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After another year filled with music where local talent flourished, it is time to acknowledge those who worked hard and tried their utmost to make something special in the last year. The first Malta Music Awards were held back in 1995, and these took place every year with the exception of 2002. As the years rolled by, these awards developed and more awards were added to reflect the whole spectrum of the local music scene. Those eligible for these awards were artists who were active between October 2009 till September 2010.

An award introduced this year is that for the Artist of the Decade where the local public has the opportunity to vote for the artist who has had an impact on the local scene in the last decade. The awards will be held on Saturday 27th November, 2010 at the Malta Fairs and Convention Centre, Ta’ Qali. This year’s nominees for the 2010 awards come from all parts of the local music industry, both those who one regularly see at the MaltaSong stage, to those we hear on local radios varying in different genres.

Best Dance Production
•    Everyday song - Wintermoods - Tenishia remix
•    Making you mine - Jo Micali feat U-Bahn & Chess
•    Under the water - Joseph Armani ft.Eugiene Nois
•    Stranger to myself - Tenishia ft Aneym

Best Video
•    Walk with me - Airport impressions
•    My Neverland - Wintermoods
•    Tears in your eyes - K.O.I
•    Who the heck is reck - Red Electrick

Best Heavy Metal Award
•    Loathe
•    Frenzy Mono
•    Memento Nostri
•    Nomad son

Best New Artist
•    For strings Inn
•    K.O.I
•    Mikaela
•    Dolls for idols

Best Male Artist
•    Glen Vella
•    Aaron Benjamin
•    Thomas Hedley
•    Muxu

Best Image
•    Chasing Pandora
•    Stolen Creep
•    Indigo
•    Red Electrick

Best Female Artist
•    Kristina Casolani
•    Mikaela
•    Eleanor Cassar
•    Claudia Faniello

Best Hip Hop/ R&B Artist
•    Kristina Casolani
•    Dimal ft Madee
•    Thea
•    Muxu

Best CD Cover
•    Argento - Wintermoods
•    These are the roots - Indigo
•    O.B.E - Frenzy Mono
•    Vine lady - Red Electrick

Best Album
•    Breaking Radio Silence - Scar
•    Vine Lady - Red Electrick
•    The Driver and the Dancer  - Chasing Pandora
•    Argento – Wintermoods

Best Song Writer
•    Ivan Grech
•    Chasing Pandora
•    Airport Impressions
•    Red Electrick

Best Website
•    www.claudiafaniello.com
•    www.aaronbenjamin.co.uk
•    www.mementonostri.com
•    www.eleanorcassar.com

Best Band
•    Chasing Pandora
•    Wintermoods
•    Red Electrick
•    Airport Impressions

Best Single
•    Walk with me - Airport impressions
•    PREETY RIVAL - Ellie & the Oscars
•    My Neverland - Wintermoods
•    Who the heck is rek? - Red Electrick

The special guest on the night will be Anthony Costa, mostly known for being part of the popular Boyband Blue. Anthony Costa is also known amongst the Eurovision Fans for trying his luck to represent the UK in the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest with the song 'A Beautiful Thing' where he finished in second place behind Daz Sampson with the song 'Teenage Life'.

Tickets for the event can be purchased online from www.ticketline.com.mt, from GO Outlets and authorised dealers and Springfield (Valletta & The Point Tigne). For further details contact 79242434 or visit: www.mmm.com.mt. On behalf of ESCflashmalta.com I would like to wish all the competing acts the best of luck and may the best  ones triumph in each category. This is one of the events which fans of local music should not miss.

Source: MMA

The summer months in Malta are actually quite interesting for a number of things but one of the events that will surely be catching the eye and the ear of the person at home is surely the Malta Summer Hit Song Contest which is being hosted by Deo Grech and Ignatius Farrugia through ONE Television. This year, there are a total eighteen (18) entries competing with a total of nineteen (19) entrants considering the fact that there is a duet in one of the entries.

One of the most successful projects over the past year has surely been the 'Expert Opinion' feature and therefore we have decided to extend this project for this years' edition of the Malta Summer Hit Song Contest. We have called upon three music professionals who have all agreed to listen to the competing entries and then comment on each and every one of them, marking them on a scale from one (1) to ten (10). The experts for this project are as seen below.

Nathan D: Has quickly become one of the most important and influential voices on both radio and the television. Coming from our very own country of Malta, he quickly rose to fame hosting a show with none other than performer Talitha each day  of the week from half past three to half past six. This has quickly turned into one of the most popular shows on Bay Radio actually and that is why we have called upon his expertise because his taste in music will surely represent the modern and younger generation that will surely be giving a hoot about the event itself. In recent months, he has also taken over our television screens, hosting the program Crazebook along with another DJ namely Matt Calleja. In the meantime, one should also note the fact that Nathan is the man who hosts the Malta's Top Ten show on Bay Radio every Saturday afternoon from half past one to half past two.

Evelyne Filipe: Hailing from the beautiful nation of Portugal comes none other than the singer Evelyne Filipe who has already been to the Eurovision Song Contest on one particular occasion having joined none other than Vania Fernandes during the performance of the song 'Senhora Do Mar' which turned around the fortunes of Portugal for quite some time managing to do well within the semi-final and then finishing in a mid-table position within the final. In 2010, she decided to take part as a solo performer within the Festival Da Cancao with the song 'A tua voz (por um momento)' finishing ninth within the semi-final. She decided to return to try and return though the nation of Switzerland with the song 'L'Egoiste' but yet again was omitted from the finals despite having a brilliant voice.

Niall Mooney: Moving onto the final person within this panel, we go onto the country of Ireland where the individual Niall Mooney, a songwriter whose connections with the Eurovision Song Contest has continued to grow over the past couple of years. Back in 2004, the Irish national selection included a song entitled 'Summer Rain' performed by Jean Elliot. This was one of the first songs co-written by Niall Mooney but it was not a winner actually with the individual managing to reach the best possible success in 2009 thanks to Sinead Mulvey and Black Daisy with the song 'Et Cetera' which just failed to reach the final in eleventh position at the Eurovision Song Contest as well as in 2010 with Niamh Kavanagh and the song 'It's For You' which made the final languishing in the bottom positions. The relation with Malta is through Natasha & Charlene who had a song of his in the Bulgarian national final entitled 'Open Your Eyes' as well as through J.Anvil noting his song 'Topsy-Turvy' in this years' festival.

Source: Malta Summer Hit Song Contest 2011

As from July, 'Don’t Stop Me Now' returns for its second season, this time on TVM. Once again the show will be hosted by Eileen Montesin. The programme will be offering three months of exposure for the participating singers aged 16 upwards.

Despite being a competition, Don’t Stop Me Now will not be featuring any eliminations, thus all participants will remain part of the programme during the whole three months. During the second series, the participants will be involved in a number of tasks thus helping them also to develop their personality.

Their will be an eliminatory phase before the programme starts as all those who submit their interest will be performing in front of an expert jury. All singers will be performing live a song of their own choice. “It will be an exciting summer for all those who are chosen for the programme”, commented Eileen Montesin, who is the show’s executive producer and presenter.

The production team of the second season of Don’t Stop Me Now includes also Frederick Zammit, who has a vast experience in television programmes, entertainment and talent shows as well as local festivals. These include Hotspot, Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, The Malta International TV Song Festival, L-Isfida as well as tv programmes related to the Eurovision Song Contest.

Regulations and submission forms can be picked up from the PBS reception in G’Mangia while submissions will be taken up to 28 April at PBS from Monday to Friday between 09am and 3.30pm. Copies of the regulations can also be downloaded from www.escflashmalta.com while regular updates on the show and the participants will be also featured on the Facebook page of Don’t Stop Me Now.

"Don't Stop Me Now Regulations - Download Now"

Source: Press Release

The Summer Hit Song Contest 2011 commences today on Celebrity Weekends. The three previous shows focused entirely on the Eurovision Song Contest were different panels gave their opinions about this year’s songs. Azerbaijan along with Italy who in the end managed to place first and second respectively received really good feedback. France and the UK also received positive feedback but their Eurovision campaign was not as successful finishing sixteenth and eleventh respectively.

The focus of ‘Celebrity Weekends’ will now turn entirely to the Summer Hit Song Contest were the singers will interpret the full song for the very first time in public. From this week onwards, the public can start voting for their favourite song as a clip of all the songs will be aired in different times of the day. Six songs will be featuring in the next three upcoming programmes whilst after that the celebrity duet will commence.

Celebrity Weekends aires every Saturday afternoon on ONE TV. The six songs that will be sung this week are the following;

Love Trap - Domenique (Clinton Paul)
Galaxy - Marlon Chircop (Marlon Chircop)
Memoirs - Karen Debattista (Mark Scicluna/Daniel Muscat)
Turn on the lights - Walter Anthony (Philip Vella)
Ladies Night – Izzy (Elton Zarb / Muxu)
Forget my Name - Petra (Heathcliff Balzan / Natasha Turner)

Source: Celebrity Weekends Team

The local music scene is always flourishing with brand new talent and one of the bands which we have been keeping an eye out for is surely the one known as 'The Crowns' which is made up of four individuals including Gianluca Cappitta on the guitars, Chris Ciantar on the Bass, Luke Vella Clark on the drums and former Eurosong finalist Victorio Gauci on vocals. Having been together for over a year, they are finally ready to give us some original music in the pop/rock/indie type of vein actually.

The new song which bears the title 'Memories' is a collective effort between the whole band and it shows within the recording as all of them do their bit to make the song somewhat special. Despite being their first single, it seems like that have been doing this for years and one will surely note that when comparing them to two of the biggest local bands at the moment within the same genre meaning Airport Impressions and Red Electrick, they do fit in well.

The music should keep improving of course and one would be expecting such things especially as times go by. With a number of planned gigs in the coming weeks, The Crowns have already been hitting the airwaves promoting their new single 'Memories' as well as themselves as a band. You can keep up to date with their latest projects on facebook or on myspace where you can also listen to the song.

Source: Facebook, Myspace

ŻĦN Symphonik presents Akustika - a night of acoustic music on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th April. Akustika aims to provide a relaxing evening of acoustic music for all ages. As in previous editions, the band will perform pieces from different musical genres as well as original material, through which the band tries to show the beauty of each instrument, and how in today’s world of commercial music, the instruments are still valid in contemporary music.











The concert is organised under the auspice of Żgħażagħ Ħaddiema Nsara and the section Symphonik, that works to raise awareness of social issues through music and the arts. Akustika are Janice Debattista, Jean Claude Vancell, Isabel Zammit, Malcolm Bonnici, Martina Falzon, Luke Vella Clark, Chris Ciantar and Sean Borg. The concert will be held in the St James Cavalier Music Room, Valletta. Performances start at 8 p.m. Tickets may be booked at St James Cavalier, by phone on 21 223 200 or online on www.sjcav.org. More information can be found on http://symphonik.zhnmalta.org.

Source: Press Release

The 8th annual Bay Music Awards saw the Bay Arena bustling with life, as thousands attended the highly anticipated show in support of 89.7 Bay and Malta’s local music scene. The night, which was packed with 23 show-stopping performances, was hosted by Bay Radio’s own deejays; Bay Breakfast’s Captain Drew , Drive time’s Nathan and 89.7 Bay’s newest addition, Ben Clover. The night's performances concluded with the Bay Kids song 'Reach Out' by Toby & Jjoy ft. Lyndsay. The song is available for download from iTunes in aid of YMCA Malta.

The category awards were presented by Malta’s finest talent and popular faces, including the Zoo Team, John Bundy, Melanie Kelly, Quinton Scerri, Andrew Hogg, Eden Leisure Group Director - Mr. Kevin  DeCesare, Stephanie Cassar and Shanel Debattista.  This year, public SMS votes topped the records held in any of the previous year’s by staggering amounts – thus only proving the growing support for both established and upcoming local talent. The winners of the five categories presented -by the above personalities, and the Presenter's Choice award - given out by 89.7 Bay's fun-loving deejay's; Mat, and Dorian Cassar -  include:

Best Band: Airport Impressions

Best Dance Tune/Remix: JJoy – ‘King of the Night

Best Song: Andre – ‘Can’t be Friends’

Best Solo: Christabelle

Best Newcomer: The Crowns

Presenter's Choice: Airport Impressions

A brand new award, called the ‘Raise the Roof Award’, was presented for the very first time this year, allowing all those who performed on the night a chance to get their hands on the prestigious, and innovative award if they managed to obtain the loudest screams from their adoring fans following their act. The sheer volume and strength of the audience reaction, which was picked up and tallied through the use of sensitive microphones and advanced technology, determined the category winner, announced by Kevin DeCesare along with the award sponsor .  This year's award winner, and the first to ever hold this title were Malta’s top band, Airport Impressions, which win made this the band's 3rd award for the night, out of the 7 categories presented.

The Bay Music Awards will be aired on ONE TV on Monday 19th December. With a repeat taking place on Christmas Day at 3.30pm The voting for the Viewer’s Choice Award will be open during the first screening of the BMA’S and will officially close at midnight on the 26th December.

Source: Bay Radio, ONE

Brooke is a familiar face on the Maltese Islands after her participations in the local junior Eurovision festival and also after a very successful year in 2009 which saw here take the islands by storm, after receiving nominations for the Malta Music Awards and the Bay Music Awards. A new high in Brooke’s career will certainly be the new release of the song ‘Echo’ where she features with popular Italian singer Tony Maeillo.

Tony Maeillo might be a familiar face to all the Maltese which follow the Italian X Factor, as he was one of the participating singers back in 2008, the first ever edition on the Italian TV station Rai. He finished 4th under the mentorship of Mara Maionchi. The following year he released an EP called ‘Ama Calma’ and this year he released his first album titled ‘Il linguaggio della resa’. His album carries the same name of the song which brought him victory in the ‘Giovani’ section at this year’s SanRemo Festival. This can certainly be considered the ultimate high of his young career.

The man behind ‘Echo’ is none other than Steven Russell, who is certainly one of the big names in the music industry, mostly known as the man who produced the hit song ‘No Air’ by Jordan Sparks and Chris Brown. The song will be the upcoming single of the Italian singer, and along with Brooke he will sing this song in this week’s edition of the X Factor. A video of the song has been released and this was filmed in a number of different locations including Malta. On behalf of ESCflashmalta, I would like to wish Tony Maeillo and Brooke the best of luck in their careers.

Source: Brooke Music

Looking back into our national selection history one would find a young singer who came onto the scene back in 2006, making it to the final stage of the Malta Song for Europe given a song entitled "High Alert" written by Ray Agius and Godwin Sant and originally sung by the well known Olivia Lewis. Back then she was known as Fabrizio Faniello's younger sister but all this has changed and one might also say that she has become as popular as him in present time.

She has recently released her debut album "Convincingly Better" with CAP Sounds in Germany and with Universal as the main distributor. The album contains only two tracks from the Malta Eurosong competition and those are "Samsara" which finished 8th in this years' selection and "Midas Touch" which failed to make it through to the finals back in 2009. One of the stand out tracks on the album is surely the song "I'm Dangerous" written by well known songwriters such as Henrik Wikstrom and Sonja Alden who also took part in the Melodifestivalen on two different occasions. Another track which surely is brilliant is "I Hate This Song", her first single of the album written by Philip Vella. These will probably be two of the tracks she will be performing next Sunday at the Bay Street Branch of the Music shop Exotique. She will be signing your copies of the album and also taking pictures with you so make sure to be present. The event is set to commence at 16:00 CET so do not be late.

Source: Bubbles Media & Entertainment

It seems that the 2006 Malta Song for Europe is the main focus today because one of the credited songwriters during that edition, Clinton Paul is making the headlines with each passing day. He has recently initiated his career as a singer and therefore has been penning some interesting tracks for himself. Following the release of the song "Badass Soldier", he comes up with yet another track but this time in Maltese bearing the name "Superman".

Both singles have had a video to make them even more professional actually. His new single which as already mentioned is in Maltese is an uptempo pop-rock song that gives a good vibe to anyone who listens to it. In the meantime, the music video which accompanies the song is quite fun and colourful. It was produced by Flash productions and can be seen through the artists' official website which you can access here or through youtube as you can see below.

In other news, recently, Clinton Paul was quite busy promoting the Bullying Awareness campain in Canada from November 14th to the 20th. He would like to encourage people who experience bullying to stand up against it and not become a victim as has unfortunately been the case in other years and times. We are living in an extremely competitive world yet we are all human and all have the same features that make us acceptable in Society.

Source: Clinton Paul