Sunday, June 25, 2017

MOTOWN: CHARLENE - I'VE NEVER BEEN TO ME

We have all seen Priscilla the Queen of desert and it's fantastic opening act, right? Guess what? It's a Motown song! By one hit wonder Charlene, even a white woman. How random is that? 
The song's story is one of the weirdest in the music history: originally released in 1977 it ddn't go anywehere really. #97. The song was also recorded and releaed by Randy Crawford (the first pubished version really), Nancy Wilson and Walter Jackson. Mary McGregor tried her luck the year after. Nothing. Marti Cane. Nothing. Even Eurovision veteran Mary Roos had a take on it in German. 
In 1982 a Tampa radiodj started playing it on radio and all of sudden time was right. Motown signed and re-released it after tracking her down from London where she had gone to marry and become a hosuewife as she was convinced her career didn't go anywhere. The rest is history.
#1 in Australia, Canada, Ireland, UK #3 in US, #5 New Zealand, Norway, #7 Belgium, the Netherlands.... Sadly she never scored another hit but she recorded it also in Spanish, Nunca he ido a mi
 
The song's been covered by The Temptations, Howard Keel, Patricia Paay for said Priscilla, Tracy Huang Ying Ying (this version is the best known in Asia), Vivian Chow, Keiko Aso (for Japan), Karel Gott, Leonard, Gerry Hakker, Seija Simola, Kikki Danielsson.... it proved a popular song to do other language covers! Even Dustin the Turkey! So a lot of Eurovision connections here. 
Besides Priscilla the song has been either performed, played or quoted in Will & Grace, The Simpsons, Absolutely Fabulous, Desperate Housewives, Shrek the Third etc
Finally, a CNN poll listed it as the #4 worst song of all time..... Oh dear. I think it's a fantastic song!
What Charlene is up to today? Have a look here

Saturday, June 24, 2017

WEEKLY DOSE OF EUROVISION STARS SOCIAL MEDIA AFFAIRS, vol.3

Francesco did Milan.....
Vaclav did a video shoot....
Maraaya did Warsaw...
Dami did Nashville....
Donny did Dundalk (that's Ireland btw)...
 Mørland did beach...
Poli did Prag...
Sin+ did JazzAscona...
Cascada did Budapest (shopping)...
Vaidas did India...
Gigliola will do Tokyo...
Michal did... errr....
Helena and Tamta did a duet...
Francesco did get good news...
(one day she will share with us hopefully)
Musiqq did celebrate 8 years together...
Gigliola did Toto's make up for a photo shoot...
Demy did a video....
Eric did have standars...
Loic did a video shoot, too...
Senhit did wear fake fur and sat on a fake leather. 
Just to be clear!


WEEKLY DOSE OF EUROVISION STARS SOCIAL MEDIA AFFAIRS, vol.2

Sanna Nielsen is a real Midsummer girl
and Aminata don't want to be anything less either...
while Emma keeps milking her 21st place with self irony....
and Tooji celebrated his birthday with flowers in his hair. Congrats!
Emma is also taking part in #saveIceberg, a dog rescue operation 
from the Danish authorities who want to kill him...
Marija just loves her dog but I'm sure she's in it with spirit anyways!
Maja Keuc's good cause is food waste. Don't waste your food. Eat it. Share it. 
... and Sebalter bikes for cancer from Lugano to Chur to St. Moritz! 
That's a lot of biking!
Elsewhere Deen advices to you face creams....
Iveta is a happy covergirl
... and Donny boy is happy for his new shoes....
Socks and sandals? Yeah, I read somewhere it's trendy now....
O tempora o mores!

WEEKLY DOSE OF EUROVISION STARS SOCIAL MEDIA AFFAIRS, vol.1

Happy birthday to Amir! He was swimming in the sea of congratulations....
... while Alma was looking cool in Aix-de-Provence....
Amber was in Venice.....
Manel enjoyed some beach with his gang.....
Slavko was getting ready for Madrid Pride.....
Andras played football and sung in Moscow's Art Football festival...
Imri had a GT morning at the gym....
Dima BIlan was prepairing for a string of concerts....
Kati cooked some strawberry jams for the winter...
Naviband recorded some new songs in their countryside studio...
Pasha Parfani got married (Congrats!)
Zeljko enjoyed some jam....
Polina did her best MM imitation ahead of some tv-show...
Zoe looked pretty as a flower at Pride...
Tanel walked to the sunset.....

FRANCE: NATIONAL FINAL FOR EUROVISION 2018? HERE ARE SOME SUGGESTIONS....

 
It's been 40 years since France, once the superpower of Eurovision song contest, won. It's been ten years since they last had a real proper national selection (you can hardly say the 2014 affair was one). With new energetic Head of Delegation and two fairly succesful attempt both with results and commercially they are ready to launch a proper national final for 2018. With the new found popularity among the audience as well, hopefully that reflects also to the artists!
The call is now open to anyone to send in a song as long as it is unreleased and unpublished before September 1, and has no more than four writers (good, enough of those "international song writing camp" entries!) and they all belong to the local SACEM. And at least 70% of the lyrics are in French. 
Just to help the Edoardo to invite artists, and remind these artists of the opportunity I have gathered here a few, just names that came to my mind once I sat down to think about it for a moment.... and they are many! France would have so much to give if they only want to; new and old, experienced and new talents, all genres... s'il vous plaît!
Click on the names for their latest offerings:

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