September is over and we are well and truly into autumn. It’s time to hoke out your autumnal scarves and jumpers and catch up with your favourite Eurovision stars. This month sees new music releases from the likes of Russian hotties Sergey Lazarev and Dima Bilan, Danish star Basim, Armenian fave Iveta Mukuchyan and new music from the class of 2017: Serbia’s Tijana Bogicevic, Ukraine’s O. Torvald, Italy’s Francesco Gabbani and Belarus’ Naviband.
Dima Bilan- ‘Derzhi (Hold)’
Dima Bilan is Russia’s biggest Eurovision success not only giving them their only win in 2008 with ‘Believe’ but also a second place finish in 2006 with ‘Never Let You Go’. Dima has released new music constantly since his Eurovision win with a great reception from his Russian fans. While he has been a bit quiet more recently, he has returned in 2017 with new song ‘Derzhi’ (‘Hold’ in English). The Russian language song has a tropical beat and its video sees Dima stalked by woman in a smart car.
Nina Sublatti- ‘Home’
Nina Sublatti released her inner ‘Warrior’ at Eurovision 2015, giving Georgia an eleventh place finish. Since Eurovision, Nina continued to release songs from her debut album ‘Locked Box’ including ‘You Call Me Devil’ and ‘Locked Box’ and the non-album singles ‘Heart Won’t Suck It’, ‘Dark Desire’ and ‘Vision of Mind’. Her new single ‘Home’ doesn’t live up to her previous successes, as the song fails to pack a punch. Instead it is a slow song, that never really gets started.
Sergey Lazarev- ‘Sdavaysya’
Our favourite Russian Eurovision hunk (sorry Dima), Sergey Lazarev has released another banging tune for us. Having wowed us at Eurovision 2016 with his epic staging, cute face and beautiful physique, catchy song and great vocal, Sergey has won a place in our hearts. Following Eurovision Sergey has had a string of hits including ‘Let the Whole World Wait’, ‘Perfect World’ and Eurovision NI nominated ‘Lucky Stranger’ and delivers yet another with ‘Sdavaysya’. The song lies somewhere between Sergey’s brooding ballads ‘Breaking Away’ and ‘Lost Without Your Love’ and his poppy brilliance like ‘Take it Off’, ‘Stumblin” and ‘Seven Wonders’.
Iveta Mukuchyan- ‘Hov Areq’
Iveta Mukuchyan is the busiest lady in Armenian pop. Since her top ten finish at Eurovision 2016, she has released a number of cracking new songs including ‘Hayastan Jan’ and ‘Amena’, as well as duets with fellow Depi Evratesil judge Aram MP3 ‘Dashterov’ and ‘De Jpta’. The ‘Lovewave’ singer is back with yet another new song ‘Hov Areq’, an evocative folk ballad in Armenian.
Basim- ‘Comme Ci, Comme Ça’
Danish singer Basim had the difficult task of defending the Eurovision crown in 2014 when Emmelie de Forest’s win the previous year meant that the contest would be held in Copenhagen. His valiant effort ‘Cliche Love Song’ with mentions of Katy Perry and , gave him a respectable ninth place finish. Since Eurovision Basim has released songs ‘Picture in a Frame’ and ‘Kostbar’ neither of which placed in the Danish top 40. After a two year break, Basim returns in 2017 with new song ‘Comme Ci, Comme Ca’. The song, a duet with Gilli, has already shot to the number two spot in the Danish charts and takes a leaf out of the book of ‘Despacito’. People need to get over that song.
Simon Webbe- ‘Nothing Without You’
Simon Webbe performed with his Blue bandmates at Eurovision 2011, giving the UK their best result of the decade so far with ‘I Can’ finishing in 11th place. Since Eurovision, the band have reformed as part of ITV’s Big Reunion, released material together as well as working on a number of solo projects. Following a successful stint on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing in 2014, Simon releases his first new solo album in eleven years. The album is entitled ‘Smile’ and the lead single from it is ‘Nothing Without You’. It is an understated effort from Simon, that while not having the immediate appeal of previous songs ‘Coming Around Again’, ‘No Worries’ and ‘Lay Your Hands’ could prove to be a grower with Simon’s voice coming through strong as always.
O. Torvald- ‘L.V’
O. Torvald defended the Eurovision crown earlier this year, when they performed their song ‘Time’ in Kiev. They weren’t able to live up to Jamala’s success the following year and only managed to place 24th out of 26 acts. This has not stopped the rock band from releasing new music as their new song ‘L.V.’ was unveiled just a few weeks ago. This is a cover of Ukrainian post punk band Scriabin’s song and sees O. Torvald in their element, rocking out!
Naviband were the first ever act to sing in Belorussian when they sang ‘Historyia majho zyccha’ at Eurovision 2017. The duo proved popular with fans winning them over with their hi ay ay ay ohs and a cute kiss at the end of their performance. They placed in 17th, one of their better results in recent years. The band follow up their Eurovision song with a new Belorussian language song ‘Biazy’. The song is slower than their Eurovision attempt, but is no less powerful in helping the band achieve their goal of bringing Belorussian folk to new audiences.
Francesco Gabbani- ‘Pachidermi E Pappagalli’
Francesco Gabbani will probably go down in history as ‘that guy who performed with a gorilla’ at Eurovision 2017. While an early favourite to win the Contest, Francesco only managed to give Italy a sixth place finish with ‘Occidentalis Karma’. Moving from a song about evolution to one about conspiracy theories, Gabbani releases ‘Pachidermi E Pappagalli’, the third single from his latest album ‘Magellano’. The song is fun, with tongue firmly in cheek, and sees Francesco set sail with a parrot on his shoulder in the video. Aarrgh! Land ahoy!
Check out Part Two of our New Music Round Up for September here.