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Ira Losco began her music career relatively early and achieved success as she built a road to the top noting that she went from a variety of local competitions to represent Malta within the Eurovision Song Contest, earning the first runner-up position with 7th Wonder composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg. Upon her return, she was a true hero and she has built a reputable career, releasing her fifth studio album entitled The Fire, earlier this year. Working with the likes of producer, Howard Keith of Jagged House, Ira has always managed to carve out an image which keeps her grounded and true to herself. 

Her latest studio album has received rave reviews from local critics and has also led the albums chart on iTunes for five consecutive weeks and the next step is promoting the material off it through a number of live performances, and one of the first will be coming at the Beland Music Festival. Alongside her band, Ira will be performing with a nine piece band on Saturday, 11th May and remember that all of the proceeds would be going to Puttinu Cares, a charity which supports children in need. Ira Losco is a true, seasoned performer and in recent months, her live performances have been absolutely stunning. This will be one of the events of the season and despite following the tough act in the form of Kevin Borg on the day before, she will have the crowd at the palm of her hand considering how much she adores all of her fans.

Supporting Ira Losco on the night will be none other than two other bands, one of them being Planet Seed which is duly fronted by Klinsmann, finalist at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on several occasions and the other one being known as The New Victorians. In the meantime, the evening shall be hosted by Moira Delia from Ilsien in-Nisa which airs on ONE Television as well as Christian Micallef who is known for hosting Replay on NET Television. Remember that you may purchase your copy of The Fire on iTunes. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available. 

Source: Beland Music Festival, Official Ira Losco Facebook Page

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Published in Local Music News
Saturday, 13 April 2013 02:40

Malta: April's Favourite Tunes by Ira Losco

Dear All, I’m still reeling from the extremely positive reception of my album The Fire. I have been flooded with a barrage of amazing comments. Many of you had pre-ordered the album and listened to it at the stroke of midnight on the 20th of March. Words cannot express the gratitude towards you all, for supporting local music and for always having believed in me!! Heartfelt thanks also go to Island Caterers, Villa Bologna and JUGS Malta for having organised a wonderful press event.

The press was present for the launch of the second video of The Person I Am by Keith Falzon and for interviews, which then followed. Many asked why it wasn’t open to the public. It was by no means meant to exclude anyone of you incredible people, but it was not a concert launch and more of a press do. I will be performing new tracks from The Fire Live and Electric at the Zejtun-Beland Show on Saturday 11th May with my band in concert in aid of Puttinu Cares. We look forward to seeing you there! I will obviously also be holding my FIRST Meet & Greet Signing session for The Fire there. So bring your album copies to be signed or purchase them there! Below are some of my fave tunes this month.

Bruno Mars – When I was Your Man (United States)

This guy just gets it right all the time. His lyrics are incredibly NON macho..is he sure he’s a guy who thinks like guys? Hehe I sense a bit of metro-sexual there. Definitely a very strong melody and strong words!!!

P!nk – Just Give me a Reason (United States)

P!nk Is on my list of the most amazing vocalists I’ve ever heard, not to mention how jaw-dropping she is live. She is now an acrobat besides being an incredible song-writer and performer. I’m not a hugs fan of Nate Ruess but his voice totally compliments hers on this great track.

Melbourne Ska Orchestra - The Best Things in Life are Free (Australia)

The first time I met the mastermind behind this orchestra I was in Australia with Tribali helping myself to some food at the buffet at “The Blues and Roots Festival” back-stage area and I must’ve cursed in Maltese. I know what you’re all thinking…shame on her and all that…but ironically it got Nikki Bomba to ask if I was Maltese and what the hell I was doing there? After a brief introduction I quickly learnt that he was from Paola, that he played in the John Butler Trio (an incredulous top selling artists in Oz) AND that his sister Mama Kin (also an amazing artists in Oz) was married to John Butler …Booooo (Did I forget to mention that John Butler is hot? hehe) Nikki Bomba is inspirational, his energy is infectious. In this video he is the drummer and his brother Michael is playing the piano. We should b very proud of this Maltese/Australian Family they are flying that Maltese flag high!!!! This is the ultimate feel good song!!

Emeli Sandé - Clown (Scotland)

She is the most honest song-writer to hail from Scotland in my humble opinion. This song is like the ray of hope amidst the dark moments. Her voice just rips your heart out and holds it in her hands. She is the answer to Dionne Warwick with the savvy of Whitney Houston. She will be even bigger than she already is… mark my words!

Gianluca - Tomorrow (Malta)

During the month in anticipation for Eurovision I cannot but place the young doctor on Top in my mini chart. I think this entry for Malta is fresh, relevant to today’s music and above all is fronted by a really genuine young man who stole the hearts of our islanders. Good Luck Gianluca All Malta is behind you!

I’m very excited about my LIVE season opening very soon!! Needless to say the band and I will be playing our heart and soul, cause that’s what we do best! Can’t wait to meet you all at my gigs Don’t forget to leave a comment on the ITUNES Page, this will help The Fire get the international recognition! You may purchase your copy of the album by following this link, here! It is important to note that The Fire, the fifth studio album by Ira Losco has managed was the first by a local artist to be available on preorder and performed extremely well with sales rocketing it up to the pole position prior to being over taken for a brief period by Gianluca whom Ira has just ranked as number #1 in her respective list above. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for another blog next month!

Source: Tonio Lombardi (Image)

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One of the most powerful means to get messages across is through the medium of music and that is essentially the main reason behind the creation of the Eurovision Song Contest but nevertheless, moving away from the international competition, Malta is known to have a solid backbone within the music industry, one which took years to develop. 89.7 Bay is the leading radio station in the country and has always sought to help promote the local music scene, something which got the editorial team at escflashmalta.com thinking and finally to the realisation that promotion is the key behind success. Weekly the aforementioned station takes a look at the ten most request songs from local artists and put them in a chart show, hosted by Nathan D.

As summer approaches, several artists might be tampering around with the viable dates of music releases but thus far it seems that things are slightly quiet. A new entry in position number #10 this week is none other than the track Joy performed by JJoy and featuring the vocals of Andrea Britton. The renowned disc jockey does not need a lot of introduction having also been awarded with the best dance tune or remix at the Bay Music Awards for the track Love Hangover featuring the vocals of Kelly Stelfox. Taking My Heart, performed by Carlo Gerada and featuring Jan Cortez, a former chart topper finds itself at number #8 at the moment and on the the way out of the chart but nevertheless, someone who is climbing up is a newcomer by the name of Evita M whose track Luxurious has been well received. The former Malta Eurosong 2009 participant is looking to re-invent herself based on this particular track.

Alex Alden, a guest during the Malta Eurovision Song Contest semi-final has also been doing the rounds in recent weeks and now finds herself going down at number #7 with her debut track Dancing Alone which she performed impeccably to the jam packed audience at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre. Just above at position number #6 is the band Bletchley Park with the track Planets Move Faster. The group were nominated for three Malta Music Awards in the beginning of the year and look to continue building on their success with their Jagged House Records album, My Body Fighting. Gianluca is representing Malta in this years' Eurovision Song Contest but that does not mean that Funk Initiative are having some time off with their latest single Architects at position number #5 at the moment. Tomorrow had also made the official top thirty of the station and therefore, this shows the support from the leading radio station.

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I have to say that the tracks in this weeks' top four are just stunning, beginning with number #4 featuring none other than the newcomer Joe Roscoe whose track How I Feel About You has been setting an extremely difficult tone for the local music scene. Think of Ed Sheeran meeting Jason Mraz and that is the product that has been created. Just above the talented singer/songwriter at number #3 comes the comeback of the group, Skimmed who have ditched their alternative rock for their new single Ronnie. The track has really been embraced by the music industry and feels like the group might have found a niche which they should experiment even more. The top two positions are currently occupied by two leading females who have the utmost respect from the escflashmalta.com editorial board with number #2 being filled in by When It's Time performed by Claudia Faniello and number #1 by Ira Losco and her song The Person I Am which features guest vocals by David Leguesse.

Source: 89.7 Bay

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Ira Losco, one of the leading female artists in the local music scene has been credited to achieving a lot of success but what makes stand out from the rest is the element of being humble about any of the projects she takes on. The past couple of months have been somewhat of a revival for the iconic figure having been somewhat missing since the release of her remixes album entitled Mixed Beats back in 2009 but many have come to learn that she has been working extremely hard on perfecting her new record, with the idea that despite achieving a status over the years, there is still an image to keep up and being true to ones self will always remain important.

Ira Losco has always remained grounded and that is surely one of the elements why she has succeeded over the years because whether performing at the Eurovision Song Contest, or with Claudio Baglioni, she is still the same individual, one who is honouring her country. Following the success of What I'd Give, winning the Best Video Award at the Malta Music Awards whilst also allowing Ira Losco to be recognised as the Best Artist in the eyes of the DJ's during the Bay Music Awards, comes a brand new studio album entitled, The Fire produced and mixed by Howard Keith of Jagged House. An official launch event took place last night at Villa Bologna in Attard, a gala supported by Jugs and Island Caterers which was extremely well attended by various members of the press. 

Personally, I feel like the title of the brand new album speaks volumes about the comeback with Ira noting down in just one way that there is something which re-ignited the spark towards making music. As a matter of fact, when speaking about The Fire, Ira stated that 'there was a time when I didn't want to write anything. I was overcome by fear and I was reluctant to bare my soul. Then when I started writing, I had no inhibitions, I didn't set myself any parameters. I definitely have an album I am proud of.' Whenever Jagged House come up with a brand new album, they send shockwaves into the industry and with Ira Losco just releasing her sophomore single off this album entitled The Person I Am featuring David Leguess, one would understand what I am referring to.

During the launch event, a visibly emotional Ira Losco thanked everyone for the input within this record and for supporting her throughout the years. She also gave a resoundingly stunning performance of a couple of songs during the evening accompanied by the people who have come to garner attention as her band including Peter Borg on Electric Guitars, Alex Mallia on Acoustic Guitars, Ivan Borg on Bass Guitar, and Steve 'Cannibal Muscat' on the drums. Other people who were involved within the album where Adrian 'Ir-Russu' Brincat on the Trumpet and Simon Vella on the Violin. The brand new album could be bought either through iTunes, Jagged House, Ira Losco's Official Website, or even Exotique. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Jagged House, Emil Calleja Bayliss (Image)

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Ira Losco, local singer/songwriter has become a leading force in the music industry for the simple reason that she is highly talented, and has full creative control over the type of music she creates hence forth where the Fire is indeed coming from. escflashmalta.com in collaboration with Jagged House will be unveiling a monthly playlist of tracks which the renowned performer ranks as her best during the respective month in an editorial form. The tracks which will as much as possible be a mixture of local and foreign will be solely chosen by Ira Losco based on her opinion of what makes a song, a true hit. This will be done in just a couple of sentences; concise and extremely to the point.

In recent days, Ira Losco along with her management  revealed  that later on this month, she will be officially releasing her latest debut album The Fire which is already available for pre-order through digital stores, helping it climb to the upper echelons of the local iTunes Chart. 'To me music is about how you feel at the moment. It’s a soundtrack to your life. It shouldn't try to be something it’s not, it should be honest, true to its roots and above all at times it should also be fun. This is my take on what’s playing in my car or on my iPod right now.  I’m not setting any trends I’m just sharing things I like with you. Hope you like.'

Stay - Rihanna ft. Mikky Ekko (UNAPOLOGETIC)

Probably a VERY predictable choice, but let’s face it Rihanna’s beautiful tone of voice really comes out in this strong ballad accompanied only by a piano and Mikky Ekko’s  gorgeous vocals.

Storyteller - Mel Xkejfa (Who Me?)

I had the pleasure of collaborating with Melissa when she was still part of the duo ‘Chasing Pandora.’ I love the way she effortlessly tells a story.   This new single introduced her as Mel Xkejfa.

Black Chandellier - Biffy Clyro (Opposites)

Biffy Clyro never cease to amaze me. The first single of their album launched this January is hot, hot, hot.

Dancing Alone – Alex Alden

A breath of fresh air here on this tiny island. A girl with a beautiful voice, reminiscent of Patty Smith in my humble opinion, with some great song writing skills. I love this tune!

Locked Out of Heaven - Bruno Mars (Unorthdox Jukebox)

When Bruno Mars hit the scene, it was pretty obvious that the locals would fall in LOVE with his very radio friendly first single. I have a tendency to not like what EVERYONE else is Loving. But that all changed when Bruno Mars released this track. Many criticised it sounded like a ‘Police’ track, reminiscent of it, but it does sound great!

That’s all folks…or at least for this month it is…I’ll be posting my favourite tunes next month.  Watch this space for some Fresh NEWS on my album The Fire Pre-Orders here! Ira Losco, the singer/songwriter will be with us, the editorial team as a special guest for the rest of the year as she gives her take on five hit tracks, always according to her opinion, one which is valued by many in the music industry having earned, both experience and respect amongst her peers. In just a month's time, another editorial, but until then, we join Ira in saying goodbye and stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more news about the local music scene and the Eurovision Song Contest on a daily basis.

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Published in Editorials
Thursday, 28 February 2013 17:23

Malta: 'The Person I Am' Hits the Charts

The Fire is set to be the fifth studio album released by Ira Losco, one of the most high profile artists to grace the local music scene. The female singer is teasing her fans with material off the record by releasing debut single What I'd Give featuring a mixture of funk and reggae, and more recently The Person I Am, a pop/rock track which is aided by David Leguess as a rapper. Many have thought that maybe variety will not be the key to this comeback noting that Ira might have decided to play it safe but this is certainly not the case when one considers how different the two tracks are in terms of genre.

Since returning to the scene during this past summer, Ira Losco has been giving out a lot of interviews and making a number of headlining performances, all of which have been live including at the Bay Music Awards, The Summer Music Festival, Christmas in the City and The Malta Music Awards. Faithful fans and followers have been extremely positive with regards to the recently released material but it has to be noted that a new generation of people is somewhat following the brand new tracks due to the fact that there has been progression. 89.7 Bay, the most followed radio station in the country for four consecutive years has been playing the song in the past couple of days and with a commitment to the local music scene, it seems that Ira Losco continues to be receiving airplay, charting as a new entry at number #8 with The Person I Am. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about Ira Losco and the local music scene.

Source: 89.7 Bay, Shane Watts (Image), escflashmalta.com

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Published in Local Music News
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 17:20

Malta: New Single by Ira Losco Debuts

In recent months, there has been a lot of talk about the return of Ira Losco to the local music scene with a brand new studio album entitled The Fire set for release at the end of March. Critics who have heard the teasers released by the female artist are enthralled to see that she is indeed evolving musically whilst taking up brand new challenges that could potentially win her a legion of new fans. Her summer release, What I'd Give which was also used as a debut single off the upcoming record was met with several accolades, including Best Video at the recent Malta Music Awards but surely, there is more to come with her latest single release, The Person I Am.

Ira Losco, who represented Malta at the 2002 Eurovision Song Contest held in Tallinn, Estonia has taken up a brand new image to help support her latest music releases and it seems that the crowd is enjoying every bit of the comeback. Her sophomore single, The Person I Am is extremely personal and delves into the emotions of the performer in a manner in which they have never been seen before. She is not the only artist in this track though, because it also features the vocals of David Leguesse. The first performance, and the debut of this track took place at the Malta Music Awards, and the reception was extremely positive. Such a response has caused Ira to take to Facebook and Twitter, to thank her devoted fans stating The Excitement to Release is out of this World. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more news about Ira Losco in the coming days.

Source: FacebookTwitter

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Published in Local Music News

Mega Music Management and the Public Broadcasting Services perfectly coordinated the organation of the Malta Music Awards last night, following the extremely successful Malta Eurovision Song Contest that took place on Friday and Saturday seeing to the victory of Gianluca Bezzina and his entry Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat.  In reality, many believe that the awards that took place last night were professionally executed with main hosts; Keith Demicoli and Mandy Micallef Grimaud leading an impressive line-up of guest presenters. The Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre played the venue for the event, which did not offer real surprises in terms of award presentations. 

Headlining the event last night was nother than Australian/British artist, Peter Andre who has released eight studio albums, the last of which being Angels & Demons in 2012 which managed to sneak into the top twenty on the charts in the United Kingdom where he has gained notoriety following his failed marriage to reality television star, Katie Price.  The show had an astonishing line-up incorporating together; Stalko, Duo Blank, Niki Gravino, Planet Seed, Monroe, Ira Losco, Red Electrick, Hooligan, Ylenia Vella and the recent Malta Eurovision Song Contest winner, Gianluca Bezzina. The camera work was effective, the staging as seen throughout the weekend was stunning and the public will be able to view all of the awards his Saturday night on Television Malta, starting as from 20:45 CET.

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It seems that the jury was somewhat quite intrigued with the talent in the past twelve months when one takes into account that the most awards that an act won, was just two in total with Red Electrick taking home Best Band and Best Song. Nevertheless, it seems that newcomers have a tendency to steal the spotlight and the Mumford and Sons feel around Stalko is quickly growing as their debut single, In a Hurry helped them win Best New Artists. The Best Album award was given to Tribali whilst the Best Solo Artist went towards female performer; Brooke who has in the past couple of months returned to the industry with singles Fairytale and Bingo. The Best Hip Hop / R'nB artist award was given to Hooligan who most recently released his third album entitled Trioriginali whilst the return of Ira Losco was also respected by a Best Video Award for her hit single 'What I'd Give'. 

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The Best Upcoming Talent Award was given to Ylenia Vella, who just competed in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest whilst the Maltese Export Artist was ten year old Gaia Cauchi. Beheaded were awarded the award for Best Metal Band. Due to his presence in Malta, it was definitely expected when Peter Andre was recognised for his services to music and the crowd did seem extraordinarily excited in each of his performances. The Malta Music Awards, have become somewhat a tradition in the local music calender and therefore, it is rather imperative that their organisation continues in the years ahead because the scene is really contributing in a positive manner. We would like you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com during the year as we continue to cover all of the latest from the local music scene with regards to new releases, and events.

Source: Mega Music Management, Public Broadcasting Services

Published in Local Music News
Monday, 21 January 2013 03:05

Malta: Ira Losco Teases New Material

Fortune Teller was the third studio album released by Ira Losco in 2008 and managed to spawn five successful singles, the last of which being, Elvis Can You Hear Me? leading to an indefinite hiatus. This element has become somewhat necessary in order to get the chance to regroup and see what typical listeners are expecting and indeed, Ira returned in the summer of 2012 with a brand new single entitled What I’d Give which was extremely different to the songs presented in the past noting that there was a reggae vibe from a performer who had become predominantly reliant on pop/rock. Her upcoming album set for release in a couple of weeks time entitled The Fire promises the change which will define Ira Losco.

Howard Keith of Jagged House Studios is the producer behind the brand new album and it seems that the anticipation continues denoting that her fans have been amazed by recent live performances given at the Summer Music Festival in August as well as the Christmas in the City given in December. Ira Losco garnered fame in the local industry following her representation of the country at the 2002 Eurovision Song Contest and despite her first runner-up finish, she has never looked back and with a brand new image, she is keen on continuously doing what she does best and that is to write and perform music. In a brand new teaser video published yesterday, Ira Losco alongside her band is seen recording the tracks Shouldn’t Have to Bother as well as the title track, The Fire. The clip does not feature the tracks in their final mixes due to the behind the scenes nature of the clip. She is set to perform a brand new single entitled The Person I Am at the Malta Music Awards on the 3rd February at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre in Ta' Qali. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about Ira Losco as she continues her comeback in the local music scene.

Source: Ira Losco Official Website, Facebook

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Published in Local Music News
Tuesday, 08 January 2013 23:00

Exclusive: Ira Losco Reveals Album Name

During the months of summer, Ira Losco returned to the local music scene with a brand new single entitled What I'd Give and it seemed that she managed to play her cards right earning rave reviews from fans and critics alike for showcasing the vocal prowess that earned her successful reputation throughout the years. The female artist worked her way through upwards and became known as the leading lady by virtue of her collaboration with producer and songwriter Howard Keith by developing a sound which could easily be acknowledged to being original and distinct from other artists in the country. The release of her brand new album is definitely on the lips of everyone in the local music scene and following a competition which sought to create the buzz, escflashmalta.com is proud to exclusively reveal that the album name will be The Fire and the winner was none other than Odelsie Camilleri who will be contacted soon about the prizes which she had just won.

It has been widely reported that the material that Ira Losco will be including on this studio album is set to be quite distinct and the reason behind this is definitely because there will be a merge of genres, especially considering the tracks that she has already performed in front of live audiences including the actual single; What I'd Give as well as This is The Love and Me Luv You Long Time which all have an edge feel whilst keeping true to the sound that Ira has proudly developed over the years. The release of the album; The Fire is set to take place during the first part of the year having been pushed back ever so slightly due to the extremely delicate production stage which has to be sublime in order to ensure that the record is the way that both the performer and the producer see fit to present to the audience at large. She was one of the headlining acts in the New Theatre opened in Valletta during the festive season and in front of a packed audience gave a show with a number of her personal hits, and some covers to a crowd which was yearning for more by the end. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: escflashmalta.com, Ira Losco

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