Thursday, May 14, 2020

The Latest At The Vienna Collection

Latvia - Aminata wins Supernova, Album tracklist, Remix EP, 2017 US release, New 2020 version
Albania - Elhaida Dani wins FiK, New Song I'm Alive.Albanian version Në Jetë. promo update, 2020 broken promo update.
Malta - Amber into battle, Eurovision version, 2019 Warrior Reprise out now
United Kingdom - Back to the 20's with Electro Velvet, cds release date, cdsingle out now, pledge project cancelled. Afrikaans cover
Italy - Sanremo winner Il Volo, CD out now!, CD/DVD on May 12. Spanish version out now. Albums in September, Live at Pompeii CD and DVD. 2016 UK release, 2017 Japan Edition, USA Vinyl.
Montenegro - And that's 40! Knez gets Zjelko song Adio. Listen to French and English versions, promo updates. Finnish coverversions.
Israel - Golden Boy Nadav Guedj wins Rising Star contest, remix, metal cover, Greek cover. 2016: Album
Norway - It's a Duett!, A Monster Like Me wins NMGP, promo update, Philharmonic Choir version. Morland album 2016.
Sweden - Hero of his time: Måns Zelmerlöw Wins the 60th Eurovision Song Contest, Album date, Chart history, Album update, European cdsingle, 2016 updates
Russia - A Milllion Voices for Russia, Polina Gagarina wins the first semi final. Russian version released.
Serbia - Bojana Stamenov, downloads, English version to Vienna, downloads, Spanish, French, German versions, Remixes
Romania - It was Voltaj from the start, versions update, Wrong speed version, updated cds info
Lithuania - Duet version of This Time to Vienna, solo version on Baumila CD, French and Lithuanian versions, cdsingle.
versions update, Monika solo album
CzechRepublic - Return with a duo Marta Jandová and Václav Noid Bárta, Listen to the song, Noid CD out now.
Austria - The Makemakes are yours, Debut album out now, Piccanto coverversion
Germany - Black Smoke, but we have a winner, cdsingle out now, Album update, new acoustic version.

This years records in the shops, updates
France - Don't forget Lisa Angell, album out now.
Switzerland Time to shine for Mélanie René, release updates
Armenia - There's no denying for Intercontentinal supergroup Genealogy, Face The Shadow out now, Listen to the remix, promo updates
Belarus - Time for Uzari and Maimuna, new version.
Greece - One Last Breath for Greece, new version, Greek version and album out now
Slovenia Maraaya wins EMA, Slovenija Na Evroviziji compilation, promo and versions update
Spain - Listen to Edurnes Amanecer, new edit, Brian Cross remix, English version Break Of Day
Azerbaijan Voice of Turkey Elnur Hüseynov sings Hour of the wolf, listen, Turkish version, remixes
Macedonia - Daniel Kajmakoski chosen for Vienna, CD info, English version, updates
Belgium - Loïc Nottet - Rhythm Inside hits the Charts
Estonia - Goodbye To Yesterday for Stig and Elina, Elina's album out now
Hungary Boggie wins A Dal CD's out now, updates
Moldova - Eduardo Romanyuta wants your love, tracklist
Australia - One off date with Guy Sebastian, Listen to the first Australian Eurovision entry, cdsingle on May 22, Madness re-issued
Cyprus - John a.k.a Giannis' One thing he should have done, Listen to the new version, remixes
Poland - Monika Kuszyńska to Vienna, Polish version out now
Georgia - Nina Sublati, warrior princess, new version, acoustic version
Iceland - Unbroken by Maria Olafsdottir wins Söngvakeppnin 2015, CD info, remix, Things go better with ....
Denmark - Anti Social Media types to Vienna, CD info, versions update, Lars Freisig remix, The Way EP.
ESC-zine 2015, your must have 2015 Guide.
The Netherlands - Trijntje Oosterhuis with Anouk song, digital release out now, Album on May 15 
Portugal - Leonor Andrade wins Festival da Canção, versions update
Finland - PKN win UMK, 7"inch vinyl single out now, Greatest Hits CD, US Coverversion I Always Have To
Ireland - 16 year old Molly Sterling to Vienna, updates
San Marino - ex-Juniors to grownup festival, we have a song and a digital EP
Absent Friends: Who is in and who is out

Welcome to the Vienna Collection
Like every year we’ll be bringing you all the details on entries of this years Eurovision stars.
You'll find all official releases (physical and digital), promo info (as much as possible) and the odd coverversion, chart position and important trivia.
The latest updated pages are at the top of this list
Please note only links to official / legal downloads are used in the Vienna Collection.
Digital release info may not apply to all territories, you gotta do some investigating yourselves there.
All digital release images (DRI's) are taken from iTunes and/or Amazon or otherwises noted sources.

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Thanks to Jean-François, you're the best!

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Latvia - Love Injected - Aminata

Digital release image
6 - 186 pts / 2 -155 pts in semi 2

Love Injected by Aminata Savadogo is the winner of the 4-song final of Latvia's Supernova.
She wrote her song for Vienna herself.
Listen to the song here at Aminata's Youtube.

The first version on the net is a demo version, the song has been re-recorded for the official Eurovision CD.

Four remixes were released early in Latvia, the international remix EP is out on May 22 (digital through Dos Or Die records).
More remixes were released in December 2015 and Januari 2016.
You can listen to previews here at Dos or Die and the full versions are on Spotify.
See details in the list of versions below.

International remix EP
Love Injected is included on Aminata's debut album album Inner Voice.
The CD is out now in Latvia. It has ten songs all written by Aminata herself.
It also includes the 2014preselection song I Can Breathe and single Leave My Love Bleeding.
See full tracklist below.

In 2014 Aminata already reached the final in Latvia. Her song I Can Breathe ended 5th in the final.
Another single Leave My Love Bleeding was released in the summer of 2014.
In 2013 she won the talent show Jaunā Talantu Fabrika (Young talent factory).

Digital release image [Ex] Da Bass club mix
Inner Voice, Aminata's debut album

2017 US release
5 remixes have been released and promoted by the Carrillo label (US)
Love Injected - [Ex] Da Bass radio mix
Love Injected - [Ex] Da Bass club mix
Love Injected - GVR MNT Club mix
Love Injected - Mafia Mike & Silver House remix
Love Injected - Seal De Green remix
2017 US release, digital release image
2020 concert version
On March 15 a new digital single was released. It's one track named the Concert version. I don't know if it's live or not but it's out through you digitals.

Concert version 2020 image
Love Injected - Eurovision version
- on the official Vienna 2CD
Love Injected - original version (a.k.a demo)
Love Injected - [Ex] Da Bass radio mix
Love Injected - [Ex] Da Bass club mix
Love Injected - Makree remix
Love Injected - Tommy U and Tob Luii remix
- all versions can be heard on Aminata's Youtube and are available at
Love Injected - Mafia Mike & Silver remix
Love Injected - Andrew Proland's Hot Hotels remix
Love Injected - Seal Da Green remix
DRI [Ex] Da Bass radio mix
- above three remixes were released on December 15 through Beatport, iTunes and other sources
Love Injected - Karl G Remix
Love Injected - GVR MNT Remix
- The last two remixes were released on Januari 11 (2016) and have been released through the usual digital stores.
You can listen to previews here at Dos or Die, all remixes are also at Spotify
Love Injected - Concert version
- digital release 2020
Love Injected - Karaoke of Eurovision version
- on the official karaoke album, digital release

DRI Tommy U and Tob Luii remix
Germany top 100: 51
Sweden Digilistan top 60: 27, 50
Switzerland top 75: 74
Australia top 100: 87
Austria top 75: 19
Also No. 135 in U.K. top 200

Links and sources
Aminata FB
LTV Supernova pages
Aminata Soundcloud has her three singles sells the digital Aminata stuff
Thanks to Jean-François

Latvia's entries from the past few years
2014 - Aarzemnieki
2013 - PeR
2012 - Anmary
2011 - Musiqq
2010 - Aisha
2009 - Intars Busulis

Tracklist Inner Voice
01. Dualism
02. Leave My Love Bleeding
03. The Bound
04. Love Injected
05. Land Of Nibiru
06. I Can Breathe
07. Cell Phone
08. Let Me Know
09. Ring My Bells
10. Until We Land (Featuring Ralfs Eilands)
Ralfs Eilands was one of the two members of PeR who entered Eurovision in 2013 with Here We Go

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Albania - I'm Alive - Elhaida Dani

17 - 34 pts / 10 - 62 pts in semi 1

Elhaida Dani won the 53rd Festivali i Këngës with her song Diell (Të Kërkoj) ((Sun) Ask yourself and the singer represents Albania in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna.

But Elhaida Dani went to Vienna with a new song I'm Alive, written by ZzapnChriss (=Arber Elshani and Chriss Lekaj) and Sokol Marsi. The original winner was withdrawn. (see below).
Listen to I'm Alive here at's Youtube.
The song is released through most digital sources.

An Albanian version Një Jetë was released on May 3.
Watch and listen here

A little warning here
It's 2020 and I tried to play the promo CD and it's totally dead now on all devices, the DVD is also not working properly. So if you plan on buying this from Discogs or what have you, please consider yourself warned.  (Thanks Nigel!)

A promo CD/DVD set is issued by RTSH.
The CD features 10 tracks, but it's actually only five and all are included twice.
1. Një Jetë - Albanian Version
2. I'm Alive - Instrumental Version
3. I'm Alive -  Drum ‘n’ Bass Remix
4. I'm Alive -  English Version
5. I'm Alive -  Karaoke Version
6. I'm Alive -  Instrumental Version
7. I'm Alive -  Drum ‘n’ Bass Remix
8. I'm Alive -  English Version
9. I'm Alive -  Karaoke Version
10. I'm Alive -  Albanian Version
The DVD is actually a DVD-rom and it contains photos, lyrics, biogs, the video to the song, a ‘making of the video’ documentary, a travelogue of Albania and a greeting to fans from Elhaida (though this last one doesn’t seem to have any sound!)

Digital release image
I'm Alive - Eurovision version
- on the official Vienna 2CD
Një Jetë - Albanian
- video
I'm Alive - Drum 'n' Bass remix
I'm Alive - Instrumental
I'm Alive - Karaoke version
- on the official karaoke album, digital release
- all above versions on the promo set.

One of the authors of the original song, Aldo Shllaku, has decided to withdraw Diell from the Eurovision competition because of unexpected changes made in the song he was not informed about by RTSH. He views this as a "violation of copyright and professional ethics".
The original song is written by Aldo Shllaku, Viola Trebicka and Sokol Marsi.

In 2013 Elhaida Dani won The Voice of Italy and released a 6-track EP including her radio hit Baciami Basta and tracks recorded at The Voice.
In 2011 she entered FiK with the song Mijëra Vjet (Thousand years), but ended last in the final with 0 points.

Links and sources:
Watch the live performance at RTSH's YT
Elhaida Dani FB and Website
Thanks to Nigel.

Lest we forget: Albania's recent entries
2014 - Hersi Matmuja
2013 - Adrian Lulgjuraj and Bledar Sejko
2012 - Rona Nishliu
2011 - Aurela Gaçe
2010 - Juliana Pasha
2009 - Kejsi Tola

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Malta - Warrior - Amber

Digital Release Image
11 - 43 pts in semi 2

The Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2015, already held on the 22nd of november (2014), was won by Amber (Amber Bondin) and the song Warrior.

Warrior is written by Elton Zarb and Matthew Mercieca Muxu. Watch and listen here at Pbs Youtube
A new version is recorded for the contest. Watch and listen here at the official Eurovision Youtube channel.

The digital release features the new version and an instrumental version. Both are also on the promo cds.
Amber already entered the Maltese selection every year since 2011 and reached the final every time.
2011: Catch 22 (13th place)
2012: Answer with your eyes (3rd)
2013: In control (4th)
2014: Because I have you (4th)

2nd DRI
Warrior - Eurovision version
- on the official Vienna 2CD
Warrior - Karaoke (Instrumental)
- on the official karaoke album, digital release
- both on digital single
Warrior - Original version
- Has been on the TVM website, video clip
Warrior (Reprise, 2019 version)
- digital release

Warrior (Reprise) DRI
Links and sources
TVM Eurovision pages
Amber FB
Thanks to Jean François

Remember these Maltese entries?
Picture from Ambers Facebook
2014 - Firelight
2013 - Gianluca Bezzina
2012 - Kurt Calleja
2011 - Glen Vella
2010 - Thea Garrett
2009 - Chiara III

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sweden - Heroes - Måns Zelmerlöw

Congratulations Sweden
Måns Zelmerlöw wins the 60th Eurovision Song Contest.

Digital release image
1 - 365 pts / 1 - 217 pts in semi 2

2 track cds
Third time Melodifestivalen entrant Måns Zelmerlöw has won the 2015 edition of the Swedish national final extravaganza. His song. Heroes, is written by Anton Malmberg Hård af Segerstad, Joy Deb and Linnea Deb.

Heroes has been released as a digital single and is also available on the Melodifestivalen 2015 2CD. (see below)
A 1-track cdsingle was released on May 20. (Warner Music Sweden WMS-5054196-624521)
A 2-track cdsingle was released in Germany, Austria and Switzerland on June 5.. It includes a short edit of the Axento remix as track 2. (Warner Music Central Europe 5054196-624552)
A 1-track promo was issued by Warner Music Benelux. It comes with an insert/sleeve similar to the black and white digital release image.

Måns' new album Perfectly Damaged was released June 5 and of course includes Heroes.
The album entered the Swedish charts at No. 1 on June 11. It remained in the album top 60 for 27 weeks and was the 36th best selling album of the year (excluding compilations)
A digital release is the remix EP with four remixes of Heroes. See versions below.
Also out on Spotify.

A new edition of the album is titled Perfectly Re:Damaged. It's released in May 2016 and features the single  performed in the 2016 Eurovision final show Fire In The Rain as the only added track. Fire In The Rain is also released as a single (2-track cdsingle and digital).

Heroes - Eurovision version
- MF 2CD, Vienna 2CD
Heroes - B.o.Y. remix
Heroes - 7th Heaven remix
Heroes - Axento extended remix
Heroes - Eray Oktav remix
- remixes are digital releases
Heroes - Axento remix single edit
- on cdsingle, see above
Heroes - Karaoke
- on official karaoke album, digital release
2016: The new acoustic version of Heroes performed with the kids at Melodifestivalen and the first 2016 semi final remains unreleased.

The first two Melodifestivalen entries by Måns Zelmerlöw were very successful.
Cara Mia ended 3rd in the final of 2007 and was a No. 1 in the Swedish top 60. In 2009 he ended 4th with Hope and Glory, which made it to No. 2 in the charts.
In 2010 Måns hosted the Festivalen together with Christine Meltzer and Dolph Lundgren.

The album
Tracklist Perfectly Damaged
01 Stir It Up
02 Heroes
03 Someday
04 Live While We're Alive
05 Let It Burn
06 Should’ve Gone Home
07 Fade Away
08 Hearts Collide
09 The Core of You
10 Unbreakable
11 Kingdom In the Sky
12 What’s In Your Eyes (ft. Tilde Vinter)
The extra track on the 2016 re-issue, Fire In The Rain, is track 1, with all the other moving down a place.

Album 2016 re-issue
The Songsmiths:
We know the Debs from 2013 entry You by Robin Stjernberg and last years Melodifestivalen runner up and #1 hit up Busy Doin’ Nothin’ by Ace Wilder.
Anton Malmberg Hård af Segerstad has had a few MF entries in the past, but he had four in this year of which three ended up in the final (Heroes, Linus Svenning’s Forever Starts Today and Groupie by Samir and Viktor).

Måns Zelmerlöws Heroes enters the Swedish digital sales charts at No. 2 the week before the MF final. In the 'old' official charts he enters at 16.
Sweden Digilistan top 60: 2, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 1, 4, 10, 6, 15, 10, 1, 1, 1, 4, 10, 11, 13, 11, 14, 19, 25, 22, 31, 35, - (from now digilistan is a top 40 list)
Official Swedish top 100: 16, 2, 1, 1, 3, 4, 9, 10, 15, 21, 25, 24, 5, 6, 11, 16, 16, 23, 28, 32, 34, 37, 44, 50, 55, 59, 70, 75, 75, 75, 90, 90, 99, -
- Platinum in the 4th week on chart, double platinum in week 8. 4 x platinum was announced week 18.
Spain top 50: 7, 3, 17, 17, 15, 27, 21, 24, 22, 24, 26, 22, 27, 41, 49, -
Austria top 75: 1, 1, 4, 7, 9, 19, 23, 28, 38, 43, 53, 56, 63, -
Germany top 100: 3, 15, 20, 25, 28, 35, 45, 54, 68, 73, 84, 76, 95, -
Netherlands sales top 100: 12, 31, 38, 41, 45, 49, 51, 57, 76, 89, -
Belgium top 50 FL: 5, 2, 5, 5, 9, 12, 18, 23, 33, 36, 48, -
Belgium top 50 WA: 7, 6, 21, 26, -
Ireland top 100: 10, 26, 41, 50, 88, -
U.K. top 100: 11, 51, 71, 96, -
Switzerland top 75: 1, 17, 25, 32, 41, 49, 62, 70, -
Australia top 100: 19, 61, 99, -
France top 200: 38, 33, 173, -
Finland top 20: 16, 5, 11, 13, 19, -
Norway VG lista top 40: 37, 4, 9, 11, 11, 17, 18, 29, -
Denmark Tracklisten 40: 7, 12, 15, 27, -
Heroes also scores on various charts in Iceland (No. 1), Greece, Slovenia, Estonia, Croatia, Poland, Slovakia, Lithuania, Latvia.
See below for Swedish charts statistics.

The Melodifestivalen concept has been slightly altered. (Why????) 28 songs have participated in the 6-night extravaganza.
For the 15th* time all the songs have been released on CD, so plenty of fun to be had for the collectors.
(Metronome / WMS 5054196-479329)
I shopped for my MF 2CD at BeaRecords.

MF CDsingles released so far this year are by Magnus Carlsson,  Kirstin Amparo, Dolly Style, Isa, Linus Svenning, Samir och Victor and Jessica Andersson.

* In 2001 a CD with all 10 Melodifestival songs was released some time after the (one show) event took place.
The 32-song multi-night ran from 2002 to 2014. This year there are 28 songs participating.

The official Melodifestivalen CD has been the #1 selling album of the year in Sweden every year since 2007.
In 2004, 2005 and 2006 it was #2, in 2003 it was #4, in 2002 it was #13

Links and sources:
Måns Zelmerlöw FB
SVT Melodifestivalen pages
Thanks to Emma at Warner Music Sweden

Swedens efforts in recent years
2014 - Sanna Nielsen
2013 - Robin Stjernberg
2012 - Loreen
2011 - Eric Saade
2010 - Anna Bergendahl
2009 - Malena Ernman

Melodifestivalen 2015 2CD Tracklist
1. I'll Be Fine - Molly Pettersson -Hammar
2. Pappa - Daniel Gildenlöw
3. One By One - Elize Ryd & Rickard Söderberg
4. Hello Hi - Dolly Style
5. Det Rår Vi Inte För - Behrang Miri Feat. Victor Crone
6. Can't Hurt Me Now - Jessica Andersson
7. Sting - Eric Saade
8. Forever Starts Today - Linus Svenning
9. Där Och Då Med Dig - Emelie Irewald
10. Groupie - Samir och Viktor
11. If I Was God For One Day - Neverstore
12. Nonetheless - Marie Bergman och Sanne Salomonsen
13. Möt Mig I Gamla Stan - Magnus Carlsson
14. Don't Stop Believing - Mariette

15. Insomnia - Ellen Benediktson
16. För Din Skull - Kalle Johansson
17. Bring Out The Fire - Andreas Weise
18. Living To Die - Andreas Johnson
19. Don't Stop - Isa
20. I See You - Kristin Amparo
21. Jag Är Fri (Manne Leam Frijje) - Jon Henrik Fjällgren
22. Don't Say No - Midnight Boy
23. Black Swan - Caroline Wennergren
24. Building It Up - JTR
25. Guld Och Gröna Skogar - Hasse Andersson
26. Make Me (La La La) - Dinah Nah
27. Ett Andetag - Annika Herlitz
28. Heroes - Måns Zelmerlöw
(Warner Music Sweden 5054196479329)

MF In the charts
So Melodifestivalen is big business and it makes Lotta Svenska Kronor, but it's good to see a good part of money going to good production of both the TV shows and the records. And a large part of the often recordbreaking televoting revenue always goes to charity, åååååh....
Check out all the updated statistics of modern MF in the 2016 Sweden section.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Russia - A Million Voices - Polina Gagarina

Digital release image
2 - 303 pts / 1 - 182 pts in semi 1

Polina Gagarina (Полина Гагарина) was selected to represent Russia in Vienna with the ballad A Million Voices.

The song is written by Gabriel Alares, Joakim Björnberg, Katrina Noorbergen, Leonid Gutkin, Vladimir Matetskiy,
Listen and watch here at's Youtube.

A Million Voices - Eurovision version
- on official Vienna 2CD
Миллион Голосов (Million Golosov) - Russian version
- digital release
A Million Voices - Karaoke
- on official karaoke album, digital release

A 2-disc promo set features a 1-track CD and a disc with with video.
promo set
Russian version
A Russian version of A Million Voices has been released through iTunes. It's titled Миллион Голосов (Million Golosov) and is released as a single track through Sound Media.
Listen on Youtube.

Digital release image Russian version
Greatest Hits EP
A promo two disc set (CD+DVD) has been issued by in 2016.
It has five tracks on the CD and the same tracks as videoclips on the DVD
1. A Million Voices      
2. Миллион Голосов  (Russian version of A Million Voices)  
3. Я Не Буду     
4. Не Пара         

5. Любовь Тебя Найдет           
Greatest Hits CD+ DVD

Austria top 75: 10, 48, 66, -
Sweden top 100: 48, 26, 50, 100, -
Sweden Digilistan top 60: 9, 9, 36, -
Netherlands sales top 100: 98, -
Belgium top 50 FL: 22, 22, -
Belgium top 50 WA: 38, 44, -
Germany top 100: 46, -
Ireland top 100: 86, -
U.k. Top 100: 97, -
Switzerland top 75: 39, -
Australia top 100: 79, -

Links and sources
Polina Gagarina Website FB and VK
Thanks to Jean-François and to Andy of ESCKaz

Pic from Polinas VKontakte
More from Russia
2014 - The Tolmachevy sisters
2013 - Dina Garipova
2012 - Buranovskye Babusky
2011 - Alex Sparrow
2010 - Peter Nalitch
2009 - Anastasia Prikhodko