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At the moment, we are gearing up for the upcoming season accompanying the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest but that does not mean our coverage of former entrants stops there. Robin Stjernberg, representative of Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest earlier this year, has recently revealed his sophomore album, Pieces. The release of the collection along with a single of the same name is being promoted through a promotional video, attached at the bottom of the page.

Robin Stjernberg, signed to Lionheart Music Group, and distributed by Universal Music, also home to artists such as Sonja Alden and Anna Bergendahl is looking to launch his career following his runner-up finish in Idol and his participation within the Eurovision Song Contest. His sophomore release peaked at number 2 in the Swedish charts and has already been certified gold following a surge in sales during the first week of release. Both the single and the album could be purchased through digital store, iTunes. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4COnA-aUSgc

In 2005, Janvil was a debutante within the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, competing with the track You composed by Augusto Cardinali with lyrics by Giovann Attard. At the end of the voting, he found himself in the second runner-up slot behind eventual winner, Chiara and her self-penned Angel and future representative, Olivia Lewis with the track Deja Vu composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg. Since then, Janvil has established himself as a leading figure in the industry, going onto reach the finals of the selection process on four more occasions, the last being in 2012 with the song You Are My Life written by George Platon.

We are in an exclusive position to reveal that Janvil will indeed be putting his name forward for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014 with the hope of winning that coveted international ticket. In recent months, the male vocalist has been very much working on his image and those who have seen any of his performances on television, could very much agree. It seems that routines will be very much part of the spectacle should he make it through to the semi-final and eventually the final stage of the competition. The Public Broadcasting Services will be receiving entries for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014 on the 30th and 31st October at the Creativity Hub in Gwardamangia. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more exclusive news.

Source: escflashmalta.com, Bibi Cam

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6SjVxRO2TI

Published in Local Music News

Melodifestivalen, a national competition which sees to the selection of Sweden's entry at the Eurovision Song Contest has already closed it's submission deadline with songwriters putting forward a total of 2628 entries. The staggering amount of submissions include 561 tracks which have been submitted to a public selection process known as allmänhetens tävling where one (1) entry will get through to the semi-finals and 2067 who will be fighting it out for the fifteen (15) available slots. SVT, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest has just hosted this years' edition of the international event in a successful manner and are now looking forward to continue achieving positive results.

The rest of the field which encompasses round about sixteen (16) entries will be specially invited by SVT in an aim to make the competition more of a spectacle. Nevertheless, they have already given a wildcard to the group Eko who won a regional competition earlier this year. Christer Björkman, producer of Melodifestivalen has gone on record stating that they 'hoped for less songs' but 'at the same time it's nice to see the interest'. The amount which is seemingly huge is 'manageable' and a panel of expert judges will be called upon during the next month in order to sift through the songs. At this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, Sweden were represented by Robin Stjernberg and his entry You which did well with the jury but terrible with the tele-voting hence finishing in a mid-table position of fourteenth (14th) with a total of sixty-two (62) points. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more of the latest news.

Source: SVT

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEVlK0dQ0Gc

Steve Compagno, a talented singer/songwriter is known to the local audience for co-writing the track I'm Me for Jo Zette at the preliminary stages of the Malta Eurosong competition in 2009. Since then, the artist has gone onto write charity songs for the annual L-Istrina marathon which is held towards the end of the year with several beneficiaries. His latest single release is entitled You and seems to encompass a relationship between the vocalist and his girlfriend, a role which is played by special guest Tezara Eve Camilleri.

You is composed by Conrad Dimech and Steve Compagno, the latter also penning the lyrics. In the meantime, the production was also conducted at Black Light Studios which is fast becoming a recording hub for upcoming talent. This is not the very first time that Steve has released solo material noting that he has also performed the track I'm Missing You which speaks about the tragedy of loss. The video in itself was produced by Marlon Polidano, a co-writer of one of this years' entries in the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza. For those who might not realise, the special guest in this video, Tezara Eve Camilleri is both a singer and an actress, appearing on the ONE Television Series; Il-Klikka and also being a backing vocalist for Dorothy Bezzina and Jessika during this years' edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: YouTube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5ZD6D-jynM

Published in Local Music News
Friday, 19 April 2013 22:00

Sweden: Reviewing the track 'You'

Three of the voting countries in the first semi-final of this years' Eurovision Song Contest have already qualified to the final of the esteemed event owing to their reputable status in terms of financial contribution. Sweden will be hosting for the fifth time and our set of music industry professionals are analysing the track that will represent them entitled You co-written by Joy Deb, Linnea Deb, Joakim Harestad Haukaas and Robin Stjernberg, the latter of which will also be providing the vocals. SVT have an intriguing job on their hands in terms of this years' production because they have always stated that their aim is to be different and with a smaller Eurovision Song Contest planned, the challenges they face are endless.

22-year-old Robin Stjernberg has quickly written Swedish television history twice.The first time in 2011 when he came in second in the Idol final with 48% of the votes, the smallest margin in the programme's history. The second time in March 2013 when he was the first artist ever who went through the "Second Chance" to win the Swedish final in Melodifestivalen. Yes, Robin Stjernberg is undoubtedly something extraordinary. Robin Stjernberg took home the historic win in the 2013 Melodifestivalen with You, a song that he himself have been involved in writing. Never before has an artist from the "Second Chance" round taken home the victory in the competition. But Robin managed the impossible on paper and went straight through the screen and into the TV sofas with his charisma, authenticity and ability to move people.

"It's true feelings, I do not go in and just put on a show. The text is about my family and my friends, how it all started, how we rigged a scene in the basement and how my dad and my aunt looked at when I was singing." Robin was a performer already in kindergarten and loved to entertain his friends dressed up in different outfits. While growing up in Hässleholm he listened to music like AC / DC, Stevie Wonder and the Backstreet Boys and participated in countless talent competitions. But despite that it's just music for Robin today, it wasn't always clear that it would be so. As a teenager, he was a promising wrestler but was forced to choose a path. It became music. In ninth grade, he was handpicked to become a member of the boyband What's Up? (which even Eric Saade was in).

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

He also studied music at Furuboda Folkhögskola, a coveted training with many applicants and few open spots. During his audition for Idol he completely blew the jury away and showed through the programme vocal abilities that stood in a class by itself. "I want to be a performer who affects people. One that is true to Robin, nothing artificial." When his debut album My Version was released in 2012, it went straight into number one on the album charts. Robin Stjernberg exudes something genuine. With his charisma and his voice, that sends shivers down your back, he has taken Sweden by storm. Now it's Europe's turn. One of the most prestigious national selections in Europe is definitely the Melodifestivalen because it tends to offer diversity and professionally produced tracks. Since the current format was introduced in the beginning of the noughties, the public have immersed into the system with millions tuning in to select their representative for the Eurovision Song Contest.

This year, people were somewhat disappointed with the quality and went as far too say that Sweden did not want to win for a second year running. Nevertheless, I believe that the quality of the final was actually quite strong especially compared to other nations. Sweden is surely one of the most successful countries at the Eurovision Song Contest having managed to finish in the top spot on five occasions, the last time prior to last year was back in 1999 with Take Me To Your Heaven by Charlotte Perelli. They have been in the final of the international event on every occasion, except in 2010 when their entry This Is My Life performed by Anna Bergendahl had finished in eleventh place failing to garner approval of the public despite receive support of the jury. With five victories to their name as already mentioned, they are tied in second place with Luxembourg as the most victorious country.

Professional Critics Voice their Opinion

Rating: 80%

Magnus Kaxe: Great chorus with an interesting twist in the melody. Robin sings well on the higher notes in the chorus but gets lost on the lower notes in the verses. The verse is too low for Robins vocal range. Despite this "You" will probably do well in the final and reach Top 10. But repeating Sweden's success in ESC from last year - not in a million years.

Lina Eriksson: Amazing song performed by talented Robin. It's modern and sticks in your head like bubblegum after just one listening.

Matt Mercieca (Muxu): He has a good voice, with a really cool tone. it goes a lil weak in his falsetto though. It does not even begin to compare to the incredible song that is Euphoria, but I like it, and the more I hear it the more I like it. another thing i noticed at the beginning of the song I wasn't that impressed but as the song continues it seems to get better and better. This should do well in my opinion.

Source: eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBUJ0u7ZVaE

Published in Editorials
Thursday, 28 March 2013 14:13

Sweden: Acoustic Version of 'You' Released

You, co-written by Linnea Deb, Joy Deb, Joakim Harestad Haukaas and also vocalist Robin Stjernberg is being considered as an outside for victory at this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest having already topped the national charts.The winning entry for the 2013 edition of the Melodifestivalen was not the public choice with Yohio and his entry Heartbreak Hotel receiving the maximum number of points but nevertheless, the international jury did not see the potential in that particular track, selecting You by far and large. The former Idol runner-up has just released a brand new version of the song, stipped down and performed acoustically on the piano.

Idol, the same one which Kevin Borg won a couple of years back was somewhat extremely kind to Robin Stjernberg because despite finishing as the first runner-up there, he managed to beat his former contestant in the Melodifestivalen noting that Amanda Fondell with her song Dumb did not even get through her respective semi-final. In an interview published on escflashmalta.com prior to his semi-final performance at the Melodifestivalen, Robin Stjernberg stated that he is working on his debut album which might also be including some tracks from the aforementioned Kevin Borg, runner-up in this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest. It is important to denote that this will not be the version of You performed in the sixteenth slot in the final of this years' Eurovision Song Contest. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Lionheart Music Group

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEVlK0dQ0Gc

Saturday, 09 March 2013 22:18

Sweden: 'You' to be performed on Home Soil

The Eurovision Song Contest has got another hearthrob: It's 22-year-old singer Robin Stjernberg, a new promise in the Swedish pop scene, whose career kicked off in 2006 when won the Sommarchansen (The Summer Song) in Malmö that year and went to Stockholm to become one of the four singers of the prospective boy band What's Up! One of bandmates was none other than pop sensation, Eric Saade, who rose to fame when in 2010 he competed in Melodifestivalen with Manboy. A year later he did Melodifestivalen with Popular, the actual 2011 Swedish ESC entry.

In 2011 he took part of Swedish Idol and was the runner-up behind Amanda Fondell, who also competed with Robin in this year's Melodifestivalen with Dumb, but voted out of the contest. 2013 is the year for the Scandinavian country to be the host after last year's Loreen's storming Eurovision victory with the powerful eurodance track Euphoria. Malmö, the host city of the Eurovision Song Contest 1992, will be this year's contest home.

You by Robin Stjernberg qualified to the final from Andra Chansen (The Second Chance), together with Anton Ewald's Begging. It is the first time for a song from Andra Chansen to be awarded the wooden bird, which opens a whole new perspective in the song selection. The song, written by Linnea Deb, Joy Deb, Joakim Harestad Haukaas and Robin Stjernberg himself, is a pop track that some might find it similar to Bruno Mars' Marry You in style. It also features Robin's melodic vocals that reach high notes pretty well and naturally. As Sweden is the host country, he will compete directly in the Final on May 18th. 2013.

Source: SVT

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sa9C_G_GdY

Tonight! The fourth and final semi-final of the Melodifestivalen will be taking place in the same city which is hosting the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest, not only that but also in the same venue, albeit worked to fit the smaller scenario of the Swedish national final which despite lacking slightly in quality this year is still very much strong in terms of production values. Earlier this week, escflashmalta.com had the opportunity to speak with the group, Army of Lovers who are staging their comeback through the competition and today, we are bringing you a chat with none other than Robin Stjernberg who was the Idol runner-up a couple of years back behind now Melodifestivalen 2013 eliminated participant, Amanda Fondell. Have a look at what he had to tell us just below.

Following your participation of Idol, you were signed to Lionheart Music Group and released your debut album entitled My Versions featuring covers which you performed during the reality television show and which you made your own, including Halo, California King Bed and Breakeven amongst others. What was the main idea behind the compilation and what was your reaction when it managed to peak at number #1 in the official albums chart in Sweden?

The main reason we released the album was to salute and celebrate my journey in the competition, it was a closure album. Like closing a book to read the sequel. I was very happy when it peaked at number 1! I couldn't believe it myself and how much love I got from the fans all over Sweden!

One of the most predominant reality shows in the Scandinavian country of Sweden is surely Idol broadcast on TV4 and considering the kick-start it has given many people, it seems that it might be an extremely positive platform and indeed, you entered the 2011 edition and not only managed to progress to the live stages but was the first runner-up to Amanda Fondell who like you was relatively young and still at the very beginning of the career. What was the idea behind taking up such a platform and would you have done anything differently?

I got a phone call from TV4 when I was studying music. They told me they'd seen my covers on YouTube and wanted me to audition. I don't think I’d do anything differently. I loved being on the show and I loved working with all the good people there.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGSRhl7d-u4

One of the contestants in this years’ Malta Eurovision Song Contest is none other than former Swedish Idol, Kevin Borg who is also signed to Lionheart Music Group as a songwriter and is apparently working on a couple of tracks for your sophomore album which will be including original tracks as you are launched into the music industry in the best possible way. Have you heard his entry Needing You co-written with Thomas Thörnholm, Simon Gribbe, Michael Clauss and Dan Attlerud and if so what are your thoughts?

I’ve heard the song; I think it’s good but a bit cheesy. Though Kevin sings like a GOD and can really perform well on stage so I think he will do really well in the contest!

The song that you are presenting in the 2013 edition of the Melodifestivalen is entitled You co-written with Linnea Deb, Joy Deb and Joakim Harestand Haukaas which have been in the music industry for quite some time and having worked within the selection process in previous years, two in last years’ edition on the song Soldiers performed by Ulrik Munther. The song-title in itself is not giving anything away so would it be possible to tell us what the lyrics aim to achieve in terms of a storyline and in what genre the song has been written?

The genre of the song is POP with a touch of Coldplay atmosphere and playful sounds. The song is about being thankful to the ones you love, to show your family, friends and in my case fans that you appreciate everything they do for you. I relate to my father who raised me and my younger sister alone and always helped us and supported us to do what we love.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzGiJxMd3UI

Sweden has always been one of the most successful countries in the Eurovision Song Contest but nevertheless, following a series of mid-table results and even a non-qualification, there has been a second runner-up finish with Popular performed by Eric Saade in 2011 and a victory thanks to Loreen with the song Euphoria.  Many critics have somewhat positively criticized the notoriety of Swedish songwriters with the industry garnering fame internationally. What do you believe has led to this general success and what can others do to follow such a model?

I think it’s because of the broad genres Sweden is starting to launch. A couple of years back Melodifestivalen only had the standard "schlagers" but now all kinds of genres are entering the competition.

In this years’ edition of the Melodifestivalen, you will be seemingly facing a familiar foe due to the fact that the winner of the 2011 Idol competition, Amanda Fondell who managed to beat you in the final will also be competing for the right to represent the country at the next edition of the Eurovision Song Contest but she will be in the third semi-final as opposed to the fourth semi-final where you will be competing. How will you be treating such a fact noting that you could both meet up once more at some stage of the competition?

I’d love to meet her in my semifinal! Hehe, I want my revenge... No but I think it’s fun that she's in the competition. We’re good friends and I'm very excited about seeing her number!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADZNE47TMBQ

Several artists have been known to use the Melodifestivalen competition as a platform to launch either a solo career or even more a comeback yet it has to be noted that you already have a strong fan base and thus showing great sportsmanship in competing in such a renowned event. Do you believe that the track you will be presenting has an international quality that can ultimately succeed and will it feature a predominant sound which will be the focus of your sophomore album which should be out in a couple of months?

I really do believe my song has an international quality. It’s original though pretty basic. A hard combination to crack nowadays. Yet it has much love and sensitivity even though it’s a big track. The songs on my album will be kind of similar. Its organic, lots of focus on my voice in a playful way.

Would you like to say anything to your fans and our readers at escflashmalta.com?

Thank you for reading this interview, I hope to see you all in ESC and I hope you'll love my song!

Source: Lionheart Music Group

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

Published in Interviews