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TOP TEN: Favourite tracks of the week

2016 in music had been a bit slow to kick in. However, the month of April had seen a lot of anticipating releases and artists coming back after years out of the studio (Santana, PJ Harvey, Gwen Stefani). This top-ten ranking include songs from both mainstream and independent artists, and they could also come from anywhere in the world.

For the week ending on April 17, these are my ten favourite tracks:

#10 Daughter  — “Numbers”

The single “Numbers” by English band Daughter was originally released last November and had grown steadily among critics who are now considering it one of the best tracks Continue reading “TOP TEN: Favourite tracks of the week”

Posted in Eurovision Song Contest

EUROVISION 2016: Thoughts on all 43 entrants (Part 2)

For some odd reason, the second semi-final usually features better songs and more diversity than the first. However, that is not happening this year. Let’s take a look at them:

LATVIA

There must be an interesting EDM scene in Latvia. Last year they were represented by their very own FKA twigs. This year is another alternative electropop song. The lyrics are very cheesy, though.

POLAND

If we were in 2006 and we did not need intense visual stimulations, this song would had been a top five potential. Ten years later, this is just another guy who can sing and nothing else.

SWITZERLAND

This is too downtempo and the lyrics are Continue reading “EUROVISION 2016: Thoughts on all 43 entrants (Part 2)”

Posted in Eurovision Song Contest

EUROVISION 2016: Thoughts on all 43 entrants (Part 1)

The Eurovision Song Contest 2016 will begin in exactly  a month (May 10-14).  Now, for those of you who don’t know what Eurovision is, let me explain. Eurovision is an annual TV song competition organized by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) since 1956. The show attracts millions of viewers from all over the world (though it is not popular in North America at all). The participants are EBU members (i.e. United Kingdom’s BBC) that select a song to represent their country.

However the EBU is not exclusively European, and any country along the European Broadcasting Area (EBA), which covers parts of Northern Africa Continue reading “EUROVISION 2016: Thoughts on all 43 entrants (Part 1)”