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Gerard James Borg, one of Malta's most successful songwriters, responsible for penning the lyrics for no less than 6 competing entries in the Eurovision Song Contest has recently been involved in a project, a new single entitled "Revolving Doors" featuring Hallgrimur Oskarsson as the composer, and Johanna Gudrun (Yohanna) as the lead vocalist.

Yohanna, the runner-up in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest with "Is It True?" and recipient of the maximum 12 points from the Maltese Tele-Vote and Professional Jury, has kept a rather low profile since trying to return to the international competition back in 2013, noting that she gave birth in October 2015. 

Her comeback single "Revolving Doors", is a beautiful ballad, with hints of country, which soars into true vocal depth. On the other hand, Gerard has focused his creative talent on novels, and thus far it seems that he has been truly successful, noting the release of two best-sellers; "Sliema Wives" and "Madliena Married Men".

You can listen to the song, whilst also following the lyrics through the video below, as we urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Yohanna (Official Facebook Page)


Wednesday, 18 June 2014 19:17

Norway: Alexander Rybak in New Music Video

"Into a Fantasy" taken from the DreamWorks motion picture, "How To Train Your Dragon 2" is the latest single by Belarusian born singer/songwriter Alexander Rybak. Since winning the 2009 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, Rybak has led a highly successful career, going onto release four studio albums with Universal Music, three of which managed to reach the top ten, with the other peaking in the top forty.

His latest single, a stand-alone track "Into a Fantasy" is part of the soundtrack for the DreamWorks motion picture, "How To Train Your Dragon 2" and is played during the end credits for most countries in Europe. It's a typical Rybak song, with a stuttering violin in the beginning and then crisp perfection in terms of vocals. The music video accompanying the track which could be seen below has been shot on some of the highest points in Norway. It is worth keeping in mind that Alexader Rybak voices the lead role in the Norwegian version of the Animated Movie. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Alexander Rybak (Official Facebook Page)


On Friday the 11th of october, the local council in collaboration with the secretary of parliament and other organizations shall be organizing an activity called Festa Kultura. This will take place at 19:30 in the Ħal Balzan Square. Several cultural activities will take place during this feast making it a very entertaining night for all ages.

There will be stands which will showcase the food and culture of several countries such as Italy, Spain, America, Turkey, Somalia and  Eritrea. Apart from that, there will also be some of the leading artists in the industry including former Eurovision Song Contest representatives; Chiara and Ludwig Galea amongst others. In the meantime, people will also recognise the likes of traditional music known as Għana and other attractions such as Alegria Dance Company, In Guardia Parade and much more. 

escflashmalta.com encourages the public to attend, enjoy the celebrations and respect the cultural heritage that the town of Ħal Balzan is proud to offer on behalf of Malta. On the other hand, stay tuned in to this portal as all the latest news about the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2013, Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014 and the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 will all be published in the coming days, weeks, and months!

Source: Press Release


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Friday, 06 September 2013 14:06

Malta: Chiara Striving to Succeed in New Genre

In a recent interview with Frederick Zammit during the programme Euromix on Radju Malta, three time Eurovision Song Contest representative Chiara spoke abour her past and present endeavours in the music industry as well as her family including her father and daughter. Throughout the years, Chiara has maintained her status as one of the most elite vocalists in the country, always trying to be contemporary in her musical choices. As a resident singer on the popular game show, Ħadd Għalik, she performed cover songs which suited her vocals but are not in the genre that many had grown accustomed to. It was this particular style of music which helped her land her record deal with Hands-Up Music.

Chiara, represented by Hands-Up Music, an Icelandic record label has just collaborated with Hera Bjork, the 2010 vocalist on behalf of Iceland at the Eurovision Song Contest on a cover version of the track 9 to 5 originally by Dolly Party. They performed it together for the very first time during an event where they were both invited within Germany. It will not be the only time though considering that they will be heading to Paris, France in December for another show. During the course of the interview, Frederick Zammit also asked Chiara about her upcoming plans as a solo artist to which she revealed that she is currently working on her new single, which will be featuring water and female sirens, more commonly known as Mermaids. She is co-writing this track alongside her manager.


Many have enquired about the possibility of Chiara returning to the world of the Eurovision Song Contest when the ban which prohibits her to submit is ultimately lifted. In a diplomatic manner, she stated that 'never say never' but added that unless she listens to something which ultimately blows her away, she will not be returning to the event. Chiara's last participation at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009 was quite disappointing as her entry What If We composed by Marc Paelinck to the lyrics of Gregory Bilsen could only muster up thirty one (31) points to finish in nineteenth place. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com in the coming days, weeks and months for all of the latest news about the local music industry and the Eurovision Song Contest.

Sources: Frederick Zammit (Euromix), Chiara Official Facebook Page


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In 2009, Chiara represented Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest for the third time with the track What If We composed by Marc Paelinck to the lyrics of Gregory Bilsen achieving a disappointing result. Nevertheless, it is worth noting that it was the beginning of something new for the female vocalist as she signed a record deal with an indepedent label based in Iceland with which she has already released three singles including; Forget Forgetting Me, Żarbun and 9 to 5, the latter being a duet with Hera Bjork. This evening, she will be giving an exclusive interview to Frederick Zammit on the radio programme; Euromix which airs on Radju Malta between 20:30 and 22:00 CET.

Since returning from her third participation within the international competition, the female artist has gone for a completely different genre, so much so that she even altered her image. The vocals are nevertheless very much present despite the dance music as the tracks have somewhat all been reworked in a Gloria Gaynor, I Will Survive manner. During the interview, Frederick Zammit, a notable personality synomous with the world of the Eurovision Song Contest in Malta will be discussing the terms of the record deal, the controversy creaed by her last solo single, motherhood and mermaids! Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about artists from within the local music scene!

Source: Frederick Zammit


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Hands Up Music, the Icelandic record label known to support the nations' entries at the Eurovision Song Contest is home to two divas; Chiara and Hera Bjork who knows what it means to perform in front of an international audience. In recent weeks, the official facebook page of the label was promoting the release of a duet between the two and many people have been excited to hear the fruit of this project. As a matter of fact, the track 9 to 5, originally performed by Dolly Party was unveiled earlier today through viral website, YouTube.

9 to 5 was originally released in 1980, peaking at number #1 in the United States and Canada, whilst also managing top ten positions in Austria, New Zeleand and Sweden. The cover version featuring Chiara and Hera Bjork has been given a slight edge with a brand new mix in order for it to confine to the year in which it will be played, 2013. This is Chiara's first project following her controversial track My Żarbun which attained mixed reviews but nevertheless acquired thousands of views.

The three time Eurovision Song Contest participant had never worked with Hera Bjork before and is said to had been relishing the opportunity. As a matter of fact, the two voices came together beautifully and am sure that this will be a successful release for both ladies. Chiara last went to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009 with the song What If We composed by Marc Paelinck with lyrics by Gregory Bilsen whilst Hera was there in 2010 with the song Je Ne Sais Quoi co-written with Örlygur Smári. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more intriguing stories.

Source: Official Facebook Page


In 2009, Alexander Rybak secured the third victory for Norway at the Eurovision Song Contest with his song Fairytale and that has led to a rise in profile within the surrounding nations. Nevertheless, the Scandinavian country is not short of success within the annual competition having managed to win on three occasions including with the group Bobbysocks and Secret Garden in 1985 and 1995 respectively. Elisabeth Andreassen, who was part of the group Bobbysocks has joined Alexander Rybak and Didrik Solli-Tangen, representative at the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest for a setlist of concert dates.

The setlist of concerts which took place during the month of July and came to an end during this past week was met with great approval for the second year running with tickets selling out at an extremely quick pace. All of the performances were accompanied by a five-man orchestra under the leadership of Maestro Øystein Lund Olafsen. The director of the show was Tom Sterri. This was the second year in a row that Bettan, Alexander & Didrik joined forces during the summer within the city of Tønsberg and the public clearly can't get enough. Elisabeth Andreassen recently tried to represent Sweden as a lead vocalist whilst Alexander Rybak wrote the Melodi Grand Prix entry I'm With You by Annsofi. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Official Website (Alexander Rybak)


Friday, 12 October 2012 00:25

Norway: Alexander Rybak Releases New Single

Initially, Alexander Rybak was somewhat of a nobody having taken part in the Melodi Grand Prix in 2009 for the very first time with the song Fairytale and emerging as the clear favourite very quickly after all of the songs had been previewed. He would of course go on to win with a huge margin before going to the Eurovision Song Contest held in Moscow, Russia where he would also ensure victory just ahead of Iceland who were represented with Is It True? performed by the stunning Yohanna. His victory was the beginning of a brand new era for the European competition noting that charting success was being guaranteed not only for the winner but for a number of performers who were now starting to be backed by the regional departments of major recording labels. Following the release of three successful albums; Alexander Rybak is planning yet another release sometime soon hence forth why he will be releasing a new single, most probably off this upcoming album which remains a mystery thus far.

Alexander Rybak has a habit of speaking the truth win his tracks by virtue of relating them to experiences endured in life and in fact, Leave Me Alone is about a particular female fan who seems to have been stalking him in various ways for quite some time. Nevertheless, he notes that this is something extraordinary especially when this particular girl even has the habit of getting the private mobile number of the performer which has been changed a number of times in recent months. The brand new track which will be released during the day is co-written by David Eriksen who is well known to fans of the Eurovision Song Contest for writing Butterflies for Tone Damli Aaberge which was the runner-up to Alexander Rybak in 2009 Melodi Grand Prix. Nevertheless, David has worked with the likes of A1, The Saturdays, Lindsay Lohan, Clay Aiken, and Monrose. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more news about the latest releases from former winners of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: Official Alexander Rybak Website


Ireland have always somewhat lived in the shadow of the British in several aspects but then again, it seems that in recent years, musical wise at least, things have not been so far apart especially when noting the likes of Enya, The Corrs, Westlife and Boyzone. The focus here will be on the lead singer of the latter band whose name is none other than Ronan Keating. The connection of this individual with the Eurovision Song Contest goes quite a long way actually having been the host of the prestigious competition back in 1997 following the victory of The Voice as performed by Eimear Quinn as well as an interval performance by the group Boyzone before returning back a couple of years later as a co-writer to the Danish entry Believe Again as performed by Niels Brinck. It was not the first time that he tried his hand at writing a song for the event and pundits say it will not be his last. Nevertheless, he is back to the Irish music scene as a soloist by virtue of a new single preceding Fires, his first original studio album in six years.

Those who had the pleasure of watching Joseph Calleja perform on The Granaries in Floriana just a couple of weeks ago, also could watch the musical stylings of Ronan Keating who was one of the major international guests booked for the concert. During the event, he performed a number of his signature songs including When You Say Nothing At All and If Tomorrow Never Comes. The very fact of the matter remains that his original material was not being recorded with the performer going onto release a string of cover albums dedicated to Christmas Time, Mother's Day and even the renowned composer/producer Burt Bacharach. All of these albums were not only successful in Ireland and the United Kingdom but also managed to break the charts in Australia and New Zealand aided by fact that Ronan Keating is one of the judges on the Australian version of the X Factor alongside Melanie B, Guy Sebastian and Natalie Bassingthwaighte. Still, his brand new single entitled Fires has now been made available on YouTube and can be bought through the links provided within the video.

Source: Ronan Keating Official Website


Ireland are known to host a number of musical sensations, some of which have gone down well with Maltese audiences along the years. In fact, one of the most noteworthy names is that of Ronan Keating, the front man and most popular member of the band Boyzone. The group which first released their debut material way back in 1994 entitled Said and Done going onto record a number of well known hits including tracks such as WordsAll That I NeedFather and SonGave It All Away and of course, No Matter What amongst others. Nevertheless, whilst success has been key for the group, Ronan Keating managed to carve out a hugely successful career for himself launching with a traditional Irish pop sound. He has already given a concert in Malta recently but this time round he is a guest in the concert of the biggest star that Malta has ever launched, Tenor Joseph Calleja.

Ronan Keating is best known for his songs When You Say Nothing At AllLife Is A Rollercoaster and If Tomorrow Never Comes whilst his albums have topped the charts in Ireland, United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, Norway and New Zealand having also reached the top five in Switzerland. Joseph Calleja on the other hand has been quickly rising to his feet and reaching the higher echelons of being a tenor. Performing together will fuse the mixture of pop and opera and this was the case when Michael Bolton came to Malta. It is important to note that for the Eurovision Song Contest world, Ronan Keating is not new having been the host of the 1997 edition whilst also co-writing the track Believe Again for Niels Brinck on behalf of Denmark in 2009 before he recorded it on his album Duets. The concert will take place on the 7th July 2012 and will be featuring Joseph Calleja, Ronan Keating and yet another unnamed star from Italy.

Source: NNG Promotions, Times of Malta


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