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2010 Eurovision contenders – Album survey, Part 1

A little more than a month has passed since the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest was held in Oslo, Norway. A number of entries from the contest still get a lot of airplay across Europe, several still enjoy chart success, with Jessy Matador’s summer hit Allez Ola Olé (placed 12th in the final in Oslo) being the most prominent track. The French Eurovision entry has only just reconquered the No. 1 spot on the French Top 100, is listed in the single charts in several other countries and holds up to No. 6 on the European Hot 100 Singles Chart. Meanwhile Jessy has a full album out, entitled Elektro Soukouss, which has climbed to No. 44 on the latest French album run-down. We’d like to take the opportunity to give you a résumé of all the albums released by the 2010 Eurovision contenders over the past few weeks…

A little more than a month has passed since the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest was held in Oslo, Norway. A number of entries from the contest still get a lot of airplay across Europe, several still enjoy chart success, with Jessy Matador’s summer hit Allez Ola Olé (placed 12th in the final in Oslo) being the most prominent track. The French Eurovision entry has only just reconquered the No. 1 spot on the French Top 100, is listed in the single charts in several other countries and holds up to No. 6 on the European Hot 100 Singles Chart. Meanwhile Jessy has a full album out, entitled Elektro Soukouss, which has climbed to No. 44 on the latest French album run-down. We’d like to take the opportunity to give you a résumé of all the albums released by the 2010 Eurovision contenders over the past few weeks.

Elektro Soukouss is Jessy Matador’s second album, and if you’re looking for a great party album or music you can dance to, Elektro Soukouss is going to be for you. It includes 16 tracks guaranteed to get the people dancing at your summer party. For more info on Jessy please visit http://selesao.skyrock.com

Tracklisting:
1. Intro Money Jet
2. Allez Ola Olé
3. Bomba
4. On dit quoi
5. Elektro soukouss
6. Ca c’est bon
7. Kariyimha
8. Bla bla bla
9. Dansez
10. Sexy Lady
11. V’la les fauves
12. Camera filmee
13. Sable chaud
14. Et alors
15. Encore une histoire
16. Tout ce que je veux

The first 2010 representative to come out with a full cd was the Finnish folk duo Kuunkuiskaajat. Their eponymous debut album was released in December, when Susan Aho & Johanna Virtanen decided to apply for the contest in Oslo with the song Työlki Ellää (placed 11th in the first semi-final). The album Kuunkuiskaajat contains 11 tracks including a dance remix of their ESC entry. For more info please visit http://duokuunkuiskaajat.com or http://www.myspace.com/duokuunkuiskaajat

Tracklisting:
1. Kahden
2. Ruutuliina
3. Loputon tie
4. Taivaallinen
5. Hääkellot
6. Työlki ellää
6. Työlki ellää
7. Maailman majoilla
8. Tumma sydän
9. Taivaanrinne
10. Milloinkaan
11. Työlki ellää (Remix)

On 14th April, Sweden’s representative in Oslo, Anna Bergendahl (placed 11th in the second semi-final), released her debut album. Yours Sincerely subsequently shot straight to No. 1 on the Swedish album chart. It has been listed for 11 weeks meanwhile and currently ranks at #15. The composer of her Eurovision entry This Is My Life, Bobby Ljunggren, well-known in Eurovision circles as the writer of Swedish entries like Se På Mig (1995), Kärleken Är (1998), Invincible (2006), and Hero (2008), contributed two more tracks to the album (The Army, You Make Me Happy), some of the songs were written and co-written by Anna herself. For more info please visit http://www.anna-bergendahl.se (Swedish/English)

Tracklisting:
1. Rolling Dice
2. This Is My Life
3. Barcelona Blues
4. The Army
5. Yeah Yeah Yeah
6. My Love
7. Beautiful
8. Bye Bye Darling
9. Got My Heart In Your Pocket
10. Have A Heart
11. You Make Me Happy (feat. Brandur Enni)
12. Melodramatic Mess

One of the most commercially successful contributions to this year’s contest is the Belgium entry Me And My Guitar by Tom Dice (placed 1st in the first semi-final, 6th in the final). Tom’s debut album Teardrops came out on 30th April. It contains 13 tracks, among them a brilliant cover version of the Leona Lewis smash hit Bleeding Love, Tom’s Eurovision entry naturally, and the song Lucy, which is set to be the follow-up single to Me And My Guitar. During the summer months you have the opportunity to enjoy Tom in concert, he will be touring Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany, with additional gigs in Italy and Norway. For more info please visit http://www.sonicangel.com/artist/tomdice

Tracklisting:
1. Start Without The Ending
2. Me And My Guitar
3. Lucy
4. Too Late
5. A Soldier For His Country
6. Carrying Our Burden
7. Murderer
8. Why?
9. Forbidden Love
10. Always And Forever
11. Broken
12. Miss Perfect
13. Bleeding Love

Hera Björk from Iceland (placed 3rd in the first semi-final, 19th in the final) released her new album on 18th May, with the same title as her ESC entry, Je Ne Sais Quoi. The album also includes Someday, runner-up in the 2009 Danish national final and winning song of the 2009 OGAE Second Chance Contest, a cover version of the 1966 Eddie Floyd classic Knock On Wood, maybe better known through the 1979 disco cover version sung by Amii Stewart, plus a French version and a ballad version of Je Ne Sais Quoi. For more info please visit Hera’s website http://herabjork.com

Tracklisting:
1. Je Ne Sais Quoi
2. Waiting For The Night
3. Knock On Wood
4. Natural High
5. Love Trap
6. My Heart
7. Falling Again
8. Because You Can
9. When Everything Is Gone
10. Someday
Bonus tracks:
11. Je Ne Sais Quoi (French version)
12. Je Ne Sais Quoi (Ballad version)
13. Je Ne Sais Quoi (Sing-along version)

On 11th May, another recommendable debut album has been released, by Spain’s representative at this year’s contest in Oslo, Daniel Diges (placed 15th in the final with Algo Pequeñito), self-titled Daniel Diges. It features the mastered Eurovision version of his Eurovision song and an alternative swing-jazz version. Many tracks on the album were written by Daniel himself. The song Ángel is a superb Spanish version of the 1998 Robbie Williams hit Angels, and Eres perfecta para mí is a Spanish version of the Billy Joel classic Just The Way You Are. For more info please visit Daniel’s official website http://www.danieldiges.com

Tracklisting:
1. Se abre el telón
2. Algo pequeñito
3. Quédate conmigo
4. Eres perfecta para mí (Just The Way You Are)
5. Te quiero así (Everything)
6. Rápido
7. Te dejé marchar
8. Soñar
9. Todo me sabe a ti
10. Ángel (Angels)
11. Si no miras no lo ves (A Clue About You)
12. Alejandra
13. Algo pequeñito (Versión swing-jazz)

Part 2 of our album survey to follow…

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