more this evening!

Starring for yet another time this evening will be none other than; former Eurovision Song Contest representative; Mary Spiteri, Junior Eurosong finalist; Christine Haber and of course Former Hosts of the Malta Song for Europe, Clare Agius and Eileen Montesin. Tune into NET Television this evening at 20:30 CET, just after the news to follow the second episode of this series and you will notice when the show will be commencing as the opening theme song is none other than the song 'Déjà Vu' performed by former Eurovision Song Contest representative Olivia Lewis in the Malta Song for Europe back in 2005.

Source: Press Release

Through the winds of time, the 'Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza' has established itself as one of the leading musical competitions in the country with its participation list already gaining strong names in an aim for local artists to show off their vocal skills in the national language. In recent years, the list of finalists in the event has been quite surprisingly bulging with amazing artists including Mike Spiteri, Klinsmann, Danica Muscat, Anna Azzopardi, Deborah C, Janice Mangion, Tiziana Calleja, Marilena,  Rita Pace with former winners being Claudette Pace, Ira Losco, Miriam Christine, Lawrence Gray and Claudia Faniello amongst others. Despite the next edition of the showcase being quite far off, it is less than a year away and preparations have already begun through a wildcard competition on the show 'Sas-Sitta' hosted by Ray Attard and Janice Darmanin every Saturday as from 14:05 CET till 18:00 CET. In the past couple of weeks, artists have taken on some of most amazing songs in the world of music and performed them with the Spiteri Lucas band in the studio with a panel of judges commenting each and every week on the respective performers.

The competition is definitely not easy and the quality levels well on beyond high which is somewhat impressive actually. There is a certain aura that in the long run, the winner will be deserving of the position although thus far, there has not been that special grace of performing in Maltese, which is actually something that will be taken up in due time because as from the second phase, which will be featuring eight performers in total who will keep dropping down until the eventuality of judges and the public getting their respective final say. The fact of the matter is that live performances will be crucial and with a live band, things are somewhat even more difficult therefore, artists will have to be very careful as they interpret local songs in the national language.

As a supervisor of the selection process and member of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza committee for the past two years, 'it will be imperative that songs are performed to the tone of voice that suits the respective artist because it is important to see them adding style to a song without copying it.' Therefore make sure to tune it to see who out of the participating individuals will make it to the next phase. ESCflashmalta would like to wish everyone the very best of luck. Without any apparent order, the acts through to round two are as follows; Amanda Friggieri, Bianca Vella, Roberta Mallia, Simone Gauci, Derrick Schembri, Marlon Chircop, Cherise Attard and Marie Claire Attard Bason.

Source: Spiteri Lucas Entertainment, NET Television, ESCflashmalta

The wide spectrum of the local music industry has led to a variety of new talent to be discovered with a number of genres gaining airplay over the past couple of years. In order to celebrate the best possible music that the nation has to present, each and every year, artists as well as songwriters and even so producers are awarded for their efforts within the Malta Music Awards which take place during the season of winter. The amount of songs released during this year has been somewhat amazing noting how much one small country has to offer when it comes to this particular field in question. The annual showcase is organized by Mega Music Malta which is led by none other than former Malta Song for Europe board member, Noel Magri.

We would like to announce that this submission phase to be considered for nominations has now opened and you can submit your respective details through the official website. We closely followed last years' edition of the Malta Music Awards which saw a number of stars from the Eurovision scene achieving nominations including Eleanor Cassar, Claudia Faniello and Glen amongst others whilst one has to remember that one of the artists awarded in recent years has been none other than 1992 Eurovision Song Contest representative, Mary Spiteri, who was given the Lifetime Achievement Award for everything she has had to offer to the local music industry presenting the nation in the best possible way.

If you believe that you deserve to be recognized for hard work in the musical field, then make sure to make your submission prior to the 1st October 2011. In order to be eligible to enter the competition, singles, albums and videos have to have been release between the 1st October 2010 and the 30th September 2011, not before and definitely not after. When the submissions are made, a panel of judges, all of whom have experience within the music industry will make up the final list of nominees whilst also selecting the respective winners. This years' Malta Music Awards will be taking place on Saturday 26th November 2011 at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre in Ta' Qali.

Source: Malta Music Awards