Benjamin Ingrosso – Dance You Off (LiTek Remix)

Benjamin finally gets to represent Sweden at tomorrow’s Eurovision semi-final. It’ll be a good one, check it out!

Benjamin Ingrosso | LiTek

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New Music: Felix Sandman

 

Track of the week. This song was entered into Sweden’s Melodifestivalen this week and didn’t quite manage to get to the final (the winner represents the country at Eurovision). This was the performance…

 

 

I am stunned – this is by far superior to anything I’ve heard from Sweden in the way of ballads for quite some time.

There’s still a very slim chance of it winning, but in any case, it’s won me.

FELIX SANDMAN

2017’s Random List

Now in it’s sixth edition (yep… I’ve been around that long), my Random List seems to be the most visited post on this blog every ear.

Due to life being hectic I haven’t had much time to reflect on the last twelve months much, but I feel that while people are claiming new music is losing it’s direction – well, it’s good to shake things up every so often.

I’ve found myself mostly being drawn to pop in 2017, although there was a lack of those ‘massive’ hit singles that we usually see in previous years. Nonetheless, credit given where it’s deserved…

Banger Of The Year

The older I get, the more I start to dig Justin Bieber. I don’t know why. It is what it is. I think this is one of the best radio hits of the year.

Trend Of The Year

Hot British guys who manage to blend RnB with soul and funk, each of them in a very unique and painfully cool way. You’ve got Zak Abel, SG Lewis, Tom Misch, Toulouse, Louis Mattrs, Jarreau Vandal… The list goes on. And actually, I am near obsessed with each of these guys.

Scandi Country To Have Perfected Pop

Norway (they managed this accolade back in 2015 as well). I mean it couldn’t be anywhere else this year. In the last year we’ve seen some excellent music from Astrid S, SigridDagny, dePresno, Smerz… The country even has it’s own museum dedicated to pop (it’s the cool building you see up there). That’s saying something. Check out my full list of Norwegian talent here.

Best Hair

ALMA! Finnish talent has never been so exciting! The hair’s even got it’s own (amazing) song.

Most Tear-Jerking Music Moment

Portugal’s Salvador Sobral winning Eurovision this year. Whatever you think of this TV show, the kid (who was struggling with heart problems) single handedly commanded a huge arena and a whole world to listen to this blissful and simple melody.

Best Track Not Sung In English

Cezinando’s ‘Håper du har plass’ is undoubtedly my most loved song of the year. Entirely in Norwegian (see, Norway getting another mention on the same List), this mellow hip hop sound mixed with some strings had me emotional all the way through. I still feel warm when I listen to it now. And it took his home country by storm too. Just look at the love from the crowd on this…

Best Gig

Jessie Reyez put on a very short set at London’s tiny Miranda venue back in May this year, and the buzz in the room was inspiring. Powerful vocals, intensely sharp lyrics and beautiful melodies.

Most Played On My iTunes

Yep – Swedish music had to make an entry on this list somewhere. I honestly don’t know what the deal is with We The Kids aside from the fast that they released this great piece of Scandi pop earlier in the year, and that they came from the Tenacity label which is run by mega-important Swedish production company Ten. Believe it or not, this clocked up 170 plays on my iTunes since July so I really hope more comes in 2018!

Likely To Be Huge In 2018

This is a tricky one because there’s a few on my radar. I think a safe bet will be the UK’s Tom Walker. I’ve seen him live a few times this year and I honestly think he has great mainstream appeal.

But I also want to mention a Danish talent called Maximillian, who’s been on my radar for some time and I can’t fault any of his releases to date…

And there we have it! I hope you’re all as excited as I am about the next twelve months, and thank you for logging on and enjoying the music that I post – it gives me so much life!

For previous editions of The Random List, head here.

 

 

 

The Eurovision CD arrived in the post today…

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So another year’s Eurovision is almost upon us (this year in Vienna thanks to Conchita, above) and once again a random bunch of songs got put together across two CD’s to make up the entries competing for a chance to win the top prize at the world’s biggest television show.

The songs are as expected – one minute you’re enduring a ballad with some cheesy lyrics and the next you’re bouncing around to power pop that wouldn’t have been out of place in 1987.

You won’t find any cutting edge music on this, but it’s exactly what you’d expect from Eurovision – fun. And let’s face it, we all take a shining to a song we never thought we would on the night itself (maybe alcohol has something to do with that).

My tips for this year are Sweden and Spain. One thing’s for certain though- the UK won’t be hosting the event any time soon! But who knows what’ll end up winning…

The Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final takes place on the 23rd May 2015. The album (CD/Digital) is out now.

Are you into Eurovision? Fancy playing a game?

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For all my sins, I do love Eurovision. I was unable to get tickets to Copenhagen this year so I’ll be watching from home, which breaks my heart a little.

The first semi final was yesterday, the second happens tomorrow and the final on Saturday.

My favourites to win are between Sweden and Hungary (above) this year- but I always get it wrong, so who knows!

To celebrate the album release, there’s a fun game you can play here.

New Music: Molly Smitten-Downes

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There’s a lot of rumours buzzing around right now that this lady could represent the UK for Eurovision this year in Copenhagen with a new, specially commissioned song. Whether she does or doesn’t, she’s got a great pop voice. Check out here.

Eurovision 2014 host city will be Copenhagen!

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After months of hoping that this happens, Copenhagen will officially host Eurovision next year. My favourite city in Europe. On an ISLAND! My favourite show in Europe. I don’t know how I’ll sleep tonight. So exciting.

So Eurovision was insane…

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This is my third Eurovision, and they just keep getting better every time. I knew the Swedes would throw on a massive show, but like everyone I wondered whether staging a show this big in such a small arena and in a city not many people have heard of would be a good thing for Eurovision.

It was. Sometimes, big isn’t best. This was by far the best show I’ve been to. The favourite, Denmark, won. But what made me happier was Norway, which in my view was the most current entry, hit the top 4. And that’s a lovely thing.

See you in Denmark next year!

Eurovision Final is on tonight!

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I’ll be in Malmö Arena tonight to watch this camp ball of fun that is Eurovision 2013. Truth be told, this year’s entries have all been a bit lukewarm bar Norway and Denmark (above), but you know- anything can happen tonight.

The show kicks off 21:00 Sweden time, and if it’s not showing in your country then you can watch it online over on Eurovision’s official website!

I might tweet a bit, so follow me on my Twitter if you’re up for it.

Counting down to the Second Eurovision Semi Final!

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I’m in Malmö, because Eurovision is happening here and it’s my dirty obsession. I hope that doesn’t make you think of less me. But anyway, I’ll be tweeting through the second semi final. I’ll be rooting for Norway in this one. Follow me if you want, it’s get lonely over on Twitter sometimes!

Second Semi Final kicks off at 9pm Sweden time – follow me on Twitter here!

Could this win Eurovision?

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Anouk is a household in her native Netherlands. She controversially entered this year with this entry; it’s about as indie and dark as you could get. And it’s representing Netherlands in this year’s camp-fest that is Eurovision. She succeeded in the semi finals on Tuesday and so will be in the grand final on Saturday. Some have said this is too good; too edgy to win. I’m not sure if it will take the crown. But it’s great.

First Listen: Loreen ‘We Got The Power’

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Epic! I don’t think there’s been a cooler Eurovision winner in living memory. New one from Loreen, will get it’s debut on Saturday’s Eurovision final. Good pop.

Eurovision Semi Final – follow me on Twitter!

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Yes, my ‘discreet obsession’ is back again. This year, Eurovision is in Malmö. And if there’s one thing Swedes do very well, it’s Eurovision. I aim to be in the final this Saturday, but in the meantime tonight the first semi-final is on.

I won’t talk too much about it because I know not many people who read Alfitude like the show. But if you’re interested, I will be tweeting every so often over on my Twitter tonight.

Check my Twitter out here from 9:00pm Sweden time.

Its Melodifestivalen time!

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I am in Stockholm as we speak, at the Friends Arena because it’s the Melodifestivalen Final for 2013. The winning song tonight will go through to represent Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest in May.

The show is Sweden’s biggest TV event, and always mixes established Swedish artists with newcomers. Generally the standard of entries is always pretty high (although this year has been a bit of a turbulent ride in my opinion).

I try and keep my Eurovision posts to a minimum on here because I know it’s not everyone’s flavour, but if you want to follow me on Twitter then I will be trying to tweet through the night. Or not. Depends how much Absolut I go through.

Follow me on Twitter right here, and wherever you are in the world, you can watch the show live and for free over on SVT’s website. The show starts at 20:00 Sweden Time. I promise you, you will never watch anything quite like it…

Norway’s done good.

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This is the song going through to represent Norway at this year’s Eurovision. I’m a little shocked at how good it is; not all the songs from the other countries have been chosen yet but this is already getting my vote. Something out of this world would have to happen for me to change my mind. Go Margaret Berger.

Dork Alert: Eurovision 2013 graphics released…

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ARE YOU GOING TO THE MELODIFESTIVALEN OR EUROVISION FINALS THIS YEAR? GET IN TOUCH!

Regular followers will know that I have a weakness for Eurovision. I try to not include much of it on here but some times I just can’t avoid it…

So, sorry.

This is the artwork for this year’s Eurovision. I’m not sure what a butterfly has to do with the show but whatever. Exciting.

This is how the Swedes celebrate a win…

Check out the HUGE turnout for Loreen’s homecoming after winning Eurovision this year. Amazing!

The Swedish Royal Guard performing Eurovision winner ‘Euphoria’ by Loreen

I am ridiculously happy for Sweden and Loreen winning this year’s Eurovision over the weekend. It was about time and the song deserved to win. In all it’s Swedish amazingness, watch the Swedish Royal Guard perform the winning song. It’s great!

As we’re Scandi-obsessed, we’ll be launching a microsite soon following the run up to Sweden 2013!

The second Eurovision semi final kicks off in half an hour…

… so follow me on Twitter! Again!