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The Hit, a music series with the aim of finding talented songwriters officially debuted on RTÉ a couple of weeks ago seeing to a set of brand new songs being performed by talented artists including; Samantha Mumba, Brian Kennedy, Ryan O'Shaughnessy and Johnny Logan. Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest on three occasions, the Irish singer/songwriter Logan had not released an original single in a relatively long period and therefore, his fans were eager to purchase his latest track Prayin' written by Alan Earls. It's competing entry was 1969, a track written by Aaron Hackett with vocals provided by Duke Special. It is important to denote, that they both entered within the top five, representative of digital sales on iTunes during the week.

Johnny Logan was never on top of the iTunes chart but had peaked at number #2 whilst Duke Special had only managed number #4 within the digital store. When the official sales figures were released it was unveiled that Aviici has kept the number #1 position with his latest track Wake Me Up and that Ellie Goulding was at number #2 with Burn. Just behind them came the track Prayin' which was of course released independently with the support of RTÉ. In the meantime, Duke Special could also be found just two places below at number #5 making it the most successful week for the show. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com in the coming weeks as we follow the final of the reality television show where all of the qualifiers will be performing live with an orchestra leaving the public to make a decision.

Source: IRMA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0UgPpV_PPQ

Published in Local Music News

In 1980, Johnny Logan gained fame for winning the Eurovision Song Contest with the track What's Another Year but little did he know that he would return to the international competition in 1987 with Hold Me Now and as a songwriter for Why Me? in 1992 to achieve a hat trick of victories. In recent years, he has been touring all across the world with his most recent destination actually being Malta having headlined the Għaxaq Music Festival as he performed with an eighteen strong piece orchestra led by Maestro Joe Brown. Upon his return in Ireland, his participated in the new reality television show; The Hit which saw release a brand new single.

RTE, the Irish national broadcaster created this reality television series where upcoming songwriters pitch their songs to renowned music stars including the likes of Brian Kennedy, Ryan O'Shaughnessy, Samantha Mumba and Johnny Logan amongst others. Should their song be chosen, it is then performed live and digitally released on iTunes with the hope that it turns into a hit. Weekly, there is a competition between two artists and the winner would then go onto the final where the song will compete alongside the winners of the other weeks. Basically, you are always guaranteed a charting position. The latest single by Johnny Logan is entitled Prayin and it is written by thirty (30) year old songwriter Alan Earls who was visibly stunned as the song was selected. You may listen to the song through iTunes here and purchase it should you reside in Ireland. At the moment, the track is at number #4 on the singles chart. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Eurovision Ireland

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEMxYLpVVbY

Johnny Logan, the male vocalist from Ireland who has won the Eurovision Song Contest on three occasions, twice as the lead performer and once as a songwriter will be giving a concert at the Għaxaq Music Festival on Wednesday, 7th August 2013. The singer/songwriter who is originally Australian first came to fame following his international victory back in 1980 with the song What's Another Year which was a major hit in Ireland and the United Kingdom but he managed to go even further in 1987 as the track Hold Me Now peaked at the top spot in several countries. During this particular event, he will be supported by Gianluca, the male artist who represented Malta at this years' Eurovision Song Contest.

Gianluca has just accompanied Joseph Calleja during his annual concert, giving the ten thousand strong crowd a stunning rendition of Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat before performing a sublime duet of the song Xemx with Joseph Calleja. Earlier this year, Johnny Logan published another studio album, that entitled The Irish Connection II which he is supporting with a tour all over the continent having performed in Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Austria, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium and the United Kingdom. During the night, he will be accompanied by an eighteen (18) piece orchestra led by Maestro Joe Brown. Also on hand to host the evening will be Clint Bajada from the popular ONE Television show, Clint on ONE who had the pleasure of hosting escflashmalta.com preceding the Eurovision Song Contest 2013. Stay tuned for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available. 

Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOISIWGUkts

Published in Local Music News

Johnny Logan, winner of the Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Ireland on three occasions, twice as a vocal artist and once as a songwriter is set to visit Malta in the summer months for a special performance at the Għaxaq Music Festival on 7th August 2013. The renowned performer has published fifteen studio albums across three decades, with his first entitled What's Another Year, also the name of his debut victory at the international contest in 1980, and the last of which was back in 2010 bearing the name Nature of Love. He consistently performs across Europe and was actually one of the guests at this years' edition of the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix. 

In Ireland, Johnny Logan has not always been met with positive acclaim in recent years having spoken out against the choices that the nation has made especially considering that he has contributed to three of the seven successes. As a matter of fact, his latest victory was in 1992, the same year in which Malmo was hosting the annual event, with the song Why Me? performed by Linda Martin. It managed to garner the attention of the juries, just ahead of Malta who were represented by Mary Spiteri and Little Child. We would like you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more of such stories in the next couple of weeks as the portal turns into a hub for the local music scene during the hot, summer months.

Source: ONE Radio 92.7

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEMxYLpVVbY

Thursday, 03 January 2013 16:50

Denmark: DR Confirms Foreign Guests

The Dansk Melodi Grand Prix has become one of the most pivotal selections in the continent and this has been easily noted through the results achieved by Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest having only failed to qualify on two occasions, the first time in 2004 with Shame On You by Thomas Thordarsson and in 2007 with the song Drama Queen performed by DQ. Up until a couple of years ago, the national selection was somewhat a small and reserved affair but despite keeping in line with their one show competition, the organisation has been improved greatly and interest in the industry is quite high noting that they received almost 700 entries, making it the highest number of submissions since 2009. DR, the broadcaster is pulling out the stops to make sure that the event is extravagant with the song quality set to be improved upon following the disappointing result achieved by Soluna Samay and Should've Known Better.

As a matter of fact, the hosts for the evening revealed just a couple of hours back are well celebrated icons in the world of television and they are three women in the form of; Louise Wolff, Lise Rønne and Sofie Lassen-Kahlke. On the other hand, the broadcaster wants to make sure that whilst the results are being counted and finalised, the right entertainment is provided hence forth why three international guests from the world of the Eurovision Song Contest have been called for a performance or two. The chosen artists are Johnny Logan, Brother Hood of Man and The Herreys, all of which have won the Eurovision Song Contest, in 1980, 1987, 1976 and 1984 respectively. The final is set to take place on the 26th January 2013 in the Jyske Bank Boxen Arena in the city of Herning. Denmark will be hoping to select a strong entry this time round and thus add a third victory to their roster following the success achieved in 1963 and 2000 respectively and they know that they will compete in the first semi-final. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news from Denmark as soon as it becomes available.

Source: DR, Eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSXx7-EceBA